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River Cruises

The Danube Flow

From €909pp
Depart From
Sail from Regensburg
Departure Date
Departures May to August 2019
Duration
8 Days
Destination
Germany, Austria, Slovakia & Hungary
Price
From €909pp
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Ports of call: ARegensburg, Straubing, Passau, Linz, Melk, Wachau Valle, Dürnstein, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest

Relax. You’re cruising on the Danube, and worries don’t exist on this fine-looking waterway. Germany, Austria or Hungary?

You don’t have to choose. You’ll get to explore all three on this 8-day cruise that is part small town, part big city and all parts good times.

Regensburg’s Old Town has an open- air café feel and the highest density of pubs and bars in Germany (and that’s no small feat). Austria’s Wachau Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site if we’ve ever seen one- its Benedictine Abbey houses the most famous library in Northern Europe.

Hungary’s lively capital city offers double the fun, with Buda on one side and Pest on the other. And that’s just the beginning.

18 & 25 May 

1, 22 & 29 June 

24 & 31 August

DAY 1 - REGENSBURG 

INCLUDED NIGHT OUT - DEUTSCHLAND DISCOVERY 

This one's for the students. Head to Regensburg at sunset and experience the youthful buzz of Old Town, home to some of the best nightlife in all of Deutschland. Kick things off with a host-escorted walk, stopping at the city’s famous churches and aristocratic houses from the 13th and 14th centuries.

Then if the weather’s nice, head to the Stone Bridge to eat, drink and mingle under the moonlight. Regensburg comes alive at night, as you will see.

DAY 2 - STRAUBING & PASSAU 

INCLUDED - BECOMING BAVARIAN

Trace the Danube's meanders on two wheels and explore the port of Straubing, an independent city in Lower Bavaria. Make your way to the City Tower and climb to the top for a great view of the entire city. Cycle on and stop at Tiergarten Straubing, a small zoo featuring only tigers. Head for Ptwo Bar to relax and eat after the long bike ride. Then wash it down with a local beer from a Bavarian beer garden. You deserve it.

INCLUDED - BAVARIA: A JOURNEY INTO THE PAST

Join your host on a stroll or bike ride through the medieval streets of Straubing, a quintessential small town in Bavaria, Germany. Recommendations? We’ve got a few. Check out the count’s castle and the beautiful Renaissance cemetery behind the Church of St. Peter. Pose for a picture next to the best-preserved Roman shining armour north of the Alps. Explore the oval-shaped town square and enjoy a hearty Bavarian lunch in one of the surrounding inns. For dessert, try a slice of Agnes Bernauer cake. You can thank us after.

INCLUDED NIGHT OUT - THE PASSAU SOCIAL

Passau's old town is a pedestrian-friendly hot spot for food, drink and good times. Step right off the ship and follow your nose to one of the city's great pubs or bars. In the summertime, people gather on the shores of the Inn River, one of three meeting in Passau, to chat, drink and eat, or play volleyball or soccer. Get some exercise, then treat yourself to some hearty pub cuisine. After, head to a Bavarian beer garden for a true Passau experience. Celebrate good times. Come on.

U TIME - BEER AND MEAT

Treat yourself to a Bavarian cuisine and culture walk, visiting a craft beer brewery and a shop specializing in Bavarian meats. Meet a master brewer and a Bavarian butcher, sample beer served in champagne-style bottles and learn how to pair charcuterie with craft beers.

U TIME - INTO THE WOODS

Kick back on a scenic drive deep into the heart of the Bavarian Forest, where you can opt for a Ranger-led hike or a mountain bike tour.

DAY 3 - PASSAU & LINZ 

INCLUDED - SCENIC PASSAU

Into beautiful scenery and architecture? Don't pass on Passau. Situated at the intersection of the Danube, Inn and llz rivers, the city boasts some of the best views on the German-Austrian border. Take a hike to the two best viewpoints: Veste Oberhaus and Mariahilf Pilgrimage Church. The views are storybook, allowing you to see the entire city of Passau as well as the surrounding countryside. Get lost in the city’s maze of old town alleys. Get your architecture fix at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, with its distinctive domed towers. Fun fact: The cathedral is also home to one of the largest organs in the world, with 17,974 pipes.

INCLUDED NIGHT OUT - THE SECOND LIFE OF LINZ

After surviving heavy bombing in WWII, Linz has built itself a second life. Spend an evening exploring Austria's second-largest city, a leading center for modern media arts. Arrive in port and walk to the striking Ars Electronica Center, which focuses on society, technology and life in the future. Observe the world’s largest outdoor gallery along the Linz harbor. Then check out the city’s Baroque buildings, including the former town hall (Altes Rathaus) and the old cathedral. No matter which way you turn, there's something insightful and futuristic to explore in Linz. You can’t go wrong in the UNESCO City of Media Arts.

U TIME - BIKE THE DANUBE

Feeling energized after your morning hike? Grab a bike and cruise down the famous Danube bike path, which is particularly scenic from Passau to Vienna. Your expert guides will lead you on a flat 20-mile route. Reunite with the ship in Engelhartszell, where you can quench your thirst with beer made by Trappist monks.

U TIME - DEEP SPACE 

Venture into Deep Space 8K at the Ars Electronica Museum, a unique and colorful visual journey through the universe that incorporates floor projection, laser tracking, 3-D animations and projections at 8K resolution. Yowza.

DAY 4 - MELK, WACHAU VALLEY & DÜRNSTEIN 

INCLUDED - CASTLE RUINS RENDEZVOUS

Dürnstein, Austria is a tiny and beautiful town situated along the Danube River just northwest of Vienna. Explore its shops, restaurants and scenic views to discover why it's nicknamed the “Pearl of the Wachau.” Take a stroll through the town’s old and narrow cobblestone streets. Explore historical buildings like the Blue Monastery Church and Abbey. Last but definitely not least, hike up to the famous Dürnstein Castle ruins. The payoff? A photo op out of your dreams, with expansive views of the Danube River and Wachau Valley.

U TIME - A VINTNER'S DINNER 

The Nikolaihof wine estate is said to be the oldest in Austria, dating back some 2,000 years. The friendly owners are pioneers of organic winemaking, and they’ll be on hand to greet you and prepare a wonderful garden-to-table dinner for you this evening.

U TIME - DEAR ABBEY

The baroque-style Melk Abbey has a fascinating 900-year history and an extraordinarily beautiful library filled with priceless medieval manuscripts, optical illusions, cleverly concealed doors and other intriguing secrets. The abbey’s Marble Hall is a work of art, as is the impressive library, Emperors’ Gallery and the site's crown jewel—the incredible Abbey Church. Get ready to light up your social feed. It’s photo city here.

U TIME - STEP BACK IN TIME 

The Mauthausen Concentration Camp was the main site of political, social and racial persecution by the National Socialist regime on Austrian territory from 1938 to 1945. A visit here offers a solemn and moving look back in time.

DAY 5 - VIENNA 

U TIME - COOKING TO OPERA  

Music and food go together like wiener and schnitzel. Enjoy a private opera show while you learn how to make delicious Viennese eats from one of the city’s esteemed chefs. Because if you want to cook like a Viennese chef, you should listen to Viennese music, too. Taste two classics—an intro to opera music and a Viennese cooking class. A fun opportunity to learn about arias and Apfelstrudel at the same time.

U TIME - ABOVE VIENNA

Vienna’s giant Ferris wheel is the perfect place for a party in the sky—plush and roomy cabins where you can dine on street food and sparkling wine while enjoying incredible views over the city.

U TIME - AFTER HOURS AT THE CASTLE 

What’s better than poking around a baroque palace? Poking around after hours, when the crowds of tourists have all gone back home. Your guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace—the former summer residence of the imperial family—includes the state rooms and private apartments of Empress Maria Theresa. A little background: Emperor Leopold I commissioned architect Bernhard Fischer von Erlach to build a palatial hunting lodge for the throne to be at the end of the 17th century. Half a century later, Maria Theresa Schönbrunn made it the focus of court life. Today, it plays host to highest-level politicians in all of Europe. And now—you.

U TIME - ROCK ME, AMADEUS 

If there’s one “must-do” in Vienna, the mecca of classical music, it’s attending a Mozart and Strauss concert. This isn’t your average concert. Head to Klosterneuburg Abbey, a 900-year-old Augustinian monastery, for a classical music performance by a professional chamber orchestra. After, mix and mingle with the wildly talented musicians at an exclusive reception.

DAY 6 - BRATISLAVA & BUDAPEST 

INCLUDED - BOHEMIAN DREAMIN'

Take a delightful stroll through Bratislava, Slovakia’s small and charming capital. It’s located on the Danube and surrounded by vineyards and the Carpathian Mountains, so a fully charged phone for pictures is a must. Known for its lively bars and art deco cafes, it’s a great place for Czech beer and Bohemian eats. Soak in the relaxed urban lifestyle of the pedestrian-only, 18th-century Old Town. Then treat yourself to a croissant or an éclair from a Bratislava pastry shop. Or both. We're good with that.

INCLUDED NIGHT OUT - RUIN PUB RENDEZVOUS

After you’ve refueled and gotten your jolly bearings, follow your host on a pub crawl through the city’s world-renowned ruin bars. Budapest has a reputation for being an epic party city, but we can’t be certain. If you could, please, follow your host through the city’s extensive scene of abandoned-buildings-turned-raves and report back to us. Once upon a time, there was an abandoned factory that had an appointment set with a wrecking ball. Its owners had another idea. They threw together old furniture and DIY decorations to create Szimpla Kert, the mother of all clubs. This laid the blueprint for every ruin bar after and now Budapest is crawling with them. Party your way through Budapest’s underground club scene, enjoying cheap drinks, techno beats and street art at every stop.

U TIME - RIVER WILD 

Just a short way from the city center, you can do something completely different—wild white water rafting on the Cunovo River with an expert guide.

U TIME - TAKE A BATH 

The largest medicinal baths in Europe, Budapest’s famous Szechenyi Baths, host epic bath parties at night that you’ll be talking about for years to come.

DAY 7 - BUDAPEST 

U TIME - HOUSE OF TERROR MUSEUM 

Pay homage to those who were held captive, tortured and killed in two of the bloodiest periods of Hungarian history. This fascinating museum offers an unforgettable look at fascism and communism in the 20th century.

INCLUDED - BUDAPEST: THE HEART OF HUNGARY

With more than 40 theaters and over 100 museums and galleries, Budapest has a lot to offer. Choose your travel method: bike or coach. Then hit the streets of the capital and most populous city of Hungary. Follow your chef to Market Hall, where you’ll sample delicious local fare and shop for fresh ingredients. Explore landmarks including Liberty Bridge, Parliament, Hero Square, Castle Hill and more.

U TIME - COUNTRY SPARKLE 

Head out to the Hungarian countryside to meet an aficionado of sparkling wines and enjoy a refreshing glass (or three) as he shares the secrets of making great bubbly.

U TIME - BUDAPEST'S JEWISH LEGACY

Pay tribute to Budapest’s rich Jewish culture with a visit to the Holocaust Memorial Center and Dohány Street Synagogue. With seating for 3,000 people, Dohány is the largest synagogue in all of Europe and second largest in the world.

U TIME - READ, SIP, REPEAT

Join your fellow bookworms and coffee addicts on a tour of Budapest’s most beautiful libraries and coffeehouses. Flip through antique pages and revel in Hungary’s unique literary culture. Caffeinate to your heart’s content with the pick-me-ups that fuel the city’s coffee scene.

DAY 8 - BUDAPEST

Disembark and head off to your next adventure.

Please note: This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise. 

Choose from 4 accommodation types:

Suites include a french balcony with waterfront views, super comfy Savoir mattresses, bluetooth speakers, flatscreen TVs, lots of power outlets including USB ports), a desk, table & chairs, extra storage space and a safe. 

Balcony bedrooms include a french balcony with waterfront views, super comfy Savoir mattresses, bluetooth speakers, flatscreen TVs, lots of power outlets including USB ports), ample storage space and a safe. 

Studio bedrooms include waterfront views, super comfy Savoir mattresses, bluetooth speakers, flatscreen TVs, lots of power outlets including USB ports), ample storage space and a safe. 

Studio Triple bedrooms include waterfront views, adjustable mood lighting, bluetooth speakers, 3 super comfy Savoir twin mattresses, each with its own flatscreen TV, flatscreen TVs, lots of power outlets including USB ports), ample storage space and a safe. 

PRICE WAS €1299PP, NOW €909PP. VALID UNTIL DECEMBER 31ST 2018.

Price is per adult sharing and includes:

  • 8 day Danube Flow cruise on board The A, in a studio cabin
  • 14 meals onboard
  • Welcome party
  • 2 dedicated U Hosts
  • 10 included excursions
  • 18 U Time optional excursions
  • Local celebrity DJ Party
  • Included onboard beer mixology class

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Flights from Ireland
  • Upgrade your accommodation type
  • Travel insurance
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply. The legal drinking age on this cruise is 21.

For more information please call us on 021 427 7094 or 01 696 5135, email info@shandontravel.ie, request a call back using the red button or submit an enquiry through the form below.

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