The Musical Delights of The Danube with Russell Watson
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DAY 1 ARRIVAL IN BUDAPEST
ARRIVAL IN BUDAPEST
Fly to Budapest and transfer to your river ship. Enjoy a welcome dinner aboard after time to explore the ship and its facilities. Overnight cruise to Esztergom.
DAY 2 ESZTERGOM
Discover Esztergom, one of Hungary’s oldest towns, a royal capital during medieval times and today the seat of the country’s archbishop. See Esztergom castle, the former seat of the government. Take lunch aboard and discover the towns and villages of Hungary on one river bank and of Slovakia on the other, as we sail onwards to Bratislava. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight.
DAY 3 BRATISLAVA
Explore Slovakia’s fast-emerging capital city, Bratislava, on a guided tour and discover its beautifully restored Old Town and 17th-century castle. This afternoon cruise into bucolic Lower Austria, home to some of the countrys best wines. Admire the passing scenery as we sail towards Drnstein during dinner.
DAY 4 DRNSTEIN & MELK
DRNSTEIN & MELK
Discover Drnstein, known for the ice-blue tower of its abbey and the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192, after being shipwrecked on his return from the crusades. After lunch, visit the remarkable Melk Abbey, which has been a monastic school and monastery since the 11th century. Return to the ship for dinner and sail through the scenic Nibelungengau region, which was immortalised in the music and compositions of Wagner.
DAY 5 SALZBURG OR LINZ
SALZBURG OR LINZ
Take a guided walking tour of Linz exploring its charming baroque old town and fortress-like castle, which is now a museum housing a fine collection of 19th and and 20th-century artworks. Alternatively, visit Salzburg and explore with an expert local guide, before free time to soak up the city’s history and that of its most famous son, Mozart.
DAY 6 MEET RUSSELL WATSON IN VIENNA
MEET RUSSELL WATSON IN VIENNA
Visit Vienna, one of the highlights of the cruise. Join a local guide and discover why Vienna is one of Europe’s great capitals, before free time to explore the former home of some of the worlds finest classical composers, including Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart. This evening, join world-renowned tenor
Russell Watson for an exclusive concert that will bring alive the musical heritage of this wonderful city.
DAY 7 BUDAPEST
This morning enjoy a scenic cruise through Hungary’s peaceful pastoral landscape towards Budapest, the delightful Hungarian capital. Make use of the ships facilities or relax on the sun deck and admire the scenery, before a delicious lunch. On arrival in Budapest, enjoy a sightseeing tour of this captivating city, known as the Pearl of the Danube. This evening attend a delightful farewell Gala Dinner aboard the ship, before a traditional Hungarian folklore show.
Budapest Chain Bridge
Budapest Chain Bridge
DAY 8 RETURN HOME
After breakfast this morning, disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.