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Along the Blue Danube to Budapest River Cruise 18

Along the Blue Danube to Budapest River Cruise 18

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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 MV Esmeralda! We cruise from Linz through the breath taking Wachau Valley to Vienna. We take a guided tour of the beautiful city before we sail onwards to Budapest and spend a full day in the "pearl of the Danube" with a guided tour, Another day dawns this time in Bratislava, the historic capital of Slovakia, dominated by its castle and we take a road train 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. Whilst he there is the opportunity to go ashore and spend a couple of hours exploring the pretty streets and buildings before returning to the ship We travel from Hull to Rotterdam and back with P&O Ferries and stop overnight in Saarbruecken in both directions for your added enjoyment.

 

MV Esmeralda

Offering a high level of comfort the ship can accommodate over 120 passengers on two decks. There is air conditioning throughout the ship and a lift between the lower & upper decks whilst a stair lift serves the promenade deck and partially covered sun deck. A spacious, inviting lounge and bar together with the restaurant are located at the front of the upper deck.

All the cabins are outward facing and have air conditioning, shower/toilet and TV

 

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 MV Esmeralda

  • 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 Vienna, Budapest, and Bratislava

  • 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 through Germany to Linz and board the MV Esmeralda. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and settle in to our cabin before a welcome meeting and safety briefing dinner, followed by a dinner and live entertainment.

Day 4

The ship sets sail early in the morning 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 breakfast, we take you on a guided 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. And then you are free to go back ashore and stroll around Vienna at your own speed or relax on board the boat returning in time for dinner and the overnight sailing to Budapest. Sadly, our driver will not be with you tonight as he must take the coach back to Budapest but don't worry, he will be waiting for you when you arrive there tomorrow. Dinner as always is followed by live entertainment.

Day 6

We arrive in Budapest at 9an and following breakfast 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, the Fisherman's Bastion (please note that this located on a hill & cobbled area, you can stay on the coach if you prefer). Back on board you can enjoy afternoon tea and then once the ship has set sail for Bratislava, it will be time for dinner.

Day 7

We arrive in Bratislava at 13.00and enjoy a road train 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 in time for dinner which is followed by live entertainment..

Day 8

The ship leaves Bratislava at 4am and cruise to Durnstein arriving at 4.30pm so once again plenty of time to relax, enjoy the scenery, a 3-course lunch and afternoon tea. Durnstein is famed for the ruins of the castle that once imprisoned Richard the Lionheart and its pretty courtyards and buildings so why not spend some time ashore before dinner is served and as with previous evenings, this will be followed by live entertainment

Day 9

The penultimate day of the cruise and the sip sets sail at 5am for Melk where we spend 3 hours before sailing on to Linz. Tonight, we enjoy the Captain's farewell dinner with a small gift for all the ladies.

Day 10

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.

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

MV Esmeralda

Offering a high level of comfort the ship can accommodate over 120 passengers on two decks. There is air conditioning throughout the ship and a lift between the lower & upper decks whilst a stair lift serves the promenade deck and partially covered sun deck. A spacious, inviting lounge and bar together with the restaurant are located at the front of the upper deck.

All the cabins are outward facing and have air conditioning, shower/toilet and TV

 

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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