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Danube Cruise to Vienna & Budapest 2017

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A picturesque journey through central Europe

This delightful Danube cruise takes in gorgeous scenery, quaint towns and magnificent capital cities, as Olympia travels on a round trip from Linz. See Baroque architecture, grand palaces and ancient relics as we travel to Melk and Vienna in Austria, to Budapest and some pretty riverside towns in Hungary, and to the Slovakian capital, Bratislava. We'll also be treated to some beautiful scenery as Olympia passes through the UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley, where rolling vineyards and quaint towns line the river.

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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Day One

Make your own way to Dover (or Ashford - see below) and join the coach, boarding the ferry for the Channel crossing. Continue to the Frankfurt area and your overnight hotel.

Day Two

Today we'll meet Olympia in Linz. Enjoy a meal aboard, and perhaps step ashore to explore, before Olympia sets sails on her journey overnight.

Day Three

This morning, Olympia calls in Melk, an attractive town recognised for its impressive 11th-century abbey that dominates the hilltop. Tour its vast church and lavish rooms on our optional excursion and discover why this celebrated abbey is one of Austria's not-to-be-missed treasures.

Rejoin Olympia in the afternoon as she continues her journey and heads into the beautiful Wachau Valley, where vineyard terraces and pretty towns pepper the landscape. Olympia moors close to Vienna this evening.

Day Four

Discover Vienna, the city of palaces, of coffee and cake and of the Habsburg Empire, on this morning's optional excursion. Following a short coach transfer into the town centre, you'll enjoy a guided tour, taking in churches, museums, shopping arcades and Gothic St Stephen's cathedral, and discover the city's rich cultural past.

This afternoon you'll have the chance to join another optional excursion as we visit Schonbrunn Palace, a magnificent summer residence with opulent staterooms that reflect the different stylistic eras of the Imperial monarchy.

Day Five

Olympia's entrance into Budapest this afternoon is an unmissable sight. Watch from top deck as she glides past the Gothic spires of the spectacular parliament building, and towards the grand Lanchid, or Chain Bridge. An optional guided tour of this 'twin city' introduces the striking monuments and former Royal Palace in Buda, which spans the river's western bank, before crossing over to Pest to stroll along its bustling streets home to designer stores and trendy coffee houses. Elsewhere in Pest, you'll also discover St Stephen's Basilica, the Museum of Fine Arts and one of Europe's largest spas.

Day Six

You're free this morning to continue exploring Budapest. After lunch, Olympia sails back upstream towards the pretty Danube Bend. An optional excursion here gives you the chance to visit a string of attractive towns, including Esztergom and its great basilica, baroque Szentendre and Visegrad, where a magnificent 13th-century fortress offers stunning views of the town.

Day Seven

Today's optional excursion brings the chance to explore Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia that is uniquely located on the borders of three countries. Discover its medieval charm on a guided walking tour, which introduces Gothic St Martin's Cathedral, some pretty Baroque palaces, the characterful old town and the iconic suspension bridge. Rejoin Olympia in the afternoon as she cruises across the border into Austria.

Day Eight

Spend today enjoying the dazzling scenery of the Wachau Valley, as Olympia makes a call in Durnstein, home to an ancient castle where Richard the Lionheart was once held captive. Join our included walking tour that guides you around the town's attractive streets, then rejoin Olympia for her afternoon cruise back through the Wachau Valley.

Join your fellow passengers for a Gala Farewell Dinner this evening, offering the chance to swap memories of a wonderful cruise.

Day Nine

Olympia arrives back in Linz, where you'll disembark and begin your return journey to the UK, stopping overnight in the Frankfurt area.

Day 10

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

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.

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.

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.

Drinking water

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


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

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.


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.

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.

*This offer is valid for new bookings made between 23rd June and 31st July 2017 (inclusive) only. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount amount will be added to your booking once the promo code has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. Single cabin full fares will be discounted by 50 per cent when the promo code is applied. The offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

Cruise the Danube to Vienna & Budapest reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Cruise the Danube to Vienna & BudapestScores 8.0 out of 10 based on 9 reviews
(9 out of 10)


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)


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 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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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