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Celebrated Cities of Europe: From Budapest

The Danube

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Explore cities rich in history, culture and heritage…

Beginning with a seven-night Danube river cruise, where you’ll see Budapest’s UNESCO-listed Buda Castle and Fisherman's Bastion during an included tour, have the opportunity to sample beer and enjoy panoramic views of Bratislava on an optional excursion to the UFO observation tower, and tour Vienna’s Ringstrasse taking in sights such as the Imperial Hofburg complex and State Opera House. Cruise into the Wachau Valley to visit Dürnstein, where the now ruined Kuenringer Castle is where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned during the late 12th century, and continue to Melk with its Benedictine Abbey.

Explore Passau and the medieval streets of Regensburg before arriving in Prague for a two-night stay at the 5-star Corinthia Hotel Prague (4Q). The city’s Old Town Square, nestled between Wenceslas Square and Charles Bridge, features Baroque and Gothic churches, and the medieval Astronomical Clock. After the flight to Germany, travel to Dresden stopping en route at the Sandstone Mountains before an overnight stay at the 4-star Bellevue Hotel Dresden (4Q). Continue to Berlin for a two-night stay at the 4-star Steigenberger Hotel (4Q) from where you can explore the city’s rich history spanning over 800 years during an included tour. See the city’s iconic landmarks including the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and the Museum District.

Including...

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed7 nights Full Board aboard the ship, 3 nights Half Board, 2 nights Bed and Breakfast in a hotel

Dinner plate28 meals: 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 10 dinners

CocktailWine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on the ship

PersonCruise Host

Plus...

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

MapIncluded excursions

  • Budapest city tour OR culinary walking tour
  • Vienna city tour OR culinary walking tour
  • Dresden and the Sandstone Mountains
  • Berlin city tour

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

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Day 1 UK to Budapest

Budapest, Hungary

Fly to Budapest and embark Spirit of the Danube.

Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner on board as you remain moored here overnight.

Budapest Hungary Europe

Day 2 Budapest 🎧

Old Fisherman Bastion, Buda Castle, Budapest

Budapest is a city made up of two parts: Buda and Pest, built on opposite banks of the Danube.

East meets west in this fascinating city, as can be seen in the variety of shops and restaurants. An included city sightseeing tour will reveal the capital's highlights, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buda Castle, Matthias Church and Fisherman's Bastion. Alternatively, perhaps opt for an included culinary-themed walking tour of the city with strudel making and a visit to the Central Market Hall.

Depart during lunch and cruise overnight to Bratislava.

Budapest Hungary Europe

Day 3 Bratislava to Vienna 🎧

Medieval St Michael Gate tower, Bratislava

Enjoy the morning in Slovakia's capital. 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.

Perhaps join an optional city tour or beer tasting at the UFO observation tower this afternoon, before Spirit of the Danube cruises to Vienna, arriving late this evening.

Vienna Austria Europe

Day 4 Vienna to Dürnstein 🎧

Famous Wiener Ringstrasse, Vienna

This morning enjoy an included sightseeing tour of elegant Vienna, for 600 years the centre of the Habsburg Empire.

Your tour includes a drive around the Ringstrasse, a wide avenue encircling the old city, taking in famous sights such as the Imperial Hofburg complex built by Emperor Franz Josef, and the world-famous State Opera House. Alternatively, to experience the culture and taste the local specialities opt for an included culinary walking tour instead.

Afterwards you can relax on board as you cruise to Dürnstein, arriving during dinner.

Dürnstein Austria Europe

Day 5 Dürnstein to Melk 🎧

The medieval town of Dürnstein, Austria

Enjoy the early morning in Dürnstein, a pretty village – perhaps the most picturesque on the river and steeped in history – in the heart of the Wachau Valley. The now ruined Kuenringer Castle is where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned during the late 12th century. An optional walking tour takes you through the cobbled streets to visit the abbey for an organ concert.

Continue to Melk where you won’t want to miss an optional tour of the Benedictine Abbey before departing this evening.

Melk Austria Europe

Day 6 Passau 🎧

Passau, Bavaria

Passau, the most easterly city in Bavaria, is known as the ‘Venice of Bavaria’, being set at the confluence of three rivers. It is home to a baroque cathedral containing the largest church organ in the world.

A short optional walking tour will reveal the highlights this afternoon, most of which are close to the Danube, before you depart before dinner.

Passau Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 7 Regensburg 🎧

Regensburg

Arrive at lunchtime in the city of Regensburg, which has been a religious centre since the 7th century and has numerous medieval churches. An optional city walk is available here this afternoon, or you may like to visit Weltenburg Abbey on an optional tour.

Regensburg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 8 Regensburg to Prague

The bridges of Prague

Disembark Spirit of the Danube in Regensburg after breakfast and travel by coach to Prague, a distance of around 270 kilometres, which should take approximately three hours depending on traffic conditions.

Stay at the locally rated 5-star Corinthia Hotel Prague (4Q) for two nights, with dinner tonight and breakfasts included.


Day 9 Prague

Prague Old Town Square with Astronomical Clock Tower

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Perhaps discover it on an optional city tour. This afternoon, you’re free to explore independently – stop by the astrological clock situated in the Old Town Square – one of the oldest working astrological clocks in the world, the elaborate striking of the hour tends to draw large crowds.

Alternatively you may like to join an optional culinary-themed walking tour of the city. This afternoon, you can explore independently, while this evening you have the option to join a traditional folklore dinner.


Day 10 Prague to Dresden

Dresden, Germany

Check out after breakfast and travel by coach, a distance of around 147 kilometres which should take approximately two hours depending on traffic conditions, to the  4-star Bellevue Hotel Dresden (4Q)  for an overnight stay with dinner included tonight. En route you’ll visit the Sandstone Mountains. The National Park of Saxon Switzerland, south-east of Dresden, is characterised by rock formations sculpted by erosion, sandstone cliffs, deep valleys and rugged gorges. Around three-quarters of this landscape, unique in central Europe, is in south-eastern Germany with the rest in north Bohemia in the Czech Republic. The Elbe river winds through the mountains in a steep and narrow valley.

Dresden has reclaimed its title as the ‘Florence on the Elbe’ since it was restored as the capital of Saxony in 1990. highlights include the Semper Opera House and Zwinger Palace with its baroque pavilions and galleries – home to artworks from Titian, Rubens and Raphael. You can even climb the dome of the resurrected Fraenkirche!


Day 11 Dresden to Berlin

Berlin skyline

Check out after breakfast and travel by coach to the locally rated 4-star Steigenberger Berlin Hotel (4Q), a distance of around 125 miles, which should take approximately two and a half hours depending on traffic conditions. Enjoy a two-night stay, with dinner included tonight.


Day 12 Berlin

The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

Stylish, chic and unashamedly bohemian, the avant-garde city of Berlin has a rich history dating back to the 13th century. Learn more about the city’s past on an included city tour this morning, taking in the iconic sights of the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and the Museum District. Spend this afternoon at leisure exploring the city further.


Day 13 Berlin to UK

Check out after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.


Beer tasting at the UFO

Beer was first brewed in Bratislava by the Celts 2,000 years ago and has long competed with wine for the most popular drink in the region. This excursion ventures up to the UFO observation tower where you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the city and the opportunity to sample a selection of locally brewed beer.

Walking Grade 2

Two hours
The UFO Bridge, Bratislava
Bratislava Slovakia Europe
  • Optional on 12 nights itinerary

Bratislava city tour

Step aboard the miniature Bratislava City Train to explore the many highlights of this historic city. You’ll pass the 18th-century Slovak Philharmonic Hall and impressive National Theatre before your train slowly makes its way around the Old Town, arriving at Bratislava Castle, with its commanding hill-top setting, to admire magnificent views across the city. The train will then continue through Leopold Gate, back to the Old Town where you’ll disembark for a walking tour. A stroll through the narrow, cobbled streets will reveal sights such as the Archbishop’s Palace, St Martin’s Cathedral, the charming Main Square with its fountain and Old Town Hall, and a number of 18th-century palaces.

Walking Grade 2

Two hours
Bratislava
Bratislava Slovakia Europe
  • Optional on 12 nights itinerary

Dürnstein walking tour and organ concert

Walk from the ship to the historic heart of Dürnstein, where the cobbled streets are home to traditional wineries and quirky little shops. Continue to Dürnstein Abbey with it’s blue and white steeple that can be seen from every angle of the town. After a tour of the historic abbey, owned by the Augustinian Canons of Herzogenburg Abbey, you will be treated to an organ concert featuring classical music composed by the likes of Mozart, Bach and Beethoven.

Walking Grade 3

Two hours
The historical city of Durnstein, Austria
Dürnstein Austria Europe
  • Optional on 12 nights itinerary

Melk Abbey

Set on a promontory overlooking the Danube, the wonderfully ornate Melk Abbey is a masterpiece of high baroque architecture. Work on the present monastery began in 1702. The imposing exterior features an octagonal dome and symmetrical towers, while the interior is lavishly decorated and contains many artistic treasures. After touring the abbey enjoy some free time in the lovely garden.

Walking Grade 3

Two and a-half hours
Melk Abbey
Melk Abbey Melk Austria Europe
  • Optional on 12 nights itinerary

Passau city walk

A cultured city, Passau’s wealthy past is reflected in its many fine buildings, including the magnificent baroque St Stephen’s Cathedral and old and new Bishop’s Palaces. Enjoy a walking tour through the charming streets and the Danube’s riverside promenades.

Walking Grade 3

Two hours
Passau
Passau Bavaria Germany Europe
  • Optional on 12 nights itinerary

Regensburg city walk

Explore Regensburg’s old town, a charming labyrinth of medieval streets and alleys that was once the centre of the Holy Roman Empire and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights include the Gothic St Peter’s cathedral, the eight-storey Old Town Hall and 12th-century Stone Bridge.

Walking Grade 3

Two hours
Regensburg
Regensburg Bavaria Germany Europe
  • Optional on 12 nights itinerary

Weltenburg Abbey & the Danube Gorge

Built on a gorge beside the Danube in Eastern Bavaria, between 1715 and 1734, the Abbey is a masterpiece of German baroque architecture and it is exquisitely painted. The Benedictine monks here are renowned for the award-winning dark ale they have been brewing since the 11th century. Enjoy a short boat trip through the Danube Gorge en route to the Abbey where a guide will give a short introductory talk.

Walking Grade 3

Four hours
Weltenburg Abbey
Weltenburg Abbey Regensburg Bavaria Germany Europe
  • Optional on 12 nights itinerary

Prague city tour

Virtually unscathed by the great wars of the 20th century, Prague is blessed with an illustrious past and an eclectic mix of architecture. Visit the Lesser Town – Malá Strana – which is dominated by the church of St Nicholas. Next, your local guide will lead you across the famous Charles Bridge to the Staré Meˇ sto, or Old Town. See the church of Our Lady of Tyn, the Royal Way, the famous Astronomical clock and the Jewish Quarter.

Walking Grade 4

Four hours
Prague
  • Optional on 12 nights itinerary

Prague Folklore Dinner

Look forward to an evening of good food and traditional Czech entertainment. You’ll travel by coach to Prague Castle where it’s a short walk to the restaurant. Here you’ll be served typical Czech cuisine and local wine and beer before hearing live folk music reflecting different parts of the country. There’ll be songs and dances and the chance to see the unusual instruments being played, such as hammer-dulcimer, shepherds-whistle and bag-pipe. The second half of the evening will have a more international flavour as the musicians play for the crowd and guests’ requests. The night ends with renditions of well-known classical works from the likes of Smetana, Dvorák, Brahms and Mozart which have been inspired by folk music.

Walking Grade 2

Four hours
Enjoy good food, Prague
  • Optional on 12 nights itinerary

Prague Culinary Walking Tour

Your tour begins after breakfast with a tram ride from the hotel to the city centre, where you can look forward to seeing some of the city’s stunning architecture, both ancient and modern. An hour’s walk should help work up an appetite which you can satisfy during a number of stops to sample traditional local fare, including Czech open sandwiches, ham, bread and pickles and soup with beer – remember to leave some room for dessert too though. After three hours your tour will finish in the old town square and Jewish Quarter. You’ll be left to explore independently, with recommendations from your guide to get you started.

Walking Grade 4

Four hours
Traditional Czech food
Prague Czech Republic Europe
  • Optional on 12 nights itinerary
Celebrated Cities of Europe: From Budapest

The Danube