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MS Thomas Hardy

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Riviera Travel -  The Blue Danube River Cruise - 8 Days

Friday 03 April 2020
7 nights
Cruise Itinerary - 7 Nights

Arrival In Budapest Esztergom Bratislava Dürnstein & Melk Salzburg Or Linz Vienna Budapest Return Home

Board Basis:
River Cruise
River Cruise
Departure Airport
Departure Airports
Choice Of Regional Airports Or Rail Options
Departure Port
Departure Port
Budapest

Overview

Soak up all that Europe’s most cultured river has to offer, with its wealth of grand baroque architecture, medieval cities, picture perfect towns and the sights that inspired Strauss and Mozart. Stepping aboard you will appreciate the superb surroundings of your floating luxury hotel for the next seven nights with spacious and well-appointed cabins or suites, private bathrooms and meticulously prepared fine cuisine.

From Budapest, we slip our moorings and head on our journey north to Esztergom spending the morning exploring its historic centre, which once was Hungary’s capital, before continuing westwards to the beautiful old town of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Navigating through Lower Austria we then reach the romantic town of Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned, having been shipwrecked on his return from the crusades. After we visit the remarkable monastery in Melk, with its 200m long Emperor’s Gallery, lined with portraits of Austrian emperors.

Soon we arrive in Linz where you have the opportunity to discover its baroque old town on a guided tour. Alternatively, take the short drive to Salzburg and enjoy a guided tour of the old town, seeing the imposing Hohensalzburg fortress, towering over the city and the birthplace and residence of Mozart, Salzburg’s most famous citizen. On our way back eastwards we will reach classical Vienna, home of Strauss and many great composers. This city offers up so much wonderful architecture as well as a host of other things to see including the Spanish riding school.

Finally, cruising into Hungary, we arrive back in imperial Budapest, straddling the picturesque Danube. After a guided tour of this palatial city we spend the evening on board, where the Captain hosts another spectacular dinner, an excellent finale to this most exceptional and relaxing cruise.

- 7 visits and tours including guided tours in Vienna, Salzburg or Linz, Budapest and Bratislava; and visits to Esztergom, Dürnstein and Melk Abbey

- 7 nights on board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite, with river views

- All meals on board from dinner on your day of arrival through to breakfast on your day of departure (except one lunch), including a welcome dinner and the Captain’s Dinner

- Complimentary on-board tea and coffee

- Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi (connection speeds may vary)

- Return scheduled flights from 13 regional airports (a supplement may apply)

- Five-star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides

- Services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and concierge

- All port charges, airport taxes and overseas transfers

- No surcharges guaranteed

- ABTA, ATOL and IATA protection

 

  • About This Ship

After years of painstaking research to create the most perfect vessels afloat, a new era in river cruising dawns as we introduce our brand new, state of the art, ‘all suite’ ships. Swiss operated and truly world-class, we are absolutely delighted to present the five-star MS Thomas Hardy.

It is extremely difficult to convey just how extraordinary this outstanding ship really is and exactly what distinguishes it from similar vessels. It would be very easy to just say ‘luxurious’ but it’s much more than that; we have deliberately avoided the current trend for a minimalist style where you could be anywhere in the world, creating instead a unique yet exquisite blend of understated taste, style and elegance at the highest level. Immediately striking is just how exceptionally spacious this new vessel is as you enter a gleaming, richly coloured marble-floored lobby flooded with natural light from a stunning atrium above. Moving inside, exceptional creativity from Europe’s finest design studio has produced a superbly balanced masterpiece of onboard style, utilising sustainable rich hardwoods, gleaming brass and polished copper, sparkling glass and intricate wrought iron. The ship is beautifully illuminated throughout – including the exterior and imaginatively furnished with harmonious colour schemes, all designed to create the serene atmosphere reflective of the golden age of cruising which time after time you tell us you adore.

The restaurant rivals the finest on shore establishments taking fine dining to another level complemented by delicate European porcelain, gleaming glassware and the intuitive service in which the Swiss excel. This superb vessel carries 44 in-house trained crew members serving just 169 guests (similar size vessels may carry well over 190 passengers) giving the ratio which our experience proves is concurrent with our first class service levels.
Furthermore your suite will easily exceed your expectations for not only will you enjoy the most discerning décor, so too the ship’s dimensions afford the ultimate in space and comfort - a minimum 17 square metres (183 square feet), with upgrades available to ‘Superior’ and ‘Deluxe’ accommodation.


MS Thomas Hardy Vital Statistics
CABINS GUESTS 169
CREW 44 TONNAGE -
BUILT 2017 REFURBISHED -
LENGTH - BEAM -
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Highlights of the MS Thomas Hardy

The carefully crafted lunch and dinner menus feature a few classic favourites and vegetarian options too, as well as regional dishes inspired by the stunning destinations on your itinerary. Should you have any special dietary requests, simply let us know at the time of booking – we’ll do our utmost to ensure your needs are met wherever possible.

* Fares published are guideline prices and may be subject to change at any time and are subject to availability and include government taxes & fees applicable at time of going to print. Except where indicated, all fares are per person and based on a double occupancy of a twin or double stateroom.

Excludes: Travel Insurance, drinks, hotel meals, shore excursions, UK regional flights (unless already requested in above parameters), dayrooms, personal expenses, cover charge on selected services, service charges, tips on board & ashore & any other item not expressly included in the fare.

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