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    Autumn in the Wachau Valley
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    Budapest, a city of two halves
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    Melk Abbey

Autumn Colours of the Danube

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Admire the autumn colours of the Danube

Contrast the deep blue Danube with the autumn colours of the surrounding landscapes during this cruise aboard Spirit of the Danube.

Explore the historic cities of Budapest and Vienna during included sightseeing tours, and perhaps treat yourself to an optional sightseeing tour of Bratislava. Head into the Wachau Valley, which is particularly attractive at this time of year, to visit Dürnstein, which is overlooked by the ruins of Kuenringer Castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned during the 12th century.

Perhaps explore Melk’s Benedictine Abbey on an optional excursion and in Linz an included tour will ensure that you see the main attractions.


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Dinner plate29 meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 10 dinners

CocktailFree bar open 15 hours a day

CocktailWine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner

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  • Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • All gratuities on board
  • Return flights and transfers

MapIncluded excursions

  • Budapest: A tale of two cities OR culinary walking tour of Budapest
  • Vienna city tour OR culinary walking tour of Vienna
  • Walking tour of Krems
  • Highlights of Linz

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

The free bar is open from 9am to midnight and serves alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

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Day 1 UK to Budapest

The illuminated building of the Hungarian Parliament, Budapest

Fly to Hungary's capital and embark Spirit of the Danube.

Enjoy dinner on board as your ship remains moored here overnight.

Budapest Hungary Europe

Day 2 Budapest 🎧

Buda Castle in Budapest, Hungary

This cosmopolitan city is divided by the Danube into Buda and Pest.

An included city tour this morning reveals some of the city's highlights, from the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buda Castle that sits above the river on the west bank, to the Hungarian Parliament buildings in Pest on the east bank.

Alternatively, perhaps join an included culinary walking tour, which features a tram ride to the First Strudel House for a live demonstration, followed by a walk through the city to sample authentic chimney cake and to visit Central Market Hall where you can try authentic Hungarian salami.

Spend the afternoon at leisure and shortly before dinner on board, Spirit of the Danube will begin the overnight cruise towards Bratislava.

Budapest Hungary Europe

Day 3 Bratislava 🎧

Bratislava, Slovakia

This afternoon you arrive in Slovakia’s capital city, where you can see the sights on an optional tour or choose to explore independently. Originally part of Czechoslovakia until 1993, Bratislava’s old town, ‘Staré Mesto’, with its historic buildings, provides a stark contrast to the 20th-century buildings, some of which serve as a reminder of its communist past.

Your ship remains moored here overnight.

Bratislava Slovakia Europe

Day 4 Bratislava to Vienna

Bratislava, Slovakia

Spend the morning at leisure in Bratislava, before departing for Vienna early this afternoon to arrive in the evening.

Vienna Austria Europe

Day 5 Vienna 🎧

Vienna State Opera House, Austria

This morning you can enjoy an included city tour with a drive around the Ringstrasse, encircling the old city, or instead opt for an included culinary walking tour with the opportunity to sample local delicacies such as the Mozart Thaler chocolate biscuits.

This afternoon an optional excursion visits the Schönbrunn Palace and after dinner on board your ship you can treat yourself to an optional performance of music by Mozart and Strauss in one of the formal concert houses of Imperial Vienna.

Vienna Austria Europe

Day 6 Vienna to Krems

Krems, Austria

After an early departure from Vienna, spend a relaxing morning cruising to Krems, arriving in the afternoon to explore the city during an included walking tour.

The architectural influences over the centuries can still be seen in the quaint narrow streets and 16th-century houses of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Your ship remains moored here overnight.

Melk Austria Europe Krems

Day 7 Krems to Dürnstein to Weissenkirchen

Weissenkirchen in autumn, Austria

Depart Krems this morning and arrive in shortly after in Dürnstein.

This pretty village in the heart of the Wachau Valley is overlooked by the now ruined Kuenringer Castle, where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned during the late 12th century. Take a stroll through the cobbled streets, returning to your ship for lunch.

Continue to Weissenkirchen in the early afternoon, arriving in time to join an optional walking tour and wine tasting.

Linz Austria Europe Weissenkirchen

Day 8 Weissenkirchen to Melk 🎧

Melk Abbey, Melk

This morning you can visit Melk’s Benedictine Abbey on an optional excursion.

Spend the afternoon at leisure, perhaps make the most of our interactive maps and explore Melk independently.

Engelhartszell Austria Europe Melk

Day 9 Melk to Linz

Trinity Column on the main square in Linz, Austria

Set sail from Melk this morning and enjoy a relaxing day on the water, admiring the passing woodland scenery cloaked in autumn colours.

Spirit of the Danube will arrive in Linz early this evening for an overnight mooring.

Linz Austria Europe

Day 10 Linz 🎧

Castle Square in Linz, Germany

This morning, enjoy an included tour of Linz, where the buildings on the old town’s main square feature historic Baroque architecture.

The city is known for its Linzer torte, said to be the world’s oldest cake recipe.

Tulln Austria Europe Linz

Day 11 Linz to UK

Disembark your ship after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Tulln Austria Europe

Day 12 Budapest to UK

Arrive in Budapest during breakfast, then disembark for your return flight to the UK.

Autumn Colours of the Danube

The Danube