Broad, romantic and majestic, the Danube combines all the characteristics of the world's great rivers; and our unique combination with Salzburg presents a wonderful opportunity to experience great European cities, their art, history and musical heritage. We begin our tour with two nights in Salzburg, where our included excursions take us from Mozart to the Sound of Music.
We then join our Amadeus vessel, for a cruise through spectacular landscapes such as the beautiful Wachau Valley. Add to this such illuminating ports of call as Slovakia's Bratislava; Budapest, crowned 'Queen of the Danube'; and Vienna, where Mozart composed his greatest operas and symphonies..
Titan's VIP Home Departure Service® transports you from your front door to London Heathrow Airport and your direct, scheduled British Airways or Lufthansa flight to Munich. On arrival we transfer to your hotel in Salzburg where we enjoy dinner this evening. Your 4-star hotel will be the Parkhotel Castellani or the NH Salzburg, both centrally located.
After breakfast we take a guided walking tour of old Salzburg, the historic city set against a backdrop of breathtaking mountain scenery and overlooked by the fortress Hohensalzburg. Our musical theme begins today as we explore the city of Mozart's birth and his house which is now a museum of his life and works. The cathedral, built between 1614 and 1655, is a fine example of the Baroque style and shows the last features of the Italian Renaissance; whilst the Getreidegasse is a lively shopping street adorned with wrought iron signs. The afternoon is free for further exploration. After dinner at the hotel, we enjoy a concert at the Marble Hall in Mirabell Palace.
After breakfast, we leave for a tour of the 'Sound of Music' country taking in mountains, meadows, lakes and picturesque villages. We continue to St Gilgen, situated at the end of the Lake of St Wolfgang. We follow the shores of crescent-shaped Lake Mondsee and arrive at the historic town of Mondsee with its Benedictine Abbey. Later this afternoon we arrive in the old German city of Passau and embark our vessel. We sail early evening, and tonight you are welcomed on board with the Captain's welcome dinner.
A highlight of any Danube cruise is a visit to Vienna - city of the waltz, the Spanish Riding School, Sacher Torte and the famous Vienna Boys' Choir. An included guided tour this afternoon explores St Stephen's Cathedral, the State Opera House, Parliament buildings and Town Hall. You also have the chance to take an optional excursion to see Vienna at night.
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We arrive early in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia which nestles in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. Your included guided excursion visits the ruins of the 13th century Grassalkovich Palace, Castle Hill and the Gothic cathedral of St Martins, site of the coronation of many Hungarian kings and queens. You may also take an optional visit to the Imperial Festival Palace, Castle Hof - the impressive 18th century country residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy.
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After breakfast, disembark in Budapest for an included guided excursion to view the main sights of both Buda and Pest including Heroes' Square, Mathias Church, Fisherman's Bastion and the Royal Palace. You may wish to also take an optional excursion to Puszta-Lajosmisze, including a typical Hungarian horse show. Take a cruise of Budapest by night, accompanied by a gypsy band and Hungarian folklore group. We overnight in Budapest.
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A morning in Budapest for you to enjoy free time to make your own explorations. This afternoon you can choose to take an optional tour by coach to Szentendre and Esztergom, or remain on board the ship as it sails towards Vienna.
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We return to the beautiful city of Vienna around lunchtime. This afternoon you may wish to explore independently or choose an optional excursion to the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens, commissioned as a palatial hunting lodge for the heir to the throne in 17th century. There is an opportunity to book an optional evening music performance - 'The Sounds of Vienna'. Late night sailing.
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Around breakfast time, we stop at Emmersdorf or Melk, the latter is famous for its Benedictine abbey, one of the most splendid examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. An optional excursion to this beautiful abbey will allow you to marvel at the famous Melk Cross, the library and the collegiate church before wine tasting. We depart at lunchtime. Captain's gala dinner this evening.
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After breakfast we disembark and transfer to Munich for our return direct British Airways or Lufthansa flight to London Heathrow. On arrival our staff will greet you and transfer you to Titan transport for your journey home to your own front door.
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