Holiday Itinerary Highlights of the Danube

Day 1: Arrive in Passau

Embarkation in Passau in the afternoon and then cast away!

Notes about excursions listed for this vacation:
(1) These excursions are part of the optional Excursion Package that can be purchased in advance on MyCosmos.
(2) These optional excursions are available for purchase once on board. Included meals: Dinner

Day 2: Melk - Vienna

Start the day with an excursion (1) to the Baroque Benedictine monastery of Melk Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, as the ship arrives in Vienna, you will have the opportunity to take part in the (2) tour "Scary stories of Vienna" or alternatively have time at leisure.

(1) Excursion to the Benedictine monastery in Melk. After a short bus ride, arrive at the Benedictine monastery of Melk, a UNESCO WorldHeritage Site. On a guided tour you will discover about the monastery towering high above the Danube. The abbey itself contains the tomb of Saint Coloman of Stockerau and the remains of several members of the House of Babenberg, Austria's first ruling dynasty.

(2) "Scary stories of Vienna". Experience Vienna from a completely different perspective on this excursion. As night falls in Vienna and the streams of tourists leave the city, mysterious stories are hidden around every corner. Get to know these stories on this walking tour, but remember, behind every story there is also an element of truth! Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Vienna. 

Spend the day in Vienna. Enjoy time at leisure or alternatively join our (1) excursion introducing you to the most important sights of this imperial city such as St. Stephen's Cathedral, as well as experiencing the charm of the Viennese people. After lunch there is also the opportunity for an excursion (2) to the stunning Baroque Schönbrunn Palace with its vast gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

(1) Excursion Vienna City Tour. Experience the exceptional sights of Vienna on this excursion. First drive through New Vienna with the Uno-City and Danube Island. The journey takes you along the Ringstrasse, where you will pass the magnificent buildings of the State Opera, Parliament, State Theater, City Hall, University and Votive Church and venture into the heart of the city to St. Stephen's Cathedral. From St. Stephen's Cathedral, take a leisurely one hour walk through the old town over the moat to Michaeliplatz (Hofburg), venture past the Riding School and Albertina onto Kärntnerstrasse. You will then have approximately half an hour of free time before the bus takes you back to the ship.

(2) Excursion to the Baroque Schönbrunn Palace. One of Austria's most important cultural monuments, Schönbrunn Palace is located to the west of Vienna's city center in the Hietzing district. This is an imperial palace complex with many annexes and a beautifully landscaped park. The entire complex is a listed building and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. There are numerous fountains, statues and gardens in the publicly accessible castle park. Fun fact: The oldest zoo in the world is also located here. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Budapest

Today your ship takes you to Budapest, where you can either spend time at leisure or take part in our excursion (1) to see the capital city of Hungary with its imposing buildings along the banks of the Danube. In the afternoon there is an opportunity to participate in a walking tour (2) through Budapest, travelling like a local on the subway and on a panoramic tram. Visit the market hall and St. Stephen's Basilica. As the day ends there is the chance to experience Budapest by night (2) with an illumination boat tour on the "Queen of the Danube".

(1) Excursion - Budapest City Sightseeing tour. You will first drive through the city center to Heroes' Square, where you can view the Millennium Monument with the Archangel Gabriel enthroned on the top. You will also have the opportunity to view other monuments of Hungarian kings. Back on the bus the journey continues to Gellert hill, where you can stop for photos and enjoy the unique view. Return to the ship. (2) Excursion - Budapest walking tour. From the landing stage take a walk on the famous Váci utca promenade and receive interesting commentary regarding the buildings, history and architecture along the way. You will then travel a short distance on one of the oldest underground lines in the world and then walk to explore St. Stephen's Basilica. Take the panoramic tram to the market hall, where you will finally have some free time. From there, walk back to the ship.

(2) Excursion - Budapest by night. The excursion boat trip allows you to admire the beautiful scenery of the city along the illuminated Danube. The beautiful buildings are lighted up on both banks. A glass of sparkling wine and entertainment by a gypsy band complete the excursion. After an almost two-hour journey, it's back to the ship. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Budapest - Esztergom

Today, spend time at leisure or participate in our excursion (1) to the Hungarian Puszta (countryside) with a demonstration of traditional Hungarian horsemanship. Return to the ship for lunch while cruising. After lunch, photograph the beautiful scenery as you sail the Danube Bend, also called Hungarian Wachau. Arrival in Esztergom in the evening for free time to explore.

(1) Excursion to Puszta. The drive to Lajosmizse towards the Hungarian plains takes approximately one hour. Then a short carriage ride takes you across the wide prairie, followed by a horse demonstration. During the demonstration you will discover Hungarian horse traditions and the customs of the former Csikos, and learn why in the past the horse was a man's best friend. A small snack will be served in the Csarda.You will have an opportunity to purchase Hungarian handicrafts, paprika products as well as wine and brandy in the local shop. From the Puszta, return to the ship in Budapest for lunch. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Bratislava

Spend the day at leisure in beautiful Bratislava or take part in our excursion,(1) a walking tour of Bratislava city center, with a drive to the imposing castle affording beautiful views of the Danube. Tour the historical old town with the famous St. Martin's Cathedral. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to join a (2) beer tasting excursion in the Old Town.

(1) Excursion: Bratislava city tour. The coach tour begins at the port. Travel via the embassy quarter to Bratislava Castle, the city's landmark. There you will have a photo stop opportunity and can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view over the city. You then continue your journey to the old town where your driver will say goodbye. On the walk, of approximately one and a half hours, through the old town of Bratislava, you will see the fortress, the National Theater, the town hall and Baroque palaces. After tasting the famous Bratislava croissants, walk back to the ship.

(2) Excursion - Beer tasting in the old town. Take a short walk to a local brewery in the old town. After an introduction to Slovak beer, you will be served 3 types of beer to sample along with some snacks. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Dürnstein

Today your cruise takes you to the quaint town of Dürnstein in the Wachau Valley. In the morning you can join the excursion (1) to visit the town, including a wine tasting opportunity. The town of Dürnstein is located directly on the Danube, and has an enchanting medieval town centre. In the afternoon enjoy idyllic cruising through the unique and beautiful Wachau valley.

(1) Dürnstein excursion with wine tasting. Dürnstein in the Wachau valley is probably one of the most famous wine producing towns in the area, and is also known for the blue collegiate church. During this tour you will get to know the beautiful town, offering a unique combination of breathtaking landscape, traditional architecture and historical sights. Complete the experience by tasting some delicious local wines. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Passue.

Disembarkation after breakfast and end of your cruise. Meals included: Breakfast

Things to note

Our cruises are popular with international customers and announcements on board the ships will be made in multiple European languages. Our Cruise Director speaks English and German.

Departure dates and prices 2022 Highlights of the Danube : 7% discount on all dates.

Prices shown exclude flights and transfers, call Cosmos to add flights

Cosmos brochure price in black from £469

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Highlights of the Danube

7% discount - 8 Days fully escorted river cruise

2022 discount prices start from only £437

Cruise the fascinating Danube, the river of magnificent capital cities and quaint villages and towns. Discover wine making regions of the river whilst relaxing on board our ship. Take in the sights and sounds of Vienna in Austria, Bratislava in Slovakia, and the Hungarian capital city of Budapest, which all straddle the river. Explore Melk’s Benedictine Abbey, a colossal and beautiful Baroque monument and the symbol of the Wachau Valley with its steep, terraced vineyards overlooking the Danube. Enchantment around every turn!

This lovely Highlights of the Danube river cruise comes with a 7% discount saving when you book direct with Cosmos. Call on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55

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