Cruise Itinerary - Classical Cities of the Danube

Day 1: UK - Vienna

On arrival, transfer to the MS Beethoven for embarkation. This evening, perhaps join the optional ‘Vienna by Night’ excursion to see some of Vienna’s rich cultural treasures including the Opera House, City Hall, Johann Strauss statue and Imperial Apartments. (D)

Day 2: Melk - Durnstein

After breakfast, enjoy an optional visit to Melk and its spectacular Benedictine Abbey for stunning views of the Danube from its dramatic clifftop perch. Cruise through the Wachau Valley to medieval Dürnstein and enjoy an included walking tour of this pretty Baroque town.(B,L,D)

Day 3: Bratislava

Take in an array of impressive sights in Slovakia's capital on an optional excursion. See the imposing riverfront castle and Baroque palaces, Michael Gate and St Martin's Cathedral. Visit the maze of cobbled, medieval lanes and quaint bustling squares overlooked by the stylish Mirbach and Primate's Palaces in the Old Town before seeing the Jesuit Church, the Town Hall and Castle Hill. After lunch, cruise to Kalocsa.. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Kalocsa

Stroll around the town centre taking in the elaborate Baroque-style Archbishop's Palace and the Cathedral, fronted by Holy Trinity Square. Alternatively, join the optional excursion to the 'Puzsta' or Great Plain; a vast prairie, once regarded as the 'wild west' of Hungary, now a renowned equestrian centre where you can enjoy a fantastic show featuring Hungarian horsemanship. Return to your ship this afternoon and cruise to Budapest. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Budapest

A full day to enjoy one of Europe's finest cities. Consisting of two districts standing on either bank of the Danube and linked by seven picturesque bridges. Explore old 'Buda' on an optional morning tour. Walk the winding streets to admire Baroque Palaces, spa houses, medieval homesteads, St Mathias Church, turreted Fisherman's Bastion and the magnificent Royal Palace, overlooking the Parliament Building across the river. In bustling Pest, get a close-up view of the Parliament Building and visit Heroes Square and St Stephen's Basilica. After lunch, explore the city at leisure before this evening's optional folklore show. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Budapest - Esztergom

This morning, enjoy a short stop in Hungary's oldest town, Esztergom, overlooked by a colossal hilltop basilica, before returning to your ship for lunch and cruising towards Vienna. Enjoy a gala dinner on board this evening. (B,L,D))

Day 7: Vienna

Conclude your cruise in Vienna, home to cobbled lanes and rambling palaces and steeped in a rich history waiting to be discovered. This morning’s optional excursion gives you the chance to visit the impressive Schönbrunn Palace and learn about its history. The tour also includes a drive along the famed Ringstrasse to see many of Vienna’s historic landmarks. In the afternoon, there’s an optional visit to the sumptuously furnished Hofburg Palace. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Vienna - UK

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. (B)

Note: Not all excursions are bookable on board and are subject to change. Please call for details and how to book.

Departure dates 2018 Classical Cities of the Danube (8 days) - 7% discount on all dates.

  • Cosmos Cruise brochure prices from £1399pp
  • River Cruise Holidays discount prices from £1302
  • Tel Cosmos reservations on 0800 668 1365 and quote our code TR55C

Cosmos access real-time airline and cruise line pricing to offer you the best holiday price available on the day you book. The ‘from’ price shown above is a guide at the time of going to print, based on two people sharing a cabin, travelling on 27 Apr 2018. Please call to get a quote for your own party size, stateroom category, chosen departure date and airport.

Departure Dates

Departure Dates

Departure Dates

April 20, 27

July 6, 13, 20

September 28

May 4, 11, 18, 25

August 3, 10, 24

October 5
June 1, 29
Prices are per person, based on two sharing a cabin .

All holidays subject to Cosmos Terms Conditions. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors on this website.

Cosmos Classical Cities of the Danube

8 Days - 7% discount

Prices from only £1302

European grandeur meets high culture and epic scenery on this grand cruise through the historic cities of the Danube. Explore Vienna’s historic treasures, Bratislava’s medieval old town, and gaze down at historic Budapest from its hilltop castle complex.

This wonderful 8 day Classical Cities of the Danube comes with a 7% discount saving when you book direct with Cosmos Cruises call on 0800 668 1365 and quote our discount code TR55C.

Travel 55 in association with Cosmos. To book call Cosmos direct on 0800 668 1365 and quote Travel 55 code TR55C you will then receive a 7% discount from the Cosmos brochure price. 

Your cruise ship

MS Beethoven (Cosmos rating ***)

  • 90 air conditioned cabins
  • 3 deck ship
  • Lounge bar with dance floor
  • Large sun deck with deck chairs
  • Upper decks have french balconies

Optional excursions

  • Vienna - Uncover the city’s rich heritage and visit the Opera House, City Hall and impressive Schönbrunn Palace.
  • Melk - Visit the spectacular cliff-top location of the Benedictine Abbey for eye-catching views of the Danube.
  • Dürnstein - Explore this elegant Baroque town overlooked by Kuenringerburg Castle, once prison to Richard the Lionheart.
  • Bratislava - Tucked into the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains and surrounded by vineyards.
  • Kalocsa - Marvel at the Hungarian horsemanship of an equestrian show on this vast prairie.
  • Budapest - A full day to experience the city’s wealth of historic treasures.

What else is included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Outside lower deck cabin
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • All inclusive drinks
  • Transfers
  • Port and airport taxes

VIP private home pick up service

With Cosmos' private chauffeur service, they’ll pick you up at home and whisk you off to your departure point in a private, air-conditioned car, with a driver who’ll happily load and unload your luggage. And when it’s time to return home, you’ll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again.

This service is included at no extra cost and is available within 50 miles* of your chosen departure point. Your driver will contact you 48 hours before you are due to leave, to arrange a suitable pick-up time. Everything will be explained when you book, including how to change your pick-up point, if you wish, and how to contact your driver.  

*If you live more than 50 miles away from your departure point, you can still enjoy the same service for a supplement of £1.85 per car, per mile. Please note that Cosmos have a minimum mileage requirement of 5 miles for this service.

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