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Experience more with so much included

  • Guided tour of Vienna, city of Strauss and home of the Hapsburgs
  • Live classical quartet recital on board
  • Tour of baroque Bratislava, capital of Slovakia
  • Cruise through the scenic Wachau, Austria’s premier wine region
  • Visit to Melk Abbey, central Europe’s most spectacular baroque monastery, and one of its premier academic institutions
  • Visit to medieval Dürnstein where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned whilst returning from the Crusades
  • TTour of Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and one of Austria’s most beautiful cities, or alternatively discover historic Linz on a guided walking tour
  • Explore the amazing basilica at Esztergom, Hungary’s oldest cathedral
  • Tour of Budapest, Pearl of the Danube
  • Price includes full-board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day onboard
  • A further three nights in an excellent hotel with breakfast
  • Visit the historic medieval town of Visegrád, followed by a Hungarian lunch
  • Visit to picturesque Szentendre, baroque gem and ‘Montmarte of the Danube’
  • Guided visit of Budapest’s iconic Parliament Building with its magnificent cathedral-like interior
  • Visit the famous National Gallery with its world-class collection of Hungarian masterpieces and antiquities
  • Tour of the Royal Palace and stunning gardens at Gödöllo, former summer residence of the Hapsburgs
  • Experience the dramatic ‘Puszta’ on our scenic tour into Hungary’s Great Plain, after lunch, watch a performance by some of the most famous horsemen of the region
  • Services of a cruise director and tour manager
  • Return flights from Dublin

Selected departures May to October 2019

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

Overview

Explore this magnificent imperial city, its iconic Gothic Parliament Building and the superb National Gallery with its impressive collection of Hungarian masterpieces plus medieval Visegrad and the delightful Royal Palace at Godollo, before venturing out into the desolate beauty of Hungary’s Great Plain. Stepping aboard you will appreciate the superb surroundings of your floating luxury hotel for the next seven nights with spacious and well-appointed cabins or suites, private bathrooms and meticulously prepared fine cuisine.

From Budapest, we slip our moorings and head on our journey north to Esztergom spending the morning exploring its historic centre, which once was Hungary’s capital, before continuing westwards to the beautiful old town of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Navigating through Lower Austria we then reach the romantic town of Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned, having been shipwrecked on his return from the crusades. After we visit the remarkable monastery in Melk, with its 200m long Emperor’s Gallery, lined with portraits of Austrian emperors.

Soon we arrive in Linz where we take the short drive to Salzburg. During the guided tour of the old town we will see the imposing fortress Hohensalzburg towering over the city and of course the birthplace and residence of Mozart, Salzburg’s most famous citizen.  On our way back eastwards we will reach 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.

Finally, cruising into Hungary, we arrive back 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 exceptional and relaxing cruise.

Your Itinerary

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Price Includes

River Cruise: 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.

Extension: The price of this extension is per person based on two people sharing in a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. The price includes three nights accommodation in Budapest with breakfast, all tours as mentioned, two lunches, transfer to the airport and the services of a Riviera tour manager.

Please note that on-board Wi-Fi speeds may vary.

Your Choice of Drinks


 

7 night drinks package available from €129 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.

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...

"Beethoven’s last words were on the subject of wine, not music. Accounts relate how, after the dying musician was brought a dozen bottles of wine, he uttered the words: ‘Pity, pity, too late!’ It could well be apocryphal but surely it’s wise to heed the great man’s advice and indulge in some of Middle Europe’s finest wines while treading in his footsteps. There are great sweet wines in both Austria and Hungary, while excellent dry whites and reds can be found in every port along this route."

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 or hotel location Transfer time
Budapest Airport Budapest (ship) 45 mins
Budapest (hotel)

Fact File

  • Currencies: Euro, Forint
  • Deposit: €250 per person
  • Flight time: Approx. 2 hrs 25 mins to 3 hrs
  • Languages: Hungarian, German
  • Time zone: GMT+1
  • Countries: Austria, Hungary, Slovakia

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