Combining the cultural, historical and architectural delights of stunning cities and charming towns with breathtaking, beautifully unspoilt countryside scenery, this epic journey of discovery on the Danube packs in some of Europe’s very best sights and highlights for you savour during time ashore and the comfort of your smaller, friendlier river cruise ship.
Chances to explore three glorious capital cities on consecutive days make for an unforgettable start to your enlightening week-long break. [ReadMoreMob]After meeting Brabant in Budapest, you’ll have a day to succumb to the charms of Hungary’s beautiful, UNESCO-listed capital and uncover an abundance of iconic sites, including Buda Castle and the city’s impressive government buildings; Heroes’ Square; the Chain Bridge; and the Museum of Fine Arts. The diverse attractions of Slovakia’s capital await you next. An abundance of classic and contemporary architectural delights, medieval ruins, an imposing Gothic-style cathedral, and pretty parks and lakes vie for your attention in Bratislava, overlooked by the city’s majestic castle. Then there’s Austria’s captivating capital, Vienna. With another day to explore ashore, you could opt for a highly recommended tour taking in pristine monuments and landmarks, from the Schönbrunn and Hofburg Palaces to the picturesque Stadtpark, while the chance to immerse yourself in Vienna’s famous musical heritage at the neo-renaissance State Opera and museums such as the Haus der Musik museum is not to be missed. [ReadMoreDesk]
After Vienna the Austrian adventures continue, as Brabant heads for the heart of the postcard-perfect Wachau Valley. Scenic cruising through the gorgeous rolling hills and vineyards of the valley’s world-famous landscapes en route to Emmersdorf and Melk – two of the region’s most enchanting destinations – will be an experience to cherish. Continuing along the Danube into Germany, Passau is your penultimate port of call. A walking tour is the best way to discover the highlights of this Bavarian gem. Wander the pretty streets of Passau to find soaring towers, stunning palaces and mighty churches and cathedrals including the iconic St Stephen’s Cathedral, which is a must-visit to marvel at its lavish interior, ornate pipe organ and grand bells alone. Finally, there’s a day to explore Germany’s ‘medieval miracle’, Regensburg. The almost entirely preserved historic centre of Regensburg is home to an impressive collection of listed buildings – such as the double 105-metre-high spires of St Peter’s Cathedral – that are easily taken in on foot.