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2019

Musical Cruise: Romantic Music from the Austro-Hungarian Empire (port-to-port cruise)

8 Days - WBB_MUSPP
# Description

Cruise

VIENNA - MELK - DÜRNSTEIN - BRATISLAVA - KALOCSA - BUDAPEST - ESZTERGOM - VIENNA

The Danube flows past some of the most romantic banks of Europe and carries with it the whispers of the genius composers who once lived in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Dvorak, and Liszt—to name only a few—will passionately serenade you throughout this entire cruise. As a suitor charms his beloved, you’ll be swept away by poetry and melodies on the legendary, beautiful Blue Danube.

Croisi +
All inclusive on board

THE CROISIEUROPE DIFFERENCE

  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • INCLUDED:
    • Exceptional evening at the Vienna State Opera with tickets to Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece Simon Boccanegra(2)
    • Classical music concert at St. Stephen's Basilica in Budapest
  • The fantastic things you’ll discover:(3)  
    • The Melk Abbey, a baroque work of art
    • Bratislava, charming Slovak city
    • The Puszta, the Pannonian steppe grasslands
    • Budapest and the Liszt Memorial Museum
    • The Gödöllö Palace, known as the Versailles of Hungary
    • Hofburg Palace and the Imperial Crypt

Route

Day 1

VIENNA

You’ll board our ship at 6 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew and the artists who will entertain you during your cruise at a welcome cocktail. Our ship will depart at 8:00 p.m. towards Melk and sail through the night.

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Day 2

MELK - DÜRNSTEIN

This morning, join us for an optional visit to the Melk Abbey and get a wonderful view of the Wachau Valley. Our tour will finish up with an organ recital in the church. Our ship will then cruise through the Wachau Valley. Once we arrive in Dürnstein, set out on a tour of this charming medieval village with your host or hostess. We’ll return on board at the end of the afternoon and continue cruising to Bratislava.

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Day 3

BRATISLAVA - KALOCSA

This morning, we’ll set out on an optional guided tour of Bratislava. A stroll down its quaint streets to its gorgeous palaces and theaters will give a good idea of the splendors of its past. We’ll then spend the afternoon cruising to Kalocsa.

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Day 4

KALOCSA

This morning’s optional excursion takes us to the Puszta. We’ll learn more about the traditions and folklore found in the region at a local horse show. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising to Budapest, arriving during the night.

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Day 5

BUDAPEST

This morning, join us for an optional visit to the Liszt Memorial Museum and the “Buda” section of the city.

The afternoon will be dedicated to an optional visit to Gödöllö Palace. In the evening, we’ll head over to St. Stephen's Basilica for a classical music concert. We’ll cruise through the night towards Esztergom.

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Day 6

BUDAPEST - ESZTERGOM

This morning, we’ll visit the citadel of Visegrad which was the former residence of the royal family and perfectly represents the history of Hungary. Afterwards, we’ll return on board and start cruising towards Vienna. Tonight is our gala dinner and evening. 

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Day 7

VIENNA

This morning, join us for a tour of Hofburg Palace, an imperial march through history, art, and luxury. We'll then tour the Imperial Crypt, the final resting place for the remains of 143 Hapsburg royalty. You’re free to do as you please in the afternoon.

At the end of our day, join us for an evening at the Vienna State Opera for a presentation of Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra.(2) 

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Day 8

VIENNA

Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking. End of our services.

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Dates & Prices

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Sales

  • Child discount (2-9 years) : - 20%

Formalities

Valid national identity card or passport required. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate.

Included :
Not included

Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day - all onboard beverages (not including our special lists) - accommodations in double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom - welcome cocktail - evening at the Vienna State Opera - concert at the basilica in Budapest - onboard concerts and lectures in French - emergency/repatriation insurance - all port fees.

Drinks from our special lists or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers - optional excursions (must be reserved and paid for on board or at travel agency) - cancellation and baggage insurance - transfers to/from departure/arrival points.

Shore Excursions

7 Shore excursions
Included in tour package: Melk Abbey and organ recital Bratislava Puszta (half-day) Budapest and the Liszt Museum Gödöllö Palace Visegrad* The Hofburg Palace and the Imperial Crypt *This excursion replaces the originally pl...
Price per pers. 287.00 € Before departure 335.00 € On board
Classic

Tour of the Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum and the old town district of Buda

The museum is a reconstruction of the last flat owned by the artist on the first floor of the old Academy of Music, where the composer lived between 1881 and 1886. The collection of the museum contains his original instruments, furniture, books and s...

Duration h00 Classic

Guided tour of the Hofburg Palace and the Imperial Crypt

The Hofburg Palace was the residence of the Hapsburg family for more than ten centuries. It dates back to the 13th century and encompasses 18 wings, 19 courtyards, 54 stairs and over 2,600 rooms. It currently serves as the official seat of the Austri...

Duration h00 Classic

Visit to the Melk Abbey and organ recital

We’ll leave by coach in the company of our hostess towards the Melk Abbey and meet the guides in the inner courtyard of the building to start the visit. Situated on a rocky cliff above the town of Melk, this Benedictine abbey overlooks the Danu...

Duration 2h30 Classic

Morning in the Puszta (1/2 day)

Departure by coach in the company of your host/hostess in the direction of Kiskunsag Park, at the heart of the Puszta. The Puszta, also known as the Great Plain of Hungary, is a large, flat grassland that was regarded as the Wild West of Hungary in t...

Duration 4h00 Classic

Guided tour of Gödöllö Castle

Departure by coach for Gödöllö Castle. In the company of your guide, you will visit Gödöllö Castle, one of the most important and largest Hungarian Baroque palaces, commissioned by Count Antal Grassalkovich. The castle is mainly known for having been...

Duration 4h00 Classic

Guided tour of Visegrad

We’ll leave towards Visegrad, a small town located on the banks of the Danube River. We’ll visit the citadel of Visegrad which was the former residence of the royal family and perfectly represents the history of Hungary. During this tour...

Duration h00 Classic

Guided tour of Bratislava

Bratislava, before becoming the capital of independent Slovakia in 1993 was first of all the capital of Hungary from 1536 to 1784 under the name of Presburg. It then belonged to Czechoslovakia before becoming the capital of the "Slovak Socialist...

Duration 3h00 Classic

Guided tour of the Hofburg Palace and the Imperial Crypt

The Hofburg Palace was the residence of the Hapsburg family for more than ten centuries. It dates back to the 13th century and encompasses 18 wings, 19 courtyards, 54 stairs and over 2,600 rooms. It currently serves as the official seat of the Austri...

Duration h00 Classic
78.00 € On board

Guided tour of Bratislava

Bratislava, before becoming the capital of independent Slovakia in 1993 was first of all the capital of Hungary from 1536 to 1784 under the name of Presburg. It then belonged to Czechoslovakia before becoming the capital of the "Slovak Socialist...

Duration 3h00 Classic
Price per pers. 28.00 € Before departure 31.00 € On board

Morning in the Puszta (1/2 day)

Departure by coach in the company of your host/hostess in the direction of Kiskunsag Park, at the heart of the Puszta. The Puszta, also known as the Great Plain of Hungary, is a large, flat grassland that was regarded as the Wild West of Hungary in t...

Duration 4h00 Classic
Price per pers. 47.00 € Before departure 52.00 € On board

Tour of the Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum and the old town district of Buda

The museum is a reconstruction of the last flat owned by the artist on the first floor of the old Academy of Music, where the composer lived between 1881 and 1886. The collection of the museum contains his original instruments, furniture, books and s...

Duration h00 Classic
40.00 € On board

Guided tour of Gödöllö Castle

Departure by coach for Gödöllö Castle. In the company of your guide, you will visit Gödöllö Castle, one of the most important and largest Hungarian Baroque palaces, commissioned by Count Antal Grassalkovich. The castle is mainly known for having been...

Duration 4h00 Classic
Price per pers. 44.00 € Before departure 49.00 € On board

Guided tour of Visegrad

We’ll leave towards Visegrad, a small town located on the banks of the Danube River. We’ll visit the citadel of Visegrad which was the former residence of the royal family and perfectly represents the history of Hungary. During this tour...

Duration h00 Classic
34.00 € On board

Visit to the Melk Abbey and organ recital

We’ll leave by coach in the company of our hostess towards the Melk Abbey and meet the guides in the inner courtyard of the building to start the visit. Situated on a rocky cliff above the town of Melk, this Benedictine abbey overlooks the Danu...

Duration 2h30 Classic
51.00 € On board

Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

Useful information

JOINING YOU ON BOARD:(1)

  • BRUNO PHILIPPE – Violoncello
    • Born in 1993 in Perpignan, France, Bruno Phillipe entered the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régionale at 15, where he studied with Raphaël Pidoux. At the Conservatoire de Paris the next year, he studied with Jérôme Pernoo. He has taken master classes with many virtuosos: David Geringas, Steven Isserliss, Gary Hoffman, Pieter Wispelwey, and Frans Helmerson. After receiving awards at international events and competitions, he was named best instrumental newcomer at the 2018 Victoires de la Musique in France. His solo career is now widening on some of the most renowned stages in the world, alongside other virtuosos. He has released two albums. The first, from 2015, is devoted to Brahms’ Sonatas. In 2017, he released a new album of Beethoven and Schubert’s sonatas. Both were recorded with pianist Tanguy de Williencourt. He plays a Tononi violoncello, loaned to him by Beare’s International Violin Society.

 

  • PIERRE GENISSON – Clarinet
    • Born in 1986 in Marseille, France, Pierre Génisson is one of the leading wind instrumentalists of his generation. Prize winner of the prestigious Carl Nielsen International Competition, in 2014 he also won the first prize and the Audience Award at the Jacques Lancelot International Competition in Tokyo. At the age of 21, Pierre Génisson was appointed principal clarinet of the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne, participating in numerous festivals and recordings. He has regularly performed as a guest soloist with major European and international orchestras, including the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester-Berlin and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Pierre has released two albums, Made in France (2014) and How I met Mozart (2017). How I met Mozart was recorded with the Quartet 212, an American string quartet based in the Berkshire Mountains.

 

  • ELEONORE DARMON – Violin
    • When Eléonore Darmon was 5 years old, she listened to an album of gypsy violins over and over. When she was 10, she made up her mind: she would be a violinist. Her mother taught her at first, before she was accepted at the Conservatoire de Paris at 14 years old. After her training, which included top honors and awards, she studied in Florence and then in Vienna with Pavel Vernikov. She has won several international competitions. Her debut as a soloist began at 16 years old with a Mendelssohn concerto under the orchestration of Sebastian Lang-Lessing. She is regularly invited to perform in chamber music recitals and frequently partners with notable musicians such as Mischa Maïsky, Frans Helmerson, and Martha Argerich, to name a few. She plays a Gianbattista Grancino violin with a Eugène Sartory bow.

 

  • DELPHINE HAIDAN – Mezzo-soprano
    • Trained by choral conductor Jacques Grimbert and recipient of a Master's Degree in Musicology from the Sorbonne, Delphine Haidan won an opera prize at the Conservatoire de Paris and several prizes in international competitions. She is well known at home and abroad and has performed throughout Europe and Asia. In France, she has headlined many productions at the Opéra National de Paris, including works by Mozart, Zemlinsky, Ravel, Offenbach, and Bizet. Her recordings include Lakmé for EMI, Carmen for Decca (with Myung-Whun Chung), Paul Le Flem’s Aucassin et Nicolette for Timpani, and Une fête baroque with Emmanuelle Haim and the Concert d’Astrée.

 

For safety reasons, the company and/or the captain of the ship are the only authorities who can modify the cruise itinerary. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LECTURES ARE GIVEN IN FRENCH ONLY.

(1) Except in the event of force majeure. In this case, another artist or lecturer will replace the original.
(2) Program subject to change.
(3) Optional excursions.

Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation.

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