This exciting river cruise brings together some of the most treasured riverside towns and cities of the Danube. From the comfort of MS Bellejour, travel along Europe’s second-longest river, through beautiful riverscapes including Austria’s stunning UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley, known for its rolling hills, vineyards and fortresses. Our cruise culminates with an overnight stay in the beautiful city of Vienna, where you have the opportunity to enjoy a concert in one of the city’s impressive palaces.
Titan Travel VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your flight to Budapest. Upon arrival, embark MS Bellejour (4T), where light refreshments are available. A welcome cocktail and captain’s gala dinner are served this evening.
Day 2 - Budapest
An included tour takes in the stunning highlights of Budapest, with many relics and monuments from over a millennium of settlements to choose from. Our tour will introduce highlights such as Parliament building and Heroes’ Square. The Castle District on the ‘Buda’ side of the river presents excellent views and photo opportunities.
Day 3 - Bratislava
Join an included city tour of charming Bratislava, aboard the tourist train that winds through the city. See the lovingly-restored, compact Old Town and Bratislava Castle (Hrad) – where eleven kings and eight queens were crowned – which dominates the city.
Day 4 - Melk
This morning we take an included tour of Melk’s imposing Benedictine abbey. Originally a palace, it was presented to Benedictine monks who turned it into a fortified abbey with an extensive library of priceless volumes and a richly embellished Abbey Church, its grand dome decorated with elaborate frescoes by Johann Michael Rottmayr.
Day 5 - Passau
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Passau, a city best known for St Stephen’s Cathedral, home to the world’s largest cathedral organ. You may also like to take a path through the forest to Veste Oberhaus. Built for the prince-bishops in order to control commerce across the three rivers that converge here – the Danube, Inn and Ilz – the former castle enjoys fantastic views and the museum tells a history of repeated attacks and a stint as a military prison. An optional guided walking tour will be available, should you wish to join.
Day 6 - linz
Spend this morning in the elegant, creative city of Linz, with the option to wander freely through the charming Old Town or to take an optional tour. The Old Town boasts many historic buildings with a mix of modern architecture, including Linzer Schloss. With a popular optional excursion planned for tomorrow evening, we enjoy the captain’s farewell gala dinner tonight.
Day 7 - Vienna
Our cruise comes to an end in the magnificent city of Vienna where we enjoy an included city tour this morning. A vast number of classical composers were born or lived in Vienna and many of them worked with the Vienna Boys’ Choir, a cultural institution which can be traced back to 1498. In the afternoon, perhaps join a dance lesson on board to learn how to waltz, and later why not take an optional excursion to enjoy a concert in one of the city’s impressive palaces. Relax in opulent surroundings and enjoy the uplifting music of Strauss or Mozart; a fitting finale to your cruise.
Day 8 - Vienna - UK
We transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
The four-star plus MS Select Bellejour was built in 2004 and has a worldwide allure with comprehensive facilities to ensure all guests can enjoy every aspect of their vacation. When entering the ship guests are instantly encircled by the feeling of timeless elegance and luxury. This 126.7 m long vessel features 90 large cabins allowing for a maximum of 180 passengers. The ship has spacious public areas and plenty of outside seating, enabling guests to soak up the ever-changing scenery at any time. In the panoramic restaurant on the upper deck guests can enjoy culinary delights. Passengers can also enjoy an indoor wellness area with sauna, whirlpool and fitness area to ensure maximum comfort and relaxation. When combined with excellent service on board the MS Select Bellejour, a cruise on the European waterways will be one to never forget. The ship offers three cabin types – all of which are spacious and well-thought-out. All cabins have outside views, climate control and an en-suite bathroom. In addition, cabins include a phone, TV, safe, hair dryer, and a mini bar.
This lovely 4 star river cruise vessel, features comfortably furnished cabins and suites, the majority featuring floor to ceiling sliding glass doors opening to a French Balcony. 90 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms. Most accommodations featuring floor to ceiling glass sliding doors opening to a French Balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.
VIP door-to-door travel service Travel with us and your holiday starts the moment you step out your front door. There’s no worry about taxi fares, train timetables or having to lug your bags on public transport – we take care of the whole journey for you. Hassle-free transfers* As the pioneers of door-to-door transfers, our service is industry-leading. No matter where you’re flying from, our drivers will pick you up from home (or another address if that’s easier) and take you to your departure airport. When you return, they’ll be waiting at the terminal to bring you back home again. If you’ve chosen to stay in a hotel the night before your flight, that’s not a problem – we’ll collect you the day before and take you to the hotel. Everyone’s a VIP – no matter how far you are from the airport We won’t ask you to pay extra just because you live further away. There are no mileage limits or supplements to pay for our airport transfers – we cover every UK address (with the exception of the Scottish Islands and Sark, where we’ll pick you up from a mainland address of your choice). *The majority of our VIP door-to-door service transfers are not exclusive to one holiday booking and journeys to and from the airport may be undertaken via additional addresses and may involve a change of vehicle.
Titan Travel is the only escorted river cruise operator to offer free home transfers on every itinerary and every departure date with no mileage supplement to pay. Titan Travel are also our number one choice for low or no single supplements. As Titan Travel now charter their own river cruise ship, the MS Serenade 1, not only as a solo traveller do you get picked up from home, but you can look forward to knowing that there will be a group of single travellers on board with you. Or you can cruise with a companion, but you both have a cabin for only a small supplement, subject to availability. As a long-established, multi-award winning touring company, Titan Travel have brought their friendly expertise to their comfortable, 4-star river cruising. Your fellow travellers on board will be from the UK and Ireland. We have worked with Titan Travel and their friendly staff for a number of years and are very happy to recommend their overall experience from start to finish. Celebrating 40 years in business, they are definitely doing something right.