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MS Charles Dickens<br>23 Night A Tale of Two Cruises<br>Budapest to Basel

MS Charles Dickens
23 Night A Tale of Two Cruises
Budapest to Basel

Ship: MS Charles Dickens
Cruise Line: Riviera Travel
Departures:  07 August 2018
Duration: 23 Nights
Ports: Budapest, Vienna, Melk, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Cologne, Mainz, Wurzburg, Wertheim, Rudesheim, Bratislava, Basel, Strasbourg, Koblenz, Speyer, Boppard, Miltenberg, Bamberg, Breisach
Airport gateway (Arrival) : Budapest
Airport gateway (Departure) : Basel

Itinerary

 This itinerary is a combination of two unique river cruises provided by the UK's #1 tour operator, Riviera Travel. For a seamless holiday experience we have already included return airfares from Australia and luxury accommodation before and after your cruises. We can also provide transfers between all Airports, Hotels and Ports throughout the package for an additional cost. Ask us for more details!

 The first cruise in this grand tour is 14 nights from Budapest to Cologne aboard MS Charles Dickens. We have a full itinerary available for you to read below, but here is a quick overview;

 Our journey south takes in so many incredible visits and sites starting in Koblenz and then onto the picturesque town of Boppard, continuing through the stunning Rhine Gorge and onto beautiful Rudesheim, one of the most famous wine towns on the Rhine. Next, we cruise to Mainz and then along the river Main to Miltenberg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval villages. The cruise continues towards Wurzburg situated at the head of Germany’s ‘Romantic Road’ where we have a walking tour and time to visit the amazing baroque palace. Next day it’s onto Bamberg, quite simply one of the most beautiful small towns in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Having seen so much we are still only at our halfway point on our cruise. Next we berth in Nuremberg for a guided tour of this historic city, probably most remembered as the location of the trials at the end of WWII. From here we pass through the Main-Danube canal to the picturesque river Danube, one of the most romantic and beautiful rivers in the world, and our first stop, Regensburg. Over the next five days we take in so much that Bavaria, Austria and Hungary can offer. We stop in Passau and then onto Melk and culminate our time in Austria in 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. Cruising into Hungary, we soon arrive 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 comprehensive and yet relaxing cruise.


 The second cruise in this grand tour is 7 nights from Cologne to Basel aboard MS Charles Dickens. We have a full itinerary available for you to read below, but here is a quick overview;

 On our journey through the Rhine valley, we visit historic Koblenz where we have time to explore the old town at the confluence of both the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Next, we continue our navigation through the dramatic Rhine Gorge where the sheer valley walls tower over 400m above our heads and onto Rudesheim, where we enjoy another evening complemented with an excellent dinner on board. As the Rhine widens and the landscape becomes less rugged, our cruise continues south, stopping in fascinating Rudesheim onto medieval Speyer with its stunning Romanesque Basilica that dominates this pretty town. Next day we arrive at the city of Strasbourg where you enjoy a walking tour of the old town. Continuing, we drive through the typical rolling tree-clad massif of the Black Forest onto the charming town of Titisee, nestling on the shores of its namesake lake. Our final destination is Switzerland where we moor in Basel. We have included an amazing tour to magnificent Lucerne, Switzerland’s most attractive city and then into the dramatic Bernese Oberland and some of the world’s finest alpine scenery. See the magnificent Eiger and Jungfrau, a just and fitting finale, to a most relaxing and enjoyable river cruise experience.
 

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* Ports of call may vary based on itinerary and departure dates selected

 
 

 Category  Prices from (AUD, per person, twin share)
 Lower Deck  $10,295
 Middle Deck  $11,745
 Upper Deck  $12,345

 

23 Night 'A Tale of Two Cruises' Package Includes:

  • Economy Class airfares from Australia to Budapest, returning from Basel
  • Private transfers between Airport, Hotel and Port in Budapest
  • 1 Night stay at the Iberostar Grand Hotel Budapest, including breakfast
  • 14 Night cruise aboard MS Charles Dickens from Budapest to Cologne 
  • 7 Night cruise aboard MS Charles Dickens from Cologne to Basel
  • 1 Night stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel Basel, including breakfast
  • Private transfers between Port, Hotel and Airport in Basel
  • All on-board meals, entertainment and tour services
  • All port charges, fees and air taxes
 

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* All prices quoted are PER PERSON in Australian Dollars and include taxes, fees and port expenses (if applicable).
* All prices quoted are for the cruise departing on 06 August 2018. Prices for alternative departure dates may vary.

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Ports

Budapest

Budapest possesses a rich and fascinating history as well as a vibrant cultural heritage. Recognizing the unique value of its traditions it has managed to maintain its magic and charm, and is rightly known as the Queen of the Danube. It has also been called the City of Spas, as there are a dozen thermal baths complexes served by over a hundred natural thermal springs.

Country - Hungary
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance from Port to Airport - 14kms
Currency - Forint (HUF)

Places of Interest
Ecseri Flea Market, Royal Palace, National Gallery, Great Synagogue and Jewish Museum, Fisherman's Bastion, Statue Park

Vienna

Vienna is known worldwide as a city of music. Quality orchestras and ensembles are its seal of excellence. Along with well-established ensembles for contemporary music classical music continues to play a vital role, as made evident by the City of Vienna Concert Orchestra and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, amongst others. The Vienna Academy, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Women's Chamber Orchestra are dedicated to tradition and modern music alike. International artists are a great gain to cultural life in Vienna.Vienna's cultural life is multi-faceted. You have the choice of 50 theatres, four opera houses, two stages for musicals, 100 museums and numerous theatre, music and dance festivals. The museum quarter with its baroque facade is home to one of the biggest cultural districts in Europe.


Country  Austria
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance from Port to Airport - 15kms
Currency -
Euro (EUR)

Places of Interest
Hofburg Palace, Vienna Opera House, Spanish Riding School, Prater Park, Danube Tower, Vienna Zoo

Melk

Empress Maria Theresa said of Melk, "If I had never come here, I would have regretted it." The center of Melk is the Abbey and the Stiftskirche (the abbey church), some of the best examples of Baroque architecture anywhere in the world. The abbey library contains allegorical paintings by Troger on the ceiling while the Stiftskirche, has works by Rottmayr and Troger and is almost completely decorated in gold. Stand on the terrace of the abbey and view the river much as Napoleon did during the campaign against Austria so many years ago.

Country - Austria
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance to Airport - 105kms
Currency - Euro (EUR)

Places of Interest
Melk Abbey and Museum

Passau

Passau is not merely a transfer point but a destination unto itself. Life is easy-going and lived outdoors where street cafes and restaurants abound. Student life is vibrant and multifaceted. Guests can actively interface with young people from around the world over a Hacklbräu, Andorfer Weissbier or Passauer Löwenbräu brew in the beer gardens.

Country - Germany
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance from Port to Airport - 100kms
Currency - Euro (EUR)

Places of Interest
Bavarian Forest, Local Breweries, Danube River

Regensburg

Regensburg bills itself as "Germany's best-preserved medieval city." It's hard to argue with that description, at least when you're wandering through the Altstadt (old city) with its 13th to 15th Century houses or crossing the Steinerne Bruke (Stone Bridge), which has carried traders and touists across the Danube since the 1100s. Preservation may be Regensburg's most important industry after the BMW and Siemens plants in the modern suburbs. The medieval streets in the city center have been protected by strict laws since the 1970s, and the Bavarian state's conservation experts keep a close eye on all maintenance or renovation



Country - Germany
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance from Port to Airport - 78kms
Currency - Euro (EUR)

Places of Interest
Medieval city centre, Historic Sausage Kitchen, Johannes Kepler Memorial House

Nuremberg

Visitors to Nuremberg, a lively city with a medieval feel, will find evidence of its 950-year history at every turn. These legacies of the past also reveal much about the past and present of the German people. Here in Nuremberg, monuments to the city's inventiveness and its cultural self-confidence over many centuries stand in the midst of the hustle and bustle of a modern, dynamic urban centre.

Country - Germany
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance from Port to Airport - 6kms
Currency - Euro (EUR)

Places of Interest
Castle, City Wall, Zoo, Toy Museum, Verkehrs Museum, Old Quarter

Cologne

The city's very name bears witness to its Roman past as the town of Colonia. As well as the legacy from Roman times and the Middle Ages, particularly the world-famous cathedral, Cologne has an extremely lively arts and culture scene. And besides being a centre of carnival activity and the "capital of Rhenish joie de vivre", Cologne is also an extremely attractive trade fair centre. Open, friendly and uncomplicated: that's Cologne!

Country - Germany
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance from Port to Airport - 16kms
Currency - Euro (EUR)

Places of Interest
Cologne Cathedral, Philharmonic Hall, Zoo

Mainz

Mainz, the charming capital of Rhineland-Palatinate, ideally located at the confluence of the Rhine and Main, has savoir vivre, a unique ambience and a cosmopolitan outlook. Whether you come to Mainz as a tourist or to attend a conference or one of Mainz's numerous festivals, you cannot fail to be captivated by the open, friendly atmosphere of the town and its people. You feel it wherever you go: wandering through the market or the lovingly restored old town or strolling along the banks of the river Rhine.

Country - Germany
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance from Port to Airport - 20kms
Currency - Euro (EUR)

Places of Interest
The Iron and Wood Towers, Old Town, Roman Remains

Wurzburg

Surrounded by pleasant hillside vineyards Würzburg is both an old episcopal see and a vivacious modern university city. The great medieval fortress of Marienburg dominates the skyline, overlooking the beautiful Old Town with its architectural masterpieces from many different periods. Art, culture and the fine wines of Franconia are all important elements of the Würzburg lifestyle. This carefree city with its relaxed southern atmosphere is the perfect starting-place for a journey of discovery on the Romantic Route.

Country - Germany
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance from Port to Airport - 90kms
Currency - Euro (EUR)

Places of Interest
Fortress Marienberg, Town Hall

Wertheim

The former capital of the counts of Wertheim, situated at the point where the river Tauber flows into the river Main, with its medieval lanes, frame houses and awe-inspiring castle has an atmosphere of its own and – unlike other towns – has kept its character of a small Franconian town.

Country - Germany
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance from Port to Airport - 95kms
Currency - Euro (EUR)

Places of Interest
Kilian's Chapel, Glass making Foundry and Museum, Spessart Forest, Tauber Valley

Rudesheim

Rudesheim sits at the entrance to the Upper Middle Rhine Valley.  If you come from the direction of Frankfurt or Mainz, it is one of the first major tourist towns you'll reach along the Rhine River.  Rudesheim makes a good base for exploring the entire Rhine Valley, which is the home of famous wines, medieval villages and beautiful scenery.

Country - Germany
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance from Port to Airport - 55kms
Currency - Euro (EUR)

Places of Interest
Drosselgasse, Niederwald Monument, Rheingau Wine Museum, Asbach Brandy Distillery, Medieval Torture Museum, Bird of Prey Zoo, Jagdschloss, Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet

Bratislava

Bratislava is redolent with Hapsburg Baroque architecture, preserved in many historic row houses and the pedestrianised Old Town, which has been extensively renovated. But as an ancient trading post, its history is much older, with German settlers since the middle ages, Hungarians, Italians, and a large Jewish community with some places of worship still remaining.

Country - Slovakia
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance from Port to Airport - 8kms
Currency - Slovak Koruna (SKK)

Places of Interest
Bratislava Castle, Slovak National Gallery, Primatial Palace, Slavin Monument, Michalska Street

Basel

Basel is by far the art and architecture capital of Switzerland. Its 40 museums, covering an area of almost 37 km2, can be easily reached on foot, mostly by strolling through romantic lanes and alleys in the Old Town. The finest and oldest art collection is housed in the Kunstmuseum Basel, as is “Schaulager” - a space for modern art - which was opened in 2003. The Fondation Beyeler, which is well worth a visit, is famous far beyond the limits of Basel - not only for the highly acclaimed special exhibitions, but also for the impressive building designed by architect Renzo Piano.


Country - Switzerland
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance to Airport - 6.5kms
Currency - Swiss Franc (CHF)

Places of Interest
Market Square, Town Hall, Basel Zoo, Cathedral, Fondation Beyeler Art Museum, Old Town

Strasbourg

The cosmopolitan, north-eastern city of Strasbourg is the intellectual, cultural and economic capital of Alsace. Stylish and atmospheric, it is the seat of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. Situated just west of the Rhine, Strasbourg lies at the heart of the vital transport arteries that have linked northern and Central Europe with the Mediterranean since Roman times.

Country - France
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance to Airport - 10kms
Currency - Euro (EUR)

Places of Interest
The Grande Ile, Cathedrale Notre Dame, European Parliament

Koblenz

Situated in the picturesque landscape of the Rhine and Moselle and surrounded by four low mountain ranges is the 2000-year-old town of Koblenz. Its abundance of cultural monuments and historic buildings, its cosy lanes and narrow alleyways, the relaxed and happy atmosphere of its squares and river promenades make Koblenz a friendly town where guests feel right at home.

Country - Germany
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance from Port to Airport - 116kms
Currency - Euro (EUR)

Places of Interest
German Corner, Empress Augusta Gardens, Theatre and Obelisk, Beethoven Memorial, Museum of Military Technology, The Wine Village

Speyer

The old imperial city of Speyer was a bishopric and boasts a Romanesque cathedral with six imposing towers and the finest and largest crypt in Germany. Four Holy Roman Emperors and four German Kings are buried in the impressive Royal Vault.

Country -  Germany
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance to Airport - 98kms
Currency - Euro (EUR)

Places of Interest
Great Romanesque Cathedral, City Centre

Boppard



Country -
Distance from port to City -
Distance to Airport -
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Places of Interest

Miltenberg

Miltenberg, nestled tightly below wooded hills on a bend of the Main River, enjoys a wonderfully photogenic setting. Explore the "Pearl of the Main River" with your local guide. See the half timbered houses that give the town its fairy tale feel, along with the Crooked House and Royal Inn.

Country - Germany
Distance from port to City - 1km
Distance from port to Airport - 85kms
Currency - Euro (EUR) 

Places of Interest

Bamberg



Country - Germany
Distance from port to City - 1km
Distance from port to Airport - 50kms
Currency - Euro (EUR)

Places of Interest

Breisach

 

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Riviera Travel

Riviera Travel

Riviera Travel has been carefully researching and thoughtfully crafting an enticing range of European and worldwide guided tours, short breaks, river cruises and tall ship cruises for over 30 years, for the traveller looking for something just a little bit different. Riviera Travel offers a perfectly balanced combination of the 'must see' classic sights and delightful 'hidden gems' - uncovered through their extensive research of local areas. 

Stunning scenery, waterfront life, enchanting riverside ports, elegant towns and grand cities – there’s so much to enjoy on a four and five star river cruise. Everything comes effortlessly to you as you glide serenely by with no risk of sea-sickness or rough water. Whatever part of Europe or the wider world you want to discover and explore on your river cruise, Riviera Travel's superb ships - amongst the very finest in the world - are waiting to take you there.

Fine dining will be a highlight of your river cruise experience, with the highest five star levels of superb cuisine prepared by dedicated, professional chefs. All in all, Riviera Travel's river cruises are quite simply a wonderfully relaxing and comfortable way to explore the beautiful waterways of Europe and beyond.

So where will your river cruising holiday take you in 2017? There are so many Riviera Travel river cruises to choose from that you’ll be truly spoilt for choice – whether you want a five day, eight day or fifteen day cruise.


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MS Charles Dickens

We are proud to unveil the latest addition to the fleet for 2015 - the brand new, state of the art, five star MS Charles Dickens.

Specially commissioned and designed to our exacting specifications, she is, without doubt, one of the world's finest river cruise ships. We have worked tirelessly with one of Europe's most experienced and respected luxury shipbuilders, Veka Group, to create the perfect ship, featuring many unique, ground breaking innovations. The finest of materials have been used in construction with virtually no expense spared; its sustainably sourced tropical hardwoods, highly polished brass and wrought iron fittings, thick pile high-quality carpets, luxuriously comfortable deep armchairs and settees will absolutely delight you. In addition the ship's spacious layout, subtle and tasteful lighting, elegant decor, luxurious cabins and excellent facilities are undoubtedly the very best on cruise ships today.

Superb attention to detail continues outside the vessel, where the extensive use of glass and polished stainless steel compliments her sleek modern profile perfectly. As the ship glides serenely through the water, she truly is a wonderful sight to behold! As you would expect, the ship also incorporates the very latest in modern construction techniques and safety systems, ensuring your cruise is as comfortable and secure as possible. Finally the ship carries just 140 passengers with 35 crew, a 4:1 ratio ensures excellent service levels. With many similar size vessels carrying 180 passengers or more, you will find the extra space, especially in the restaurant, very noticeable indeed.

THE DECKS
The four deck design helps to enhance the ships' spaciousness and is typified by the delightful lobby on the Hamlet (upper) deck. As you are greeted on board, you will appreciate the five star quailty of the warm-coloured wood and marble that has been extensively utilised, whilst above, the innovative atrium tastefully bathes the whole welcoming scene in natural light. There is also a lift and small boutique stocking those essentials which always run out whilst one is away! Moving towards the front of the ship you will find the classically appointed Globe Lounge and Bar, with a wide selection of comfortable and elegant seating. Here you can relax and enjoy the delights of the passing scenery through the superb observation windows on both sides of the vessel, whilst the forward facing panoramic bay window ensures the most extensive and uninterrupted viewing of any river ship. The welcoming bar offers a full range of drinks sourced from all over the world, including the finest wines and spirits. When the sun sinks slowly below the riverside hills this is the perfect place to relax and reflect on another day's experiences. Then, as the evening progresses into darkness, subtle lighting evolves through colour and intensity accompanied by gentle piano background music, creating a very special ambience. However should you prefer a good book to read you can always visit the library, which, with its leather effect wall linings, offers a gentile environment reminiscent of the golden age of cruising.

To the rear of the ship is the Midsummer Bar, with large panoramic windows and outside seating, where again you can enjoy and relax, watching the passing scenery. Here, in the evenings the chef presents his personal signature dishes for just 24 diners - this intimate dining experienced can be reserved on board at no extra charge.

Stairs and a lift lead down to the Othello (middle) deck, where the culinary delights of a superbly elegant restaurant are enhanced by sparkling crystal and crips, high-quality table linen. Here the ship's outstanding chefs will amaze you with superb fine dining of the highest order, using freshly prepared seasonal produce to create very best of European cuisine. The sumptuous breakfast buffet, with omlettes and fresh eggs prepared to order, ensures a great start to the day and a lunchtime buffet ensures you can eat a full meal or something as simple as a fresh crunchy salad - just as you desire. The evening dinner features excellently  executed dishes with silver service, plus a relaxed atmosphere and our 'open seating' policy ensures your dining experience is one you will always look forward too.

Wonderfully illustrating the extraordinary attention to detail focused on the Charles Dicken's design is the use of special 'sound absorbent' paint on the restaurant ceiling to reduce noise levels whilst dining - remarkable! Another outstanding restaurant feature are the large tinted panoramic windows, so as you enjoy your epicurean adventure you will also be able to enjoy the scenery as it glides past - you miss nothing!

A further staircase descends to the Romeo (lower) deck, where a small but well equipped fitness suite is available for the energetic, whilst others may choose to plump for an invigorating sauna! There is also a hairdressing salon so you can always look your best (small additional fee).

Crowning the ship is the magnificent Sun Deck, where you are very welcome to visit the Bridge whenever you wish except when berthing  or navigating locks. You can discuss life on the river and view the fascinating technologically advanced array of 'state of the art' navigation and control equipment, whilst highly skilled officers guide all 110 metres of the Charles Dickens carefully along the river. Of course the view from the sun deck is just wonderful, whilst the informal cafe style seating is an ideal place to relax with like-minded travellers.

Just absorb the magical sights, sounds and unique river atmosphere whilst perhaps availing yourself of the attentive bar service. Or just relax on a sun bed and read a book, solve the crossword from a deck chair, take a dip in the whirlpool, play chess, try your hand on the putting green or just relax and admire the ever-changing kaleidoscope of stunning views passing by.

Ship facts

FACILITIES
• Main restaurant on Othello Deck serving buffet breakfast, buffet lunch and dinner
• Globe lounge with bar and panoramic views on the Hamlet Deck
• Midsummer Bar and Restaurant on the Hamlet Deck
• Air-conditioned public areas and cabins
• Lift between Othello and Hamlet Decks
• 24 hour self service station for tea and coffee
• Sun deck with comfortable outdoor chairs and sun lounges
• Small splash pool
• Putting green
• Giant chess
• Small boutique
• Reception
• Wellness area with sauna and fitness equipment
• Hairdressing salon
• Laundry service

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