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Danube Serenade: Budapest to Vienna

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Board the Crystal Mahler for a fascinating 8-day Danube river cruise from Budapest to Vienna. â€‹Get to know the history of Bratislava, a buzzing capital city and the heartbeat of Slovakia. Do not miss to see Durnstein, one of the most visited tourist spots in the Wachau Valley. Explore Melk's riverside location, serene and regal with a ribbon of wooded groves giving way to the lovely village. Discover the historical city of Linz encircled by its neoclassical, neo-baroque and neo-Renaissance neighborhoods. Find yourself torn between the beauty of the old and new in the city of Krems as it showcases its preservations and improvements made. Spend your last days of the cruise at the romantic Vienna.
 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Budapest, Hungary | Embark
Day 2 : Budapest, Hungary
Day 3 : Cruising the Danube River | Bratislava, Slovakia
Day 4 : Durnstein | Cruising Scenic Wachau Valley | Melk
Day 5 : Linz, Austria
Day 6 : Krems, Austria
Day 7 : Vienna, Austria
Day 8 : Vienna, Austria | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore buzzing capital Bratislava, that is the heartbeat of Slovakia
  • View Durnstein's beauty, enhanced by verdant forests and rolling hills
  • Visit City of Media Arts in 2014 - Austrian Linz
  • See the center of European culture - Vienna

Ship

Crystal Mahler

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Budapest Cityscape Morning view on Bratislava city Melk Abbey, Lower Austria Column on Hauptplatz in Linz Vienna Opera House, Austria

Day 1 Budapest, Hungary | Embark

Embark on the Crystal Mahler at the beautiful port of Budapest.

Day 2 Budapest, Hungary

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Commanding both sides of the Danube – with the Chain Bridge connecting hilly Buda with flat Pest – Hungary’s capital enchants with its magnificent architecture of domes and spires, 18th-century homes, bridges, and lampposts. The UNESCO-listed Castle Hill welcomes all to explore Buda Castle, Trinity Square, Matthias Church, and Fisherman's Bastion.

Day 3 Cruising the Danube River | Bratislava, Slovakia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This buzzing capital city is the heartbeat of Slovakia; a historic gem that stirs the imagination. A maze of cobblestone streets winds around 18th-century buildings and a pulsating modern art scene. Explore the museums, cathedrals, and palaces, and relax at a shade-covered sidewalk café. Photography buffs will want to snap images of the medieval castle looming high above the city.

Day 4 Durnstein | Cruising Scenic Wachau Valley | Melk

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Considered one of the most visited tourist spots in the Wachau Valley, Durnstein is in a robust wine-growing region sitting alongside the Danube river. Durnstein Castle, the region's famous architectural highlight, sits atop a rocky mountain, high above the Danube, at its base. Durnstein's beauty is enhanced by verdant forests, rolling hills, and thriving vineyards that surround the town. Sip some of the region's local wines and enjoy a leisurely day in this postcard-worthy European town.

Today, you will also cruise along the scenic Danube Wachau Valley.

Next, your destination for this day is Melk. Best known for its fortified baroque Benedictine monastery, Melk Abbey, the town of Melk boasts an assortment of smaller gems. Among them, the city’s riverside location, serene and regal with a ribbon of wooded groves giving way to the lovely village. Cobbled lanes and a petite size make for a pleasant stroll with a chance to discover its 16th-century Town Hall, or Rathaus, in the center of town, and Haus am Stein or House at the Rock. Built in the 15th century, the vine-covered abode is Melk’s oldest building.

Day 5 Linz, Austria

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Named the European Capital of Culture in 2009 and added to the roster of UNESCO Creative Cities as a City of Media Arts in 2014, Linz embraces the present and future, with reverence to its past. The city’s layout reflects its history, with an ancient medieval center encircled by neoclassical, neo-baroque and neo-Renaissance neighborhoods.

Day 6 Krems, Austria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Storybook-beautiful Krems marks the beginning of the Wachau Valley and showcases a true crisscross of old and new. Putting the old and new literally side by side is a preserved length of the old city walls, for instance, while designer shops housed in the regal 18th-century buildings of the Altstadt exist alongside modern department stores. The lower Old Town is an area for pedestrians and cafes, while one of the oldest parish churches in Lower Austria can be found in the upper Old Town.

Day 7 Vienna, Austria

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Once the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and forever known for its manicured gardens, ornate architecture - especially that of the famed Ringstrasse - and distinguished roster of composers who either were born or lived here, Vienna finds itself at the very center of European culture, even as it sits near the border of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary.

Day 8 Vienna, Austria | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast aboard the Crystal Mahler, disembark at the port of Vienna.

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Cruise Savings
Discounted fares and additional savings may be available. These may include:
Past traveler discounts for returning passengers
Book Now Savings - inquire for details
Early payment savings
Please contact us for the best available rates.
Applies to all departures

Capacity-Controlled Rates
Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may fluctuate at any time and subject to change without notice.
Please contact us for more details and current pricing.

Flexible New Booking Policy
For new bookings from March 9, 2020, forward pay a reduced deposit and cancel up to 7 days prior to departure and receive full credit toward a future voyage. Contact us for more details. Some restrictions may apply.
Applies to all departures up to Dec 31, 2020

Advanced Purchase Savings
River Cruise Savings - Book now and pay $3,699 per person for the best available suite at the time of reservation. Valid for Cabin Categories S5-S1 and with limited availability. For new bookings after May 26, 2020. Select departures only. Contact us for details.
Applies to Sep 19, 2021 departure

Per person starting at
$7,998
Petite Suite
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Petite Suite Seahorse Deck (S5)
188 sqft. King-size bed or two twin beds, adjustable dining table, writing desk, vanity, and 40” flat-screen HD TV. Butler service is provided.
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Petite Suite Crystal Deck (S4)
188 sqft. King-size bed or two twin beds, adjustable dining table, writing desk, vanity, and 40” flat-screen HD TV. Butler service is provided.
Deluxe Suite
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Deluxe Suite (S3)
237 sqft. King-size bed or two twin beds, full-length mirror, writing desk, vanity, and flat-screen HD TV. Butler service is provided.
Deluxe Suite
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Deluxe Suite (S2)
253 sqft. Supreme comfort king-size bed with fine Egyptian cotton linens. Butler service is provided.
Deluxe Suite
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Deluxe Suite (S1)
253 sqft. Supreme comfort king-size bed with fine Egyptian cotton linens. Butler service is provided.
Crystal Penthouse
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Crystal Penthouse (CP)
506 sqft. The master bedroom features a large king-size bed facing the panoramic balcony-window, walk-in closet, flat-screen HD TV, fine Egyptian linens. Butler service is provided.
Crystal Suite
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Crystal Suite (CS)
759 sqft. Two lavish bedrooms each feature king-size beds, fine Egyptian linens, large flat-screen HD TVs, spacious closets, and expansive panoramic balcony-windows. Nightstands include charging pads and USB outlets. Butler service is provided.

Notes

Solo Supplement: A select number of cabins are available for single use. The single supplement varies by cabin type, please contact us for details.
Child Discount: Children age 11 or under receive 50% off when sharing a cabin with two full paying guests. Children, regardless of age pay full rate in a double occupancy cabin.

A wide selection of specially curated and optional shore excursions are available on every itinerary.  In each port visited, there will be at least two complimentary adventures to choose from, other excursions will be available at an additional cost.  ​

Cruise Fares Include:
  • Beverages including fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and all non-alcoholic beverages such as bottled water, soft drinks, and specialty coffees
  • Gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff
  • 24-hour self-service coffee tea, soft drinks, wines
  • 24-hour room service
  • Personal Butler service
  • Daily yoga and fitness classes
  • Onboard entertainment and enrichment programs
  • Choice of complimentary shore excursion in each port
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi for the duration of your voyage. 
Cruise Fares Exclude:
  • Airfare
  • Cruise port, security, navigation, berthing, stevedoring, and baggage handling/storage charges 
  • Fuel surcharges, fees or charges imposed by governmental or quasi-governmental authorities, 
  • Optional shore excursions,
  • Sightseeing or meals ashore, taxes, gratuities,
  • Visa fees
  • Laundry or valet service or any item or service whatsoever of a personal nature, such as medical treatment, expenses incurred on board or ashore in connection with medical treatment, medical condition, or medical debark
  • Massage, s­­­­­pa services or hairstyling for which separate charges may be imposed. 
  • Transfers between the airport and ship on the day of embarkation and disembarkation
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