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The Danube and Majestic Mountains of the Arlberg Pass

The Danube

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Cruise the Danube and travel aboard the Arlberg Railway…

Embark Spirit of the Danube in Belgrade and cruise to Novi Sad, the meeting point of European and Balkan cultures. Contrast the traditional Hungarian town of Kalocsa with Bratislava, Slovakia’s bustling capital city, before continuing to Vienna for a two-night stay at the locally rated 4-star Imperial Riding School (4Q).

Choose between an included culinary-themed walking tour and an included sightseeing tour, which reveals the historic buildings of the Ringstrasse. You’ll also visit Vienna’s Spanish Riding School before transferring to Salzburg, setting for the 1965 film ‘The Sound of Music’. An included tour will reveal sites associated with the cult film and you’ll stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star Hotel am Mirabellplatz (3Q) before continuing to Innsbruck. Enjoy an included tour of the city, then step aboard the Arlberg Railway for a scenic journey through the Alpine vistas of the Arlberg Pass to Zurich, where you stay for two nights at the locally rated 4-star Glockenhof Hotel (4Q). Explore Zurich’s highlights on an included tour.

Including...

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed5 nights Full Board aboard the ship, 3 nights Half Board and 3 nights Breakfasts only in hotels

Dinner plate25 meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners

CocktailWine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner

PersonCruise Host

Plus...

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

MapIncluded excursions

  • Vienna city tour OR culinary walking tour of Vienna
  • Visit to Vienna's Spanish Riding School
  • Tour of Salzburg
  • Innsbruck tour
  • Zurich city tour

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

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Day 1 UK to Belgrade

St Sava Cathedral, Belgrade, Serbia

Fly to Serbia’s capital and embark Spirit of the Danube.

Enjoy a welcome cocktail reception and dinner on board this evening.

Belgrade Serbia Europe

Day 2 Novi Sad

Petrovaradin Fortress, Novi Sad

Spend the morning at leisure in this city where European and Balkan cultures meet, with the Danube forming part of the border. Novi Sad is the capital of Vojvodina, the northern Autonomous Province of Serbia. Situated on the Danube between Budapest and Belgrade, it's a treasured regional and cultural centre. 

You can’t miss the Petrovaradin Fortress, built between 1692 and 1790, the upper fortress contains a 10-mile network of passages and galleries, with officers’ residences and government buildings below in the lower fortress. The City Museum, where you can find out more and see artisan workshops, is located within the fortress walls.The old town is home to some fine 18th and 19th-century architecture and you’ll have the opportunity to join an optional walking tour here. 

Set sail early this afternoon and spend the rest of the day relaxing on board Spirit of the Danube as she continues towards Kalocsa.

Novi Sad Serbia Europe

Day 3 Kalocsa

The Bishop’s Palace of Kalocsa

Arrive in Kalocsa this morning and take the opportunity to join an optional tour of Puszta or embark on an optional walking tour of Kalocsa.

Spirit of the Danube continues cruising towards Bratislava in the afternoon.

Kalocsa Hungary Europe

Day 4 - 12 Bratislava 🎧

Medieval St Michael Gate tower, Bratislava

This afternoon you arrive in Slovakia's capital, Bratislava.

Take the opportunity to explore the city’s old quarter, overlooked by the massive rectangular castle, and admire the attractive Habsburg architecture, independently or on an optional city tour. This afternoon perhaps venture up the UFO observation tower for panoramic views and the opportunity to sample locally brewed beer.

Set sail again late this evening cruising overnight bound for Vienna.

Slovakia Europe

Day 5 Vienna 🎧

Albertina Square, Vienna

Arrive in Vienna – steeped in imperial and musical history – before breakfast.

This morning choose between an included culinary-themed walking tour from Albertina Square to the Imperial Palace and an included sightseeing tour, which involves a drive around the Ringstrasse, encircling the old city. This afternoon an optional excursion visits grand Schönbrunn Palace. You may wish to spend the final evening of your holiday in Viennese style – after dinner on board, you can attend an optional performance of music by Mozart and Strauss in one of the great formal concert houses of Imperial Vienna.

Vienna Austria Europe

Day 6 Vienna

Vienna at night with the Danube River

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the locally rated 4-star Imperial Riding School (4Q), your hotel for the next two nights.

The hotel is located within a building which served as a military riding school in the mid-19th century. It’s modern facilities include a restaurant, fitness centre and indoor swimming pool. All bedrooms include a telephone, television, free Wi-Fi, radio, safe, hairdryer and coffee maker.

Dinner is included this evening.


Day 7 Vienna

Hofburg Palace, Vienna

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, followed by a morning at leisure. This afternoon an included excursion visits Vienna’s Spanish Riding School, which forms part of the Hofburg Palace complex.

The school, founded over 450 years ago, is dedicated to the preservation of classical dressage and you will see the stables where the Lipizzaner horses are trained, before taking a tour of the palace itself (there will not be a performance during your visit).


Day 8 Vienna to Salzburg

Salzburg

Following breakfast, check out of your hotel and transfer by coach to Salzburg (a scenic journey of approximately 250 miles, which should take around four hours), stopping en route for an included lunch. In Salzburg you’ll stay at the locally rated 4-star Hotel am Mirabellplatz (3Q) on a breakfast-only board basis. 

Built in the 17th century by Prince Archbishop Paris Lodron as a city palace, guests have been welcomed into this historic building since 1816. Across the road from the hotel is the Mirabell Palace and gardens, with both the Linzergasse and Getreidegasse of Salzburg’s Old Town just a short walk away. The hotel has 70 unique bedrooms, each with a telephone, television, minibar, safe and free Wi-Fi. 

Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening.


Day 9 Salzburg

Salzburg

An included excursion this morning reveals sites associated with the musical drama ‘The Sound of Music’, which was released in 1965. You’ll see 17th-century Hellbrunn Palace; the Baroque Frohnburg Palace, which was used as the Trapp Villa in the film; the lakeside town of St Gilgen; and Lake Mondsee. 

The rest of the day is at leisure, perhaps take time to explore Salzburg independently.


Day 10 Salzburg to Innsbruck to Zurich

Zurich, Switzerland

Check out of your hotel after breakfast and travel by coach to Innsbruck (a journey of approximately 115 miles, which should take around two hours). Enjoy an included tour of this attractive city, where Imperial and modern architecture sit side-by-side. Lunch is included. 

From Innsbruck you board the RailJet for your First Class train journey to Zurich, passing through the beautiful mountain scenery of the Arlberg Pass and travelling alongside the Walensee and Zurichsee en route. The Arlberg Railway opened in 1884 and is one of the highest-altitude standard gauge railways in Europe, reaching 1,310 metres above sea level. 

You spend the next two nights on a breakfast-only basis at the locally rated 4-star Glockenhof Hotel (4Q) in the heart of Zurich. The hotel has 91 air-conditioned bedrooms, each with radio, television, free Wi-Fi, telephone, hairdryer, Nespresso coffee machine and tea-making facilities. Although the hotel does not have a bar or evening restaurant, there are plenty of bars and eateries nearby. Dinner is included at the hotel this evening.


Day 11 Zurich

Zurich

Set off this morning on an included tour of Zurich, with some free time to explore independently. Lying on the shores of Lake Zurich, the city is known for its association with the financial world. It’s also home to some 50 museums ranging from the Kunsthaus Zurich to the Swiss National Museum. Look out for the ‘guild’ halls and houses – reminders of the merchant guilds that have been associated with the city since the Middle Ages, or take a stroll along the Bahnhofstrasse, the city’s ‘shopping mile’ with its well-known shop names. 

Spend the afternoon and evening at leisure, returning to your hotel for the final night of your holiday.


Day 12 Zurich to UK

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


Novi Sad

Novi Sad is the capital of Vojvodina, the northern Autonomous Province of Serbia. Situated on the Danube between Budapest and Belgrade, it's a treasured regional and cultural centre. Enjoy a short walking tour of the old town centre, which boasts a fine selection of 18th and 19th-century buildings. Then continue to an old family wine cellar where you can taste the local wines, and also honey, produced here.

Walking Grade 3.

Three hours
Novi Sad
  • Optional on 11 nights itinerary

Kalocsa walking tour

Learn more about Hungary’s history with a guided tour of Kalocsa, a fascinating town some 80 miles south of Budapest. Its baroque cathedral, completed in 1754, has a stunning pink and gold stucco interior, and Franz Liszt was reputedly the first to play its magnificent 3,560-pipe organ. The Treasury includes a bust of St Stephen cast in 1896 with 2kg of gold, while the Episcopal Library houses a 13th-century Bible annotated by Martin Luther. You’ll also visit Kalocsa’s House of Folk Arts. Based in a 200-year old townhouse, is records traditional rural life including examples of the famous local embroidery. Another treat is a visit to the world’s only Paprika Museum! Learn about the processing of Kalocsa’s ‘red gold’, from sowing and harvesting to smashing and grinding, using time-honoured methods.

Walking Grade 3

Two hours
Cultivation of Paprika in Hungary
  • Optional on 11 nights itinerary

Puszta tour

Discover traditional Hungary during this fascinating excursion into the Puszta or Great Hungarian Plain. In this historic home of gulyas - cattle herdsmen, csikos - horsemen, and Hungarian Roma, the cattle, horses, sheep and buffalo roam free, controlled only by skilled riders. You'll be treated to astonishing displays of horsemanship that date back centuries, where the necessity for horses to lie down on command ensured survival in times of war. Afterwards you will have an opportunity to ride in a horse-drawn carriage, and be offered a nip of local brandy and savoury scones.

Walking Grade 2

Three hours
Pustza
  • Optional on 11 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 11 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 11 nights itinerary
The Danube and Majestic Mountains of the Arlberg Pass

The Danube