TUI Diamonds on the Danube 2022 River Cruise
Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany are the headline acts on this eight-day cruise along the Danube. Highlights include Hungary’s biggest church and Budapest’s eye-popping parliament building.
Two days in Budapest means you’ve got the chance to see Hungary’s capital by day and night. Put your sightseeing hat on and tick off some of its star attractions. You could start with the Fisherman’s Bastion – a spired, Neo-Gothic castle. Then walk 15 minutes over to Buda Castle. In the evening, grab a drink in a quirky ruin bar – they’re housed in derelict, open-air buildings.
See some more of Budapest’s top-drawer architecture today. Even its famous thermal baths are style icons, from Ottoman-era Rudas to canary-yellow Szechenyi and its open-air pool. There’s also time to get a selfie outside the eye-widening parliament building, and to watch locals barter for fresh fruit and vegetables in the Central Market Hall.
You’ll have a few hours in Esztergom today. This rural town might be small, but it boasts a huge basilica that’s worthy of city-centre status. It’s both the biggest church and the tallest building in Hungary. The rest of the town’s got a more low-key appeal, criss-crossed with intricate streets that are peppered with traditional eateries and tucked-away churches.
Open the curtains on the Slovakian capital this morning. Bratislava Castle’s the standout site – you can see it from practically anywhere in the city, thanks to its hilltop spot beside the Danube. Ornate opera houses and a turquoise-tinted Art Nouveau church are also among the signature sights, and beer and dumplings is the go-to combo in most restaurants.
Classical music, palatial architecture and priceless works of art are just a flavour of Vienna’s social standing – and you’ve got all of today to soak up as much of it as you can. Jump on a U-Bahn train – they 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.
Expect a double helping of Austrian hotspots today. You’ve got the morning to spend in the little Austrian town of Weissenkirchen, where winemakers’ and shipmasters’ houses rub shoulders with cosy pubs and rolling vineyards. In the afternoon, hit Melk. It’s like a pocket-sized version of Vienna, with grand architecture and an easy-on-the-eye old quarter.
Another Austrian megastar’s on the cards today. Linz is a perfect example of half old, half new. There’s a stellar collection of extravagant churches, abbeys and Baroque buildings – most of which are handily placed on the fringes of the main square, Hauptplatz. These are matched by ultra-modern museums and art galleries on the riverfront, like the Ars Electronica Center.
You’ll spend your last day in Passau, ahead of your flight home. This German town’s snuggled up to the Austrian border and flaunts winding lanes that are drizzled with churches, cafés and an Italian-inspired cathedral. Make time to try some local snacks, like bratwurst sausage or cambozola – a triple-cream cheese, served with honey, crackers and fruit.
|22 April 2022||£1,219|
|29 April 2022^||£1,199|
|10 June 2022||£1,679|
|17 June 2022^||£1,679|
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- Direct flights from London Gatwick with 20kg luggage allowance (other airports available - supplements may apply)
- 7 nights on board TUI Maya
- 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
- Hungarian horses, Csikos cowboys and countryside carriage rides
- Budapest city tour
- Dinner and dancing in Budapest
- Esztergom city train & Basilica
- Visit a Slovak home
- Bratislava city train tour
- Devin castle with wine-tasting
- Heurigen experience
- Sounds of Vienna: an evening in concert
- Classic Vienna city tour
- Walking and wine tasting in Weissenkirchen
- Melk Abbey
- Walking tour of Linz
- Postlingberg panoramas
- The sounds of music in Salzburg