Austria & Hungary | The Danube
Known as the lifeblood of Europe, the Danube basin was the cradle of some highly-advanced early human cultures, such as the Neolithic and Chalcolithic cultures of the Vin?a and Vu?edol. The mighty river rises in the Black Forest mountains of western Germany and flows through to the Black Sea – passing through ten countries on its way.
Travel with us from Budapest to Vienna, and explore what was once described by Napoleon as ‘the king of Europe’s rivers’. Discover the Danube of prehistory, Roman occupation, early Christian era and the Ottoman Empire at an unforgettable array of sites. Marvellous old-world capitals, ornate cathedrals and picturesque villages await...
- Take a boat ride along the Danube from Budapest to Vienna
- Discover astounding reconstructions of Neolithic and Bronze Age houses at Százhalombatta Archaeological Park
- Examine the impressive ruins of Carnuntum’s Roman military camp
- Explore Buda Castle, which has transformed many times over the centuries
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We arrive in Budapest and transfer to our hotel.
Today we receive an introduction to the Danube at the Hungarian National Museum. The museum’s impressive garden has itself played host to many events, including voting reforms, strike meetings, funeral gatherings, and commemorations. Walking along the Danube, we explore the oldest parts of Budapest, including Buda Castle and its courts and courtyards. The UNESCO World Heritage Site was built by King Béla IV of Hungary between 1247 and 1265.
We travel to Százhalombatta this morning to study the prehistory of the area, including the Matrica Museum.
We go behind-the-scenes at the museum, and receive a specially arranged talk from the director, Magdi Vizce.
After lunch we visit the six-hectare Archaeological Park, which is part of the museum. The remains of a tumulus graveyard are preserved here.
This morning we discover the Roman Danube. We begin at the ruined ancient city of Aquincum, where it is believed that Marcus Aurelius wrote his book ‘Meditations’. We explore the little riverside town of Szentendre this afternoon - stopping at the open-air Szentendre Skanzen Folklore Museum. Walking around the museum ‘villages’ you can get a sense of typical buildings of seven Hungarian regions: from the Great Plains to the Balaton Uplands.
We travel by boat from Budapest to Vienna – a city with an intellectual legacy shaped by residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. Enjoy the opportunity to see the banks of the Danube drift by. Travelling along Europe’s second-longest and entirely picturesque river, is an unarguably romantic affair.
Our first morning in beautiful Vienna, ‘the city of dreams’. We enjoy a tour of the Wien Museum, where an expansive selection of exhibitions can be found on display – from the history of the city to art, fashion and modern culture, from the earliest settlements to the present day. We continue to the excellent Carnuntum Archaeological Park this afternoon, which includes the Carnuntum museum, the amphitheatre and the Heidentor — a huge 4th century AD triumphal monument.
We visit the former imperial summer residence of Schloss Schönbrunn. It even has its own Roman ruins within its grounds. We also visit the Benedictine Melk Abbey, which sits on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube river. Enjoy some free time during your final afternoon on tour.
We pay a final visit to the Imperial Palace this morning. We return home this afternoon.
- Flights - Scheduled return flights London to Vienna
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- Local Travel - Private a/c coach
- Meals - All meals included - dinners with wine
- Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
- Hotels - 4 nights in an upscale 4* hotel in Budapest, with warm, elegant rooms, and a central location within easy reach of downtown and Buda Castle, 3 nights in a 4* hotel in central Vienna, with polished, comfortably decorated rooms, and situated just a short walk from St. Stephen’s Cathedral
4 nights in an upscale 4* hotel in Budapest, with warm, elegant rooms, and a central location within easy reach of downtown and Buda Castle
3 nights in a 4* hotel in central Vienna, with polished, comfortably decorated rooms, and situated just a short walk from St. Stephen’s Cathedral