A Taste Of The Danube With 2 Nights In Vienna (Westbound)
From the Gypsy violins of Budapest to the romantic sounds of Vienna, the “City of Music,” this Europe river cruise highlights the natural beauty of Austria’s Wachau Valley, and the fascinating capital cities of Hungary, Slovakia, and Austria. Board your river cruise vessel and head upriver to Bratislava. For a 58-mile stretch, the middle of the Danube forms the border between Hungary and Slovakia, and guided sightseeing awaits you in Slovakia’s capital. In Melk, you will visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, sitting high on a bluff so you can take in the breathtaking views of the Danube River and surrounding countryside. Cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley and spend free time in Dürnstein, overlooked by the ruins of the castle where England’s King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192, and best known for its magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade. To end your river cruise, there’s guided sightseeing in Austria’s capital, Vienna, with time on your own to relax, perhaps visit the famous Sacher Hotel for a taste of Sachertorte (a special chocolate cake), and stroll along the famous pedestrian street of Kärntnerstrasse.
Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Bratislava: guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin’s CathedralDay 3 Melk-Wachau Valley-Dürnstein: guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; scenic cruise through the Wachau ValleyDay 4 Vienna (Disembarkation): choice of early guided tour, with breakfast at a Viennese café, or guided sightseeingDay 5 Vienna: day at leisureDay 6 Vienna: your vacation ends this morning
Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation)
Melk, Austria-wachau Valley