River cruises for under £1000 are something of a rarity, and river cruises without singles supplements are even rarer, which is why our eyes lit up when we saw this deal from RiverCruising.co.uk that saves up to £500. For £999 you get a week-long luxury cruise along the Danube, as well as return flights and a handful of tours and excursions.
Flights depart from London Luton on 25 October, 2015.
Visit The Cruise Village's website for further information.
The cruise begins in Budapest -- "one of the most beautiful cities in Europe" says Condé Nast Traveller -- before sailing overnight to Esztergom, Hungary's former capital and home to the country's largest church, the Esztergom Basilica.
The next port of call is Bratislava, as the ship crosses the border from Hungary to Slovakia. Next are Durnstein, in the Wachau Valley, and Melk (both Austria), where you'll visit Durnstein's castle and Melk Abbey, one of Europe's most famous monasteries.
MS Lord Byron then sails to Linz, via Nibelungengau, where you'll drive to pretty Salzburg for a guided tour. Describing the city, Lonely Planet says, "everywhere you go, the scenery, the skyline, the music, the history sends your spirits soaring".
The final stop, before the ship returns to Budapest, is Vienna, "culturally and musically one of the richest cities in the world", says The Daily Telegraph. Must do's include strolling along the Ringstrasse boulevard, a ride on the Wiener Riesenrad and a visit to the gothic St Stephen's Cathedral, one of the city's top landmarks.
Called "wonderfully elegant", by The Daily Telegraph, the Lord Byron has capacity for 140 guests. Facilities include a restaurant, a sun deck with a splash pool, a spa and an observation lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the passing scenery.
Transfers & baggage
Both are included