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Treasures of the Danube - Savings

Save up to $1200 per couple*

Wednesday, 8th July 2020
Crystal Mahler
Crystal River Cruises
Pricing is From and Per Person
Cabin Type Rate
S4 - Petite Suite with Panoramic Balcony Window

Please note, while prices and inclusions are accurate at time of loading they are subject to change due to changes in cruise line policies and pricing and due to currency fluctuations. Currency surcharges may apply. Please check details of price and inclusions at time of booking.

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 28th November 2019 to 8th January 2020.

Special Inclusions

- 10 night river cruise onboard Crystal Mahler
- Select Crystal Adventures ashore
- Unlimited select fine wine, champagnes, premium spirits & beers
- Welcome bottle of champagne & two bottles of wine in-suite
- Unlimited soft drinks & bottled water in-suite
- Complimentary WiFi
- Acclaimed dining*
- Onboard entertainment & enrichment programmes
- Room service
- Airport transfers*
- All gratuities included

- Save up to $1200 per couple*

Special Conditions

*Valid for sales until 08 Jan 2020, unless sold out prior. Prices are cruise only, inclusive of discount, all taxes, charges & gratuities (which are subject to change). Prices are based on lead in suites & include savings. Supplements apply for other stateroom categories & dates. Optional dining in the Vintage Room attracts an additional fee. Airport transfers included on days of embarkation & disembarkation only. Airfares, hotels & other transfers are additional. Confirmation of booking must be secured by a non-refundable deposit of 25% (depending on category booked) within the period specified at time of booking. Final payment is required no later than 120 days prior to sailing. Further terms & conditions apply. Prices/offers are subject to change or may be withdrawn without prior notice.

Cruise Description

10 Night cruise departing roundtrip from Vienna onboard Crystal Mahler.

Sail the magnificent Danube to witness the beauty of the Wachau Valley, and discover such treasures as the Benedictine abbey perched atop the city of Melk and Bratislava's St. Martin's Cathedral, former coronation church for Hungary's royalty.

Highlights of this cruise:

Layered and elegant, with elements of cozy and grand, musical and visual might be the best way to characterize Vienna—or one of many ways, as this imperial city surely can inspire endless lines of poetic descriptions. Once the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and forever known for its distinguished roster of composers who either were born or lived and worked here—including Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, both Strausses, Liszt and Brahms—Vienna finds itself at the very center of European culture, even as it sits near the border of the Czech republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Turn to a blank page to memorialize your own impressions of this grand city, remarking on its manicured gardens, ornate architecture—especially that of the famed Ringstrasse—intimate bistro pubs called beisln and a certain flourish that can only be called Vienna.

Considered as one of the most visited tourist spots in Wachau Valley, D—rnstein is a robust wine-growing region that sits perfectly alongside the Danube river. Durnstein Castle, the region's famous architectural highlight derives its name from duerr meaning "dry" and stein meaning "stone". This landmark sits atop a rocky mountain, high above the damp conditions of the Danube at its base as it overlooks the town. With its picture-perfect scenery, Durnstein's beauty is enhanced by verdant forests, rolling hills, and thriving vineyards that ensconce the town. Take in the sights, sip some of the region's local wines and simply enjoy a leisurely day in this classic, postcard-worthy European town.

Best known for its fortified baroque Benedictine monastery, Melk Abbey, the town of Melk boasts an assortment of smaller gems. Among them, the city’s riverside location, serene and regal with a ribbon of wooded groves giving way to the lovely village. Cobbled lanes and a petite size make for a pleasant stroll with a chance to discover its 16th-century Town Hall, or Rathaus, in the center of town, and Haus am Stein, or House at the Rock. Built in the 15th century, the vine-covered abode is Melk’s oldest building.

Named the European Capital of Culture in 2009 and added to the roster of UNESCO Creative Cities as a City of Media Arts in 2014, Linz embraces the present and future, even as it remains reverential to its past. There is much to be proud of: Here on the gentle curve of the Danube, Linz rose to power as a political and economic hub for the Holy Roman Empire. Trade and influence extended in all four directions, from Hungary and Germany to the east and west and Poland and Italy to the north and south. Later, Linz sparkled as a city of the Habsburgs, the last home to German Emperor, Friedrich III. The city’s layout reflects its history, with an ancient medieval center encircled by neoclassical, neo-baroque and neo-Renaissance neighborhoods, a kind of tree-rings of age and architectural styles. Highpoints of old traditions and impressive landmarks include the Linzer torte, dating to 1653 and thought to be the oldest cake in the world, and St. Martin’s church, the oldest church in Austria.

At the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, Passau is also situated at a meeting of cultures. The town began as a Roman settlement, enjoying the rising tide of influence as the largest bishopric in the Holy Roman Empire and enduringly vibrant as a hub for various trade and manufacturing pursuits, including salt, swords and ideas. Experience Passau’s charm as you the wander the cobbled streets of Old Town, gaze upon arched bridges and Italianate manses and encounter magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the New Bishop’s Residence.

Slovakia’s capital city may be the country’s buzzing political and economic center, but it is also a historic gem that stirs the imagination. A maze of narrow, cobblestone streets wind around colorful 18th-century buildings, and shade-covered sidewalk cafes beckon weary—or simply hungry—travelers to linger over a meal and enjoy people watching. Museums, cathedrals and palaces are edifying locales to spend some time, while photography buffs will want to snap images of the medieval castle that looms over the city with a majestic grace. For those looking for more contemporary sights, Bratislava boasts a pulsating modern art scene, as well as some outstanding examples of Communist-era architecture.

Cast your eye over the Budapest skyline, and you’ll see all the makings of a world-class city and striking photograph: domes and spires, bridges and lampposts, splendid architecture in the foreground, rolling hills in the back, and the Danube River placidly curving through it, providing a reflective surface for sunsets and city lights. Look closer, and the treasures of Budapest—Hungary’s capital and the largest metropolis—really come to light. Castle Hill is at the top of most visitors’ lists, a UNESCO-listed district hosting Buda Castle, Trinity Square, Matthias Church and Fishermen’s Bastion. The area is also residential, with 18th-century houses, cobblestone streets and few cars, thanks to a strict vehicular ordinance, giving you a real sense of what the city must have been like ages ago. Budapest is full of history, originally a Roman settlement, formed as a unified city when Buda and Pest joined in 1873, overtaken by various invading forces over the centuries, and today an interesting goulash of local culture and foreign influences. Take a seat in a Turkish-era bath or savor rich Esterházy torte in a genteel coffee house to experience the many sides of a city that charms from both sides of the Danube.

Cruise Itinerary
Date Activity Arrive Depart
08/07/20 Vienna, Austria overnight
09/07/20 Vienna, Austria 11:00 PM
10/07/20 Durnstein, Austria 09:00 AM 12:00 AM
10/07/20 Melk , Austria 04:00 PM 07:00 PM
11/07/20 Linz, Austria 08:00 AM 09:00 PM
12/07/20 Passau, Germany 08:00 AM overnight
13/07/20 Passau, Germany 01:00 PM
14/07/20 Bratislava, Slovakia 03:00 PM 08:00 PM
15/07/20 Budapest, Hungary 09:00 AM overnight
16/07/20 Budapest, Hungary 01:00 PM
17/07/20 Vienna, Austria 06:00 PM overnight
18/07/20 Vienna, Austria
Itinerary may vary by sailing date and itineraries may be changed at the cruise lines discretion. Please check itinerary details at time of booking and before booking other travel services such as airline tickets.

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