Delights of the Danube 2017

River Danube | Austria, Europe

9 days
per person
  • Bratislava
  • Bratislava
  • Budapest
  • Budapest
  • Melk Abbey
  • Passau
  • Regensburg
  • 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.


Delights of the Danube Itinerary

Step back in time on the Delights of the Danube Cruise 2017 from The River Cruise Line. Cruise along one of Europe’s finest rivers and step ashore to explore fairy-tale towns and bustling European cities, including Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest. Enjoy a full day in Vienna before cruising on to Bratislava, a charming and friendly cultural hotspot. We finish with a full day in Budapest, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world; it’s the perfect end to a river cruise that offers new cultures and experiences every day.

See the full itinerary of our Delights of the Danube River Cruise below, and you might also be interested in looking at Danube cruises page for more holiday inspiration.

Day 1: UK – Nuremberg (Air & Rail)
We travel by air or rail to Nuremberg, where we board our ship for a relaxing evening as we cruise along the Main-Danube canal.

Day 2: Regensburg
We arrive in Regensburg this morning, which lies at the northernmost point of the Danube. From here you can join our coach excursion to Kelheim, where we join a boat and cruise through the enchanting Danube Gorge to visit the Benedictine Abbey of Weltenburg. The remainder of the day is free to explore the charming town of Regensburg, before we continue cruising along the Danube.

Day 3: Passau
Passau is known as the ‘three rivers city’ due to its unique location where the Danube, Inn and Ilz Rivers meet. The old town is a stunning display of Italian baroque style architecture, as you will see on our included walking tour. This is where most of the sights are found, including the Cathedral of St Steven. In the early evening we cruise towards Melk.

Day 4: Melk
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. In the afternoon we cruise through the beautiful Wachau Valley on our way to Vienna.

Day 5: Vienna
Enjoy a full day experiencing the delights of Vienna. Grand palaces, baroque castles, magnificent squares and striking monuments are just some of the key features of this beautiful city, which is a World Heritage Site. In the morning you can join our optional city tour and in the afternoon we have an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace. Later today we begin cruising towards Bratislava.

Day 6: Bratislava
The historic city of Bratislava is dominated by its castle, which is set high above the Danube and was once a frontier post of the Roman empire. Join our optional city tour to take in the main sights, before our ship cruises towards Budapest this afternoon.

Day 7: Budapest
Today we have a full day in Budapest, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Here you can explore both sides of Hungary’s capital – traditional Buda and the more cosmopolitan Pest. Start the day by joining our optional city tour, which introduces you to the highlights.

Day 8: Budapest – UK (Air) - Munich (Rail)
This morning we bid farewell to our Captain and crew and disembark our ship. Passengers travelling by air will be transferred to the airport for your return flight. Passengers travelling by rail can enjoy free time in Budapest, before taking the overnight train to Munich and onwards connection to London.

Day 9: Munich – UK (Rail)
This morning we arrive back in the UK.

Delights of the Danube


• Step ashore in three of Europe’s great capitals – Budapest (Hungary), Bratislava (Slovakia) and Vienna (Austria)

• Enjoy a full day in Budapest, ‘the pearl of the Danube’

• Enjoy a full day in the musical city of Vienna

• Cruise through the beautiful Wachau Valley


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.

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.

By Air London Heathrow

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.

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.




DepartureTravel optionsBooking
19 June 2017
for 8 days

Join ship at Nuremberg
8 Days from
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19 June 2017
for 9 days

Join ship at Nuremberg
9 Days from
Select Travel options and Passengers, then click Book.

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!

Regensburg city tour & Danube Gorge

Danube Gorge Cruise & Weltenburg Abbey


This excursion takes you by coach to Kelheim where you board a boat and cruise through Donaudurchbruch – the Danube Gorge. This beautiful area formed millions of years ago and is part of the Upper Jurassic, the richest fossil formation of Germany. We stop at Weltenburg Abbey, the oldest monastery in Bavaria, where you can step ashore to explore this historic site which is also the oldest beer-producing monastery in the world. We return to Regensburg by coach.

Passau walking tour

Passau walking tour


A walk though the old city is a great way to see Passau. Highlights include the city hall, where you can see the water levels marked when the town has flooded, and Dom St Stephan.

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.

Vienna city tour

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. Please note: For The Danube to the Black Sea cruise, the Vienna city tour is combined with Schönbrunn Palace to create a full day excursion.

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.


Bratislava city tour


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.


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.

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: 9 days

From: Nuremberg

Ends: Budapest

Travel options available:

  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • By Air London Heathrow
  • Join at the Ship
9 days
per person

Customer feedback

Included in the Price

  • Return travel to the UK
  • Welcome drink, Captain’s get-together & party night
  • En-suite cabin accommodation aboard the ms Serenity
  • Full board during the cruise
  • Early risers and mid morning tea/coffee
  • Entertainment on every night of your cruise
  • Visits to Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Melk, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest
  • Services of our experienced and friendly Cruise Director and Cruise Manager


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