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Three Cities of the Danube

 

The Danube
  • Overview

    highlights

    • Cruise along the beautiful Danube
    • Enjoy Vienna, the ‘City of Waltzes’
    • Visit the unique city of Budapest
    • Discover Bratislava and its many attractions
    • Explore the historic Hungarian town of Esztergom

    Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Danube, taking in some of Europe’s most splendid scenery and learning something of the area’s fascinating history. Discover Vienna, the beautiful ‘City of Waltzes’. See Budapest, ‘Queen of the Danube’ and home to a myriad of historical treasures. Cruise to Esztergom, a picturesque town full of historical delights. And call in at Bratislava, a cultural capital city with much to see and do. The combination of outstanding natural beauty and wonderful history make this cruise a truly unforgettable experience. Read More

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    • Great for - Culture
    • Great for - Nature
    • Great for - Scenery


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    Must See: Budapest

    Locally known as “The Queen of the Danube”, Budapest is the capital city of Hungary. In 1987 Budapest was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List for the cultural and architectural significance of the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrassy Avenue.

    Highlights of Budapest include the stunning view of the Danube embankments, the 18th-century City Park, the magnificent Hungarian National Parliament Building and of course the many thermal springs that provide much relaxation to all that visit them. Budapest also boasts many museums, churches and monuments along its “cultural avenue” which surrounds the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrassy Avenue.
  • Itinerary

    ITINERARY

    LOCATIONS


  • The Ship

    YOUR SHIP



    MPS Da Vinci

    • MPS Da Vinci
    Join us on-board the MPS Da Vinci, where you can enjoy luxurious and scenic River Cruises without the price tag. Our ethos has been to provide our customers with a fantastic river cruise vessel which exudes elegance and luxury, with stylish decor and comfortable surroundings that make you feel at home. The MPS Da Vinci has been styled after a grand yacht, adding one more stylish feature to this vessel’s repertoire, and ensuring you enjoy wonderful Danube River Cruises.

    The MPS Da Vinci is a firm favourite with Shearings customers, and it’s easy to see why! This excellent ship provides an interesting mixture of old and new, with both antique and contemporary design and style to suit all tastes. More importantly, this vessel sails along some of the most beautiful waterways and rivers in Europe - with the MPS Da Vinci, you can explore the waterways of Holland, as well as taking Danube, Main, and Rhine River Cruises.

    There will always be plenty of things to do when travelling on-board the MPS Da Vinci on our exciting Europe River Cruises as well, thanks to the superb public areas, restaurant and bar to be found on the ship. There’s also an extraordinary sun deck that you absolutely have to check out when the weather is good, where you’ll find a covered seating and dining area, as well as loungers for the sun seekers out there!

    Or, why not head to the MPS Da Vinci’s lounge area? You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into a floating private members’ club here, with its large, comfortable sofas and armchairs, and the roaring fire. If you’re musically-inclined, why not tickle the ivories on the MPS Da Vinci’s fantastic baby grand piano, or you could always curl up with a good book from the ship’s library!

    In our restaurant, you’ll be able to enjoy sumptuous buffet breakfasts, three-course lunches and four-course evening meals, and you’ll even be treated to a gala dinner during your River Cruise! Enjoy a post-dinner drink at the bar, or dance the night away to the musical entertainment. While we’re travelling, why not make your way to the ship’s sauna for some rest and relaxation? There’s also a gym on-board!

    We’re looking forward to welcoming you on-board the MPS Da Vinci - which River Cruise will you choose?
    • Length: 104.50 metres
    • Width: 11.40 metres
    • Accommodation areas refurbished: 2007
    • Passenger Capacity: 110
    • Passenger decks: 3

    Cabins

    • MPS Da Vinci Grade A Single Cabin

      MPS Da Vinci
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet
      • A higher deck for fantastic views
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning and heating
      • Telephone
      • Complimentary toiletries
      • Wardrobe with mirror
      • Dressing table with mirror
      • Large windows
      • Folding twin beds for single occupancy
      • Two easy chairs
      Experience a luxurious stay on the MPS Da Vinci with our excellent selection of Europe River Cruises, and enjoy relaxing and comfortable accommodation in our Grade A Single Cabins. Perfect for those travelling alone, these wonderful cabins provide the perfect place to sit back and relax while travelling, with all of the facilities you could possibly require during your River Cruise.

      With a private bathroom, folding twin beds for sole occupancy, large windows, a flat screen TV and two easy chairs, you’re sure to enjoy your journey on-board the MPS Da Vinci!
    • MPS Da Vinci Grade A Twin Cabin

      MPS Da Vinci
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet
      • A higher deck for fantastic views
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning and heating
      • Telephone
      • Complimentary toiletries
      • Wardrobe with mirror
      • Dressing table with mirror
      • Large windows
      • Folding twin beds
      • Two easy chairs
      Make the most of our fantastic scenic River Cruises on-board the MPS Da Vinci by staying in one of our wonderful Grade A Twin Cabins. With their modern decor and fantastic views, these cabins are perfect for admiring the beautiful scenery as we travel. You’ll find all the facilities you could possibly require in these cabins as well, with their private bathrooms and folding twin beds.

      In the daytime, relax in the cabin’s two easy chairs and watch TV, and you’ll also find air conditioning, heating and a telephone in your cabin.
    • MPS Da Vinci Grade B Single Cabin

      Da Vinci Main Deck Cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning and heating
      • Telephone
      • Complimentary toiletries
      • Wardrobe with mirror
      • Dressing table with mirror
      • Large windows
      • Folding twin beds for single occupancy
      • Two easy chairs
      Whether you want to enjoy River Cruises along the waterways of Holland or Danube River Cruises, the MPS Da Vinci provides a comfortable place from which to admire the beautiful changing landscapes. With their large windows, our Grade B Single Cabins are ideal for taking in the picturesque scenery, and they’re also perfect for those travelling alone.

      With twin folding beds for sole occupancy, as well as a private bathroom including a shower cubicle and toilet, you’ll have everything you require while enjoying a relaxing cruise.
    • MPS Da Vinci Grade B Twin Cabin

      Da Vinci Main Deck Cabin
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower cubicle and toilet
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning and heating
      • Telephone
      • Complimentary toiletries
      • Wardrobe with mirror
      • Dressing table with mirror
      • Large windows
      • Folding twin beds
      • Two easy chairs
      Relax on-board the MPS Da Vinci while enjoying cruises on the waterways of Holland, as well as Danube, Main, and Rhine River Cruises with Shearings. You’ll find all of the facilities you’re sure to require during your cruise in our Grade B Twin Cabins, including a private bathroom with a shower cubicle and toilet.

      These cabins come with twin beds, which fold away in the daytime to reveal two comfortable easy chairs. Why not sit and admire the changing landscape, or watch TV in your cabin? You’ll also find a safe, hairdryer and telephone, and a complimentary basket of toiletries!
     
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  • Excursions & Extras

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS


    Putsza Horses
    Danube Bend and Putsza Horses
    Join us for this unique experience as we head via the Danube Bend to the "Bodor Major" Horse farm at Szentendre Island to see the famous Putsza Horses. We drive to the top of the Visegrad hill to admire the spectacular views of the Danube Bend before continuing to our horse farm.

    On arrival we receive a traditional Hungarian welcome as we sample some of the local delicacies including a typical oven made bread with bacon cheese, called “PutszaPizza", this is served with a glass wine or mineral water.

    We then visit the stables before enjoying a horse parade followed by the horses performing impressive exercises and tricks as the riders get their horses to sit, lie down and even interact with the guests. We then enjoy a short carriage ride before heading back the ship via the stunning scenery of the Danube Bend.
    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.
    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.  
    Budapest, Hungary
    Imperial Budapest
    Join us on our excursion of this historical city, which is actually two cities astride the Danube. Our guided tour of Budapest 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).
    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.

    Schonbrunn Palace
    Vienna and Schonbrunn Palace

    Our panoramic tour gives us a wonderful overview of Vienna. We drive along the famous Ringstrasse, which encompasses the city centre.

    Along the way we see a host of sights including the State Opera House, Johann Strauss House, where he had composed the famous waltz, Museum of Fine Arts, Natural History Museum, Parliament, City Hall, Votiv Church, University, the Imperial Palace (Hofburg), the Volksgarten and the Court Theatre. We then continue onto the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, former summer residence of the Hapsburgs.

    We take a guided tour of the state rooms. Highlights include the long Great Gallery, the Round and Oval Chinese Rooms, the Millions Room, so named because Maria Teresa allegedly paid over a million silver florins to have it decorated. We also have time to see the beautiful formal gardens.

    Putsza Horses
    Danube Bend and Putsza Horses
    Join us for this unique experience as we head via the Danube Bend to the "Bodor Major" Horse farm at Szentendre Island to see the famous Putsza Horses. We drive to the top of the Visegrad hill to admire the spectacular views of the Danube Bend before continuing to our horse farm.

    On arrival we receive a traditional Hungarian welcome as we sample some of the local delicacies including a typical oven made bread with bacon cheese, called “PutszaPizza", this is served with a glass wine or mineral water.

    We then visit the stables before enjoying a horse parade followed by the horses performing impressive exercises and tricks as the riders get their horses to sit, lie down and even interact with the guests. We then enjoy a short carriage ride before heading back the ship via the stunning scenery of the Danube Bend.
    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.
    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.  
    Budapest, Hungary
    Imperial Budapest
    Join us on our excursion of this historical city, which is actually two cities astride the Danube. Our guided tour of Budapest 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).
    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.

    Schonbrunn Palace
    Vienna and Schonbrunn Palace

    Our panoramic tour gives us a wonderful overview of Vienna. We drive along the famous Ringstrasse, which encompasses the city centre.

    Along the way we see a host of sights including the State Opera House, Johann Strauss House, where he had composed the famous waltz, Museum of Fine Arts, Natural History Museum, Parliament, City Hall, Votiv Church, University, the Imperial Palace (Hofburg), the Volksgarten and the Court Theatre. We then continue onto the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, former summer residence of the Hapsburgs.

    We take a guided tour of the state rooms. Highlights include the long Great Gallery, the Round and Oval Chinese Rooms, the Millions Room, so named because Maria Teresa allegedly paid over a million silver florins to have it decorated. We also have time to see the beautiful formal gardens.

    Putsza Horses
    Danube Bend and Putsza Horses
    Join us for this unique experience as we head via the Danube Bend to the "Bodor Major" Horse farm at Szentendre Island to see the famous Putsza Horses. We drive to the top of the Visegrad hill to admire the spectacular views of the Danube Bend before continuing to our horse farm.

    On arrival we receive a traditional Hungarian welcome as we sample some of the local delicacies including a typical oven made bread with bacon cheese, called “PutszaPizza", this is served with a glass wine or mineral water.

    We then visit the stables before enjoying a horse parade followed by the horses performing impressive exercises and tricks as the riders get their horses to sit, lie down and even interact with the guests. We then enjoy a short carriage ride before heading back the ship via the stunning scenery of the Danube Bend.
    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.
    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.  
    Budapest, Hungary
    Imperial Budapest
    Join us on our excursion of this historical city, which is actually two cities astride the Danube. Our guided tour of Budapest 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).
    Melk Castle
    Melk Abbey
    Mozart and Strauss concert
    Schonbrunn Palace
    Vienna and Schonbrunn Palace

What's included

  • One night bed & breakfast en route
  • One night half-board post route
  • Seven nights full-board cruise
  • Fantastic river views from every cabin
  • Chairlift serving main Deck, Promenade Deck and Sun Deck
MPS Da Vinci

MPS Da Vinci

Join us on-board the MPS Da Vinci, where you can enjoy luxurious and scenic River Cruises without the price tag.

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