Fly to Budapest where you will be met and transferred to your hotel (InterContinental Budapest or similar).
Included today: Guided sightseeing, see Fishermen's bastion and Heroes' Square Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities. Whether you’re seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain, or basking in the coffee house culture over a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café, Budapest’s unique energy is positively palatable. On your guided sightseeing tour, see Heroes’ Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fisherman’s Bastion and 11th century Matthias Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs. Be sure to take note of the city’s eight bridges’ famous sights in and of themselves, which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. You may want to walk across Chain Bridge, built in 1849 and a symbol of Budapest.
This morning is free for you to enjoy Hungary's exciting capital. Perhaps visit one of the many museums, take a walk to see some of the remaining statues from the communist era, shop at the Great Market Hall to purchase paprika and embroidery, or stroll along Vací Utca main shopping street. Later, transfer to your cruise ship for three nights and meet your crew at a welcome reception.
You're spoilt for choice when it comes to panoramic views across the River Danube. Admire the Chain Bridge and the former Royal Palace from one of the hotel's beautifully appointed rooms, or treat yourself to a gourmet Hungarian dinner with views of Buda Castle. Official rating: 5 stars.
Just a leisurely stroll away from the historic Castle district, this luxurious hotel sits on the banks of the river Danube in the heart of Budapest.
The Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge hotel has an enviable position overlooking the River Danube and Budapest's famous Chain Bridge, and many of the 357 rooms come with a view of the river. A Swarovski water fountain, luxury spa, original art and a French-Hungarian restaurant make this hotel a special base for your time in Budapest. Official rating: 5 stars.
The hotel boasts a prime location near the River Danube, Hungarian Parliament, Hungarian State Opera and Castle.
The InterContinental Vienna is centrally located opposite the city park. Walking into the hotel's ornate lobby with its wooden panelling and chandeliers, you'll immediately get a sense of the building's history combined with modern facilities. Official rating: 5 stars.
Situated opposite the city park and just a short walk away from Vienna Hofburg; St Stephens Cathedral; MusuemsQuartier and the famous shopping streets of Kaerntner Strasse and Graben.
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"Poor value for money"
"A perfect holiday."
"The shore town trips were OK, but the service, food and noise in the dining..."
The shore town trips were OK, but the service, food and noise in the dining room was a disgrace. People were queuing up and pushing and shoving to get whatever table they wanted. It was worse than a school dining hall.
"Two fine cities and a lovely ship"
The holiday was well organised - two good hotels, in particular The Intercontinental in Vienna. The food on the Avalon Panorama was excellent.
Did not appreciate the long outbound journey caused by having to change aircraft in Munich, and some of the early morning starts. The problem with the ship's steering was unfortunate and meant we lost a days cruising.
Excellent ship with fine food - friendly crew. Two good hotels. Did not like the outbound flight with change of aircraft. Does no -one fly direct from the south of England to Budapest? Not keen on days of a holiday that start at 7.00 a.m.!
Very enjoyable crew very helpful good food
Enjoyed trip would have liked more days on the ship
"first ever river cruise so nothing to compare against..."
first ever river cruise so nothing to compare against
first river cruise wanted a taster
"Smooth booking service"
Assuming Customer Experience means the booking process (and not the holiday), I had no problems with this.
"An excellent holiday with high standards in all areas."
Very well organised with high standards in all areas including excursions. We were particularly impressed with the way luggage was transferred between the hotels and boat. The cabins and the hotel rooms were excellent. We had a lovely view from our hotel in Budapest. Meals and service on the boat were impressive. We thought the whole package was put together very well.
A lovely holiday to remember. Three impressive cities and a luxury cruise all in one package. High standards in all areas and very well organised.