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Your holiday begins with three nights in the Czech capital, Prague, a city brimming with historic delights. Cross the charming Charles Bridge and glance down into the swan-filled Vltava River, or wander around the Old Town Square, home to soaring spires, ancient chapels and cosy cafés serving deliciously sweet buchty, washed down with strong espresso.
Passau - Embark nickoVISION
Today you’ll embark the sleek and stylish river cruiser, nickoVISION. Launched in July 2018, with an innovative design and cutting edge approach to modern cruising, it offers a new standard on the river. A ship for anyone who used to find river cruises outdated. You’ll enjoy memorable panoramic views of the passing cityscapes from the ship’s enormous picture windows. Dine in style and relax in luxury.
Cruising gently along the mighty Danube on your way to Vienna, enjoy views of the glorious Wachau Valley, where vineyards and apricot orchards line the slopes, and rugged cliffs hold looming towers, tiny villages and an air of mystery. This is a landscape of incredible beauty and rustic charm, which will transport you back in time to an age of bucolic simplicity.
In Vienna, Austria’s capital, you’ll find grand museums, cobbled lanes and imperial palaces with beautifully tended gardens. You’ll enjoy an overnight stay on board here with time to stroll through gothic landmarks to the Spanish Riding School, with its famous Lipizzaner horses, seek out the city’s rich musical heritage or enjoy some delicious sachertorte in one of the many coffee houses.
Budapest (overnight in port)
In Hungary’s historic capital, you’ll enjoy another overnight stay, with plenty of time to discover Budapest’s culture, fine cuisine and thermal baths. Explore hilly Buda with its sweeping panoramas and quiet neighbourhoods, and flat Pest with its thriving restaurants and nightlife. This is a city where the streets wear their history, both old and more recent, and you’ll find poignant memorials such as the Shoes on the Danube.
Admire the mighty splendour of Budapest’s Chain Bridge, spanning the Danube and joining the two halves of the city. Take in the glorious views of the city from Buda castle, where you can marvel at world-famous art in the National Gallery, and learn about the city’s heritage at the Budapest History Museum. Then come back on board to cool off in the nickoVISION’s roof-top plunge pool.
In the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava, you’ll find stunning fairy-tale castles with fascinating panoramic views across the river. This relaxed and compact city is easy to explore, especially the traffic-free Old Town, and rewards you with baroque architecture, charming cafes and plenty of live music. One must-visit location is Devin Castle, its ruins standing on a high cliff, looped with walking trails.
On the approach to Melk, you’ll be struck by views of the imposing 11th-century Melk Abbey, a vast monastery high above the town. A visit will take you into the ornate Abbey Church with its strikingly ornate gold decor. Then you could find time to take a walk in the gardens around Schallaburg Castle, and pop in to see one of its many cultural exhibitions.
Passau - Disembark nickoVISION
Today you’ll disembark the nickoVISION and make your way home.
Other regional airports may be available*