Danube Dreams and Discoveries (8 Days)

Cruise Line: Crystal Cruises
Ship: Crystal Ravel  |  2 Reviews
Vienna, Austria to Vienna, Austria
Dates: 25 Aug 2019 - 01 Sep 2019

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DAY
PORT
ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
25 Aug 2019
Vienna, Austria
8:00 PM
DAY 2
26 Aug 2019
Esztergom, Hungary
8:00 AM 10:30 AM
Budapest, Hungary
2:30 PM
DAY 3
27 Aug 2019
Budapest, Hungary
6:00 PM
DAY 4
28 Aug 2019
Bratislava, Slovakia
1:00 PM 6:00 PM
DAY 5
29 Aug 2019
Melk, Austria
4:00 PM 7:00 PM
Spitz, Austria
8:00 PM
DAY 6
30 Aug 2019
Spitz, Austria
1:00 PM
Krems, Austria
2:30 PM 11:00 PM
DAY 7
31 Aug 2019
Vienna, Austria
7:00 AM
DAY 8
01 Sep 2019
Vienna, Austria
Danube Dreams and Discoveries map

Virtuoso Voyages Benefits

CONSULT YOUR VIRTUOSO TRAVEL ADVISOR FOR AVAILABILITY:

$200 USD Shipboard Credit Per Person

Valid for Crystal River itineraries: Crystal Mozart, Debussy, Bach, Ravel and Mahler and each guest receives a $200 per person ship board credit (first 2 full-fared guests only).

Restrictions may apply. Please refer to the Terms & Conditions.

About the Ship

Crystal Symphony & Crystal Serenity
Crystal Ravel

Crystal River Cruises was voted “Best River Cruise Line” in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards in 2017. Step aboard one of our exceptional river yachts and discover the exacting attention to detail and gracious hospitality that defines our reputation for excellence.

What's Included

Included

  • Crystal River Cruises™ All-inclusive cruise-only fare includes: complimentary airport transfers on days of embarkation and disembarkation, beverages including fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and all non-alcoholic beverages such as bottled water, soft drinks and specialty coffees; gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff; Butler service; and choice of guided Crystal Adventures® shore excursion in every port.


    Complimentary All-Inclusive Luxuries aboard Crystal River Cruises


    Gratuities included for all shipboard staff throughout the River Yacht including housekeeping, bar, dining staff and butlers.

    All meals included, featuring Crystal’s innovative and acclaimed six-star cuisine, highlighted by regional specialties

    Unlimited soft drinks and premium beverages including champagne, fine wine and spirits throughout the River Yacht

    All soft drinks, beer and bottled water in-suite

    24-hour self-service pantry featuring specialty coffees, teas, wines and nonalcoholic beverages

    24-hour room service

    24-hour Wi-Fi access (via satellite) including free Wi-Fi/Internet usage of 60 minutes per person, per day.  

    State-of-the-art interactive TV system including in-suite movies on demand, extensive music library

     

    Onboard entertainment and enrichment programs


    Daily yoga and fitness classes

    Daily choice of electronic international newspapers

    Self-service guest laundry

    Choice of complimentary curated Crystal Adventures shore excursions in every port

    Complimentary culinary experience at highly renowned local establishments on many sailings

    Complimentary Nordic walking poles

    Complimentary audio headphones on all organized Crystal Adventures

    Complimentary airport transfers to/from river yacht to airport

    All transfers will be group transfers by motor coach on embarkation and debark days only.

    Airport/River Yacht - Motor coaches will leave the main international arrival airport every hour between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm. (Times will be dependent on local traffic conditions.)

    River Yacht /Airport - Transfers will run until 10:00 am on the day of debarkation

     


    Dining


    A la carte, buffet and early risers breakfast offerings

    Multiple dining venues

    Open seating dining

    Crystal Casual dress code

    European sourced and trained chefs and hotel staff

     


    Shipboard Public Spaces


    Hydraulic Sun-Deck Bar (available on Bach, Mahler, Debussy and Ravel only)

    Fitness Center with state-of-the-art TechnoGym equipment and dedicated yoga area

    Massage services

    Library

    Non-smoking environment in all indoor spaces (Except Connoisseur Club on Crystal Mozart)

    Onboard currency exchange – shipboard currency Euros

     


    Onboard Entertainment & Enrichment


    Destination-focused entertainment and enrichment program, including onboard lecture series

    Destination expert on each voyage

    Regional affairs experts on many voyages

     


    Suites


    Twice daily housekeeping services including evening turndown service

    In-suite hors d'oeuvres

    Individual climate control

    Flat-screen TV in each suite

    English-speaking and international TV stations

    Butler service for each suite

Not Included

  • Air fare, some Crystal Adventure Shore Excursions, Casino

About Us

For the past 26 years, Crystal Cruises has redefined luxury ocean travel by providing the finest travel experience. Building upon its unrivaled reputation, The World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line™ has now embarked on the most significant brand expansion in the history of luxury travel and hospitality: over the next three years, Crystal will introduce three brand-new classes of cruising and even its own luxury aircraft. Winner of the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by Virtuoso for three consecutive years (2014, 2015, & 2016).

Insider Tip

“World’s Best Cruise Ship” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader Choice Awards for 23 years; been voted “World’s Best Large Ship Cruise Line” by Travel + Leisure readers for 20 consecutive years.

Terms & Conditions

Cruise-only fares are per person in U.S. dollars, double occupancy, include all promotional saving and do not include cruise port, security and handling charges. Promotional Book Now Cruise-Only Fares are per person for new bookings only. Optional air add-ons are available from Crystal Cruises’ designated gateway cities in the U.S. and Canada and include all government taxes and fees. Shipboard spending credit is not redeemable for cash and cannot be used in the casino, for bingo or toward future cruise booking deposits. All offers may not be combinable with other promotions, apply to first two full-fare guests in stateroom or suite, are capacity-controlled, subject to availability and may be withdrawn or changed at any time without notice. All itineraries, fares, programs and policies are subject to change. Other restrictions apply. ©Crystal Cruises, Inc. Ships’ Registry: The Bahamas.

An initial deposit of 20% of the total booking amount (including land packages and air add-ons) for all categories is required. Deposits are due within 7 days of booking. Staterooms (all categories) are subject to cancellation if required deposits are not received within the specific option period.

Final payment is due no later than 90 days prior to sailing. All reservations are subject to cancellation if payments are not received by the due date. Crystal Cruises reserves the right to review and adjust deposit and final payment dates based on inventory for each individual cruise. Crystal Cruises reserves the right to cancel any bookings not fully paid by the due date.



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Add-Ons

Shore Excursions

Budapest, Hungary - 27 Aug 2019

Offered by: European Connection
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Length: 4 hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing
Budapest Walking Tour

Private 4 hour walking tour of Budapest with a local guide.


Ancient Buda on a hill to the west and modern Pest to the east, spanning the mighty Danube, form one of the great metropolitan cities of Central Europe. Buda's Castle Hill is the usual starting point for exploring this vibrant city. The buildings, destroyed in World War II have been painstakingly restored. The great Gothic Matthias Church, and the Fishermen's Bastion, offer wonderful views over the Danube. Beyond the huge Royal Palace with its museums and galleries are the dramatic cliffs of Gellért Hill, topped by the giant Freedom Monument in commemoration of soldiers who died fighting the Nazis. The broad boulevards of Pest are lined with imposing edifices like the National Museum and the extraordinary Museum of Applied Arts, one of the city's many fine art nouveau buildings. Pedestrians throng the fashionable shopping street of Váci utca or stroll along the Danube Embankment, where the neo-Gothic parliament building has pride of place.

Offered by: European Connection
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Length: 4 hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing
Half-Day City Orientation Tour

An introductory tour to the highlights of Budapest...

Offered by: European Connection
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Length: 4 hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing
Half-Day Szentendre Excursion

Visit a picturesque Baroque town outside the bustle of the city...

Offered by: European Connection
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Length: 4 hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing
Half-Day Godollo Excursion

Visit Godollo for a tour of the incredible Royal Palace...

Offered by: Superior - MBZ Travel - Hungary
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: 12 and Above
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing
Jewish Heritage tour

Our guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and take you to the World’s second largest and Europe’s largest Synagogue, the Dohany street Synagogue, with seating for 3000. It was built in the middle of the 19th century in Romantic style for the around 30,000 Jewish community of Pest mainly living in this part of the town. The onion domes are strikingly Oriental-Byzantine, as is the facade: the patterns in the brickwork were inspired by ancient ruins in the Middle East. But for all its exoticism, the design also expresses 19th century Hungarian Jews' aspirations toward assimilation. The twin towers evoke church steeples, and the organ inside the synagogue is a clear concession to Christian tradition. It’s gigantic hall rests on cast iron columns and arches - a real architectural novelty at that time. A visit the Jewish Museum in the adjacent building is also included. The museum displays items from the 18th and 19th centuries, from both Hungary and abroad, grouped according to the holiday or occasion on which they were used.

Next to the main building lie the arcades of the Jewish Heroes’ Mausoleum and Temple in memory of the thousands of Jewish martyrs who died during the Second World War and the ghetto, created here by German troops during the war.

We also show our guests the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Garden with our beautiful Holocaust Memorial – the Tree of Life. The monument was created by Imre Varga – a well-known Hungarian contemporary sculptor. Tony Curtis has donated a million Dollars for the construction of the Monument. Our knowledgeable guides explain about the horror of the nazi occupation, the deportations and the liberation of the ghetto.

Your tour will also include a visit to the Rumbach and Kazinczy street orthodox Synagogues.

Offered by: Superior - MBZ Travel - Hungary
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: 5 and Above
Activity Level: Moderate
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing
Danube Bend Tour

Besides history one can enjoy the natural beauty of the Danube Valley where forested hills loom over the river.

On the way out from Budapest you’ll drive through the former capital city of the Roman province – Pannonia. This part of Budapest (Old Buda) has several original Roman ruins incl. two amphitheaters, ruins of the aqueduct (water pipe) system, Roman baths and the largest Roman open-air museum in Hungary.

Esztergom (40 miles from Budapest) with 30,000 inhabitants is situated on the right bank of the Danube. The town is the centre of the Roman Catholic Church in Hungary.

People lived on Var-hegy (Castle Hill) in Esztergom even in the stone age. The Romans built a military camp on top of the hill in the 1st century. The Hungarians settled there soon after the conquest and Prince Geza shifted his headquarters to Esztergom. According to tradition Saint Stephen, the first Hungarian king was born and crowned there.

The Basilica dominates the whole town. This is the largest church in Hungary located on the site of an old church founded by St Stephen. Construction work went on for decades and the cathedral was finally completed in the late 1860s.

Other interesting places of the town are little houses and museums of Water Town, and Opposite the Castle Hill the St Thomas Hill, named after Thomas Becket, and Baroque houses, churches and statues in the centre, and the river-bank of the Danube.

The bend of the Danube near Visegrád is one of Hungary`s most picturesque sights. Below Esztergom the stream flows through forest-covered hills, curving sharply as the river makes it’s way towards the lowlands.

It is here, 26 miles above Budapest, that Visegrád lies, a town with a rich historic background.

On this spot, 2000 years ago, a Roman fort was built on the borders of the Empire. In the 8th century, Slavs settled down within the walls of the deserted fort, but by the 11th century it was already inhabited by the Magyars. In 1242, the Mongolians invaded the country, leaving the town in ruins. A few years later, by 1258, Visegrád Castle was built, and even today the ruins of the ancient castle dominate the landscape.

Only 19 kilometers away from Budapest, the village of Szentendre is the most obvious day trip out of Budapest. Szentendre was originally settled by Serbian refugees and still retains a South Slav air, not only in the Orthodox churches and Cyrillic-inscribed monuments but also in its Mediterranean townscape. Much of the Serbian population abandoned the city in the 19th century, when it was hit by floods and crop disease.

Szentendre is a town of arts and museums. It gives home to the Hungarian open Air Museum exhibiting the folklore architecture and culture of the Carpathian basin. One of the most visited museums of the whole country, the Kovács Margit Museum, is also located here.

There are further 14 museums and art galleries acquainting visitors with the rich historical past and teeming life of arts. It is not by chance that the quietness of the little town and the closeness of the bustling metropolis of Budapest has drawn over one hundred artists here.

Offered by: European Connection
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Length: 8 hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing
Full-Day Danube Bend Excursion

Travel along the Danube Bend and explore the cities in the valley...

Offered by: European Connection
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Length: 8 hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Full-Day City Orientation Tour

Immerse yourself in Budapest with this full day tour of the city highlights...

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