Vienna and the Blue Danube 2021 Saga River Cruise

Be thrilled by vibrant Vienna and stately Budapest. Begin your holiday with a three-night hotel stay and a local concert in vibrant Vienna, then cruise along the Danube to stately Budapest, through the tranquil riverscapes of Austria, Slovakia and Hungary where you'll visit a host of delightful towns that cluster on the Danube Bend.

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Itinerary

Travel to Vienna for a three-night stay at the locally rated 4-star Imperial Riding School Hotel. Your stay is on a half-board basis, with one dinner at a local restaurant and two dinners at the hotel.

Enjoy an included half-day tour of Vienna, the legendary city of the Hapsburgs for 600 hundred years. Your tour includes a drive around the Ringstrasse, a wide avenue encircling the old city, taking in all its historic buildings, including the magnificent State Opera House. Tonight, a traditional three-course Austrian dinner will be served at the atmospheric Augustinerkeller restaurant, which is located in one of the monastery cellars of Vienna's Old Town.

Enjoy a day at leisure in Vienna, or join an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace. This evening, after dinner on board, take in an included concert. You’ll travel to the baroque Palais Auersperg or one of Vienna’s other impressive palaces near the Ringstrasse, for a concert featuring music by Mozart and the Strauss family.

Spend a final morning at leisure in Vienna before embarking Amadeus Royal later this afternoon. Begin your cruise along the Danube to Dürnstein as you enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board tonight.

Spend part of the morning in Dürnstein, set in the beautiful Wachau valley beneath the ruined Kuenringer Castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned during the late 12th century. Set sail to Melk where you'll have the opportunity to visit its Benedictine Abbey on an optional excursion. Depart Melk during dinner and cruise through the night to Passau.

Arrive in Passau later this morning. Enjoy the afternoon exploring the 'Venice of Bavaria', set at the meeting point of three rivers – the Danube, Inn and Ilz, and surrounded by wooded hills. Or, to make the most of your visit why not join an optional city walk and hear the history of this attractive town? Amadeus Royal departs late tonight.

Enjoy the morning in Linz, exploring independently. Your ship departs during lunch and cruises overnight towards Bratislava.

This morning you arrive in Slovakia's capital, Bratislava. Spend an enjoyable day exploring the city’s old quarter, overlooked by the massive rectangular castle, and admiring the attractive Hapsburg architecture, independently or on an optional morning city tour. Stroll through ancient cobbled streets to Bratislava Castle for a bird’s-eye view of the city. See the Gothic-style Cathedral, where eleven Kings of Hungary were crowned while Turks occupied their own capital.

Your ship departs in the early hours, arriving in Esztergom before breakfast. It is perhaps the most beautiful of the small towns on the Danube Bend, and home to Hungary's largest basilica, the dome of which can be seen for miles. Perhaps explore here and the artistic community of Szentendre on an optional excursion. Depart at lunchtime and cruise to Budapest, arriving early this evening.

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, from the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buda Castle that sits above the river on the west bank, to the impressive Hungarian Parliament buildings in Pest on the east bank.

Disembark after breakfast and return to the UK.

Price Guide

Date Price from (pp)
5 May 2021 £1,999
28 May 2021 £2,329
29 August 2021 £2,299
26 September 2021 £2,119

What's Included

  • Low deposit of only £99pp
  • Savings of up to £500pp on selected cabin grades and departures
  • VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Optional travel insurance or a discount of £20 if not required†
  • Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or ferry
  • 3 Nights stayin Vienna followed by 7 nights on board Amadeus Royal
  • All meals on board
  • All gratuities on board
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Saga cruise director & Saga cruise escort on board