Named after its iconic White Church this little town is straight from a postcard.
- Abbey days
See the magnificent abbeys of Melk and Weltenburg during your holiday.
- Breathtaking Budapest
Explore this wonderful city on foot, and using the city’s cog-wheel railway.
- Cruise in style
Cruise the Danube aboard luxurious MS Maxima.
- Explore Bratislava
Spend time in Slovakia's capital and discover the charms of the city's old quarter, including the Castle.
- Full board
Walk across the heart of Europe
Step aboard MS Maxima for a very special river cruise from Germany to Hungary, with an included programme of scenic walks and included tours of two stately and fascinating capital cities.
Your voyage begins in Regensburg, from where you can look forward to your first guided walk around the magnificent Weltenburg Abbey. Cruise on to Passau where a picturesque walk along the banks of the River Ilz awaits you. Save some energy for the following day when you can look forward to two walks – a morning stroll through Melk and into the shadow of it’s Benedictine Abbey and then a pleasant walk through the vineyards of Weissenkirchen after lunch. You have more than 24 hours in Vienna during which you can enjoy another walk boasting incredible views and later an included sightseeing tour. Sail across the border to Slovakia’s historic capital, Bratislava, where an optional tour is available, and then cruise through the night for Budapest, the grand capital of Hungary, where you can look forward to your final walk and another included sightseeing excursion – a fitting way to round-off your holiday!
7 nights aboard the ship
20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
- Return flights and transfers
- Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on the ship
- Captain’s dinner and drinks reception
- Walking expert
- Saga Cruise Host
- Saga Cruise Assistant on board
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
- Sightseeing tour of Vienna
- Tour of Budapest
- Plus guided walks in Weltenburg, Passau, Melk, Weissenkirchen, Vienna and Budapest
01/06/2020 UK to Regensburg
Fly to Regensburg and transfer to the port where you will board MS Maxima.
Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board as you remain moored here overnight.
This morning transfer to Kelheim by coach and then board a boat to the historic Abbey at Weltenburg, passing the famous Danube Gorge en route.
Embark on a walk of around 3 kilometres around the Abbey, which lies in beautiful countryside on a gorge beside the river. Built between 1715-1734, the abbey is a masterpiece of German baroque architecture and is exquisitely painted. The Benedictine monks who live here are renowned for their award-winning dark ale - Weltenburger Kloster Baroque Dunkel - that they have brewed since the 11th century.
After your walk take the boat to Kelheim and then a coach back to Regensburg where your ship remains moored.
Enjoy dinner on board as your cruise begins with an overnight sailing towards Passau.
Arrive in Passau around breakfast time.
The 'Venice of Bavaria' is set at the meeting point of three rivers – the Danube, Inn and Ilz, and is surrounded by wooded hills. Enjoy another morning walk – this time around 6 kilometres and fairly steep at the beginning – which begins in the city then continues along the Ilz River. A cultured city, Passau’s wealthy past is reflected in its many fine buildings, including the magnificent baroque St Stephen’s Cathedral and old and new Bishop’s Palaces.
You have the afternoon to explore at your leisure then MS Maxima departs before dinner ahead of an overnight cruise to Melk.
04/06/2020 Melk to Dürnstein
Arrive in Melk at breakfast and embark on another excursion this morning, this time a 3 kilometre walk through the village and up to the Benedictine Abbey which sits on a promontory overlooking the Danube.
Work on the present monastery began in 1702 and its imposing exterior features an octagonal dome and symmetrical towers, After returning to your ship, depart Melk during lunch and make the short cruise to spend the rest of the afternoon and evening in Dürnstein, set in the beautiful Wachau valley beneath the ruined Kuenringer Castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned during the late 12th century. From here make the short transfer to Weissenkirchen – White Church – where you will embark on a 4 kilometre walk through the vineyard-clad slopes of the valley.
Set sail late tonight bound for the Austrian capital.
05/06/2020 Nussdorf (for Vienna)
Moor in the early hours ahead of a whole day in the stately Austrian capital of Vienna, the legendary city of the Habsburgs for 600 hundred years.
This morning you’ll enjoy an included sightseeing tour of the city which will reveal the landmark Romanesque and Gothic St Stephen's Cathedral and the famous late 19th-century Ringstrasse which is lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks. Today’s walk is around 5 kilometres as you head from Grinzing to Klosterneuburg along the Höhenstrasse Panoramic Route this afternoon. Look forward to seeing forests, vineyards and breathtaking views of the city and the Danube.
The remainder of the day and evening are at leisure as your ship remains moored here overnight.
06/06/2020 Vienna to Bratislava
Set sail over breakfast and spend the morning cruising across the border into Slovakia and mooring in the capital, Bratislava, before lunch.
You have the afternoon to explore at your leisure, or perhaps step aboard the miniature Bratislava City Train to explore the many highlights of this historic city on an optional excursion.
Set sail again after dinner and cruise overnight, crossing the Hungarian border, bound for Budapest.
After arriving at breakfast time your ship remains moored in Budapest for a full day and overnight stay.
This cosmopolitan city is divided by the Danube into Buda and Pest. An included city tour reveals some of the city's highlights, including the State Opera House and UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buda Castle that sits above the river on the west bank, from where you can see the impressive Hungarian Parliament buildings in Pest on the east bank. Your final walk begins with a train ride. The walking group will be transferred by coach to Fogaskerekű cog-wheel railway then take the train from Városmajor to the Széchenyi hill where the Uttörővasút (children's railway) starts. Take the railway to Janoshegy station then walk for 5 kilometres up to Szepjuhaszne station. Take a train ride to till Hűvösvölgy, the final stop on the children's railway, before transferring back to the ship.
08/06/2020 Budapest to UK
Disembark your ship and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
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
Optional on 7 nights itinerary