Discover the fascinating and scenic Danube with its charming small towns and exciting cities on this river cruise vacation. Enjoy the serene atmosphere as you glide along the river, passing quaint villages and scenic beauty. From Vienna, the “City of Music,” board your river cruise ship and begin exploring the natural beauty of Austria’s Wachau Valley, where much of Austria’s wine is grown. Visit Melk’s impressive and breathtaking Benedictine Abbey, see Dürnstein’s baroque Stiftskirche, and enjoy guided sightseeing in Slovakia’s vibrant capital of Bratislava. Your journey concludes in exciting Budapest.
Day #1 Arrive in Vienna, Austria (Embarkation). Welcome to Austria! Flights must arrive before 5 pm. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at a welcome reception. (D)
Day #2 Melk–Dürnstein. Today is dedicated to the beautiful and romantic Wachau Valley, where so much of the excellent Austrian wines are grown and produced. This morning, visit the impressive BENEDICTINE ABBEY of Melk, which towers over the town. Lounge on the Sky Deck with a glass of white wine while enjoying the scenery as you sail to Dürnstein, whose baroque blue and white Stiftskirche stands right on the river bank. Explore on your own or choose one of a variety of optional excursions your Cruise Director will propose. (B,L,D)
Day #3 Bratislava, Slovakia. Situated at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, Bratislava is the dynamic capital of Slovakia. The charming Old Town with its Town Hall and Mirbach Palace as well as gothic ST. MARTIN’S CATHEDRAL should not be missed. (B,L,D)
Day #4 Budapest, Hungary (Disembarkation). Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Departure flights should not leave before Noon. (B)