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Cruise the Danube to Vienna & Budapest 2017

River Danube | Austria, Europe

10 days
from
£1099
per person
  • Bratislava
  • Budapest
  • Melk Abbey
  • Passau
  • Passau
  • Schönbrunn Palace
  • Vienna
  • Vienna
  • Bratislava
BratislavaBudapestMelk AbbeyPassauPassauSchönbrunn PalaceViennaViennaBratislava
Note that there may be small differences between our general Itinerary for this cruise and a specific departure. To view departure specific itineraries please go to the Dates and Prices tab and click "View Itinerary" on a specific departure.

 

Cruise the Danube to Vienna & Budapest Itinerary

Immerse yourself in the fascinating history and culture of the heart of Europe on the Danube to Vienna and Budapest river cruise 2017 from The River Cruise Line. With time in Vienna as well as a visit to Budapest, this is a wonderful opportunity to sail the waters immortalised by the composer Strauss in The Blue Danube. We’ll begin our trip at the pretty city of Passau on the Austrian border before making stops at Dürnstein, famous for the ruins of the castle that once imprisoned Richard the Lionheart, and the romantic town of Melk, situated in the Wachau Valley, where you can join an optional excursion to visit the most famous monastic house in Austria, the Benedictine Abbey. See the full itinerary of our Danube to Vienna and Budapest cruise below, and take a look at the other Danube cruises we have available on our Danubepage. You can also check out the excursions page to see how you can make the most of your trip.

Day 1: UK – Germany (Coach)
We travel by coach to Dover and take the ferry to Calais, where we continue to our overnight hotel.

Day 2: Germany - Passau (Air)
We travel by coach and board our ship in Passau, known as ‘the three rivers city’ due to its unique location where the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers meet. Those travelling by air join today. You can then relax as we set sail and cruise towards Melk.

Day 3: Melk – Vienna
You can join an optional excursion to visit the most famous monastic house in Austria, the Benedictine Abbey, situated above Melk in the Wachau valley. The remainder of the day can be spent relaxing on board as we sail to Vienna for an overnight stop.

Day 4: Vienna
We spend a whole day in Vienna seeing the key attractions of this city. In the morning you can join our optional city tour and in the afternoon we have an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace. In the evening we cast off and cruise towards Budapest.

Day 5: Budapest
Spend time in one of the world’s most beautiful cities and explore both sides of Hungary’s capital – traditional ‘Buda’ and cosmopolitan ‘Pest’. Start with an optional tour to become acquainted with the city and in the evening you can choose to experience Budapest by night on another optional excursion.

Day 6: Budapest
Enjoy free time in Budapest or opt to take our excursion taking you through the sweeping plains of Hungary to Lajosmizse. Here we visit a traditional stud farm and enjoy a tour of the grounds in a horse-drawn carriage, before watching a live Puszta horse show. We then sail to Bratislava.

Day 7: Bratislava
Join our optional walking tour to take in the sights of the Slovakian capital, dominated by its castle, and experience its rich culture. Later in the day we set sail towards Dürnstein.

Day 8: Dürnstein
Dürnstein is famed for the ruins of the castle that once imprisoned Richard the Lionheart. Join our optional walking tour to admire the pretty courtyards and buildings, before stopping at one of the Wachau valley’s wine cellars for some wine tasting. We then set sail for Passau.

Day 9: Passau – Germany (Air)
We disembark and travel by coach to our overnight hotel.

Day 10: Germany – UK (Coach)
After breakfast we continue by coach to Calais, taking the ferry to Dover for our return journey.

Cruise the Danube to Vienna & Budapest

View our Brochures

Sail the waters immortalised by the composer Strauss in the classical waltz ‘The Blue Danube’

Enjoy a scenic river cruise through the heart of Europe

Explore one of the most famous monastic houses in Austria

Visit Vienna which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Spend the best part of two days in the ‘pearl of the Danube’, Budapest

Take a lovely walking tour around the historic capital of Slovakia, Bratislava

Sample some delicious local wines in the Wachau Valley

Ships

We offer a number of flexible travel options for you to join your cruise, whether you want to travel to the port of departure or directly to the ship. Please see below:

Coach via Dover, Hull or Newcastle

On many of our cruises you can take advantage of our convenient and FREE regional coach departures aboard our modern executive coaches from a town or city near you to the port of departure and on wards to meet the ship.

Join a ferry crossing at Dover, Hull or Newcastle

When you travel by coach or car, you will join a ferry at Dover, Hull or Newcastle, depending on your chosen cruise, and cross over to Europe. Our coach will then take you to meet our ship at the embarkation point as shown in the cruise itinerary. Hull and Newcastle crossings take place overnight, adding 2 days to the cruise duration.

Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford

Travel at your own pace, in the comfort of your own vehicle and stay overnight at Dover or Ashford, in accommodation close to the port of departure and be collected/returned by our coach. Prices for Ashford start from £59 per person per night and for Dover for £65 per person per night on a bed and breakfast basis and include parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise.

By Air Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester or Bristol

Air travel is included on selected cruises, it includes taxes, one item of checked in baggage per couple, a seat in economy class and return transfers from the airport to the ship.

Join at the Ship

You are of course free to make your own way to and from the ship by booking your flight/ferry or train tickets independently – a small reduction applies. With your joining instructions we will send you a map of where the ship is berthed and also a boarding time.

Eurostar from London St Pancras

Enjoy the benefits of rail travel – boarding at London St Pancras International, you will be whisked effortlessly along by Eurostar whilst relaxing in your reserved seat. You have the freedom to stretch your legs whenever the mood takes you and purchase drinks and snacks from the buffet carriage.

On selected cruises there are rail options included in the price, whereas on other cruises it is offered alongside our coach travel option – please note a supplement will apply and transfers to the ship are not included except for cruises certain cruises.

Dates and pricing

The details below show the travel options, pricing and the available departure dates for this itinerary. If you have any questions about this cruise please do not hesitate to call our Holiday Advisors.

Departures

From
To

Ship

DepartureTravel optionsBooking
2017-06-28
28 June 2017
for 12 days


Coach
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Ferries
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12 Days from
£1249
Passengers
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2017-06-29
29 June 2017
for 10 days


Coach
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Ferries
Overnight hotel
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10 Days from
£1099
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2017-06-30
30 June 2017
for 8 days


Flights
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8 Days from
£1149
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2017-07-06
06 July 2017
for 10 days


Coach
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10 Days from
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2017-07-07
07 July 2017
for 8 days


Coach
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8 Days from
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2017-07-12
12 July 2017
for 12 days


Coach
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12 days from
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2017-07-13
13 July 2017
for 10 days


Coach
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10 Days from
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2017-07-14
14 July 2017
for 8 days


Coach
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8 Days from
£1149
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2017-08-03
03 August 2017
for 10 days


Coach
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10 Days from
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2017-08-04
04 August 2017
for 8 days


Flights
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8 Days from
£1149
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2017-08-10
10 August 2017
for 10 days


Coach
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Ferries
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10 Days from
£1099
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2017-08-11
11 August 2017
for 8 days


Flights
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8 Days from
£1149
Passengers
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2017-08-16
16 August 2017
for 12 days


Coach
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Ferries
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12 Days from
£1249
Passengers
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2017-08-17
17 August 2017
for 10 days


Coach
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Ferries
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10 Days from
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2017-08-18
18 August 2017
for 8 days


Flights
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8 Days from
£1149
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2017-08-23
23 August 2017
for 12 days
Sorry, sold out
2017-08-24
24 August 2017
for 10 days
Sorry, sold out
2017-08-25
25 August 2017
for 8 days
Sorry, sold out
2017-09-13
13 September 2017
for 12 days


Coach
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Ferries
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12 Days from
£1249
Passengers
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2017-09-14
14 September 2017
for 10 days


Coach
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Ferries
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10 Days from
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2017-09-15
15 September 2017
for 8 days


Coach
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8 Days from
£1149
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2017-09-21
21 September 2017
for 10 days


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10 Days from
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2017-09-22
22 September 2017
for 8 days


Flights
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8 Days from
£1149
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2017-09-27
27 September 2017
for 12 days


Coach
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Ferries
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12 Days from
£1249
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2017-09-28
28 September 2017
for 10 days


Coach
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Ferries
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10 Days from
£1099
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2017-09-29
29 September 2017
for 8 days


Coach
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Flights
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8 Days from
£1149
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2017-10-19
19 October 2017
for 10 days


Coach
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10 Days from
£1099
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2017-10-20
20 October 2017
for 8 days


Coach
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Flights
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8 Days from
£1149
Passengers
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2017-10-26
26 October 2017
for 10 days


Coach
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Ferries
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10 Days from
£1099
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2017-10-27
27 October 2017
for 8 days


Flights
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8 Days from
£1149
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Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Melk Abbey

Melk Abbey

£21

Discover one of the world’s most famous monastic sites – Melk Abbey. Our guided tour shows you highlights such as the magnificent Marble Hall, Emperor’s Gallery and Abbey Church. There is also free time to explore the grounds and the gardens.

Vienna

Vienna city tour

£21

This is the perfect introduction to Vienna, the city of music. Our tour focuses on the historic centre and its rich architecture.

Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace

£20

This is a wonderful opportunity to see inside the luxurious interiors of Schönbrunn Palace and explore some of the 1,441 luxurious rooms. Highlights include the Great Gallery, the Chinese Cabinets and Emperor Franz Joseph’s private suite.

Budapest

Budapest city tour

£21

Accompanied by a local guide, we discover the architectural gem of Budapest. Our coach city tour takes in some of the most beautiful areas, including Heroes Square, which is home to the iconic statue complex of the Millennium Memorial.

Budapest

Budapest by night

£23

See this beautiful city light up against the night sky. Experience a piece of Hungarian culture at a folklore show and enjoy gypsy music and dancing with a glass of schnapps before taking a tour to admire the night-time views.

Puszta horse show

Puszta horse show

£32

We travel through the sweeping plains of Hungary to Lajosmizse, where we visit a traditional stud farm. We take a tour of the grounds in a horse-drawn carriage, before watching a spectacular live show performed in an open air arena.

Bratislava

Bratislava city tour

£19

Explore the charming squares, courtyards and narrow lanes of Bratislava with the help of our guide. Our 2 ½ hour walking tour features interior visits to the city’s largest church, St Martin’s Cathedral, and Primate’s Palace.

Dürnstein

Dürnstein tour with wine tasting

£26

Our guided walking tour takes you around the cobbled streets of this charming town, to admire the 16th century houses and pretty courtyards, before stopping at one of the Wachau Valley’s renowned wine cellars to enjoy some wine tasting.

Excursion Package

Excursion Package Price

£145

SAVE £38 PER PERSON
Don't miss a thing by booking our special excursion package which includes all the listed excursions for this cruise. Not only can you take part in all the exciting trips we have organised, you can enjoy all this at a reduced cost!

At a glance

Length: 10 days

From: Passau

Ends: Passau

Travel options available:

  • Coach via Dover, Hull or Newcastle
  • Join a ferry crossing at Dover, Hull or Newcastle
  • Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford
  • By Air Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester or Bristol
  • Join at the Ship
  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
10 days
from
£1099
per person

Customer feedback

Included in the Price

  • Executive return coach travel from your chosen departure point
  • Return ferry crossing
  • Overnight hotel accommodation in Germany with breakfast on the outward and return journey (coach only)
  • Welcome drink, Captain’s get-together & party night
  • En-suite cabin accommodation aboard the ms Serenity
  • Full board during the cruise
  • Visits to Passau, Melk, Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and Dürnstein
  • Entertainment on every night of your cruise

 


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