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Danube Cruise to Vienna & Budapest 2017

10 Days From £989*
Departing Summer 2017
* Price shown: 01 Sep 2017 - ERP
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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 coach travel from Dover or Ashford
  • Seven nights' accommodation in a standard lower cabin (upgrade cabins available)
  • Two nights' bed and breakfast accommodation in a hotel in the Frankfurt area
  • 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

Make your own way to Dover (or Ashford - see below) and join our coach before it boards the ferry to cross the Channel. Continue to Frankfurt and your overnight hotel.

Day Two

Continue travelling south this morning, boarding Olympia in Linz. Enjoy a first meal aboard, perhaps stepping ashore to enjoy the atmosphere of this cosmopolitan home of the famous Linzertorte, before Olympia slips away downstream overnight.

Day Three

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 Four

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 Five

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 Six

This morning brings another chance to explore the 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 Seven

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 Eight

Olympia's final call is at the delightful Wachau Valley town of Durnstein, in the castle above which Richard the Lionheart was once imprisoned. 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 Nine

Bid 'Auf wiedersehen' to Olympia and her crew, and begin the return journey to the UK, stopping overnight in the Frankfurt area.

Day 10

After breakfast this morning, leave the hotel and continue your journey back to the UK. Once at your original joining point you'll be free to make your own way home.

Prices

DateNightsPrice From
01 Sep 2017 9 £989.00
08 Sep 2017 9 £989.00
15 Sep 2017 9 £989.00

Further Information

Flexible joining options

Our flexible joining options allow you to travel on any date, and as an added convenience we've arranged two possible pre-departure options for you. Make your own way to the Holiday Inn Ashford North and stay the night (car parking is included), and our coach will call for you at the hotel on the way to the Channel.

Alternatively, make your own way to the Stop 24 Services in Kent (M20, Junction 11), and board the coach there. Parking is available (payable locally), and we'll confirm the exact meeting point and time in your Joining Instructions.

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 8.0 out of 10 based on 9 reviews
(9 out of 10)

June

Bristol Couple
We have been unable to put 10 for anything because system would only pick up 1 and then switched to next question. Overall it was a wonderful holiday, but one draw back, the overnight stay on the way by coach - the breakfast was a disaster
due to us being put into a room too small for the numbers and not a very good breakfast selection. Also in our bedroom was a sheet of paper telling us not to spit on the floor, not to scream, do not throw garbage out the window, etc. Never in all our years of travelling have we had this.
Confirmed traveller: 25 September 2015
Published on: 18 October 2015
(7 out of 10)

Teresa

Welling Couple
very nice but Hotel in Frankfurt was not big enough to cater for a coach full of people, it almost seemed as though they were not expecting us, on the way home we were leaving at 6.am but the restaurant did not open until 6.30 so it did not look as though we were not going to get breakfast which was included in the price, Ashley our superb driver somehow persuaded the staff at the hotel to open earlier.

Ashley made our holiday really enjoyable he is an excellent driver
Confirmed traveller: 18 September 2015
Published on: 22 September 2015
(9 out of 10)

MICHAEL

neath Couple
hi we had a really lovely holiday however a few things could have been better
1 passengers should be informed that they needed to take an overnight bag for the stop over in Frankfurt, we felt very sorry for the driver after a busy day driving he had to get most of the cases off the bus, this could have been avoided if people had used their common sense or had been told (to leave these separate from their main luggage) they were told this for the return journey but left them with the main luggage , the driver had sorted the cases for the drop offs but then had to sift through to get overnight cases off
2. It might have been better to have a hotel nearer the port on the return journey or to be booked on a later ferry, as we left early( some without breakfast), and there was no way we could have made the ferry we were supposed to get
3The driver was a really good driver but it would have been handy if he could have let us know how long before we were going to stop
4 It said no reserved seats but before returning the cruise manager said it would be better to stay in the same seats
5 we did not upgrade but had we known that we were going to be the spare crew we would have,( this would have been handy to know, )as there was so much noise glass fell off the shelf, toilet holder feel from the wall. Then we had the smell of smoke from the crew area itself
Confirmed traveller: 11 September 2015
Published on: 05 October 2015
(7 out of 10)

Marion

Birmingham Couple
For a budget holiday it was ok. The staff were excellent. Meal choices were very limited and the vegetarian meals were poor both in quality and quantity. The cabins were kept very clean and tidy but really need new mattresses as a week on thin ones were very uncomfortable. The optional tours differed very much, some were excellent and guides knowledgable, those on the Danube Bend were poor and focused on shopping with the guide almost pushing certain shops. This left a very hurried visit to the Danube Bend, (we didn't visit the castle as expected) and an extremely hurried visit to the cathedral, during which it was impossible to hear the guide unless you were next to her and no time for photographs. I would also say that although the coach from England and back was comfortable it entailed very long days and short stops. We were also concerned that there was only one driver on our coach for 12 hour plus days with 3, 20 minute breaks on each day.
Confirmed traveller: 11 September 2015
Published on: 25 September 2015
(10 out of 10)

OLWYN

Glynneath Couple
Love the Olympia for its size, decor and atmosphere. A happy mixture of places visited, from larger towns to smaller places. Appreciate the flexibility of going ashore independently or a group visit if needed. Now just trying to decide which will be our next cruise!
Confirmed traveller: 11 September 2015
Published on: 23 September 2015
(5 out of 10)

Alun

Bristol Couple
The coach trip was horrendous, 2 full days each way, never again. The boat was old and the cabins reminded me of a caravan we used to have! NewmarketTravel were not very helpful and seemed quite disinterested at times, it was down to the customer to chase things up, surely that is their job!!
Confirmed traveller: 11 September 2015
Published on: 22 September 2015
(9 out of 10)

DAVID

Hereford Couple
We enjoyed holiday very much.We would not travel by coach again as a total of four days travel was quite tedious and tiring.We will travel by air next time.We have agreed that river cruising is far more enjoyable than conventional sea cruising.
Confirmed traveller: 04 September 2015
Published on: 10 September 2015