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FAIRPORT CONVENTION DANUBE RIVER CRUISE

22 - 29 JUNE 2021

Si Tu Dois Partir…. Partir Pour Le Danube! Casting off in the wonderful UNESCO World Heritage city of Budapest and then taking in Bratislava, Vienna, Wachau, Salzburg, Linz and Regensburg, this is a unique opportunity to combine fabulous scenery, fascinating city sights and cultural experiences with luxurious accommodation, gourmet food, free-flowing quality wines and 5 nights brilliant entertainment from Fairport and Friends.

In this intimate setting you will have the opportunity to meet, chat and socialise with Simon, Peggy, Chris, Ric and Gerry who have promised to reveal some hidden talents - we will let you guess which band member is a keen magician, and which of them has ambitions to be a stand up comedian!

 

Expect “Fairport Unconventional” – a rare, unique opportunity for a maximum of 150 fans to share a wonderful experience and generate some magical memories with five of the nicest icons of British music history.

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What's included
  • Large, outside river-view staterooms, most with French balconies or walk-out balconies 

  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner onboard 

  • Gourmet dining onboard 

  • 5 nights of programmed entertainment (first and last night will be impromptu)

  • Services of an experienced English-speaking onboard Cruise Director 

  • 24 hour coffee station 

  • Bottled water in every stateroom 

  • In-stateroom infotainment centre 

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard 

  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles 

  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for optional excursions 

  • All local taxes & port charges

  • Airport transfer to / from ship on 22/06/21 and 29/06/21

Dress Code throughout will be smart casual / no formal nights.

Flights to Budapest and from Munich not included. This gives you the flexibility to extend your stay pre / post cruise if you wish and travel to / from the airport of your choice. We are happy to assist with flight bookings as well as pre / post cruise stays.

Itinerary

DAY 1 - EMBARKATION – BUDAPEST

  • This afternoon, embark the vessel and get settled into your cabin. During the evening, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially-prepared Welcome Dinner.
  • Afterwards enjoy meeting your fellow sailors and the band in the lounge.


DAY 2 - BUDAPEST - ESZTERGOM

  • Discover the beautiful sights and attractions of the Hungarian capital. Take a walk or a city tour to explore both the Buda and the Pest sides of the city, both of which boast beautiful Baroque buildings. We leave Budapest at lunchtime. In the afternoon, you can join an excursion to two picturesque destinations, both with a rich history, namely the former imperial residence and capital of Hungary, Esztergom, as well as the artists’ town of Szentendre. We arrive in Esztergom in the evening, where passengers who chose to take part in the afternoon’s expedition will re-join the ship. During dinner, we will depart for Slovakia.
  • This evening join your fellow travellers for a delicious dinner followed by entertainment in the lounge.

DAY 3 - BRATISLAVA

  • In the morning, we call at our next capital city - the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. Walking through the city, see the home of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the old city walls, the summer residence of the archbishop and the current residence of the president of Slovakia. You can also walk through the restored old town, from Michael’s Gate, and admire sights such as the Primatial Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral, a former coronation cathedral for Hungarian kings.
  • This afternoon's optional excursion offers the opportunity to visit impressive Schloss Hof, a former Imperial Palace acquired in 1726 by Eugene of Savoy and redesigned to impress Empress Maria Theresia - with its aristocratic palace, terraced garden and tranquil estate farm. Enjoy dinner onboard before the vessel departs Slovakia, and crosses into Austria.
  • After dinner join Fairport in the lounge for the evening's entertainment.

DAY 4 - VIENNA

  • There is much to see in Imperial Vienna: its palaces, Museums Quarter displaying works by artists Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, the impressive buildings along the Ringstrasse, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the famous Vienna State Opera among many others.
  • This afternoon perhaps venture to Schönbrunn Palace, the sumptuous summer palace and gardens of Empress Maria Theresia and the Habsburg empire.
  • This evening offers an optional excursion to attend the “Sound of Vienna” and listen to the Alt Wien Orchestra play popular pieces from Vienna’s classical era - a perfect end to your Vienna experience.
  • Alternatively, remain on board for more fun with Fairport.

DAY 5 - DURNSTEIN - MELK / EMMERSDORF

  • The romantic Wachau is one of the most beautiful landscape regions of Austria, and in the morning your AMADEUS ship docks in Dürnstein, a town well-known for its first-class wines, which you can taste during the morning sightseeing walk.
  • At lunchtime, we continue towards Melk and Emmersdorf. Enjoy magnificent architecture and fascinating glimpses into history on a visit to the Benedictine Abbey of Melk, which is approximately 900 years old and is the largest Baroque abbey in Austria.
  • In the evening, your ship leaves the Wachau and heads for Linz.
  • Entertainment in the lounge.

DAY 6 - LINZ - PASSAU

  • Early in the morning, we reach the erstwhile cultural capital of Linz. You have a choice between a full-day excursion to the Mozart-town of Salzburg, or a sightseeing walk through Linz.
  • Those who opt for the latter will re-embark at Aschau at lunchtime and cruise towards the Bavarian town of Passau. In Passau, you have the opportunity to take part in a sightseeing walk. Afterwards, the guests who opted for the Salzburg tour will re-join the ship.
  • This eventful day culminates with a Captain's Dinner on board and your final evening of 'formal' music as we cruise towards Regensurg.

Day 7 - REGENSBURG

  • In the morning, we arrive in Regensburg, which boasts one of the most beautiful old towns in Germany.
  • After breakfast, enjoy the cultural treasures of this romantic town during an optional sightseeing walking tour, while in the afternoon, you can visit the well-known Weltenburg Abbey with its own brewery, where you can taste its famous, dark Weltenburg beer.
  • In the evening, a traditional Bavarian dinner awaits you on board and afterwards, your ship heads for Passau.

DAY 8 - FAREWELL

  • In the early morning, we reach Passau, the last stop of our cruise. After a generous breakfast, it's time to disembark and join your transfer to the airport (Munich) or enjoy a few extra days holiday. (Optional pre-post cruise add-ons available, please contact us for details).
FAIRPORT CONVENTION - BUDAPEST -PASSAU NAUTICAL ITINERARY
Date Day Harbour Arr/Dep Time Notes
22.06.21 Fri BUDAPEST * Evening cruise of Budapest
23.06.21 Sat BUDAPEST DEP 13:00 * City Tour of Budapest
23.06.21 Sat ESZTERGOM ARR 18:30 * Excursion to Szentendre and Estzergom
23.06.21 Sat ESZTERGOM DEP 20:00
24.06.21 Sun BRATISLAVA ARR 08:00 * City tour of Bratislava
24.06.21 Sun BRATISLAVA DEP 23:00 * Excursion to Schloss Hoff Palace & Estate
25.06.21 Mon VIENNA/NUSSDORF ARR 07:00 * City tour of Vienna / * Guided tour of Schonbrunn Palace
26.06.21 Tue VIENNA/NUSSDORF DEP 02:00 * Sound of Vienna Concert
26.06.21 Tue DÜRNSTEIN ARR 08:00
26.06.21 Tue DÜRNSTEIN DEP 12:00 * Durnstein walking tour
26.06.21 Tue EMMERSDORF / MELK ARR 15:00 * Excursion to Melk Abbey
26.06.21 Tue EMMERSDORF / MELK DEP 19:00
27.06.21 Wed LINZ ARR 07:00 * Linz walking tour
27.06.21 Wed LINZ DEP 08:30 * Full day excursion to Salzburg
27.06.21 Wed ASCHACH ARR 11:00 * Linz excursion rejoins the ship
27.06.21 Wed ASCHACH DEP 11:30
27.06.21 Wed PASSAU ARR 17:00 * Passau walking tour
27.06.21 Wed PASSAU DEP 18:30
28.06.21 Thu REGENSBURG ARR 10:00 * Regensburg walking tour
28.06.21 Thu REGENSBURG DEP 20:00
29.06.21 Fri PASSAU ARR 08:00
Itinerary subject to amendment / *Excursions optional extra

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Price

Prices are per person and do not include flights. Please contact us if you require assistance with your travel arrangements.

CABIN GRADE DECK PRICE  
Suite Mozart Deck £2,949 SOLD OUT
A1 Mozart Deck £2,449  One Available
B1 Strauss Deck £2,349  One Available
B1 Solo Occupancy Strauss Deck £3,139 SOLD OUT
B4 Strauss Deck £2,149 SOLD OUT
C1 Haydn Deck £1,849  SOLD OUT
C1 Solo Occupancy Haydn Deck £2,549 SOLD OUT
C4 Haydn Deck £1,749 Two Available

 Deposit required to secure booking £200pp

Accommodation

The AMADEUS Queen follows the award-winning model of the AMADEUS Silver ships but offers even further innovative developments. The popular concept of spaciousness has been maintained. This includes not only generous public areas but also spacious cabins: 12 large suites impress with an outdoor balcony and a cosy reading corner whilst the 69 standard cabins mainly have panoramic window fronts which can be automatically lowered and luxurious bathrooms. The on-board highlight is the indoor pool, the roof of which can be opened in fine weather.








FAQ

Q: Are flights included?
A: No, you are responsible for your own travel arrangements to and from the ship.  However, we are happy to assist with booking flights on your behalf.  Please contact us for details if you require assistance.

Q: Which airport do I need to fly into / home from?
A: The ship departs from Budapest so your arrival airport will be Budapest (BUD)  and the cruise ends in Passau.  The closest international airport is Munich Airport (MUC).

Q: Are airport transfers included?
A:
Transfers are included from Budapest Airport to the ship on 22 June and from the ship to Munich Airport on 29 June. 

Should you opt to extend your stay at the end of your cruise, you will be responsible for your own transfer to the airport.

Q: What time can I board the ship on Embarkation day?
A:
You can normally board from 1pm but your stateroom may not be available until after 3pm.  You will be able to enjoy the ship's facilities until your room is ready to be occupied.

Q: What time is disembarkation from?
A:
As the ship has a quick turnaround, you will be required to vacate your cabin after breakfast on the day of departure.  If you have a late flight or transfer you may be able to store your luggage on board until later in the day, depending on the ship’s itinerary.  The crew on board will be happy to assist.

Q: Is there WiFi on board?
A: Yes, WiFi is provided in all public areas of the ship.  However, during the trip the signal may be weaker in certain sections of the route.

Q: Is there an elevator on board?
A:
All AMADEUS ships have a guest elevator, which operates between the Mozart and Haydn decks. The sun deck is not accessible by elevator.

Q: What is the dress code on board?
A: We want to you feel comfortable on board, the dress code is casual during the day and in the evening smart casual.  Think what would I wear for a meal out in a restaurant at home?

Q: What is the electrical current on board?
A: The voltage in hotels and onboard ship is 230V, European standard. To use any electrical product that is not dual voltage (e.g. from the US, Canada, Australia or the UK), you will need a plug adaptor and some devices will require an electrical converter. Many electronic devices have built-in electrical converters, however please check the manufacturer’s specifications for details. A two-pole adaptor is also available at reception.

Q: Mooring and Docking
A: Local river authorities allocate docking space around ship arrivals and departures in port. Occasionally port conditions require ships to tie up alongside each other, in which case guests may be required to walk through another ship to access their own ship. This is part of the river cruise experience and is perfectly normal and beyond our control. Guests may experience obstructed views from staterooms when the ship is docked. 

Q: What is the currency on board the ship?
A: The currency on board all AMADEUS ships is EURO. However, you may also settle your account in (GBP) Sterling or (USD) American Dollars.

Q: What about gratuities?
A: Gratuities for the ship’s staff and crew are not included in your cruise price. You may pre-pay gratuities through our office with a suggested amount of USD 12.00 / EUR 11.00 per person per day. Alternatively, you may wish to tip onboard in cash or add a gratuity to your onboard account. 

Gratuities for drivers and guides for optional excursions are not included in the excursion price. A suggested amount is 1-2 EUR per person for half day excursion & 2-3 EUR per person for the full day excursion given directly to the guide and driver.

What to pack:
The following items are essential for any destination: sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, and maybe an umbrella. It is recommended that you bring duplicates of prescription eye wear, copies of prescriptions for any medications (generic equivalents are usually easier to obtain), copies of credit card information, and copies of your passport information pages.

An adaptor / transformer may be necessary (the on-board power supply is 230V AC/50 Hz) if you bring any electronic devices with you.

Clothing:
Comfortable, casual clothing is appropriate both onshore and onboard and we suggest lightweight clothing that can be layered. Shorts are appropriate for most tours, however long pants may be required for inside visits on some excursions. Your cruise manager will advise when and if this is required. You may find a significant amount of walking over uneven terrain during your time ashore. We recommend comfortable walking shoes with good ankle support. Sturdy sandals are another good option.

Don’t forget to pack a lightweight, waterproof jacket (preferably hooded) or even a heavier-weight wind-breaker for cooler temperatures. Also, keep in mind that the ship, coaches and other venues visited on our itinerary are air conditioned and may be quite cool. We recommend that you pack a lightweight sweater or long sleeve shirts and carry them with you on excursions.

Excursions

On all our excursions you’ll be provided with a wireless AMADEUS listening device. The receiver can be worn quite comfortably around the neck or carried in a bag. The comfortable headphones allow you to hear your experienced tour guide’s explanations with the very best acoustic quality. Enjoy complete freedom of movement, without missing any of the interesting commentary. 

Important Information:

  • All excursions can be booked in advance or aboard. (For organisational reasons, some excursions can only be booked aboard).
  • Minimum participation for excursions by bus: 20 people.
  • Minimum participation for excursions on foot: 12 people.
  • The schedule of individual excursions can vary; this is partly due to the volume of traffic in the cities and the opening hours of facilities.
  • Please remember to wear sturdy shoes as well as comfortable, waterproof clothing when attending the excursions.
  • When exploring on your own, please remember to return to the vessel in time for its departure. If you miss the departure, you have to travel to the next port at your own expense. You will find the all aboard time in the daily programme.
  • Itineraries and prices are subject to alterations.

Walking Grade:

Some excursions involve a fair amount of walking, sometimes over uneven surfaces. The following coding system has been used to assist with identifying which excursions are appropriate for you. Please ask your cruise director for additional information as required.

  • LEVEL 1: Minimum walking; excursion by bus with short photo stops.
  • LEVEL 2: The excursion by bus is followed by a moderate walking tour. You may need to climb some stairs.
  • LEVEL 3: The excursion by bus is followed by a longer walk. You may need to climb several stairs.
  • LEVEL 4: Moderate walking tour. You may need to climb some stairs.
  • LEVEL 5: Considerable walk with longer distances. This may include uneven surfaces and some stairs.
Excursion Package - Budapest to Pasau
Owing to the variety of available excursions it‘s often difficult to choose between them - so on this cruise we offer you tailor-made and carefully composed sets of excursions that you can book in advance with 15% discount.
All excursions can of course also be booked individually at regular rates. 
    PACKAGE PRICES
CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS Price A B C D
City tour of Budapest £30
Excursion to Szentendre and Estzergom £38    
City tour of Bratislava £30
Excursion to Schloss Hof Palace and Estate £46    
City tour of Vienna £31
Guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace £43    
Concert 'Sound of Vienna' £50    
Dürnstein walking tour and wine tasting £22
Excursion to the Wachau including Melk Abbey  £41  
Linz walking tour £29      
Full-day excursion to Salzburg including Salzkammergut and lunch £84    
Passau walking tour £16      
Regensburg walking tour £16  
Excursion to Weltenburg Abbey £53
On Board Package Price   £166 £307 £445 £484
Price for packages booked in advance   £142 £262 £379 £412

 

CITY TOUR OF BUDAPEST

Budapest, the “Queen of the Danube”, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and has managed to retain a charm of its own with the help of renovations in recent years. The Danube flows through the heart of the city, dividing it into two parts: Buda and Pest. The tour first takes you through Pest, past the Great Market Hall with its outstanding gourmet shops and stalls. You will see splendid Baroque buildings such as the Hungarian State Opera in Neo-Renaissance style and the incomparable parliament building, which was finished in 1904 and has been an emblem of the city ever since then. There’s an opportunity for a photo stop at the Heroes’ Square, famous for its monuments to many Hungarian kings. Continue across one of the seven bridges into Buda and go up to Castle Hill, where you will visit St. Matthew’s Church and the famous Fisherman’s Bastion (provided that it is open to the public). Enjoy the unforgettable view over the city before returning to the vessel.

Duration: approx. 3.5 hrs
Walking Grade: 2 - The excursion by bus is followed by a moderate walking tour. You may need to climb some stairs.


EXCURSION TO ESZTERGOM AND SZENTENDRE

Esztergom, the former residence of the Hungarian kings and seat of the archbishop, is one of the highlights of this excursion. Your tour starts with a visit to the impressive, vast domed basilica, the largest cathedral in Hungary. Built in the early 19th century, it incorporates an ornate red marble chapel from an earlier church. After visiting the cathedral, the excursion continues along the Danube to the imposing ruined fortress of Visegrad where you have a glorious view of the “knee” of the Danube. Drive along the riverbank to the artists’ village of Szentendre. The town has been the home of many generations of Hungarian artists since the early 20th century. There are many museums and contemporary galleries representing the rich traditions of the visual arts. One of the most visited museums of the whole country, the Margit Kovács Museum, is also located here. Foetér, the main square, is particularly well worth seeing, as it is surrounded by impressive buildings from the time of the Rococo and the Baroque.

From Szentendre you continue south to Budapest along the scenic west bank of the Danube. The towns and villages along this stretch of the river are a popular retreat for the inhabitants of Budapest.

Duration: approx. 5 hrs
Walking Grade: 4 - Moderate walking tour. You may need to climb some stairs.


CITY TOUR OF BRATISLAVA 

Get to know the capital of the young Slovakian Republic. The gorgeous old town has maintained its Gothic-Baroque style. The tour passes St. Martin’s Cathedral and the Grassalkovich Palace and continues up to the hill above the old town, where you will have a stunning, panoramic view of the city and surrounding areas. Afterwards, a guided walking tour leads you through the restored old town. From Michael’s Gate you will take a leisurely stroll through the historic city center, where you can admire sights such as the Primatial Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral, a former coronation cathedral for Hungarian kings, as well as the Academia Istropolitana, the oldest university of the city, which dates back to the 15th century. In addition to numerous palaces, you will also see the main square with the old City Hall, the Opera House and Maximilian Fountain.  

Duration: approx. 3 hrs 
Walking grade: ll The excursion by bus is followed by a moderate walking tour. You may need to climb some stairs.. 


GUIDED TOUR OF THE IMPERIAL PALACE HOF

From Bratislava the coach takes you to the Palace Hof in Austria. The magnificent complex was built in the early 18th century through the efforts of two of the most important personalities of the Austrian Baroque period. Field Marshall Prince Eugene of Savoy was already a legend in his lifetime. An art enthusiast, he provided almost unlimited funding for the construction of the castle. The brilliant architect Lucas von Hildebrandt created a virtuoso masterpiece comprising a magnificent palace, beautifully designed, terraced gardens and an idyllic country estate. Under its subsequent owner, Empress Maria Theresia, an additional storey was added to the palatial building, which was remodelled in the style of French Classicism in accordance with the tastes of the time. It is unique in Europe and has become a top destination for those who seek to delight in culture, nature and the fascinating world of the Baroque.

After visiting the inside of the castle, you will have enough free time to explore the beautiful and flowery garden and the Maierhof with its numerous animals.

Duration: approx. 5 hrs
Walking Grade: 2 - The excursion by bus is followed by a moderate walking tour. You may need to climb some stairs.


CITY TOUR OF VIENNA 

In previous centuries, Vienna was the imperial capital and residence of the Habsburg family and developed into a cultural and political centre of Europe, during this period. 

While it may take days or weeks to fully discover Vienna, this tour will introduce you to the most important sights Vienna has to offer. Begin with a panoramic drive along the famous Ringstrasse, passing several magnificent buildings like the stunning opera house, the parliament, the Court Theatre and Vienna’s imposing city hall. Continue with a guided walk through the city center. Begin at the well-known Hofburg Imperial Palace, walk along the Kohl market and finish at Vienna’s iconic St. Stephen’s cathedral. Before returning to the ship, enjoy free time to explore the pedestrian area. 

Duration: approx. 3,5 hrs 

Walking grade: ll The excursion by bus is followed by a moderate walking tour 


GUIDED TOUR OF THE SCHÖNBRUNN PALACE

Travel by coach to one of the most beautiful sights of Vienna - Schönbrunn Palace and its gardens - declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. The reign of Maria Theresia signified the most splendid era for Schönbrunn. The castle and park were the centre of court and political life. Under the personal guidance of the Empress, it was remodelled and expanded to become a royal residence; a complex with a total of 1,441 rooms and halls was created. Visit many of the ceremonial rooms and walk around the beautifully designed gardens.

Duration: approx. 3.5 hrs
Walking Grade: 2 - The excursion by bus is followed by a moderate walking tour.


“SOUND OF VIENNA” CLASSICAL CONCERT

In the very place where Johann Strauss himself once directed his orchestra from his position as first violin, the true essence of Vienna’s classical music can once again be heard daily. The “Salonorchester Alt Wien”, one of the best-known interpreters of classical Viennese music, presents an evening full of Viennese charm with the lilting sound of waltzes, polkas, arias and duets, as well as operetta and piano concerto melodies. Accompanied by excellent opera vocalists and our enchanting ballet soloists, Vienna‘s classical music reveals itself as a living firework display for all the senses.

Duration: approx. 3 hrs
Minimum walking


DÜRNSTEIN WALKING TOUR WITH WINE TASTING

Situated in the heart of the magnificent Wachau valley, on the banks of the mighty river Danube, this well-known wine village offers the unique combination of breathtaking scenery, traditional architecture and places of historic interest. Walk through the picturesque old town of Dürnstein, past the town walls and the Pranger Square with its lovely view of the castle ruins. Walk along the Convent of Klarissen, past the Baroque monastery and the pedestrian area, to the charming Hotel Schloss Dürnstein. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine in this peaceful village.

Duration: approx. 2 hrs
Walking Grade: 4 - Moderate walking tour. You may need to climb some stairs.


EXCURSION TO MELK ABBEY

Melk Abbey is an Austrian Benedictine abbey and one of the world’s most famous monastic sites. The impressive Baroque abbey was built between 1702 and 1736 and is the biggest monastery complex of the Austrian Baroque period. The abbey’s church, with frescos by Johann Michael Rottmayr, and the impressive library with countless medieval manuscripts and frescos by Paul Troger are particularly noteworthy.

A guided tour takes you through the abbot’s chambers, along the imperator’s walk, through the marble hall, the balconies and the library.

Duration: approx. 2 hrs
Walking Grade: 3 - The excursion by bus is followed by a longer walk. You may need to climb some stairs.


LINZ WALKING TOUR

Discover the upper Austrian state capital Linz on a walking tour. It was a provincial and local government city of the Holy Roman Empire, and an important trade centre, connecting several trade routes. As the city where the Habsburg Emperor Friedrich III spent his last years, it was, for a short period of time, the most important city in the Empire. It lost its status to Vienna and Prague after the death of the Emperor in 1493. There are many things worth seeing in Linz. Take a stroll down the main street, which leads to the main square. In addition to the medieval town square in the historic old town and the Mozarthaus, you can see Baroque bourgeois family houses, the old cathedral with the Bruckner organ or the new cathedral. Visits depend on Cathedral and Mass openings/times. Visible from afar is the pilgrimage basilica on the mountain Poestling, the landmark of the town. A modern counterpart are the Lentos art museum and the Ars Electronica Center, with its striking glass facade. If time allows, explore the local bakeries for a taste of the famous Linzer Torte (Linzer Cake). Afterwards, your coach takes you to rejoin the ship in Aschach.

Duration: approx. 2 hrs
Walking Grade: 4 - Moderate walking tour. You may need to climb some stairs.


FULL-DAY EXCURSION TO SALZBURG WITH SALZKAMMERGUT AND LUNCH

A two-hour coach ride will bring you to Salzburg — the city of music. The old town with its world-famous Baroque architecture is one of the best-preserved city centres north of the Alps. It was adopted by UNESCO in 1997 and is included on its list of World Cultural Heritage Sites. During the guided tour through the old town you will see the birth house of Mozart (exterior only), as well as other well-known attractions, such as the ‘Getreidegasse‘ and the gorgeous cathedral of the town and the area of the Salzburg festival.

After enjoying an included lunch, head to the picturesque village of Mondsee, best known as a film location for the famous movie “The Sound of Music”. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you return to the ship.

Duration: approx. 9.5 hrs
Walking Grade: 3 - The excursion by bus is followed by a longer walk. You may need to climb several stairs.


PASSAU WALKING TOUR

Join us on a gorgeous walk through the old city of Passau. The baroque city on three rivers has long been a magnet for traders and travellers. It will astonish you from your first moments in its winding streets. In the heart of the Old Town lies our most known site — St. Stephen’s Cathedral, often known as a Baroque cathedral with a Gothic soul. The impressive pipe organ helps make St. Stephen’s a true highlight of our three river city. High above the Old Town sits one of the largest fortress complexes in all Europe — the Veste Oberhaus which can be discovered on your own at the end of the walking tour. Accessible via the exterior walls, never conquered, never completely destroyed; it is a prime example of long term historical construction.

Duration: approx. 2 hrs
Walking Grade: 5 - Considerable walk with longer distances. This may include uneven surfaces and some stairs.


REGENSBURG WALKING TOUR

Regensburg is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Germany with its impressive historic buildings. Among these architectural treasures are churches, monasteries, the town hall and one of Europe’s oldest bridges that has spanned the Danube since the 12th century. During this walk you will feel the former power and wealth of this city, which once controlled the trade route to the Orient. During a short visit to the Regensburg Cathedral, dedicated to St. Peter, you can admire this masterpiece of Gothic architecture in southern Germany. (Visits depend on the opening hours and the celebration of mass).

Duration: approx. 2 hrs
Walking Grade: 4 - Moderate walking tour. You may need to climb some stairs.


EXCURSION TO WELTENBURG ABBEY

A coach brings you to Weltenburg, with a brief detour to the “Hall of Liberation”, a historical, classical monument on Mount Michels­berg, above the city of Kelheim. This impressive marble building is fashioned after the Parthenon in Athens. It towers high above the Danube and can be seen from afar. Afterwards, board an excursion boat which will take you past the former city of the Wittelsbacher Dynasty and through the nature reserve “Weltenburger Enge” to the Benedictine abbey of Weltenburg. The monastery, founded by Irish or Scottish monks in about 620 AD, is the oldest monastery in Bavaria. After a short tour of the abbey church taste the famous dark beer of Weltenburg, which is brewed here in the oldest monastery brewery in the world. 

Duration: approx. 5 hrs
Walking Grade: 3 - The excursion by bus is followed by a longer walk. You may need to climb several stairs.

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  • Rosie G, Notts
    Another fabulous river cruise organised by Harmony Voyages with entertainment from Show of Hands, Broom Bezzums and Flossie Malavialle. Everything was perfect - the accommodation on board, the friendly and attentive crew, the cordon bleu food and of course the live music. Can’t wait for the next one!
    Rosie G, Notts
  • Jenny H, Somerset
    Booked a Folk Music river cruise along the Danube (Bucharest to Budapest), with 2 nights’ stay at both cities either side of the cruise. The attention to detail for preferred flight bookings and hotels, along with transfer arrangements, were marvellous. And the river cruise? FANTASTIC! Lovely ship, food and drinks, and on-board staff. Excellent range of excursions to suit various interests and abilities along the lovely river journey. And to top it all, we were entertained by the amazing Show of Hands, Flossie, and Broom Bezzums! What could be better
    Jenny H, Somerset
  • Peter and Julie Hall, Tarporley
    We have been on a number of river cruises and folk festivals with you. Andy and Angela, and their team, have always provided a first class, personal, and professional service and are always on hand to answer any queries or resolve any issues promptly and effectively. They are always striving to improve their customer service altering things where necessary. We have no doubt that ‘Harmony Voyages’ will be a big success and would have no hesitation in giving our highest recommendation.
    Peter and Julie Hall, Tarporley
  • Karen, Harrow
    So well organised, value for money. Unbelievable service. Would definitely book again
    Karen, Harrow
  • Peter Tyers, Norwich
    Good music, good company, good food, and good ships - what’s not to like? Oh, and the organisation is very good as well and that’s very important. My trips so far have not been the cheapest but they have been excellent - they wonderfully illustrate why value-for-money is so much better than cheap. Roll on the next one!
    Peter Tyers, Norwich