Danube & Prague 2019 - Itinerary
11 day escorted tour from £4,195pp
Thu 9 May 2019 - London to Prague
Join our escorted flight from London Heathrow to Prague, or select an independent flight from alternative UK airports, subject to availability. After a private transfer we check-in for three nights at the 4-star Hilton Hotel in Prague’s Old Town.
Fri 10 May 2019 - Prague City Tour
An included morning city tour, part by coach and part on foot. You’ll see the main landmarks, including Wenceslas Square, the State Opera House, National Museum, and the Frank Gehry designed Dancing House, before we continue along the banks of the Vltava River to Prague Castle. From here, we’ll return to the Old Town on foot, across the famous Charles Bridge to the Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock.
Sat 11 May 2019 - Prague Free Day
Prague is known as the city of spires, and there are certainly plenty to see, including the high bell towers of St Vitus Cathedral and St Nicholas Church. If museums and galleries are more your thing, try the National Gallery which houses works by Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh, Rodin and Klimt. Or the City Museum, which traces the history of Prague from prehistoric times to the 20th century. Naturally, you should make time for a lunch snack and a Czech beer on route!
Sun 12 May 2019 - Prague to Passau
From Prague we head south through the Southern Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic, crossing the Šumava National Park on route to Passau. On arrival, we embark the Uniworld SS Maria Theresa, our luxury home for the next 8 days. Time to settle in, before enjoying dinner in the ship’s Baroque Restaurant.
Mon 13 May 2019 - Passau
Passau is a German city situated on the border with Austria, lying at the confluence of three rivers, the Danube, Inn and Ilz. After a wonderful breakfast on board, there’s a choice of activities. Join our Passau walking discovery tour accompanied by local tour guides, to include an organ concert in St Stephen’s Cathedral. Alternatively, “go active” with a bicycle ride along the Inn River, or a hike along the Ilz River. Later this afternoon, we depart Passau and set sail towards Linz.
Tue 14 May 2019 - Linz
Today we’re in Upper Austria. Linz is where old meets new, and in recent years the city has become well-known for its museum of the future, called Ars Electronica Center, and for Europe’s most modern opera house, designed by British architect, Terry Pawson. Included today is a Linz city tour with a visit to the opera house. Alternatively, join a full-day excursion to Salzburg, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Wed 15 May 2019 - Melk / Durnstein
This morning we visit Melk Abbey, a magnificent baroque building situated on a rock overlooking the Danube. The centrepiece of the complex is the library, its main hall boasting 16,000 volumes and graced with a ceiling fresco by Paul Troger. From Melk, we sail the pictureque Wachau Valley to Dürnstein to enjoy a “village day”, with the choice of an exclusive wine estate visit, or a unique saffron workshop.
Thu 16 May 2019 - Vienna
This morning, an exclusive guided visit to Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Art Museum, housed in a palatial building on the Ringstrasse. A Vienna city tour to follow, or a “do as the locals do” walking tour if you’d prefer. This evening, a special concert at a Viennese Palace.
Fri 17 May 2019 - Vienna to Bratislava
Free time in Vienna this morning, before we sail to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. We’ll explore the 18th-century old town on a guided walking tour.
Sat 18 May 2019 - Budapest
Surely one of the most attractive of European cities, Budapest is always worth exploring. If this is your first visit, you may wish to join the morning city tour, or a “do as the locals do” walking tour. Alternatively, if you’ve visited Budapest before and fancy something new, join our private tour to Esztergom, one of Hungary’s oldest towns. It was the capital city from the 10th until the mid-13th century, and the monumental Esztergom Basilica is the largest church in the country
Sun 19 May 2019 - Budapest to UK
A final sumptuous breakfast on board, and a relaxed check-out, with some free time to enjoy before our private transfer to Budapest Airport for our late afternoonm flight home.