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The Blue Danube 8 days/7 nights - Budapest to Budapest

The Blue Danube 8 days/7 nights - Budapest to Budapest


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Austria , Hungary , Slovakia

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: EMBARK IN BUDAPEST
Arrive in Budapest and board your floating hotel in the afternoon; your suite will be ready by 5:00. Settle into your well-equipped cabin and familiarize yourself with the ship. Enjoy dinner in the stylish restaurant on board. (D)

Day 2: ESZTERGOM
Cruise to Esztergom, Hungary’s capital during medieval times. Enjoy a ride on a land train to Esztergom’s renowned Renaissance Basilica, followed by a guided tour of this wonderful building, boasting one the world’s largest altars. Return to the ship to enjoy lunch on board as you depart Esztergom. View the landscape, towns, and villages of Hungary and Slovakia on either bank before dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 3: BRATISLAVA
Explore Slovakia’s capital city, Bratislava, and see its atmospheric 17th-century fortress on a guided tour aboard a land train, followed by a walking tour of its Baroque Old Town. See the 17th century- fortress commanding expansive views across the Danube. This afternoon you cruise into Lower Austria and Wachau, a bucolic region home to some of the country’s best wines. (B, L, D)

Day 4: DÜRNSTEIN & MELK
Arrive in picturesque Dürnstein for a guided tour. You’ll see the baroque tower dominating the river, where Richard the Lionheart was once imprisoned. After lunch, make a guided visit to the remarkable monastery at Melk, originally founded in 1089. View the Emperor’s Gallery lined with portraits of Austrian emperors and its large library containing a unique medieval collection of manuscripts. Dine this evening as you cruise through the pretty Nibelungengau, immortalized in the music of Wagner. (B, L, D)

Day 5: LINZ OR SALZBURG
Take a coach drive through the beautiful Austrian landscape to Salzburg, overlooked by its huge Hohensalzburg Fortress. Take a guided walking tour through its timeless architecture and history as captured in the Sound of Music film classic. OR, if you would like to stay closer to the ship, take a guided walking tour of the Old Town of Linz. (Please note lunch is not included onboard on this full day excursion to Salzburg; however, the ship will offer a packed lunch.) Return to the ship for dinner on board. (B, L, D)

Day 6: VIENNA
Arrive in Vienna, one of Europe’s great capitals and cultural centers, home to fine music, sumptuous baroque palaces, grand boulevards, and charming architecture. Start with a guided tour down the architectural wonders of the famous Ringstrasse before walking through the royal court and gardens of the Hofburg, home of the Habsburg Empire. In the afternoon, you are free to explore as you wish or enjoy a coffee and a slice of delicious sachertorte in one of the renowned cafés. You may also choose to visit the Spanish Riding School (payable locally). After dinner, you will experience a once-in-a-lifetime private Viennese string quartet recital on board. (B, L, D)

Day 7: BUDAPEST
Cruise along Hungary’s peaceful pastoral landscape to Budapest, spending a leisurely morning on the Sun Deck to view the scenic Danube Bend. After lunch, enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city known as the “Pearl of the Danube.” Take a guided journey through the cities of Buda and Pest, built on opposite banks of the Danube. Stop at Heroes Square, see the Parliament Building then cross over to the Buda side and visit Fisherman’s Bastion’s area with free time to explore. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 8: DISEMBARK IN BUDAPEST
Your vacation ends after breakfast. After checking out of your cabin by 9 am, you are welcome to stay on board for the morning. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner All components of this tour (hotels, visits and attractions) for 2020 itineraries are subject to change until finalized in September 2019.   >

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Accommodations

Package: The Blue Danube - 8 days/7 nights - Budapest to Budapest

MS Emily Bronte
River Cruise MS Emily Bronte

MS Geoffrey Chaucer
River Cruise MS Geoffrey Chaucer

MS Oscar Wilde
River Cruise MS Oscar Wilde

MS Robert Burns
River Cruise MS Robert Burns

MS Thomas Hardy
River Cruise MS Thomas Hardy

MS William Wordsworth
River Cruise MS William Wordsworth

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

CIE Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.3
Accommodations
4.1
Itinerary
4.4
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.3
Value for Money
4.3

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Ratings based off 1962 reviews about CIE Tours - currently showing 15 reviews with comments only

The trip was wonderful. This is our second CIE tour and totally enjoyed both and highly recommend.

Fantastic trip, more than I was expecting.

We greatly enjoyed this tour. The itinerary covered a lot of fabulous places to see, the accommodations were excellent, and the tour guide/coach driver was very entertaining and informative. We will definitely consider CIE and Affordable Tours in booking our next vacation. Thanks!

I expected more hands on guidance in the choice of pubs, more going as a group. However I liked very much our driver/guide, Matt Nolan. His manner was very pleasant, his introductions to the areas we visited and history talks were just enough, and he was skilled driver on the narrow roads. Time on the bus was calm and quiet which seemed to suit us. He managed all the travel details professionally.

Great tour, Highly recommended!

Exceeded my expectations. Wonderful accommodations, very interactive experience with the tour stops.

Wonderful experience, we are looking forward to booking another tour.

Price very reasonable. Nice accommodations. Great tours and good amount of free time.

It was a great experience from beginning to end.

I would highly recommend CIE Tours. The tour, accommodations and food were excellent. Our driver, David, was the best!

2nd trip with CIE. both were up to expectations. good drivers and guides. good selection of places to tour.

This was a great tour with lots of included activities. CIE was very accommodating and helpful.

CIE is a very solid tour company. This was our third trip with CIE and we have toured with five other companies, all well known. CIE is not the cheapest, but the quality is excellent and there are no optional excursions. Everything is included in the price. This means they stick to popular tour options. Optional excursions offer the chance to customize the tour or to opt out of some selections. There were no CIE scheduled attractions that we would have left out. Service and organization were very sound as always.

Our driver/ guide, Murt, made the whole experience very enjoyable. He had a great sense of humor, provided interesting stories & historical events and gave us the best amount of time each day to see all the events on our schedule.

CIE was great. Tour Director was wonderful.


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