Your Cruise Itinerary - Great Cities of the Danube

Day 1: Embark in Passau, cruise to Vienna

Board the MV Esmeralda in Passau and meet fellow travellers over our evening meal. We cruise to Vienna overnight.

Day 2: Vienna

Enjoy a day of sailing, waking to beautiful changing scenery. We arrive in Vienna late this afternoon, with time to discover the city in the evening on our optional excursions - a horse-drawn fiaker carriage ride or a Mozart and Strauss concert.

Day 3: Vienna to Budapest

The morning and afternoon is devoted to magnificent Vienna. Why not join our optional tour of Vienna and visit to Schonbrunn Palace? Enjoy dinner on board this evening as we sail overnight to Budapest.

Day 4: Budapest to Bratislava

Enjoy breakfast and head to the Sun Deck for our morning arrival in beautiful Budapest. We moor for the day, ready to discover one of Europe’s most interesting capitals with an included city tour.

Day 5: Bratislava to Melk

We spend the morning cruising to Bratislava. Discover the Old Town dominated by the impressive castle, or join our optional hidden Bratislava tour to explore further. We then set sail and cruise through the night to Melk.

Day 6: Melk to Linz

Melk is famous for its magnificent Benedictine Abbey and Renaissance castle. We spend the day exploring at leisure or why not join our optional excursion to visit Melk Abbey? This evening, we sail overnight to Linz.

Day 7: Linz

Discover Linz’s beautiful cathedral and enjoy our included transfer to the classical city of Salzburg.

Day 8 Disembark in Linz

Time to leave the ship, with memories of a fantastic cruise.

Departure dates & prices 2020 Great Cities of the Danube - 5% discount on all dates

Shearings brochure price in Black from £959

Travel 55 discount price in Red from £912

Tel Shearings reservations on 0844 824 3535 and quote Travel 55 ref: S9990 + tour code

*The prices quoted here are based on Shearings lead in prices and will fluctuate as and when departure dates are taken up. For the latest up to date prices check with Shearings when you book. Don't forget to quote Travel 55 code S9990 to receive your 5% discount. Tel Shearings reservations on 0844 824 3535.

2020 departure dates and prices - 10 days by coach. Brochure prices from £959 - Discount prices from £912

May 19*

June 16
August 4* September 15

Hol. Code: RRATAEC/I
Dep. Code: X

*Cruise operates from Linz to Linz

2020 departure dates and prices - 8 days by air. Brochure prices from £1299 - Discount prices from £1235
May 20* June 17 August 5* September 16

Hol. Code: RAATAEG/I

*Cruise operates from Linz to Linz

2020 departure dates and prices - 10 days by rail. Brochure prices from £1594 - Discount prices from £1515

May 19*

June 16
August 4*
September 15

Hol. Code: RLATAEC/D/I

*Cruise operates from Linz to Linz

Prices are based on Grade B cabin, upgrades are available call for details. Air holidays are based on flights with Austrian Airlines from London Heathrow, call for details (supplements may apply).

All holidays subject to Shearings Terms and Conditions. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors on the website.

Shearings Holidays
Great Cities of the Danube

8 or 10 Days by Coach, Air or Rail - 5% Discount

2020 prices from only £912

A majestic cruise through the valleys, vineyards and scenery that make the Danube so special. From the elegance of Vienna, with its many sights from the glorious Hapsburg era, to the ancient splendour of Bratislava and stunning Budapest. You could sample some Wachau Valley wine or tour beautiful Melk Abbey. Immerse yourself in some of the heartland of Europe’s most magical capitals while enjoying the friendly atmosphere of the MV Esmeralda.

To book this wonderful Great Cities of the Danube cruise holiday with Shearings call them direct on 0844 824 3535 and quote the Travel 55 discount code S9990 to receive the 5% discount. 

It’s never been more important to book with an operator you can trust. Your Shearings river cruise will be fully protected by our membership of ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents). Travel by coach and you’re also protected by the Bonded Coach Holidays protection scheme, and air holidays are protected by our ATOL licence.

Travel 55 offer you 5% discount on Shearings holidays and tours. To book, call Shearings direct on 0844 824 3535 and quote S9990 for the Travel 55 discount price. 

Holiday Highlights

  • Admire Vienna’s elegance andculture
  • Marvel at Budapest’s Gothic architecture
  • Explore Bratislava’s charming Old Town
  • Discover Salzburg’s splendid sights

What's Included

  • Return travel from the UK by Coach with overnight stays including dinner and breakfast in Belgium, by North Sea with overnight ferry travel and overnight stays including dinner and breakfast in the Frankfurt and Rhineland areas, by Air to Vienna/Munich, or by Rail from London St Pancras via Brussels and with overnight stays including dinner and breakfast in Frankfurt
  • 7 nights full-board cruise
  • Service of a Shearings Cruise Manager
  • 2 included excursions - Imperial Budapest and Transfer to Salzburg

Your Ship: MV Esmeralda

The Danube is a beautiful river to cruise along, and what better way to appreciate this picturesque waterway than aboard the MV Esmeralda.

Offering quality and modern accommodation for over 100 passengers, we're delighted to welcome you on board this elegant ship as we visit the Great Cities of the Danube.

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Discover more with our optional excursions....

  • Majestic Melk Abbey
  • Vienna Spanish Riding School
  • Vienna By Night
  • Evening Mozart and Strauss Concert
  • Panoramic Bratislava
  • Durnstein Transfer
  • Classical Salzburg

Book optional excursions on board from only £15

Pre-book now and save 10%

Great deals for group bookings

Take your group on one of Shearings holidays for an unforgettable experience. Take advantage of FREE places on many tours for groups of more than 20, with up to four free places for groups of over 40.

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