The Blue Danube River Cruise - MS William Wordsworth

The Blue Danube River Cruise - MS William Wordsworth

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$1626

The Blue Danube River Cruise - MS William Wordsworth

8 Days Starting and ending in Budapest, Hungary

Visiting:

Budapest

,

Esztergom

,

Bratislava

,

Dürnstein

,

Linz

,

Vienna

Tour operator:

Riviera Travel

Physical rating:

Please contact Riviera Travel if you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility.

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Please contact Riviera Travel with specific dietary requests.

Trip Styles:

Tour code:

RCDT

Age range:

18-99

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

From:

$1626 (USD)

including Flights from the UK

Tour Overview

Soak up all that Europe’s most cultured river has to offer, with its wealth of grand baroque architecture, medieval cities, picture perfect towns and the sights that inspired Strauss and Mozart. 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 Durnstein, 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 you have the opportunity to discover its baroque old town on a guided tour. Alternatively, take the short drive to Salzburg and enjoy a guided tour of the old town, seeing the imposing Hohensalzburg fortress, towering over the city and 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.

Highlights

  • Return scheduled flights from 13 regional airports

  • Seven nights on board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite, with river views

  • Seven visits and tours including guided tours in Vienna, Salzburg or Linz, Durnstein, Budapest and Bratislava, and visits to Esztergom Basilica, and Melk Abbey

  • 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

  • Five-star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides

  • Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi

  • Complimentary on-board tea and coffee

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Arrival in Budapest
Location:

  Budapest, Budapest


Meals Included:

  Dinner


You fly to Budapest, where a coach takes you to your cruise ship. The dedicated crew are there to welcome you on board, ensuring you settle in and familiarise yourself with this first-class floating hotel. There’s always a sense of expectancy and excitement on the eve of a cruise and, after an excellent dinner in the stylish restaurant, conversation is sure to revolve around the delights ahead.

icon Day 2 : Esztergom
Location:

  Esztergom, Esztergom


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Overnight we have cruised upstream to Esztergom, one of Hungary’s oldest towns, a royal capital during medieval times and today the seat of the country’s archbishop. We have a guided tour of the famous neoclassical basilica, standing sentinel over the Danube on the border with Slovakia, and boasting one of the world’s largest altarpieces and a wealth of priceless religious artefacts. The castle is also worth exploring; it was the seat of government until the Ottomans invaded in the 16th century.

Nestling below are myriad atmospheric churches resonating with the enchanting sounds of choir; this is the best of provincial Hungary and is little changed since Habsburg times. As you enjoy your first lunch on board we gently leave Esztergom in our wake, affording a fascinating opportunity to compare the different landscapes, towns and villages of Hungary on one river bank and of Slovakia on the other.

icon Day 3 : Bratislava
Location:

  Bratislava, Bratislava


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


This morning we explore Slovakia’s fast-emerging capital city, Bratislava, on a guided tour. Until recently swathed in the drab uniformity of Communism, the city has rekindled the splendour of its imperial past in its beautifully restored Old Town. Equally impressive is the imposing 17th-century castle commanding expansive views across the Danube.

This afternoon we cruise into Lower Austria, a peaceful, bucolic region and home to some of the country’s best wines. By now the stresses of everyday life seem distant as you absorb the ever-changing scenes we pass: children playing on the river banks, young couples strolling arm in arm like generations before them, vignerons carefully pruning their vines, and cobbled quaysides lined by half-timbered buildings.

You’ll marvel as the Captain skilfully navigates the ship along the serene river and through locks whose mechanisms never cease to fascinate, as we cruise towards Dürnstein during dinner.

icon Day 4 : Durnstein & Melk
Location:

  Dürnstein, Dürnstein


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Durnstein is known principally for the ice-blue tower of its abbey, which dominates the view, and the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192 after being shipwrecked on his return from the crusades. This morning we take a guided walking tour to explore this memorable city further. Set on a rocky outcrop high above the river, the castle is now ruined, but it’s easy to imagine England’s legendary monarch seething with frustration far from home, while waiting for his family to raise funds to pay his ransom.

After lunch you visit the remarkable Melk Abbey. Nothing quite prepares you for your first sight of this enormous honey-coloured building, standing resplendent above the surrounding countryside. Originally a castle, it was gifted to the Benedictine Order in the 11th-century and, although reconstructed in Baroque style during the 18th century, it has remained a monastic school and monastery ever since. The Abbey is renowned for its 214-yard-long Emperor’s Gallery lined with portraits, many fine rooms and an ornate library. After we re-join the ship, dinner is served during the final part of our cruise upstream through the pretty Nibelungengau, immortalised in the music of Wagner. 

icon Day 5 : Salzburg or Linz
Location:

  Linz, Linz


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Reaching Linz, you will have the choice to stay in the city and take a guided walking tour, exploring its charming baroque old town. At its heart you’ll see one of the finest squares in Austria, lined by grand pastel-coloured facades with an impressive central Trinity Column of white marble, crowned by a gilded sunburst. There’s also the fortress-like castle, built high above the city by Emperor Friedrich III, now a museum housing a fine collection of nineteenth and twentieth-century artworks.

Alternatively, we drive to Salzburg, once an independent state whose archbishops turned it into one of the most sophisticated cities north of the Alps. Dominating the skyline is one of Europe’s largest stone fortresses, the Hohensalzburg, while beneath its walls church domes and spires rise from the delightful Altstadt, or Old Town. Then there’s the wonderful Hellbrunn Palace and the splendid formal gardens of the Mirabell Palace – a must for horticulture fans.

This morning, discover some of the city’s main sights in the company of an expert local guide, then you’re free to explore as you wish. Everywhere there are sights associated with the city’s most famous resident, Mozart, who played the harpsichord aged three, composed rudimentary music at five and wrote his first opera when he was 11!

Please note lunch is not included on this full day excursion to Salzburg; however, the ship will offer a packed lunch. We return to the ship for another splendid dinner.

icon Day 6 : Vienna
Location:

  Vienna, Vienna


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


For many, today’s visit to Vienna will be one of the highlights of the cruise. The city’s very name provokes images of elegance, fine music, wide boulevards, Baroque architecture and a rich tapestry of peoples who were drawn here from all corners of Europe. For 200 years until the First World War, Vienna was the cultural centre of Europe and many of the showpiece buildings, galleries, aristocratic palaces and magnificent churches you see today were built to reflect its imperial status. The city’s most iconic monument is the breathtaking Saint Stephen’s Cathedral, whose striking multi-coloured roof and huge Gothic South Tower dominate the skyline. There’s also the colossal Hofburg, the former royal court that is now home to a collection of museums, the Crown Jewels and the Spanish Riding School, and where the Vienna Boys’ Choir performs. Then there are the lavish Imperial Apartments and an outstanding collection of relics of the Holy Roman Empire, including, allegedly, the sabre of Charlemagne himself. The Kunsthistorisches Museum, which contains the world’s fourth largest collection of paintings, is just across the road. This morning we have a tour with a local guide offering insights into why Vienna is one of Europe’s great capitals – the seat of the Habsburg emperors and home to some of the world’s finest classical composers, including Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and, of course, a whole family of Strausses.

During the afternoon you’re free to explore as you wish. Take a stroll in the Prater, notable for the huge Ferris wheel that features in several Cold War spy thrillers. Or, for something quite different, visit the Schönbrunn Palace, a former royal residence now housing a range of world-class museums and galleries. Perhaps, though, just take a stroll through Vienna’s atmospheric side streets, or enjoy a coffee and a slice of delicious Sachertorte in one of the lovely coffee houses.

This evening we’ve arranged truly the ‘icing on the cake’: no visit to Vienna is complete without a live musical experience, so after dinner we have a classical recital on board. To hear this exquisite music played in the city of its creation makes a wonderful finale to the day.

icon Day 7 : Budapest
Location:

  Budapest, Budapest


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Enjoy a leisurely morning as we cruise majestically through Hungary’s peaceful pastoral landscape towards Budapest. After lunch we enjoy a sightseeing tour of this captivating city, which truly lives up to its reputation as the ‘Pearl of the Danube’. The twin cities of Buda, built around the hilltop fortress, and Pest, with its wide boulevards, were fought over through the centuries. The Ottomans ruled here for 150 years before being ousted in the late 17th century, but their legacy lives on in the many thermal baths fed by hot springs, giving rise to Budapest’s other sobriquet – the ‘City of Spas’. After the end of Ottoman rule, Budapest became an imperial city of the Habsburg Empire, attracting great cultural and commercial wealth. Castle Hill is Budapest in microcosm: two churches, seven museums and a theatre among streets and squares with their own special atmosphere and a dramatic view across the river to the awe-inspiring neo-Gothic Parliament Building. Budapest’s endless galleries, museums, outstanding Art Nouveau architecture and excellent shopping offer a fittingly elegant end to your Danube cruise.

This evening’s Gala Dinner closes with a Hungarian folklore show, giving you time to bid farewell to your travelling companions and reflect on all the inspirational places, sights and sounds you have experienced on a truly ‘imperial’ cruise.

icon Day 8 : Return Home
Location:

  Budapest, Budapest


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Ship Details

Image Of Ship

MS William Wordsworth

It is extremely difficult to convey just how extraordinary this outstanding ship really is and exactly what distinguishes it from similar vessels. It would be very easy to just say ‘luxurious’ but it’s much more than that; we have deliberately avoided the current trend for a minimalist style where you could be anywhere in the world, creating instead a unique yet exquisite blend of understated taste, style and elegance at the highest level. Immediately striking is just how exceptionally spacious this new vessel is as you enter a gleaming, richly coloured marble-floored lobby flooded with natural light from a stunning atrium above. Moving inside, exceptional creativity from Europe’s finest design studio has produced a superbly balanced masterpiece of onboard style, utilising sustainable rich hardwoods, gleaming brass and polished copper, sparkling glass and intricate wrought iron. The ship is beautifully illuminated throughout – including the exterior and imaginatively furnished with harmonious colour schemes, all designed to create the serene atmosphere reflective of the golden age of cruising which time after time you tell us you adore.

The restaurant rivals the finest on shore establishments taking fine dining to another level complemented by delicate European porcelain, gleaming glassware and the intuitive service in which the Swiss excel. This superb vessel carries 44 in-house trained crew members serving just 169 guests (similar size vessels may carry well over 190 passengers) giving the ratio which our experience proves is concurrent with our first class service levels.

Furthermore your suite will easily exceed your expectations for not only will you enjoy the most discerning décor, so too the ship’s dimensions afford the ultimate in space and comfort - a minimum 16 square metres (172 square feet), with upgrades available to ‘Superior’ and ‘Deluxe’ accommodation.

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What's Included

  • Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin with a limited number of sole occupancy; cabins available on all decks, at the relevant supplement

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

    Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi

  • Fully Guided

    The services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and concierge

  • Meals – Full Board

    from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day. 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

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

  • International Travel

    Return flights from the UK, supplements may appply

  • Local Taxes

    All port charges and airport taxes

  • Sightseeing

    All visits and excursions as mentioned

What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • Drinks with Meals

    Drinks packages are available.

    Details and prices can be provided upon request

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What policies are in place for Covid-19?

Please contact us for latest Covid-19 policies

How long has the tour company been trading?

For almost 40 years

I have reduced mobility; can I still travel?

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 contact us or call us on 01283 688 486 to discuss these concerns; our offices are open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday 9:30am - 4pm Saturday and 10am to 4pm Sunday. Accommodation For all tour and river

Do I require travel insurance?

It is a condition of booking that you carry suitable travel insurance.

What is my luggage allowance?

You will receive details of your luggage allowance with your final travel documents, which are sent approximately 10 days prior to your date of departure.

Dates & Availability

Friday

Apr 07, 2023

Friday

Apr 14, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2554 (USD)
$2554 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

Apr 14, 2023

Friday

Apr 21, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2675 (USD)
$2675 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

Apr 21, 2023

Friday

Apr 28, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2807 (USD)
$2807 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

May 12, 2023

Friday

May 19, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2856 (USD)
$2856 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

Jun 09, 2023

Friday

Jun 16, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$3012 (USD)
$3012 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

Jun 16, 2023

Friday

Jun 23, 2023
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$3012 (USD)
$3012 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

Jul 07, 2023

Friday

Jul 14, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2639 (USD)
$2639 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

Jul 14, 2023

Friday

Jul 21, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2518 (USD)
$2518 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

Jul 21, 2023

Friday

Jul 28, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2518 (USD)
$2518 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

Jul 28, 2023

Friday

Aug 04, 2023
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$2518 (USD)
$2518 (USD)

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Friday

Aug 04, 2023

Friday

Aug 11, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2518 (USD)
$2518 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

Aug 11, 2023

Friday

Aug 18, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2108 (USD)
$2108 (USD)

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Friday

Aug 18, 2023

Friday

Aug 25, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2518 (USD)
$2518 (USD)

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Friday

Aug 25, 2023

Friday

Sep 01, 2023
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$2771 (USD)
$2771 (USD)

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Friday

Sep 01, 2023

Friday

Sep 08, 2023
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$3024 (USD)
$3024 (USD)

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Friday

Oct 06, 2023

Friday

Oct 13, 2023
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$2518 (USD)
$2518 (USD)

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Friday

Oct 13, 2023

Friday

Oct 20, 2023
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$2386 (USD)
$2386 (USD)

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Friday

Oct 20, 2023

Friday

Oct 27, 2023
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2193 (USD)
$2193 (USD)

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Friday

Oct 27, 2023

Friday

Nov 03, 2023
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$1626 (USD)
$1626 (USD)

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Friday

Apr 05, 2024

Friday

Apr 12, 2024
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$1686 (USD)
$1686 (USD)

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Friday

Apr 12, 2024

Friday

Apr 19, 2024
  • IncludingUK Flights

$1928 (USD)
$1928 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

Apr 19, 2024

Friday

Apr 26, 2024
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$2144 (USD)
$2144 (USD)

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Friday

May 10, 2024

Friday

May 17, 2024
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2410 (USD)
$2410 (USD)

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Friday

May 17, 2024

Friday

May 24, 2024
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$2470 (USD)
$2470 (USD)

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Friday

Jun 07, 2024

Friday

Jun 14, 2024
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2832 (USD)
$2832 (USD)

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Friday

Jun 14, 2024

Friday

Jun 21, 2024
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2832 (USD)
$2832 (USD)

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Friday

Jul 05, 2024

Friday

Jul 12, 2024
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$2530 (USD)
$2530 (USD)

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Friday

Jul 12, 2024

Friday

Jul 19, 2024
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$2530 (USD)
$2530 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

Jul 19, 2024

Friday

Jul 26, 2024
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2410 (USD)
$2410 (USD)

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Friday

Jul 26, 2024

Friday

Aug 02, 2024
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$2289 (USD)
$2289 (USD)

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Friday

Aug 02, 2024

Friday

Aug 09, 2024
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2289 (USD)
$2289 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

Aug 09, 2024

Friday

Aug 16, 2024
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2410 (USD)
$2410 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

Aug 16, 2024

Friday

Aug 23, 2024
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2410 (USD)
$2410 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

Aug 23, 2024

Friday

Aug 30, 2024
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2530 (USD)
$2530 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

Aug 30, 2024

Friday

Sep 06, 2024
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2711 (USD)
$2711 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

Sep 20, 2024

Friday

Sep 27, 2024
  • IncludingUK Flights

$3012 (USD)
$3012 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

Sep 27, 2024

Friday

Oct 04, 2024
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2892 (USD)
$2892 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

Oct 04, 2024

Friday

Oct 11, 2024
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2711 (USD)
$2711 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

Oct 11, 2024

Friday

Oct 18, 2024
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2530 (USD)
$2530 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

Oct 18, 2024

Friday

Oct 25, 2024
  • IncludingUK Flights

$2289 (USD)
$2289 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Friday

Oct 25, 2024

Friday

Nov 01, 2024
  • IncludingUK Flights

$1928 (USD)
$1928 (USD)

Including Flights from the UK

Book with Confidence

  • Low Deposit

    Riviera Travel requires a minimum deposit of 500 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 101 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of riviera travel charges.

    Up to 101 days before tour starts: 100% of deposit.

    At 100 days before tour starts: 50% of booking price.

    At 60 days before tour starts: 75% of booking price.

    At 30 days before tour starts: 90% of booking price.

    At 15 days before tour starts: 100% of booking price.

The Blue Danube River Cruise - MS William Wordsworth

8 Days Starting and ending in Budapest, Hungary

Visiting:

Budapest

,

Esztergom

,

Bratislava

,

Dürnstein

,

Linz

,

Vienna

Tour operator:

Riviera Travel

Physical rating:

Please contact Riviera Travel if you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility.

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Please contact Riviera Travel with specific dietary requests.

Trip Styles:

Tour code:

RCDT

Age range:

18-99

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

From:

$1626 (USD)

including Flights from the UK

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