TUI Danube Treasures 2021 River Cruise
From Vienna’s palaces to Budapest’s bathhouses, this itinerary dances you along the Danube, stopping at must-see cities and all the picture-perfect villages in between.
Your first day is in Budapest, Hungary’s grand capital. This place is split in two by the Danube, and each district has its own charms. There’s the hilly Buda area, which is crowned by a sprawling castle and a turreted fort. Or flat Pest, which has its own architectural gems, like the spectacular Gothic Parliament Building. Even the city’s bathhouses are handsome – think the Art Nouveau Gellert Baths, the Ottoman-era Kiraly and the bright-yellow Szechenyi.
From one capital to another, you’ll pull into Bratislava this afternoon. You’ll have until the evening to explore the Slovakian city, which is known for its Prague-style bar scene and historic architecture. You can see where 11 Hungarian kings were crowned at St Martin’s Cathedral, then follow the little brass crowns along the cobblestone paths of the old town. They’ll lead you past Medieval buildings, quirky shops and lively cafés.
You can tick off two of Austria’s prettiest towns today, as you enter the scenic Wachau Valley. In the morning, you’ll arrive in Durnstein. This twee town’s nestled into the middle of a photogenic bend in the river. Sitting above town is the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. In Melk, meanwhile – your afternoon stop – a spectacular Baroque abbey watches proudly over the town.
History buffs and fans of all things modern will both be in their element today. You’ll spend the day in Linz, an Austrian city, which teeters on the edge of old and new. Its old town’s full of ornate Baroque buildings and half-timbered houses. Those after something more 21st century – and beyond – will find just that at the cutting-edge Ars Electronica Center, AKA the Museum of the Future, where there’s an emphasis on interactive exhibits.
The so-called City of Music has a prolific past, attracting all the big names – from Beethoven to Brahms. And it’s still a big part of life here, hence the grand opera house and concert halls. You’ll be staying here overnight, which means you can try to take in a show. Before this, though, there are two opulent palaces to see
You’ve got another day in Vienna, as we don’t leave ‘til early evening. After a day of palaces and all things musical yesterday, you can really get under the city’s skin today. See where its famous composers spent their days on a potter around its famous coffeehouses. Follow in the footsteps of Freud at Café Central, or discover where Mozart once played at Café Frauenhuber.
You’ll drop in on Esztergom this morning. Most tourists miss this unassuming town on their rush to nearby Budapest. But it’s living proof that the best things sometimes come in small packages. Hungary’s biggest church and tallest building, Esztergom Basilica, christens its hilltop. Plus, the country’s first king, St Stephen, was born in this very spot. After the morning here, you’ll make your way to Budapest for the rest of the evening.
After spending the night in Budapest, you can get to know the city even better on your last day. If you crossed off the big-hitting sights on your last visit, it’s time to delve a little deeper. The Jewish Quarter’s a good place to start. It’s full of ruin bars – one-of-a-kind watering holes housed in the city’s old, dilapidated buildings. The most popular – Szimplakert – features room after room filled with graffiti, mismatched decor and quirky artwork.
|2 August 2021||£1,279|
|23 August 2021||£1,229|
|13 September 2021||£1,379|
|27 September 2021||£1,239|
|25 October 2021||£999|
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- Direct flights from a range of UK airports with 20kg luggage allowance
- 7 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)
- £120pp Experience Credit per 7 days
- All tips and port charges
- Dinner and dancing in Budapest
- Bratislava city train tour
- Walking tour of Durnstein
- Durnstein & Melk Abbey
- Linz by train
- Walking tour of Linz
- The sound of music in Salzburg
- Postlingberg panoramas
- Sound of Vienna: an evening convert
- Heurigen experience
- Classic Vienna city tour
- Schönbrunn Palace
- City train & Esztergom Basilica
- Budapest city tour
- Visit a Slovak home