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ATOL No. 11029
Croisieurope is probably Europe’s longest established river-cruise company, offering cruises on more than fifty ships across Europe, Africa and the Far East. In recent years the company has “transformed” some of its slightly older ships into sparkling, modern pleasure craft. The Symphonie is one of these ships. Basically, the ship has been gutted and totally rebuilt, with fewer but larger cabins, stylish interiors, new machinery and kitchen. We have cruised on some of the other newly-converted ships and we and are customers have been absolutely delighted with them. Of course, the standards we expect from Croisieurope have been maintained and you can expect comfortable beds to sleep in and fine food and drink to quench your hunger and thirst.
Is the Danube really blue?
Well, not really, but in Passau where the Danube meets the River Inn, which is green and the River Ilz rivers, which is Black, then the Danube really does appear to be blue. But let’s not allow the truth to get in the way of a bit of romance. The Danube will always been known for its stunning cities and the music that has been created along its shore.
Our cruise holiday starts and ends in Vienna, with flights from Dublin to connect. Below, you will find a brief itinerary, which we hope will give you some flavour of what to expect.
Day 1. -13 August 2019
Fly from Dublin to Vienna, departing Dublin around midday, arriving around 4.00pm local time. Transfer to the ship and settle in to your cabin. The ship sets sail later tonight and sails through the night towards Melk.
Day 2.-14 August 2019
This morning we have an unforgettable visit to the stunning Melk Abbey before cruising through the gorgeous Wachau Valley and on to Durnstein, famous as the place where King Richard the Lionheart was held captive and was found by his minstrel, Blondel. We sail through part of the night again.
Day 3.-15 August 2019
We arrive in Bratislava, previously known as Pressburg, and one of the former capitals of the Austria-Hungary Empire. This charming little city has shaded squares, a castle to visit and in its alleyways and streets you will discover numerous quirky statues, unlike any you’ll find anywhere else. A fun town!
Day 4.-16 August 2019
This morning we visit Kalocsa and have an opportunity to enjoy a horse show, before returning on board for lunch and an afternoon relaxing as we cruise down the river. (More information to follow)
Day 5.-17 August 2019
Budapest. Beautiful Budapest. This is a city we have often compared to London or Paris and in many ways it rivals Vienna, too, for its culture and architecture. It still hasn’t fully recovered from fifty or more years of stark communist rule; even some second world war damage is still clearly visible. Yet, the city is spell-binding, with its imposing castle overseeing the river below and the spectacular parliament buildings on the opposite bank. Or visit here includes two walking excursions and a visit to the beautiful parliament.
Day 6.-18 August 2019
We still should have some free time in Budapest before sailing in the afternoon towards Estergom, where you can relax in the village or climb to the imposing cathedral for which it is world-famous.
Day 7.-19 August 2019
We arrive in Vienna through the night, ready to tackle the sights and sounds of this amazing capital city. We will include a short walking tour of some of city highlights and a visit to the beautiful Schönbrunn Palace b y metro. We return on board for our final gala evening.
Day 8.-20 August 2019
Our flight home is not until the late afternoon, so we still have quite a bit of time in Vienna. We need to vacate our cabins but we can leave our bags safely aboard, until we need to depart for the airport around 1.00pm. The morning is yours to explore Vienna on your own, maybe doing a bit of last-minute shopping before our departure.
This is a very relaxing holiday, where you can do as little or as much as you wish. We do need to stress, however, that many of the excursions require you to walk over uneven surfaces, up and down steps occasionally and we will occasionally travel by public transport, especially in Budapest and Vienna. If you suffer any walking impediment, you may not be able to take part fully is some of the excursions. We will, however, do our utmost to ensure you enjoy your experience as much as possible.
You must be able to look after your own luggage. We cannot be relied upon to lift, carry or transport anyone’s luggage and we are not insured to do so. If you can’t carry it, I’m afraid neither can we.
What’s included in the holiday:
•Return flights from Dublin to Vienna with Aer Lingus
•Transfers between airport and ship
•7 nights cruise aboard MS Symphonie
•All meals from dinner on 13th August to Breakfast on 20th August
•All drinks, teas, coffees, water aboard (with a few small exceptions)
•A range of excursions, one or more in each city. There may also be extra optional tours.
•Basic gratuities on board
•Escorted throughout by Acetours
•Full financial protection under ATOL 11029
What’s not included:
•Transport to/from Dublin Airport. We can help you arrange this.
•Optional extra excursions.
•Meals or drinks ashore or any other personal expenditure.
Fares: (Provisional as of 31 August 2018)
Based on double occupancy of cabin,
Lower deck £1875pp (Single supp. £515)
Based on double occupancy of cabin,
Upper deck £2065pp (Single supp. £515)