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Prague and the Danube: Prague to Budapest aboard MS Serenade

The Danube

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Cruise the beautiful Danube after a city break in Prague

Start your holiday with a two-night stay in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Prague before cruising along the Danube through four countries!

Embark MS Serenade in Nuremberg before sailing to Regensberg, with the chance of an optional tour of Weltenburg Abbey en route. See Passau’s impressive cathedral or join an optional outing to Mozart's birthplace, Salzburg, while at Melk you can join an optional tour of the Benedictine abbey before waking up in Vienna for an included tour. Stop for a morning to explore Bratislava then head for Budapest for an included sightseeing tour before it's time to head home...


7 nights aboard the ship, 2 in a hotel

23 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners


  • Tour of Budapest
  • Sightseeing tour of Vienna

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13/08/2020 UK to Prague

Charles Bridge over Vltava river in Prague

Fly to Prague and enjoy two nights at the locally rated 5-star Corinthia Hotel Prague (4Q) or similar, including dinner tonight.

14/08/2020 Prague

The Astronomical Clock Tower, Prague

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 fascinating 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.

15/08/2020 Nuremburg

Nuremberg's main market

Check out after breakfast and travel by coach to Nuremberg, a distance of around 306 kilometres which should take approximately four hours, depending on traffic conditions.

Embark MS Serenade and enjoy a welcome drink and dinner on board.

Nuremberg Bavaria Germany Europe

16/08/2020 Kelheim to Regensburg

Regensburg on the River Danube

Pause in Kelheim this morning to join an optional excursion to Weltenburg Abbey or stay on board and cruise to Regensberg. This attractive city has been a religious centre since the 7th century and has a large number of medieval churches. This evening, cruise towards Passau.

Regensburg Bavaria Germany Europe

17/08/2020 Passau

Historical Passau, Germany

Passau, the most easterly city in Bavaria, is home to an impressive baroque cathedral containing the largest church organ in the world. You can join an optional short walking tour of the highlights, most of which are close to the Danube. Alternatively, enjoy a full-day optional excursion to Salzburg, famous for being Mozart's birthplace – perhaps sample one of the city's sweets that bear his likeness.

MS Serenade leaves Passau early evening and, shortly afterwards, crosses the border into Austria. Spend the evening cruising through the province of Upper Austria.

Passau Bavaria Germany Europe

18/08/2020 Melk to Durnstein

Durnstein and the Wachau Valley, Austria

Melk is best known for the great baroque Melk Abbey, which has a magnificent church and a famous library with over 70,000 books. Perhaps join an optional tour of the Benedictine Abbey and Wachau region before sailing for Dürnstein, known for its ruined Kuenringer Castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned during the late 12th century. From here you’ll set sail for Vienna later tonight.

Dürnstein Austria Europe

19/08/2020 Vienna

Vienna State Opera House, Austria

Enjoy an included morning sightseeing tour of elegant Vienna, for 600 years the centre of the Hapsburg 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. After lunch perhaps join an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace. Perhaps join an optional visit to a classical concert in Vienna after dinner on board ship. Cruise to Bratislava tonight.

Vienna Austria Europe

20/08/2020 Bratislava

St Michael Gate tower, Bratislava

Explore Bratislava independently this morning, or join an optional tour. The city is the capital of Slovakia and lies along the River Danube next to the Austrian border. 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. Early this afternoon you’ll cruise towards the culture-rich Hungarian capital of Budapest.

Bratislava Slovakia Europe

21/08/2020 Budapest

Parliament building on the Danube River, Budapest

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

Officially united since 1873, they are still quite different in character. Buda is older and more graceful, with its cobbled streets and medieval architecture, while Pest is the administrative and commercial centre, with wide avenues and impressive 19th-century public buildings. 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.

After lunch perhaps join an optional excursion, visiting Gödöllo Palace, or Lazar Equestrian Park Horse Farm, before enjoying live entertainment on board your ship this evening.

Budapest Hungary Europe

22/08/2020 Budapest to UK

Beautiful Buda Castle, Budapest

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

Prague and the Danube: Prague to Budapest aboard MS Serenade

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