Classical Music on the Danube Spirit of the Danube River Cruise
This classical music themed river cruise on the Danube will entertain you with on-board talks from Classic FM Concert host John Suchet, plus live performances both on board and ashore. In Budapest an included culinary-themed walking tour involves strudel making and a visit to the Central Market Hall, or you can choose to see the capital's highlights, such as the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buda Castle and Fisherman's Bastion, on an included sightseeing tour. You’ll also be treated to a private classical concert.
While in Vienna, the capital of classical music, you’ll see famous sights such as the Imperial Hofburg complex and State Opera House. You’ll also enjoy an evening concert of music by Mozart and the Strauss family in one of the city’s palaces near the Ringstrasse. A visit to Linz provides the opportunity to go to Ansfelden and the birthplace of the composer Anton Bruckner, which is now a museum. This included excursion also features a concert in the elaborate Baroque surroundings of Florian’s Abbey.
Guest Speaker: John Suchet presented the flagship morning show on Classic FM for over ten years and now hosts the Classic FM Concert. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and has written five composer biographies — Beethoven, Mozart, the Strauss Dynasty, Verdi and Tchaikovsky.
Fly to Budapest and embark Spirit of the Danube. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner on board as you remain moored here overnight.
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 eateries. 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.
This afternoon enjoy a private classical concert ashore (details will be provided on board ship). This evening you can attend an Opera in Budapest. Spirit of the Danube sails towards Bratislava overnight
Spirit of the Danube continues towards Slovakia's capital, arriving this afternoon for an optional tour or trip up the UFO observation tower to sample locally brewed beer. 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.
Later your ship begins the cruise to Vienna.
This morning enjoy an included sightseeing tour of 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.
This afternoon an optional excursion visits Schönbrunn Palace and in the evening, after dinner on board your ship, you’ll be treated to a private concert of music by Mozart and the Strauss family in one of Vienna’s palaces near the Ringstrasse (details will be provided on board ship).
Spend a relaxing morning on board your ship cruising to Dürnstein, located 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 optional walking tour takes you through the cobbled streets to visit the abbey for an organ concert.
Spirit of the Danube will set sail again late this afternoon.
This morning an included excursion takes you to Ansfelden and the birthplace of the composer Anton Bruckner, which is now a museum. You will also visit Florian’s Abbey where you can enjoy an included concert. Returning to your ship, sail before lunch towards Esztergom.
Arrive mid afternoon in Esztergom, where you’ll have time to explore at leisure. The nation’s first king St Stephen was born here in 975 and the city was the capital of Hungary until 1249.
This evening Spirit of the Danube continues to Budapest, arriving later this evening.
Disembark after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
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|3 November 2022||£1,649|
- Low deposit of only £99pp
- VIP door-to-door travel service
- Optional travel insurance or a discount of £20 if not required†
- A selection of return transport including UK flights, Eurostar or coach travel (subject to availability and some may carry a supplement)
- 7 nights on board Spirit of the Danube
- 20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
- All gratuities on board
- Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Saga Cruise Host
- Budapest city tour OR culinary walking tour
- Vienna city tour OR culinary walking tour
- Private concert in Vienna
- Florian’s Abbey and concert, and visit to Bruckner’s birthplace
- Beer tasting at the UFO
- Bratislava city tour
- Schonbrunn Palace
- Dürnstein walking tour