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From the Black Forest of Germany to the Black Sea, the Danube has shaped the history of Central Europe over many centuries. The Danube is Europe’s second longest river—more than twice the length of the Rhine and nearly three and a half times the length of the Rhône.
Covering a distance of some 2,888 km (1,794 miles) the Danube passes through 10 countries and through four capital cities with more than a dozen languages are spoken on its banks.
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Belgrade is the capital and also the largest city in Serbia, and has a population of around 1.3 million. It is situated in South-Eastern Europe, on the Balkan Peninsula, at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe and has since ancient times been an important focal point for traffic, an intersection of the roads of Eastern and Western Europe. The currency is denar but euros are also accepted in most places.
Located right at the heart of central Europe close to Slovakia’s borders with Austria and Hungary, Bratislava has changed its identity, and its name, more times than it cares to remember. In Habsburg times, the city was Pressburg to the Germans and Pozsony to the Magyers. It was renames to Bratislava after the creation of Czechoslovakia following World War I; it emerged from the communist years to become capital of the new state of Slovakia in 1993. It is also the largest city in Slovakia.
An ambitious rebuilding and restoration programme has transformed the city into what it has become today.
Budapest is the capital and also the largest city of Hungary. It is also the seventh largest in the European Union. The capital is divided by the Danube River with the hilly and picturesque Buda on one side and the modern and cosmopolitan Pest on the other.
There is something satisfying about Budapest which goes beyond the attractions of its fabulous riverine setting. It is the cultural heart of the nation and a city of international standing, yet Budapest continues to hold some of its late 19th century flair and romance.
Budapest is well known for it’s youthful atmosphere, which is becoming increasingly popular, world-class classical music scene and not forgetting it’s natural thermal baths. Budapest is also known as “Paris of the East” due to its scenic setting and breathtaking architecture.
Most cruise ships will stay in Budapest for the night so you can experience the night life as well. During your stay you must visit the National Opera House, Parliament Building and Chain Bridge, Matthias Church, where you can enjoy brilliant views of the city
Durnstein, is a beautiful smal town on the Danube River, it is near the Wachau Valley located in lower Austria. it is a well known wine growing regiona nad is often visited by cruise ships on the river Danube.
Beyond Melk, the Danube carves its way through the beautiful Wachau Valley, an 18 mile section of steep, terraced slopes of vineyards and forested hills, which turn incredible shades of red and gold in the autumn. It is regarded by many as one of the most scenic stretches of the river.
In its midst is Durnstein, discernible from some distance away because of the jagged outline of the ruined castle on the hilltop, and the unusual sky blue Baroque church tower squatting like a giant pepper pot on the river bank.
The Iron Gates are a gorge along the river Danube, it forms part of the boundary between Serbia and Romania. From this exact point the river seperates the southern Carpathian Mountains from the north western foothills of the Balkan Mountains. The Romanian side constitutes the Iron Gates National Park where as the Serbian side constitutes the Derdap National Park.
Linz is the capital of the state of Austria and also the third largest city of Austria. The city is located in the north centre of Austria and in the south it border with the Czech. The main tourism and transport connections that runs through the city is the River Danube.
Innovative and contemporary, Linz on the river Danube offers you the best of culture, architecture, science and nature, which sit perfectly together. Dont be surpirsed when you see modern cultural buildings sitting harmoniously with baroque facades and the ground-breaking industrial architecture with energy efficient facades.
Linz is a city with an urban edge and a thriving youth culture. In recent years it has become recognised as for its modern arts and new technology stakes. Som much so in fact that Linz was recognised as the European Capital of Culture in 2009.
Melk is a city in the lower Austria, next to the Wachau Valley along the Danube. Melk has a population of 5,257 and it is best known for as the site of a massive barouque Benedictine monastery named Melk Abbey.
Passau is a town in Lower Bavaria in Germany, located at the Austrian border. Passau is also known at the “City of Three Rivers” because the Danube is joined at Passau by the Inn from the South and the Ilz from the North.
Tourism in Passau focusses mainly on the three rivers, the St Stephen’s Cathedral and the “Old City”. With 17,774 pipes and 233 registers, the organ at St. Stephen's was long held to be the largest church pipe organ in the world and is today second in size only to the organ at First Congregational Church, Los Angeles, which was expanded in 1994.
Vienna is the capital city of Austria. For most people stopping in Vienna is usually the highlight of the cruise. Vienna is Austria’s political, cultural and economic centre, and the city still boasts symbols, of its imperial capital it once was. The historic city centre in Vienna has been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.
Vienna is located in the east of Austria, with its borders close to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Vienna is widely known as the “City of Music”, because of its musical legacy of renowned composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Schubert and Strauss living here.
During your visit in Vienna you must see the St Stephen’s Cathedral, it is Austria’s most Gothic organisations, the Schonbrunn Palace is an architectural marvel. This was Empress Sisi’s former summer residence, the palace contains an enchanting park, the Palm House, the Gloriette and a zoo. You can spend an entire day looking around the Schonobrunn Palace, it is so magnificent. No visit to Vienna is complete without seeing a live musical orchestra, this is usually offered by most cruise lines as an optional tour.
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|Date/Nts||Cruise Line/Ship||Itinerary & Cities Visited||Highlights||Benefits||Fares from|
27 Mar '15
|Viking River Cruises
|Lisbon (Overnight), Porto (Overnight), Bitetos, Regua, Pinhao (Overnight), Barca D'Alva, Salamanca, Vega De Terron, Regua, Porto (Overnight)||
INCLUDED: 8 Guided Tours, including 4 UNESCO sites!
31 Mar '15
|Avalon River Cruises
|Amsterdam, Schoonhoven, Veere, Ghent, Belgium, Antwerp, Maastricht, Amsterdam, Uk||
7 nights deluxe accommodation