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The Blue Danube River Cruise with Budapest Extension

The Blue Danube River Cruise with Budapest Extension

11 days from only $3,948pp

Experience more with so much included

  • Seven visits and tours including guided tours in Vienna, Salzburg or Linz, Budapest and Bratislava; and visits to Esztergom, Dürnstein and Melk Abbey
  • Seven nights on board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite, with river views 
  • All meals on board from dinner on your day of arrival through to breakfast on your day of departure (except one lunch), including a welcome dinner and the Captain’s Dinner 
  • Complimentary on-board tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi (connection speeds may vary) 
  • Three nights in an excellent, centrally located hotel with breakfast 
  • Visit the medieval town of Visegrád and enjoy a Hungarian lunch
  • Visit picturesque Szentendre, ‘Montmartre of the Danube’ Guided visit of Budapest’s iconic Parliament Building 
  • Visit the famous National Gallery with its world-class collection of Hungarian masterpieces and antiquities 
  • Tour of the Royal Palace and stunning gardens at Gödöllő, former summer residence of the Habsburgs
  • Experience the dramatic ‘Puszta’ on our scenic tour into Hungary’s Great Plain and after a traditional lunch, watch a performance by some of the region’s most famous horsemen
  • Five-star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides 
  • Services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and concierge 
  • No surcharges guaranteed 

Selected departures from April to October 2020

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At a Glance
7 nights on board a 5-star ship
3 nights in hotel accommodation
14 visits & tours
Full board cruise, B&B hotels
Complimentary on-board tea & coffee
Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi (speeds may vary)
Expert Cruise Director & Concierge
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

The Blue Danube River Cruise

Price Includes

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a cabin and hotel room. Single cabins/rooms are available at the relevant supplement. The price includes: 

  • Full board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day of the cruise; 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 on board the ship
  • Three nights in a hotel in Budapest with breakfast
  • All visits and excursions as mentioned
  • Coach travel as mentioned
  • The services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and concierge during the cruise
  • An expert Riviera Travel tour manager during the extension
  • All visits and excursions as mentioned 
  • Coach travel as mentioned
  • The services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and concierge

Please that on board Wi-Fi speeds may vary.

Your Choice of Drinks


 

7 night drinks package available from $199 per person

While we include everything you might need in our prices, we never charge for something you might not. If you prefer to pre-order your drinks, you can purchase our drinks package which offers superb value and includes a selection of drinks during lunch and dinner.

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 see our dining information.

Drinks packages must be purchased by all guests in the same cabin or suite, and do not include drinks from the bar. To book the drinks package please email the reservations team. 

Useful Information

Fact File

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

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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