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Cruise the Heart of Europe

15 days from only €2,709pp

Experience more with so much included

  • Admire the stunning scenery of the Rhine Gorge, Main and Danube
  • Guided tour of 2,000 year-old Koblenz
  • Stop in picturesque Boppard, Rüdesheim, Mainz and Passau.
  • See Miltenberg, Wertheim, Melk Abbey and Regensburg
  • Guided tours of baroque Würzburg, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest
  • Walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bamberg
  • Tour of Nuremberg - steeped in ancient and modern history - Including visit of the site of the infamous Nuremberg Trials and Nazi rally grounds
  • Live classical quartet recital on board
  • Price includes full-board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day
  • Return flights from Dublin

Departures up to October 2018 and April to August 2019

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At a Glance
14 nights on board a 5-star ship
Return flights & transfers
15 visits & tours
Full board
Expert cruise director
Complimentary on-board tea & coffee
Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi (speeds may vary)
Checked Luggage
All port charges & airport taxes
 

Overview

Experience an incredible variety of medieval towns and imperial cities, from quintessential Bamberg to classical Vienna, with their wealth of cultural treasures plus the world-famous scenery of the dramatic Rhine Gorge. This fifteen-day river cruise takes you on an amazing journey from Cologne in the heart of the Rhine valley to Vienna and finally Budapest on the banks of the Danube. Your floating accommodation will be one of the most luxurious vessels cruising the inland waterways of Europe. You will be suitably impressed with the high quality, sumptuous accommodation and simply delicious cuisine in such stylish and relaxing surroundings.

Our journey south takes in so many incredible visits and sites starting in Koblenz and then onto the picturesque town of Boppard, continuing through the stunning Rhine Gorge and onto beautiful Rudesheim, one of the most famous wine towns on the Rhine. Next, we cruise to Mainz and then along the river Main to Miltenberg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval villages.

The river cruise continues towards Wurzburg situated at the head of Germany’s ‘Romantic Road’ where we have a walking tour and time to visit the amazing baroque palace. Next day it’s onto Bamberg, quite simply one of the most beautiful small towns in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Having seen so much we are still only at our halfway point on our river cruise. Next we berth in Nuremberg for a guided tour of this historic city, probably most remembered as the location of the trials at the end of WWII. From here we pass through the Main-Danube canal to the picturesque river Danube, one of the most romantic and beautiful rivers in the world, and our first stop, Regensburg.

Over the next five days we take in so much that Bavaria, Austria and Hungary can offer. We stop in Passau and then onto Melk and culminate our time in Austria in classical Vienna, home of Strauss and many great composers. This city offers up so much wonderful architecture as well as a host of other things to see including the Spanish riding school.

Cruising into Hungary, we soon arrive in imperial Budapest, straddling the picturesque Danube. After a guided tour of this palatial city we spend the evening on board, where the Captain hosts another spectacular dinner, an excellent finale to this most comprehensive and yet relaxing cruise.

Your Itinerary

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Price Includes

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin with a limited number of single cabins available on all decks, at the relevant supplement. The price includes full board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day; if you choose to travel with us on any of the full day excursions by coach, a packed lunch will be provided. Anyone choosing to stay on the ship may of course have lunch in the restaurant; morning/afternoon tea and coffee; all visits and excursions as mentioned in the brochure, airport transfers, coach travel as mentioned, travel to and from port of embarkation and the services of a Riviera Travel Tour Manager.

Your Choice of Drinks


 

14 night drinks package available from €229 per person

While we include everything you might need in our prices, we never charge for something you might not. If you prefer to pre-order your drinks, you can purchase our drinks package which offers superb value and includes a selection of drinks during lunch and dinner.

Simply relax and when it’s time to dine in the restaurant, take your pick from a range of: draught beer; non-alcoholic beer; soft drinks; juices; red, white and rosé house wines; and wine recommendations from the menu by the glass.

If you choose not to purchase a drinks package, there is a vast selection of drinks on board each ship available for individual purchase. To see an example bar list please see our dining information.

The cost of the drinks package is €229 per person for 2018 departures and €239 for 2019 departures.

Drinks packages must be purchased by all guests in the same cabin or suite, and do not include drinks from the bar. To book the drinks package please call the reservations team. 

Susie and Peter Recommend…

'Wine, music, architecture – all are capable not just of lifting the spirits but also conveying the intriguing subtleties of the changing cultures and complex history you will witness on the course of this trip. Soak it all up. All of these are proud winemaking nations: the Riesling grape variety makes some of its finest wines on the Danube just as it does on the Rhine. Look out also for German Pinot Noir, Austrian Grüner Veltliner, DSC wines in Slovakia and the sweet treasure that is Tokaji in Hungary.'

Susie Barrie & Peter Richards

Useful Information

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitabilty of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependant on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Airport or train station Ship location Transfer time
Dusseldorf Airport Cologne 1 hr
Cologne Airport 30 mins
Brussels Station 3 hrs 30 mins including comfort stop
Budapest Airport Budapest 45 mins

Fact File

  • Currencies: Euro, Forint
  • Deposit: €250 per person
  • Flight Time: Approx. 2 hrs 30 mins to 3 hrs
  • Languages: Hungarian, German
  • Time Zone: GMT+1
  • Countries: Hungary, Germany, Austria

Melk Abbey interior ceiling art