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Exclusive Solos Only River Cruise August 2018 - 80% SOLD

Price A$7247


Destination

ViennaBratislavaMohacsBelgradeIron GatesSvishtovDanube DeltaBucharestBudapest


Category
Group Tours

Duration
14 days 13 nights
Tour Details

Cruise Dates: 20th August 2018 - 2nd September 2018

 

  • Haydn Deck from A$7247, plus international airfares
  • Strauss Deck from A$8247, plus international airfares
  • Mozart Deck (full balcony) A$10247, plus international airfares

Two’s a Crowd will be 6 years old in 2018. By then we’ll have spent the last 6 years helping solo travellers everywhere to spread their wings, travel to unique destinations all over the world and all in the company of like-minded travellers. To celebrate and thank you for joining our family, we’ve organised a very special cruise down the beautiful Danube on the luxury MV Amadeus Silver II.  And you’re all invited!

We’ve chartered an entire, spectacular European river cruise ship just for Two’s a Crowd solos in August and September 2018. We’ll travel along the Danube from Vienna, through Bratislava, Belgrade, the breathtaking Iron Gates and the Danube Delta, to Bucharest and finally Budapest for a wonderful finale.

Along the way, we’ll take in some fantastic scenery as well as some of Europe’s finest history and culture.

That’s 14 days of 5 Star river cruising on this exclusive Two's a Crowd solos only journey! No couples, no kids, just like minded, solo travellers enjoying an amazing 2 weeks on one of Europe’s most breathtaking waterways. Cabin prices start at A$7247 and includes all meals and free flowing wine and beer with lunch and dinner.

Our included shore excursion program is jam-packed and conducted by knowledgeable and passionate guides who will tell you about both the history and daily life today as only a local can. The cruise will be hosted by Two's a Crowd Founder Ken Morgan.

Will you join us?

80% OF CABINS HAVE BEEN SOLD. DON'T MISS OUT. GUARANTEED DEPARTURE

Day 1 - Arrive Vienna, Austria

Our tour begins in the vibrant, imperial city of Vienna. If you organised flights through Two’s a Crowd you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to the boat. In the afternoon you’ll board your floating home for the next 14 days; the 5 Star Amadeus Silver II. There’ll be plenty of time to settle comfortably into your cabin before meeting the crew and Two’s a Crowd tour hosts at this evening’s welcome cocktail and dinner reception.

Includes: 

Welcome cocktail and dinner

Meals : Dinner
Day 2 - Vienna

We kick off our fabulous two weeks with a guided tour of the wonderful city of Vienna. Dripping in history and bursting with artistic and musical masterpieces, the eclectic feast of architectural styles on offer will take your breath away. There is much to see in this spellbinding city: its Imperial palaces, the Museums Quarter (displaying works by Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt), the impressive buildings along the Ringstrasse, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the famous Vienna State Opera, amongst many others. Our day starts with a city tour and in the afternoon we’ll make our way to Schönbrunn Palace, the sumptuous summer palace and gardens of Empress Maria Theresia and the Habsburg empire. We’ll cap off our Vienna experience by taking in the ‘Sound of Vienna’, where we’ll enjoy the ‘Alt Wien’ orchestra playing popular pieces from Vienna’s classical era. Our ship remains in Vienna.

Includes: 

City Tour of Vienna - Morning

Guided tour of Schonbrunn Palace - Afternoon

Concert visit ‘Sound of Vienna’

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 - Bratislava, SLovakia

We depart Vienna in the early hours and awake in Slovakia’s intriguing capital city of Bratislava. One of Europe’s newest capitals, Bratislava has a certain cosmopolitan, low key charm, with its pedestrianised Old Town, the majestic Castle and the fascinating Art Nouveau ‘Blue Church’. Our guided excursion through the city will include a visit to the home of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the old city walls, the summer residence of the archbishop and the current residence of the president of Slovakia. In the restored old town we’ll see Michael’s Gate, the Primatial Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral, a former coronation cathedral for Hungarian kings.

Includes: 

City tour of Bratislava - morning

Afternoon cruising

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - Mohacs, Hungary

This morning we visit the tiny harbor town of Mohács, a melting pot of nations and famous for the annual Busójárás festival (late February or March), where locals parade through town adorned with horned wooden masks (busós) to scare off winter and welcome spring. Two important battles took place in the fields around this town, which had a huge impact on European history. The battle in 1526 was lost and was the beginning of the reign of the Ottoman Empire for the next century and a half. In 1687 the Austrian troops and Habsburg allies overturned the empire and regained the cities of the Danube

Includes: 

Walking tour of Mohacs

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - Belgrade, Serbia

Today we head to the vibrant, western-influenced capital of Serbia, which boasts countless attractions and fascinating buildings from vastly different eras. After breakfast, we’ll take a city tour and explore our surroundings. In the afternoon, we’ll visit Topola and Oplenac, where the famous St. George’s Church is situated. We’ll end our evening in style with a visit to the charming artists’ quarter, Skardaljia. Our ship then continues its journey south. 

Includes: 

City tour of Belgrade - Morning

Excursion Topola & Oplenac - Afternoon

Evening Excursion to Artists’ quarter Skadarlija

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Iron Gates

On day 9 we spend the day on board and experience what is probably the most scenic part of our cruise. Enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful view of the surrounding Carpathian Mountains and the Balkan mountain range. A particular highlight is the trip through the ‘Iron Gates’. Consisting of four narrow gorges and three wide basins spread over several miles of the Danube between Romania and Serbia, the Iron Gates are thought to be one of Europe’s most dramatic natural wonders, featuring a spectacular narrow gorge (only 200 meters width and 80 meters depth) with enormous white limestone cliffs. Don’t miss the view of the imposing stone likeness of King Decebalus of Dacia at Dubova, which, at 40 meters high, is one of the largest rock sculptures in Europe. 

Includes: 

Cruise day passing through the world famous Iron Gates

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Svishtov, Bulgaria

This morning our ship will make a short stop at the Bulgarian town of Svishtov, where we’ll jump off for our morning excursion, which is overland to Veliko Tarnovo located at the foot of the Balkan Mountains. One of Bulgaria’s oldest towns, Veliko Tarnovo is bursting with history, with its fortified walls, cobbled lanes and its dramatic centrepiece, the magnificent restored Tsarevets Fortress. In the afternoon we take in the beautiful views while our journey continues downriver to Romania, and the port of Giurgiu.

Includes: 

Excursion Veliko Tarnovo with Arbanassi inclunding lunch (by bus from Svishtov / Giurgiu)

Afternoon Cruising

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 - Danube Delta - St George's Village

The breathtakingly beautiful Danube Delta is your playground on day 8 of our cruise. The delta is one of the largest wetlands in the world, with a large variety of plant and animal species, and has been declared a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Travel along St George’s Canal, also known as the ‘end of the Danube’ – the so-called ‘kilometre zero’ – where the mighty river flows into the Black Sea. Your destination is the nearby fishing village of St. George. Our boat safari will give you an even closer view of the impressive natural landscape and its fascinating flora and fauna. Expect to see red-breasted geese, egrets, herons and white-tailed eagles, as well as the superb great white and Dalmatian pelicans. There are few places in the world where you’ll feel as close to nature! After lunch, our ship leaves St. George and you can recount your exciting cruise with your fellow travellers over a sumptuous lunch.

Includes: 

Safari Boat Tour

Afternoon Cruising the Danube

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 - Bucharest - Giurgiu

Today we disembark our ship during a stop at the Danube Port of Chiciu for a full day excursion to the invigorating capital city of Romania, Bucharest. Known as the ‘Paris of the East’, driving along the city’s magnificent boulevards, lined with impressive buildings, you’ll discover the reason for its Gallic flair. A short guided walk through the newly designed pedestrian area of the historic center will take you back 500 years in time. Among the old commercial streets and buildings, we’ll visit the Stravropoleos Romanian Orthodox Church, dating back to 1724 and one of the oldest churches in the city. The tour ends with a photo stop at the impressive Palace of the Parliament. The palace, previously known as the ‘People’s House’, is one of the largest buildings in Europe and was constructed between 1983 and 1989. We’ll enjoy dinner in a Romanian restaurant before departing the city to re-join our ship.

Includes: 

Bucharest Tour including dinner (by bus from Chichiu /to Giurgiu)

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 - Iron Gates

Day 10 is a cruise day through the picturesque countryside and the Iron Gates on our way west on the Danube.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 - Belgrade, Serbia - Novi Sad

Today we continue along the Danube into Serbia and get the chance to explore the vibrant city of Novi Sad and the enchanting village of Sremski Karlovci. Novi Sad is the second largest city in Serbia and packed full of pretty parks, outdoor cafes and art galleries, all centred around the city’s hub, ‘Freedom Square’. A stroll through the city recalls the time of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. During the tour you’ll see the Catholic St. Mary’s Church, the Orthodox Church of St. George and the home of Albert Einstein. On our way to picturesque Sremski Karlovci we’ll pass the fortress Peterwardein, which was built by the French architect Vauban and was one of Europe’s largest defense structures in the 18th century. Sremski Karlovci contains a series of cultural and historical monuments and we’ll discover the cathedral during a tour of the Baroque old town, as well as the Patriarch’s Palace and the theological school. 

After a break with refreshments, our bus will take us back to the ship.

Includes: 

City tour Novi Sad and Sremski Karlovici (by bus from Belgrade/ to Novi Sad) 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 - Mohacs, Hungary

On day 12 we take a historical journey to see just how paprika became the ‘red gold’ of the Kalocsa Region. A visit to the ‘Paprika House’ will give you the opportunity to taste cakes filled and baked with paprika, and a variety of other products. Next we’ll visit the 19th-century home of a local upper-class farmer family. We’ll enjoy a short folk dance performance, and local women, dressed in their embroidered costumes, will demonstrate old crafts, such as embroidery or painting eggs.

Our next trip is to the Hungarian Puszta for a chance to escape city life. The Puszta (Great Plains) are Europe’s most expansive grasslands and a colorful habitat for various plants and animals communities. Enjoy the hospitality of the hostesses and riders wearing traditional costumes, quench your thirst with cool red or white wine or apple juice, taste the breakfast of Hungarian peasants and admire the galloping of the beautiful Hungarian half-blood horses. Complete the experience with an unmissable wagon ride!

Includes: 

Excursion Puszta Tour / Kalocsa (by bus from Mohacs / to Kalocsa)

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13 - Budapest

Today we arrive in Hungary’s magnificent capital, Budapest for the perfect finale to our trip. One of the largest cities in the European Union, this fascinating city embodies the contrast between the twin cities of Buda and Pest, which were separated one from the other along each bank of the Danube before being reunited in 1872. Buda, the higher of the two cities, with its winding cobble-stoned streets and baroque palaces, Turkish baths and Royal castles, and, Pest, the ‘fiery’, which offers its visitors a marvellous display of different architectural styles. Our morning city tour takes in the largest building in Hungary: the neo-Gothic Parliament building, Fisherman’s Bastion, Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge, which connects the two sides of the city. In the afternoon we head to Gödöllö Castle; the world’s second largest Baroque castle and the former summer residence of Empress Elisabeth (Sissi) of Austria and Queen of Hungary. Nestled in an enormous park, this is the largest and most attractive complex of Baroque buildings in Hungary. In recent years it has been lovingly refurbished and you can visit the splendid ballroom with its beautiful, marble stucco details, as well as the apartments of the royal couple. Onboard this evening, we’ll enjoy a Hungarian folklore show on board as we cruise the Danube to see the beautiful city by night. 

Includes: 

City tour of Budapest in the morning

Excursion to Gödöllö Castle in the afternoon

Evening cruise Budapest with folklore show

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14 - Budapest

After breakfast we disembark the ship onto further travels or your flights home.

Meals : Breakfast

Our Floating 5 Star Hotel - Amadeus Silver II
Roomy, comfortable and elegant - that’s the best description of the accommodation on our cruise. You'll feel right at home in the luxurious cabins even before the cruise begins: the wide, panoramic windows (openable on Strauss and Mozart Decks) or Mozart Deck Suite with full step out balcony, and the stylish furnishings with their splendid comforts join together to make a memorable trip. And the best thing about it all: you only have to unpack your suitcase once! With its debut in the Spring of 2015, the sophisticated Amadeus Silver II travelled through Holland and Belgium and down the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. With a name inspired by its award-winning sister ship, The Amadeus Silver, this innovative vessel represents a new standard in design, elegance and engineering.

Two's a Crowd is a full service travel company. We can provide competitive quotes on air travel and extensions.

Tour inclusions:

  • 13 nights cruising on board the Amadeus Silver II (built in 2015) in your own cabin - no sharing
  • Choose from 3 levels of stateroom including Suites with luxurious “walk out” balcony and lounge area. All staterooms have full private ensuite, walk-in wardrobe, safe, hairdryer, flatscreen TV
  • Comprehensive travel insurance*
  • Group airport arrival and departure transfers by private coach
  • Welcome cocktail on arrival 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily prepared onboard using fresh local ingredients.
  • Free flowing quality regional wines and beers along with soft drinks are served with lunch and dinner
  • Bottled mineral water to your cabin
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Comprehensive shore excursion program as per itinerary
  • On-board entertainment including information talks, music and cooking demonstrations
  • Complimentary use of bicycles
  • All entrance fees, as per itinerary
  • Port charges and local taxes
  • Two’s a Crowd Tour Hosts from Australia including Two’s a Crowd Founder, Ken Morgan

*Comprehensive Travel Insurance underwritten by CHI Travel Insurance (part of Allianz) or QBE. An additional premium may be payable if over 69 years, have an existing medical condition or wish to extend your travelling dates. Refer to CHI or QBE PDS for more information on policy terms and conditions.

Tour excludes:

  • International flights (the friendly Two’s a Crowd team can assist with competitive quotes and airfare bookings from wherever in the world you are located)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Any optional activities which can be purchased on board

How to book your cabin:

Our 2017 5th birthday cruise sold out in 2 weeks so be quick to grab one of these beautiful staterooms. A $1500 non-refundable deposit will secure your place. This can be paid by credit card over the phone or direct bank transfer.

 

 

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