Danube Explorer Tour - CDE
Number of Days: 8
The Blue Danube is both the inspiration and the guide for your escorted European tour from Vienna to Budapest. As you follow the river’s path, you’ll discover the elegant beauty of imperial cities along with charming hidden gems of Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary. Your independent escorted tour is the perfect way to holiday your way—with optional excursions and loads of free time. Choose the optional excursions that interest you by getting pointers from your Tour Director, and never lose your way. Step back into the time of imperial splendour in Vienna and the “Pearl of the Danube”—Budapest. We make it easy to see it all with complimentary 24-hour public transport cards in both Vienna and Budapest.
Linger in one of Vienna’s countless museums, visit the royal stables, explore the famous Schönbrunn Palace, or spend some time at the nearby Prater amusement park. Customise your day with your activities or spend leisure time in a Viennese café. Next, stop in the Slovakian city of Bratislava on the banks of the Danube. History buffs can select an optional biking excursion to the Iron Curtain, or take in the incredible views and local libations at a traditional tavern or at Bratislava’s UFO bar. On your way to Budapest, you’ll have the chance to explore the Hungarian towns of Györ, Esztergom, and Szentendre - each with historic, artistic, and natural wonders to explore.
Danube Explorer - Itinerary
DAY 1 - Arrive in Vienna, Austria.
Royal History and New Discoveries Start your adventure in Vienna, discovering the combination of new and old that makes the “City of Music” such a fascinating place. The entire city centre is an immersion into Hapsburg imperial splendour, with its palaces, residences, elegant streets, and charming coffee shops. If you arrive early, start exploring. In the evening, your Tour Director will meet you, providing insights on your tour and how best to personalise your travels.
DAY 2 - Vienna
The City of Music Beckons Explore Vienna by bus, tram, bicycle, or on foot. Your 24-hour public transportation pass makes it easy to discover the city on your own and at your own pace. If you prefer, select an optional excursion. (B)
DAY 3 - Vienna Wunderbar Wien!
Another day, another adventure! There is so much to do in this beautiful city. Linger in one of the countless museums, visit the royal stables, explore the famous Schönbrunn Palace or spend some time at the nearby Prater amusement park. Customise your day with activities or spend leisure time in a Viennese café. The possibilities are endless in wonderful Vienna. (B)
DAY 4 - Vienna → Bratislava, Slovakia → Györ, Hungary
Heritage and History Meet Modern Life The capital city of Slovakia, medieval Bratislava is compact and easy to navigate. Choose to explore the castle or visit the UFO tower on the banks of the Danube for a drink and fantastic view of the area. You may also be interested in an optional excursion by bike to the Iron Curtain. In the late afternoon, we’ll cross into Hungary and arrive in Györ, a charming town where baroque heritage meets modern life. (B)
DAY 5 - Györ
Hungarian Adventures Today is a great day for an adventure! We offer an optional trip to the Tapolka Lake Cave, a protected natural limestone cave that we’ll explore on small boats. Alternatively, spend some time discovering Györ or relaxing in the main Gothic-style square. (B)
DAY 6 - Györ → Esztergom → Szentendre → Budapest
Colourful Art and Castle Ruins Today, we’ll venture from Györ to Esztergom, the former royal and Roman Catholic seat. Esztergom’s notable attractions are the Basilica and the Castle ruins, both located in a strategic position dominating the Danube. Next, it’s on to Szentendre (St. Andrews), a lively village where talented artists have established countless workshops and art galleries. Choose to visit the marzipan museum or Blagovestenska Greek-Orthodox Church with its stunning interior. You may prefer to just linger in town, soaking up the energetic atmosphere of this artists’ haven. Later, it’s onto Budapest. (B)
DAY 7 - Budapest Brilliant Budapest
Today, take advantage of your complimentary 24-hour public transport pass for easy exploration of this fantastic city; explore the city your way. Budapest is a city built on many thermal hot springs, so you may choose to relax at one of the many traditional spas, or take a stroll on Margaret Island, or just enjoy the main historical sites of the city centre. (B)
DAY 8 - Budapest
Your adventure ends in Budapest this morning. (B)
Your Package Includes
Free Time to Explore in Vienna, Bratislava, Györ, Esztergom, Szentendre, Budapest
Transportation Touring by private, first class, air-conditioned motor coach with Wi-Fi; We’ll provide you with a 24-hour Vienna public transport card, and a 24-hour Budapest public transport card.
Hotels Listed below or equivalent. Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel and city taxes, required local taxes, any mandatory service and resort fees.
- Vienna: Jufa Wien City (ST)
- Györ: Raba (F)
- Budapest: Ibis Castle Hill (ST) or Ibis Styles City West (ST)
- Buffet breakfast (B) daily
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