|Day 1||Fly to Budapest – Hungary|
|Day 2||Esztergom – Hungary Esztergom, one of Hungary’s oldest towns, a royal capital during medieval times and today the seat of the country’s archbishop. Esztergom is famous for its enormous neoclassical basilica, Hungary’s largest church, standing sentinel over the Danube on the border with Slovakia, and boasting one of the world’s largest altarpieces and a wealth of priceless religious artefacts. This is the best of provincial Hungary and is little changed since Habsburg times.|
|Day 3||Bratislava – Slovakia Bratislava is Slovakia’s fast-emerging capital city. Until recently swathed in the drab uniformity of Communism, the city has rekindled the splendour of its imperial past in its beautifully restored Old Town. Equally impressive is the imposing 17th-century castle commanding expansive views across the Danube.|
|Day 4||Dürnstein – Austria Dürnstein is known principally for two things: first, for the ice-blue tower of its abbey, which dominates the view, and second, for the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192 after being shipwrecked on his return from the crusades. Set on a rocky outcrop high above the river, the castle is now ruined, but it is still a sight to behold.|
|Day 4||Melk – Austria In Melk, the highlight is the Abbey. Nothing quite prepares you for your first sight of this enormous honey-coloured building, standing resplendent above the surrounding countryside. Originally a castle, it was gifted to the Benedictine Order in the 11th century and, although reconstructed in Baroque style during the 18th century, it has remained a monastic school and monastery ever since.|
|Day 5||Linz – Austria At the heart of Linz you’ll see one of the finest squares in Austria, lined by grand pastel-coloured facades with an impressive central Trinity Column of white marble, crowned by a gilded sunburst. There’s also the fortress-like castle, built high above the city by Emperor Friedrich III, now a museum housing a fine collection of nineteenth and twentieth-century artworks|
|Day 5||Salzburg – Austria Salzburg was once an independent state whose archbishops turned it into one of the most sophisticated cities north of the Alps. Dominating the skyline is one of Europe’s largest stone fortresses, the Hohensalzburg, while beneath its walls church domes and spires rise from the delightful Altstadt, or Old Town. With superb architecture dating from medieval times to the 18th century, the heart of Salzburg is a maze of tiny streets lined with a mix of traditional shops and modern designer boutiques that make window-shopping so satisfying. Then there’s the wonderful Hellbrunn Palace with its ingenious trick fountains, and the splendid formal gardens of the Mirabell Palace – a must for horticulture fans.|
|Day 6||Vienna – Austria The very name Vienna provokes images of elegance, fine music, wide boulevards, Baroque architecture and a rich tapestry of peoples who were drawn here from all corners of Europe. For 200 years until the First World War, Vienna was the cultural centre of Europe and many of the showpiece buildings, galleries, aristocratic palaces and magnificent churches you see today were built to reflect its imperial status.|
|Day 7||Budapest – Hungary Nicknamed 'The Pearl of the Danube' the twin cities of Buda, built around the hilltop fortress, and Pest, with its wide boulevards, were fought over through the centuries. Castle Hill is Budapest in microcosm: two churches, seven museums and a theatre among streets and squares with their own special atmosphere and a dramatic view across the river to the awe-inspiring neo-Gothic Parliament Building. Budapest’s endless galleries, museums, outstanding Art Nouveau architecture and excellent shopping offer something for everyone.|
|Day 8||Fly to UK|
*Price based on 1 Apr 2019 Sailing
After years of painstaking research to create the most perfect vessels afloat, a new era in river cruising dawns as Riviera Travel introduce their brand new, state of the art, ‘all suite’ ships. Swiss operated and truly world-class, they are absolutely delighted to present the five-star MS Thomas Hardy.
Suites on this deck measure approximately 16 square metres (172 square feet) and have smaller fixed windows. Some are available for sole occupancy with no supplement and are subject to availability.
Imaginatively designed and appointed to the highest specification, with all the luxury you would expect to find in a smart ‘boutique style’ hotel, these cabins come with 'French Balconies' - panoramic floor to ceiling sliding glass doors.
It also features generous seating area with two chairs and a table, flatscreen TV, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, safe and mini-bar and a marble bathroom with complimentary cosmetics by ‘Crabtree and Evelyn.
Apr - Oct 2019
Return Flights & Transfers Included
Exceptional Dining From Early Breakfast Through to Midnight Snacks
Daily Tours & Excursions with Expert Guides Included
Complimentary Tea, Coffee & WiFi Onboard
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