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Melk Abbey
  • Overview

    highlights

    • Take a scenic drive to Vienna, admiring beautiful Danube views and calling at Melk
    • Spend time exploring Vienna with a guided tour, a trip to the Schlumberger wine cellars and a traditional Heuriger evening in Grinzing
    • Sample Slovakian wine with a tour of Bela’s vineyards
    • Discover the towns along the Danube Bend and enjoy tours of Esztergom, Visegrad and Szentendre
    • See Budapest’s many sights with a guided tour

    Join us on this incredible holiday, taking in Austria, Slovakia and Hungary and enjoying a great many new and memorable experiences! We stay in a four-star hotel  on the outskirts of Vienna, from where we will discover the city’s many sights and sample local Schlumberger wine, before making our way to Bela, staying at a five-star hotel and exploring the Danube Bend and Budapest. Read More

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    • Great for - City
    • Great for - Culture
    • Great for - Entertainment
    • Great for - Food & Drink
    • Great for - History
    • Great for - Scenery


    Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest

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    As we travel to Vienna, we take a scenic route through Melk, before spending a day discovering this great city. Enjoy a guided tour of Vienna, after which we visit the Schlumberger wine cellars and are then treated to a traditional Heuriger dinner in the village of Grinzing this evening.

    Next, we travel onwards to Bratislava, taking a guided tour during our en route visit, and then arrive at the five-star Chateau Bela hotel, enjoying a glass of sparkling wine on arrival.

    In Bela, we learn more about Slovakian wines, with a tour of Bela’s vineyards, including a sumptuous lunch, after which we visit the hotel’s wine cellar. Our next excursion will take us on a wonderful journey along the famous Danube Bend into Hungary, as we take in Esztergom, Visegrad and Szentendre. In each of these destinations, we enjoy guided tours to better explore the many sights here.

    Our final included excursion will see us travelling to Budapest, famous for its amazing architecture, where we discover the city’s historical buildings and attractions with a guided tour.
  • Itinerary

    ITINERARY

    LOCATIONS


  • The Hotel

    YOUR HOTEL


    Chateau Bela

    • Chateau Bela
    • Chateau Bela

    Set in picturesque southern Slovakia, you’re sure to enjoy your stay at this luxurious five-star hotel. Located within a beautiful castle, this unique hotel has a large wine cellar, spacious guest rooms and superb facilities.

    • All rooms are en suite, with air conditioning, satellite TV, minibar and safe
    • Lift access
    • Bar area
    • Restaurant
    • Landscaped gardens
    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Terrace
    • Wi-Fi
    • Official five-star rating
  • Gallery
  • Excursions & Extras

    INCLUDED EXCURSIONS


    Bratislava city centre
    En Route: Bratislava
    We make our way to our next destination via Bratislava today, admiring the beautiful Slovakian capital with a guided tour. Take in the marvellous cityscapes here as we explore the city, before continuing our journey.  
    Melk Abbey
    En Route: Vienna
    We travel to the wonderful city of Vienna, enjoying a scenic drive along the Danube and calling at the beautiful city of Melk. Famous for its imposing baroque Benedictine monastery, Melk Abbey, this city is filled with lovely sights, which we can take in during our en route visit. 
    Budapest
    Full Day: Budapest

    Join us on a full day trip to the beautiful Hungarian capital of Budapest, where the two original districts of Buda and Pest are set out on each side of the Danube River. With its sweeping bridges and grand old buildings, including the monumental Parliament, and Matthias Church, this is becoming one of the most popular city destinations in Europe.

    Danube
    Full Day: Danube Bend
    The Danube is the second longest river in Europe and runs through much of Central and Eastern Europe, with one of the most attractive parts of the river being the Danube Bend. This area is located in Hungary and features lush, green riverbanks with quaint towns and traditional villages dotted along the river, along with much more besides. 

    During our full day at the Danube Bend, we’ll see Esztergom, Visegrad and Szentendre, three charming locations along this stretch of river, each providing fantastic views.
    Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna
    Full Day: Vienna

    Join our experienced guide as we explore the amazing city of Vienna, filled with cultural sights. We take in the city’s famous heritage of music and romance, travelling along the Ringstrasse to discover the Opera House, Burg Theatre and Houses of Parliament. We enjoy free time to explore Vienna’s beautiful city centre, before making our way to the Schlumberger wine cellars.

    Spend time discovering these ancient wine cellars, which are over 300 years old and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine. We then journey to the village of Grinzing, where we are treated to a traditional Austrian Heuriger evening meal, with wine and music. 

    Wine tasting
    Full Day: Vineyard Tour and Chateau Bela Wine Cellar
    Spend the day learning all about the ways in which excellent Slovakian wine is produced, as we join our experienced viticulturist on a tour of Bela’s wonderful vineyards. Take in the stunning sights here, before we make our way back to Chateau Bela for a unique wine tasting experience, as we discover the hotel’s impressive wine cellar. 

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS


    Danube Valley
    Danube Cruise
    We step aboard a boat on the Danube River, where we admire the mesmerising scenery this location is famous for as we cruise. 
    Full Day: Burgenland

    Admire one of Austria’s most picturesque provinces - Burgenland. With its romantic scenery and excellent cuisine, this region has an excellent mixture of Austrian and Hungarian influences, creating an amazing atmosphere.

    We explore the area to see its fantastic castles and forts as we make our way to a wine cellar in the village of Rust, where we sit down to a traditional lunch. Listen to Hungarian gypsy music as we enjoy lunch, after which we take in the incredible scenery on Lake Neusiedl with a relaxing boat cruise. 

    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.

     

What's included

  • Coach Travel
  • Eleven nights accommodation
  • Touring itinerary
  • Daily breakfast, ten evening meals
  • Sparkling wine upon arrival at Chateau Bela
  • Wine and water served with dinner at Chateau Bela
  • Porterage
  • Four included excursions
  • Three optional excursions
  • Two en route trips
Chateau Bela

Chateau Bela

Set in picturesque southern Slovakia, you’re sure to enjoy your stay at this luxurious five-star hotel. Located within a beautiful castle, this unique hotel has a large wine cellar, spacious guest rooms and superb facilities.

Learn more about the hotel

Chateau Bela

  • Chateau Bela
  • Chateau Bela

Set in picturesque southern Slovakia, you’re sure to enjoy your stay at this luxurious five-star hotel. Located within a beautiful castle, this unique hotel has a large wine cellar, spacious guest rooms and superb facilities.

  • All rooms are en suite, with air conditioning, satellite TV, minibar and safe
  • Lift access
  • Bar area
  • Restaurant
  • Landscaped gardens
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Terrace
  • Wi-Fi
  • Official five-star rating
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