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Spectacular metropolises.

Visionary exploration.

8 days Passau-Budapest-Passau 2020

Bustling metropolises, beautiful countryside and a completely new river experience! On this cruise you’ll experience the popular Danube metropolises with all the modern comforts and refined elegance. Between the UNESCO World Heritage Wachau and the Hungarian capital Budapest, a journey full of cultural highlights and pleasure landscapes awaits you. Arrange your very own personal dream river cruise on our nickoVISION: numerous excursion options and three restaurants on board guarantee variety throughout the entire cruise.

Why this river cruise?

  • nickoVISION: Riverboat of the year 2018 with innovative on-board concept
  • MS BELVEDERE: Comfortable new addition with wellness area
  • The highlights of the Danube between Passau and Budapest
  • Special excursions, e.g. technical experience at the Ybbs-Persenbeug hydroelectric power station or to Maria Taferl, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Austria
  • Time to make your own discoveries in Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava

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The first impressions of your trip.

Experience the most beautiful countryside on this Danube cruise!

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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:
    • Substantial breakfast buffet with coffee/tea and juices
    • Multi-course menus served at table for lunch and dinner
    • Optional light lunch buffet
    • Coffee/tea after lunch and dinner
    • Coffee/cake or midnight snack depending on the programme of the day
    • Festive Gala Dinner
    • Welcome and farewell reception with the captain
    • Table reservation on board
  • nicko Cruise Director and local tour guide
  • Comfortable Sennheiser audio system for all excursions
  • Entertainment programme on board
  • Utilisation of the wellness area with fitness room, sauna and steam bath
  • Personal travel documents with guidebooks in practical pocket-size format
  • Luggage service between docks and cabin for embarkation and disembarkation
  • All harbour and passenger fees
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* Please note: If you require an extended hotel stay, please contact nicko cruises customer service on: +49 (0) 711 / 248980-44 or e-mail: info@nicko-cruises.de after completing the booking

Important travel information

Entry requirements: German citizens need a valid ID card or passport for this cruise. You will not be able to join the cruise without valid identification documents. Minimum number of participants need to be reached for this trip up to 30 days before departure: 160 people (see section 8.1. of our travel terms).

Your itinerary

Day

1

Passau
Casting off 5:00 pm Embarkation 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Day

2

Ybbs
Mooring 6:00 am Casting off 12:00 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

2

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

Day

2

Wachau
Cruise through the UNESCO World Heritage Wachau valley.

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Day

2

Vienna
Mooring 8:00 pm Evening excursion to the Prater

The Prater is a big amusement park in Vienna’s second district and is officially called Wurstelprater. The Vienna Ferris wheel is the famous landmark and loved by locals and tourists alike. Take a ride on the Ferris wheel and enjoy the incredible panorama of this Danube metropolis.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Walking duration:

01:00 h

Day

2

Vienna
Trip to Vienna's taverns

In Vienna, coziness is very important, that’s why you have to plan the time you want to spend in Vienna. Enjoy a wonderful evening with music and wine at a typical Heuriger (wine tavern). Heuriger is not only the name for these quaint Austrian taverns but also for the young wine. The excursion price already includes one drink.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Stairs:

Wenig

Day

3

Vienna
Casting off 6:00 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

3

Vienna
Visit of Schönbrunn palace with its gardens

The magnificent Schoenbrunn Castle is definitely worth a visit. It is a masterpiece of baroque culture and art. You will have the chance to visit the castle and learn more about the former summer residence of the Habsburg dynasty. Join us on a guided tour through the luxurious staterooms of the Imperial family. This beautiful baroque castle is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage.

Trip duration:

03:30 h

Walking duration:

01:30 h

Stairs:

Wenig

Slope:

Wenig

Day

4

Budapest
Mooring 9:30 am 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
Themed tour "Budapest's most beautiful art nouveau buildings"

This excursion is dedicated to a very special culture-historical epoch: Art Nouveau. Even today you will find traces of the Art Nouveau influence in many buildings from this time, such as the Budapest Zoo or the Geological Institute. The Bedö House exhibits a stunning collection of furniture, paintings and decorations from 1890 til 1925.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Walking duration:

01:30 h

Stairs:

Wenig

Slope:

Wenig

Day

4

Budapest
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

5

Budapest
Casting off 2:00 pm Puszta-Rundfahrt

Erleben Sie eine Puszta-Rundfahrt mit traditioneller Reitvorführung.

Day

5

Budapest
Discover Budapest on foot

You will experience Budapest from a completely different perspective. Enjoy the special atmosphere of the city during a walk along the most famous street of the city Váci utca which is also the oldest trade route of Budapest. During the round tour you will learn more about the Hungarian pyramid cake, which you can also taste afterwards. After passing the Kálvin square, National museum and Festetics Palace you will also visit a blacksmith.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Walking duration:

03:00 h

Stairs:

Wenig

Slope:

Wenig

Day

6

Bratislava
Mooring 8:00 am Casting off 2:00 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

7

Melk
Mooring 7:30 am Casting off 1:30 pm Visit to the Benedictine abbey of Melk Excursion Package

Melk has been a spiritual and cultural center of the country for more than 1.000 years. During an interesting guided tour, you will learn more about this impressive and famous Abbey with its magnificent Baroque architecture. The Benedictine monastery became also known literary by Umberto Eco's novel "the name of the rose". The imposing Baroque building is a visible expression of the importance of the baroque monastery. The tour of the monastery impressively conveys the former significance of the monastery. After the tour, you will have the opportunity to explore the outdoor facility yourself before the bus picks you up to return to the ship.

Trip duration:

02:30 h

Walking duration:

01:00 h

Day

8

Passau
Mooring 7:30 am Disembarkation by 9:30 a.m.

To map

Arrival and departure times are target times. We reserve the right to change itineraries and excursion programmes. If a route cannot be travelled due to low/high tides or a boat defect, the shipping company reserves the right to take passengers on this route by bus, to accommodate them in hotels and/or change the route. In certain circumstances it may be necessary to change to another ship.

The itinerary of your river cruise on the map

Your ship on its journey: MS BELVEDERE

 

Our MS BELVEDERE offers best conditions for a comfortable river cruise. Experience the beauty of the Danube's riverside landscapes in an elegant atmosphere on board: whether in the best company from the spacious sun deck or privately from your stylishly furnished cabin. Unlike its sister ships, the ship also has 22 m2 junior suites. Enjoy relaxing moments in the wellness area with sauna and culinary delights in the cosy restaurant.

 

Further details about your ship
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    nicko modern 176 Passagiere 40 126,70 m 11,40 m 1,5 m 220 Volt

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