Romantic Danube Cruise – Passau, Vienna, Bratislava & Budapest

12 days from £1,419 pp.


Sunset over Budapest, Hungary

Visit: Sunset over Budapest, Hungary, Hungary

About the Tour

Love is in the air, because it’s hard to not fall head over heels for this romantic Danube River cruise. Sailing on the MV Esmeralda, you’ll meander your way through central Europe on the charming ‘blue’ river. Taking in picturesque scenery and visiting famous destinations such as Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava, you really are in in for a true romantic treat on board this special Leger river cruise.

Tour Includes


  • 7 nights cruising with full board
  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 1 evening meal
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service coach
Dates & Prices

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Your Itinerary

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.

    Continue through Germany to the Regensburg area for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Passau

    Passau

    To Passau, picturesquely set where the Danube is joined by the Inn and Ilz rivers. Passau is known as the Three River city and is overlooked by the Veste Oberhaus which is an 13th century hilltop fortress. The Veste Oberhaus is home to the city museum and observation tower. The area offers many attractions for you to explore in your free time before arrive in Linz and board our cruise ship, the MV Esmeralda and begin our seven-night cruise.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Cruise the Danube eastwards passing through the wine producing area of the Wachau. Wachau is classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000, in recognition of its architectural and agricultural history. From the river you see Greinburg Castle and the ruins of Kuenringer Castle. Early evening arrival in Vienna.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Vienna

    Vienna

    Spend the whole day in Vienna. Vienna has so much to offer from historical buildings and monuments to fine shops. Vienna is Austria's capital and has been shaped by many famous residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. Vienna is known for its Imperial buildings like the Schönbrunn and Habsburgs summer home so why not explore independently or join our optional sightseeing tour where a local guide shows you the city and sights. We then return to the ship and set sail early evening and cruise overnight to Budapest.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Budapest

    Budapest

    We arrive in Budapest and we will meet our guide for an included sightseeing tour of the city, by coach and on foot. Our guide will explain the history of the city with its two independent communities of Buda and Pest as well as pointing out the attractions of this beautiful city. Once you have finished the guided sightseeing tour and have an idea of what else you would like to see and do you can then spend the rest of the day enjoying the delights of the city. We leave early evening to cruise towards Bratislava.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Bratislava

    Bratislava

    Morning cruising, then early afternoon arrival in the Slovakian capital. It is here that the Carpathian Mountains which begin at the Iron Gate of Romania, finally come to an end. This beautiful city has many monuments and attractions to see that can be found all over the city however don't miss the Old Town which was once under Hungarian rule and still has examples to show you from its interesting past. You can explore the city independently or join our optional, guided sightseeing tour by coach and on foot. Our guide will point out some main attractions and places of interest which you may not know about before hand.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Dürnstein

    Dürnstein

    We have a full day relaxing on the river as we set form Bratislava in the early hours of the morning and travel to Dürnstein. It was here that Richard the Lionheart was kept captive, imprisoned in Castle Dürnstein by Leopold V Duke of Austria. We are expected to arrive in Durnstein mid-afternoon.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Melk

    Melk

    Morning arrival in the picturesque town of Melk, where you can visit the 11th century abbey in your free time this morning. Melk Abbey is considered to be the finest Baroque church north of the Alps and is famous for its twin towers surmounted by helm roofs. There are many other attractions to visit in Melk including the Old Town with its squares and museums .We then travel on to Linz, arriving late this evening.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Linz

    Linz

    Disembark in Linz, then travel by coach to our overnight stay in the Mainz/Frankfurt area.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Moselle

    Moselle

    Today’s included excursion takes us through the Rhine Valley where you can marvel at the beautiful scenery including medieval castles, picturesque villages and vine-clad slopes. During the day why not enjoy an optional cruise along Germany’s largest river. We also see the town of Boppard, with its beautiful Rhine promenade. This afternoon, we continue along the Moselle River, the longest tributary river of the Rhine. Here you can join an optional wine-tasting at the House of Anton Hammes in Alken, one of the famous vintners of the area. The Hammes family have been vintners here for some 300 years, and you will be given a tour through the old cellars, where you will see some fine vintages. Enjoy tasting some of the different varieties of wines offered, before having the chance to purchase your favourites to bring home with you! Later this afternoon we continue north to Belgium for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions and/or Ports of Call

    • Visit to Passau - Pretty Old Town area
    • Visit to Vienna - Classical imperial city
    • Budapest with Sightseeing Tour - Grand capital of Hungary
    • Visit to Bratislava - Historic old town and waterfront
    • Visit to Dürnstein - Famous for its Castles
    • Visit to Melk - Famous for its Abbey
    • Visit to Rhine & Moselle Valleys - Picturesque vineyards and villages

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Vienna guided sightseeing tour - See the main sights
    • Bratislava - Guided Sightseeing Tour
    • Rhine cruise - See legendary castles
    • Moselle Wine Tasting - Sample the wines of the area

    Notes

     Cabin Upgrades (per person)Twin 
     Promenade Deck Cabin£80

     No single rooms/cabins available.

    Travel Insurance from £38.00 (12 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    You will spend seven nights cruising on the 3-star MV Esmeralda. Cabin accommodation is on two decks: main and promenade. There is a lounge with bar, restaurant and sun deck, and all of the cosy, functional twin-bedded cabins have picture windows, shower and toilet, colour T.V. and safety deposit box. The Esmeralda has a lift between the main deck and the promenade deck, and a stair lift between the promenade deck and the sun deck.

    Cabins - Accommodation is on two decks – main and promenade – and all of the functional, cosy cabins have picture windows, shower and toilet, T.V., safety deposit box and twin beds.

    Lounge/Bar - The Esmeralda has an inviting lounge where morning coffee and afternoon tea is offered each day.

    Restaurant - Enjoy the Esmeralda’s tasty cuisine in the ship’s comfortable restaurant.

    Overnight stays in Belgium and Germany will be in city-style hotels.


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    Mv Esmeralda

    Mv Esmeralda

    Germany

    Atrium Im Park Hotel

    Atrium Im Park Hotel

    Mv Esmeralda


    MV Esmeralda offers a high level of comfort and a family atmosphere. MV Esmeralda can accommodate 126 passengers on two decks and is air conditioned throughout. There is a lounge bar, restaurant and sun deck which is partially covered to allow you to enjoy the passing scenery whatever the weather.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • TV
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Atrium Im Park Hotel


    The Atrium im Park hotel is set in tranquil surroundings close to local attractions such as Gewerbepark, Westbad, Walhalla and is a short drive to Nurnberg. The hotel facilities include a sauna, fitness room, lounge, a bar, a restaurant and Wi-Fi/Internet access. All bedrooms feature hairdryer, telephone, T.V and en-suite bathroom.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Travel Information

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days' duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and £25pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £17pp (9 days duration and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

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