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Hiking Cruises in the Former Austro-Hungarian Empire 2019

8 days with CroisiEurope  Rating: First Class

River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1 VIENNA
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. 
 
DAY 2 MELK - DÜRNSTEIN
We'll set out to visit Melk Abbey. We'll discover the abbey's baroque marble hall, library and church before returning on board and cruising towards Dürnstein through the Wachau Valley.
 
Hikers' Program: Hike through the heart of the Wachau region and visit the ruins of Aggstein Castle. Its exceptional location and its impressive dimensions make this castle one of the most well-known in Austria. Erected around 1100, it is thought to have been the haunt of pillaging knights during the Middle-Ages. After the visit, we'll hike through unspoilt scenery to Maria Longegg then transfer by coach to rejoin the boat in Dürnstein. (4 hours hiking, with a climb of around 400m)
 
Non-hikers' program: We'll discover Dürnstein with our hostess. 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.
 
We'll return on board and cruise towards Bratislava.
 
DAY 3 BRATISLAVA
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.
 
We'll return on board and cruise towards Kalocsa, in Hungary. Enjoy an evening of entertainment on board.
 
DAY 4 KALOCSA
We'll set off for the visit to the Puzsta, also known as the "Great Hungarian Plain”, this enormous flat prairie was the Hungarian Wild West during the 19th century. We'll return on board for lunch and start cruising towards Budapest, the "pearl of the Danube”.
 
DAY 5 BUDAPEST
Hikers' Program: City walk tour to discover Buda. Walk along the paved streets by the castle, which is one of the few remaining examples of medieval Budapest. We'll return on board via public transport (not included) for lunch. (2½ hours hiking, with a climb of around 100m)
 
Non-hikers' Program: Guided visit of Budapest (panoramic tour by coach with stops) to discover Buda, the upper part of the city, with its narrow winding streets, baroque buildings and Royal Palace. Pest, is more bustling and busy, and proudly displays its rich mix of architectural styles.
 
Hikers' Program: Walk in Pest, to discover the Art Deco and Hungarian Art Nouveau buildings. We'll return on board via public transport (not included) or on foot.
 
Non-hikers can enjoy free time this afternoon.
 
Enjoy a free evening or a folklore evening in Budapest.
 
DAY 6 BUDAPEST - ESZTERGOM
We'll arrive early in the morning and have some 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. (2 hours hiking, with a climb of around 250m)
 
The afternoon will be spent sailing. Tonight is our gala dinner and evening of dancing on board.
 
DAY 7 VIENNA
We'll set off for a guided tour of Vienna and the Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the imperial family, and one of the most beautiful European baroque palace.
 
Hikers' Program: Walking discovery tour of Vienna. The walk up Leopoldsberg will take you to one of the finest vantage points over the city. (Around 3 to 4 hours hiking, with a climb of around 340m)
 
Non-hikers' Program: Free time to discover Vienna on your own or guided visit of the Hofburg: the Palace of the Habsburgs containing magnificent imperial apartments.
 
Join us on an optional excursion: Viennese musical concert (subject to availability.)
 
DAY 8 VIENNA
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00. End of our services. 
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Hiking trails with a qualified mountain guide
  • Bratislava, Budapest and Vienna
  • At the very heart of Austro-Hungarian traditions and folklore
All This Included
Relaxing hiking and stunning scenery: embark on an incredible cruise along the Danube. From Austria via Hungary to Slovakia, discover breathtaking views and stroll through places earmarked in history such as Aggstein Castle, Devinska Kobyma Nature Reserve or the Fortress of Visegrad.
  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • 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
Notes
  • 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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