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Classic Danube Vienna Budapest and Bratislava

5 Day River Cruise

Austria, Europe
13 Meals Included
5 Excursions
Easygoing Pace

Characterised by imperial grandeur, old world charm and opulent architecture, cruise along a dramatic watercourse into the cities of Vienna in Austria, Budapest in Hungary and Slovakia's Bratislava. Enjoy a guided tour of the 'City of Music', delight in an on-board taster of Hungarian cuisine, and witness the Danube River's magnificent landscapes.

2023 Dossier

2024 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • Cruise along the Danube to the cities of Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava
  • Embark on a guided tour of Vienna, the 'City of Music'
  • Visit to Budapest's neo-gothic Great Market Hall
  • Explore the cobbled streets and bustling squares of Bratislava
  • Enjoy a Hungarian feast and traditional folk entertainment on board
Number of nights


Day 1
UK to Vienna

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Depart on your scheduled flight to Vienna. Greet your crew and enjoy a welcome cocktail before tucking into a traditional Austrian dinner.

Day 2

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

An imperial cityscape announces your arrival into Austria's regal capital this morning. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, or alternatively, explore the 'City of Music' from a unique perspective during a fascinating backstage tour of Vienna's majestic Konzerthaus (optional). Having savoured a delicious pastry and freshly brewed cup of Vienna Coffee, return for an evening of dancing whilst sailing towards Budapest.

Day 3

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Discover an architectural treasure trove on this afternoon's guided tour of sophisticated Budapest, incorporating a visit to the neo-gothic Great Market Hall; wander through a bustling hive of activity, where varied market stalls retail fresh produce, aromatic spices and local wines, or alternatively unwind in the incredible natural thermal pools of Gellert Baths and Spa (optional). Following time at leisure, dine on a delectable Hungarian feast and enjoy traditional folk entertainment on board tonight.

Day 4

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trace the river's winding path into the capital of Slovakia this afternoon, meandering through the cobbled streets and compact squares of Bratislava on an (optional) guided tour. Oozing old world charm, admire the city's contrasting gothic structures and Communist-era buildings which brush the banks of the Danube, before tonight's gala dinner on board your ship.

Day 5
Vienna to UK

Returning to Vienna this morning, savour a buffet breakfast before your airport transfer and return flight to the UK

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The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 10 days before you travel
MS Vivaldi
4 nights
River Cruise, Austria
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Extend Your Tour

Classic Danube Vienna Budapest and Bratislava with Vienna City Stay

3 Day Extension



Important Information

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250.00pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

A visa is not required for your entry into Austria, Slovakia or Hungary. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. A printed E-ticket is no longer required at check-in, all you need to do is present your passport to the staff at the desk and your boarding pass will be given to you. An English speaking Cruise Director will be on board your cruise to help with any queries that you may have. They will not accompany you on land, this will be your free time to explore each city at your leisure. Airport transfers will be with an English speaking driver.

Airport Extras: If you wish to arrange Airport car parking, lounges or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras Tel. 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

This cruise is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness. It involves some climbing of steep steps, and getting on and off boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Please note: your cruise is shared with international clients from other companies.

An English-speaking Cruise Director will be on board your cruise to help with any queries that you may have. While on excursions included in your itinerary, you will be accompanied by an English-speaking local tour guide. When exploring locally during your leisure time you will not be accompanied by a tour guide. Please note: Your cruise is shared with international clients from other companies.

The currency in Austria and Slovakia is the Euro. In Hungary it is the Hungarian Forint, We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK, however cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

This cruise is All-Inclusive, so you will only need to take a little extra money with you to cover any premium drinks on board and souvenirs, drinks and snacks purchased when off the ship, as well as any optional excursions you wish to book.

Tipping is at your discretion. There is an envelope in your cabin for this purpose that can be handed to reception at the end of your cruise.

Embarkation Time: 6pm Disembarkation Time: 9am

If your arrival is before this time, you will be transferred to the docking area where you will be able to leave your luggage. You are then free to explore the city at your own pace until it is time to board your ship. If your return flight is after 9am you will be able to leave your luggage onboard the ship (until 14:00pm) and spend your time exploring the city until your return airport transfer. Please note: from 9:00 am on day of disembarkation drinks will not be available in the lounge bar and there will be no other cruise services on board.

The Captain and CroisiEurope reserve the right to alter/modify an itinerary at any time, should safety or external circumstances make this necessary, changes are also subject to tides. Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.

On your arrival in Vienna you will be met by a representative from our local agent, CroisiEurope, holding a sign displaying: “Mercury Holidays”. The Mercury Holidays/ CroisiEurope representative will show you to your transfer vehicle.

If you need to contact your representative during your stay the details are:

CroisiEurope: Contact number: 0033 785 748468 Email: international-group-operations@croisieurope.com

Emergency contact information: Please find below the emergency contact details for CroisiEurope 24hr Contact number: 0033 785 748468