Danube Discovery Cruise & Stay 2018

River Danube | Austria, Europe

10 days
per person
  • Budapest
  • Danube
  • Danube
  • Melk Abbey
  • Vienna
  • Vienna
  • Vienna
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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.

Danube Discovery Vienna & Budapest, Cruise & Stay Itinerary

Experience the beauty of central Europe on the Danube Discovery Cruise 2018 from The River Cruise Line. From the riverbank to the water, see some of the greatest sights cradled by the blue Danube as we enjoy a three-night stay in the heart of Budapest before cruising all the way from Hungary to Germany.

Known as the ‘pearl of the Danube’, Budapest is an architectural paradise and our riverside hotel gives you the freedom to come and go as you please and really immerse yourself in the culture of this beautiful city. We then set our course along the river where you can discover the baroque wonderland of Bratislava, lose yourself in the waltzes and whirls of Vienna, gaze at the flawless beauty of the Wachau Valley, and wander along the cobbled streets of Melk.

See the full itinerary of our Danube Discovery Cruise below, or get some more holiday inspiration from our brochures. You can also check out our Danube page to find more ways you can experience this beautiful part of the world.

Day 1: UK – Munich (Rail)
We journey aboard Eurostar from St Pancras International to Brussels and continue to Munich wherre we check into our overnight hotel..

Day 2: Munich (Rail) – Budapest (Air)
After breakfast we continue  to Budapest and check in at the 4 star Novotel Hotel, which overlooks the Danube and the Parliament building on the Buda side of the city. It has all the facilities you would expect for a modern city centre hotel and is in the perfect location for you to really experience the Hungarian culture, with the freedom to come and go as you please. Those travelling by air join today.

Day 3 & 4: Budapest
Over the next few days you have plenty of time to explore Budapest. To help get your bearings, you could start by joining our optional city tour, which introduces you to some of the most prominent highlights of the city known as the Pearl of the Danube. These include the 700 year old Matthias Church, Parliament building – a magnificent example of neo-gothic architecture, and Buda Castle, which rises 48 metres above the river.

Day 5: Budapest
This afternoon we join our ship and settle ourselves onboard as we begin cruising along the Danube.

Day 6: Bratislava
Wake up in Bratislava, the historic capital of Slovakia which is dominated by its castle. There’s also the unique suspension bridge, another key landmark, announced as the building of the century when it opened in 1972. Join our optional guided tour to take in the main sights and experience the rich culture in and around the old town before our ship cruises towards Vienna.

Day 7: Vienna
We spend a full day experiencing the delights of Vienna, where grand palaces, baroque castles, magnificent squares and striking monuments are just some of many highlights. In the morning you can join our optional city tour and in the afternoon we have an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace, which takes you on a journey through time as we explore some of the 1441 rooms. You also have the option to see this beautiful city lit up at night, before we cast off later this evening.

Day 8: Melk
Later this morning we arrive in the Austrian city of Melk, which is filled with cobbled streets and attractive buildings, with the nearby Schallaburg Castle. It is also overlooked by one of the best known and most splendid monastic houses in Austria – the Benedictine Abbey, which you can visit on our optional excursion. We continue cruising upriver towards Passau.

Day 9: Munich (Air & Rail)
This morning we bid farewell to our Captain and his crew and sett off acording to your chosen travel option: those travelling by air take their return flight from Munich back to the UK; those travelling by rail take the train to Munich for an overnight stay.

Day 10: Munich (Rail) – UK
We set off this morning by rail for our return journey to the UK.

Danube Discovery Cruise & Stay featuring Vienna & Budapest

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• Part of our premier cruise collection aboard the 4 star ms Serenity combined with a 4 star hotel

• Visit three of Europe’s great capital cities – Vienna (Austria), Bratislava (Slovakia) and Budapest (Hungary)

• Vienna by night excursion to see this spectacular city after the sun has set

• Spend three nights in the beautiful capital of Hungary and pearl of the Danube – Budapest. Spend three nights in a riverside hotel, with plenty of time to come and go as you please.


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:

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.

By Air London Heathrow

Air travel is included as an air inclusive option with flights and return transfers to the ship included.

Meet at your cruise ship

Make your own travel arrangements at your convenience to join your selected cruise, simply board your cruise ship at the embarkation point.

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.


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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!


Budapest city tour


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.

Puszta horse show

Puszta horse show


Join us as we travel through the sweeping plains of Hungary to the town of Lajosmizse, where we visit a traditional stud farm. We take a tour of the grounds in a horse-drawn carriage, before watching human skill and horse power come together in a spectacular live show performed in an open air arena.


Bratislava city tour


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.


Vienna city tour


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


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.

Melk Abbey

Melk Abbey


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.

Excursion Package

Excursion Package Price


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: Budapest

Travel options available:

  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • By Air London Heathrow
  • Meet at your cruise ship
10 days
per person

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Included in the Price

  • Return travel from the UK
  • Two night’s bed & breakfast (rail only)
  • En-suite cabin accommodation aboard the MS Serenity
  • Welcome drink, Captain’s get together and Party Night
  • Five nights’ cruise on a full board basis
  • Early risers and mid morning tea/coffee
  • Entertainment on every night of your cruise
  • Visits to Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Melk & Passau
  • Three nights’ bed & breakfast in Budapest
  • Services of our experienced and friendly Cruise Director and Cruise Manager


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