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Prague and the Delights of the Danube: From Prague

The Danube

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Combine a stay in Prague with a river cruise to Budapest

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 Spirit of the Danube and sail to Regensberg, with the chance of an optional tour of Weltenburg Abbey en route. See Passau’s impressive cathedral during a walking tour or perhaps 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 of the city or an included culinary walking tour.

Stop for a morning to contrast the historic buildings of Bratislava old town, ‘Staré Mesto’ with the cutting edge 20th-century architecture of the former industrial zone. Then head for Budapest for an included sightseeing tour or the opportunity to experience the culture and taste local delicacies during an included culinary walking tour before it's time to head home...

Including...

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed1 night Half Board, 1 night Bed and Breakfast in a hotel, 7 nights Full Board aboard the ship

Dinner plate23 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 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

  • Passau city walk
  • Vienna city tour OR Vienna culinary walking tour
  • Budapest city tour OR Budapest culinary walking tour

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

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Day 1 UK to Prague

The bridges of Prague

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

This elegant hotel has two restaurants, bar, lounge, indoor pool and spa, all 539 rooms feature air conditioning, television, safe, telephone, Wi-Fi and tea and coffee-making facilities.


Day 2 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 or choose an optional culinary-themed walking 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.

This evening you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy traditional Czech entertainment during an optional folklore show with dinner included.


Day 3 Regensburg

Regensburg

Check out after breakfast and travel by coach to Regensburg, a distance of around 270 kilometres which should take approximately three hours, depending on traffic conditions.

Embark Spirit of the Danube and enjoy a welcome drink and dinner on board.

Regensburg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 4 Regensburg 🎧

St Peter Cathedral, Regensburg

The city of Regensburg has been described as a ‘medieval miracle’ and its old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll through the narrow lanes, explore the architecture and buildings which range from Roman to Romanesque and Gothic, pause in its attractive squares and see St Peter’s Cathedral, dating from the 12th century onwards. With so much to see you may choose to join an optional city walk in the morning.

This afternoon another optional excursion offers the chance to visit Weltenburg Abbey, a fine example of German baroque architecture overlooking the Danube Gorge, together with a 30-minute boat ride through the gorge.

Enjoy dinner on board your ship this evening.

Regensburg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 5 Passau 🎧

Passau on the Danube River, Bavaria

Passau, the most easterly city in Bavaria, is home to an impressive baroque cathedral containing the largest church organ in the world. Enjoy an included short walking tour through the charming streets and riverside promenades. Passau’s wealthy past is reflected in its many fine buildings, including the old and new Bishop’s Palaces.

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. Spirit of the Danube 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

Day 6 Melk to Dürnstein 🎧

Melk Abbey, Melk

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. An optional walking tour here includes an organ concert in the abbey.

From here you’ll set sail for Vienna later tonight.

Dürnstein Austria Europe

Day 7 Vienna 🎧

Famous Wiener Ringstrasse, Vienna

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.

Alternatively, perhaps opt to join an included culinary walking tour for a unique perspective of the city. After lunch an optional excursion visits Schönbrunn Palace. This evening you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy an optional classical concert in Vienna after dinner on board ship.

Cruise to Bratislava tonight.

Vienna Austria Europe

Day 8 Bratislava 🎧

Bratislava, Slovakia

Explore Bratislava independently this afternoon, 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.

Late this afternoon you’ll cruise towards the culture-rich Hungarian capital of Budapest.

Bratislava Slovakia Europe

Day 9 Budapest 🎧

Budapest, Hungary

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 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. Alternatively, take the opportunity to enjoy the local food and culture during an included culinary walking tour with strudel making and a visit to the Central Market Hall.

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

Day 10 Budapest to UK

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

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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 nights itinerary

Salzburg

Travel by coach through stunning alpine scenery to the romantic and beautifully preserved city of Salzburg. Enjoy a guided walk through the old town and see the house where Mozart was born in 1756 – now a museum dedicated to his life and work. You’ll have free time to explore independently – perhaps head to film locations for ‘The Sound of Music’, such as the Mirabell Gardens and Residenzplatz Square.

Walking Grade 4

Full day
Salzburg
Salzburg Austria Europe
  • Optional on 9 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 9 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 9 nights itinerary

Schonbrunn Palace

Visit the sumptuous Imperial Summer Palace of the Hapsburgs, the centre of royal life in the 18th century, inspired by Versailles. The UNESCO-listed palace is filled with priceless treasures, while the vast grounds feature well-manicured lawns and colourful flower beds.

Walking Grade 3

Four hours
The gardens at Schonbrunn Palace
Schonbrunn Palace Vienna Austria Europe
  • Optional on 9 nights itinerary

Vienna evening concert

After dinner on board your ship, travel to the baroque Palais Auersperg or one of Vienna’s other impressive palaces near the Ringstrasse, for a concert of music by Mozart and the Strauss family. Performance details will be provided on board ship.

Walking Grade 1

Two-and-a-half hours
A classical concert in Vienna
Vienna Austria Europe
  • Optional on 9 nights itinerary

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 9 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 9 nights itinerary

Gödöllo Palace

The second largest baroque palace in the world, Gödöllo Palace was the former summer residence of Queen Elizabeth and Franz Joseph, Hapsburg Emperor and King of Hungary between 1867 and 1916. Gain an insight into the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the couple’s lavish lifestyle as you explore the interior, the Palace Theatre and gardens.

Walking Grade 2

Four hours
Godollo Palace, Hungary
  • Optional on 9 nights itinerary

Lazar Equestrian Park

Travel to the Lazar Equestrian Park, owned by the world champion horse and carriage drivers, the Lazar brothers. After refreshments enjoy a fascinating show demonstrating exceptional horsemanship. Afterwards, take a carriage ride around the park, followed by a walk through the yard to see local breeds of livestock and visit to the stables where the Lazar's champion horses are kept.

Walking Grade 1

Four hours
Hungarian horsemanship
  • Optional on 9 nights itinerary
Prague and the Delights of the Danube: From Prague

The Danube