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PASSAU - MELK - VIENNE - BUDAPEST - BRATISLAVA - VIENNE - MELK - GREIN - LINZ - PASSAU

DAY 1: PASSAU

Board the ship at 4.00pm in Passau. Settling in your cabin. Introduction to the crew over a welcome cocktail. Cruise along the Danube towards the Austrian-German border through the attractive region of Engelhartszell. Dinner and evening on board.

DAY 2: PASSAU - VIENNA

Full board on board. Guided tour of the benedictine abbey of Melk which is the symbol of Austrian Baroque at its finest. Return to the ship and sail on to Dürnstein. Have a free afternoon to discover this picturesque village and its baroque church. Back on board and cruising on to Vienna. Arrival in vienna. Guided tour of the illuminated sights of Vienna. Overnight stop.

DAY: 3 VIENNA

Full board on board. Guided visit of a part of Vienna and of the Schœnbrunn castle, summer residence of the imperial family. Return on board before enjoying a free afternoon to tour this magnificent city on your own. Return on board before sailing on towards Esztergom. Gala evening on board.

DAY 4: ESZTERGOM - BUDAPEST

Full board on board. Free time to visit Esztergom at your own, the former capital of Hungary, full of treasures with its neo-classic basilica. We set sail around noon to arrive in Budapest around 4.00pm. The Hungarian capital, which lies along the banks of the Danube, is also known as the “pearl of the Danube”. Enjoy some free time to explore the city before returning to the ship. Visit of Budapest by night. Overnight stop.

DAY 5: BUDAPEST

Full board on board. Free day or join the morning sightseeing guided tour of the city. Budapest embodies the contrast between the twin cities of Buda and Pest, which were separated one from the other on each bank of the Danube before being reunited in 1872. Return on board before enjoying a free afternoon to discover the amazing city on your own. Free evening or disembark for a folk evening with traditional dances in the city. Overnight stop.

DAY 6: BUDAPEST

You can organize this day according to your wishes ( free lunch) or day of excursion in Puszta. Return on board in the afternoon. Overnight stop.

DAY 7: BUDAPEST - BRATISLAVA

Full board on board. Optional guided tour of Budapest (1). Return on board and cruise to Bratislava. Evening's entertainment on board.

DAY 8: BRATISLAVA - VIENNA

Full board on board. Arrival in Bratislava and guided tour of Bratislava. Dominated in the north by the slopes of the southern point of the Small Carpathians, bathed by the Danube, Bratislava occupies a privileged geographical site. Back on board and cruise towards Vienna. Arrival in Vienna in the evening. Free evening or optional tour to Vienna by night (1). Overnight stop.

DAY 9: VIENNA

Full board on board. Free morning in Vienna or optional visit to the Schoenbrunn castle (1), and of a part of Vienna. Return on board. Free afternoon in Vienna or visit to the Hofburg, the Habsburg Palace houses the sumptuous imperial apartments. Return on board. After dinner, possibility to attend a concert of Viennese music (optional and depending on availability)(1). Departure of the boat at around midnight towards Dürnstein.

DAY 10: DÜRNSTEIN - MELK

Full board on board. Arrival of the boat in Dürnstein in the morning, which you will explore with your hostess. The town contains an astonishing abbey, which has one of the most beautiful Baroque bell towers in all Austria. Back on board and departure toward Melk. Crossing of the wonderful Wachau where Gothic ruins alternate with picturesque villages. Arrival in Melk in the middle of the afternoon. Optional guided tour to the benedictine abbey of Melk (1). Back on board. Overnight stop.

DAY 11: MELK - GREIN - LINZ

Full board on board. Sailing on the Strudengau feared in the past for its whirlpools and arrival at Grein early in the the morning. Grein, a town dominated by its 15th century castle, is a jewel which conceals a curious feature: the smallest Rococo theatre still operating. Free time to discover the town at your own pace. Back on board and departure on cruise for Linz. Arrival in Linz in mid-afternoon. Guided tour to the Baroque monastery of Saint Florian where the composer Bruckner used to be a choirboy. Tour to the basilica, the library and the marble hall. Back to the boat and Gala evening. Cruise to Passau.

DAY 12: PASSAU

Breakfast on board. Disembark. End of our journey.

NB: CroisiEurope and the ship’s captain reserve the right to modify the cruising itinerary to ensure the safe navigation of the vessel.
(1) Optional excursions
The excessive consumption of alcohol is dangerous and life-threatening – please consume in moderation.
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