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Delights of the Danube Cruise

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The blue Danube

Join Sound of Music to cruise one of the world's most iconic rivers and call at some of Europe's most beautiful cities. Visit Vienna, see the beautiful Wachau Valley and head downstream to Budapest and Bratislava on this classic river cruise.

Life on board Sound Of Music

Life on board Sound Of MusicThere's far more to life on board Sound of Music 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 your chosen pick-up point
  • Two nights' bed and breakfast accommodation in an en route hotel
  • 7 nights' accommodation in a Moselle Deck double cabin (upgrade cabins available)
  • Embark and disembark in Nussdorf, close to Vienna
  • Cruise through the beautiful Wachau Valley
  • Calls at Melk and Durnstein, Esztergom, Budapest, Kalosca and Bratislava
  • A full day in glorious Vienna
  • Full-board arrangements while on board, including afternoon tea and snacks
  • Free on-board Wi-Fi
  • On-board English commentary
  • Luggage porterage
  • On-board entertainment
  • A Welcome Cocktail Party
  • The Captain's Farewell Dinner
  • The services of a friendly, professional crew
  • The services of a Newmarket Cruise Director and Cruise Manager

All prices are per person and based on two sharing

Single cabins are available for a supplement

Ship Information

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.

Deck Plans

Click here to display the deck plans for this cruise.

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, breaking your journey with a night at a convenient hotel en route.

Day Two

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.

Day Three

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.

Day Four

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.

Day Five

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.

Day Six

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.

Day Seven

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.

Day Eight

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.

Day Nine

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.

Day 10

Continue your journey back to your pick-up point by coach today.

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.

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 15.3m square. Single cabins are approximately 11.9m square. (These measurements include the bathroom.) Rhine Deck Suites are 18.11m square.

*This offer applies to new bookings made between between 1st and 30th June 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 25 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.

Delights of the Danube Cruise reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Delights of the Danube CruiseScores 6.0 out of 10 based on 4 reviews
(6 out of 10)

Joan

Hornchurch Friends
We travelled by coach to the ship we were sometimes on the coach for almost 4 hours without a stop and when we did stop for lunch it was too short a time to be able to eat a meal. When we got to the hotel for the overnight stay it was around 9pm and there was no food available. We were a group of 8 and had upgraded our cabins and were told these would be on the top deck and would have floor to ceiling windows. In fact we were on the second deck and had only picture windows. Four of us had booked a trip to Melk but this was cancelled because of high water and we were told we would be refunded but we have not received this and I have not been able to speak to anyone at the company despite leaving messages on their answerphone. This is the worst holiday company I have ever dealt with as you can never get through to talk to anyone.
Confirmed traveller: 04 August 2017
Published on: 09 September 2017
(10 out of 10)

IRENE

Torquay Friends
Great from pick up to drop off
Confirmed traveller: 04 August 2017
Published on: 13 August 2017
(5 out of 10)

ERIC

Poole Friends
The cruise was excellent, on a comfortable ship with good food and attentative and cheerful crew. The journey was an absolute nightmare. Calais to Frankfurt (overnight stay) is about 375 miles and took over 9 hours, leaving Calais at about 12.45 and arriving at the hotel at 22.30; no fault with the excellent driver (but why was there only one driver and no tour manager), but with comfort stops, statuary driver's rest stops, traffic congestion (especially around Brussels) and extensive roadworks, it is impossible to get there at the advertised time. Frankfurt to Vienna is about 450 miles. Because of the statuary sleep requirement for the driver, we left the hotel at about 9a.m. and arrived at the boat at about 22.30; we had been promised a 3-course meal on arrival but, instead, had a stale sandwich and a banana, although warm soup was eventually supplied. This was just not good enough! The pathetic conditions were always talked about during the cruise, which did cast a cloud on the holiday, especially thinking and discussing the journey home which did mirror the outward journey times. We have had several good holidays with Newmarket but this one has negated those, I'm afraid.
Confirmed traveller: 28 July 2017
Published on: 14 August 2017