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The Baroque & Picturesque Danube

6 Nights Cruise from Passau to Budapest (or reverse)

Danube cruise
Passau to Budapest Map

Passau to Budapest (PBD) - 7 days

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Budapest to Passau (BPA) - 7 days

 

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Detailed Itinerary: Passau to Budapest (PBD)

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Day 1: Passau, Germany (Embarkation)

Boarding at 4.00pm in Passau. Settling into your cabin. Presentation of the crew. At around 6.00pm, departure of the cruise for the Austro-German border in the beautiful region of Engelhartszell. Welcome cocktail. Dinner, evening on board.

Day 2: Linz, Austria – Grein – Melk

Arrival in Linz during the night. Breakfast on board and departure by coach for the optional tour of the Baroque monastery of Saint Florian where the composer Bruckner was a choirboy. Tour of the basilica, the library and the marble hall. Back on board for lunch and departure of the boat for Grein. Sailing on one of the most beautiful parts of the Danube: the Strudengau, once feared because of its whirlpools, the Nibelungengau and its legends. Arrival in mid-afternoon in Grein, a town dominated by its 15th century castle, is a jewel which conceals a curious feature: the smallest Rococo theatre still operating. Free time to explore the town at your own pace. Departure of the boat for Melk which we will reach during the evening. Dinner on board, overnight stopover.

Day 3: Melk – Dürnstein - Vienna

After breakfast, optional guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey of Melk. You will be able to admire the Baroque marble hall, library and abbey church. Back on board for lunch and departure of the boat for Dürnstein. Sailing on the wonderful Wachau where Gothic ruins alternate with picturesque villages. The mildness of the climate here is conducive to wine and apricot production. Arrival in Dürnstein at the beginning of the afternoon, which you will explore with your hostess. The town, steeped in the legend of Richard the Lionheart, contains an astonishing abbey, glittering with light blue and white, which has one of the most beautiful Baroque bell towers in all Austria. Back on board and departure for Vienna, which we will reach during the evening. Dinner during the cruise. Overnight stopover in Vienna.

Day 4: Vienna

After breakfast, optional guided tour of Vienna and Schoenbrunn Castle. Back on board for lunch followed by free time to explore the city at your own pace. We suggest tasting Viennese phlegma when you take a break at one of the city’s famous cafés and take advantage of the flourishing activity of thus cultural capital which harbours numerous museums. Back on board for dinner followed by the optional tour of Vienna by night.

Day 5: Vienna – Bratislava

Breakfast on board and optional guided tour of the Habsburg residence: the Hofburg. Back on board for lunch and departure of the boat for Bratislava. Arrival in mid-afternoon. Optional tour of the Slovakian capital. The Baroque palaces and the pleasant shaded squares are the charm of this city, which was so dear to Maria Theresa of Austria. Back on board for the gala evening and departure of the boat for Budapest.

Day 6: Budapest

Arrival of the boat early in the morning, breakfast, followed by an optional tour of Budapest: explore haughty Buda with its winding alleyways, its Baroque buildings and its Royal Palace. And bustling Pest, which offers a proud mixture of architectural styles. Lunch on board. Free afternoon. Back on board for dinner, followed by a free evening or optional traditional evening in Budapest.

Day 7: Budapest, Hungary (Disembarkation)

Breakfast on board and disembarkation around 9.00am. End of our services.

Departures & Pricing

Detailed Itinerary: Budapest to Passau (BPA)

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Day 1: Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation)

Boarding at the end of the afternoon in Budapest and settling into your cabin. Presentation of the crew. Welcome cocktail. Dinner on board. Optional traditional evening in Budapest.

Day 2: Budapest – Bratislava, Slovakia

Breakfast on board followed by departure for the optional guided tour of Budapest, the belle époque city par excellence, the incarnation of the sharp contrast between twin cities divided by the Danube and united since 1872. You will discover: haughty Buda with its winding streets, its Baroque palaces, its Turkish bath establishments and its royal palace. And bustling Pest, which offers a proud mixture of architectural styles. Return on board for lunch. Departure on cruise at 1:00pm for Bratislava. Dinner and an evening's entertainment on board.

Day 3: Bratislava – Vienna, Austria

Arrival in Bratislava at 7:00am and breakfast on board. At around 8:30am, departure for the optional guided tour of Bratislava. Dominated in the north by the slopes of the southern point of the Small Carpathians, bathed by the Danube, Bratislava occupies a privileged geographical site. The charm of the Slovakian capital lies in its old city: splendid Baroque palaces, churches and pleasant squares. Back on board for lunch and departure of the cruise toward Vienna. Arrival in Vienna in the evening. Dinner on board and free evening or optional tour to Vienna by night.

Day 4: Vienna

Breakfast on board. Free morning in Vienna or optional visit to the Schönbrunn Castle, summer residence of the imperial family and part of Vienna, imperial city and cradle of music. Back to the boat for lunch. Free afternoon in Vienna or optional visit to the Hofburg, the Habsburg Palace houses the sumptuous imperial apartments. Return on board for dinner and departure of the boat at around midnight toward Dürnstein.

Day 5: Dürnstein – Melk

Breakfast on board and arrival of the boat in Dürnstein at around 8:00am, which you will explore with your hostess. The town, steeped in the legend of Richard the Lionheart, contains an astonishing abbey, dazzling with light blue and white, which has one of the most beautiful Baroque bell towers in all Austria. Back on board for lunch and departure toward Melk. Crossing of the wonderful Wachau where Gothic ruins alternate with picturesque villages. The mildness of the climate here is conducive to wine and apricot production. Arrival in Melk in the middle of the afternoon. Optional guided tour to the Benedictine Abbey of Melk. You will get the chance to admire the Baroque marble hall, library and abbey church. Back on board, dinner, overnight stop.

Day 6: Melk – Grein – Linz

Departure of the boat early in the morning. Breakfast during the cruise. Sailing on the Strudengau feared in the past for its whirlpools and arrival at Grein early in the the morning. Grein, a town dominated by its 15th century castle, is a jewel which conceals a curious feature: the smallest Rococo theatre still operating. Free time to discover the town at your own pace. Back on board for dinner and departure on cruise for Linz. Arrival in Linz in mid-afternoon and departure for the optional tour to the Baroque monastery of Saint Florian where the composer Bruckner used to be a choirboy. Tour to the basilica, the library and the marble hall. Back to the boat for dinner and gala evening. Departure of the boat toward Passau at the end of the evening.

Day 7: Passau, Germany (Disembarkation)

Breakfast on board. Disembarkation at around 9:00am. End of our journey.

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • Please check with us regarding availability of English excursions.
  • A valid passport is required for travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

2013 Departure Dates

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin and the SINGLE TRAVELER rate.
From Passau (PBD)
Cruise Embarkation Date
Ship
Lower Deck Cabin w/ picture window - 2 twin beds
Upper Deck Cabin w/ picture window - 2 twin beds
Lower Deck Cabin w/ picture window - Single Traveler
Upper Deck Cabin w/ picture window - Single Traveler
23-May-2013
France
$1,972
$2,124
$2,437
$2,589
4-Jul-2013
Boheme
$1,972
$2,124
$2,437
$2,589
25-Aug-2013
France
$1,972
$2,124
$2,437
$2,589
From Budapest (BPA)
Cruise Embarkation Date
Ship
Lower Deck Cabin w/ picture window - 2 twin beds
Upper Deck Cabin w/ picture window - 2 twin beds
Lower Deck Cabin w/ picture window - Single Traveler
Upper Deck Cabin w/ picture window - Single Traveler
29-May-2013
France
$1,972
$2,124
$2,437
$2,589
10-Jul-2013
France
$1,972
$2,124
$2,437
$2,589
31-Aug-2013
France
$1,972
$2,124
$2,437
$2,589
Please contact us for the current availability on these departure dates.

Fuel surcharges are additional per person. Please call to inquire.

Prices Include:

Accommodation in double cabin with air conditioning, shower/WC • Full board cruise from dinner of the first day to the breakfast of  the last day • Drinks included with onboard meals (wine, water, beer, fruit juices, coffee) • Onboard entertainment • Welcome Cocktail • The Captain's Evening • The assistance of our hostess on board • Port taxes

Prices Do Not Include:

Individual arrival and departure (airfare) • The drinks served in the bar, those on the wine list and the drinks at meals served during excursions or transfers • Travel insurance • Optional excursions • Fuel surcharges • Personal expenses

*For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.

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