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The Blue Danube River Cruise: Vienna, Budapest & Salzburg

Selected departures up to October 2020 & 2021

Experience more with so much included

  • Seven nights on board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite, with river views
  • Seven visits and tours including guided tours in Vienna, Salzburg or Linz, Dürnstein, Budapest and Bratislava; and visits to Esztergom Basilica and Melk Abbey
  • Live classical quartet recital on board
  • Hungarian folklore show on board
  • All meals on board from dinner on your day of arrival through to breakfast on your day of departure, including a welcome dinner and the Captain’s Dinner 
  • A packed lunch during the full day trip to Salzburg
  • Five-star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Complimentary on-board tea and coffee
  • Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi
  • Services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and concierge
  • No surcharges guaranteed 

Departures available exclusively for solo travellers

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At a Glance
7 nights on board a 5-star ship
7 visits & tours
Full board
Expert Cruise Director & Concierge
Complimentary on-board tea & coffee
Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi
All port charges & taxes
 

Overview

Stepping aboard you will appreciate the superb surroundings of your floating luxury hotel for the next seven nights with spacious and well-appointed cabins or suites, private bathrooms and meticulously prepared fine cuisine.

From Budapest, we slip our moorings and head on our journey north to Esztergom spending the morning exploring its historic centre, which once was Hungary’s capital, before continuing westwards to the beautiful old town of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Navigating through Lower Austria we then reach the romantic town of Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned, having been shipwrecked on his return from the crusades. After we visit the remarkable monastery in Melk, with its 200m long Emperor’s Gallery, lined with portraits of Austrian emperors.

Soon we arrive in Linz where we take the short drive to Salzburg. During the guided tour of the old town we will see the imposing fortress Hohensalzburg towering over the city and of course the birthplace and residence of Mozart, Salzburg’s most famous citizen.  On our way back eastwards we will reach classical Vienna, home of Strauss and many great composers. This city offers up so much wonderful architecture as well as a host of other things to see including the Spanish riding school.

Finally, cruising into Hungary, we arrive back in imperial Budapest, straddling the picturesque Danube. After a guided tour of this palatial city we spend the evening on board, where the Captain hosts another spectacular dinner, an excellent finale to this most exceptional and relaxing cruise.

Your Itinerary

Meet Mike, Cruise Director on the Blue Danube River Cruise

Price Includes

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a cabin with a limited number of single cabins available on all decks, at the relevant supplement. The price includes: 

  • Full board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day; if you choose to travel with us on any of the full day excursions by coach, a packed lunch will be provided. Anyone choosing to stay on the ship may of course have lunch in the restaurant
  • Morning/afternoon tea and coffee
  • All visits and excursions as mentioned
  • Coach travel as mentioned
  • The services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and concierge

Our Drinks Package


 

7 night drinks package available from $199 per person

Tea, coffee and water will be served complimentary throughout your cruise, but should you wish to indulge in a glass of wine or a beer with your lunch or dinner, we would recommend adding our drinks package to your booking.

Simply relax and when it’s time to dine in the restaurant, take your pick from a range of: draught beer; non-alcoholic beer; soft drinks; juices; red, white and rosé house wines; and wine recommendations from the menu by the glass.

If you choose not to purchase a drinks package, there is a vast selection of drinks on board each ship available for individual purchase. To see an example bar list please click here.

To purchase the drinks package please contact us.

Please note that drinks packages must be purchased by all guests occupying the same cabin or suite, and do not include drinks from the bar. The bar menu is an example, with brands and prices varying across ships and itineraries.

On-board Credit

You can spend your onboard credit in the spa
 

On selected departures we're now offering up to €200 of on-board credit! There's no need to enter any promotional codes as your on-board credit will be added to your booking automatically, ready for you to spend when you start your holiday.

Your on-board credit can be redeemed against any on-board purchases - from drinks in the bistros to massages in the spa, from a new hair cut in the salon to any item from the boutique. Your credit can even be used for gratuities.

If you've already booked an applicable river cruise with us, don't worry, the credit will already be applied to your booking for you.

Based on two people sharing a cabin. Sole occupancy cabins will receive €100 on-board credit.

Selected departures: 30th May, 11th July, 10th August, 15th October 2020

Personalise Your Holiday

Visit the Spanish Riding School in Vienna from €16pp

Enjoy a visit to the Spanish Riding School, the only institution in the world that has practised classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the haute école for over 440 years and continues to do so.

Please contact us for details.

Useful Information

Fact File

  • Currency: Euro, Forint
  • Deposit: $500 per person
  • Time zone: GMT+1
  • Country: Austria, Hungary, Slovakia

Wi-Fi

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship for the duration of your cruise. Please note that speeds may vary.

Visa Information

Visit https://smartraveller.gov.au for comprehensive travel advice. You will find current information on passport, visa and entry requirements for the country or countries to which you intend to travel, along with advice on money, local laws and customs.

Visit www.healthdirect.gov.au/travel-health-advice for travel health guidance, which includes information on travelling with medicine.

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to email us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

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