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Hidden Gems of the Danube

 

Danube
  • Overview

    highlights

    • Take in the beautiful Danube’s stunning riverscapes
    • Visit mesmerising Danube towns and cities, filled with splendid cultural attractions
    • Explore vibrant Vienna, famous for its musical heritage
    • Discover Imperial Budapest with a guided city tour
    • Admire views of the captivating Danube Bend and watch a traditional Hungarian horse show

    Uncover the delights of the beautiful Danube as never seen before on this excellent river cruise, sailing along this mighty river to discover brilliant capitals and splendid destinations. Spend time in Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, and many more hidden gems, as well as relaxing on-board the MS Serenade 2. Read More

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    • Great for - City
    • Great for - Culture
    • Great for - History
    • Great for - Scenery


    Esztergom
      
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    We will begin our river cruise in Linz, as we embark the MS Serenade 2. Enjoy our first evening meal on-board - this evening we will sail overnight to Vienna, awaking to mesmerising changing scenery in the morning. Before midday, explore this magical city at leisure, discovering its fascinating history, heritage, and beautiful attractions.

    Later this evening, we will continue our cruise to Budapest, sailing through the night. Enjoy a morning and afternoon of cruising - why not visit the Sun Deck to marvel at the captivating river views? We will arrive in brilliant Budapest by mid-afternoon, and will enjoy an included guided city tour.

    Discover Budapest’s marvellous architecture, including St Stephen’s Basilica, Vajdahunyad Castle, Heroes’ Square, and many other amazing sights. We will moor in Budapest tonight; after breakfast the next day, discover the famous Danube Bend with our second included excursion.

    Be sure to bring your camera with you as we take in this enchanting sight. We’ll also enjoy a traditional Hungarian horse show - watch as the famous Putza horses perform impressive exercises and tricks.

    We continue our cruise to arrive in ancient Esztergom in the early morning. Esztergom is one of Hungary’s oldest cities, and we will have the morning at leisure to take in its historical city centre and remarkable Baroque architecture. After lunch, we will set sail, cruising through the afternoon and evening.

    Wake in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, and step ashore to explore its exquisite Old Town. The highlight of the beautifully preserved medieval centre is Bratislava Castle, although it’s also famous for its many churches, the Summer Archbishop's Palace and the picturesque riverbank promenade.

    From Bratislava, we’ll sail to Durnstein, set in the heart of the wonderful Wachau Valley, a UNSECO World Heritage Site. We’ll have time this morning to explore this charming town before we sail onwards to Melk, which is overlooked by majestic Melk Abbey, a Baroque-era Benedictine abbey.

    Tonight, we will enjoy a Captain’s gala dinner as we sail from Melk to Linz, arriving in the early morning, ready to disembark the next day after an amazing river cruise.
  • Itinerary

    ITINERARY

    LOCATIONS


  • The Ship

    YOUR SHIP



    MS Serenade 2

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    • Serenade 2 lounge
    • Serenade 2 restaurant
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    • MS Serenade 2 Mozart Mini-Suite

    The stunning MS Serenade 2 is a fantastic new addition to the Shearings fleet for 2016, offering a truly unique cruising experience. This beautiful and sleek ship has been designed to create a luxurious, modern and spacious atmosphere on board. A real highlight of the Serenade 2 is the superbly designed Forward Observation Lounge where you can sit back and relax enjoying stunning views along the river. We’re sure that once you have experienced the magic of the Serenade 2 you will be back next year!

    Allow us to welcome you on board our newest addition to the Shearings river cruise family, the MS Serenade 2. Inaugurated in 2007, this beautiful ship really is at the cutting edge of design, guaranteeing the most comfortable possible surroundings for her passengers. The cabins on board the Serenade 2 are amongst the very best and the largest of any river cruise vessel. They feature hotel style beds (not berths or bunks) and a well-appointed bathroom, with WC, bath and separate shower. All cabins feature a flat screen TV, phone, mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, safe and hairdryer, plus floor-to-ceiling sliding French windows on the upper two decks.

    Relax on-board, where our highly professional crew and cruise manager, will be happy to help. Why not enjoy the spacious Sun Deck which incorporates covered shaded areas, and space to relax in one of the plentiful deck chairs or sun loungers. Perhaps partake in a game of giant chess or visit the on-board fitness suite which incorporates a small gym and sauna.

    Enjoy contemporary cuisine in the chic Mendelssohn Restaurant on-board located on the Mozart Deck, where each day begins with a sumptuous breakfast buffet, with English and Continental delicacies available.

    At lunchtime, sit down to a mouth watering buffet, helping yourself to a fantastic selection of foods, from cold meats and cheeses to a choice of hot dishes.

    Come dinnertime, there will be a four-course evening meal to enjoy with your fellow cruise passengers, sampling gourmet dishes from our superb on-board chefs. Not only this, you will also be treated to an impressive Captain’s gala dinner during your cruise, which is sure to be a wonderfully memorable experience.

    And what better way to the end of the day, than a visit to the superb Captain’s Club for a post dinner drink.

    • Length: 110m
    • Width: 11.40m
    • Passenger Capacity: 137
    • Passenger decks: 4
    • Star rating: 4-star

    Cabins

    • MS Serenade 2 Beethoven Single

      MS Serenade 2 Single Beethoven
      • Private bathroom facilities including a separate shower, bath and toilet
      • Flat screen TV
      • Telephone
      • Mini-fridge
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Tea/coffee making facilities
      • Hotel-style single bed

      The Beethoven Single Cabin can be found on Beethoven Deck and is ideal for those travelling alone. These excellent cabins have a large picture window and are spacious with an approximate size of 16M2. Facilities include a flat screen TV, phone, fridge, tea and coffee-making facilities, safe and a hairdryer. All cabins are en suite with a separate shower, bath and toilet.

    • MS Serenade 2 Beethoven Twin

      MS Serenade 2 Cabin Bottom Deck
      • Private bathroom facilities including a separate shower, bath and toilet
      • Flat screen TV
      • Telephone
      • Mini-fridge
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Tea/coffee making facilities
      • Hotel-style twin beds

      The Beethoven Twin Cabin can be found on Beethoven Deck. These excellent cabins have a large picture window and are spacious with an approximate size of 16M2. Facilities include a flat screen TV, phone, fridge, tea and coffee-making facilities, safe and a hairdryer. All cabins are en suite with a separate shower, bath and toilet.

    • MS Serenade 2 Chopin Mini-Suite

      Swan towels MS Serenade 2
      • Private bathroom facilities including a separate shower, bath and toilet
      • Flat screen TV
      • Telephone
      • Mini-fridge
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Tea/coffee making facilities
      • Floor-to-ceiling sliding French windows
      • Separate balcony
      • Seating area
      • Hotel-style twin beds

      The Chopin Mini-Suite can be found on Chopin Deck and are a more spacious accommodation option, with a private balcony and seating area. These excellent suites have floor-to-ceiling sliding French windows. Facilities include a flat screen TV, phone, fridge, tea and coffee-making facilities, safe and a hairdryer. All suites are en suite with a separate shower, bath and toilet.

    • MS Serenade 2 Chopin Twin

      MS Serenade 2 Cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including a separate shower, bath and toilet
      • Flat screen TV
      • Telephone
      • Mini-fridge
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Tea/coffee making facilities
      • Floor-to-ceiling sliding French windows
      • Hotel-style twin beds

      The Chopin Single Cabin can be found on Chopin Deck. These excellent cabins have floor-to-ceiling sliding French windows. Facilities include a flat screen TV, phone, fridge, tea and coffee-making facilities, safe and a hairdryer. All cabins are en suite with a separate shower, bath and toilet.

    • MS Serenade 2 Mozart Mini-Suite

      MS Serenade 2 Mozart Mini-Suite
      • Private bathroom facilities including a separate shower, bath and toilet
      • Flat screen TV
      • Telephone
      • Mini-fridge
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Tea/coffee making facilities
      • Floor-to-ceiling sliding French windows
      • Hotel-style twin beds

      The Mozart Mini-Suite can be found on Mozart Deck and are a more spacious accommodation option. These excellent suites have floor-to-ceiling sliding French windows. Facilities include a flat screen TV, phone, fridge, tea and coffee-making facilities, safe and a hairdryer. All suites are en suite with a separate shower, bath and toilet.

    • MS Serenade 2 Mozart Single

      MS Serenade 2 Single Mozart
      • Private bathroom facilities including a separate shower, bath and toilet
      • Flat screen TV
      • Telephone
      • Mini-fridge
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Tea/coffee making facilities
      • Floor-to-ceiling sliding French windows
      • Hotel-style single bed

      The Mozart Single Cabin can be found on Mozart Deck and is ideal for those travelling alone. These excellent cabins have floor-to-ceiling sliding French windows. Facilities include a flat screen TV, phone, fridge, tea and coffee-making facilities, safe and a hairdryer. All cabins are en suite with a separate shower, bath and toilet.

    • MS Serenade 2 Mozart Twin

      MS Serenade 2 Cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including a separate shower, bath and toilet
      • Flat screen TV
      • Telephone
      • Mini-fridge
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Tea/coffee making facilities
      • Floor-to-ceiling sliding French windows
      • Hotel-style twin beds

      The Mozart Twin Cabin can be found on Mozart Deck. These excellent cabins have floor-to-ceiling sliding French windows. Facilities include a flat screen TV, phone, fridge, tea and coffee-making facilities, safe and a hairdryer. All cabins are en suite with a separate shower, bath and toilet.

     
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  • Excursions & Extras

    INCLUDED EXCURSIONS


    Budapest, Hungary
    Imperial Budapest

    Join us on our guided tour of this historical city, which is actually two cities astride the Danube. Our excursion takes us by coach on a visit to both.

    On the Pest side, we see St Stephen’s Basilica, Vajdahunyad Castle and Heroes’ Square, which is dominated by the impressive Millenary Monument, home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

    We then cross to Buda and the Castle District, where we find the seven-hundred year-old Matthias Church, one of the jewels of Budapest. We also see the famous Fisherman’s Bastion, which offers great views over the city.

    The city is home to the largest medicinal bath in Europe (Szechenyi Medicinal Bath) and the third-largest Parliament building in the world, once the largest in the world. The city also contains the third-largest church in Europe (Esztergom Basilica) and the second largest Baroque castle in the world (Godollo).

     

    Danube
    Putsza Horse Farm
    Join us as we head to a local traditional horse farm, where we see the famous Puszta Horses. On arrival we receive a traditional Hungarian welcome before visiting the stables and enjoying an amazing horse parade, seeing the horses performing impressive exercises and tricks. We then enjoy a delightful carriage ride before making our way back the ship.

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS


    Hofburg Palace in Vienna
    Discover Vienna

    Join us for an amazing tour of Vienna, allowing us to discover this splendid city for ourselves. Our coach tour will begin as we travel past Vienna’s large park, the Prater, admiring views of the famous Ferris wheel and then on to the State Opera House, also seeing the Fine Arts and History Museum.

    We will also see the stunning Hofburg Palace during our city tour, along with the Parliament building, the Town Hall and the Burg Theatre. Making our way to St. Stephen's Cathedral in the city centre, we will disembark our coach and enjoy a walking tour of Vienna. We will stroll along the Graben, one of Vienna’s most famous streets, and will pass by the Spanish Riding School and Albertina Museum.

    After our walking tour, we return to our coach and begin our return journey, taking in the famous buildings by painter and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, stopping to admire the unique Hundertwasserhaus.   

    Durnstein on the Danube
    Durnstein Transfer
    This charming town on the Danube River in Austria is a wonderful example of the traditional Austrian way of life. With its beautiful surrounding scenery and slow pace, we’ll enjoy excellent time at leisure to discover the many sights here. 
    Fiaker Horses
    Evening Horse-drawn Fiaker Ride
    We’ll enjoy an enchanting ride in a traditional Viennese Fiaker - a horse-drawn carriage. This will allow us to see the sights of this amazing city in a way we’re sure to remember forever - admire the beautiful architecture, soak up the wonderful atmosphere and make the most of this charming experience.
    Esztergom
    Explore Esztergom & Wine
    Esztergom is one of the oldest cities in Hungary founded around 972 AD and was the capital of Hungary from the 10th till the mid-13th century. The most famous landmark of Esztergom is the Basilica situated on Castle Hill overlooking the city. 

    Join us as we take the electric train 50 metres up to the impressive Basilica with its 72m-high central dome which can be seen for many miles around.

    Inside the grandiose 19th century church we see where Franz Liszt used to play the organ and admire the renaissance chapel from the 15th century. We enjoy a glass of wine in the cellars of Basilica.

    The city has a wonderful historical and architectural heritage that includes many Baroque buildings, the Primate's Palace, the Franciscan monastery and several chapels and churches. One the newest additions to Esztergom is the Mária Valéria Bridge, which connects the city with Slovakia. Esztergom is truly a beautiful city hence it is often referred to as the 'Hungarian Rome'.
    Bratislava square
    Hidden Bratislava
    Join us as we discover one of the smallest and most picturesque capitals of Central Europe. Our tour commences by local tourist train, we pass the Slovak Philharmonic Hall, the Slovak National Theatre around the Old Historical Town to the Archbishops Summer Residence. We also see Blumental Church, the bustling commercial street of Obchodna with its many shops, the buildings of the Technical University, Slovak Radio, and the Slovak National Bank.

    We then head to Bratislava’s imposing Castle and through the garden suburb and onto Vienna Gate and Castle Hill, where we enjoy majestic views of the city before heading to the Old Town. Our tour continues on foot where we see Archbishop Place, St. Martin Cathedral – the previous Coronation Church of the Hungarian Kings – Academia Istropolitana – the oldest University dated from the 15th century, Main Square with its Old Town Hall and the Opera House and the famous manhole - Ganymedes.   
    Budapest at night
    Illuminated Budapest
    Budapest is a beautiful city, even more so at night. Marvel at the beautiful illuminated buildings and bridges as we drive past Parliament and Heroes Square on the Pest side of the city to a local chapel, here we enjoy a short organ concert along with a glass of champagne. We then head across Chain Bridge up to Castle Hill on the Buda side of the city, here you will enjoy spectacular views of Budapest and beyond, before heading back to the ship.  
    Melk Abbey
    Majestic Melk Abbey

    Stift Melk (Melk Abbey) is a Baroque-era masterpiece, located above the town of Melk on a rocky outcrop overlooking the river Danube. Part palace, part monastery and part opera set, Melk is a magnificent vision thanks greatly to its upward-reaching twin towers. Capped with baroque helmets and cradling a 208-foot-high dome, this abbey is a true Baroque masterpiece.

    Our tour of the abbey includes the Imperial rooms, Marble Hall, and the balcony, which offers fine views of the river. It’s likely that Napoleon probably used this room as a lookout when his headquarters were based in Melk for his campaign against Austria.

    We also see the magnificent library, with more than 100,000 books, nearly 2,000 manuscripts, and a superb ceiling fresco by the master Paul Troger; the Marmorsaal, whose windows on both sides enhance the ceiling frescoes; and the glorious Stiftskirche (abbey church) of Saints Peter and Paul, an exquisite example of the Baroque style.

    Following the tour you can enjoy some free time to wander around the abbey’s park with its impressive Baroque garden, the recently restored northern bastion. Or you may just wish to sit and relax in the abbey’s restaurant with a coffee and admire the beautiful views.

     

    Vienna
    Mozart and Strauss Concert

    Vienna is undoubtedly Europe’s musical capital, and this excursion will give us the opportunity to enjoy the music of two of Austria’s favourite sons. Sit back and relax as we listen to the music of Johann Strauss, the Waltz King, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the infant prodigy.

    We make the short journey by coach to the concert hall for an evening full of Viennese charm, with the lilting sound of waltzes, polkas, arias and duets, as well as operetta and piano concerto melodies. Accompanied by excellent opera vocalists and our enchanting ballet soloists, Vienna's classical music reveals itself as a living firework display for all the senses taking us back to the days of old Vienna for a truly unforgettable evening.




    EXTRAS

    Captain's gala dinner
    Enjoy a fantastic Captain's gala dinner while on-board!


    Welcome drink on arrival
    Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival.

 


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What's included

  • Overnight sailings with P&O North Sea Ferries, includes dinner and breakfast on board
  • Overnight hotel stays on outbound and return journeys
  • Seven nights full board cruise
  • Welcome drink upon arrival
  • Services of a Shearings Cruise Manager
  • Enjoy a Captain’s gala dinner
  • On-board evening entertainment programme
  • Lift serving Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin decks
  • Chairlift between Chopin and Sun Deck
  • Porterage
  • Two included excursions
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MS Serenade 2

The stunning MS Serenade 2 is a fantastic new addition to the Shearings fleet for 2016, offering a truly unique cruising experience. This beautiful and sleek ship has been designed to create a luxurious, modern and spacious atmosphere on-board.

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