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01 - Overview

Budapest Pride River Cruise
July 19 thru 26, 2023
An OUTbound trip full of must have moments awaits when you cruise the Danube with us from stunning Vienna, Austria to Budapest Pride, one of Europe’s best kept Pride secrets! Along the way to Budapest we’ll discover the charming town of Esztergom and its famous Castle Hill and Cathedral with a chance to explore Széchényi Square. Then we'll have three full days in Budapest to celebrate Hungary’s largest LGBTQ+ event with thousands of attendees. Giving you a chance to experience multiple days (and nights!) of Pride and be front and center for the main event, the Budapest Pride Parade. Along the way back to Vienna we’ll explore medieval Bratislava and its centuries old castle standing high above the Danube. All before returning to experience one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vienna! With a full day, and an overnight stay, we’ll have time to explore its unmistakably cosmopolitan atmosphere, baroque architecture and distinctive charm and flair that was shaped by famous residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud.

02 - Payments

Come sail with us from Vienna to Budapest Pride!
Book today and choose a payment plan that fits your budget! Choose from either convenient quarterly payments or spread your payments out over monthly installments. Either way, OUTbound has a payment plan designed for any budget!

All Included, All Inclusive!
All Meals & Alcoholic Beverages Included
All Shore Excursions Included

03 - Ship

MS Douce France
107 Passengers / 1 Suite / 50 Staterooms / 4 Single Staterooms
The MS Douce France is a unique ship specifically designed for more intimate ports of call. A limited number of lucky guests ensures you can spend time enjoying a drink from the extensive bar, reading in the lounge, or relaxing in the spacious and comfortable lounge, with abundant room to roam. All staterooms have twin beds that can be configured as a queen and full picture windows. The Douce France is ready to offer our OUTbounders an unforgettable experience cruising the Christmas markets of Europe. Mixed drinks, wine, beer, sodas, juices and coffee are all included anytime onboard.

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Date

Port

Arrive

Depart

Wednesday, July 19Vienna4:00pm9:00pm
Thursday, July 20Esztergom9:00am3:00pm
Budapest7:00pmovernight
Friday, July 21Budapestovernight
Saturday, July 22Budapestovernight
Sunday, July 23Budapest7:00pm
Monday, July 24Bratislava1:00pm10:00pm
Tuesday, July 25Vienna9:00amovernight
Wedneday, July 26Vienna10:00amdisembark
01 - Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Today we’ll start our cruise in Vienna, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. After comfortably settling into your cabins, take some time to explore this fantastic city on your own, or just unwind with a cocktail and get to know your follow OUTbounders up in the lounge. Later in the evening we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail before sitting down for dinner. Late tonight we’ll begin our river cruise and set sail for Hungary.

02 - Esztergom
Esztergom, Hungary

Today we’re in Esztergom, a town in the Danube Bend region on the bank of the river Danube. Draped across two hills, the royal city of Esztergom is the place where St. Stephen, the first King of Hungary was crowned at the start of the 11th century. Esztergom sits on the border between Slovakia and Hungary and is home to the largest church in all of Central Europe, Esztergom Basilica. Nearby, the ruins of Esztergom Castle, built in the early 1070s, can still be seen overlooking the mighty Danube. The castle has a medley of styles from Romanesque through Gothic and Renaissance to Ottoman.

03 - Budapest
Budapest, Hungary

Welcome to Budapest, a city steeped in history and culture, a city where ancient architecture exists alongside contemporary buildings. Budapest is actually two cities in one... Buda, built in the hills on the west banks of the Danube, and Pest, founded on the flatlands to the east of the river. Over time these two cities grew together to become the now great city of Budapest. Nicknamed the “Queen of the Danube”, Budapest has plenty to see and discover, including the iconic Hungarian Parliament Building, Heroes’ Square, Fisherman’s Bastion, and the Danube at sunset.

04 - Budapest
Budapest, Hungary

It’s time to celebrate Budapest Pride! We’re docked in this glorious city for the entire weekend, so come and go as you please as you revel in all that Budapest Pride has to offer. Meet and mingle with the locals, get a seat up front for the Pride Parade and March, and dance the night away at one of the countless parties hosted by the local bars and clubs in Budapest. Get to know the locals and show your Pride!

05 - Bratislava
Bratislava, Slovakia

Discover Bratislava and its delightful scattering of Baroque palaces, Gothic architecture and old city blocks that tell tales of a communist past. Its unique history, rich culture and quality wine make Bratislava an undiscovered gem along the Danube. Bratislava has a fantastic medieval inner city with narrow, winding streets and a hill-top castle overlooking the river. The old town is centered on two squares, Hlavne Namestie (Main Square) and Hviezdoslav Square, named after a famous Slovak poet, yours to discover as we spend the afternoon visiting this charming city.

06 - Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Today we return to Vienna, capitol city of Austria, offering a blend of imperial traditions, music, and endearing charm. A city that inspires with the old and the new alike, and always has a cozy place available in a coffee house or wine tavern. On a trip along the Ringstrasse, you pass the Vienna State Opera, the Parliament, the Burgtheater, and City Hall. In the heart of the city, St. Stephen’s Cathedral casts its shadows through narrow cobblestone streets. The palaces and parks of the Habsburg era, Schönbrunn Palace and the Hofburg palace, give the city an imperial air, enriched by beautiful buildings from the Art Nouveau period.

PREV DAY
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Date

Port

Arrive

Depart

Wednesday, July 19Vienna4:00pm9:00pm
Thursday, July 20Esztergom9:00am3:00pm
Budapest7:00pmovernight
Friday, July 21Budapestovernight
Saturday, July 22Budapestovernight
Sunday, July 23Budapest7:00pm
Monday, July 24Bratislava1:00pm10:00pm
Tuesday, July 25Vienna9:00amovernight
Wedneday, July 26Vienna10:00amdisembark
01 - Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Welcome aboard! Today we’ll start our Budapest Pride river cruise. After boarding our ship and settling in to your cabins, we’ll mix and mingle and get to know you and your fellow OUTbounders up in the lounge over drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Later we’ll introduce our crew before sitting to our first dinner together onboard. Our ship will depart this evening for Hungary and sail through the night.

02 - Esztergom
Esztergom, Hungary

Today we’ll set out on a tour of Esztergom, visiting the largest church in all of Central Europe, Esztergom Basilica. We’ll continue our tour to nearby Esztergom Castle, built in the early 1070s, before returning to town and having some free time in Széchényi Square, Esztergom’s central plaza and site of a medieval marketplace walled by Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical buildings. The highlight of Széchényi Square is the Town Hall, with plenty of charming little shops and cafés for you to wander during your free time before returning to our ship.

03 - Budapest
Budapest, Hungary

Welcome to Budapest, a city generously steeped in history and culture, where ancient architecture exists alongside contemporary buildings. This morning we’ll enjoy a guided tour touching on many of Budapest’s highlights, including Heroes’ Square and the Buda Castle district, before a walking tour showcases Matthias Church and panoramic views best admired from the Fisherman’s Bastion. See the city that was once two distinct cities, united only in 1873... Buda, on one bank with its rolling hills and valleys and Pest, on the other, with its flatter landscape to the east of the Danube.

04 - Budapest
Budapest, Hungary

No excursions today, just Budapest Pride on your own! You have the full weekend to discover and enjoy the very best of Budapest Pride, so make the most of it! We’ll provide you with a list of the city’s hottest parties and coolest events, from the Pride Parade and March to the concert in the park on Margaret Island in the middle of the Danube. Relax, rejoice and celebrate however you’d like. We don’t sail until Sunday evening, so let your Pride flag fly and live it up, Hungarian style!

05 - Bratislava
Bratislava, Slovakia

Today we’ll explore Bratislava on our guided tour of the capital of Slovakia. We’ll see Bratislava Castle, a massive rectangular building with four corner towers that stands on an isolated rocky hill of the Little Carpathians directly above the Danube. Next, we’ll tour a delightful scattering of Baroque palaces, Gothic architecture and city blocks that tell tales of a communist past. We’ll see firsthand the neo-Renaissance glory of the Slovak National Theatre and the Episcopal Summer Palace before having some free time on our own in the city’s main square.

06 - Vienna
Vienna, Austria

This morning we return to Vienna and begin our guided visit of Vienna, starting with Schönbrunn Palace, the main summer residence of the Habsburg rulers. Next we’ll continue our city tour with stops at St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Hofburg Palace... Vienna’s Imperial Palace and one of the biggest palace complexes in the world. And of course no tour of Vienna would be complete without a visit to the Vienna State Opera, where the works of hometown composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss can be heard.

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01 - Panorama Lounge
Panorama Lounge

The Panorama Lounge is situated all the way forward on Upper Deck and features floor-to-ceiling windows that allow for spectacular views of the passing scenery... a distinguishing feature of river cruising. Intimate seating areas are peppered throughout the open floor plan, allowing you the choice of going all in with the group or enjoying a little private time between you and a smaller gathering of friends. Enjoy cocktails, dancing, games and entertainment in this picturesque setting.

02 - Salon Bar
Salon Bar

Enjoy a cocktail at the main bar with us while watching a spectacular sunset together. Located within the Panoramic Lounge, you’ll find originality and innovation, with a new twist on the ol’ purveyors of gin and tonics and buckets of beer. This is the place where you’ll spend an enjoyable evening nursing a cocktail with great friends, old and new! Whether you’re in the mood for a mixed drink or glass of wine, we invite you to join us and enjoy one of best bars on the water with your fellow OUTbounders. Order your favorite festive cocktail to savor after a long day celebrating your Pride in Budapest.

03 - Reception
Reception

At your service, OUTbounders will find everything they need at the reception desk, located at the heart of the ship on the Upper Deck. It's the perfect place to meet with friends before dinner or ask any questions you may have during our voyage. Here's where you'll leave each morning as we venture OUTbound to Budapest Pride, and where you will return at the end of each day... greeted by a friendly smile and warm drink.

04 - Dining
Dining

Located on the Upper Deck, the restaurant comfortably seats all our OUTbounders at tables which vary in size with a panoramic view. The atmosphere is casual but elegant. The selection and presentation of the food is outstanding, and you’ll find the quality of service is unmatched.

The food is incredible, every meal every day. You’ll enjoy plenty of fish, fruits and vegetables with every meal and be impressed by how fresh everything is. In fact, the only frozen item is ice cream! You’ll have plenty of healthy choices to choose from, and loads of unhealthy ones, too!

05 - Sun Deck
Sun Deck

For spectacular views of the passing landscape, head up to the Sun Deck that allows full enjoyment of the view, even when passing under low bridges. The top deck features an all-weather seating area and a walking track for those who want to keep active. It’s the perfect place to visit with old friends and new during the day while enjoying complimentary refreshments with the stunning scenery passing by.

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01 - Upper Deck Suite
Upper Deck Suite

Starting at $4,997 per person
The Upper Deck Suite features two large panoramic windows that let in the perfect amount of light. The Suite can accommodate up to three guests, with a couch that can be converted into a twin bed. A separate seating area and desk gives you even more space in which to relax. Your in-suite bathroom comes complete with a walk-in shower, and there’s plenty of space in the wardrobe and under the bed for storage during your cruise.

02 - Upper Deck
Upper Deck Staterooms

Starting at $3,797 per person
Staterooms located on the Upper Deck feature two large panoramic windows that let in the perfect amount of light, welcoming in the summer sun as we sail along the Danube. Enjoy a shower before settling into your two twin beds that can be configured into a single queen as you enjoy your flat screen TV and infotainment system. Storage space includes a full-length wardrobe closet with a safe, and extra room under the bed for suitcases.

03 - Main Deck
Main Deck Staterooms

Starting at $3,397 per person
Staterooms located on the Main Deck have two large windows that provide unspoiled views of the passing Danube. Each Main Deck stateroom surrounds you with comfortable furnishings and your own full bathroom complete with walk-in shower. Storage space includes a full-length wardrobe closet with a safe, and extra room under the bed for suitcases. The two twin beds can be reconfigured into a single queen if you prefer.

04 - Upper Single
Upper Deck Single Staterooms

Starting at $4,897 per person
The single occupancy staterooms located on the Upper Deck offer a private space for our solo travelers, with two full picture windows that provide unspoiled panoramic vistas. Lay back in your own stateroom and watch a movie on your flat screen TV and infotainment system. Your luxurious bathroom features a shower complete with toiletries, perfect for unwinding after an unforgettable day OUTbound. Your twin hotel-style bed offers the perfect night’s sleep.

05 - Main Single
Main Deck Single Staterooms

Starting at $4,597 per person
The single occupancy staterooms located on the Main Deck offer our solo traveler a space all their own, with windows that provide unspoiled panoramic vistas of the passing Danube. Lay back in your stateroom and watch a movie on your flat screen TV and infotainment system. Your luxurious bathroom features a full shower, perfect for unwinding after an unforgettable day OUTbound. Your twin hotel-style bed, draped in quality linens, offers the perfect night’s sleep.

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