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Riviera Travel MS Robert Burns
Date 8th Apr 21
Nights 7 Nights
1
Budapest, Hungary
Fly from the UK to Budapest. On arrival, transfer to the port to embark on board MS Robert Burns for your seven night cruise.
2
Esztergom, Hungary
Esztergom lies on the right bank of the River Danube in northern Hungary. The Basilica sits on the hillside overlooking the town and has an impressive cupola, alter-piece, crypt, treasury and Bakocz chapel to explore. Stroll around the Baroque buildings of Vizivaros (Watertown) and stop by the Kereszteny Museum at the neo-Renaissance Primates' Palace. Walk alongside the banks of Kis-Duna to downtown Esztergom to admire the 18th/19th-century civil mansions on Szechenyi Square and the stunning Town Hall. Climb up Szent Tamas hill for panoramic city-wide views, passing the famous Biblioteca library en-route. Maria Valeria Bridge which spans the Danube and connects Esztergom with the Slovenia city of Parkany is must-see sight too.
3
Bratislava, Slovakia
Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is set along the Danube River by the border of Austria and Hungary. It is surrounded by vineyards and the Little Carpathian Mountains threaded with biking and hiking trails. Venture to heart of Bratislava and walk along the picturesque streets of the old town or become lost in the beauty of St Michael's street and gaze in awe at the fairy tale-like St Michael’s tower. Visit the peaceful Slavin to pay your respects to fallen soldiers and admire the breath-taking views of the city. Be amazed by the verdant fields and meandering rivers as you venture to the historical Devin Castle or lose yourself in the modern art at Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum.
4
Durnstein & Melk, Austria
Step ashore this morning in the Austrian town of Durnstein. Visit the historic Durnstein Castle, famous for the imprisonment of King Richard, the lion heart. Travel into the heart of the town to sample locally-produced schnapps, chocolate, and more. Stop by the Domane Wachau winery for a true taste of Austria and pose for pictures against the backdrop of hills and vineyards. Step back onboard as the cruise continues to Melk. This Baroque-style town is dominated by the 900-year old Melk Abbey with its gold leaf walls, 640-foot Imperial Corridor, and fresco ceilings. Stroll through Old Town Melk and discover the Lebzelterhaus, Rathaus, and the Coronation of Our Lady statue. Climb up to the pilgrimage church of Maria Taferi for stunning views of the Danube Valley below.
5
Salzburg or Linz, Austria
Salzburg, the birthplace of famed composer Mozart, stands beside the fast-flowing Salzach River and overlooks the Eastern Alps. Visit Mozart's Geburtshaus, the home in which Mozart's family lived in the 18th-century, and view memorabilia from his life. The city is linked to the Trapp family from The Sound of Music; take a bus tour and view famous sights from the musical. Salzburg also has a large art and music scene, with concert halls that showcase traditional music throughout the year. To see the real scenic beauty of Salzburg, a visit to the pretty gardens and fountains at Schloss Hellbrunn is a must-do. Linz is the capital of Upper Austria and lies in an attractive location on both banks of the River Danube. Famous for its fine churches and museums it’s an ideal location to explore. Take an historic ride on Pöstlingbergbahn and experience one of the world's steepest narrow-gauge railways. Enjoy the beauty of the New Cathedral (Mariendom) and gaze in awe at the breathtaking view over Linz from the cathedral's spire. Step into the future and visit the Ars Electronica Center and watch the stunning riverside lightshow. Get lost in the beauty of nature and take a visit to Linz Botanical Garden; home to more than 10,000 species of plants. Experience a poignant piece of World War II history with a day trip to Mauthausen concentration camp.
6
Vienna, Austria
A highlight of any cruise is a day in Austria's capital city — Vienna. Steeped in history, Vienna is packed to the brim with wonderful sights — from the world-famous Opera House and Spanish Riding School to the Burgtheatre, Town Hall, St Stephen's Cathedral, Schonbrunn Palace, and Hofburg Imperial Palace. Visit Vienna's Leopold Museum, Kunsthalle Wien and Museum of Modern Art, or get up close to exotic wildlife at Tiergarten. Make sure to admire city-wide views from the Riesenrad giant Ferris wheel and Danube Tower.
7
Budapest, Hungary
One of eastern Europe's liveliest and most cosmopolitan cities — Budapest — offers plenty to see and do. The 19th-century Chain Bridge spans Danube River and connects the hilly Buda district with the flat Pest area. Ride the tram up Castle Hill to Buda's old town where you can step back to Roman times at Budapest History Museum and discover the World Heritage-listed Royal Palace. Admire Hungarian crown jewels at Parliament House or indulge in a hot thermal bath at Szechenyi Bath. Enjoy a photo opportunity at Heroes’ Square, before visiting Vajdahunyad Castle in nearby City Park. Savour a bird's eye view of the city from the Budapest Eye Ferris wheel and the famous Fisherman's Bastion.
8
Budapest, Hungary
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
Hays Extras
Hays Extras
  • Return flights from regional UK airports
  • Overseas transfers
  • Departures available April to October 2021*
  • £250pp deposit
  • Complimentary on-board tea & coffee
  •  Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi Expert 
  • Services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and concierge 
  • Five-star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Seven visits and tours including guided tours in Vienna, Salzburg or Linz, Dürnstein, Budapest and Bratislava; and visits to Esztergom Basilica, and Melk Abbey
  • A packed lunch during the full day trip to Salzburg
  • Add a drinks package from £109pp
  • Classical recital live musical experience on board in Vienna
  • Traditional Hungarian folk law dancers in Budapest
  • Book with Hays Travel to receive €150pp on board credit - Valid until 31st October 2020 
Why Book
Why Book
  • Venture to heart of Bratislava and walk along the picturesque streets of the old town
  • Stop by the Domane Wachau winery in Durnstein for a true taste of Austria
  • Savour a bird's eye view of the city from the Budapest Eye Ferris wheel and the famous Fisherman's Bastion

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Background
MS Robert Burns
Overview
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 Robert Burns. 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 Robert Burns
Food & Drink

The restaurants rival 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.

Entertainment

The Diamond Deck is where you will find the very heart of the ship - the superb panoramic observation lounge and bar; a lounge in every sense of the word, complete with plenty of comfortable leather armchairs and sumptuous sofas where you can sink into warmly colourful cushions in beautiful quality fabrics with a freshly made cup of tea. A thick wool carpet feels lovely underfoot and the tasteful contemporary lighting above creates a welcoming and refined ambience, further complemented by the discreet and intuitive service resplendent of the finest five-star hotels. So just sit back with your favourite cocktail and take in the truly mesmerising view.

After a superb dinner in the restaurant perhaps it’s time for a digestif accompanied by the soothing tones of the ship’s pianist or unwind with a book from the smartly wood panelled library. 

Health & Fitness

Head on up to the truly spectacular deck and watch life ashore slip by from the comfort of a sun lounger, perhaps under shade if the weather gets too hot! There’s always the refreshing splash pool too or why not try your hand on the putting green.

On the Emerald Deck is the fitness centre, perfect for working off all those delicious meals or for something less strenuous treat yourself to a relaxing massage. So you will always look your best there is a hairdresser’s too which also offers manicure and pedicure treatments.

Simply put, these world-class ships, elegant and refined in the truest sense, take the idea of river cruising to another level – it really doesn’t get better than this! 

Kids & Teens

Please note: there are no dedicated kids or teens facilities onboard.

Terms & Conditions
Advertised offer based on 2 sharing the lowest category cabin/stateroom unless otherwise stated. Single supplements apply. Offer is subject to availability and can change without notice and may fluctuate in price. Hays Cruise Extras can change without notice and Hays Travel reserves the right to withdraw any offer at any time. This includes any current cruise line campaign/promotion(s) and may be withdrawn whilst the offer is still being promoted. Promotional discounts and savings offered by the operator can change without notice. Pricing is based on the cheapest UK airport or port departure and travelling dates. Promotional discounts and savings offered by the operator can change without notice. Hays Travel reserves the right to omit, suspend or edit any material submitted for this website. Certain destinations where an ESTA or Visa is required, it is the sole responsibility of the individual(s) travelling and Hays Travel cannot accept any liability for declined entries. Further terms and conditions may apply. Please contact Hays Travel for up to date pricing and further information. The criteria to qualify for the Peace of Mind Guarantee are as follows: new bookings made on selected holidays with departure dates travelling outside of six months. And that's not all; direct debit and low deposit options are also available. *Subject to availability. Itineraries and ships may vary depending on departure date. Children under 12 are not permitted onboard. Free time ashore is subject to mooring points available.
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