TUI Upper Danube Discovery 2022 River Cruise
Lavish palaces in Vienna, a mighty fortress in Passau and a castle of gigantic proportions in Bratislava all make an appearance on this 10-day cruise along the Danube.
Start your Danube adventure in Budapest, a city of two halves. This place is split by the Danube River, with Buda to the west and Pest to the east. The former’s crowned by a hilltop castle and a fortress, which offer up some of the best panoramas around. Head to the latter, meanwhile, and you can explore the quirky Jewish Quarter, then see the Gothic parliament building.
You’ve got another full day in Budapest today. Visit the charming Castle District or brave the House of Terror Museum. Have a drink in one of the city’s open-air ruin bars, too. The most famous is Szimplakert. Here, you can take a seat in a cut-open car or bathtub, surrounded by graffiti-covered walls and junkyard-chic furniture.
Hit up Hungary’s biggest church today. Esztergom might look like a small rural town, but the 72-metre-high dome of its basilica makes it a popular stop along the Danube. With half a day here, you’ll have time to climb to the top for 360-degree views over the rooftops. You can also inspect jewel-studded relics in the treasury and admire paintings in the chapel.
A full day in the Slovakian capital means you’ve got bags of time to tick off a castle, the old town, and a couple of modern landmarks. Bratislava Castle’s the standout site – it has the best views over the pumpkin-coloured rooftops of the city’s old quarter. At the modern end of the scale, you’ve got the UFO Bridge. It resembles a flying saucer and has a viewing deck above the city skyline.
Today’s the first of two days in Vienna. This fancy city boasts not one, but two beautiful palaces, and you’ve got time to see them both. Schonbrunn Palace is like Vienna’s answer to France’s Palace of Versailles – the gardens alone are faultless. Then there’s the 13th-century Hofburg Imperial Palace in the city centre. The President of Austria lives there – and so do the crown jewels.
.If shopping’s your bag, head to Mariahilfer Strasse today – it’s the longest shopping street in Vienna. You’ll find big department stores, little boutiques and plenty of places to stop off for a coffee break. And don’t forget to sample a famous Vienna apple strudel. This roll of flaky, buttery pastry hides layers of apple, raisins, sugar and cinnamon.
You’ve got half of today in Krems before you sail on to Linz. This cool customer stays under the radar with quiet cobbled squares and ice-cream-coloured buildings. Must-see historic sites include the 15th-century city gates and the Piarist Church. There’s also a vast number of art galleries. Plus, it’s a great place to try Austrian wines, thanks to the neighbouring vineyards.
Today and tomorrow are dedicated to Linz. Much like Budapest, this Austrian hotspot is sliced in half by the Danube River. Composers like Mozart and Beethoven both wrote symphonies in the grand city, plus there’s a stellar collection of churches and abbeys. Pace along the riverfront, meanwhile, and you’ll find a clutch of modern museums, like the space-themed Ars Electronica Center.
Another full day in Linz means you can really to get to grips with the city’s foodie culture. And the neighbourhoods of Altstadt and Hofberg are a great place to start. Popular sweet treats include the linzer torte – it’s like a pastry and a biscuit in one, filled with redcurrant jam. Or, go savoury, and try schnitzel – breadcrumb-covered meat. Wash it all down with a glass or two of local beer.
Spend your final day in Passau – AKA the City of Three Rivers. The Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers meet here, and the merging point comes with a backdrop of peach-and-pistachio-coloured rooftops and winding lanes. If you visit just one landmark, make it the Italian-inspired cathedral. Check out the huge church organ inside – it’s one of the biggest in the world.
|6 May 2022||£1,729|
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- Direct flights from a range of UK airports with 20kg luggage allowance
- 9 nights onboard TUI Isla
- 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 & countryside carriage rides
- Budapest city tour
- Dinner and dancing in Budapest
- City train & Esztergom Basilica
- Visit a Slovak home
- Bratislava city train tour
- Devin Castle with wine tasting
- Sounds of Vienna: an evening in concert
- Heurigen experience
- Classic Vienna city tour
- Walking tour of Krems
- Monastery tour & wine tasting
- Walking tour of Linz
- Postlingberg panoramas
- The sound of music in Salzburg