Discover the delights of Vienna and Blue Danube River Cruise on this 11 day cruise.
Begin your holiday with a three-night hotel stay and a local concert in vibrant Vienna, then cruise along the Danube to stately Budapest, through the tranquil riverscapes of Austria, Slovakia and Hungary where you’ll visit a host of delightful towns that cluster on the Danube Bend.
- Return flights from Edinburgh, Glasgow or Aberdeen, other UK airports available
- VIP door-to-door service
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
- Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- 26 meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 10 dinners
- Captain’s dinner and drinks reception
- Saga Cruise Host
- Saga Cruise Assistant on board
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
- Excursions of Vienna including an evening concert and a tour of Budapest
Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Single supplements apply.
To speak to an adviser regarding more information for this cruise or to book this cruise, please call 0800 1707 233 and quote *DC THOMSON TRAVEL*
Vienna and Blue Danube 2020 River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1: UK to Vienna
Fly to Vienna for a three-night stay at the 4-star Mercure Grand Hotel Biedermeier in the south-east part of central Vienna, or a similar hotel. Your stay is on a half-board basis, with one dinner at a local restaurant and two dinners at the hotel.
Day 2: Vienna
Enjoy an included half-day tour of Vienna, the legendary city of the Hapsburgs for 600 hundred years. Your tour includes a drive around the Ringstrasse, a wide avenue encircling the old city, taking in all its historic buildings, including the magnificent State Opera House. Tonight, enjoy a meal at the atmospheric Augustinerkeller restaurant, which is located in one of the last monastery cellars of Vienna’s Old Town.
Day 3: Vienna
Enjoy a day at leisure in Vienna, or join an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace. This evening, after dinner on board,take in an included concert. You’ll travel to the baroque Palais Auersperg or one of Vienna’s other impressive palaces near the Ringstrasse, for a concert featuring music by Mozart and the Strauss family.
Day 4: Vienna to Dürnstein
Spend a final morning at leisure in Vienna before embarking Amadeus Royal later this afternoon. Begin your cruise along the Danube to Dürnstein as you enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board tonight.
Day 5: Dürnstein to Melk
Spend part of the morning in Dürnstein, set in the beautiful Wachau valley beneath the ruined Kuenringer Castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned during the late 12th century. Set sail to Melk where you’ll have the opportunity to visit its Benedictine Abbey. Depart Melk during dinner and cruise through the night to Passau.
Day 6: Passau
Arrive in Passau later this morning. Enjoy the afternoon exploring the ‘Venice of Bavaria’, set at the meeting point of three rivers – the Danube, Inn and Ilz, and surrounded by wooded hills. Or, to make the most of your visit why not join an optional city walk and hear the history of this attractive town? Amadeus Royal departs late tonight.
Day 7: Linz
Enjoy the morning in Linz, exploring independently or on an optional city walking tour. Your ship departs during lunch and cruises overnight towards Bratislava.
Day 8: Bratislava
This morning you arrive in Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava. Spend an enjoyable day exploring the city’s old quarter, overlooked by the massive rectangular castle, and admiring the attractive Hapsburg architecture, independently or on an optional morning city tour. Stroll through ancient cobbled streets to Bratislava Castle for a bird’s-eye view of the city. See the Gothic-style Cathedral, where eleven Kings of Hungary were crowned while Turks occupied their own capital.
Day 9: Bratislava to Esztergom to Budapest
Your ship departs in the early hours, arriving in Esztergom before breakfast. It is perhaps the most beautiful of the small towns on the Danube Bend, and home to Hungary’s largest basilica, the dome of which can be seen for miles. Perhaps explore here and the artistic community of Szentendre on an optional excursion. Depart at lunchtime and cruise to Budapest, arriving early this evening.
Day 10: Budapest
Your ship remains moored in Budapest for a full day and overnight stay. This cosmopolitan city is divided by the Danube into Buda and Pest. An included city tour reveals some of the city’s highlights, from the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buda Castle that sits above the river on the west bank, to the impressive Hungarian Parliament buildings in Pest on the east bank.
Day 11: Budapest to UK
Disembark your ship and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.