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5-Star Danube Cruise and Imperial Cities

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(Tour code: DLR18)

An enticing cruise from Austria to Hungary

At every bend our spectacular Danube cruise reveals new surprises - imposing fortresses, vine-laden hillsides and alluring forests. Explore four distinctive countries aboard our cruise ship and experience the Danube's harmonious blend of natural and cultural beauty.

  • Cologne
  • Prague
  • Melk, Dürnstein
  • Vienna & Budapest
  • Passau, Linz
  • Regensburg
What’s Included
  • First Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
  • 4 Nights' Accommodation
  • Amadeus Brilliant
    Amadeus Silver II

5-Star Danube Cruise and Imperial Cities 2018Tour Details

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Day 1 Berlin

London to Berlin

Today, we meet at our dedicated Departure Office in London St Pancras, where we take the Eurostar to Cologne. From here, we transfer to Berlin, and check into our hotel, where we celebrate the beginning of our holiday with a marvellous champagne reception.

  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Day 2 Brandenburg Gate
Brandenburg Gate


Today, we discover Berlin on a guided tour, seeing many famous sights of the city. These include the Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie, a poignant reminder of the turbulent past of the city. This evening, we travel by rail to Prague.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Prague


We explore the incredible Imperial city of Prague today, starting with a visit to the Hradcany Castle district, and Prague Castle. This district is the largest medieval complex in Europe, and boasts of some wonderful architecture, including the Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral, which we visit this afternoon on our guided tour. The rest of your day is at leisure, perhaps to visit the lovely Jewish Quarter, or discover the numerous delightful bars and cafés on offer to relax with a drink, ahead of dinner at our hotel this evening.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 4-5 Budapest

Prague to Budapest

We leave Prague today and head by rail to Budapest, another Imperial city that is divided by the Danube. On arrival, we board our vessel, where we are greeted with a welcome drink. This evening, we enjoy a dinner cruise through Budapest, enjoying the illuminated city from its best vantage point.

On Day 5, we take a guided city tour of Budapest, visiting the lively Market Hall, the incredible Hungarian State Opera and the Parliament building, which imperiously overlooks the Danube on the Pest side of the city. After lunch on board the ship, there is an optional excursion to Esztergom Basilica. We sail to Bratislava overnight.

  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Bratislava


We wake up in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava this morning, and, after breakfast, embark on an informative coach tour. On this tour, we visit the restored Old Town, as well as St. Martin's Cathedral and Grassalkovich Palace. After the tour, you may want to join the walking tour that explores the city further. This afternoon, there is an optional guided tour of the Imperial Schlosshof Palace, which was once owned by Empress Maria Theresa of Austria.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Vienna


We arrive in Vienna today, where we begin with a tour to familiarise ourselves with this elegantly musical city, viewing the Imperial Palace and the iconic St. Stephen's cathedral. You may like to join the optional excursion to Schonbrunn Palace this afternoon, and later this evening, there is an optional concert to hear the 'Sound of Vienna', in a celebration of the music that comes from the city.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 8-9 Melk

Wine tasting in Dürnstein

This morning, we embark on a guided tour of Dürnstein, a lovely wine village in the Wachau. We explore the towns main sights, before enjoying a tasting of the delicious wine from the area. This afternoon there is an optional excursion to the 18th century Melk Abbey, before the ship sails to Linz over night.

On Day 9, we arrive in Linz. Today, you may choose between an optional excursion to Salzburg, or an optional walking tour of Linz and Passau. Alternatively, you might like to take the opportunity to enjoy the fabulous amenities on board the vessel. This evening, there is a Captain's Gala dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 Regensburg


Today, we arrive in Regensburg, where there is an optional walking tour this morning, where we see the myriad of beautiful churches and monasteries. This afternoon, we enjoy an included excursion to Weltenberg Abbey.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 11-12 Eurostar

Passau, Cologne, and Home

We arrive in Passau today, where we disembark our vessel. From here, we travel to Cologne where we overnight, before heading back to London on Day 12.

  • Day 11 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 12 - Breakfast, Eurostar Meal

Please note

Optional shore excursions are not included in the price of your tour and are payable on board the ship.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • First Class rail travel (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys with a light meal and drinks)

Comfortable accommodation

  • 7-night cruise on board the Amadeus Silver II or Brilliant
  • 4 nights' hotel accommodation in Berlin, Prague, and Cologne

Delicious meals included

  • 28 meals, including 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 11 dinners
  • Free flowing selection of quality wines with lunch and dinner


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • City tours of Berlin, Prague, Budapest, Vienna, and Bratislava
  • Weltenberg Abbey and a wine tasting in Dürnstein

Enhancing your tour

  • Upgrade to a Category C1 cabin on the Haydn Deck from £175 per person (twin occupancy only)
  • Upgrade to a Category B1 cabin on the Strauss Deck from £520 per person (twin occupancy only)
  • Upgrade to a Category A1 cabin on the Mozart Deck from £690 per person (twin occupancy only)
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5-Star Danube Cruise and Imperial Cities

An enticing cruise from Austria to Hungary


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