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Great Cities of the Danube By Air

Holiday Highlights

  • Marvel at Vienna’s elegance and culture
  • Explore the Gothic architecture of Budapest
  • Visit Bratislava’s charming old town
  • Discover wonderful Durnstein
  • Admire Linz’s stunning scenery

Holiday Summary

8 days from only £1019

Departs Wednesdays
7 nights
Board: Full Board

Per person. Based on two passengers

Our customers rate this holiday

4 out of 5 stars ( from 5 customers )

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Holiday details

What is Included?

  • Air Travel
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Seven nights full-board cruise
  • Porterage
  • Fantastic river views from every cabin
  • Enjoy a Captain’s dinner
  • On-board evening entertainment programme
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Overnight stay on outbound journey on B&B basis
  • Overnight stay on inbound journey on half board basis

A majestic cruise through the valleys, vineyards and scenery that make the Danube so special. From the elegance of Vienna, with its many sights from the glorious Hapsburg era, to the ancient splendour of Bratislava and stunning Budapest. Immerse yourself in some of the heartland of Europe’s most magical capitals while enjoying the friendly atmosphere of the MV Esmeralda.

Stretching for over 20 miles, the Wachau Valley is found along the Austrian part of the Danube River, cruising between Krems and Melk. This valley is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list, for its architecture, settlements and agricultural land, which show how this medieval landscape has evolved harmoniously over time.

On the route of this beautiful valley, the passing scenery includes romantic towns and villages, impressive vineyards, historic castles and medieval ruins. Two of the famous and most spectacular sights includes the Benedictine abbey in Melk.


Optional Excursions

Melk Abbey
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Mozart and Strauss Concert
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Schonbrunn Palace and Vienna City Tour
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Budapest City Tour
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Bratislava Guided Walking Tour and Tourist Train
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Cesky Krumlov
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Cultural Linz

Your Ship

MV Esmeralda
MV Esmeralda

What better way to appreciate picturesque waterways than aboard the MV Esmeralda? Offering quality and modern accommodation for over 100 passengers, we're delighted to welcome you on board this elegant ship as we visit the jewels of Europe.


Life on board
While on board the Esmeralda you’ll enjoy fantastic views, a comfortable cabin and the very best of company. The service provided by the staff on the ship is second to none – just sit back, relax and make the most of your time away. Just imagine it now... a pleasant breeze gently blowing against your face, the air crisp and fresh as lush greenery, picturesque villages and dramatic mountain scenes passing you by as you gently meander along the river.

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Holiday Details

Day One - UK to Linz
Fly to Munich where you will be met at the airport by a representative and transferred to the MV Esmeralda in Linz, ready to embark on our cruise. (D)
Day Two - Melk to Vienna
Wake up in Melk with its magnificent Benedictine Abbey and renaissance Schallaburg Castle with great views of the river and picturesque valley. Then on to Vienna - enjoy the city in the evening on one of the optional tours, Vienna by night or a Mozart and Strauss concert. (FB)
Day Three - Vienna to Budapest
The morning and afternoon is devoted to the magnificence of Vienna, where you can discover the architectural wonder of St Stephen’s Cathedral, walk around one of several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, visit the Museum Quarter, or try one of the renowned delicious cakes and pastries in the numerous cafes. You may want to join our optional Vienna city tour, and visit to the famous Schonbrunn Palace. Dinner on board this evening as we sail to Budapest. (FB)
Day Four - Budapest to Bratislava
Time to wake up, enjoy breakfast and head to the sun deck for our arrival in the beautiful city of Budapest - often referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Danube’. Here, the river separates the old and new towns (Buda and Pest). We moor for the day in Buda ready to discover one of the most interesting capitals in Europe. Budapest is without doubt a lively city with a fascinating history and has long been a haven for writers, artists and musicians. We’ll have an optional Budapest city tour to consider today. (FB)
Day Five - Bratislava to Durnstein
We spend the morning cruising to the wonderful town of Bratislava, enjoying the beautiful views the Danube has to offer. Discover the old town dominated by the impressive castle, and maybe join our optional guided walking tour and trip on a tourist train. Time once again to set sail and cruise through the night to Durnstein. (FB)
Day Six - Durnstein to Linz
Durnstein is a popular town, with its cosy wine taverns, where locally grown Wachauer wines can be sampled. Also worth visiting is the historic city square and the oldest theatre in the country. We’ll have an optional guided walking tour available in Durnstein, as well as a journey on a tourist train. Departing after lunch to enjoy a leisurely sail through stunning scenery, we’ll arrive in Linz late evening. (FB)
Day Seven - Linz
Discover the Austrian town of Linz, with its beautiful Cathedral - or why not take the opportunity to visit the Czech Republic on our optional tour to the UNESCO town of Cesky Krumlov? (FB)
Day Eight - Linz to UK
From the MV Esmeralda, transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK.


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