Make your own way to Dover (or Ashford - see below) and join our coach before it boards the ferry to cross the Channel, breaking your journey with a night at a convenient hotel en route.
Continue your coach journey to join Sound of Music in Nussdorf, near Vienna. Enjoy a first dinner aboard the ship as she begins her way downriver.
Today Sound of Music will stop beneath one of the most astonishing sights anywhere on the Danube - Melk's famous Benedictine Abbey. See its vast church and Baroque interiors on an optional excursion before Sound of Music cruises back through the Wachau Valley to Durnstein, beneath the castle where Richard the Lionheart was once imprisoned.
Join a walking tour of this pretty town, then return to the ship to relax as Sound of Music spends the afternoon cruising past vineyard-clad valleys.
This morning Sound of Music calls in Esztergom, a city watched over by the elegant dome of Hungary's largest church, which you'll have the chance to visit on an optional excursion. From here she'll sail into the Danube Bend, past medieval Visegrad and the artists haven at Szentendre on her way into the spectacular city of Budapest.
Enjoy dinner on board, then step ashore to start exploring this compelling city.
An optional guided tour will bring Budapest to life for you, today. See the former Royal Palace and Fishermen's Bastion viewing point on Castle Hill. Cross the Chain Bridge to Pest to stroll through elegant Vorosmarty Ter, see St Stephen's Basilica and see the riverside parliament buildings. Tree-lined Andrassy Ut leads past the opera house to Freedom Square and the palatial Szecheyni public baths in City Park.
The delightful town of Kalocsa is just a short coach ride inland from the river. Here the traditional crafts of wall painting and embroidery are maintained by the women of the town, and a fascinating Paprika Museum celebrates the 'red gold' grown in the surrounding fields.
After a morning of scenic cruising, Sound of Music arrives in Bratislava. An optional walking tour will introduce St Martin's Cathedral, some of the city's splendid Baroque palaces and the city's ancient suspension bridge, and you'll then be free to explore until the evening.
Spend today in Vienna. Discover the Austrian capital's elegant arcades, St Stephan's Cathedral and magnificent Hofburg Palace on our optional morning sightseeing tour, and perhaps head to the former imperial summer home, the Schonbrunn Palace, on an afternoon optional excursion.
Later, enjoy a final evening aboard Sound of Music.
Say a fond farewell to Sound of Music as you disembark and begin your journey home, breaking your journey with a night at a convenient hotel en route.
Continue your journey back to your pick-up point by coach today.
Sound of Music and Overnight Hotel
Sleek, four-star superior Sound of Music offers a contemporary twist on traditional river cruising. Built in 2006, this beautifully maintained ship's bright, airy public spaces, two-tier observation deck and comfortable cabins provide a relaxing, convivial home for 122 passengers.
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.
Flexible joining options
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 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.
Optional shore excursions
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.
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.
Where possible, non-rigid suitcases are easier to store within your cabin.
The tap water on board is safe to drink, but may not be to your taste due to the purification system.
On rare occasions, the Captain may need to alter the Cruise Itinerary. If this happens, the Cruise Manager will keep passengers informed.
The majority of cabins on board are 15.3m square. Single cabins are approximately 11.9m square. (These measurements include the bathroom.) Rhine Deck Suites are 18.11m square.