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Along the Blue Danube to Budapest River Cruise

Along the Blue Danube to Budapest River Cruise

Door to Door

For the perfect four-star river cruising experience on the waters immortalised by the composer Strauss in the classical waltz "The Blue Danube", look no further than this cruise with us on board the 4 star MS Serenity! We cruise from Passau to the Austrian city of Melk which is filled with cobbled streets and attractive buildings. We pay a visit to the Benedictine Melk Abbey before cruising through the breath taking Wachau Valley to Vienna. A guided tour of the beautiful city is followed by a guided tour of Schonbrunn Palace before we sail onwards to Budapest and spend a full day in the "pearl of the Danube" with a guided tour, Folklore Show and a visit to the Puszta Horse Show. Another day dawns this time in Bratislava, the historic capital of Slovakia, dominated by its castle and we take a walking tour with external visits to the Cathedral & Palace before continuing along the Danube to our final destination Durnstein, famed for the ruins of the castle that once imprisoned Richard the Lionheart. Admire the pretty courtyards and buildings on a 30 minute guided walking tour of the town before enjoying a wine tasting at a local wine cellar. We travel from Hull to Rotterdam and back with P&O Ferries and stop overnight in Saarbruecken in both directions for your added enjoyment.

 

MS Serenity

Launched in 2006, the 4 star MS Serenity exudes luxury & style. Facilities on board include a restaurant, two bars and sun deck. The lounge bar on the Panorama deck provides a great place to relax and watch the scenery pass by and the Panorama restaurant on the middle deck serves international cuisine along with traditional local dishes, freshly prepared on board.

Cabins are spread over 3 decks which are all accessible by lift, they all have outside views, climate control, en-suite shower facilities, hairdryer, TV, safe and ample storage space.

 

Mercure Hotel Saarbruecken Sud

A 3 star hotel on the outskirts of Saarbruecken and just a short distance from the French Border. As well as a restaurant and bar, the hotel has an outdoor pool, fitness centre and indoor tennis court.

The bedrooms are all en-suite and have TV, hairdryer, drinks vending machine, minibar, air conditioning & Wi-Fi

The price is based on 2 berth inside cabin accommodation on P&O Ferries and lower/main deck cabins on MS Serenity. Upgrades are available as follows

P&0. Low berth cabin £20.00 per person. 2 berth outside cabin £25.00 per person. Low berth outside cabin £45.00 per person

MS Serenity. Middle deck cabin £122.50 per person. Upper deck cabin £245.00 per person

 

Your holiday includes

  • Door to Door pick up service

  • Elite Coach Travel

  • Return overnight sailing from Hull to Rotterdam in inside cabins (upgrades available) Dinner and breakfast on the overnight sailing

  • Dinner, bed & breakfast overnight stop at Mercure Hotel Saarbruecken Sud in both directions

  • 7 nights on board MS Serenity

  • 4 course dinner & buffet breakfast plus 5 buffet lunches 5 course farewell dinner on the last night

  • After dinner tea/coffee

  • Welcome glass of sparkling wine

  • Early riser and mid-morning tea/coffee

  • Live entertainment each evening

  • In house activities some evenings

  • Guided tours of Melk Abbey, Vienna, Schonbrunn Palace, Budapest, Bratislava and Durnstein

  • Services of a Cruise Director & Manager

  • Accompanied throughout by your coach driver

 

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Day 1

Your holiday starts with an early afternoon collection from home by one of our Door to Door vehicles which will bring you through to the coach. We then make our way to the ferry terminal in Hull and once everybody has received their boarding card it will be time to board the ferry as foot passengers. Please remember to bring an overnight bag with as access to the coach will not be possible once it is on the ferry. Having checked in to your cabin it will be time for dinner and then you can avail yourself of the ships entertainment as we head for Holland

Day 2

After disembarking from the ferry, we head through Holland and Belgium into Germany for an overnight stop at the Mercure Hotel Saarbrucken Sud.

Day 3

We continue on through Germany to Passau and board the MS Serenity. Enjoy a welcome glass of sparkling wine and settle in to our cabin before a welcome meeting and safety briefing dinner, followed by a welcome reception with soup, sandwiches, pastries, cake, fruit and soft drinks. As we set sail for Melk, dinner is served and this will be followed by live entertainment.

Day 4

Breakfast is served from 7am and at 08.30 we disembark from the ship for a guided tour of the Benedictine Melk Abbey, one of the best known and most splendid monastic houses in Austria, with free time to visit the gardens (Please note it is a short walk to the entrance to the Abbey (for anyone who walks at a slow pace this will take about 10 minutes)
The ship sets sail at noon and we sail through the breathtaking Wachau Valley to Vienna arriving early in the evening. Following dinner, perhaps you might like to step ashore and enjoy the sights of the city lit up at night or maybe you will decide to stay on board for this evening's entertainment

Day 5

After an early breakfast we take you on a 1 hour step on guided tour followed by a 1 hour guided walking tour of Vienna with a local guide. Experience the delights of the Grand palaces, baroque castles, magnificent squares and striking monuments of this beautiful city, a World Heritage site before returning to the ship in time for a buffet lunch. In the afternoon we take a journey back in time with our English speaking guide and explore some of the 1,441 rooms at Schonbrunn Palace and spend sometime in the gardens before we head back to the ship for the overnight sailing to Budapest. Sadly our driver will not be with you tonight as he has to take the coach back to Passau but don't worry, he will be waiting for you when you arrive in Budapest tomorrow. Dinner as always is followed by live entertainment.

Day 6

Following breakfast, you can spend time relaxing and watching the scenery pass by as we continue along the Danube to Budapest arriving her late morning. Following lunch it's time to go ashore for 3 hour guided tour which introduces you to some of the most prominent highlights of the city known as the "pearl of the Danube, including entry & a 45 minute stay in the Fisherman's Bastion (please note that this located on a hill & cobbled area, you can stay on the coach if you prefer). Following a 4 course dinner we visit a Folklore Show with gypsy music and dancer plus goulash soup and wine before returning to the ship where there will be a short sightseeing tour with the opportunity to view the illuminated city from Gellert Hill. Please note that this involves a 10 minute walk up a slight incline.

Day 7

Straight after breakfast we head for the Puszta Horse Show which includes a welcome Pogaca & palinka (salty cone & fruit brandy). Back on board lunch is served and then the afternoon is spent relaxing s the ship prepares to set sail for Bratislava. Dinner is followed by live entertainment as the ship continues its overnight sailing.

Day 8

Following breakfast, we leave the ship and enjoy a 2.5 hour guided walking tour to take in the sights of the Slovakian capital dominated by its castle and experience its rich culture. We get to pay external visits to the Cathedral and Palace before returning to the ship for a mid- afternoon departure for Durnstein. As with previous evenings, dinner will be followed by live entrainment which tonight, if it hasn't already taken place will be Captains party night as we sail through the night to our next port of call.

Day 9

The penultimate day of the cruise and following a short journey by road train to Durnstein, famed for the ruins of the castle that once imprisoned Richard the Lionheart, we enjoy a 30 minute guided walking tour of the town and a chance to admire pretty courtyards and buildings before stopping at one of the Wachau Valley's wine cellars for some wine tasting. Returning to the ship we once again enjoy lunch and admire the scenery as we start the journey back to Passau. A 5 course farewell dinner is a fitting end to the cruise

IMPORTANT

Lunch on board MS Serenity each day can either be buffet or waiter served according to the daily sailing schedule and excursion programme

Day 10

Having sailed through the night we arrive in Passau and following breakfast we disembark from the ship and rejoin the coach for the journey back to Saarbruecken stopping once again at the Mercure Hotel

Day 11

The final leg of our journey sees us retrace our steps through France, Belgium & Holland to catch the overnight sailing from Rotterdam back to Hull.

Day 12

After disembarking from the ferry, rejoin the coach and are taken back to the drop off point where one of our door to door vehicles will be waiting to return you to your front door.

Booking information

** TO BOOK THIS HOLIDAY, PLEASE CLICK ON THE "DEPRTURE" TAB AND THEN ON THE SHOPPING TROLLEY ICON**

MS Serenity

Launched in 2006, the 4 star MS Serenity exudes luxury & style. Facilities on board include a restaurant, two bars and sun deck. The lounge bar on the Panorama deck provides a great place to relax and watch the scenery pass by and the Panorama restaurant on the middle deck serves international cuisine along with traditional local dishes, freshly prepared on board.

Cabins are spread over 3 decks which are all accessible by lift, they all have outside views, climate control, en-suite shower facilities, hairdryer, TV, safe and ample storage space.

 

Mercure Hotel Saarbruecken Sud

A 3 star hotel on the outskirts of Saarbruecken and just a short distance from the French Border. As well as a restaurant and bar, the hotel has an outdoor pool, fitness centre and indoor tennis court.

The bedrooms are all en-suite and have TV, hairdryer, drinks vending machine, minibar, air conditioning & Wi-Fi

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