** SOLO TRAVELLERS ** VIENNA, BOHEMIA & TREASURES OF THE DANUBE – 15th Aug 2020

Cruise Line
Riviera Travel
Ship
Thomas Hardy
Package Departs
15 Aug 2020
Package Duration
7 Nights
Embark Ship
Vienna, Austria
Disembark Ship
Vienna, Austria
E-4698 - Suite
AU $3,199
per person

Package Duration: 7 nights Cruise-Only
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SOLO TRAVELLER OFFER!
For a limited time and with limited space, this cruise has NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT for the following cabin:
Twin Emerald (Lower Deck) from $3,199*pp
SINGLE Emerald (Lower Deck) from $3,199*
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VIENNA, BOHEMIA & TREASURES OF THE DANUBE River Cruise-Only price includes:
– 7 night river cruise river cruise aboard ms Thomas Hardy round trip from Vienna, Austria
– All meals from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your day of departure
– Welcome Cocktails & Dinner plus Captain`s Dinner
– Complimentary onboard tea & coffee
– Five star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
– Complimentary onboard Wi-Fi
– The services of a Riviera Travel River Cruises cruise director and tour manager
– Live classical quartet recital onboard
– Included visits and shore tours in Krems, Passau, Aldersbach Abbey, Regensburg, Linz or Cesky Krumlov & Schonbrunn Palace
– Port taxes
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ADD ON A DRINKS PACKAGE – An onboard Drinks Package:
Available for all new 2020 departures is an onboard drinks package (valued at $199 per person). This includes draught beer, non-alcoholic beer, soft drinks, juices, red/white/rose house wines, and wine recommendations from the menu – served with lunch and dinner onboard your ship. If you would like to add on this package please advise prior to departure from Australia.

Special Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person single sole use occupancy of a twin cabin - valid on listed category only - in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (17Apr19). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. The following are NOT included in this package - 1. Ships gratuities 2. Drinks aboard river cruise other than those as listed as included in a Drinks Package (if you choose to pay the additional fee) 3. Any meals other than those as stated 4. Transfer to port to join cruise 5. Transfer from port to depart cruise 6. Travel insurance - proof of which is mandatory prior to documentation release 7. International or domestic airfares. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Offer valid until sold out/withdrawn from sale and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 17 Apr 2019 to 30 Jun 2019 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
15 Aug 2020
Vienna, Austria
16 Aug 2020
Vienna, Austria
17 Aug 2020
Krems, Austria
18 Aug 2020
Passau, Germany
19 Aug 2020
Regensburg, Germany
20 Aug 2020
Linz, Austria
21 Aug 2020
Vienna, Austria
22 Aug 2020
Vienna, Austria

All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

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Category       Single Per Person
Emerald Deck Suite Sole Occupancy
     

7 Night Cruise sailing from Vienna roundtrip aboard Thomas Hardy.

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN VIENNA
Arrive in Vienna and embark on the ship any time after 17:00.

DAY 2 – VIENNA
Enjoy a guided tour of the seat of the Habsburg Emperor with its former royal court, the Hofburg, now a collection of museums, home to the Vienna Boys’ Choir, the Spanish Riding School, the crown jewels and the world’s largest art collection. Tonight as we arrive in Krems, enjoy a recital on board.

DAY 3 – KREMS
From our mooring in the medieval town of Krems we take the short drive to visit the striking Göttweig Abbey, a Benedictine monastery set high on a hilltop with magnificent views of the Danube Valley, before enjoying an afternoon’s scenic cruising.

DAY 4 – PASSAU & ALDERSBACH
Late morning we moor in Passau and you’ll have some free time to explore its picturesque old town. After lunch we visit the former site of the Cistercian monastery at Aldersbach with its stunning baroque church, brewery and museum.

DAY 5 – REGENSBURG
After a leisurely breakfast we arrive in the Roman city of Regensburg and enjoy a guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, Germany’s ‘medieval miracle’ with its winding streets and elegant squares. Spend the afternoon relaxing on board as we cruise onwards to Linz.

DAY 6 – LINZ
You may wish to spend today exploring Linz’s charming baroque old town on our guided tour or join our excursion to the UNESCO town of Český Krumlov, with its majestic castle overlooking the Vltava River and wealth of fine renaissance and baroque architecture.

DAY 7 – VIENNA
Head for the sun deck this morning to watch the ever-changing river scenery drifting by before we arrive in imperial Vienna once again. After lunch you may choose to visit the Schönbrunn Palace, former royal residence, now housing world-class museums and galleries or opt to stay in the city and explore under your own steam.

DAY 8 – RETURN HOME
Disembark the ship at your leisure for your onwards travel.

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.

As you are welcomed aboard the five-star pedigree is striking, with a remarkable feeling of spaciousness and harmonious design at every glance. The three fully air-conditioned accommodation decks including notably the lower deck – are all accessed by an attractive glass lift for your convenience or the wide elegant wrought-iron staircase. Above these is the magnificent Sun Deck – uniquely and illustrating yet again our considered depth of design, a second staircase amidships affords convenient Sun Deck access. Head on up to this truly spectacular deck and what could be better than watching 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. Then take a refreshingly long drink and that book you’ve been meaning to read for ages on to the lovely terrace area at the fore of the ship, located right in front of the wheelhouse where you can view the Captain and his team skilfully navigating the twisting river and enjoy truly ‘driving seat’ views. Take a deep breath and relax into the pace of river cruise life – now you’re really on holiday!

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. To the aft is the peaceful Bistro with its open kitchen and terrace – another perfect spot to appreciate the ever-changing scenery gliding by whilst chatting with new found friends. Here in the evenings the chef presents his personal signature dishes to a small number of diners with menus varying according to the seasons; this intimate dining experience can be reserved on board at no extra charge. When the weather allows the panoramic windows may be fully opened on to the terrace to allow a delightful al fresco dining experience.

The ship’s restaurant is located on the Ruby (middle) Deck and here you will experience not only exceptional first class cuisine, but also the most attentive yet discreet service from the ship’s highly professional crew. So just sit back with a well-deserved glass of wine from the carefully selected wine list and delight in the wonderful elegance of your surroundings; beautifully laid tables of just 4 or 6 guests, crisp linen, deep wool carpets and warm wood panelling abound to offer a delectable dining experience of the highest order.

On the Emerald (lower) 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!

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Maiden Voyage: 2017
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 169
  • Crew Nationality: Swiss

Ship Facilities

  • Restaurant
  • Sun Deck
  • Splash Pool
  • Putting Green
  • Observation Lounge & Bar
  • Library
  • Bistro
  • Al Fresco Dining
  • Fitness Centre
  • Hairdresser

There’s so much more to experience on a Riviera Travel River Cruise:

What’s the best way to travel through the heart of Europe and discover its greatest delights? You’ll find it hard to beat a European river cruise along some of our continent’s most timeless, appealing waterways. After all, people have travelled Europe’s mighty rivers for centuries to trade, explore and sometimes conquer. Steeped in history and culture and flowing through stunning scenery, they form natural highways that connect great cities and beautiful towns, each with its own unique and rewarding character.

While you sit back and relax on your river cruise of Europe, the views change constantly as amazing destinations come to you. The pace is slower, with plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere and contemplate the world as it passes serenely by. If you’re feeling energetic, there are new opportunities every day to explore riverside ports with knowledgeable guides or at your own speed. If not – you can just take it easy.

Your European river cruise might take you down the majestic Rhine or Danube, to atmospheric cities like Coblenz and Vienna. You’ll pass astonishing ‘fairytale’ castles and learn their mystical stories. There’s the meandering Moselle with its impossibly steep riverside vineyards, the lesser known River Main twisting through Germany’s rural heart. In France, the Rhone flows majestically almost from the Burgundy vineyards to the heart of sun-kissed Provence, while the iconic Seine will transport you from Paris through the countryside of impressionist painters to medieval Rouen and historic Bayeux. Then there’s the picturesque and largely undiscovered Douro with its dramatic cliffs, lush hillsides, medieval walled villages and terraced vineyards.

You experience all this in the most relaxing manner possible on your river cruise through Europe, on board some of the most spacious ships gracing Europe’s waterways. No sea-sickness or rough water – just comfort and luxury with superb service and dining on an unforgettable journey through time and culture.

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