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Grand Capitals of the Danube

Grand Capitals of the Danube

  • Route:
  • UK
  • Vienna
  • Melk
  • Durnstein
  • Bratislava
  • Kalocsa
  • Puzsta
  • Budapest
  • Esztergom
  • Vienna
  • UK
8 DAYS from £1436pp

Tour Highlights

  • All-inclusive Cruising - all meals and drinks included in the price
  • Explore the capitals of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest
  • Sail the Danube to admire stunning rural sceneries and charming townscapes
  • A number of optional excursions are available including guided city tours
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Grand Capitals of the Danube

This eight day voyage takes you along the dramatic Danube river, renowned for stunning sceneries of sweeping hillsides and a route which crosses into three capital cities: Vienna in Austria, Bratislava in Slovakia and Hungary's Budapest.

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Vienna

Depart London on your scheduled flight to Vienna, where you will board MS Beethoven and enjoy a welcome cocktail and crew presentation. This evening, cruise through the night to Melk, enjoying the moonlit scenery as you sail.

  • Dinner

Day 2: Melk & Durnstein

Arrive early this morning for a tour of Melk, a small riverside town that lies an hour away from Vienna. While the town offers a small but picturesque historic centre, its main draw in 11th-century monastery of Melk Abbey, perched on the hillside overlooking the town. Visit the abbey and explore its marble halls and intricate frescos. In the afternoon, sail through the picturesque Wachau valley to the wine region of Durnstein where you?ll disembark for a tour of this charming medieval town before returning to your ship and cruising onward to Bratislava.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Bratislava

Arrive in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava and take a guided tour around this city on the banks of the Danube. Admire the contrast between the beautiful medieval structures and Commuist-era buildings which line its streets. Cruise through the afternoon as you make your way to Kalocsa.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Kalocsa

Trace the river?s path into Hungary and visit the prairie town of Puszta for a guided tour through its town and its sweeping grassland plains, where horse, sheep and buffalo often roam, and an impressive horse show. Return to your ship where you?ll sail through the night toward Budapest.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Budapest

Take a guided tour of Hungary?s sophisticated capital, with its intoxicating blend of beautiful Art Nouveau architecture, rickety trolley buses, traditional bathhouses and excellent, locally-produced wines.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6 - 8

Important Information

Visas

A visa is not required for your entry into Austria, Slovakia or Hungary. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.

Insurance

You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Holidays is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
Up to 10 days cover£21£42£62


For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 90 days before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable 90 days prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 90 days of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

An English speaking Cruise Director will be on board your cruise to help with any queries that you may have. They will not accompany you on land, this will be your free time to explore each city at your leisure. Airport transfers will be with an English speaking driver.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This cruise is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness. It involves some climbing of steep steps, and getting on and off boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Currency Information

The currency in Austria and Slovakia is the Euro. In Hungary it is the Hungarian Forint, We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK, however cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200-£300 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPriceBook Now
2018 Dates
20 Apr 201827 Apr 2018£1436ppPlease call for availability
18 May 201825 May 2018£1540ppPlease call for availability
01 Jun 201808 Jun 2018£1609ppPlease call for availability
06 Jul 201813 Jul 2018£1655ppPlease call for availability
20 Jul 201827 Jul 2018£1724ppPlease call for availability
10 Aug 201817 Aug 2018£1655ppPlease call for availability
28 Sep 201805 Oct 2018£1701ppPlease call for availability
Cabin Upgrades

Treat yourself to a better vista! Cabin and Deck upgrades are available for an additional supplement. For prices and availability please call our Reservations Consultants or Book Online.

Single Cabins

If you're travelling alone single cabins are available for a small supplement. For prices and availability please call our Reservations Consultants or Book Online.

Please Note:

The Captain and Croisieurope reserve the right to alter/modify an itinerary at any time, should safety or external circumstances make this necessary. Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.

MS Beethoven

The ship has 90 well appointed cabins with a spacious sun deck. The attractive restaurant offers delicious regional cuisine. Other amenities include lounge bar and dance floor

Onboard facilities include...

Cabins

All cabins are equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe. Spaced across the Upper and Main Decks, all cabins are outside facing and located above the water affording outstanding views from the large picture window.

All-inclusive Dining

Your day will always begin with an impressive buffet breakfast. Chefs prepare succulent 3-course meals for lunch and dinner which are served in the onboard restaurant. Midday and evening meals are paired with excellent and carefully chosen beers and wines, included in the price. An open bar is available throughout the voyage (not including Champagne, special wines, premium spirits or fine brandies).

Life Onboard

All cruises start with a welcoming cocktail reception where you'll meet the captain, crew and staff of your ship. Facilities onboard include a comfortable lounge for your enjoyment and relaxation as well as a souvenir shop. FREE Wifi is available in lounge bar and reception. The sun deck offers a panoramic view of the landscape's beauty as you cruise.

Cruise Map

Grand Capitals of the Danube Route Map

Download Tour Dossier - 2017

Fact File

  • Minimum temperature: 3°C
  • Maximum temperature: 28°C

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