|Book by||30 September 2012|
Built in 1987 by the Deggendorfer Shipyard in Germany, the MS Mozart is the largest river cruise vessel in Europe.
Ms Mozart was the river cruise flagship of Peter Deilmann the founder of Deilmann Cruises. Deilmann, himself a connoisseur, decorated the ship lovingly with original artworks throughout. The result: luxurious interiors, largest cabins and suites on the European rivers, a multitude of public spaces lavishly decorated, a rapturous staircase leading to the stunning restaurant and above all - the only river cruise vessel that includes an indoor swimming pool.
The generous dimensions of the State Cabin accommodations onboard the MS MOZART are most certainly the envy of most other vessels and are spread over two decks each presenting guests with facilities that might ordinarily be expected in a five star hotel including: en suite facilities, mini-bar, satellite TV, radio, hairdryer and WIFI. The MS MOZART is magnificent indeed.
Dress aboard and ashore is casual; we suggest you dress comfortably and bring sturdy walking shoes for sightseeing excursions. Dinner attire is "evening casual," and the Captain's Dinner is dressy, but not formal.
All meals are prepared on board by European chefs, and consist of European-style food with regional specialities. Breakfast is typically a buffet featuring fresh fruit, juices, pastries, eggs, cheeses and cold cuts or cereal. Lunch usually includes soup, a salad bar, and a choice of entrée, main dish and dessert. Dinner is a choice of five courses, including a choice of entrées (typically including one regional speciality relevant to your destination). During embarkation you will receive your table reservation for the whole journey.
|Day||Port||Shore excursion Program|
|Day 1, Sat||Passau||Embarkation starts at 16.00|
|Day 2, Sun||Melk||The Wachau Valley, Austria|
|"Melk Abbey" shore excursion|
|Day 3, Mon||Esztergom||Hungary|
|Budapest||Morning: "Esztergom-Danube Bend" shore excursion|
|Afternoon: "City Tour Budapest"|
|Evening: "The lights of Budapest" on board of the|
|MS Mozart (included)|
|Day 4, Tue||Budapest||Morning: "Parliament, St. Stephans Basilica, Market Hall"|
|Afternoon: " The Hungarian Puszta"|
|Day 5, Wed||Bratislava||"City Tour Bratislava"|
|"Evening tour with beer tasting"|
|Day 6, Thu||Vienna||Austria:|
|Morning: "Vienna City Tour"|
|Afternoon: " Schönbrunn Palace"|
|Evening: "Vienna by night"|
|Concert with the Wiener Hofburg Orchestra 26.04. - 04.10.2012|
|Day 7, Fri||Krems||Wachau Valley, Austria|
|Shore excursion Wachau: Dürnstein, Göttweig Abbey & Wine tasting in Krems|
|Day 8, Sat||Passau||Disembark before 10.00|
Our Danube voyage begins at the Bavarian city of Passau. If time permits, see the splendid Cathedral which boasts the world's largest organ and its renowned Italianate architecture. The MS MOZART embarkation begins at 16:00 and is soon followed by the Captain's Welcome Reception where there is ample opportunity to mingle and get to know one's fellow guests before sailing towards Upper Austria and the marvels of the Wachau Valley. A welcome dinner is served in the restaurant. Sail during the night.
Reach the charming village of Melk at breakfast time (08:00) and later make an optional visit to the Baroque cliff-top Melk Abbey. For more than 1,000 years considered the cultural and spiritual heart of the country, Melk Abbey houses countless art treasures so our visit provides ample time both to explore its many rooms and the impressive gardens beyond. Depart Melk at midday for Esztergom in Hungary.
Today the arrangement provides guests with two options; firstly to remain on board and continue cruising to Budapest or, alternatively, to disembark in Esztergom for an optional visit to see the Danube from the shore-side with included visits to Esztergom located on a particularly scenic part of the Danube, called the 'Danube Bend'. Here the river turns suddenly to the south, in the direction of Budapest, and marks the border between Slovakia and Hungary.
At Esztergom, see the Basilica before continuing to the castle ruins at Visegrad, an artists' community at Szentendre complete with, as you might expect, art and handicraft displays before arriving in Budapest in time for lunch onboard the MS MOZART. Since this section of the river is also traversed later in the itinerary nothing is missed.
In the afternoon choose an optional visit to the twin cities of Buda and Pest to view the main sights including Heroes' Square, Mathias Church, Fisherman's Bastion and the Royal Palace. Enjoy the amazing sight of Budapest by night during the included "The lights of Budapest" tour on board of the MS MOZART. Moor Budapest overnight.
Morning sees an optional visit to the Parliament Buildings, St Stephen's Basilica and the Market Hall in Budapest. In the afternoon there is an optional visit to a Hungarian Csarda accompanied by traditional musical renditions and folklore. As the MS MOZART slips her mooring in Budapest at supper time, see the wonderful silhouetted buildings that line the waterfront. Sail during the night.
The morning is at leisure as the MS MOZART meanders her way towards the Slovakian capital, Bratislava. In the afternoon an optional visit is arranged to see the St Martin's Dom Cathedral, the Grassalkovich Palace and Castle Hill with its wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. It is a must of any visit to Bratislava to partake in a little (famous) beer tasting which is also on offer following supper. Sail in the evening.
Morning arrival in Vienna with an opportunity to see the main sights of the Austrian capital including St Stephen's Cathedral, the Staatsoper Opera House, Parliament Buildings and Town Hall. In the afternoon see the Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens, whilst in the evening choose between a visit to Grinzing for wine tasting or an interlude of Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart music by the Wiener Hofburg Orchestra. Sail at night towards Krems.
Reach Krems in the heart of beautiful Wachau Valley and later travel to the romantic wine-growing village of Durnstein, an area of picturesque riverside villages and castles against the backdrop of gently rolling vineyards. Durnstein itself is best explored on foot. Later visit the Baroque Stift Gottweig Monastery commanding an impressive elevated location overlooking the Danube. The visit concludes with an exploration of Krems and the obligatory wine tasting before re-joining the MS MOZART for the evening Captain's Farwell reception and dinner. Sail towards Passau.
Disembark after breakfast.
Prices are per person based on two sharing and are subject to availability and possible change. Fares based on lower deck cabins, contact us for cabins on higher grades. Other air carriers might be available and may need to be substituted due to limited flight availability - this will affect the final pricing. Gratuities extra. Low-cost air carriers are also available. Additional excursions shown/mentioned in the itinerary can be purchased onboard. Prices correct as of 3 July 2012.
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