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Grand Capitals of the Danube including

Vienna Extension

  • UK
  • Vienna
  • Melk
  • Durnstein
  • Bratislava
  • Kalocsa
  • Puzsta
  • Budapest
  • Esztergom
  • Vienna
  • UK

2 NIGHTS from €200pp

Tour Highlights
  • Explore Vienna's many sights at your own leisure
  • Enjoy a stay at the Zeitgeist Hotel
  • All-inclusive Cruising - all meals and drinks included in the price
  • Explore the capital cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest
  • Sail the Danube to admire stunning rural scenery and charming townscapes
  • A number of optional excursions are available including guided city tours

Extension from €200pp

Tour + Extension from €1632pp

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Vienna Extension

Enjoy an extended stay at the Zeitgeist Hotel in Austria's beautiful capital, Vienna.

Tour Itinerary

UK to Vienna

Depart London on your scheduled flight to Vienna, where you will board your vessel and enjoy a welcome cocktail and crew presentation. This evening, cruise through the night to Melk, enjoying the moonlit scenery as you sail. Please note that the vessel used will vary depending on your departure date. The departure dates for each vessel can be found on the tour dossier.

  • Dinner
Melk & Durnstein

Arrive early this morning for a tour of Melk, a small riverside town that lies an hour away from Vienna. While the town offers a small but picturesque historic centre, its main draw in 11th-century monastery of Melk Abbey, perched on the hillside overlooking the town. Visit the abbey and explore its marble halls and intricate frescos. In the afternoon, sail through the picturesque Wachau valley to the wine region of Durnstein where you'll disembark for a tour of this charming medieval town before returning to your ship and cruising onward to Bratislava.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Arrive in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava and take a guided tour around this city on the banks of the Danube. Admire the contrast between the beautiful medieval structures and Communist-era buildings which line its streets. Cruise through the afternoon as you make your way to Kalocsa.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trace the river's path into Hungary and visit the prairie town of Puszta for a guided tour through its town and its sweeping grassland plains, where horse, sheep and buffalo often roam, and an impressive horse show. Return to your ship where you'll sail through the night toward Budapest.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Take a guided tour of Hungary's sophisticated capital, with its intoxicating blend of beautiful Art Nouveau architecture, rickety trolley buses, traditional bathhouses and excellent, locally-produced wines.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The domed Basilica of Esztergom, which can be seen from miles away, announces your arrival in the city of Esztergom. Explore this picturesque city at your leisure, perhaps exploring the basilica and its surrounds, then enjoy an afternoon of cruising as you sail towards Vienna. Enjoy tonight's gala dinner on board.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today, experience a full day in Vienna with a guided city tour which includes a visit to the magnificent Schoenbrunn Palace, a former imperial summer residence that boasts 1,441 rooms. In the evening, an optional Viennese music concert is available (at a fee of £70 per person, to be pre-booked via our Reservations Department).

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Vienna to UK

After breakfast, disembark for your transfer to the airport and your return flight to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Returning to Vienna this morning, savour a buffet breakfast before disembarking and transferring to your hotel in Vienna for your extension.

  • Breakfast

Explore Vienna's many sights at your own leisure.

  • Breakfast
Vienna to the UK

After breakfast, check out and proceed to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Important Information


A visa is not required for your entry into Austria, Slovakia or Hungary. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.


We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.


If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of €300pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include;,,, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This cruise is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness. It involves some climbing of steep steps, and getting on and off boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Tour Guide

An English speaking Cruise Director will be on board your cruise to help with any queries that you may have. They will not accompany you on land, this will be your free time to explore each city at your leisure. Airport transfers will be with an English speaking driver.

Currency Information

The currency in Austria and Slovakia is the Euro. In Hungary it is the Hungarian Forint, We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK, however cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200-£300 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal Price
2022 DATES
Zeitgeist Hotel
23 May 202201 Jun 2022€212€1847€2059
30 May 202208 Jun 2022€212€2015€2227
06 Jun 202215 Jun 2022€212€2015€2227
13 Jun 202222 Jun 2022€212€2071€2283
18 Jun 202227 Jun 2022€212€2172€2384
27 Jun 202206 Jul 2022€212€1948€2160
04 Jul 202213 Jul 2022€212€1533€1745
11 Jul 202220 Jul 2022€212€1500€1712
25 Jul 202203 Aug 2022€212€1432€1644
08 Aug 202217 Aug 2022€212€1488€1700
15 Aug 202224 Aug 2022€212€1488€1700
29 Aug 202207 Sep 2022€212€1847€2059
12 Sep 202221 Sep 2022€212€1836€2048
14 Sep 202223 Sep 2022€212€2060€2272
19 Sep 202228 Sep 2022€212€1880€2092
21 Sep 202230 Sep 2022€212€2060€2272
28 Sep 202207 Oct 2022€212€2116€2328
05 Oct 202214 Oct 2022€212€2116€2328
2023 DATES
18 Apr 202327 Apr 2023€212€2015€2227
13 May 202322 May 2023€212€1959€2171
20 May 202329 May 2023€256€1959€2215
27 May 202305 Jun 2023€212€1959€2171
31 May 202309 Jun 2023€212€2127€2339
03 Jun 202312 Jun 2023€256€2071€2327
10 Jun 202319 Jun 2023€212€2071€2283
14 Jun 202323 Jun 2023€212€2239€2451
17 Jun 202326 Jun 2023€212€2071€2283
21 Jun 202330 Jun 2023€212€2239€2451
24 Jun 202303 Jul 2023€200€2071€2271
01 Jul 202310 Jul 2023€200€1824€2024
05 Jul 202314 Jul 2023€200€2071€2271
08 Jul 202317 Jul 2023€200€1791€1991
15 Jul 202324 Jul 2023€200€1791€1991
22 Jul 202331 Jul 2023€200€1735€1935
29 Jul 202307 Aug 2023€200€1735€1935
05 Aug 202314 Aug 2023€200€1847€2047
12 Aug 202321 Aug 2023€200€1847€2047
19 Aug 202328 Aug 2023€200€1903€2103
26 Aug 202304 Sep 2023€212€1903€2115
02 Sep 202311 Sep 2023€212€1959€2171
09 Sep 202318 Sep 2023€212€1959€2171
16 Sep 202325 Sep 2023€212€1959€2171
23 Sep 202302 Oct 2023€212€1959€2171
14 Oct 202323 Oct 2023€212€2127€2339

Additional Expenses

  • Optional Excursions
Please Note:

The Captain and Croisieurope reserve the right to alter/modify an itinerary at any time, should safety or external circumstances make this necessary. Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.

What to expect

Fact File


Average Flying time

2 hours

Min/Max temperature

3 °C / 28 °C

Spoken languages


When to go

Please familiarise yourself with the below weather charts.




What to pack
  • Warm Clothes in case of cold weather (Jumper and Jacket)
  • Insect Repellant
  • Suncream and a hat with a big brim for sunny days
  • Comfortable shoes such as trainers
  • Sunglasses and plastic bags
  • Towel and Swimsuit
  • Rucksack or light bag per person
  • Personal toiletries and first aid kit
  • Travel Plug Adapter
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