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Delights of the Danube

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8 days From £1,595 £1,195 per person
4.5 stars(25 reviews)
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Sail from Hungary, through Austria, and into Germany along one of Europe’s most diverse rivers, exploring its wealth of culture, grand architecture, and picturesque towns.

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2024 Tour code: DLZ24

About the tour

Fly to the amazing city of Budapest and join us on a luxurious and enchanting cruise on the Danube River. Along the way, we journey through picturesque cities, quaint villages, and renowned vineyards with the chance to indulge in local cuisine and sample some of the finest local wines.

After exploring the fascinating cities of Bratislava and Vienna, marvel at the delightful Melk Abbey in the Wachau Valley. Choose to spend a day in the enchanting Austrian Lake District or visit stunning Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart. Finally, discover the German city of Passau before returning home with memories to cherish forever.

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Unforgettable experiences

Immerse yourself in the sensational ‘Pearl of the Danube’ - Budapest - with a guided tour of its striking castle, stunning buildings, and impressive monuments.
Discover the Baroque streets and imperial palaces of Vienna as well as the impressive Opera House on a sightseeing tour.
Melk Abbey
Melk Abbey
Sail through the verdant valleys and vineyards of the beautiful Wachau Valley before visiting the 11th-century Melk Abbey with beautiful views across the Danube.
Explore the spectacular Austrian lakes or the creative culture of Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart.
Admire ornate buildings, fascinating museums, and interesting galleries on a guided tour of Bratislava, the Slovakian capital.

What’s included


Day 1 - To Budapest where we board our luxurious ship

Your holiday begins as you fly* from Heathrow Airport to Budapest. Our luxurious ship awaits us here, where we're greeted with a refreshing cocktail in the lounge. After settling into your wonderful cabin and familiarising yourself with our magnificent ship, we indulge in our first delicious five-course dinner on board before enjoying the enchanting ambience of a traditional Hungarian Folklore troupe.

Once the sun sets, we begin a magical evening cruise along the Danube River, taking in the illuminated sights of Budapest. From the Gothic-style Parliament building to Buda castle, the state buildings that line the banks on both sides are all sensationally lit up, as well as the stunning Chain Bridge. Whether you choose to relax in the cosy lounge or take in the panoramic views from the sun deck, Budapest's elegant scenery is a spectacular start to our cruise.

*If you would like to travel by rail, view our Rail & Cruise option here.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - Discovering striking Budapest

This morning, we delve deeper into Budapest's beauty and history that we saw last night. On a sightseeing tour of this captivating city, known as the 'Pearl of the Danube', we explore its impressive buildings and monuments. From St Stephen's Basilica to Heroes Square and Fisherman's Bastion, each sight is more remarkable than the last. After lunch on board, you can explore the city further at your leisure before we set sail to Bratislava.

As we sail upstream through the evening we navigate the scenic Danube bend. This section of the river has a long and fascinating history and we pass the village of Visegrad famous for its hilltop castle and Esztergom, the former capital of Hungary.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 - Glorious Bratislava

After a morning of relaxing sailing through scenic landscapes of rolling hills and endless fields, we arrive in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava, welcomed by its castle overlooking the river. We set out on a fascinating guided tour after lunch. Bratislava is divided neatly into two parts by the waters of the Danube, and we have time to get to know both the Baroque Old Town and the newer city. As we explore the enchanting streets, we're immersed in the vibrancy of they city, which has dramatic historic buildings, Baroque palaces and a wealth of fantastic museums and galleries.

Following our tour, you have plenty of free time to explore the tangle of cobblestoned roads, pedestrianized plazas, 18th-century Rococo buildings, and street cafes.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - Imperial Vienna

After a calm night of cruising, we arrive in glorious Vienna for a sightseeing tour. This is a chance to relish in Austria's Imperial culture, one full of tradition and rich in architectural, artistic and musical heritage. Making our way to Ringstrasse boulevard, we see many of Vienna's most ornate buildings including the impressive Opera House (one of the leading opera venues in the world), and the grand Parliament Building.

After our tour, there's time to wander around at leisure and soak up the magnificent atmosphere of Vienna. You could indulge in the famous Sacher Torte, a Viennese delight, at one of the cosy coffee shops. Alternatively, you could explore the city centre and marvel at St. Stephen's Cathedral, or delve into one of the numerous museums the city has to offer.

Tonight, a real treat awaits us in the lounge as we're joined by four past members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra who whisk us away with their performances of well-known classical pieces.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - Charming Dürnstein, beautiful Wachau Valley, and picturesque Melk Abbey

Austria's Wachau Valley is a famous wine-making region, which makes it the perfect stop on our cruise to sample the renowned local wine. There's free time in the quaint village of Dürnstein to do just that, or simply wander the charming streets, soaking up the fairytale landscapes. From the riverside, we can see the renowned castle where Richard I of England was imprisoned for a time.

This afternoon, we cruise through the scenery of the Wachau Valley during lunch, truly a highlight of the river. This scenic area of green valleys and vineyards is dotted with picturesque riverside towns and commanding fortresses.

Later, we disembark in Emmersdorf to visit Melk Abbey, an 11th-century Benedictine Abbey that stands atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube. It's here we see the abbey's church, one of the most beautiful Baroque churches north of the Alps.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - The enchanting Austrian Lake District or stunning Salzburg

This morning we wake up in beautiful Linz where you can choose between a day in the Austrian Lake District, the Salzkammergut, or a visit to Salzburg.

The first option sees us heading into the country for a day in the lakes where we stop at UNESCO-listed Hallstatt, one of Austria's most photographed villages thanks to its pastel-coloured houses. We also visit Hallstätter See Lake and Mondsee, a pretty town set on the lake of the same name and famous for its 15th-century parish church which featured in 'The Sound of Music'.

Alternatively, travel via Mondsee to Salzburg, a beautiful Baroque city on the banks of the Salzach river. During a guided sightseeing tour, we explore Getreidegasse street, famed for its traditional shops with metal signboards and the place where Mozart was born. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is filled with stunning Baroque architecture, beautiful churches, quaint squares, and charming alleyways that we admire as we meander through.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Beautiful Passau

Today we enjoy a last cruise through vineyard-covered hills, charming villages, and medieval castles. After lunch, we arrive in the German city of Passau. Sitting at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, Passau is known as the 'Three Rivers City'. The delightful old town is filled with baroque architecture, including St. Stephen's Cathedral, and lies in the shadow of the Veste Oberhaus, a 13th-century hilltop fortress. Tonight, we enjoy our farewell Gala dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 - Homeward bound

After breakfast this morning, it's time to disembark in Passau and bid farewell to our wonderful crew. After saying goodbye to new friends and fellow travellers, we head to Munich airport where you catch your flight back home. Landing in London, your holiday comes to an end.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

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.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


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4.5 stars4.5 / 5 · 25 reviews

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Mr Anthony Broadhurst

3 stars

Submitted 01 Oct 2023

The holiday on the ship was excellent but the air travel arrangements to and from the ship were very unsatisfactory.

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A Barton

5 stars

Submitted 26 Sep 2023

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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4 stars

Submitted 26 Sep 2023

Excellent food and "hotel " care. Some tour days could be tiring but great tour guides.

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Christine Jordan

5 stars

Submitted 20 Sep 2023

Lovely ship and crew. Very comfortable cabins and quiet when travelling.Many knowledgeable local guides at each stop.

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S De'Ath

5 stars

Submitted 19 Sep 2023

Excellent. Fabulous new ship with spacious, comfortable suites. Loved the hardworking crew. Great food and wonderful tour guides Ed and Jaquie. Would highly recommend.

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5 stars

Submitted 17 Sep 2023

Everything went smoothly food good

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