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Luxury Danube Cruise

(Tour code: DCR17)Discover the former Austro-Hungarian Empire

What a civilised way to visit the magnificent cities of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. We join our luxurious ship for a gentle cruise along the River Danube. Our journey passes the dynamic capitals of Vienna and Budapest and through the scenic Wachau Valley.


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Tour Highlights
  • 5-star ship MS AmaCerto
  • Champagne reception at St Pancras
  • Guest speaker
  • Nuremberg
  • Regensburg & Passau
  • Melk’s Benedictine Abbey
  • Vienna & Budapest including city tours
  • All meals and shore excursions included
  • Wine, beer, and soft drinks with both lunch and dinner
What’s Included (Full details)
  • First Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
  • 5* Hotel Accommodation
    Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge
  • 5* Cruise Ship
    All-Inclusive Board Basis
    All Excursions

Itinerary & Map

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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.

Day 1

Eurostar and First Class rail to Cologne

We meet at our dedicated Departure Office at St Pancras where we take the Eurostar to Brussels in Standard Premier Class, with a light meal and drinks served on board. During the trip we will be treated to a complimentary glass of Champagne to celebrate our upcoming holiday. We change trains in Brussels and continue by First Class rail to Cologne for a night at the glamorous 5-Star Marriott Cologne. After our three-course dinner, this evening we enjoy a talk from Hugh Ellwood, a noted and experienced architect, for a wonderful insight into the art and architecture of Vienna and Budapest.

  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Days 2-3

To Nuremberg and the MS AmaCerto

We depart Cologne by train, travelling in First Class to Nuremberg, where we board our luxury 5-Star ship, the MS AmaCerto, and enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner. From now you can choose to take part in our included group shore excursions, enjoy the facilities on board or simply take it easy. On Day 3 you could choose to join the guided tour of Nuremberg, which takes in the medieval ramparts of the Old Town, as well as the grand Gothic Churches and the imposing castle. Alternatively, you could take the tour of famous sites from the Second World War, such as the Justice Palace, where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. We rejoin the ship and travel along the Main-Danube Canal, towards Regensburg.

  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4


We cruise this morning to Regensburg for a walking tour. The city has one of the best-preserved medieval town centres in Europe. St Peter's Church, with its impressive stained glass windows from the middle ages, is the greatest Gothic cathedral in Bavaria and took over 600 years to build.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Tour of Regensberg
Day 5

Passau and Linz

Our ship arrives into Passau this morning. You can enjoy a walking tour of this delightful town, situated on the Austrian border and dominated by the Veste Oberhaus. This castle, which has never been conquered by military force, offers commanding views of the mighty river and rolling countryside. Otherwise, you could take the optional excursion to Salzburg, famous as the setting for 'The Sound of Music'. We cruise on to elegant Linz in Austria, where you can explore the historic Old Town.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Tour of Passau
Day 6


This morning we arrive in Melk, situated in Austria's winegrowing region and gateway to the scenic Wachau Valley. Melk boasts a glorious Benedictine Abbey which stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube and town. We enjoy a guided tour of the Abbey, including the prestigious Marble Room and the Abbey Church, generally considered one of the most beautiful Baroque churches north of the Alps. At lunchtime we set sail down the river through the impressive scenery of the Wachau. Your afternoon is free to enjoy tea and pastries in the comfortable lounge area and admire the views from the panoramic windows as we cruise to Vienna.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Melk Abbey tour
Belvedere Palace, Vienna
Day 7


Today we have a guided tour of the glorious city of Vienna, one of the great European capitals and the seat of the Habsburg dynasty for centuries. Vienna is full of opulent palaces, world-class museums and beautiful churches. Your afternoon is free to explore more of Vienna - perhaps visit one of the wonderful coffee houses for which the city is renowned.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Tour of Vienna
Fishermans Bastion, Budapest
Day 8

Discovering Budapest

After cruising through the night into Hungary, we reach the capital city this morning. Budapest is known as a 'city of two halves', with stately Buda on one bank, and its lively neighbour Pest just across the water. Admire the views of this incredible city from the Fisherman's Bastion and perhaps take the funicular up Castle Hill to explore the enchanting Buda Castle complex. We enjoy a guided city tour of Budapest, followed by dinner on board.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Tour of Budapest
Days 9-10

First Class rail to Nuremberg and London

We disembark this morning and begin our journey home, travelling by First Class rail via Vienna to Nuremberg. We spend the night here at the 4-Star Maritim Nuremberg, and enjoy dinner together this evening. On Day 10 we continue by First Class rail via Cologne to Brussels. Here we join the Eurostar to London, enjoying a light meal and drinks on board. On arrival in London St Pancras, your tour comes to an end, and you are free to make your own way home.

  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Eurostar Meal

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.


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