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Danube Explorer

New for 2019

Price per person
from £993

Price based on
London Heathrow
28th Apr 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 8 days

  • Europe

  • Leisurely pace

  • Cosmos Lite

Bundling freedom, flexibility, and affordability like never before, Cosmos Lite presents the world’s first à la carte tour package. While offering all the hassle-free features of a Cosmos tour, Cosmos Lite provides a blank canvas at each destination for custom tailoring, leaving the itinerary, pace and budget up to you.

The Blue Danube is both the inspiration and the guide for your escorted European tour from Vienna to Budapest. As you follow the river’s path, you’ll discover the elegant beauty of imperial cities along with charming hidden gems of Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary. Your Cosmos Lite independent escorted tour is the perfect way to vacation your way—with à la carte optional excursions and loads of free time. Choose the optional excursions that interest you on MyCosmos, get pointers from your Tour Director, and never lose your way with the CosmosGO app. Step back into the time of imperial splendour in Vienna and the “Pearl of the Danube”—Budapest. We make it easy to see it all with complimentary 24-hour public transport cards in both Vienna and Budapest.

Linger in one of Vienna’s countless museums, visit the royal stables, explore the famous Schönbrunn Palace, or spend some time at the nearby Prater amusement park. Customize your day with your activities or spend leisure time in a Viennese café. Next, stop in the Slovakian city of Bratislava on the banks of the Danube. History buffs can select an optional biking excursion to the Iron Curtain, or take in the incredible views and local libations at a traditional tavern or at Bratislava’s UFO bar. On your way to Budapest, you’ll have the chance to explore the Hungarian towns of Györ, Esztergom, and Szentendre—each with historic, artistic, and natural wonders to explore. Before your trip, check out MyCosmos for your optional activity selections. With your choice of excursions, you can trust the travel details to us each step of your European holiday along the Danube. MyCosmos gives you the freedom to schedule your days as you please—or explore with no schedule at all!

This tour is from our new Cosmos Lite range, which offers all the hassle-free features of a Cosmos holiday while leaving the itinerary, pace and budget up to you. Learn more

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Overview

The Blue Danube is both the inspiration and the guide for your escorted European tour from Vienna to Budapest. As you follow the river’s path, you’ll discover the elegant beauty of imperial cities along with charming hidden gems of Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary. Your Cosmos Lite independent escorted tour is the perfect way to vacation your way—with à la carte optional excursions and loads of free time. Choose the optional excursions that interest you on MyCosmos, get pointers from your Tour Director, and never lose your way with the CosmosGO app. Step back into the time of imperial splendour in Vienna and the “Pearl of the Danube”—Budapest. We make it easy to see it all with complimentary 24-hour public transport cards in both Vienna and Budapest.

Linger in one of Vienna’s countless museums, visit the royal stables, explore the famous Schönbrunn Palace, or spend some time at the nearby Prater amusement park. Customize your day with your activities or spend leisure time in a Viennese café. Next, stop in the Slovakian city of Bratislava on the banks of the Danube. History buffs can select an optional biking excursion to the Iron Curtain, or take in the incredible views and local libations at a traditional tavern or at Bratislava’s UFO bar. On your way to Budapest, you’ll have the chance to explore the Hungarian towns of Györ, Esztergom, and Szentendre—each with historic, artistic, and natural wonders to explore. Before your trip, check out MyCosmos for your optional activity selections. With your choice of excursions, you can trust the travel details to us each step of your European holiday along the Danube. MyCosmos gives you the freedom to schedule your days as you please—or explore with no schedule at all!

This tour is from our new Cosmos Lite range, which offers all the hassle-free features of a Cosmos holiday while leaving the itinerary, pace and budget up to you. Learn more

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts

UK - Vienna, Austria

Day
1

Fly to Vienna where you will be transferred to your hotel.

Royal History and New Discoveries

Start your adventure in Vienna, discovering the combination of new and old that makes the “City of Music” such a fascinating place. The entire city centre is an immersion into Hapsburg imperial splendour, with its palaces, residences, elegant streets, and charming coffee shops. If you arrive early, start exploring with the help of your CosmosGO app. In the evening, your Tour Director will meet you, providing insights on your tour and how best to personalise your travels.

Vienna

Day
2

The City of Music Beckons

Explore Vienna by bus, tram, bicycle, or on foot. Your 24-hour public transportation pass makes it easy to discover the city on your own and at your own pace. If you prefer, select an optional excursion for purchase on MyCOSMOS.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Vienna

Day
3

Wunderbar Wien!

Another day, another adventure! There is so much to do in this beautiful city. Linger in one of the countless museums, visit the royal stables, explore the famous Schönbrunn Palace or spend some time at the nearby Prater amusement park. Customise your day with activities, or spend leisure time in a Viennese café. Tap your CosmosGO app for endless possibilities in wonderful Vienna.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Vienna - Bratislava, Slovakia - Györ, Hungary

Day
4

Heritage and History Meet Modern Life

The capital city of Slovakia, medieval Bratislava is compact and easy to navigate. Choose to explore the castle or visit the UFO tower on the banks of the Danube for a drink and fantastic view of the area. You may also be interested in an optional excursion by bike to the Iron Curtain. In the late afternoon, we’ll cross into Hungary and arrive in Györ, a charming town where baroque heritage meets modern life.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Györ

Day
5

Hungarian Adventures

Today is a great day for adventure! We offer an optional trip to the Tapolka Lake Cave, a protected natural limestone cave that we’ll explore on small boats. Alternatively, spend some time discovering Györ or relaxing in the main gothic-style square.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Györ - Esztergom - Szentendre - Budapest.

Day
6

Colourful Art and Castle Ruins

Today, we’ll venture from Györ to Esztergom, the former royal and Roman Catholic seat. Esztergom’s notable attractions are the Basilica and the Castle ruins, both located in a strategic position dominating the Danube.

Next, it’s on to Szentendre (St. Andrews), a lively village where talented artists have established countless workshops and art galleries. Choose to visit the marzipan museum, or Blagovestenska Greek- Orthodox Church with its stunning interior. You may prefer to just linger in town, soaking up the energetic atmosphere of this artists’ haven. Later, it’s onto Budapest.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Budapest

Day
7

Brilliant Budapest

Today, take advantage of your complimentary 24-hour public transport pass for easy exploration of this fantastic city; just check your CosmosGO app for lots of ideas on exploring the city your way. Budapest is a city built on many thermal hot springs, so you may choose to relax at one of the many traditional spas, or take a stroll on Margaret Island, or just enjoy the main historical sites of the city centre.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Budapest - UK

Day
8

Your adventure ends in Budapest this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
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Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Vienna - Jufa Wien City

JUFA Hotel Wien is situated 250 m from the Enkplatz Underground Station in Simmering (Grillgasse exit) and offers modern rooms and an atrium lounge. It also offers buggy rental services and free WiFi in all areas. The on-site restaurant offers a rich breakfast buffet, homemade dishes, and, in good weather conditions, barbecue specialities which can be enjoyed on the terrace as well. Every room at JUFA Wien is anti-allergenic and has air conditioning, a bathroom, a seating area and a TV. Suites come with a balcony or terrace. A games area and a playground will entertain younger guests, and there is also a youth area with tabletop football facilities. Special facilities include rooms for disabled guests and mother and child friendly parking spaces (surcharge).

  • Location

    Mautner Markhof-Gasse 50, Vienna, Austria

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Gyor - Hotel Raba

Located right in the baroque centre of Gyor, where all generations can meet history, culture and nature. For a rich cultural experience, in the early-20th-century atmosphere in the Belgian restaurant and pub it is possible to savour more than 25 sorts of Belgian beer. Leisure facilities include a fitness centre with gym and workout room. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the property.

  • Location

    Árpád Street 34. Gyor, Hungary

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Budapest - Aquincum Hotel Budapest

The Aquincum Hotel Budapest is located in a prime area alongside the river Danube, on the Buda side of this magnificent city and across the river from the serene Margaret Island.

  • Location

    Arpad Fejedelem Utja 94, Budapest, Hungary

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

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