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THE DANUBE FLOW

Description

Relax. You’re cruising on the Danube, and worries don’t exist on this fine-looking waterway. Germany, Austria or Hungary? You don’t have to choose. You’ll get to explore all three on this 8-day cruise that is part small town, part big city and all parts good times. Regensburg’s Old Town has an open- air café feel and the highest density of pubs and bars in Germany (and that’s no small feat). Austria’s Wachau Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site if we’ve ever seen one—its Benedictine Abbey houses the most famous library in Northern Europe. Hungary’s lively capital city offers double the fun, with Buda on one side and Pest on the other. And that’s just the beginning.

Itinerary
This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.

DAY 1 - BUDAPEST 

INCLUDED NIGHT OUT - RUIN PUB RENDEZVOUS (PM)   

Budapest has a reputation for being an epic party city, but we can’t be certain. If you could, please follow your host through the city’s scene of abandoned buildings turned raves and report back to us. We hear cheap drinks, techno beats and street art at every stop are to be expected.

DAY 2 - BUDAPEST 

INCLUDED - BUDAPEST: THE HEART OF HUNGARY (AM)  

With more than 40 theaters and over 100 museums and galleries, Budapest has a lot to offer. Take to the city by foot and explore all of the region's "must sees."

U TIME - BUDAPEST’S BEST (AM)   

Did you know Budapest is actually made up of two cities? On this walking tour, you’ll experience the greatest sites that Pest has to offer. From Parliament to the Jewish Quarter and everything in-between, discover hidden gems and even sample some Hungarian street food from a local market!

U TIME - HOUSE OF TERROR MUSEUM (PM) 

Pay homage to those who were held captive, tortured and killed in two of the bloodiest periods of Hungarian history. This fascinating museum offers an unforgettable look at fascism and communism in the 20th century.

DAY 3 - BRATISLAVA & VIENNA 

INCLUDED - BOHEMIAN DREAMIN' (AM)  

Take a delightful stroll through Bratislava, Slovakia’s small and charming capital. It’s located on the Danube and surrounded by vineyards and the Carpathian Mountains, so a fully charged phone for pictures is a must. Known for its lively bars and Art Deco cafes, it’s a great place for Czech beer and Bohemian eats. Soak in the relaxed urban lifestyle of the pedestrian-only, 18th-century Old Town. Then treat yourself to a croissant or an éclair from a Bratislava pastry shop. Or both. We’re good with that.

INCLUDED NIGHT OUT - VIENNA AFTER DARK (PM)   

Looking for a night out on the town? Perfect. Your U Host will show you some of the coolest night time spots in Vienna! First, you’ll head to Stephansplatz, a glorious architectural setting and popular meeting up spot for many locals. Then you’ll work your way through the alleyways of the so-called Bermuda Triangle where most night owls stay forever. There are cocktails bars, beer pubs, nightclubs and lots of live music in this famous hotspot. And if you haven’t stopped off for a drink anywhere yet, the tour will conclude around the Danube Canal, where many waterside “beach” bars form a lively social scene every evening. This will be a night to remember!

DAY 4 - VIENNA 

INCLUDED - GOOD MORNING VIENNA (AM)   

Wake up, grab a cup of joe and follow your U Host onshore for a morning stroll through Vienna. Head to the Historic Center of Vienna, an area rich in architecture, including Baroque castles, gardens and late -19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks. The best way to wake up in the morning is with a tour of beautiful Vienna.

U TIME - THE BEST OF VIENNA (AM)   

Do as the locals do and hop on the inner-city metro to your next adventure (metro pass included). Just a few stops away, this in-depth tour of Vienna begins in Karlsplatz. Follow your Local Guide towards Charles Church, which is widely considered the most outstanding Baroque church in Vienna, and that’s no easy feat! Continue along the famous Ringstrasse to see one of the city’s four famous opera houses and The Albertina Museum. Then, make your way to the beautiful and shaded Burggarten for a quick cool down before continuing your adventure! After you’ve had a moment’s rest, walk into the inner city to Bräunerstraße, where your guide will show you the best cafés and bars that locals frequent. Sample cheeses, wines and delicious palatschinken! Finally, amble over to the iconic (and gorgeous) St. Stephen’s Cathedral. And now your crash course tour of Vienna is over!

U TIME - AFTER HOURS AT THE CASTLE (PM)  

Your guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace—the former summer residence of the imperial family—includes the staterooms and private apartments of Empress Maria Theresa. Maria Theresa Schönbrunn made it the focus of court life. Today, it plays host to the highest-level politicians in all of Europe. And now—you.

U TIME - ROCK ME, AMADEUS (PM)  

Vienna’s musical legacy was shaped throughout history by the likes of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss. What better way to spend the day in the classical music capital than to attend a concert performed by a professional chamber orchestra. Your local host will guide you from the ship to Albert Hall where you will experience the music of Mozart, Strauss and other famous composers.

DAY 5 - DÜRNSTEIN, WACHAU VALLEY & MELK 

INCLUDED - CASTLE RUINS RENDEZVOUS (AM)  

Dürnstein, Austria, is a beautiful town situated along the Danube River. Explore its restaurants, shops and scenic views to discover why it’s nicknamed the “Pearl of the Wachau.” Take a stroll through the town’s narrow cobblestone streets to historical buildings like the Blue Monastery Church and Abbey. Last but definitely not least, hike up to the famous Dürnstein Castle ruins where Richard Lionheart was once a prisoner and have a dream photo op. With expansive views of the Danube River and Wachau Valley, this is a can’t-miss experience.

INCLUDED - A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT (PM)  

Take a breathtaking (literally) bike tour through the UNESCO Wachau Valley. You’ll travel 20 scenic miles along the Danube, passing the wine villages of Willendorf, St. Michaels, Weissenkirchen and Joching, and meet the ship in Dürnstein with some amazing new memories and photographs.

U TIME - DEAR ABBEY (PM)  

The baroque-style Melk Abbey has a fascinating 900-year history and an extraordinarily beautiful library filled with priceless medieval manuscripts, optical illusions, cleverly concealed doors and other intriguing secrets. The abbey’s Marble Hall is a work of art, as are the impressive library, the Emperors’ Gallery and the site’s crown jewel—the incredible Abbey Church. Get ready to light up your social feed. It’s photo city here.

DAY 6 - PASSAU

INCLUDED - BIKE THE DANUBE (AM)  

Feeling energized after your morning hike? Grab a bike and cruise down the famous Danube bike path, which is particularly scenic from Passau to Vienna. Your expert guides will lead you on a flat 20-mile route. Reunite with the ship in Engelhartszell, where you can quench your thirst with beer made by Trappist monks.

INCLUDED - SCENIC PASSAU (PM)  

Into beautiful scenery and architecture? Don't pass on Passau. Situated at the intersection of the Danube, Inn and llz rivers, the city boasts some of the best views on the German-Austrian border. Take a hike to one of Passau's best viewpoints: Veste Oberhaus. The views are storybook, allowing you to see the entire city of Passau as well as the surrounding countryside. Get lost in the city’s maze of old town alleys. Get your architecture fix at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, with its distinctive domed towers. Fun fact: The cathedral is also home to one of the largest organs in the world, with 17,974 pipes.

U TIME - ILZ RIVER SPLASH (PM)  

Get ready for an afternoon full of fun on the Ilz River! Follow your U Host for a quick walk over the Danube bridge to the Ilz boathouse. There, you’ll decide whether you want to paddle board, canoe, swim or simply relax on the shady embankment. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

DAY 7 - REGENSBURG 

INCLUDED - MEDIEVAL REGENSBURG (PM)  

Regensburg, Germany is a Bavarian city nestled along the Danube River. Revel in 2,000 years of medieval history on an hour-long, host-escorted stroll through the city’s well-preserved Old Town. Visit landmarks like Regensburg Cathedral, Porta Praetoria and the famous Old Stone Bridge. Then make your way through crooked town alleys and stumbling stones before visiting the Händlmaier’s mustard store. Regensburg's got a lot.

DAY 8 - REGENSBURG

Disembark and head off to your next adventure.

Price Details

Price from €1059pp 

The Goods Included:

  • 14 meals onboard
  • Welcome party
  • 2 dedicated U Hosts
  • Included excursions
  • U Time optional excursions
  • Local DJ set
  • Included onboard wine tasting

Options to upgrade from €200pp

Drinks Packages payable locally €299pp

Flights not included but quoted at time of booking.

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Budapest
  • 7 Nights
  • €1059
Details:
  • Depart From: DUBLIN
  • Departure Date: 18 Mar 2019 - 12 Oct 2019
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Destination: Budapest
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