Day 1: Passau – embarkation
Individual arrival in Passau. Embarkation starts at 02:00 pm “Cast off!” at 04:00 pm. Before dinner, you will be welcomed by your cruise director who will introduce you to your holidays.
Day 2: Vienna (UNESCO World Heritage)
Vienna, the Austrian capital, will be reached around noon. After your arrival you will have the possibility to join a sightseeing tour. Vienna is old and Vienna is new; and therefore so multifaceted: from magnificent baroque buildings and the golden “art nouveau” style to contemporary architecture. Stroll on the tracks of the Habsburg monarchy of bygone days and throw a glance at ‘Hofburg’ castle and St Stephens cathedral, Vienna’s landmark and Austria’s most important gothic piece of architecture. Discover parliament, the guildhall and the opera. The famous ‘Fiaker’ (horse-draw carriages) are ubiquitous in Vienna. In the early evening your cruiser will continue towards Budapest.
Day 3: Budapest (UNESCO World Heritage)
Budapest will be reached in the morning. After your arrival you will have the possibility to join a sightseeing tour of
the Hungarian capital during which you will be able to see the chain bridge, Budapest’s famous suspension bridge and Parliament, which you will be able to see in all its splendour at the time when you enter the city from the river. Enjoy magnificent views of the city from Budapest’s famous Fishermen’s Bastion. The opera, a masterpiece of architecture, is an absolute “must see” and a superb example of neo-renaissance design. In the evening, your helmsman will be heading for Bratislava.
Day 4: Bratislava
After your arrival in the afternoon there will be a possibility to admire Bratislava’s most beautiful sites during a sightseeing walk. You will be able to see the Primatial Palace, the old guildhall, St Martin’s cathedral, Michael’s Gate and the National Theatre. Enjoy Bratislava’s car-free city centre and breathe the atmosphere of centuries-old streets, squares and buildings. Alternatively, you may imitate the locals by enjoying a fine cup of coffee in one of the cafés of the historic centre, before you return to your cruiser and continue towards Austria.
Day 5: Melk
Melk Abbey, a masterpiece of Austrian baroque art, may be visited in the morning. For more than a thousand years, Melk has been the spiritual and cultural centre of the country. The essential part of this total work of art is the abbey garden with its baroque garden pavilion which is a particular rarity, owing to its exotic frescos, magnificent views across the larger region, from the promontory of the Alps to Austria’s ‘Waldviertel’ (forest quarter) but also across the abbey grounds, can be enjoyed from its panoramic terrace. Embark on the last leg of your river cruise in the early afternoon.
Day 6: Passau – disembarkation
After arrival in Passau disembarkation and departure.
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