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Hiking Cruises in the Former Austro-Hungarian Empire

8 days with CroisiEurope  Rating: First Class

River Cruise Itinerary
Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Dinner on board. Departure of the boat to Melk. 
Arrival and visit to Melk Abbey. Discovery of the abbey's baroque marble hall, library and church. Return on board and cruise to Dürnstein through the Wachau Valley.
Hikers' Program: Hike through the heart of the Wachau region. With its mild climate and its excellent white wines, the Wachau Valley, registered in the UNESCO World Heritage, is a magical destination in any season. Return on board in Dürnstein.
Non-hikers' program: Arrival in Dürnstein. Discovery of the town with our accompanist. The town is famous for King Richard the Lionhearted having been held prisoner in its castle. It also has an abbey, glittering in light blue and white, which has one of the most beautiful baroque bell towers in all of Austria.
Return on board and cruise to Bratislava.
Arrival of the boat during the night.
Hikers' Program: Hike in the Little Carpathian mountain range, through Sandberg and the Devínska Kobyla National Nature Reserve to the ruins of Devín Castle (outside).
Non-hikers' Program: Visit of the Slovak capital. The charm of Bratislava lies in its old city, with splendid baroque palaces, churches and pleasant squares.
Return on board, cruise toward Kalocsa, in Hungary. Evening of entertainment on board.
Arrival and visit of Puzsta. Also known as the “Great Hungarian Plain”, this enormous flat prairie was the Hungarian wild west during the 19th century. Return on board and sailing toward Budapest, the “pearl of the Danube”.
Hikers' Program: Walk tour to discover Buda. Walk along the paved streets by the castle, which is one of the few remaining examples of medieval Budapest. Return on board via public transport (not included).
Non-hikers' Program: guided visit of Budapest (panoramic tour by coach with stops). Discovery of Buda and Pest, more bustling and busy, proudly displaying its rich mix of architectural styles.
Free afternoon for the non-hikers person.
Hikers' Program: Hike in Pest, to discover the Art Deco and Hungarian Art Nouveau buildings. Return on board via public transport (not included) or on foot. 
Folklore evening in Budapest.
Arrival early in the morning and free time in Esztergom. Birthplace and coronation site of the first Hungarian king. The Basilica of Esztergom is a masterpiece of classic architecture and its large dome towers over the town. It is the largest religious building in Hungary.
Hikers' Program: Hike to Visegrád Castle (exteriors only) from where you can see the Danube Bend.
Afternoon spend sailing. Gala dinner and dancing evening.
Arrival and guided visit of Vienna and Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the imperial family, and one of the most beautiful european baroque palace. Return on board.
Hikers' Program: in the afternoon, walk up to Leopoldsberg will take you to one of the finest vantage points over the city.
Non-hikers' Program: Free time to discover Vienna on your own or guided visit of the Hofburg: the Palace of the Habsburgs contains magnificent imperial apartments.
Return on board. Possibility to attend a Viennese musical concert (optional, depending on the availability).
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Vienna by night
  • Melk Abbey
  • Vienna and Schönbrunn Palace
  • Visit to the Puszta (Great Hungarian Plain)
  • At the very heart of Austro-Hungarian traditions and folklore:
  • Folklore evening in Budapest
  • Concert of Viennese music (optional)
Highlights of our Hiking Cruises:
  • You'll explore hiking trails with a qualified guide in the Wachau Valley, the Little Carpathians, Budapest, Visegrád and in Leopoldsberg.
All This Included
  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at onboard bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Complimentary Samsung Galaxy Tablet for guests' use
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Beethoven
  • For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary.
  • (1) Optional excursion. 
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.

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