Imperial Cities & Danube River Cruise

Imperial Cities & Danube River Cruise

Cruise the Danube in elegant style on board the MS Serenity


Cruise the Danube in elegant style on board the MS Serenity


Vienna, the capital of Austria, lies in the country’s east on the Danube River. Its artistic and intellectual legacy was shaped by residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. The city is also known for its Imperial palaces, including Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ summer residence. In the MuseumsQuartier district, historic and contemporary buildings display works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and other artists.

Schönbrunn Palace (German: Schloss Schönbrunn) is the former imperial summer residence. The 1,441-room Baroque palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural and historical monuments in the country. Since the mid-1950s it has been a major tourist attraction. The history of the palace and its vast gardens spans over 300 years, reflecting the changing tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs.



Budapest, Hungary’s capital, is bisected by the River Danube, and the 19th-century Chain Bridge connects its hilly Buda district with flat Pest. A funicular runs up Castle Hill to Buda’s Old Town, where the Budapest History Museum traces life from Roman times onwards. Trinity Square is home to 13th-century Matthias Church and the turrets of the Fishermen’s Bastion, which offer sweeping views.

Great Market Hall or Central Market Hall is the largest and oldest indoor market in Budapest The idea of building such large market hall arose from the first mayor of Budapest and it was his largest investment. He retired in 1896 so when the building was completed, he participated in the opening ceremony as a citizen. It is located at the end of the famous pedestrian shopping street Váci utca and on the Pest side of the Liberty Bridge at Fővám square. The market offers a huge variety of stalls on three floors, most of the stalls on the ground floor offer produce, meats, pastries, candies, spices, and spirits such as paprika, tokaji and caviar, the second floor has mainly eateries and souvenirs and the basement contains butcher shops, fish market, and pickles. Not only do they have traditional cucumber pickles, but they also offer pickled cauliflower, cabbage, beets, tomatoes, and garlic.



Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is set along the Danube River by the border with Austria and Hungary. It’s surrounded by vineyards and the Little Carpathian mountains, crisscrossed with forested hiking and cycling trails. The pedestrian-only, 18th-century old town is known for its lively bars and cafes. Perched atop a hill, the reconstructed Bratislava Castle overlooks old town and the Danube.

Bratislava Castle is the main castle of Bratislava. The massive rectangular building with four corner towers stands on an isolated rocky hill of the Little Carpathians directly above the Danube river in the middle of Bratislava. Because of its size and location, it has been a dominant feature of the city for centuries. The location provides excellent views of Bratislava, Austria and in clear weather, parts of Hungary. Many legends are connected with the history of the castle.



Durnstein is a popular stop on many Danube river cruises. Situated on a curve in the Danube right ahead of the picturesque Wachau Valley, Durnstein is famous for being not only one of the most beautiful villages in Austria but also for being home to a stunning abbey and the Kuenringerburg Castle ruins, which are both complemented by romantic 16th-century houses. Durnstein is one of Austria’s top-rated wine and apricot growing regions, making it one of the most visited spots in the Wachau Valley

thanks to gentle hills dotted with vineyards and mature forests. In the castle above the town, King Richard I of England was held captive by Leopold V, Duke of Austria after their dispute during the Third Crusade when Richard the Lionheart had offended Leopold the Virtuous.

Sunday 7th July

A morning departure as we travel to Hull and the overnight sailing to Rotterdam.

Monday 8th July

Travelling through Holland and Germany for an overnight stay at the Mercure hotel Wurzburg. Dinner in hotel.


Tuesday 9th July

We continue east to Passau, boarding our cruise ship the MS Serenity mid afternoon. Time to settle into our cabin and explore the ship, a welcome cocktail party is followed by dinner on board and live music . We sail tonight towards Melk.

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Wednesday 10th July

Morning free to explore the pretty Austrian town of Melk, browse the shops and enjoy a coffee in a traditional café. We sail at 12.00 and lunch is taken on board as we sail towards Vienna, arriving 19.00. Enjoy dinner and entertainment as we are docked in Vienna.

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Thursday 11th July

Waking up in Vienna, we have the whole day to enjoy the city and its historic buildings and attractions. Following a guided tour, lunch can be taken on board, afternoon at leisure before we sail from Vienna at 18:00 and enjoy our evening meal on the way to Budapest.

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Friday 12th July

Arriving in Budapest late morning, following lunch we have a guided city tour exploring both sides of Hungary’s capital, traditional Buda and cosmopolitan Pest. Dinner and entertainment on board as we are docked in Budapest.

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Saturday 13th July

Mid morning we leave for Bratislava, enjoy lunch and dinner as we sail.

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Sunday 14th July

Arriving in Bratislava after breakfast, we have a guided tour of this historic city, which has a laid back atmosphere and is compact, therefore easy to explore on foot. We set sail at 15.30 for Dürnstein. Dinner and entertainment on board.

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Monday 15th July

Enjoy Dürnstein, famed for the ruins of the castle that once imprisoned Richard the Lionheart. Admire the pretty courtyards and buildings, before returning to the ship for lunch as we set sail back to Passau. Farewell 5 course dinner on board, followed by entertainment.

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Tuesday 16th July

We disembark in Passau after breakfast and rejoin our coach for the journey to Koblenz and our overnight hotel the Mercure, dinner in the hotel.

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Wednesday 17th July

Koblenz to Rotterdam and the overnight sailing to Hull.


Thursday 18th July

Hull to Cumbria.

B=Breakfast Included, L=lunch Included, D=Dinner Included

MS Serenity

MS Serenity is the four-star "leading lady" in the fleet, a floating 4 star hotel which visits some of the most beautiful places in Europe.

From her distinct claret and cream colours on the outside to the polished interiors and exquisite meals – there’s an air about this ship that exudes style and yet the atmosphere is warm and friendly. There’s also plenty of space to gather with friends and chat over drinks or enjoy some quiet time in your own company.

Carrying 190 passengers the twin-bedded cabins -- no doubles -- are spread over three passenger decks and all measure 134 square feet. Cabins on the lower deck have two small fixed viewing windows, set high in the wall, and those on the middle deck have sliding windows. All the staterooms on the upper Panorama Deck are French balcony cabins with floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doors. Standard amenities in all cabins are en-suite bathrooms with a shower, air-conditioning, radio, satellite TV, safe and hair dryer.


The spacious and attractive lounge bar is located on the Panorama Deck and ensures much cosiness on board. It’s a great place to meet your fellow guests and relax as you watch the scenery pass by.


The spacious restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy your included meals, where you are looked after by the highly professional and friendly service team. Meals are served at a single sitting and the menus include international cuisine along with traditional local dishes, freshly prepared by your on board chef.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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