Splendours of the Danube River Cruise

17
Nights
2019
Aug 10
From
$4999
MS
Serenity
Including flights, accommodation, guided
sightseeing, tours, meals, entertainment

This enchanting 18 day package will take in four countries and the iconic Danube River – at a price everyone can afford. We will enjoy leisurely three night stays in Venice, Salzburg and Vienna so that you can really explore each city. Highlights include the magical St Mark’s square in Venice and the imposing Stephansdom Cathedral in Vienna. Enjoy the included sightseeing tours in each of these cities before climbing aboard the 4 star MS Serenity for a 7 night voyage of discovery. Sail along the Danube River to Linz, with the famous Linz Castle followed by cruising through the beautiful Unesco World Heritage ‘Wachau Valley’ to Melk. Sail to the stunning Slovakian capital of Bratislava, renowned for its lively bars and cafes; and on to the final leg of your journey, Budapest, where you can soak up the sights.

Tour highlights

  • Discover Italy, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary
  • Cruise the Danube River on the 4 star MS Serenity
  • Cruise to Linz, Melk, Bratislava, Budapest, Esztergom and more
  • Explore the waterways and cobblestoned streets of Venice
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Reception on the MS Serenity
  • All meals and daily entertainment whilst on the ship
  • Travel by comfortable coach allowing you time to take in the majestic scenery
  • See historic towns in Austria, Slovakia and Hungary
  • Ample free time to pursue your own interests
Splendours of the Danube River Cruise Map

Includes

  • Economy-class flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth to Venice and return from Vienna
  • Accommodation in centrally located 3 & 4-star hotels in Venice, Salzburg and Vienna including daily breakfast
  • Sightseeing tours in Venice, Salzburg and Vienna with local guide
  • 7-night Danube River cruise on the MS Serenity
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on the MS Serenity
  • Enjoy 28 meals including daily breakfast
  • Air taxes & port and handling charges on the MS Serenity
  • Transfers to/from hotel and to/from ship
MS Serenity Deck plans

MS Serenity

The four-star MS Serenity was built in 2006 and is a comfortable and modern river cruise vessel with an abundance of passenger capacity. From her distinct claret and cream colours on the outside, to the polished interiors – there is an air about this ship that exudes style, whilst maintaining a warm and friendly atmosphere. Onboard of this 110 metre-long vessel, passengers can enjoy a wide range of public areas and services such as the spacious panoramic restaurant and lounge. The MS Serenity is equipped with a magnificent sun deck with a giant chess game and plenty of outdoor chairs and loungers, allowing passengers to enjoy the remarkable landscapes that pass by. The ship offers three cabin types – all of which have been designed and maintained to the highest standard for a comfortable stay. All cabins have outside views, climate control and an en-suite bathroom. In addition, cabins include a phone, TV, safe, and hair dryer.

Day 1 Saturday 10 August 2019 Depart Australia
Today we board our flight to Venice, Italy. Meals included: In flight

Day 2 Sunday 11 August 2019 Venice, Italy
Today we arrive in the spectacular city of Venice. After clearing customs, we are met by our local representative and are transferred to our hotel. The rest of the day is free for independent sightseeing. Meals included: In flight

Day 3 Monday 12 August 2019 Venice
Today we have a sightseeing tour of glorious Venice. We visit magnificent St Mark’s Square, with St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. We see the spectacular Grand Canal with Palaces’ lining the banks. We will wind our way through the narrow alleyways to the market square of the Rialto. The rest of the afternoon will be free to explore this beautiful city. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 Tuesday 13 August 2019 Venice
Today is at leisure to explore the extraordinary labyrinth of narrow streets and waterways and soak up the romance tinged with haunting melancholy of this unique city. Remember, that on this small island you will lose your way many times only to discover the most exquisite picturesque surprises and water views. Exploring this rabbit warren of streets and alleys lined with exclusive shops is a memorable experience on its own. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 Wednesday 14 August 2019 Salzburg, Austria
Today we travel through the spectacular Alps to Salzburg, the city of Mozart, Silent Night and The Sound of Music. We will stop in the beautiful village of Hallstatt, a village on Lake Hallstatt’s western shore in Austria’s mountainous Salzkammergut region. Its 16th-century Alpine houses and alleyways surrounded by towering mountains on all sides make for a beautiful sight. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 Thursday 15 August 2019 Salzburg
This morning we will have a guided tour of Salzburg with local guide, including a visit to Mozart’s Birthplace in the Getreidegasse. You will also see historical landmarks such as the Trick Fountains, the Hellbrunn Palace, Mozart’s House, and the Fortress Hohensalzburg. On conclusion of the tour there will be free time. This evening you may like to attend a Sound of Music Tour (optional) and be shown some of the places where the famous film was made. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 Friday 16 August 2019 Salzburg
A free day to further explore the picturesque Salzburg. You may like to attend one of the popular Mozart concerts. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 Saturday 17 August 2019 Vienna, Austria
This morning we make our way to Vienna, with its unique blend of imperial traditions and stunning architecture. On arrival we will have a sightseeing tour of Vienna where you will see towering 137 metre high Stephansdom Cathedral, Mozart’s Memorial Rooms, Donner Fountain, St.Augustine’s Church, where much of Graham Greene’s spy story The Third Man was filmed, Natural History Museum, Jewish Museum and much more. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 Sunday 18 August 2019 Vienna
This morning is free to discover Vienna. You may like to visit the Hofburg Imperial Palace. It is the centrepiece of Imperial Vienna with its vast complex of buildings and courtyards including St. Michael’s Gate, Hero’s Square, the Hofburgkapelle, home of the renowned Vienna Boys’ Choir and probably the most famous interior in Vienna the crystal-chandeliered Spanish Riding School arena, home to the world famous performing Lipizzaner Stallions. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 Monday 19 August 2019 Vienna – Begin 7 night Danube River Cruise
Today we transfer to the MS Serenity for our cruise on the beautiful Danube River. The ship will overnight in Vienna so you have a free day to take in more of Vienna’s sights. Savour a heavenly Sacher-Torte (chocolate cake) with Viennese coffee. Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 Tuesday 20 August 2019 Vienna
A free morning to enjoy the beautiful city of Vienna. In the afternoon be up on deck as the ship slips her moorings for the start of our fabulous cruise. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12 Wednesday 21 August2019 Linz, Austria
This morning we will be cruising along the Danube River to Linz. As the third-largest city in Austria, Linz is a beautiful city with many interesting sights and activities. The imposing Linz Castle dates back to the early middle ages, now home to the excellent Schlossmuseum which displays important art and historical collections. You may also like to walk or bike along the trail that surrounds the city and covers many scenic and exciting areas. Visit the Postlingberg Church, a beautiful sanctuary that was founded during the 18th century and always open for visits. Explore the Old Town, the area that has a variety of different architectures due to fires and reconstruction. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13 Thursday 22 August 2019 Melk, Austria & Bratislava, Slovakia
Located in the beautiful Unesco World Heritage ‘Wachau Valley’, the town of Melk has been a spiritual and cultural centre of Austria for more than 1000 years. It is best known for its impressive baroque style, Benedictine monastery known as Melk abbey which is also one of Austria’s great cultural highlights and Europe’s largest abbeys. Since the 12th century, a school has been connected with the monastery, and valuable manuscripts have been collected here, which have ultimately helped to create an absolutely breath-taking library that you will see within the abbey chambers. Tonight we arrive in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, for an overnight stay. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14 Friday 23 August 2019 Bratislava, Slovakia
This morning explore Bratislava, where you will witness historic and modern landmarks of the city such as the St. Martin’s Cathedral, the city walls, the Presidential Palace, plus spectacular views from the Slavin Monument and the castle area. The city is often associated with chocolate, so feel free to experience this sweet delight. Take a pleasant stroll through the old streets, or why not take the time to soak in the atmosphere in one of the quaint cafés. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 15 Saturday 24 August 2019 Budapest, Hungary
As the capital of Hungary, Budapest is often called the “Paris of the East” and is a highlight for travellers from far and wide. Explore the city and discover the famous monuments located on the street Andrássy út, such as the Opera, Hero’s Square, the famous undercover market, St. Stephen’s church, which is the largest synagogue in Europe in which the famous Franz Liszt played; and finally, Parliament, which interestingly resembles the British Parliament building and contains nearly 20kms of corridors! An unforgettable view of the city will open up from the fabulous Fisherman’s Bastion, where you can enjoy the city at your fingertips. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 16 Sunday 25 August 2019 Esztergom, Hungary
This morning we arrive in Esztergom, Hungary’s most sacred town and the seat of the Archbishop of Hungary. Esztergom’s massive basilica, sitting high above the town and Danube River, is an incredible sight, rising out of what seems like nowhere in a rural stretch of country. But Esztergom’s attraction goes deeper than the domed structure: the country’s first king, St Stephen, was born here in 975. It was a royal seat from the late 10th to the mid-13th centuries, as well as the seat of Roman Catholicism in Hungary for more than a thousand years. We have free time to explore this attractive town. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 17 Monday 26 August 2019 Vienna, Austria
This morning we arrive back in Vienna and farewell our ship. After disembarkation we are transferred to Vienna airport for our connecting flights back to Australia. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 18 Tuesday 27 August 2019 Arrive Australia
Arrive home where your tour concludes.

Cabin Category Deck Twin Fare Single Fare
Standard Cabin Lower Deck $4,999 $6,349
Superior Cabin Middle Deck $5,295 $6,705
Deluxe Cabin Upper Deck $5,595 $7,065
Included air taxes as at 24/7/2018 $205 $205

INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

  • Economy-class flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth to Venice and return from Vienna
  • Accommodation in centrally located 3 & 4-star hotels in Venice, Salzburg and Vienna including daily breakfast
  • Sightseeing tours in Venice, Salzburg and Vienna with local guide
  • 7-night Danube River cruise on the MS Serenity
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on the MS Serenity
  • Enjoy 28 meals including daily breakfast
  • Air taxes & port and handling charges on the MS Serenity
  • Transfers to/from hotel and to/from ship

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Travel insurance
  • Additional travel arrangements not detailed in the itinerary
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Lunches and dinners when not on the ship
  • Shore excursions whilst on the ship
  • Wi-fi on the ship
  • Gratuities
  • Tips for local guides

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

TOUR OPERATOR:
Cruise Offers (a division of Travelrite International Pty Ltd – ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser. The MS Serenity is operated by Select Voyages and the Serenity fly/ cruise arrangements are subject to the terms and conditions and general information detailed on the Select voyages website. All passengers must complete and sign a Cruise Offers booking form.

DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT:
All Cruise Offers Holidays are heavily discounted and available for a limited time only. For this reason, we require a deposit of $1,500 per person at the time of booking. This payment is non-refundable. The deposit should be sent with a completed Cruise Offers booking form that lists your requested cabin category. As soon as the booking is confirmed, (usually within 24 hours), a cruise confirmation advice will be posted to the client. The confirmation advice will contain all details. Final payments are due to be paid to Cruise Offers 90 days prior to the commencement of the Serenity fly/cruise. A 1.5% administration fee will be added to payments by Visa, Mastercard AMEX cards.

AIRLINES USED:
Etihad Airways, Qantas Airways, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific plus, any code share partners (subject to availability).

ACCOMMODATION:
We will be staying in the following hotels (or equivalent): Venice – Hotel Al Sole – 3-star Salzburg – H+ Hotel Salzburg 4 star or ACHAT Plaza Zum Hirschen – 4-star Vienna – Ibis Wien Hauptbahnhof Hotel – 3-star

EXTENDING:
You can stay longer in Europe for minimal extra cost. Please contact Cruise Offers on 1800 616 434 for more information.

CANCELLATION CHARGES:

Days prior to Departure Cancellation Fee
Over 90 days Loss of deposit
90 days or less 100% of full fare
Non appearance/no written notice 100% of full fare

REFUNDS:
The cruise is based on arrangements which do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS:
All passengers will require a valid passport. A visa is not required for Europe for stays up to 90 days. If not an Australian passport holder check with Cruise Offers for visa requirements.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Adequate travel insurance is required to cover cruise members for the consequences of unforeseen events during the cruise and for cancellation fees which could result from events such as illness, accident, death etc.

BAGGAGE:
Passengers qualify for a 30kg free baggage allowance on flights to join or return from the cruise.

MINIMUM TOUR NUMBERS:
The fly/cruise arrangements have been made on the basis of a minimum number of passengers travelling. In the event that less than the required number of passengers have confirmed their booking 90 days from the date of departure, Cruise Offers reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of monies paid, or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified fare.

TOUR PARTICIPATION:
Children under 5 years of age are ineligible on coach & cruise tours. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Passengers with disabilities are welcome on Travelrite & Cruise Offers tours provided they are accompanied by a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance, and do not require special assistance from Travelrite & Cruise Offers personnel. Travelrite and Cruise Offers reserves the right to refuse to carry anyone if it is felt the individual cannot cope with the requirements of coach & cruise tour travel and who may require services and facilities that Travelrite & Cruise Offers cannot guarantee will be available. You agree to not hold the Travelrite & Cruise Offers responsible for any decision made by any of them or any service provider to refuse to carry you, provide any facilities or accommodation to you or to provide any service to you.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Cruise Offers (a division of Travelrite International Pty Ltd, ATAS A10538) is the tour organiser. Cruise Offers, its agents, officers, affiliates, and/or suppliers of services pursuant to, or in connection with these fly/cruises, shall act only as agents in making arrangements for hotels, transportation, including transportation by ship, restaurants, or any other service and do not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence or a default of any hotel, carrier restaurant company or person rendering any services included in fly/cruises, or by act of God. Further, no responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery break-down, quarantine, government restraints, weather, terrorism or other causes beyond their control. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omission, delays, re-routing or acts of any government authority. Baggage is at owners’ risk throughout the fly/cruise. The passage contract between the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of this fly/ cruise and/or the passengers. The right is reserved to withdraw any fly/cruise and/or make such changes in the fly/cruises as may be found desirable or necessary for the convenience of the parties and the proper carrying out of the fly/cruise. This contract shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia and any legal action must be undertaken in the State of Victoria. Attention is also directed to the terms and conditions of the Serenity fly/cruise passage contract with Select Voyages, detailed on their website www. select-voyages.com. If you would like a copy of Select Voyages terms and conditions please contact Cruise Offers and we will send one to you.

HOW TO BOOK:
Bookings can be made by completing a booking form and sending it with a deposit of $1500 per person to:

CRUISE OFFERS
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103

Further information can be obtained by telephoning
Toll Free: 1800 616 434
Telephone: (03) 9836 2522
Fax: (03) 9836 8068
Email: sales@cruiseoffers.com.au

ABOUT CRUISE OFFERS:
Cruise Offers (a division of Travelrite International Pty Ltd), (ABN 64 005 817 078) is a well-established travel company which has been marketing throughout Australia for over 30 years. It has two fully ATAS accredited (No. A10538) offices at Balwyn and Heathmont. As such they directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotel, tour and transport operators. Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.

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