Enchanting Danube on MS Thomas Hardy 5*
3 – 10 September
SATURDAY, 3RD SEPTEMBER
We meet at the airport in the morning for our flight to Munich which departs at 8.45 am and arrives at 11.05 am. On arrival, we will be transferred to Passau to board our 5* river cruise – MS Thomas Hardy. Upon embarkation, we will be assigned our cabin and have some free time. Departure from Passau will be late in the afternoon. The Danube cities of Vienna, Bratislava & Budapest offer splendid buildings, medieval castles, and various imposing fairy tale palaces along paths of vineyards.
SUNDAY, 4TH SEPTEMBER
Breakfast on board and today we visit Melk, the gateway to Wachau. It is a picturesque city located on the banks of the Danube in Lower Austria’s Wachau valley with a rich history. With a population of just under six thousand citizens, life is laid back in Melk, making it an ideal port of call of various river cruises. It is best known as the site of the massive baroque Benedictine monastery – Melk abbey perched high on top a hill overlooking the river and visited by many tourists every year. Culture, faith and science come together in the magnificent rooms of the monastery.
MONDAY, 5TH SEPTEMBER
Wake up and enjoy breakfast on board. Today we arrive in Esztergom in Hungary, a city full of history. The King of Hungary was born here – Saint Stephen. The city is located on the right bank of the Danube, the border between Slovakia and Hungary. It offers beautiful sights such as Saint Stephen’s Square, in a spectacular area at the castle hill close to the Basilica, and various shops and restaurants. A picturesque city packed with historic attractions. Later, we sail to Budapest – the Capital city of Hungary many consider to be amongst the most beautiful in Europe. We arrive in the early afternoon and overnight in Budapest.
TUESDAY, 6TH SEPTEMBER
Breakfast on board. Today we have some more time to enjoy the city of Budapest – the most populous city of Hungary. It has something for everyone, from remarkable history and architecture to relaxing thermal waters and nightlife. The city is actually made up of 3 unified cities – with Buda and Obuda on the west bank of the Danube and Pest on the east bank. The architecture has a mix of baroque, neoclassical and art nouveau buildings and most of the city has been granted UNESCO World Heritage site status.
WEDNESDAY, 7TH SEPTEMBER
Arrival in Bratislava. We have breakfast and enjoy yet another capital city, Slovakia’s capital city right in the centre of Europe. It offers unique history, attractive sights, rich cultural life and excellent gastronomy with good quality wines. In a vibrant city with everything quite close and within easy reach, enjoy the view of majestic cathedrals, sample traditional cuisine, see numerous cafes in picturesque narrow streets and squares and old wine cellars scattered across the centre. Bratislava is also the city for beer lovers with plenty of cosy breweries in the Old Town. In the afternoon, we set off to Vienna.
THURSDAY, 8TH SEPTEMBER
Wake up and enjoy breakfast on board. Today we spend the day in Vienna – the capital city of Austria, home to world-class museums. Vienna is one of Europe’s most beautifully preserved historic capitals. While strolling around the city, one can pass by horse-drawn carriages, stumble on cool contemporary art museums and see fascinating buildings like the opera house and imperial palaces.
FRIDAY, 9 TH SEPTEMBER
Breakfast. Today at about midday, we arrive at our final stop – Linz a. Donau. The river Danube changes its direction of flow due to a bend in the river, in the Austrian city of Linz. Visitors in this city can enjoy the Donaupark which forms part of the city’s cultural mile. It is located between the Brucknerhausmusic venue and the Kunstmuseum. One can see the whole city from Postlingberg mountain. A 100 year only tram provides a comfortable way to reach the summit – a connection from the city’s main square. Unique shopping experiences at Landstrasse offer a vast selection of products from designer fashion, and jewellery to furniture. Linz also has the largest cathedral – The Mariendom, with the capacity of 20,000 worshipers.
SATURDAY, 10TH SEPTEMBER
Arrival back in Passau. Breakfast and disembarkation will follow. We then make our way to Munich, where we have some free time in this city. Afterwards we proceed to the airport for our flight back to Malta departing at 6.50 pm and arriving at 9.00 pm.
CRUISE ITINERARY ARRIVAL DEPARTURE
DAY 1 Passau 16:00
DAY 2 Melk 06:00 12:00
DAY 3 Esztergom 06.00 12:00
Budapest 15:30 –
DAY 4 Budapest – 13:00
DAY 5 Bratislava 07:00 13:00
Vienna 21:00 –
DAY 6 Vienna – 18.00
DAY 7 Linz a. Donau 12.00 22:00
DAY 8 Passau 07.30 –
PRICE PER PERSON SHARING A TWIN CABIN
Emerald Deck (Fixed window) €1899
Ruby Deck (French balcony) €2109
Diamond Deck (French balcony) €2273
*Single cabins on request
Notes: French Balcony means that a railing is placed directly behind the glass, meaning that one cannot step out onto a separate space.
The schedule is subject to change due to weather and water levels that affect accessibility to cities. The final day by day programme/timings will be prepared by the cruise director on board.
Air Malta flights to Munich
7 nights of Cruise accommodation in the booked category on MS Thomas Hardy
VIVA All-Inclusive concept that includes:
- Full board with breakfast buffet, lunch, dinner (multi-course gourmet menu, served at your seat) and snacks with free choice of table and flexible meal times
- All-day high quality, non-alcoholic drinks (mineral water, soft drinks, juices, various coffee specialities, tea, cocoa)
- Selected alcoholic drinks all day long (sparkling wine, aperitif, white wine, red wine, rosé, champagne, various beers, long drinks, cocktails, spirits, liqueurs)
- High Tea: once per cruise a fine selection of sweet and savoury delicacies for example scones, sandwiches, cupcakes, chocolates, macarons and exclusive teas
- Always filled minibar in the cabin • Exclusive beauty products from Rituals (or comparable)
- Wi-Fi onboard
All port taxes
Return airport transfers
Service of a tour leader
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Excursions – to be booked/paid onboard
Tips to be paid onboard