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The Danube, Vienna, Budapest & Bratislava

12 Day River Cruise

Price Include:

  • Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
  • Lunch while river cruising
  • Coach and ferry travel throughout
  • Full Holiday Itinerary
  • Welcome pack

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Watch the world go by on a relaxing river cruise and take in a hattrick of scintillating capital cities. Vienna, capital of Austria is renowned for imperial palaces, stirring music, café culture and the splendid architecture that brings the city’s history to life. Budapest, capital of Hungary has a rich artistic and cultural heritage and is split by the River Danube into the hilly Buda district and the flat Pest area. Hop aboard the funicular that runs up Castle Hill to Buda’s Old Town and don’t miss the city’s Matthias Church that stands proudly in Trinity Square. The Slovakian capital of Bratislava is watched over by a commanding castle with four corner towers and its soaring Michael’s Gate has been lovingly preserved from the city’s medieval fortifications. Visits to the simply adorable little towns of Durnstein and Melk add an enchanting contrast to the cityscapes and are a delight to wander around.

Your itinerary:

Monday. We journey to Hull for the overnight ferry to the continent enjoying dinner, entertainment and breakfast on board.

Tuesday. We continue to our overnight dinner, bed and breakfast stop.

Wednesday. We travel to Linz, the third largest city in Austria where we board the MV Esmeralda.

Thursday. Our adventure begins as we set sail for Vienna, enjoying the onboard hospitality and taking in the glorious scenery. We arrive in Vienna where an overnight stop in this picturesque city allows plenty of time to take in the sights, sounds and nightlife.

Friday. Explore Vienna at your own pace. Must sees include Schonbrunn Palace, St Stephen’s Cathedral, the glorious Rathaus, opulent Belvedere Palace with its royal apartments and gardens, the Hofburg Imperial Palace and the Heroes Square that stands in front of this eminent building. Perhaps treat yourself to a horse and carriage ride to see the sights? This evening, we set sail for beautiful Budapest.

Saturday. Arriving in Budapest this morning, you’ll be eager to get out and about for some sightseeing. Impressive landmarks in this fine city include the Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church, Chain Bridge, St Stephen’s Basilica, Szechenyi Thermal Bath and the elegant Parliament building. Depart Budapest early evening for overnight sailing.

Sunday. Our leisurely cruise continues with a morning arrival in Bratislava, home to the impressive castle, perched on the mountain overlooking the city as well as medieval Michael’s Gate, the pretty pastel painted Blue Church and the neoclassical Primatial Palace.

Monday. A relaxing day messing about on the river until we reach the picture postcard walled town of Durnstein mid afternoon. Enjoy a stroll around this endearing settlement where you’ll find the ruins of a castle that once held Richard the Lionheart prisoner.

Tuesday. Arriving at the Austrian village of Melk this morning, perhaps you’d like to visit the Benedictine Abbey, the remarkably preserved Schallaburg Castle, handsome pilgrim church or just soak up the laid back vibes in the fairytale Old Town. We depart this afternoon for Linz.

Wednesday. We disembark and make our way to our dinner, bed and breakfast hotel.

Thursday. Our travels continue to the overnight ferry where we enjoy dinner, entertainment and breakfast on board.

Friday. We make our way home.

MV Esmeralda

The MV Esmeralda has comfortable public areas featuring attractive surroundings from which to discover a relaxing river cruise. The stunning views from the restaurant provide the perfect backdrop from which to enjoy your meals.

Full board on the ship including hot/cold buffet
breakfast, lunch and dinner • Morning coffee and
afternoon tea whilst cruising

Glenton customers have rated Esmeralda as good or excellent for:

Comfort & Cleanliness: 86%

Food: 76%

Overnight Ferry to the continent

your holiday moves up a gear when you board your P&O ferry at Hull for your sailing to the continent. drop your overnight bag in your cabin then explore the ship or unwind with an aperitif in one of the bars.


All GLENTON continental holidays include dinner and breakfast onboard. Head to ‘The Kitchen’ buffet restaurant where your waiter will show you to your table and take your order if you wish to purchase any drinks. Then you’re free to help yourself from the wide selection of tasty dishes from around the world. At breakfast, choose from continental or a fully cooked menu. Alternatively if you fancy treating yourself, why not upgrade to The Brasserie Restaurant and enjoy fine dining with full waiter service?



Make your way to the Show Lounge and enjoy live bands throughout the evening – there’s even a dance floor if you fancy a wee boogie! Or slow the pace down at the Piano Bar where you can sip a cocktail as you listen to mellow music. Perhaps you’d like to catch a blockbuster movie at the  cinema or try your luck at the casino.



Your GLENTON continental holiday includes an air conditioned inside en suite cabin with bunk beds. However, you can upgrade to a cabin with level beds and/or sea view for a small supplement. Please ask your holiday advisor when booking.



Grab a bargain during your crossing with duty fee offers on treats such as alcohol and perfume.

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