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    Budapest a tale of two cities
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    Prague, the city of spires
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    The Wachau Valley

Prague and the Delights of the Danube: To Prague

The Danube

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Discover the delights of the Danube en route to Prague

Embark Spirit of the Danube in Budapest where the UNESCO-listed Buda Castle, Matthias Church and Fisherman's Bastion are among the attractions that you will see during an included tour, or if you opt to join the included culinary walking tour you’ll sample the local flavours and culture up close.

Pause in Bratislava to contrast the historic buildings of Bratislava old town, ‘Staré Mesto’, with the cutting edge 20th-century architecture of the former industrial zone before arriving in Vienna, the city of music. Enjoy an included tour of the city or an included culinary walking tour before sailing to the pretty village of Dürnstein and Melk, where you can venture inside the ornate Benedictine Abbey on an optional excursion.

Passau, the most easterly city in Bavaria, is home to an impressive baroque cathedral and an optional walking tour is a great way to some of the main sights. See the medieval churches of Regensburg before disembarking your ship for the transfer to Prague.

A two-night hotel stay provides the perfect opportunity to uncover the countless attractions of this UNESCO-listed city, from the astrological clock on the Old Town square to 14th-century Charles Bridge and St Vitus Cathedral.


A car with a tickVIP door-to-door travel service from anywhere on the UK mainland

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

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

Dinner plate23 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners

CocktailFree bar open 15 hours a day on board (2023 departures only)

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

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

The free bar available on board in 2023 is open from 9am to midnight and serves alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

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Day 1 UK to Budapest

Budapest and the River Danube, Hungary

Fly to Budapest and embark Spirit of the Danube.

Enjoy dinner on board as you remain moored here overnight.

Budapest Hungary Europe

Day 2 Budapest 🎧

Budapest, Hungary

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 🎧

Bratislava, Slovakia

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 morning.

The ship departs Bratislava at lunch time and sails to Vienna, arriving later today.

Bratislava Slovakia Europe

Day 4 Vienna 🎧

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.

The ship is moored here until late tonight.

Vienna Austria Europe

Day 5 Dürnstein to Melk 🎧

Melk Abbey, Melk

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 included walking tour takes you through the cobbled streets.

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

Melk Austria Europe

Day 6 Passau 🎧

Passau on the Danube River, Bavaria

Early this morning arrive in Passau, the most easterly city in Bavaria, 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.

Perhaps join an optional city tour, before your ship departs later this afternoon.

Passau Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 7 Regensburg 🎧

St Peter Cathedral, Regensburg

Arrive midday in the city of Regensburg, which has been a religious centre since the 7th century and has numerous medieval churches. Explore further on an optional walking tour this afternoon or you may like to visit Weltenburg Abbey on an optional tour.

Your ship moors in Regensburg overnight.

Kelheim Bavaria Germany Europe Regensburg

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 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. Alternatively you might like to join a culinary-themed walking tour of the city.

This evening you have the option to join a special folklore dinner.

Day 10 Prague to UK

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

Prague and the Delights of the Danube: To Prague

The Danube