TUI Danube Flavours 2021 River Cruise
A fantastic 5-day journey from Vienna’s stunning palaces, stopping off at the Slovakian capital, Bratislava, followed by the small town of Esztergom, and finishing in brilliant Budapest.
Classical music, palatial architecture and priceless works of art are just a flavour of Vienna’s social standing. It’s Austria’s capital, and sits on the west bank of the Danube River. U-Bahn trains take five or 10 minutes to get from the waterfront to the city centre, where pretty parks fill in the gaps between the libraries, churches and opera houses. Crispy portions of Wiener schnitzel are on every restaurant menu, and on-the-go explorers opt for kasekrainer – a frankfurter filled with melted cheese. Shoppers make a beeline for Karnter Strasse, where big-name brands stand shoulder-to-shoulder. And if you take a stroll to the southern reaches, you’ll find Baroque palaces and grand concert halls.
The Slovakian capital spans the centuries with its old-and-new appeal. Bratislava Castle’s the standout site – you can see it from practically anywhere in the city, thanks to its hilltop spot beside the Danube River. The pumpkin-coloured rooftops of the old town are slotted together like Tetris blocks, and you’ll see gold crowns studded into the pavement that mark the city’s church-filled Coronation Route. Ornate opera houses and a turquoise-tinted Art Nouveau church are among the signature sights, and beer and dumplings is the go-to combo in most restaurants. At the modern end of the scale, the UFO Bridge – which resembles a flying saucer – has a viewing deck above the city skyline.
Esztergom’s got a bit of a surprise up its sleeve, considering its small-town status. It’s in a rural spot north-west of better-known Budapest, but boasts a huge basilica that’s worthy of city-centre status. It’s both the biggest church and the tallest building in Hungary, to give you an idea of its size. The rest of the town’s got a more low-key appeal, with intricate streets that are peppered with traditional eateries and tucked-away churches. Baroque architecture and pretty fountains are on show in Szechenyi Square – the town’s other focal point, which was totally rebuilt in 2006.
Sliced in half by the Danube, Budapest is like two cities in one. Hilly Buda sits to the west of the river, crowned by a vast 18th-century castle and the turreted Fisherman’s Bastion. To the east, you’ve got Pest, which is home to one of the grandest parliament buildings in the world. The whole city’s a treasure chest for architecture, though – even its famous thermal baths are style icons, from Ottoman-era Rudas to canary-yellow Szechenyi and its open-air number. And its quirky ruin bars – housed in derelict, open-air buildings – are anything but ordinary. Go for a drink at Szimpla Kert and you can take a seat in a cut-open car or admire the graffiti-covered walls.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
|21 October 2021||£749|
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- Direct flights from a range of UK airports with 20kg luggage allowance
- 3 Nights on board TUI Skyla
- Airport transfers - to and from your ship
- Full board plus - breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Tea, coffee and juices with breakfast
- Wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner
- Barbecues on deck (weather permitting)
- Free WiFi (signal permitting)
- All tips and port charges
- Visit a Slovak home
- Bratislava city train tour
- Heurigen experience
- City train & Esztergom Basilica
- Sound of Vienna: An evening in concert
- Classic Vienna city tour
- Budapest city tour
- The Great Hungarian Plain
- Dinner & dancing in Budapest