Admire some of Europe's most beautiful cities and enchanting landscapes on this leisurely cruise along the delightful Danube on board CroisiEurope's refurbished MS Beethoven
A discounted package of excursions may be pre-purchased at time of booking
Fly to Vienna where you will be met and transferred to your ship, MS Beethoven, for embarkation. This evening, join the optional 'Vienna by Night' excursion to see some of Vienna's rich cultural treasures such as the Opera House, City Hall, Johann Strauss statue, Imperial Apartments, and the Spanish Riding School.
After breakfast, enjoy an optional visit to Melk and its spectacular Benedictine Abbey for stunning views of the Danube and the surrounding countryside from its dramatic clifftop perch. Return to your ship for lunch and cruise through the lush countryside of Austria's Wachau Valley to medieval Dürnstein. Enjoy an included walking tour of this pretty Baroque town, overlooked by the fortifying walls of Kuenringerburg Castle and known for its enchanting blue-and-white Baroque church.
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Experience Slovakia's capital on an optional excursion. Tucked into the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, charming Bratislava is brimming with impressive sights from the imposing riverfront castle and Baroque palaces to Michael Gate and St Martin's Cathedral. The delightful Old Town is a maze of cobbled, medieval lanes and quaint bustling squares overlooked by the stylish Mirbach and Primate's Palaces. The Jesuit Church, Town Hall, Castle Hill and Old Town are just some of the sights you'll take in on this morning's optional tour. After lunch on board, sail to Kalocsa.
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Explore the charming Hungarian town of Kalocsa, set on terraces above the Danube and renowned for its paprika and embroidery production, as well as its strong folkloric heritage. Enjoy a stroll around the town centre taking in sights such as the elaborate Baroque-style Archbishop's Palace and the Cathedral, fronted by handsome Holy Trinity Square. Alternatively, join the optional excursion to the 'Puzsta' or Great Plain. This vast prairie, once regarded as the 'wild west' of Hungary, is now a renowned equestrian centre where you can enjoy a fantastic show featuring Hungarian horsemanship. Return to your ship this afternoon and cruise to the 'pearl of the Danube' - Budapest.
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A full day to enjoy the beauty of Budapest. One of Europe's finest cities, Budapest consists of two districts, old 'Buda' and more modern 'Pest', standing on either bank of the Danube and linked by seven picturesque bridges. Join an optional morning tour through the winding streets of Buda to admire Baroque Palaces, spa houses, medieval homesteads, the glorious St Mathias Church, turreted Fisherman's Bastion, and the magnificent Royal Palace, which proudly overlooks the Parliament Building across the river. In bustling Pest, get a close-up view of the Parliament Building, inspired by the London Parliament, and visit Heroes Square and St Stephen's Basilica. After lunch on board your ship, explore the city at leisure before this evening's optional folklore show.
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This morning, enjoy a short stop in Hungary's oldest town, Esztergom, overlooked by a colossal hilltop basilica, before returning to your ship for lunch and cruising towards Vienna. Enjoy a gala dinner on board this evening.
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The charming and historic city of Vienna was the seat of the famous Habsburg dynasty for over 600 years. This morning's optional excursion gives you the chance to learn about their family history on a visit to the impressive Schönbrunn Palace, adorned with grandiose French-styled gardens and elegant décor. The tour also includes a drive along the famed Ringstrasse to see many of Vienna's historic landmarks. In the afternoon, there's an optional visit to the sumptuously furnished Hofburg Palace.
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This river cruise is operated by CroisiEurope, a family owned French business oprerating a fleet of 27 ships on Europe's rivers.
Facilities on board include a lounge-bar with a dance floor, restaurant, large sun deck with deckchairs, gift shop, 220V electricity and air-conditioning.
Cabins on all decks are the same size at approximately 129 sq.ft. and feature twin/double beds, en suite facilities, panoramic windows, radio, TV, hairdryer and safe.
Upper Deck cabins have larger, opening panoramic windows.
Your cruise includes full board. The dining room is large enough to accommodate all guests at one sitting. Breakfasts are buffet style, while lunch and dinner have set menus, usually including a choice of regional specialities and traditional favourites. Aperitifs, coffee and digestifs are available in the lounge bar.
Vegetarian meals and any special dietary requirements should be requested at the time of booking. There is an evening programme of entertainment and a welcome cocktail on the first night. While on board you will be looked after by the ship's hostess and purser.
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|Depart||Ship||Main Deck From|
|Apr 20||MS Beethoven||£1422|
|Apr 27||MS Beethoven||£1411|
|May 11||MS Beethoven||£1554|
|May 18||MS Beethoven||£1565|
|May 25||MS Beethoven||£1578|
|Jun 1||MS Beethoven||£1593|
|Jun 29||MS Beethoven||£1533|
|Jul 13||MS Beethoven||£1472|
|Jul 20||MS Beethoven||£1493|
|Aug 3||MS Beethoven||£1493|
|Aug 10||MS Beethoven||£1490|
|Aug 24||MS Beethoven||£1503|
|Sep 28||MS Beethoven||£1580|
|Oct 5||MS Beethoven||£1580|
The following optional excursion package may be purchased at the time of booking and includes
VIENNA Day 1 - Vienna by night
MELK Day 2 - Visit to the Benedictine Abbey
BRATISLAVA Day 3 - City tour
KALOSCA Day 4 - Half day excursion to the Puszta
BUDAPEST Day 5 - City tour of Buda and folklore show in the evening
VIENNA Day 7 - Visit to the Schönbrunn Palace and Hofburg Palace
Note: All optional excursions are subject to change and a minimum number of participants are required for them to operate.
£239 per person
Prices include return flights from London Gatwick
Flights from London Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, & Edinburgh are available, supplements apply.
Prices are per person based on two sharing and are subject to availability at time of booking. Operators reserve the right to amend published prices prior to a confirmed booking being made.
Single Occupancy Supplements: On request
2 nights B&B from: £190pp
Why not extend your stay with a few extra days in Vienna to really explore this fabulous historic city, staying at the Hotel Ananas
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