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2017 Enchanting Danube

Budapest to Passau Luxury River Cruise with Platinum Travel and Uniworld

Budapest to Passau Luxury River Cruise with Uniworld

7 nights From €2799 €1799 (Per Person)

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Budapest to Passau Luxury River Cruise with Platinum Travel and Uniworld

2017 Enchanting Danube

Budapest to Passau | 8 Days

Departure Dates

20,27 Aug 2017 | 03,10,17,24 Sept 2017 | 01,08,15,22,29 Oct 2017 | 05 Nov 2017

Ships: S.S. Maria Theresa

Luxury Boutique River Cruise with Platinum Travel and Uniworld

Pay tribute to the “queen” of Europe’s great rivers

For centuries, the enchanting Danube has cast its spell on poets, musicians and artists of all kinds. And in 2017, it will cast its spell on you even more as it is the year marking the 300th anniversary of Maria Theresa’s birth, the namesake of your stately ship, the S.S. Maria Theresa. Travel through the very places Maria Theresa ruled for over 40 years on this regal journey.

Exclusive celebratory events both onboard and onshore will be plentiful. In Vienna, where Maria Theresa resided, experience “Morning with the Masters” with exclusive early-morning entrance to the Kunsthistorisches Museum. Go on a private guided tour of one of the most prestigious museums in the world, home to the royal Habsburg family’s numerous treasures as well as countless major works of art, including Raphael’s Madonna in the Meadow, Vermeer’s The Allegory of Painting, and the Infanta paintings by Velázquez. Conclude your tour with a Bellini cocktail served in the stunning temple of art. That same evening, attend an exclusive private “Royal Anniversary” concert celebrating Maria Theresa at a UNESCO-designated Viennese palace.

You will also experience delightful Salzburg, Dürnstein, Passau and Linz. And all along the way, delve into the flavors of the region with events ranging from an organic wine tasting of the Wachau Valley’s Rieslings to a saffron workshop.

Who will enjoy this cruise

Those who love history, art, architecture, music and exquisite food and wine will discover the best of both Eastern and Western Europe.

The Monarch Collection (select sailings)

Get exclusive insider access to Europe’s rich aristocratic heritage, including: being hosted at a private reception by a Habsburg princess at her castle; enjoying an exclusive concert, dinner and ballroom dancing at a Viennese palace; and going behind the scenes at Vienna’s Spanish Riding School to discover the 450-year-old equestrian tradition of the Lipizzaner stallion.

 

Full Itinerary available on request - Enquire now for more details of excursions and unique experiences available on this luxury river cruise. Contact us now for further details.

Call now on 01 853 5000, email info@platinumtravel.ie, send us a quick message or complete the enquiry form - we will be delighted to help you, its all part of the Platinum Service!

Highlights

Platinum Travel and Uniworlds' all-inclusive experience

Onboard

- Cruise in a Riverview Stateroom with Uniworlds six star experience
- Highest staff-to-guest ratio in the River Cruise industry
- Average ship capacity of just 130 guests
- All transfers on arrival and departure days
- All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
- Captain’s Welcome Gala and Farewell Receptions
- Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
- Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and bottled water
- All Gratuities included
- Captivating onboard local entertainment

Onshore

- Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites
- Excursions included, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
- Guided “Do as the locals do” and “Gentle Walking” programs where applicable
- Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
- State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
- Use of Bicycles and Nordic walking sticks where applicable
- Optional Cultural enrichment lectures

Call now on 01 853 5000, email info@platinumtravel.ie, send us a quick message or complete the enquiry form - we will be delighted to help you, its all part of the Platinum Service!

 

Itinerary

DAY 1: BUDAPEST

Arrive at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
 

DAY 2: BUDAPEST

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

 

Choice of Budapest city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour OR exclusive guided “Let's Go” Budapest bike tour

Choose one of three ways to discover the wonders of the “Queen of the Danube.” Savor the beauty of both Buda and Pest on a panoramic tour showcasing key highlights. If you prefer to experience the city as the locals do, then take a ride on the metro; stop at a lively market hall; visit the oldest and most beautiful garden in the city, Károlyi; and explore the National Museum. For a more active exploration, join “Green Budapest” with stops at various sites, such as the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Rose and Japanese gardens, the Olympic pool, Várkert Bazár and Gellert Baths, followed by a picnic on Margaret Island—complete with local wine and other typical delights. Cap your day off with the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

DAY 3: CRUISING THE DANUBE RIVER, BRATISLAVA, VIENNA

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

 

Bratislava walking discovery tour

Enjoy a day of leisure onboard as your ship cruises the Danube Bend, which is lined with scenic towns—some of the oldest settlements in the country—nestled at the foot of lovely wooded hills. Before arriving in Vienna, explore Slovakia’s capital city, a thriving commercial centre with a village-like atmosphere and a fascinating mosaic of architectural styles.

DAY 4: VIENNA

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

 

Choice of exclusive “Morning with the Masters” at Kunsthistorisches Museum OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Vienna walking tour, and exclusive “Royal Anniversary” Mozart and Strauss Concert at a Viennese Palace

You’re in for a real treat with “Morning with the Masters,” an exclusive early opening and art tour of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, showcasing the Habsburg’s imperial treasures as well as magnificent works of art by some of the world’s greatest artists, including Rubens, Rembrandt, Dürer, Titian and Tintoretto. Afterward, enjoy a Bellini cocktail on the stunning cupola terrace. If you prefer to experience the city as locals do, go on a guided walk that highlights Viennese essentials, such as coffee, sausages, wine, music and public transportation. No visit to the “City of Waltzes” is complete without music, so you’ll be treated to an exclusive private “Royal Anniversary” concert, celebrating Maria Theresa’s 300th birthday and legacy in a Viennese palace.

DAY 5: DÜRNSTEIN, CRUISING THE WACHAU VALLEY, MELK

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

 

Dürnstein “Village Day” with choice of exclusive Nikolaihof wine estate visit and tasting OR exclusive saffron workshop with village stroll OR exclusive guided “Let's Go” Wachau Valley bicycle ride, and Melk Abbey with library visit

Take a guided tour of the village of Dürnstein, where you have a choice of activities, depending on your tastes. Sample the organic wines at the historic Nikolaihof estate, perhaps the oldest winery in Austria, which produces some of the world’s best Rieslings. Prefer a tasting of a different type? Visit one of the world’s only bio-dynamically certified saffron producers, where you’ll educate your taste buds with flavorful delicacies as you taste saffron-infused chocolate and jams. You’ll then set sail through spectacular UNESCO-protected Wachau Valley to Melk. For a more active adventure, bike along the Danube through the scenic Wachau Valley to Melk. Once in Melk, visit its 900-year-old abbey, a significant centre of learning over the centuries and home to the famous baroque library that inspired the novel The Name of the Rose.

DAY 6: LINZ (SALZBURG OR LINZ)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

 

Choice of full day Salzburg* OR Linz town and country: opera house and cider farm visit

Salzburg or Linz—the choice is yours. In UNESCO-designated Salzburg, you’ll see Mozart’s childhood home and the garden where the famous “Do-Re-Mi” scene from The Sound of Music was filmed. If you wish, head to nearby Linz instead, a former Roman settlement that is now a vibrant centre for the arts. After a guided walking tour that stops for coffee and a taste of Linzer torte, venture into the countryside to visit a local farm and sample another delicious treat— hard cider, a specialty of the region. *Note: Lunch is not offered with the full day excursion to Salzburg.

DAY 7: PASSAU

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

 

Choice of Passau walking discovery tour with St. Stephan’s organ concert OR exclusive guided “Let's Go” bicycle ride along the Inn River OR exclusive guided “Let's Go” hike along the Ilz River

Cruise the picturesque landscape and hairpin loop in the middle of the Danube, known as Schlögener Schlinge, appointed a “Natural Wonder of Austria.” Once at your first German port of call, Passau, discover the medieval city with a walking tour along the cobblestone streets to the baroque St. Stephan’s Cathedral, where you’ll have a rare opportunity to hear a concert played on Europe’s largest pipe organ. You then have two “Let's Go” choices. For cyclists, join a local guide for a bike ride along the Inn River; for hikers, go on a guided hike with a nature expert along the beautiful Ilz River. Spend your last night onboard at the festive Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. Note: The organ concert is only available May 1 – October 31, excluding Sundays and Catholic holidays. An alternative venue will be organized before and after these dates.

DAY 8: DEPART PASSAU

Disembark in Passau and transfer to Munich Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Prague.

Full Itinerary available on request - Enquire now for more details of excursions and unique experiences available on this luxury river cruise. Contact us now for further details.

Call now on 01 853 5000, email info@platinumtravel.ie, send us a quick message or complete the enquiry form - we will be delighted to help you, its all part of the Platinum Service!

 

Platinum Travel and Uniworld River Cruises

Platinum Travel are delighted to be working with Uniworld - Boutique River Cruises with the six star experience

Spend even one night in one of the magnificent riverview staterooms and you will agree, sailing with Platinum Travel and Uniworld is truly a stunning way to see the world.

Each Uniworld ship combines old world elegance with modern conveniences. Your stateroom includes marble bathrooms, flatscreen TVs featuring musiic movies and satelite cahnells, in room safe and individual climate control.

When you choose a Uniworld River Cruise with Platinum Travel, you can be assured there is so much included in the price - All meals with various dining options including unlimited beverages onboard, scheduled airport transfers and shore excursions with English speaking local guides. Your gratuities are also included.

Uniworld are committed to giving their valued guests the ultimate strsss free, luxury six star cruise experience. So relax, unwind, and leave the rest to Platinum Travel and Uniworld.

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Many of our airline fares are refundable whereas internet fares are generally non-refundable.

Platinum Travel are a fully licensed and bonded travel agent so you have a lot more protection with us than with the internet (airlines are not bonded).
for more information Please call now on +353-1- 853 5000, email info@platinumtravel.ie, send us a quick message - we will be delighted to help you, its all part of the Platinum Service!

Dates and Prices available on request - Enquire now for more details of excursions and unique experiences available on this luxury river cruise. Contact us now for further details. Call now on 01 853 5000, email info@platinumtravel.ie, send us a quick message or complete the enquiry form - we will be delighted to help you, its all part of the Platinum Service!


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