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Danube River Cruises

The Danube is a truly magnificent river, its banks filled with a rich heritage and culture. Historically used as a trade route, the Danube is now one of the world's most iconic waterways. Beginning its journey in the mountainous region of Germany's Black Forest, it meanders through the heart of Europe for 1,777 miles, via a number of European countries, before finally reaching the Black Sea.

Each bend of the Danube boasts new surprises, with its shores home to grand historic capital cities, such as Vienna and Budapest, as well as idyllic towns and villages like Melk and Krems. There are incredible sights to be seen from the comfort of your ship too. The Wachau Valley is one of Austria's most appealing attractions, thanks to its dramatic scenery of hilltop fortresses and surprising history. Nearby Dürnstein Castle was once used to imprison Richard the Lionheart. Sailing the Danube Bend is another memorable experience. A sprawling canvas of forested peaks and fanciful riverside towns, it's here that some of the oldest European settlements began and even Hungary's answer to Camelot, Visegrád, is visible if you know where to look.

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Salzburg
River Cruise
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4.2 stars(65 reviews)
2024JunJulAug
11 days from
£2,895 pp
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Danube Bend
River Cruise
Save up to £300pp
4.6 stars(10 reviews)
2024JunJulAug
11 days from
£2,995 pp
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Salzburg
River Cruise
Save up to £300pp
4.2 stars(65 reviews)
2024JunJulAug
11 days from
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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13 days from
£3,395
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Danube Bend
River Cruise
Save up to £300pp
4.6 stars(10 reviews)
2024JunJulAug
11 days from
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
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£2,695
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Budapest
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4.5 stars(24 reviews)
2024JunJulAug
8 days from
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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14 days from
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Schonbrunn Palace Gardens, Vienna
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4.8 stars(12 reviews)
2024JunJulAug
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Wachau Valley
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2024JulAug
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Neuschwanstein Castle
River Cruise
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4.0 stars(23 reviews)
2024JunJulAug
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
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Save up to £300pp
9 days from
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  • DestinationGermany
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Save up to £300pp
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  • DestinationAustria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Switzerland
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12 days from
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Our customers love our Danube River Cruises tours
The Classic Blue Danube
27/Sep
J W Smail
5 stars
“Wonderful cruise from start to finish. Extremely comfortable ship (Amadeus Riva). Delightful crew who provided first class service throughout - nothing was too much trouble. Menu choice and all meals incredibly high standard for a relatively small ship. All excursions interesting and well organised by cruise directors. Would highly recommend to others.
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Imperial Cities & Delights of the Danube
27/Sep
Gill Cox
5 stars
“Excellent from start to finish
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Delights of the Danube
26/Sep
A Barton
5 stars
“It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The staff and crew were all excellent and very attentive. Everything was well organized and there was always something going on. The food was delicious with plenty of choice.
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The Classic Blue Danube
25/Sep
stella lewis
5 stars
“The Amadeus crew looked after us extremely well and the ship was in pristine condition
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Fairytale Bavaria & Delights of the Danube
23/Sep
J Jones
5 stars
“We had a great holiday and the scenery was fantastic. The first 4 days were done with trains, 1st day stop Stuttgart with castles to see, next 3 at Fussen and mountain's to see all great. The rest of the holiday was on ship on the Danube, terrific service and views.
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Delights of the Danube
21/Sep
Derek White
4 stars
“As we like rail travel we chose this holiday linking with a river cruise which we enjoy. This was one of your longer journeys, heading towards the cruise from Budapest. There were several holdups on the outward 2 day train journey and there was anxiety that connections would not not be made. Simon, our train courier, was excellent, keeping us up-to-date. Unfortunately we arrived too late for dinner at the NH hotel in Nuremburg and were given sandwiches instead, not a good start as we had set off early that morning. After another held-up journey to Budapest the next day we arrived at the ship late, rather exhausted. The cruise was delightful, accommodation brilliant, staff helpful, food good. We enjoyed visiting such interesting countries though we opted out of the Austrian trips to Salzburg or Austrian lakes and enjoyed a very relaxing cruise from Linz to Passau instead. The recital by the string quartet from the Vienna Philharmonic was a highlight and the musical duo were excellent too. It was unfortunate that on occasions we were moored next to another cruise ship, thereby blocking the view from our cabin. Consequently we did not stay in our cabin on Mozart deck as the moored ship next to ours made it dark. The train journey home was delayed to Brussels so we had to rush to check-in and then we were told Eurostar to St Pancras was delayed by 50 minutes. We therefore missed our rail connections and finally managed to get home by 12.30am on Saturday 9th September. We will recall the cruise and the beautiful ship with pleasure and were fortunate with the weather, but we would not consider long train journeys with various connections again, which were arduous. (We used the Baggage Man which was an excellent service.)
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Highlights of the River Danube

Beginning its life in the mountainous region of Germany's Black Forest, the Danube curves its way through majestic cities Bratislava, Vienna, and Nuremberg before reaching the Black Sea. Originally used as a trade route for many centuries, the river is now one of the most iconic waterways in the world.

There is plenty of variety along its banks as it makes its way through each city; from the Imperial cities and their grand architecture, to the forested peaks and quaint riverside towns. The Danube is also famous for its scattering of fairy-tale castles, including Schloss Schönbühel and Burgruine Dürnstein, with their romantic backdrops of mountains and mysterious forests.