Gems of the Danube 2019 Scenic River Cruise
It’s hardly surprising that one of Europe’s longest waterways has so many wonderful attractions along its banks. Even so, every aspect of this itinerary will surprise and delight you. Explore Nuremberg, famous for so many landmark events in history; Vienna, with its remarkable array of elegant buildings; and Budapest, so often cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. You can look forward to enjoying it all from the deck of a Scenic Space-Ship in 5-star luxury.
Fly from one of up to 14 UK regional airports or travel direct from London Heathrow to Munich. You’ll transfer to your Scenic Space-Ship, which is docked in fascinating Nuremberg in Bavaria, which dates back to the 11th Century. Your cruise begins here, and you'll get to toast the occasion at this evening's welcome reception.
From the distinguished Medieval architecture and fortifications of the Old Town, to historic WWII sites, Franconia's largest city has so much to offer each and every one of its visitors.
Freechoice: Choose to visit moving WWII sites or try something a little lighter – the 'Tastes of Nuremberg', a tour of culinary delights that will help you discover a passion for local bratwurst, beer and gingerbread. We won’t tell anyone if you loosen your belt a little.
Located on the confluence of three rivers, Regensburg offers a rich tapestry of experiences. The Medieval centre of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site and a testimony of the city's status as cultural centre of southern Germany in the Middle Ages.
Freechoice: Join the group for an enjoyable walk around Regensburg or hop on a local ferry and sail the Danube Gorge to view historic Weltenburg Abbey, where you can sample beer from one of the oldest monastic breweries in the world. Alternatively, you could take a leisurely cycle on your own to the Walhalla monument with your Tailormade GPS device.
This morning you'll cruise into Passau, the beautiful Baroque city straddling Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. Also known as the Dreiflüssestadt or 'City of the Three Rivers', because the Danube is joined at Passau by the Inn from the south and the Ilz from the north.
Freechoice: Take an excursion to the Medieval Czech town of Ceský Krumlov and discover its World Heritagelisted old city, or journey to Salzburg and explore the birthplace of Mozart, and the city backdrop for the film ‘The Sound of Music’.
As you travel deeper into Austria, you have plenty of exciting Freechoice excursions to choose from. You will also have time to admire the beautiful views and endless scenery from the comfort of your stylish Space-Ship, whether you're unwinding in the comfort of your private balcony or soaking up the sights from the panoramic Sun Deck.
Freechoice: Be guided through Melk’s magnificent 18th Century Benedictine Abbey. Alternatively, if you’re feeling more active, embark on an enjoyable guided bike ride along the river from Melk to one of the most enchanting villages in the region, Dürnstein – at your own pace, of course.
Sundowners: As the day ends, you’ll get to take in the fine views of the breathtakingly beautiful Wachau Valley. You’ll be in very fine company, and can expect a wonderful ending to a magnificent day. Of course, we can't take all the credit for this one. It’s nature who provides the view, we’re just bringing the drinks.
Welcome to Vienna, Austria's famous capital city. Its artistic and intellectual legacy was shaped by residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. The city is also known for its Imperial palaces, including Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs' summer residence.
Freechoice: Take a guided tour of Bratislava or Schönbrunn Palace, and witness the sheer opulence of the Habsburg Empire. Alternatively, visit the world-renowned Spanish Riding School and either tour the stables or see the famous Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting their skills during their morning exercise program. Or why not taste your way around the local market with your on board chef, as part of our Shop With a Chef excursion?
Enrich: Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein while enjoying a glass of fine Austrian Sekt. Then be enthralled by an enchanting private Viennese evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart. Even in elegant Vienna, Palais Liechtenstein is one of the grandest of all venues.
As you sail on the waters of the Danube, Budapest's magical city skyline appears from the water's edge. With Buda on one side and Pest on the other, you'll be spoilt for choice as you depart your Space-Ship bound for the region's essential landmarks.
Freechoice: Make the most of a guided tour of this city including a piano concert, or relax and unwind at the Thermal Baths and Spa. Or you can choose to experience the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock, a relic of WWII and the 1956 uprising.
After breakfast, transfer to Budapest airport for your return flight home.
|05 August 2019||£2,739|
|15 August 2019 (in reverse)||£2,319|
|24 October 2019 (in reverse)||£2,539 Cat PP Balcony Suite|
- Savings of up to £3,000 per couple
- Free Fast Track Security Pass and Free Airport lounge pass
- Return flights from a selection of up to 14 UK airports with a choice of airlines
- 7 nights on Europe’s most luxurious 5-star ships
- 20 superb meals: including 7 breakfasts,6 lunches and 7 dinners
- All your drinks wherever, whenever whilst on board your cruise†
- An on-board butler service for every guest
- Unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime events
- 15 flexible and exclusive excursion options
- Tipping, transfers, port charges and airport taxes worth £440 per couple
- Complimentary WiFi
- No hidden extras whatsoever