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Prague and the Delights of the Danube: To Prague - 2021

The Danube

from £1,349 per person
2 passengers 9 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £54 if not required
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Explore Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna and more…

Join Spirit of the Rhine for a 7-night river cruise in the heart of the continent. A succession of waterside towns and cities will be revealed as you follow a historic lifeline of Continental Europe – The Danube. After flying to Hungary, your holiday begins with an included tour of stately Budapest before sailing to another capital city – Bratislava. Here, you can join an optional walking tour of the Old Town or sample locally brewed beer at the UFO observation tower on optional excursions.

Continue to Vienna, where another included sightseeing tour takes in the city’s historic Ringstrasse, home to the Imperial Palace and Vienna State Opera. A string of traditional riverside attractions await, including Passau, where you can see Baroque St Stephen’s Cathedral during an included walking tour. Disembark in Prague for a two-night hotel stay and the opportunity to explore the historic city.

Including...

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

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

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

  • Budapest city tour OR Budapest culinary walking tour
  • Vienna city tour OR Vienna culinary walking tour
  • City tour of Passau

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration


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12/08/2021 UK to Budapest

Budapest and the River Danube, Hungary

Travel to Budapest and embark Spirit of the Rhine.

Enjoy a welcome drink reception and dinner on board as your ship remains moored here overnight.

Budapest Hungary Europe

13/08/2021 Budapest 🎧

Budapest, Hungary

An included excursion after breakfast promises to reveal the capital's highlights, which include the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buda Castle. Alternatively, you may prefer to join an included food-themed guided walk.

Spend the afternoon at leisure.

Budapest Hungary Europe

14/08/2021 Bratislava to Vienna 🎧

Bratislava, Slovakia

Early this morning arrive in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia.

Stroll through ancient cobbled streets to Bratislava Castle for a bird’s-eye view of the city; the old town is easily explored on foot too. See the Gothic-style cathedral, where 11 Kings of Hungary were crowned while Turks occupied their capital. Or take an optional guided tour of the city. Alternatively, you can sample locally brewed beer on an optional excursion to the UFO observation tower.

Set sail at lunch time and arrive in Vienna this evening. You may like to attend an optional concert this evening.

Bratislava Slovakia Europe

15/08/2021 Vienna to Dürnstein 🎧

Famous Wiener Ringstrasse, Vienna

Look forward to a morning exploring Vienna. Choose between an included sightseeing tour of the highlights, including the Ringstrasse and Opera House, or join a walking tour of Vienna which focuses on the culinary delights and traditions of the city.

Set sail after lunch, arriving in Dürnstein after dinner.

Vienna Austria Europe

16/08/2021 Dürnstein to Melk 🎧

Melk Abbey, Melk

Cruise to Dürnstein, one of the most picturesque towns on the Danube River.

Its ruined Kuenringer Castle is where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned during the late 12th century. After lunch cruise through the scenic Wachau Valley to reach Melk is best known for its great baroque abbey, which has a magnificent church and a famous library with over 70,000 books. An optional tour of Melk Abbey will be available this afternoon.

Set sail again later this evening.

Melk Austria Europe

17/08/2021 Passau 🎧

Passau on the Danube River, Bavaria

Spend the early morning cruising west along the Danube, arriving early in elegant Passau with its cobbled streets and arcades, set at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz Rivers. Spend the day here, an enjoy an included afternoon walking to see how Passau’s wealthy past is reflected in its many fine buildings, such as baroque St Stephen’s Cathedral and old and new Bishop’s Palaces.

Depart Passau this evening and sail through the night.

Passau Bavaria Germany Europe

18/08/2021 Regensburg to Kelheim 🎧

St Peter Cathedral, Regensburg

Spirit of the Rhine sails in to Regensburg this morning and you can spend time exploring the old town on an optional walking tour. Alternatively another optional excursion visits Weltenburg Abbey, a masterpiece of German baroque architecture overlooking the Danube Gorge.

After setting sail late morning, your ship will pause in Kelheim this afternoon where Weltenburg excursion participants will rejoin her.

Set off again this evening.

Kelheim Bavaria Germany Europe

19/08/2021 Nuremberg to Prague

The bridges of Prague

Disembark Spirit of the Rhine after breakfast and transfer to the locally rated 5-star Corinthia Hotel (4Q) in Prague. Dinner is included tonight.


20/08/2021 Prague

Prague Old Town Square with Astronomical Clock Tower

This morning an optional tour will reveal some of the city’s main attractions, or you may like to join an optional walking tour that explores the city’s culinary traditions.

Spend the afternoon at leisure and this evening you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy an optional folklore dinner.


21/08/2021 Prague to UK

Check out of your hotel after breakfast and transfer 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 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

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

Dürnstein walking tour

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-and-a-half hours
The historical city of Durnstein, Austria
Dürnstein 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

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

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 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 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
Prague and the Delights of the Danube: To Prague - 2021

The Danube

from £1,349 per person
2 passengers
9 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £54 if not required

Prague and the Delights of the Danube: From Prague - 2021

Prague and the Delights of the Danube: To Prague - 2021

The Danube

from £1,349 per person
2 passengers
9 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £54 if not required