Introduction
Classic Journeys takes river cruising to a whole new level when you join us for a Danube-inspired adventure like no other. Aboard your Swiss-built 5-star cruise ship, you unpack just once—and embark on a daily collection of cultural and walking experiences handcrafted exclusively for our guests only. A full-time local guide—dedicated to your small group only—is a super well-connected companion who introduces you to experiences and people that other passengers can only envy. Your bespoke cultural experiences include a remarkable foray into the Czech Republic to visit Cesky Krumlov and to walk on quiet farmland paths. You also enjoy privately guided tours in Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava as well as exclusive on-shore activities while your shipmates are required to be onboard. Of course, you have unlimited use of all of the ship’s amenities from observation lounge to wellness center and rooftop deck. Your luxuriously appointed stateroom has a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, and the ship’s crew is hospitable to the Nth degree. To take your cruise another step beyond the usual, Classic Journeys treats you to a delicious variety of on-shore dining experiences from a classic café lunch in Vienna to private dinners in Budapest’s finest restaurants.
Itinerary at a glance
DAYS 1-3 – BUDAPEST / BRATISLAVA 
You board your Swiss-built 5-star ship on the banks of the Danube in Budapest. Your first exclusive Classic Journeys highlight is a welcome dinner onshore in the city. As you fall into cruise tempo in the opening days, you enjoy a privately guided tour to the Basilica of Esztergom in Hungary. You visit the basilica in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava and when other passengers are required to re-board, your group strikes off for lunch at princely Schloss Hof in Austria.

DAYS 4-5 – MELK / CESKY KRUMLOV
From the pretty little port town of Dürnstein, you get away to an exclusive vineyard walk overlooking the Wachau valley and a privately guided visit to the ornate abbey in Melk. While other passengers stay in Austria, you cross the border into the Czech Republic to visit the remarkably preserved town of Cesky Krumlov and to go on a lovely farmland walk.

DAYS 6-8 – VIENNA / BUDAPEST 
Heading back downriver, you are treated to a delightful day in Vienna. A private exploration with your Classic Journeys guide includes a walk on the Ring, lunch in a quintessential coffee house and an easy bike ride in the parklands of the Danube Island. On your return to Budapest, a fantastic local guide takes introduces you to both the Buda and Pest neighborhoods. The finale of your trip is an exclusive Classic Journeys dinner in one of the city’s top restaurants.
Picture Yourself...
  • Exploring on privately guided walks in Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava
  • Leaving the crowds behind on countryside and vineyard walks
  • Stepping back in time in the Czech village of Cesky Krumlov
The Danube River
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8 Days / 7 Nights
Starting Point: 4:30 pm in Budapest

Ending Point: 9:00 am in Budapest


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Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
October 12-19, 2019$5995.00$2495.00
June 20-27, 2020$5995.00$2495.00
July 24-31, 2020$5995.00$2495.00
October 12-19, 2020$5995.00$2495.00


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What's Included
  • Accommodations for 8 days and 7 nights
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• All meals are included 
Above & Beyond Benefits
  • Invisible Check-In
    When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.
  • Wine on Us
    In many regions, we uncork wonderful local wines at every dinner, compliments of Classic Journeys.
  • Perfect Pairings Dinners
    A special dinner prepared by one of our favorite chefs with a procession of wines tailored to each course.
  • Privileged Access Events
    One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.
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Bohemia and northern Austria have a temperate climate. The temperature is generally very comfortable and does not have very significant temperature extremes.


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Your trip is free when you organize a Classic Journeys trip with 10 or more travelers (including you).
 
 
Accommodations
MS Thomas Hardy

On your Swiss-built 5-star vessel, a crew of 44 serves a maximum of just 169 guests. Your stateroom offers a French balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows. Amenities include fine dining, panoramic observation lounge, spa, fitness room, plunge pool and wifi.

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