Prague, Budapest & Danube River Cruise

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16 Jun 2019 - 26 Jun 2019
Duration: 11 days
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STAY IN THE HEART OF TWO OF EUROPE’S GRAND IMPERIAL CAPITALS...

Before embarking on a river cruise along the Danube we visit Prague, known as the ‘City of a hundred spires’ for its beautiful cathedrals and churches which define the skyline, and discover ‘the Pearl of the Danube’ that is Budapest; before joining our ship to cruise from Hungary to Germany. Once on board, our course is set along the river where you will call at the baroque wonderland of Bratislava. Lose yourself in the waltzes and whirls of Vienna, gaze at the flawless beauty of the Wachau Valley, and wander along the cobbled streets of Melk. With individually selected hotels, stylish accommodation aboard the MS Serenity and plenty of free time, this is a perfect opportunity to enjoy unique charms and cultures on this fascinating holiday.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Return Eurostar from London to Brussels
  • Connecting rail journeys
  • Return transfer from station to hotels
  • One night’s bed and breakfast in Frankfurt
  • Two nights’ bed and breakfast in Prague
  • One night’s bed and breakfast in Budapest
  • Five nights’ full board accommodation in a main deck cabin aboard an MS Serenity
  • One night’s bed and breakfast in Munich
  • Discover the history with our Prague city tour
  • Explorer’s paradise on our Budapest city tour
  • Services of our experienced Tour Manager

Optional excursions available:

  • Step into Hungarian culture at the Puszta horse show: £36
  • Explore Bratislava with our city tour: £24
  • Take a tour around the beautiful Vienna: £25
  • Melk Abbey will have you transfixed on its impressive architecture: £21

Day 1: London – Frankfurt

We journey aboard Eurostar from London to Brussels and continue by rail to Frankfurt where we check in at our hotel.

Day 2: Frankfurt - Prague

This morning we take the train to Prague. On arrival in Prague we check into our hotel which will be our base for the next two nights.

Day 3: Prague

There are few cities in Europe that match Prague, which boasts some 600 years of beautifully preserved architecture. Today we enjoy a city tour of all the main sights and attractions that are on offer. After the tour, why not venture into the historic centre and you will find small plaques which point out key landmarks on a circular route of approximately 5 miles. There’s also Prague Castle – the largest ancient castle in Europe, the beautiful Spanish Synagogue, Wallenstein Gardens which offer free entrance, and so much more.

Day 4: Prague – Budapest

This morning we travel by rail to Budapest. We arrive later in the day for a relaxing evening.

Day 5: Budapest

We start the day with a guided tour of one of the most beautiful cities in the world with an extensive area recognised as a world heritage site. You are then free to explore both sides of Hungary’s capital which is divided by the meandering Danube – traditional Buda and the more cosmopolitan Pest. Most of the famous sites are concentrated around Castle Hill on the Buda side, in downtown Pest and along the riverside walkways. Highlights include the Royal Palace, Fishermen’s Bastion, the Parliament building, St Stephen’s Basilica, Heroes’ Square, Chain Bridge, and many more before we board the MS Serenity this afternoon and settle onboard for a relaxing evening.

Day 6: Budapest

Enjoy a morning in Budapest or join our optional afternoon excursion which takes you through the sweeping plains of Hungary to Lajosmizse. Here we visit a traditional stud farm and enjoy a tour of the grounds in a horse-drawn carriage, before watching a spectacular live Puszta horse show. We set sail in the late afternoon and cruise towards Bratislava.

Day 7: Bratislava

Wake up in Bratislava, the historic capital of Slovakia which is dominated by its castle. There’s also the unique suspension bridge, another key landmark, announced as the building of the century when it opened in 1972. Join our optional walking tour to take in the main sights and experience the rich culture in and around the old town before our ship cruises towards Vienna.

Day 8: Vienna

We spend a full day experiencing the delights of Vienna, where grand palaces, baroque castles, magnificent squares and striking monuments are just some of many highlights. In the morning you can join our optional city tour and in the afternoon we have an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace, which takes you on a journey through time as we explore some of the 1,441 rooms. We cast off later this evening.

Day 9: Melk

Later this morning we arrive in the Austrian town of Melk, which is filled with cobbled streets and attractive buildings. It is also overlooked by one of the most splendid monastic houses in Austria – the Benedictine Abbey, which you can visit on our optional excursion. We continue cruising upriver towards Passau.

Day 10: Passau – Munich

This morning we bid farewell to our captain and his crew and travel by train to Munich for an overnight stay.

Day 11: Munich – UK

We set off this morning by rail for our return journey to the UK.

TRAIN TIMES

    Outward Journey

      Departs London 08.58
      Arrives Frankfurt 17.41

    Return Journey

      Departs Munich 10.54
      Arrives London 19.57

Maritim Frankfurt or similar

Martitim Frankfurt is ideally situated for our overnight stop.

Hotel Duo, Prague or similar

The 4 star Hotel Duo is a recently re-designed hotel, near the city centre. The hotel has a selection of bars and restaurants. All bedrooms have air conditioning, flat screen TV, safety deposit box, mini bar and tea and coffee facilities. Relax in the hotels leisure facilities which include a swimming pool and sauna.

Danubius Hotel Helia or similar

The 4 star wellness and conference hotel is located on the banks of the River Danube and the city centre is just 15 minutes away. The hotels wellness centre is a great place to relax in the swimming pool or the sauna. The restaurant offer food from Hungary and around the world and the lounge bar offers light bites. The bedrooms are all air conditioned and have a telephone, mini bar, radio, TV, tea and coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi.

Maritim Munich or similar

Martitim Munich is ideally situated for our overnight stop.

MS Serenity

A warm welcome awaits aboard the welcoming MS Serenity. This 4 star ship offers comfort and style together with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, so you can enjoy an unforgettable cruise experience. Accommodation for 190 passengers is split over three decks which are all accessible by a lift. Excellent service and attention to detail are the priority of the captain and crew who are looking forward to welcoming you on board.

All cabins are ‘outside’ to make the most of the spectacular views as we sail along. Each cabin has en-suite bathroom with showers.