8 days Passau-Budapest-Passau

The Blue Danube

Fares From £1,345 pp

CRUISE SUMMARY

Bustling cities, beautiful countryside and a completely new river experience. On this cruise you’ll visit the most unmissable destinations along the Danube and enjoy all the modern comforts and refined elegance of our modern nickoVISION ship, including three restaurants on board to guarantee a rich variety of cuisine. Between the UNESCO World Heritage city of Wachau and the Hungarian capital Budapest, a journey full of cultural highlights and stunning landscapes awaits.

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Passau

Passau: Casting off 5:00 p.m.
Fly from London to Munich and transfer by rail to vessel. Embarkation from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Day 2: Ybbs / Wachau / Vienna

Ybbs: Mooring 6:00 a.m. – Casting off 12:00 p.m.
Visit to Maria Taferl, one of the most significant places of pilgrimage in Lower Austria and its impressive Basilica, or visit to the imposing hydroelectric power station Ybbs-Persenbeug.

Wachau:
Cruise through the UNESCO World Heritage Wachau.

Vienna: Mooring 8:30 p.m.
Heuriger excursion to a rustic Viennese wine bar or evening excursion to the famous Prater and ride on the Ferris wheel, one of the best knows marks in Vienna.

Day 3: Vienna

Vienna: Casting off 7:00 p.m.
City tour/walk through the traditional City on the Danube Vienna with St Stephen’s Cathedral, Hofburg and the ring road. Then, time to make your own discoveries.

Guided city tour through Vienna: From the jetty it goes past the “New Vienna” with the Uno City and the Danube Island. See imposing magnificent buildings such as the State Opera, the Burgtheater, the Hofburg, the Parliament, the City Hall and the Votive Church while driving along the famous Ringstrasse. Afterwards on the tour, you will experience this charming city and its world-famous “Viennese charm” up close. After about 30 minutes of free time, the bus awaits for the return trip and takes you past the Praterstern and the trading quay back to your ship. Then, time to make your own discoveries.

Excursion to the charming Biedermeier city of Baden or actively experience Vienna on a bicycle tour or enjoy Vienna from lofty heights on an exclusive helicopter ride.

Day 4: Budapest

Budapest: Mooring 12:00 p.m.
City tour/walk through glittering Budapest with its impressive buildings. Shore leave for your personal visit.

Guided city tour through Budapest: Budapest is certainly one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and is not without reason called the “Queen of the Danube”. The river divides the Hungarian metropolis into the districts of Buda and Pest. First we will drive through the city center and enjoy the flair of the city. With the Buda Castle, the Fisherman’s Bastion and the Matthias Church, the castle district tells of glory of the ancient times. Afterwards, continue to Gellertberg, where you can take a short photo break to enjoy the impressive view of the Danube and the buildings on the banks of the river, as well as the numerous bridges in Budapest.

Excursion Budapest by night with Hungarian music or trip on the river rider bus.

Day 5: Budapest

Budapest: Casting off 2:00 p.m.
Experience a Puszta tour with a traditional riding demonstration or explore the interesting and unknown corners of Budapest by foot or actively experience Budapest on a bicycle tour. 

Day 6: Bratislava

Bratislava: Mooring 8:00 a.m. – Casting off 2:00 p.m.
Bratislava city tour through the lovingly restored lanes of the old town and a trip to the castle, the city’s landmark. Then, time to make your own discoveries.

Bratislava guided city tour: Bratislava is located in the immediate vicinity of the border with Austria and Hungary in the fertile Danube plains, south of the Little Carpathians. The old town has been magnificently renovated with great attention to detail. When visiting Bratislava, we will first drive through the embassy district to the castle (Hrad), which towers high above the city and is considered its symbol. There you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the city. Here you will also find more information on the eventful history of the castle, which was the residence of numerous Hungarian kings for a long time before Maria Theresa settled there. On the walk through the old town of Bratislava you will see the redoubt, the National Theater, the town hall and some baroque palaces and the city gates that the k.u.k. Testify monarchy. Among other things, you will also get to know the most famous man from Bratislava, the Gullimann Cumil. Then, time to make your own discoveries.

Day 7: Melk

Melk: Mooring 7:30 a.m. – Casting off 1:30 p.m.
Visit to the imposing Benedictine Melk Abbey.

The baroque Benedictine monastery Melk towers impressively above the city at the entrance to the Wachau. Melk has been a spiritual and cultural centre of the country for more than 1,000 years. The pen has become known literarily, among other things, through Umberto Eco’s novel “The Name of the Rose”. The imposing baroque building is a visible expression of the importance of the pen in that period. After the tour of the Abbey, you still have the opportunity to explore the outdoor facilities yourself before the bus picks you up and brings you back to the ship.

Day 8: Passau

Passau: Mooring 7:30 a.m.
Disembarkation until 9:30 a.m. Transfer by rail to Munich Airport or add a city stay (prices on request).

The excursions marked in red can only be booked on board. Mooring and casting off times are guidance times. We reserve the right to change itineraries and excursion programmes. If a route cannot be travelled due to low/high water or a ship defect, the shipping company reserves the right to take passengers on this route by bus, to accommodate them in hotels and/or change the route. In certain circumstances it may be necessary to change to another ship.

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • nickoVISION: River cruise ship of the year 2018 with innovative on-board concept
  • MS BELVEDERE: Comfortable new addition with spa
  • The highlights of the Danube between Passau and Budapest
  • Time to make your own discoveries in Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava
  • Enjoy an unforgettable view over the Alps from Maria Taferl, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Austria

SPECIAL OFFER

£250 – £500 per person off all the Danube cruises (8 days) in 2021. Book by 30 November 2021

MS nickoVISION

2022 Guide prices per person in £

Cabin category Season A Prices From Season B Prices From Season C Prices From Season D Prices From Cabin Code
2 Bed Main Deck Front £1,345 £1,795 £1,895 £1,995
2 Bed Main Deck £1,745 £1,895 £1,995 £2,045
2 Bed Middle Deck Rear with French Balcony £1,945 £2,095 £2,195 £2,245
2 Bed Middle Deck Front with French Balcony £1,995 £2,145 £2,250 £2,345
2 Bed Middle Deck with French Balcony £2,095 £2,195 £2,315 £2,395
2 Bed Upper Deck Rear with French Balcony £2,195 £2,295 £2,420 £2,495
2 Bed Upper Deck Front with French Balcony £2,245 £2,345 £2,475 £2,545
2 Bed Upper Deck with French Balcony £2,395 £2,495 £2,585 £2,695

MS VIKTORIA

2022 Guide prices per person in £

Cabin category Season A Prices From Season C Prices From Season D Prices From Cabin Code
2 Bed Main Deck Front £1,345 £1,895 £1,995
2 Bed Main Deck £1,745 £1,995 £2,045
2 Bed Middle Deck Rear with French Balcony £1,945 £2,195 £2,245
2 Bed Middle Deck Front with French Balcony £1,995 £2,250 £2,345
2 Bed Middle Deck with French Balcony £2,095 £2,315 £2,395
2 Bed Upper Deck Rear with French Balcony £2,195 £2,420 £2,495
2 Bed Upper Deck Front with French Balcony £2,245 £2,475 £2,545
2 Bed Upper Deck with French Balcony £2,395 £2,585 £2,695
2022 Travel dates / Season

MS nicko VISION

  • 11.04. – 18.04.22 B
  • 09.05. – 16.05.22 C
  • 06.06. – 13.06.22 D
  • 13.06. – 20.06.22 D
  • 04.07. – 11.07.22 D
  • 11.07. – 18.07.22 C
  • 25.07. – 01.08.22 C
  • 01.08. – 08.08.22 C
  • 08.08. – 15.08.22 C
  • 22.08. – 29.08.22 D
  • 26.09. – 03.10.22 C
  • 03.10. – 10.10.22 B
  • 24.10. – 31.10.22 A
  • 31.10. – 07.11.22 A
2022 Travel dates / Season

MS Viktoria

  • 04.04. – 11.04.22 A
  • 25.04. – 02.05.22 C
  • 02.05. – 09.05.22 C
  • 20.06. – 27.06.22 D
  • 05.09. – 12.09.22 D
  • 12.09. – 19.09.22 D
  • 10.10. – 17.10.22 B

Cruises for other durations
We also offer a number of cruises on the Rhine and Danube for different durations from 4-13 days

Cruise Only Prices
We appreciate that you may want to make your own travel arrangements and can provide cruise only prices on request

City Hotel Stays
We can tailor-make any cruise itinerary with additional pre or post cruise hotels. Please enquire for our recommended hotels and prices.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Economy flight from London and overseas transfers to and from vessel
  • 7 nights cruise including all meals
  • Unlimited drinks inc wine, beer, cocktails and all non alcoholic drinks
  • Nightly onboard entertainment
  • 4 Guided Excursions
  • Free Wifi
  • Gratuities
  • Port fees and taxes

nickoVISION 360° view

MS Viktoria* 360° view

*MS Maxima is identical to MS Viktoria in 360° view

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