Day 1: UK to Budapest
Join at your chosen airport for the flight to Budapest – flight duration around 2½ hours. Transfer to the MS Verdi where we check into our cabins for our seven night cruise. Overnight in Budapest.
Day 2: Budapest
Today we have a full day in Budapest, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Here you can explore both sides of Hungary’s capital – traditional ‘Buda’ and the more cosmopolitan ‘Pest’, known as the Pearl of the Danube. Early evening we set sail for Bratislava.
Day 3: Bratislava
Bratislava is described as ‘The Beauty on the Danube’, situated at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains and on the banks of this stunning river, on the border with Austria. The Slovakian Capital is one of the youngest in the world and quickly developing with a mix of both old and new highlights including stunning 18th Century Squares and spires, the old town and the castle of Bratislava which dominates the skyline. This evening we sail into lower Austria as the captain skilfully navigates the winding river and several locks as we enjoy life on board.
Day 4: Dürnstein
The town of Dürnstein is crowned by the ruins of the castle that once imprisoned Richard the Lionheart. Enjoy wandering around the cobbled streets and admiring the pretty courtyards and buildings. In the afternoon we set sail for Linz.
Day 5: Linz & Salzburg
Today is at leisure in Linz or you can join the excursion to Salzburg a city famous for Mozart and the Sound of Music. Here you can visit the sites associated to the composer or join a tour visiting the settings for the musical. Afterwards you will have time for strolling around this amazing city. Return to the ship for our overnight sailing to Melk.
Day 6: Melk
This morning we visit the small town of Melk which lies in the beautiful Wachau Valley. Here you can visit the Benedictine Abbey, one of the most famous monastic houses in Austria which has been occupied by monks for over 900 years. Rejoin the ship and continue our cruise towards Vienna arriving in the evening.
Day 7: Vienna
We spend today experiencing the delights of Vienna. Grand palaces, baroque castles, magnificent squares and grand monuments are just some of the key features of this beautiful city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the early evening we cast off and cruise towards Budapest.
Day 8: Budapest to UK
Today we disembark the ship and transfer to Budapest airport for our return flight to the UK.
- Bratislava guided tour £18pp
- Melk Abbey £25pp
- Salzburg ‘Sound of Music Tour’ £35pp
- Vienna Ciy Tour £24pp
- Budapest Ciy Tour £24pp
- Budapest by Night £25pp
Excursions must be booked prior to departure. 5% excursion discount when you pre-book all of the above. All operate subject to minimum numbers.