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The Blue Danube River Cruise with Budapest Extension

Selected departures up to October 2020 & April to October 2021

Experience more with so much included

  • Seven nights on board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite, with river views 
  • Three nights in an excellent, centrally located hotel in Budapest
  • Return scheduled flights from 13 regional airports
  • Seven visits and tours during the cruise including guided tours in Vienna, Salzburg or Linz, Dürnstein, Budapest and Bratislava; and visits to Esztergom Basilica, and Melk Abbey
  • During the extension visit the medieval town of Visegrád and enjoy a Hungarian lunch; visit picturesque Szentendre; enjoy a guided visit to Budapest’s iconic Parliament Building; visit the famous National Gallery; tour of the Royal Palace and stunning gardens at Gödöllő, former summer residence of the Habsburgs; experience the dramatic ‘Puszta’ on our scenic tour into Hungary’s Great Plain and watch a performance by some of the region’s most famous horsemen
  • All meals on board from dinner on your day of arrival through to breakfast on your day of departure, including a welcome dinner and the Captain’s Dinner 
  • A packed lunch during the full day trip to Salzburg
  • Breakfast at the hotel in Budapest
  • Five-star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides 
  • Complimentary on-board tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi
  • Services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and concierge 
  • All port charges, airport taxes and overseas transfers 
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At a Glance
7 nights on board a 5-star ship
3 nights in hotel accommodation
Return flights & transfers
14 visits & tours
Full board cruise, B&B hotels
Complimentary on-board tea & coffee
Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi
Expert Cruise Director & Concierge
All port charges & airport taxes
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

Explore this magnificent imperial city, its iconic Gothic Parliament Building and the superb National Gallery with its impressive collection of Hungarian masterpieces plus medieval Visegrad and the delightful Royal Palace at Godollo, before venturing out into the desolate beauty of Hungary’s Great Plain. Stepping aboard you will appreciate the superb surroundings of your floating luxury hotel for the next seven nights with spacious and well-appointed cabins or suites, private bathrooms and meticulously prepared fine cuisine.

From Budapest, we slip our moorings and head on our journey north to Esztergom spending the morning exploring its historic centre, which once was Hungary’s capital, before continuing westwards to the beautiful old town of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Navigating through Lower Austria we then reach the romantic town of Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned, having been shipwrecked on his return from the crusades. After we visit the remarkable monastery in Melk, with its 200m long Emperor’s Gallery, lined with portraits of Austrian emperors.

Soon we arrive in Linz where we take the short drive to Salzburg. During the guided tour of the old town we will see the imposing fortress Hohensalzburg towering over the city and of course the birthplace and residence of Mozart, Salzburg’s most famous citizen.  On our way back eastwards we will reach classical Vienna, home of Strauss and many great composers. This city offers up so much wonderful architecture as well as a host of other things to see including the Spanish riding school.

Finally, cruising into Hungary, we arrive back in imperial Budapest, straddling the picturesque Danube. After a guided tour of this palatial city we spend the evening on board, where the Captain hosts another spectacular dinner, an excellent finale to this most exceptional and relaxing cruise.

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a cabin and hotel room. Single cabins/rooms are available at the relevant supplement. The price includes: 

  • Full board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day of the cruise; if you choose to travel with us on any of the full day excursions by coach, a packed lunch will be provided. Anyone choosing to stay on the ship may of course have lunch in the restaurant
  • Morning/afternoon tea and coffee on board the ship
  • All visits and excursions as mentioned
  • Airport transfers
  • Coach travel as mentioned
  • Travel to and from port of embarkation
  • The services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and concierge

Extension

The price of this extension is per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. The price includes:

  • Three nights in a hotel in Budapest
  • Daily breakfast
  • An expert Riviera Travel tour manager

Our Drinks Package


 

7 night drinks package available from £109 per person

Tea, coffee and water will be served complimentary throughout your cruise, but should you wish to indulge in a glass of wine or a beer with your lunch or dinner, we would recommend adding our drinks package to your booking.

Simply relax and when it’s time to dine in the restaurant, take your pick from a range of: draught beer; non-alcoholic beer; soft drinks; juices; red, white and rosé house wines; and wine recommendations from the menu by the glass.

If you choose not to purchase a drinks package, there is a vast selection of drinks on board each ship available for individual purchase. To see an example bar list please click here.

To purchase the drinks package please call our reservations team.

Please note that drinks packages must be purchased by all guests occupying the same cabin or suite, and do not include drinks from the bar. The bar menu is an example, with brands and prices varying across ships and itineraries.

Personalise Your Holiday

Visit the Spanish Riding School in Vienna - from €16 per person

Enjoy a visit to the Spanish Riding School, the only institution in the world that has practised classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the haute école for over 440 years and continues to do so. Please note: a variety of events and tours are available depending on the day of the week and season. For more information please go to www.srs.at/en/tickets-events 

Please contact us for more information.

Useful Information

Fact File

  • Currencies: Euro, Forint
  • Deposit: £250 per person
  • Flight time: Approx. 2 hrs 25 mins to 3 hrs
  • Languages: Hungarian, German
  • Time zone: GMT+1
  • Countries: Austria, Hungary, Slovakia

Wi-Fi

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship for the duration of your cruise. Please note that speeds may vary.

Visa Information

UK Citizens do not require a visa to enter Hungary, Austria or Slovakia however must have a valid passport. For the most up-to-date passport and visa information visit:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/hungary/entry-requirements
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/austria/entry-requirements
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/slovakia/entry-requirements

We are unable to accept responsibility if you are unable to travel because you have not complied with any passport/entry/immigration requirements.

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Airport or train station Ship or hotel location Transfer time
Budapest Airport Budapest (ship) 45 mins
Budapest (hotel)


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