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Danube Cruise to Vienna & Budapest 2017

8 Days From £1219*
Departing August - September 2017
* Price shown: 16 Sep 2017 from London Gatwick - LGW
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A scenic European passage

Join Olympia as she journeys along one of the world's most iconic rivers, through the ever-changing scenery of three contrasting countries. Calls at some of Central Europe's most beautiful cities - including historic Vienna, stunning Budapest and the Slovakian capital Bratislava - will make this a cruise to remember.

Life on board Olympia

There's far more to life on board Olympia than we could possibly fit on one page. Click here to find out more about her facilities and welcoming atmosphere.

What The Price Includes

  • Return flights from your local airport to Vienna
  • Return airport-to-Olympia transfers
  • Seven nights' accommodation in a standard lower cabin (upgrade cabins available)
  • A scenic cruise of the Austrian Danube
  • Calls at Melk, Vienna, Bratislava, Durnstein and Budapest
  • A walking tour of Durnstein
  • Full-board arrangements whilst on board, including afternoon tea and evening snacks
  • On-board entertainment including a Captain's Farewell Dinner
  • On-board English commentary
  • Luggage porterage
  • The services of a friendly, professional crew
  • The services of a Newmarket Cruise Manager

All prices are per person and based on two sharing

Single cabins are available for a supplement

Ship Information

Modern, well-equipped Olympia offers all you could wish to ensure that you enjoy every moment of your Rhine cruise. With accommodation and dining facilities for just under a hundred passengers, the ship has a warm, intimate feeling about her from the minute you step on board.

Deck Plans

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Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Vienna and transfer to meet Olympia in Linz. Enjoy a first meal aboard, perhaps stepping ashore to enjoy the atmosphere before Olympia slips away downstream.

Day Two

Olympia arrives in Melk, beneath Austria's most celebrated Benedictine Abbey, Stift Melk. Join our optional excursion here and explore the vast church, ornate Baroque interior, Imperial rooms and museum. This afternoon, Olympia heads into the stunning Wachau valley, before mooring close to Vienna.

Day Three

Board the coach, this morning, for the short transfer into Vienna. Discover the city of 'coffee and cake' - whose greatest glory is the Hofburg Palace - on our optional guided tour.

This afternoon, another optional excursion brings the opportunity to visit the Schonbrunn Palace, the Imperial summer home, where the opulent salons once echoed with performances by the young Mozart.

Day Four

Join the crowds on deck, this afternoon, to watch Olympia's unforgettable arrival in Budapest. Our optional guided tour of the 'Pearl of the Danube' is the ideal introduction to this city of two parts - Buda with its colourful Castle Hill, and Pest with its Gothic parliament buildings and its old town's designer stores and coffee houses.

Day Five

This morning brings another chance to explore Hungary's capital. After lunch, as Olympia slips away upstream, join the optional excursion to the towns of the spectacular Danube Bend. Visit Esztergom, with its great basilica and Baroque Szentendre, with its artists' colony, before rejoining Olympia in Visegrad, where entrance is included to the 13th-century fortress, boasting stunning views.

Day Six

Discover the Slovakian capital, Bratislava, on this morning's optional walking tour. You'll see Gothic St Martin's Cathedral, splendid Baroque palaces and the city's ancient suspension bridge, before Olympia continues upstream this afternoon, cruising back into Austria.

Day Seven

Olympia's final call is at the delightful Wachau Valley town of Durnstein, with its castle which once imprisoned Richard the Lionheart. Enjoy an included walking tour of this beautiful place, then re-board the ship for a final cruise back through the Wachau's exquisite scenery, and this evening's Gala Farewell Dinner.

Day Eight

Bid farewell to Olympia this morning and her crew this morning, and transfer to the airport to board your flight home.

Prices

 Departure AirportDatePrice From
Edinburgh02 Sep 2017 £1249.00
Edinburgh09 Sep 2017 £1249.00
Edinburgh16 Sep 2017 £1249.00
London Gatwick02 Sep 2017 £1239.00
London Gatwick09 Sep 2017 £1219.00
London Gatwick16 Sep 2017 £1219.00
London Heathrow02 Sep 2017 £1239.00
London Heathrow09 Sep 2017 £1239.00
London Heathrow16 Sep 2017 £1239.00

Further Information

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Optional shore excursions

Optional excursions are available on all cruises, and we recommend that you book now to secure your place. If the number of bookings needed to operate any excursion is not reached, the excursion may be cancelled. In this case your payment will be refunded in full.

Pre-paid drinks package

Spend just £17.50 per person per night, and enjoy unlimited draught beer, house wine and soft drinks (including water, tea and coffee) between 10am and midnight while on board Olympia. All other drinks are not included. The drinks package must be purchased by every person occupying a particular cabin.

Tipping

Tipping is not compulsory, but from experience we know that many passengers like to leave gratuities for the crew. An envelope will be left in your cabin for this purpose.

Dress code

The dress code on board and ashore is casual. After 7pm, in the lounge and restaurant, shorts are not permitted, and footwear and a shirt or T-shirt must be worn.

Luggage

Where possible, non-rigid suitcases are easier to store within your cabin.

Drinking water

The tap water on board is safe to drink, but may not be to your taste due to the purification system.

Itinerary changes

On rare occasions, the Captain may need to alter the Cruise Itinerary. If this happens, the Cruise Manager will keep passengers informed.

Cabin sizes

The majority of cabins on board are 10.5m square. Single cabins are approximately 7.7m square. (These measurements include the bathroom.) Standard Promenade cabins are 15m square and most have double beds (which do not convert to sofas), but they do not have a table or stool and will by subject to engine noise during overnight and early morning sailing.

Danube Cruise to Vienna and Budapest Reviews collected by Reevoo

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Cruise the Danube to Vienna & BudapestScores 8.2 out of 10 based on 14 reviews
(10 out of 10)

JAMES

Southampton Couple
Splendid. Most certainly would cruise again - a different river next time. The Danube and its cities were magnificent.
Confirmed traveller: 24 September 2015
Published on: 20 October 2015
(5 out of 10)

MICHAEL

Beverley Couple
It was of much lower standard than we had expected. The cabin was small and old fashion. Not surprising that there was no photo of it in your brochure and advertising.
Lots of people on board seemed very satisfied by the holiday, but we were very disappointed.
Confirmed traveller: 24 September 2015
Published on: 11 October 2015
(8 out of 10)

Malcolm

Southend-on-Sea Couple
Good value for money, but the day in Vienna needs a significant overhaul and caused a number of folk to be disappointed.
Confirmed traveller: 24 September 2015
Published on: 03 October 2015
(9 out of 10)

Wendy

Billinghurst Couple
Mostly a very enjoyable holiday.
It could have been pointed out that it was easy to walk to Melk Abbey with reasonable fitness rather than take a coach.
The guide was very good but we and others felt ?15 was excessive for a walking tour of Bratislava with a party of nearly 30.
Confirmed traveller: 17 September 2015
Published on: 21 September 2015
(9 out of 10)

John

Wokingham Couple
Another excellent river cruise. Olympia is not as luxurious as some of the other ships but the difference is more than made up for by the enthusiasm of the ships crew. The visits to Vienna and Budapest provided a chance to decide if a further visit is required and we certainly will revisit both. Mary (your tour guide) was very knowledgeable about the places we visited. So, well done.
Confirmed traveller: 10 September 2015
Published on: 24 September 2015
(9 out of 10)

IAN

Stockport Couple
We were very pleased with the holiday. Our only caveat is the need to travel from Gatwick - we live only 10 miles from Manchester international airport, which certainly has direct flights to Vienna. It would have been much easier for us to travel from there, and will only consider further holidays abroad with you if it is possible to do so.
Confirmed traveller: 10 September 2015
Published on: 23 September 2015
(9 out of 10)

Norma

Southam Couple
Cruise manager Mary was excellent
Confirmed traveller: 22 September 2013
Published on: 14 December 2013