Cultural treasures on the Danube.

8 days Passau-Esztergom-Budapest-Vienna-Passau

You can expect culture on every level in the most beautiful cities on the upper Danube: religious highlights, such as the pilgrimage site Maria Taferl or the Basilica of Esztergom, the largest church in Hungary. Explore the historical cities of Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna on water and on land, by day and by night. You can also book guided e-bike tours in Vienna and Budapest. Hungarian tradition really comes alive on a spectacular riding demonstration in the Puszta. Here and there, the fantastic countryside of the Wachau valley alternates with that of the Danube Knee.

Why this river cruise?

  • The classic among Danube cruises
  • Ideal if you are visiting Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava for the first time
  • Special evening excursion on the river rider bus by land and sea through illuminated Budapest
  • Book a hotel extension in Passau and explore the City of Three Rivers individually
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The first impressions of your trip.

Erleben Sie die schönsten Landschaften bei dieser Donaukreuzfahrt!

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The services provided during your trip

  • 8-day cruise in an outside cabin in the booked category
  • nicko cruises full board
    • Generous breakfast buffet with coffee/tea and juices
    • Lunch and dinner with multi-course menus served at the table
    • Optional light lunch buffet
    • Coffee/tea after lunch and dinner
    • Coffee/cake or late night snack according to daily schedule
    • Festive Gala Dinner
    • Welcome and farewell reception by the captain
    • Table reservation on board
  • nicko cruise director and local tour guide
  • Comfortable Sennheiser audio system on all excursions
  • Entertainment programme on board
  • Utilisation of the spa area with sauna, resting area and whirlpool
  • Luggage service between landing stage and cabin for embarkation and disembarkation
  • All port and passenger fees

* Bitte beachten: Falls Sie eine Hotelverlängerung wünschen, wenden Sie sich nach Abschluss der Buchung bitte an den nicko cruises Kundenservice unter Tel.: +49 (0)711 / 248980 - 44 oder info@nicko-cruises.de

Important travel information

Einreisebestimmungen: Für diese Reise benötigen deutsche Staatsbürger einen gültigen Personalausweis oder Reisepass. Ohne gültige Ausweisdokumente kann die Reise nicht angetreten werden. Bis 30 Tage vor Reisebeginn zu erreichende Mindestteilnehmerzahl für diese Reisen: 160 Personen (siehe Ziff. 8.1. unserer Reisebedingungen).

Your itinerary

Day

1

Passau
Casting off 9:30 pm Einschiffung 16:00 Uhr bis 17:00 Uhr.

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Day

2

Wachau
Kreuzen durch das UNESCO-Welterbe Wachau.

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Day

2

Krems
Mooring 12:15 pm Casting off 6:15 pm Stift Herzogenburg u. Stadtrundgang Krems Excursion Package

Die Doppelstadt Krems-Stein bietet seinen Besuchern eine Fülle an kulturellen und historischen Angeboten. Die mehr als tausendjährige Geschichte der Stadt ist überall gegenwärtig, sei es auf den Straßen und Plätzen, in alten Kirchen und Klöstern oder auch den Bürgerhäusern und Wehrbauten. Der Besuch des Augustiner Chorherrenstifts Herzogenburg schickt Sie auf eine Zeitreise in die mehr als 900 jährige Geschichte des Klosters. Dieses Barockjuwel bietet eine Fülle von wertvollen Kunstschätzen und gibt auch einen interessanten Einblick in das Klosterleben.

Day

3

Esztergom
Mooring 10:30 am Casting off 3:30 pm Excursion to basilica of Esztergom

Esztergom, formerly known as Gran, was once the capital of Hungary. The first Hungarian king and founder of the Nation, Stephan I. was born here, according to a legend. The first royal residence is today the domicile of the bishop of Esztergom, head of the Catholic Church. It attracts numerous visitors because of its magnificent Cathedral. Don't miss a tour through this impressive Hungarian landmark.

Trip duration:

01:30 h

Walking duration:

01:00 h

Stairs:

Wenig

Slope:

Wenig

Day

3

Budapest
Mooring 7:30 pm Budapest by night with folk music performance.

Experience an evening filled with local Hungarian folklore music and dances while tasting a typical goulash soup and Hungarian wine. Afterwards you will see the beautifully illuminated city during a bus tour.

Trip duration:

02:30 h

Walking duration:

00:30 h

Stairs:

Wenig

Slope:

Wenig

Day

3

Budapest
Tour of lights on and off shore aboard the Riverride Bus

A very special experience is awaiting you tonight: a tour with the Riverride bus (a floating bus). Enjoy the amazingly illuminated city during a bus tour through the streets of Budapest before your bus will continue the ride on the water. Your busdriver becomes a captain and the floating bus will show you all the impressive buildings from a completely different perspective.

Trip duration:

02:00 h

Day

4

Budapest
Casting off 8:45 pm City tour / walk Budapest Excursion Package

Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and is also called the "queen of the Danube". During your city tour by bus and by foot you will see for example the castle district with the fisherman’s bastion and the Matthias Church. Afterwards there will be a short photo-stop on Gellerthill to enjoy a wonderful view over the city.

Trip duration:

03:30 h

Walking duration:

01:30 h

Stairs:

Wenig

Slope:

Wenig

Day

4

Budapest
City stroll “Impressions of Budapest” and a ride on the oldest underground of the European continent. Time for your individual trip on shore.

Today you will experience Budapest up close and from a new point of view. While exploring the Hungarian capital by foot and metro, sights like the Parliament Buildings, St. Stephen's Basilica and the small squares and passages with beautiful statues and buildings from many different eras, will make this a day to remember. You will also have the opportunity to discover the hidden corners and the unique atmosphere of the city, away from the hustle and bustle as we guide you to the lesser known, but beautiful areas of the city. After taking a journey to the past on the oldest electrified underground railway system on the European continent, which is only possible in Budapest, you will hop in the metro and travel to the Unicum Museum while enjoying the beauty of the Danube river.At the Unicum Museum, a captivating guided tour awaits you, there you will learn about the Zwack family and how this legendary drink is made. Unicum has been produced in Budapest since 1892 and all the while the recipe has stayed a well-guarded secret. To top this excellent day off, you will enjoy a tasting, before heading back to the ship.

Day

4

Budapest
Puszta-Rundfahrt

Erleben Sie eine Puszta-Rundfahrt mit traditioneller Reitvorführung.

Day

4

Budapest
Budapest aktiv erleben bei einer Fahrradtour.

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Day

5

Bratislava
Mooring 1:45 pm Casting off 11:00 pm City tour / walk through Bratislava Excursion Package

Close to the border to Austria and Hungary, Bratislava lies in the fertile Danube plain south of the Little Carpathians. First you will have a short bus tour that will take you up to the Fortress. You will be impressed by the wonderful panoramic view over the city. Learn more about the interesting history of the fortress which used to be the residence of numerous Hungarian kings in the past. Afterwards you will explore the beautifully restored Old Town with its baroque buildings such as the Redoute, National theater, the Town Hall and palaces which remind the visitors of their glorious past during k.u.k. monarchy. Among other things, you will also get to know probably the most famous man of Bratislava, Gullimann Cumil.

Trip duration:

02:30 h

Walking duration:

01:30 h

Slope:

Wenig

Day

5

Bratislava
Tour of the lights through Bratislava at night

A little city train will take you on a special trip. First stop is at the New Bridge where an elevator will take you 80m up to the panoramic restaurant Ufo. You will have a fantastic view over the city while enjoying a cocktail. Afterwards the little train will continue the ride up to the fortress, from where you will have another wonderful view over the illuminated city.

Trip duration:

02:00 h

Day

6

Wien
Mooring 6:30 am Casting off 7:00 pm City tour / walk Vienna Excursion Package

Join us on our sightseeing tour in the traditional Danube metropolis Vienna. The bus will take you along the Uno-City and Danube Island. You will see impressive buildings such as the state opera, the Burgtheater, the Hofburg, Parliament, town hall and Votive Church along the famous Ring Road. During a guided walk, you will experience the special atmosphere of this charming city. After some time of leisure, the bus will take you back to the vessel.

Trip duration:

03:30 h

Walking duration:

01:30 h

Day

6

Wien
A guided bike tour.

A guided bike tour.

Day

6

Wien
Ausflug in die entzückende Biedermeierstadt Baden

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Day

7

Ybbs
Mooring 7:00 am Casting off 1:00 pm Visit to Maria Taferl

A short bus ride away from the north bank of the Danube is the most important pilgrimage in Lower Austria: Maria Taferl. On a hill you can find the Maria Taferl Basilica, the Lower Austrian national sanctuary of the painful Mother of God. The sacred building was built around a shrine of the Virgin Mary. The name "Maria Taferl" is derived from this. According to tradition, there were already two miraculous healings in this place in 1633. In the following years, miracles and angelic apparitions were repeatedly reported in this place. You will visit the pilgrimage church and enjoy a panoramic view of the Niebelungen-gau. Back in Ybbs you will see the old ship's master's house, where today the art gallery "Atelier an der Donau" is housed. Marvel at paintings and sculptures by artists from all over the world. You are welcome to actuate the printing press yourself. The excursion concludes with a tour through the small streets of Ybbs old town, where you can still see the earlier wealth.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Walking duration:

01:30 h

Stairs:

Wenig

Slope:

Wenig

Day

8

Passau
Casting off 12:00 am Ausschiffung bis 09:30 Uhr.

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Day

8

Ybbs
Visit to the Ybbs-Persenbeug hydro-electric power station

Ybbs-Persenbeug is the oldest and in terms of performance the 4th strongest Danube power plant in Austria. The power station, completed in 1959, is mainly used to generate electricity from hydropower. The construction of the facility also made the Danube safer for shipping. Since then, swirls and shoals have been a thing of the past. Learn more about the functions of the individual components with an impressive tour. Experiencing power generation from hydropower is not just something for technology enthusiasts. When walking across the dam to the lock chambers, the dimensions become visible. During the visit of the lock system (depending on the weather) you will learn details about shipping, the lock procedure and the tasks of the lock supervision.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Walking duration:

01:30 h

Stairs:

Viele

Die An- und Ablegezeiten sind Richtzeiten. Änderungen der Reiseverläufe und Ausflugsprogramme bleiben vorbehalten. Wenn wegen Niedrig- / Hochwasser oder Schiffsdefekt eine Strecke nicht befahren werden kann, behält sich die Reederei das Recht vor, die Gäste auf dieser Strecke mit Bussen zu befördern, in Hotels unterzubringen und / oder den Streckenverlauf zu ändern. Unter Umständen ist der Umstieg auf ein anderes Schiff nötig.

The itinerary of your river cruise on the map

Your ship on its journey: MS VIKTORIA

 

Have a relaxing time – and why not on our well favoured MS VIKTORIA!

The tasteful ambient, a particularly high level of comfort in the spacious and stylish cabins as well as the large wellness area with sauna, whirlpool and relaxing area guarantee nothing but holiday - from the very first

day. Fantastic panoramas over the river landscape passing by always offers new perspectives, wherever you are at the time.

 

Further details about your ship
  • At a glance

    nicko modern 180 passengers 40 126.70 m 11.40 m 1.50 m 220 volts

Explore the world – safely!

For us, the safety of the guests and crew on board our ships always comes first – especially in these current times. In 2020, we proved that our safety and hygiene practices work when we were the first cruise operator worldwide to get our ships going again in June. Our proven measures meet national and international health standards. We have summarised the key facts for you in our 10-point plan.

For our ocean cruises we will introduce the so called 2G regulation, which stands for „Geimpfte and Genesene“ and means vaccinated and recovered persons on October 27, 2021 on VASCO DA GAMA and for WORLD VOYAGER from October 29, 2021. On our river trips, the 2G regulation applies with the start of the winter season from November 29th, 2021.

This means that on our cruises from the dates mentioned, only fully vaccinated or recovered guests travel in accordance with the 2G rule. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the 2G regulation. They must present a negative PCR test, which must not be older than 72 hours at the time of entry.

This year, we are again pursuing our passion to offer you unforgettable holiday experiences, showing you the most beautiful spots on the river and along European coasts. Come on board!

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