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Itinerary, Prices and Dates


Round trip Passau to Budapest8 Days

Budapest
Budapest

This eight day voyage takes its passengers From Passau to Budapest via Krems and Esztergom, and then onto Bratislava, Vienna and Melk before returning to Passau. Enjoy these stunning cities and take the oportunity to explore the picturesque towns of Esztergom, Visegrad and Szentendre along the Danube Bend. Excursions to the historic St Stephen's Basilica and Parliament Square are available in Budapest, along with a horsemanship show at 'The Puszta', the treeless plains of the Hungarian National Park. In Vienna tours of the Schönbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer palace and tickets to concerts by the Vienna Hofburg Orchestra are optional extra excursions. Finally in Melk an excursion to the Benedictine Melk Abbey is well worth a vist.

What's Included

  • 7 night cruise on the luxurious MS Mozart
  • Sumptuous dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner during cruise
  • A complimentary bottle of sparkling mineral water in your cabin on arrival
  • Cocktail reception, welcome and Captain's gala dinners
  • Onboard entertainment including a classical and a local folklore music performance
  • Range of included excursions
  • Guided tour of Vienna
  • Guided tour of Budapest
  • Guided tour of Melk Abbey
  • Guided tour of Bratislava
  • Tour of the Wachau Valley & wine tasting in Dürnstein
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system for excursions from the ship
  • Services of an English speaking cruise director
  • Return economy class flights from London to Munich (regional departures available on request)
  • Group transfers to and from airport and ship
  • All airport taxes, port taxes, security charges and applicable fuel surcharges
  • UK Air Passenger Duty
  • ATOL Protection

Day 1: London - Munich - Passau

Map of the Danube River
Map of the Danube River

Arrive in Munich and transfer to the ship in Passau. The MS MOZART embarkation begins at 16:00 and is soon followed by the Captain's Welcome Reception where there is ample opportunity to mingle and get to know one's fellow guests before sailing towards Upper Austria and the marvels of the Wachau Valley. The welcome dinner is a chance to enjoy the first of many fantastic dinners all prepared using fresh, local ingredients.
Included Meals D

Day 2: Krems

Today join your included excursion, which starts after breakfast with a transfer to Dürnstein. Walk through the cobblestone streets of the most famous village of Wachau Valley. You will get to know the Wachau wines during a wine tasting in Dürnstein before driving to the Abbey of Göttweig, perched high on a hill overlooking the Danube. Visit the Abbey and transfer back to the ship.
Included Meals B D

Day 3: Ezstergom - Budapest

Today provides you with the option to either remain onboard and continue cruising to Budapest or to disembark in Esztergom for our optional excursion to visit the Danube shore side. Esztergom, the ancient residence of Hungarian kings and the seat of the archbishop, is one of the highlights of this excursion. After visiting the Basilica the largest church in Hungary, drive along the Danube to the ruins of Visegrad, where you have a wonderful view over the Danube Bend. The next stop is the artist village of Szentendre. After a tour of this picturesque place the bus heads for Budapest when you will re-join the ship.

After lunch, join our included City tour of Budapest. A city known as the "Queen of the Danube", is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The Danube flows through the heart of the city and divides it into the cities of Buda and Pest. The tour takes you first through the Pest side, past splendid baroque buildings, the City Hall, the Parliament, to Heroes Square with monuments of many Hungarian kings and the famous Chain Bridge. Next are the hills of Buda Castle, where you visit the Matthias Church and the Fishermen's Bastion returning to the ship mid-afternoon.
Included Meals B L D

Day 4: Budapest

Morning sees an optional visit to the Parliament Buildings, St Stephen's Basilica and the Market Hall in Budapest. In the afternoon there is an optional visit to a Hungarian Csarda accompanied by traditional musical renditions and folklore. As the MS MOZART slips her mooring in Budapest at supper time, see the wonderful silhouetted buildings that line the waterfront. Sail during the night.
Included Meals B L D

Day 5: Bratislava

This morning is at your leisure as the MS Mozart meanders her way towards the Slovakian capital, Bratislava. In the afternoon visit St Martin's Cathedral, the Gassalkovich Palace and Castle Hill with its wonderful views over the surrounding coutryside. It is a must of any visit to Bratislava to partake in a little (famous) beer tasting which is also on offer following supper. Sail this evening.
Included Meals B L D

Day 6: Vienna

This morning enjoy our included city tour in Vienna .During the tour you get an overall impression of a large part of the main attractions of this venerable Danube metropolis. The trip along the ring road passes many magnificent buildings - the State Opera, Parliament, Burgtheatre, City Hall, the university and Votive Church - into the heart of the city to St. Stephen's Cathedral. In the evening you have a choice to join two optional excursions.

The first one 'Vienna by night' takes you through the Vienna woods to the Kahlenberg. Enjoy the view over the vineyards and the town before visiting the traditional wine village of Grinzing. Visit of a typical "Heurigen-Pub" and enjoy two "Vierterln" wines, typical spreads and tavern music and learn about the Viennese "Gemütlichkeit".

The second optional excursion is "Vienna Hofburg Orchestra". Transfer from the ship to the Vienna Hofburg Orchestra - where 40 musicians and international soloists from all the major orchestras of Vienna associations await you. The programme consists of the most famous melodies of waltz and operetta music by "Waltz King" Johann Strauss and opera arias by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Venues include the magnificent halls of the Hofburg Palace, the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Musikverein. After the concert you return to the ship.
Included Meals B L D

Day 7: Melk

This morning join our included excursion to Melk where you will visit the Melk Abbey which has been the spiritual and cultural centre of the country for over 1000 years. The Benedictine Abbey was founded in 1089. During the tour you will visit many of the different rooms including the library and enjoy the magnificent views from the terrace. Return to the ship in time for lunch.
Included Meals B L D

Day 8: Passau - Munich - London

After breakfast disembark for your transfer to the airport.
Included Meals B


  • Included Meals  Included Meals - B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner.

  • Tour or Transfer by Luxury Motorcoach  Transfer or Tour via Luxury Motorcoach

MS Mozart

Overview

The moment you walk onboard the MS MOZART, the affinity with a classical ocean liner is all apparent as the interested traveller is immediately presented with spacious and sumptuous public areas, the most impressive of which being the sweeping staircase that steers guests ever upwards towards the delightful lounges above, from where after they may gaze free of obstruction upon the magnificence of the scenery as it glides by. No contemporary space this - rather one that was meant to endure through the ages, with generous use of classical hardwood finishes throughout; the vessel most definitely has the feel and atmosphere of a country house hotel rather than that of a river vessel. Take for example the wood panelled library with its comfortable seating and the paintings that adorn its walls, which must have taken a lifetime to collect, elsewhere perhaps tarry a few moments at the Don Giovanni Bar, the Cafe Amadeus or for that matter at the well-stocked Boutique, alternatively for the more energetic the swimming pool and the spa might well beckon, whilst for those whose idea is to just unwind, relax and simply soak up the scenery the Observation Deck is more probably the place to be.

Liveried stewards complete the allusion with the ocean liner where in the delightful restaurant, (that most assuredly speaks of an unhurried grace of a bygone era) the brigade of onboard chefs performing to the peak of their profession, present cuisine that is as pleasing to the palette as it may be to the eye.

The generous dimensions of the State Cabin accommodations onboard the MS MOZART are most certainly the envy of most other vessels and are spread over two decks each presenting guests with facilities that might ordinarily be expected in a five star hotel including: en suite facilities, mini-bar, satellite TV, radio, hairdryer and WIFI. The MS MOZART is Magnificent indeed.

MS Mozart - deck plan
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Cabins

All Cabins & Suites Feature

  • Private bathrooms
  • Ample wardrobe and storage space
  • Writing desk, sofa & coffee table
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Safe, minibar, hair dryer, telephone & wifi
  • Flat-screen Television
  • Bathrobes

Suite

Additional Features

  • Suite size: 430 sq. ft.
  • French Balcony
  • Separate lounge & sleeping areas

Tamino (Upper) Deck Double Cabin

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 215 sq. ft.
  • French Balcony
  • Queen size bed
  • Seating area with 2 couches

Tamino (Upper) Deck Twin Sofa-bed Cabin

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 215 sq. ft.
  • French Balcony
  • Twin beds made up each night, twin sofas through the day

Dorabella (Main) Deck Double Cabin

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 215 sq. ft.
  • Picture window
  • Queen size bed
  • Seating area with 2 couches

Dorabella (Main) Deck Twin Sofa-bed Cabin

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 215 sq. ft.
  • Picture window
  • Twin beds made up each night, twin sofas through the day

Dorabella (Main) Deck Inside Cabin

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 215 sq. ft.
  • No windows
  • Twin beds
  • Seating area with sofa bed, armchair & table

Dining

Fine dining onboard the MS Mozart

Whenever you dine on board the MS Mozart you will enjoy the perfect match of exceptional cuisine within exquisite surroundings. Sumptuouds dining includes an extensive breakfast buffet, an indulgent 4 course lunch, afternoon tea, exquisite dinner and midnight snack feturing regional and seasonal specialities.

The Restaurant

Our restaurant celebrates wonderful flavours from around the country/region we are sailing by… each meal a delight. It is styled for a joyful dining experience spent with friends and fellow guests.

A sweeping staircase leads up to the wonderfully spacious restaurant lobby adorned with relaxing seating and offering the most splendid view on the beautifully designed and centrally aligned further outlets such as the well-stocked shop on board with its artfully decorated window displays, the cosy card room or the impressive Don Giovanni Lounge.

The architectural design of this Upper Lobby is subtly styled to create the feel of an ocean liner for you to enjoy the beauty of the Art Deco settings.

The Amadeus Coffee Bar

The coffee bar can be found right next to the Restaurant Lobby and the Don Giovanni Lounge. Its indulgent array of gourmet coffees and teas will tempt you throughout the day. Sample the freshly brewed Mochas and teas or maybe enjoy a refreshing smoothie as you relax in the typical Viennese café surroundings.

Don Giovanni Bar

Themed murals and charming artefacts decorate the bar, creating the perfect atmosphere for evening cocktails and an intimate ambience to enjoy tempting cocktails, delicious hors d'oeuvres and an extensive selection of fine wines.

With its river level location and ceiling-high windows all round this bar and lounge is both sophisticated and chic. Serving everything from pre-dinner aperitifs to speciality beers and cognacs the bar closes at 2am … or whenever the last guest leaves.

With an exclusive dance floor, a Piano and daily musical entertainment this is the perfect setting to let yourself float into the evening atmosphere and enjoy a fantastic night on board.

Additional services on board:

Complimentary Coffee and Tea Station during the day
Complimentary water dispensers during the day

The Spa

Spa facilities onboard the MS Mozart

The Spa on the MS MOZART is a world in itself. It has a stunning range of features designed for your relaxation and rejuvenation.

Enhance your SPA experience on board with our amazing Indoor swimming pool, the only one on any river cruise ship; unwind in the Relaxation Room or invigorate your body with the experience showers. Both feature breathtaking views of the river and are further enhanced by a Whirlpool where water jets work to stimulate and re-energize the body.

From here you are invited to our lavishly appointed treatment suites where highly trained therapists are committed to providing exceptional personalized care to each guest and ensure a blissful spa experience.

Offering a complete menu of spa, beauty and hairdressers services, our spa onboard offers the ultimate in decadent relaxation.

Treatments are drawn from wellbeing traditions across the world, from the Caribbean and North America to the Far East and Europe, all combined with our MS MOZART sense of warmth.

Continue your relaxing journey at our spa with a visit to the Sauna & Steam Room.

The beautifully appointed sauna and the steam room provide a perfect setting for total relaxation. A unique system of dry heating ovens dispersing scented steam will invigorate, relax or refresh you.

Entertainment

Your cruise includes daily entertainment and enrichment programs designed to enhance your river cruise experience and add a touch of night-life feeling while still being in line with the ship's relaxing and magnificent surroundings.

A wealth of activities to choose from include:

  • Our own lecturer on board
  • Courses and seminars concerning lifestyle themes
  • A dedicated live band as well as regular musical performances from renowned regional artists
  • Movie Nights
  • BBQ Parties on the sundeck
  • Lavish Afternoon Teas with Live Piano music
  • Wine tasting sessions
  • Welcome Cocktail and Farewell Captain's Dinner
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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: Dorabella Deck from £290; Tamino Deck From £590

Suites available for triple occupncy on request


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