TUI Magical Danube 2021 River Cruise
You’ll visit four countries in a week on this cruise along the Danube. Three historic capitals – Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna – are also on the cards.
Your cruise kicks off in Hungary’s culture-rich capital. The ship won’t leave ‘til night-time. So, if you’ve got time, it’s worth checking out some of the city’s jaw-dropping architecture. Start at the riverfront Parliament Building and work your way inwards to the Jewish District, where St Stephen’s Basilica proudly stands among the office buildings and ruin bars.
The country-hopping begins this afternoon, as you dock in Slovakia. This place has strong links with Hungary – lots of its Baroque palaces were built by the country’s nobles back in the 13th century. But it’s the city’s hilltop castle that turns heads. This snow-white fortification dates back to the 9th century, but has been rebuilt a whopping three times. Other architectural highlights include the Art Nouveau St Elizabeth’s Church and the whole of the old town.
Another day, another country. You’ll breeze into Austria, stopping in the charming town of Krems for a few hours. This place is a creative customer, with an Art Mile dedicated to galleries and museums. There’s the country’s only caricature museum, which features a small collection of English political satires. Plus, there’s an art museum housed in an old tobacco factory and a former cloister, dedicated to winemaking finds.
You’ll cruise into your fourth country today. Passau, in Germany, has a one-of-a-kind setting. It’s the only place in the world where three rivers meet. Its old town rests on a spikey peninsula, which juts into the meeting point of the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz. For a bird’s-eye view, you’ll need to head up the observation tower of the city’s 13th-century hilltop fortress, Veste Oberhaus
Before you reach Vienna, you’ll spend a day in Austria’s third-biggest city. This place has always attracted creative types, like composers Mozart and Bruckner, or scientist Johannes Kepler. Back in their day, it was the Augustinian Abbey and handsome Hauptplatz that turned heads. These days, visitors are drawn in by the ultra-modern Lentos Art Museum and the Ars Electronica Center, AKA the Museum of the Future, which light up the riverfront.
Austria’s capital is next on the agenda. You could spend a whole day in its lavish palaces alone. Hofburg’s the official residence of the country’s president, as well as the dancing Lipizzaner horses. Schönbrunn’s gardens are just as preened as its opulent interiors. And Belvedere houses an art museum, featuring works like The Kiss by Gustav Klimt. You’re not leaving ‘til late, so there’s time to scope out other buildings, like the opera house and cathedral, too
You’ll swap extravagant Vienna for oh-so cool Budapest this afternoon. This place is dubbed the Paris of the East for its attractive architecture, but it’s got a quirky side, too. Here, the sky’s dominated by a multi-spired Parliament Building and a hilltop castle complex, rather than the Eiffel Tower. Plus, the Champs-Élysées is replaced by a Jewish Quarter full of ruin bars and restaurants. You’re here overnight, so there’s plenty of time for a drink or two
It’s your last day, so you’ll need to finish up any last-minute sightseeing. You could go for lunch at the Great Market Hall. There’s a mezzanine level, where you can grab goulash, served in a bowl of bread. Or go for a dip at one of the city’s bathhouses. There are all kinds to choose from. Szechenyi’s outdoor pools are super popular, the Ottoman-era Kiraly flaunts old school Turkish vibes, and Rudas has a swanky rooftop hot tub.
|9 August 2021||£1,389|
|30 August 2021||£1,319|
|20 September 2021||£1,289|
|11 October 2021||£1,099|
- All Inclusive Upgrade from £252pp
- 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
- Bratislava city train tour
- Walking tour of Krems
- Monastery tour & wine tasting
- Hilltop fortress & open air museum
- Bavarian boat cruise, beer & baroque town tour
- Walking tour of Durnstein
- Walking tour of Passau
- Linz by train
- Walking tour of Linz
- The sound of music in Salzburg
- Walking tour of Durstein
- Postlingberg Panoramas
- Sound of Vienna: An evening in concert
- Heurigen experience
- Schönbrunn Palace
- Classic Vienna city tour
- Dinner and dancing in Budapest
- Budapest city tour
- Visit a Slovak home
- A great Hungarian plain