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Luxury Escapes Exclusive Private Charter: The Ultimate 15-Day Luxury European River Cruise

Join us on an experience of a lifetime as you spend 15 days cruising the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers on board one of the most luxurious vessels cruising the European waterways. This private river cruise charter is valid for three departures only and exclusive to Luxury Escapes members - sailing from striking Cologne to exotic Budapest (or Budapest to Cologne), past breathtaking medieval cities, baroque storybook towns, and sights that inspired the likes of Strauss and Mozart. Includes 14 luxurious nights on board our five-star vessels - MS Robert Burns & MS Oscar Wilde, with all-inclusive dining and unlimited alcoholic beverages during meal times, daily guided shore excursions led by English-speaking local expert guides, visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites, a Captain’s Dinner, welcome cocktails, complimentary Wi-Fi, all port taxes and so much more.

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15 Days
EMERALD CABIN - TWIN SHARE
Earn 4,999 Qantas Points
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Valid for one person (twin share) - you must purchase two packages
  • 14 nights of accommodation on board a private Luxury Escapes River Charter in an Emerald Cabin beautifully appointed with en-suite bathroom and picture windows
  • All-inclusive buffet breakfasts and lunches daily
  • Four-course dinner from a fine dining menu every evening
15 Days
BALCONY SUITE - TWIN SHARE
Earn 5,999 Qantas Points
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Valid for one person (twin share) - you must purchase two packages
  • 14 nights of accommodation on board a private Luxury Escapes River Charter in a Balcony Suite fit with a charming French balcony and a striking marble bathroom with luxurious rain shower
  • All-inclusive buffet breakfasts and lunches daily
  • Four-course dinner from a fine dining menu every evening
15 Days
SUPERIOR BALCONY SUITE - TWIN SHARE
Earn 6,999 Qantas Points
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Valid for one person (twin share) - you must purchase two packages
  • 14 nights of accommodation on board a private Luxury Escapes River Charter in a larger Superior Balcony Suite showcasing an additional living area alongside your private balcony
  • All-inclusive buffet breakfasts and lunches daily
  • Four-course dinner from a fine dining menu every evening
15 Days
VIP DELUXE BALCONY SUITE - TWIN SHARE
Earn 8,599 Qantas Points
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Valid for one person (twin share) - you must purchase two packages
  • 14 nights of accommodation on board a private Luxury Escapes River Charter in an exceptionally lavish Deluxe Balcony Suite featuring a larger exterior private balcony fit with tables and chairs as well as plush bathrobes and slippers
  • All-inclusive buffet breakfasts and lunches daily
  • Four-course dinner from a fine dining menu every evening

Your Itinerary at a Glance:

  • Accommodation on board our private, five-star river charters (MS Robert Burns & MS Oscar Wilde) - exclusive to Luxury Escapes guests only
  • Travel through Germany, Austria, Slovakia & Hungary
  • Admire the stunning scenery of the Rhine Gorge, Main and Danube Rivers
  • Guided tour of 2,000-year-old Koblenz
  • Stop in picturesque Boppard, Rüdesheim, Mainz and Passau
  • See Miltenberg, Wertheim, Melk Abbey and Regensburg
  • Guided tours of baroque Würzburg, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest
  • Walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bamberg
  • Tour of Nuremberg - steeped in ancient and modern history - Including a visit to the site of the infamous Nuremberg Trials and rally grounds
  • Live classical quartet recital on board

What You’ll Love…

The Ship – MS Robert Burns & MS Oscar Wilde - newly-refurbished opulence exclusive to Luxury Escapes members

Epitomising a new level of grandeur in everything from the glamourous marble-floored lobby and rich hardwood decor to the four-course, fine-dining dinners and European wine selection; your ultra-luxurious floating accommodation on board the MS Robert Burns or MS Oscar Wilde, is the most impressive way to cruise the inland waterways of Europe. Paired with exceptional, five-star service and world-class facilities, exclusive to Luxury Escapes guests and only available for three privately chartered departures, you won’t find a more luxurious way to see the magnificent sights of Europe.

The Accommodation – Spacious, luxuriously-appointed suites that rival those of any luxury hotel

Wake up to a different view every morning from the comfort of your luxurious suite. Among the largest cabins of any river cruise vessel, your ultra-spacious suites are well-appointed with all the facilities you’d expect from a luxury boutique hotel. Enjoy full sized beds with crisp cotton linen, elegant wooden furnishings and en-suite bathroom complete with plush towels and complimentary toiletries by Crabtree and Evelyn. Hotel-grade facilities like a flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning and full turn down service are there for your utmost comfort.

Emerald Cabins present a welcomed sanctuary for your five-star cruise. Located on the Emerald deck and measuring at 16 square metres (172 square feet) with fixed picture windows and an en-suite bathroom – these cabins are terrific value for a truly luxurious cruising experience.

Balcony Suite Upgrade: The exceptionally-appointed Balcony Suite—fit with a charming French balcony—boasts more space alongside a striking marble bathroom with luxurious rain shower. Chic furnishings and hand-crafted hardwood are complemented by floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open up onto your balcony, promising a stunning view at all times.

Superior Suite Upgrade: Take your cruise to another level and upgrade to a Superior Suite boasting a spacious 23 square metres (247 square feet). With the additional space devoted to a living area beside your balcony, you’ll notice the benefits as you relax in your stylish and spacious surroundings and take in Europe’s most awe-inspiring landscapes.

Deluxe Suite VIP Upgrade: For the ultimate in luxury, treat yourself to a stay in the exceptionally lavish Deluxe Balcony Suite. At an incredible 25 square metres (269 square feet), these world class cabins tick all the boxes. With floor to ceiling doors that open onto an additional private exterior balcony complete with tables and chairs – you can indulge in an al fresco continental breakfast or truly unwind with a pre-dinner drink as you watch the world go by. Lavishly appointed with all the quality fittings of the other suites, plus complimentary plush bathrobes and slippers adding the final little touch, this really is the epitome of river cruise luxury!

All-Inclusive Dining – From sumptuous breakfasts, to superb lunches and à la carte, fine dining dinners – the gastronomic pleasures on board are first class

You will be suitably impressed with the high quality and spectacular, all-inclusive dining aboard your five-star sanctuary. A dedicated team of highly-experienced chefs will take you on a culinary journey you won’t forget, rivalling famed on-shore restaurants across Europe.

Enjoy an early risers’ morning tea with freshly-baked pastries and then head to the Main Deck for a hearty buffet breakfast serving up over 60 hot and cold options alongside an egg station. Return for a spectacular lunch buffet to keep you feeling full, but don’t skip afternoon tea and the chef’s unique on-board patisserie.

Dinner is an affair of its own, and a daily culinary highlight. Think: four courses, hand-picked produce from local markets, international delicacies, all in the setting of an elegant, first-class restaurant. Tantalise your tastebuds with anything from warm smoked duck breast with apple red wine chutney and foamy pumpkin soup with cinnamon croutons to herb-crusted rack of lamb with rosemary and warm crisp pear tarts.

Alcoholic drinks are included throughout all meal times, and you’ll enjoy free-flowing draught beer; house white, rosé or red wine; a selection of wine recommendations from the menu by the glass and a range of soft drinks and juices.

The Experiences – Discover Europe’s fascinating culture, sublime scenery and striking architecture as you cruise the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers

Your exclusive Luxury Escapes River Cruise takes you on an incredible 15-day journey from Cologne in the heart of the Rhine valley to Vienna and finally Budapest on the banks of the Danube (also operates in reverse).

Perched on the Rhine, experience the medieval ambience and ancient atmosphere of unique Mainz—boasting quaint market squares, traditional wooden houses and architecture that dates back to the 15th century. A guided walking tour will allow you to explore all this, before entering one of the oldest museums of printing in the world, The Gutenberg Museum.

Onto the majestic Main River, the medieval town of Wertheim will reveal itself as you explore its alluring roads brimming with ancient housing, medieval monasteries and the spectacular town castle. Be dazzled by Wurzburg—Franconia’s wine capital—before entering the Main Danube Canal and reaching the striking town of Bamberg. Arguably the most beautiful historic town the region, the almost-perfectly-preserved architecture, European heritage, Roman influence and Medieval streak takes Bamberg’s beauty to a tier of its own.

Uncover the troubled history of Nuremberg on a morning tour that will have you visiting World War II sites—including the Third Reich Party Rally Grounds—900-year old Medieval monuments and the captivating Imperial Castle. Make your way through the World Heritage-listed city centre of Regensburg, one of Germany's largest and best-preserved medieval cities, as you witness the stunning architecture and see the captivating gateway to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD.

Famed for its oozing romance and legendary opulence and elegance, you’ll uncover the famed Ringstrasse—Vienna's main boulevard lined with palaces, parks and monuments and continue on to discover the quaint Old Quarter that features the striking St Stephen's Cathedral and Parliament building. With an afternoon to explore Vienna at your leisure, classical music lovers will be in utter heaven. Vienna offers many music houses, which are accessible by foot from the city centre including Wiener Konzerthaus, Wiener Musikverein, Wiener Staatsoper, Vereinigte Bühnen Wien and Jazzland.

The Slovak capital of Bratislava will welcome you with open arms on a morning guided walking tour of the city. Wander the pedestrian-only streets of the striking Old Town—which dates back to the 18th century and overflows with lively bars and street-side cafes—and view the commanding presence of the Bratislava Castle that watches over the Old Town.

Explore what is perhaps the most striking city of all, Budapest. Enjoy wandering through the bustling cobbled streets which are home to many quaint shops and cafes and visit the top of Fisherman’s Bastion for magnificent panoramic views of the city.

Your Package Includes:

  • 14 nights of ultimate luxurious accommodation on board the MS Robert Burns or MS Oscar Wilde, in your choice of spacious cabins and suites with beautifully appointed en-suite bathrooms and river views.
  • All-inclusive buffet breakfasts and lunches daily
  • Four-course dinner from a fine dining menu every evening
  • All-inclusive alcoholic drinks during meal times – including draught beer; house white, rosé or red wine; wine recommendations from the menu by the glass, and a range of soft drinks and juices
  • Complimentary coffee, tea and water in your cabin and with meals
  • Welcome cocktails, a welcome dinner and the Captain’s extravagant Gala dinner
  • The services of an experienced Luxury Cruise Director and English-speaking crew members
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees throughout the itinerary - led by English speaking tour guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the journey
  • All port taxes

The '7 day change of mind guarantee' does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Luxury Escapes Refund Policy applies.

After you have made your booking, please follow the instructions on your confirmation email and ensure you complete your traveller information details within 48 hours.

Valid for three PRIVATE CHARTERS ONLY:

25 April 2020 (MS Oscar Wilde) - Cologne to Budapest

6 July 2020 (MS Robert Burns) - Budapest to Cologne

20 July 2020 (MS Robert Burns) - Cologne to Budapest

Important: Please allow for travelling time from Australia. International flights are not included in your package and must be purchased separately. It is your responsibility to make your own travel arrangements and ensure that you arrive in Cologne or Budapest on your chosen cruise start date.

Instant Booking: To secure your dates at purchase, click 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred package. Once your preferred package is selected you'll click through to 'Choose Your Dates of Travel' and will be able to enter in your preferred tour commencement date.

Twin-share package: The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 18 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise, an additional single traveller surcharge will apply. Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

Solo Traveller surcharge (limited availability): If travelling alone, a solo traveller surcharge applies as follows:

  • Emerald Cabin - $4550 AUD
  • Balcony Suite – $5295 AUD
  • Superior Balcony Suite – $6250 AUD
  • VIP Deluxe Balcony Suite - $7850 AUD

Maximum ship capacity is 176 passengers.

Guests must be aged 18 years or older.

Cruise includes accommodation on the five-star MS Robert Burns or the MS Oscar Wilde (depending on your sailing date) – ships are identical in every way.

Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity is two adults.

Please note, disability access is limited during the cruise and on shore excursions, please consider this when making your booking.

Packages do not include international flights to and from Europe, visa fees, travel insurance, additional activities and upgrades and anything else not listed in the itinerary.

Travel insurance is compulsory. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.

Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion (as a guide, approx. US$10-15 per person, per day is the industry standard).

Strictly no refunds for this package for amendments and change of date.

Transfers are not included in your cruise; guests must make their own arrangements to/from the airport and ports (please see 'Getting There' tab for more details).

Travellers should have a basic level of physical fitness and mobility and must be able to negotiate uneven surfaces, climb stairs and board boats.

Travellers are advised to check with their local health professional at least 45 days prior to departure, as some vaccinations require 30 days or more to be effective. Proof of vaccination is not usually required unless you are coming from an infected area.

Dining includes a selection of beverages and menu options are subject to change.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.

Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) flights are not included with this package.

Package cannot be split.

Offer only available for consecutive nightly stays.

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.

A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa.

The value and comparative savings have been determined based on published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving.

Occasionally our itineraries are updated prior to departure to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers’ feedback as well as updates from our ground operators. Please note that while we operate successful tours in this region throughout the year, some changes may be necessary due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities may also vary from time to time.

All activities and services are subject to availability.

Please note that full terms and conditions  apply.

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