Bratislava

Summer view of Bratislava Castle, Bratislava
Summer view of Bratislava Castle, Bratislava

Beautiful Bratislava – Slovakia’s engrossing capital – is one of the most intriguing, immersive and diverse cities in Europe, combining contemporary delights and an abundance of historic highlights with the scenic beauty of the picturesque Danube River. Unlike many other European capitals, the city is laid-back rather than frenetic and, despite considerable growth in recent years, retains an enchanting small town charm.

Walking through the uncrowded streets of Bratislava is like stepping back in time. Although the city only became a capital in 1993 – when Slovakia received its independence – its origins in fact date back to around 200BC. The locals here are rightly proud of their city’s over 2,000-year history and it shows. In the remarkably well-preserved heart of the city await several structures and monuments which hark back to times when Bratislava was a major trading hub and one of Europe’s great Renaissance-era cities. [ReadMore]

The most eye-catching of them all is the imposing white-walled castle, which has overlooked the city since the 9th century, while the collection of churches, palaces and ancient gates are well worth taking the time to uncover too. The gothic-style St Martin’s Cathedral, the former coronation-church of several Hungarian kings; the art-nouveau Church of St Elizabeth; Primate’s Palace; and the Grassalkovich Palace and gardens are among the many memorable sights. For museums and galleries you are spoilt for choice in Bratislava too. Take your pick of the Slovak National Museum, the Slovak National Gallery, the Bratislava City Gallery and much more. 

Cruises to Bratislava

Cities and Scenery of the Historic Danube & Main

Cities and Scenery of the Historic Danube & Main

Departs: Mainz • Sat 01 May 2021
12 nights • Brabant • R2104

  • Embark on an epic journey spanning four countries and discover some of the Danube and Main’s most scenic regions, as well as cities bursting with rich history and culture.
  • In Germany, uncover the fairytale-esque castles, palaces and churches of Miltenberg, Wertheim, Würzburg and Passau; explore Regensburg’s medieval heart; and enjoy smoky beers in Bamberg.
  • Experience scenic cruising of the gorgeous Wachau Valley, and immerse yourself in the charms of Vienna; discover the attractions of Bratislava; and see Budapest by night.

Fly-cruise from £2,299pp
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Cultural Cities of the Upper Danube

Cultural Cities of the Upper Danube

Departs: Budapest • Thu 27 May 2021
7 nights • Brabant • R2106

  • This epic journey packs in the best of the Danube, combining cultural, historical and architectural delights with the scenery of beautifully unspoilt landscapes.
  • Succumb to the charms of Hungary’s capital, with time to explore both the ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest’ sides; and uncover attractions aplenty in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava.
  • In Austria, you’ll get to engage with the beauty, history and musical heritage of Vienna; experience unforgettable scenic cruising of the Wachau Valley; and visit colourful Emmersdorf and Melk.

Fly-cruise from £1,599pp
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Cultural Cities of the Upper Danube

Cultural Cities of the Upper Danube

Departs: Budapest • Thu 17 Jun 2021
7 nights • Brabant • R2108

  • This epic journey packs in the best of the Danube, combining cultural, historical and architectural delights with the scenery of beautifully unspoilt landscapes.
  • Succumb to the charms of Hungary’s capital, with time to explore both the ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest’ sides; and uncover attractions aplenty in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava.
  • In Austria, you’ll get to engage with the beauty, history and musical heritage of Vienna; experience unforgettable scenic cruising of the Wachau Valley; and visit colourful Emmersdorf and Melk.

Fly-cruise from £1,599pp
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Historic Voyage from the Danube to the Rhine

Historic Voyage from the Danube to the Rhine

Departs: Budapest • Thu 24 Jun 2021
13 nights • Brabant • R2109

  • Sailing to scenic regions and historic cities in four countries via the Danube and Rhine, you’re in for an unforgettable, immensely rewarding voyage.
  • See the night-lights of Budapest, and explore the Hungarian capital by day too; discover the attractions of Bratislava; and revel in scenic cruising of the gorgeous Wachau Valley.
  • Take in the charms of Passau, Regensburg and Würzburg on the Main, before finally visiting Rüdesheim – famed for its history and wines – and enchanting Koblenz on the Rhine.

Fly-cruise from £2,599pp
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Cities and Scenery of the Historic Danube & Main

Cities and Scenery of the Historic Danube & Main

Departs: Mainz • Wed 22 Sep 2021
12 nights • Brabant • R2121

  • Embark on an epic journey spanning four countries and discover some of the Danube and Main’s most scenic regions, as well as cities bursting with rich history and culture.
  • In Germany, uncover the fairytale-esque castles, palaces and churches of Miltenberg, Wertheim, Würzburg and Passau; explore Regensburg’s medieval heart; and enjoy smoky beers in Bamberg.
  • Experience scenic cruising of the gorgeous Wachau Valley, and immerse yourself in the charms of Vienna; discover the attractions of Bratislava; and see Budapest by night.

Fly-cruise from £2,499pp
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The Complete Danube

The Complete Danube

Departs: Budapest • Mon 04 Oct 2021
21 nights • Brabant • R212223

  • Embark on an epic exploration of the complete Danube and immerse yourself in the beauty, history and cultures of inspirational regions and destinations in eight different countries.
  • Enjoy a traditional Serbian folklore show in Belgrade; uncover Ruse’s Bulgarian delights; sail the extraordinary Iron Gates gorge; and explore the Danube Delta, Romania’s natural wonderland.
  • On the return journey, highlights include chances to see Budapest’s iconic attractions; witness the scenic splendour of the Wachau Valley; and engage with Vienna’s legendary musical heritage.

Fly-cruise from £4,199pp
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Cultural Cities of the Upper Danube

Cultural Cities of the Upper Danube

Departs: Budapest • Mon 18 Oct 2021
7 nights • Brabant • R2123

  • This epic journey packs in the best of the Danube, combining cultural, historical and architectural delights with the scenery of beautifully unspoilt landscapes.
  • Succumb to the charms of Hungary’s capital, with time to explore both the ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest’ sides; and uncover attractions aplenty in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava.
  • In Austria, you’ll get to engage with the beauty, history and musical heritage of Vienna; experience unforgettable scenic cruising of the Wachau Valley; and visit colourful Emmersdorf and Melk.

Fly-cruise from £1,599pp
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The Autumnal Danube

The Autumnal Danube

Departs: Budapest • Mon 25 Oct 2021
9 nights • Brabant • R2124

  • This epic journey packs in the best of the Danube, combining cultural, historical and architectural delights with the scenery of beautifully unspoilt landscapes.
  • Succumb to the charms of Hungary’s capital, with time to explore both the ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest’ sides; and uncover attractions aplenty in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava.
  • In Austria, you’ll get to engage with the beauty, history and musical heritage of Vienna; experience unforgettable scenic cruising of the Wachau Valley; and visit colourful Emmersdorf and Melk.

Fly-cruise from £1,999pp
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