Strasbourg to Budapest

River

13 Days from £2,499

Apr 2020 - Apr 2020 Departures

From Strasbourg to Budapest, enjoy a unique cruise sailing along three rivers and passing through several countries. From the Rhine to the Danube via the Main, you will be dazzled by beautiful river landscapes as you journey to some of Europe's most iconic cities. Enjoy optional excursions including tours of Frankfurt with its iconic Main Tower and the medieval town of Miltenburg, the beautiful city of Vienna, and Budapest, divided in two by the Danube River. Germany, Austria and Hungary will unveil their history and rich heritage for an unforgettable trans-European getaway.

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Your holiday at a glance

What's included

      • Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guides
      • Return flights from Heathrow with British Airways
      • 12 nights all inclusive on board 4-star premium ship MS Gérard Schmitter
      • 35 meals: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners featuring local specialities & all drinks (excluding Champagne & selected wines). Includes a Captain’s welcome drink & gala dinner​
      • Overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage

 


 

Included excursions




 

Optional excursions


 The optional excursions below can be pre-boooked as a package from £X
 

  •  Explorer Package

    • Sightseeing tour of Mainz
    • Walking tour of Frankfurt
    • See Würzburg
    • Tour of Rothenburg
    • Nuremberg tour
    • Tour of Regensburg
    • Visit Melk Abbey
    • See Vienna by night
    • Vienna city tour - see Schönbrunn Palace
    • Budapest by night tour
    • Budapest city tour
    • Traditional folklore evening in Budapest

 

  • Discovery Package
        • Sightseeing tour of Mainz
        • Frankfurt Mainhattan & the Main Tower
        • See Würzburg
        • Tour of Rothenburg
        • Nuremberg tour
        • Tour of Regensburg
        • Visit Melk Abbey
        • See Vienna by night
        • Vienna city tour - tour of the Konzerthaus
        • Budapest by night tour
        • Budapest city tour by bike
        • Traditional folklore evening in Budapest

Optional extra:  Gellert Baths & Spa must be prebooked and is additional cost of £x

Your itinerary

Today you will fly to Strasbourg, where you will embark your river cruiser. After time to settle in, you will meet the captain and crew at a cocktail reception before dinner. Tonight, we will cruise to Mainz.

This morning we'll arrive early in Mainz. The city lies at the confluence of the Rhine and the Main and is a perfect blend of past and present. An optional sightseeing tour will introduce you to its highlights, which include a 1,000-year-old cathedral. Later we'll return to the ship and cruise towards Frankfurt. This dynamic city boasts an impressive skyline of glimmering skyscrapers and we'll take in the sights on an optional afternoon tour.

If you opt for the Explorer Package, we'll explore the city on foot, and after passing in front of the dominant Frankfurt Cathedral, we'll discover the Old City and the Römerberg, the seat of the city's government since the 15th century. Here you'll also find a plaque commemorating the book burning by the National Socialists in 1933, when the Nazi's ordered the destruction of all non-German literature. After our tour, enjoy some free time before returning to the ship on foot.

If you choose the Discovery Package, you'll be able to admire the huge skyscrapers housing the headquarters of many international banks in Frankfurt Mainhattan, which create the city's famous skyline. We'll also ascend the Main Tower, the most well-known skyscraper in the city, built entirely with a blue glass exterior, for glorious views of the city below.

We'll stop off in Miltenberg early this morning, an old walled town built on a slope beneath a fine castle. Here, you can enjoy some free time to step ashore and discover its main street and market place, both lined with beautiful half-timbered houses. After lunch on board, you can relax as we sail to Wertheim. The ship will dock here overnight, so there's plenty of time to make your own discoveries in this picturesque medieval town.

After breakfast you can sit back and admire the view as the ship sails towards Karlstad. From here you can opt to take a coach to Würzburg, home to one of Europe's finest baroque palaces, the Würzburg Residence. This former home of the prince-bishops was built during the 18th century and badly damaged during the Second World War. In recent years it has undergone careful restoration and is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll re-join the ship later this afternoon, and as we sail to Kitzingen there's an evening of onboard entertainment to look forward to.

Today you'll cruise to Volkach, and from here our optional excursion takes us to Rothenburg, a magnificent walled town which overlooks the river from a hillside setting. With its narrow streets, half-timbered houses and craftsmen's workshops, this charming medieval town is said to be one of the most beautiful in the area. During our visit to Rothenburg, the ship will sail to Schweinfurt, where we'll re-join it and continue on to Bamberg.

Relax on board this morning as the ship cruises the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal, which opened in September 1992. After a leisurely lunch on board, you will arrive in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg. Our optional sightseeing excursion begins with a tour of highlights outside the city walls and then we'll make our way to Marktplatz – the city's historic central square. Your explorations continue on foot and we'll see the gorgeous Schöner Brunnen fountain and beautiful Frauenkirche, a Gothic church. We'll also make a stop to taste Lebkuchen, the city's famous gingerbread.

Later you'll cruise to Mühlhausen and enjoy an evening of entertainment on board the ship.

Today, join us on an optional excursion for both packages: a visit of Regensburg town, which is the fourth biggest in Bavaria and a major industrial hub with multinational corporations such as BMW, Siemens and Toshiba operating here. The historic Old Town retains much of its original charm, and as you explore its atmospheric little lanes, you'll see churches, monasteries and a 12th century bridge spanning the River Danube. In the meantime, the ship cruises on to join us in Regensburg.

Take in the scenery as the ship sails towards Passau on the Austrian border. The city is located at the meeting point of the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz Rivers and when we arrive, you will be free to explore at your own pace. The city's old quarter is home to St Stephan's Cathedral, which houses the world's largest church organ, and its baroque buildings and narrow romantic streets are unforgettable. Return to the ship and sail through the attractive region of Engelhartszell. There will be entertainment onboard this evening.

This morning we'll cruise to Melk, where you can join an optional visit to Melk Abbey, perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube and one of the finest examples of Austrian baroque architecture. We'll return to the ship and sail on to Dürnstein, arriving there for lunch around noon. Enjoy some free time to explore this picturesque village and its baroque church, which is the most famous in the Wachau region thanks to the legend of King Richard the Lion Heart.

We'll set sail again later this afternoon and arrive in Vienna this evening. An optional tour of the city illuminated at night is a wonderful way to begin your sightseeing.

If you have chosen the Explorer package, today you will begin your optional tour of Vienna by taking the famous Ring Tram. These quaint yellow trams circle Vienna's Ringstrasse boulevard, passing the city's most important sights to reach Schönbrunn Palace. This tram system was one of the personal projects of Emperor Franz Joseph and allows you to admire an architectural showcase of the old Austro-Hungarian monarchy including the State Opera, Hofburg Palace, the Natural History Museum, the City Hall and the Burgtheater. When you arrive at Schönbrunn Palace, you will be guided through the numerous rooms of the Habsburgs' summer residence, which bear witness to the splendour of the court at the time of Maria Theresa, the only female ruler of the Habsburg dominions. You will also have some time to wander through the Palace gardens.

If you've chosen the Discovery Package, you will stroll the city and enjoy a tour of the Konzerthaus concert hall.

On both packages, there will also be some free time for you to explore at your leisure. We'll then cruise towards Esztergom, passing Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, on the way. This evening we'll enjoy a gala dinner on board.

This morning we'll arrive in the town of Esztergom, where you'll have time to explore independently. The largest church in Hungary overlooks the town and is an incredible sight with its impressive 72-metre-high dome.

The ship sets sail again around lunchtime and arrives in Budapest mid-afternoon. The capital of Hungary is one of Europe's most attractive cities and you'll have some time to make your own discoveries. After dinner this evening we'll take an optional tour of Budapest by night.

Divided into two parts by the Danube, Budapest is made up of historic Buda on one side of the river and modern Pest on the other, and on today's optional excursions you will see many of its fascinating attractions.

Those on the Explorer Package will cross the Elizabeth Bridge by coach and journey into the hills of Buda to the Castle Quarter. From here you'll enjoy a fantastic panoramic view of the city and after time to explore, you'll move on to the Fisherman's Bastion for yet more incredible views. Next, you'll travel down to the plains of Pest and visit Heroes' Square, passing by other highlights including the famous Szechenyi Thermal Baths, Vajdahunyad Castle and St Stephen's Basilica. You'll also have an opportunity to walk along the elegant Andrassy Avenue. Alternatively, if you want to explore Budapest by bike, choose the Discovery Package.

This afternoon, you can enjoy some free time or join us on an optional excursion to discover Gellert Baths and Spa. After dinner, there's the option to enjoy a traditional folklore evening. This one-and-a-half-hour show will take you across all the regions of Hungary, through its folklore, Gypsy dance and music.

After breakfast, we'll disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for our flight back to the UK.

Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

France - Strasbourg to Budapest Explorer package

France - Strasbourg to Budapest Explorer package

from £430

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This optional "Explorer" Package cannot be combined with the "Discovery" Package and must be pre-booked 45 days prior to departure. It is made up of the following excursions. We recommend comfortable walking shoes for all excursions and "moderate" walking is involved.
"Frankfurt - Frankfurt is a dynamic and international city with Germany’s most imposing skyline. Under the skyscrapers, you’ll find cozy pubs; and at the heart of the bustling city center, you’ll find sites full of history. Frankfurt also has an unrivalled museum scene featuring masterpieces spanning nine centuries of European art. We’ll leave the coach behind to visit the city on foot. After passing in front of the dominant Frankfurt Cathedral, we’ll discover the old city and the Römerberg, the seat of the city’s government since the 15th century. Formerly called the Samstagsberg, it has been the site of markets and fairs, tournaments and festivals, executions, imperial elections and coronations. Here you'll also find a plaque commemorating the book burning by the National Socialists in 1933. Half day - Moderate walking

Wurzburg - The tour will begin with the Residenz, former palace of the Prince-Bishops of Würzburg. You will see 40 rooms richly decorated with furniture, paintings and tapestries by XVIIIth century masters and you will take the monumental staircase of honour, designed by Balthasar Neumann. Among other things, you will visit the Baroque Imperial Hall, whose frescoes were painted by the Italian painter Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and the Imperial Apartments richly decorated in a Rococo style. You will continue your tour in the city centre, where you will have some free time before returning to the boat by coach. Half day – Moderate walking

Rothenburg-Situated on the ""Romantic Road"" this town has kept its Renaissance layout virtually intact, as it has not undergone any changes for thirty years. One of the most authentic towns in Germany. You will visit old ramparts; the Hospital Bastion; the Market Square with the Town Hall and the famous St Jacob's church (exterior) which contains three altars sculpted by the famous Tilman Riemenschneider. Half day – Moderate walking

Nuremburg - After the bombing which destroyed Nuremburg, the second city of Bavaria succeeded in restoring its old town. Nuremberg is distinguished by its medieval architecture, including the fortifications and stone towers of its old town. At the northern edge of the old town, surrounded by red-roofed buildings, stands Kaiserburg castle, your guide will show you the Kaiserburg, from where you get a wonderful view over the entire city. You will then be taken to the medieval heart of Nuremberg, situated within ramparts dating from the 15th century. Here you will find the Hauptmarkt (the central square in Nurembeg) which contains the Schöner Brunnen the gilded “beautiful fountain” with tiers of figures, and Frauenkirche, a 14th-century Gothic church.Half day – Moderate walking

Regensburg - Departure by coach in the company of the hostess of the boat and visit of the Walhalla, a huge Greek style marble temple which overhangs the Danube. Then, we will have a tour of the ancient town of Regensburg, a medieval - metropolis, on foot. You will discover the imposing stone-built “Porta Praetoria”, the northern gate to the Roman encampment, the town hall with its grand hall which later became the “imperial hall”, the meeting room of the “permanent diet of Empire”, the Gothic cathedral. Half day – Moderate walking

Melk Abbey -The magnificent abbey of Melk, which towers over the Danube is the very symbol of Baroque art in Austria. Among other things, you will visit the marble hall – with its elegant ceiling painting, the world famous library renowned for its extensive manuscript collection and the bedchambers where a number of illustrious visitors have slept. You will love the jewel of this abbey, the gold filigree cross donated by Rudolph IV.Half day – Moderate walking

Vienna by Night -Discover Vienna by night with a panoramic coach tour. Vienna. You will go past a multitude of buildings built under the old Austro-Hungarian monarchy: the Opera, the City Hall, the Hofburg and many official buildings. The coach will stop at Schwarzenbergplatz where there is a monument to Johann Strauss. Then you will walk around the Albertina quarter where you will be able to admire Hofburg Palace,Evening excursion – Minimal walking

Vienna -You will begin the tour by taking the famous Ring to reach Schoenbrunn Palace. The ""Ring"" was one of the personal projects of Emperor Franz Joseph. In 1857, he decided to take down the ramparts that enclosed the city centre and had this boulevard built lined with fine buildings. Along the Ring you will admire this architectural showcase of the old Austro-Hungarian monarchy, including: the State Opera; the Hofburg Palace; the Natural History Museum; the City Hall. When you arrive at Schoenbrunn Palace, you will be guided through the numerous rooms of the Hapsburgs' summer residence. You will also have time to wander through the Palace gardens. You will return to the boat via the ring.Half day – Moderate walking

Budapest -We will head for Buda, the hills crossing the famous Chain Bridge and journey up to the Castle quarter, from where you have a fantastic panoramic view of the city. You will then be taken down to the plains of Pest, where you will visit in particular Heroes' Square, whose central monument depicting Prince Arpad and the chieftains of seven Magyar tribes was built for the millennium of Hungary. You will pass by the famous Szechenyi thermal baths, the zoo, a veritable architectural monument, Vajdahunyad Castle… You will take the famous Andrassy Avenue and pass in front of St. Stephen's Basilica. You will go along the river and see the famous Parliament building overlooking the Danube with its white silhouette in the Byzantine and neo-Gothic styles.Half day – Moderate walking

Budapest by Night -Budapest, Hungary’s capital, is bisected by the River Danube, and the 19th-century Chain Bridge connects its hilly Buda district with flat Pest. The city comes to life at night as the lights illuminate the city with an incredible glow. You will have the opportunity to see this incredible sight on this evening excursion.Evening Excursion – Moderate Walking

Traditional Hungarian Evening -This traditional Hungarian show will give you an insight into life in this intriguing country. You will travel the length and breadth of Hungary through its traditional folklore and Gypsy music. Each piece of music, each dance retraces an event in daily life in Hungary."

France - Strasbourg to Budapest Discovery package

France - Strasbourg to Budapest Discovery package

from £430

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This optional "Discovery" Package cannot be combined with the "Explorer" Package and must be pre-booked 45 days prior to departure. It is made up of the following excursions. We recommend comfortable walking shoes for all excursions and "moderate" walking is involved.
"Frankfurt - Frankfurt is the largest financial center in continental Europe, earning it the nickname ""Mainhatten."" During a panoramic tour of the city, you'll be able to admire the huge skyscrapers housing the headquarters of many international banks which create the city's famous skyline. We'll ascend the Main Tower, the most well-known skyscraper in the city
Wurzburg - The tour will begin with the Residenz, former palace of the Prince-Bishops of Würzburg. You will see 40 rooms richly decorated with furniture, paintings and tapestries by XVIIIth century masters and you will take the monumental staircase of honour, designed by Balthasar Neumann. Among other things, you will visit the Baroque Imperial Hall, whose frescoes were painted by the Italian painter Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and the Imperial Apartments richly decorated in a Rococo style. You will continue your tour in the city centre, where you will have some free time before returning to the boat by coach. Half day – Moderate walking

Rothenburg-Situated on the ""Romantic Road"" this town has kept its Renaissance layout virtually intact, as it has not undergone any changes for thirty years. One of the most authentic towns in Germany. You will visit old ramparts; the Hospital Bastion; the Market Square with the Town Hall and the famous St Jacob's church (exterior) which contains three altars sculpted by the famous Tilman Riemenschneider. Half day – Moderate walking

Nuremburg - After the bombing which destroyed Nuremburg, the second city of Bavaria succeeded in restoring its old town. Nuremberg is distinguished by its medieval architecture, including the fortifications and stone towers of its old town. At the northern edge of the old town, surrounded by red-roofed buildings, stands Kaiserburg castle, your guide will show you the Kaiserburg, from where you get a wonderful view over the entire city. You will then be taken to the medieval heart of Nuremberg, situated within ramparts dating from the 15th century. Here you will find the Hauptmarkt (the central square in Nurembeg) which contains the Schöner Brunnen the gilded “beautiful fountain” with tiers of figures, and Frauenkirche, a 14th-century Gothic church.Half day – Moderate walking

Regensburg - Departure by coach in the company of the hostess of the boat and visit of the Walhalla, a huge Greek style marble temple which overhangs the Danube. Then, we will have a tour of the ancient town of Regensburg, a medieval - metropolis, on foot. You will discover the imposing stone-built “Porta Praetoria”, the northern gate to the Roman encampment, the town hall with its grand hall which later became the “imperial hall”, the meeting room of the “permanent diet of Empire”, the Gothic cathedral. Half day – Moderate walking

Melk Abbey -The magnificent abbey of Melk, which towers over the Danube is the very symbol of Baroque art in Austria. Among other things, you will visit the marble hall – with its elegant ceiling painting, the world famous library renowned for its extensive manuscript collection and the bedchambers where a number of illustrious visitors have slept. You will love the jewel of this abbey, the gold filigree cross donated by Rudolph IV.Half day – Moderate walking

Vienna by Night -Discover Vienna by night with a panoramic coach tour. Vienna. You will go past a multitude of buildings built under the old Austro-Hungarian monarchy: the Opera, the City Hall, the Hofburg and many official buildings. The coach will stop at Schwarzenbergplatz where there is a monument to Johann Strauss. Then you will walk around the Albertina quarter where you will be able to admire Hofburg Palace,Evening excursion – Minimal walking

Vienna -.We'll stroll through the city and visit back stage in the Konzerthaus concert hall, which has the Vienna Symphony, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Wiener Singakademie and Klangforum Wien in residence. We'll tour the prominent institution that features about 750 events per year with our guide who will explain the hall's history. We'll head back stage where we might be able to catch a glimpse of a performer or two! After our tour, relax in one of the local cafés and enjoy a steaming cup of Vienna Coffee and a delicious pastry. You will return to the boat via the ring.Half day – Moderate walking

Budapest -.From the ship, we'll set out to explore Budapest by bike. You'll see all the important sights of the city on an easy-paced ride, cycling through the historical center of Hungarian culture. We'll pass in front of the basilica, Liberty Square, the Hungarian Parliament Building, the City Park, Vajdahunyad Castle, Heroes Square, and many other of the legendary sites in Budapest. Afterwards, we'll return to the ship.Half day

Budapest by Night -Budapest, Hungary’s capital, is bisected by the River Danube, and the 19th-century Chain Bridge connects its hilly Buda district with flat Pest. The city comes to life at night as the lights illuminate the city with an incredible glow. You will have the opportunity to see this incredible sight on this evening excursion.Evening Excursion – Moderate Walking

Traditional Hungarian Evening -This traditional Hungarian show will give you an insight into life in this intriguing country. You will travel the length and breadth of Hungary through its traditional folklore and Gypsy music. Each piece of music, each dance retraces an event in daily life in Hungary."

France - Strasbourg to Budapest - Gellert Baths

France - Strasbourg to Budapest - Gellert Baths

from £60

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This is an optional tour to both the Discovery and Explorer Packages must be pre-booked 45 days prior to departure. We recommend comfortable walking shoes for all excursions and "moderate" walking is involved.
"You'll set out with your guide to visit the famous Gellert Baths and Spa. Now part of the famous Hotel Gellert in Buda, references to the spa's healing waters have been found from as early as the 13th century. The current spa was founded in 1918, and a visit to the Art Nouveau thermal baths is a beautiful and historical experience. The special attractions are its indoor and outdoor swimming pools, wave bath, sunbathing terrace and thermal spa. After our tour, take some time to relax and enjoy the saunas, the terrace looking at Gellert Hill, or the geothermal pools with some beer, wine, or champagne in hand. This is an exceptional tour in one of the most historical places in the city, but don't take our word for it, come and see for yourself. Afterwards, we'll return to the ship.
(Don't forget to bring your swimsuit!)"

Accommodation

Facilities on board MS L''Europe include a lounge-bar with dance floor, bar, dining room, large sun deck and gift shop. All cabins have private facilities including shower, air-conditioning/heating, satellite TV, hairdryer and safe.

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13 days

Thursday 09 April 2020

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Thursday 09 April 2020

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British Airways

Thursday 09 April 2020

Departs

08:30 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

11:05 Basel (Euroairport)

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British Airways

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British Airways - BA

Tuesday 21 April 2020

Departs

13:10 Budapest (Ferihegy)

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14:55 London (Heathrow)

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British Airways

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