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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 €1791pp

Tour Highlights
  • All-inclusive Cruising - all meals and drinks included in the price
  • Explore the capital cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest
  • Sail the Danube to admire stunning rural scenery 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.
Please note that the vessel used will vary depending on your departure date. The departure dates for each vessel can be found on the tour dossier.

River Cruise Itinerary

1
UK to Vienna

Depart London on your scheduled flight to Vienna, where you will board your vessel and enjoy a welcome cocktail and crew presentation. This evening, cruise through the night to Melk, enjoying the moonlit scenery as you sail. Please note that the vessel used will vary depending on your departure date. The departure dates for each vessel can be found on the tour dossier.

  • Dinner
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
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 Communist-era buildings which line its streets. Cruise through the afternoon as you make your way to Kalocsa.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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
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
6
Esztergom

The domed Basilica of Esztergom, which can be seen from miles away, announces your arrival in the city of Esztergom. Explore this picturesque city at your leisure, perhaps exploring the basilica and its surrounds, then enjoy an afternoon of cruising as you sail towards Vienna. Enjoy tonight's gala dinner on board.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Vienna

Today, experience a full day in Vienna with a guided city tour which includes a visit to the magnificent Schoenbrunn Palace, a former imperial summer residence that boasts 1,441 rooms. In the evening, an optional Viennese music concert is available (at a fee of £70 per person, to be pre-booked via our Reservations Department).

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Vienna to UK

After breakfast, disembark for your transfer to the airport and your return flight to the UK.

  • Breakfast

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

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. 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 10 weeks before departure a deposit of €300pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your flight is to Vienna International (Schwechat) Airport with British Airways (BA), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 3.
Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding in size and 1 personal item such as a handbag, briefcase or laptop case. Weight restrictions will be finalized on your final documents. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 2 hours before departure.
IMPORTANT: Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. A printed E-ticket is no longer required at check-in, all you need to do is present your passport to the staff at the desk and your boarding pass will be given to you.

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.

Tour Guide

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.

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 UKPrice
2022 Dates
12 Sep 202219 Sep 2022€2048
14 Sep 202221 Sep 2022€2060
19 Sep 202226 Sep 2022€1936
21 Sep 202228 Sep 2022€1880
05 Oct 202212 Oct 2022€1936
2023 Dates
18 Apr 202325 Apr 2023€2093
13 May 202320 May 2023€2015
27 May 202303 Jun 2023€2015
31 May 202307 Jun 2023€2183
03 Jun 202310 Jun 2023€2071
10 Jun 202317 Jun 2023€2071
14 Jun 202321 Jun 2023€2239
17 Jun 202326 Jun 2023€2093
21 Jun 202330 Jun 2023€2239
24 Jun 202301 Jul 2023€2093
01 Jul 202308 Jul 2023€1847
05 Jul 202314 Jul 2023€2071
08 Jul 202315 Jul 2023€1847
15 Jul 202324 Jul 2023€1824
22 Jul 202329 Jul 2023€1824
29 Jul 202307 Aug 2023€1791
05 Aug 202312 Aug 2023€1903
12 Aug 202319 Aug 2023€1903
19 Aug 202326 Aug 2023€1959
02 Sep 202309 Sep 2023€2015
09 Sep 202316 Sep 2023€2015
16 Sep 202323 Sep 2023€2015
23 Sep 202330 Sep 2023€2015
14 Oct 202321 Oct 2023€2183
2024 Dates
16 Apr 202423 Apr 2024€2093
11 May 202418 May 2024€2015
25 May 202401 Jun 2024€2015
29 May 202405 Jun 2024€2183
01 Jun 202408 Jun 2024€2071
08 Jun 202415 Jun 2024€2071
12 Jun 202419 Jun 2024€2239
15 Jun 202422 Jun 2024€2093
19 Jun 202426 Jun 2024€2239
22 Jun 202429 Jun 2024€2093
29 Jun 202406 Jul 2024€1847
03 Jul 202410 Jul 2024€2071
06 Jul 202413 Jul 2024€1847
13 Jul 202420 Jul 2024€1824
20 Jul 202427 Jul 2024€1824
27 Jul 202403 Aug 2024€1791
03 Aug 202410 Aug 2024€1903
10 Aug 202417 Aug 2024€1903
17 Aug 202424 Aug 2024€1959
24 Aug 202431 Aug 2024€1959
31 Aug 202407 Sep 2024€2015
07 Sep 202414 Sep 2024€2015
14 Sep 202421 Sep 2024€2015
21 Sep 202428 Sep 2024€2015
12 Oct 202419 Oct 2024€2183

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.

Additional Expenses

  • Optional Excursions
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.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Euro

Average Flying time

2 hours

Min/Max temperature

3 °C / 28 °C

Spoken languages

German

When to go

Please familiarise yourself with the below weather charts.

Vienna

Bratislava

Budapest

What to pack
  • Warm Clothes in case of cold weather (Jumper and Jacket)
  • Insect Repellant
  • Suncream and a hat with a big brim for sunny days
  • Comfortable shoes such as trainers
  • Sunglasses and plastic bags
  • Towel and Swimsuit
  • Rucksack or light bag per person
  • Personal toiletries and first aid kit
  • Travel Plug Adapter
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.

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