Scenic river cruise

Cruise through gorgeous landscapes and past fairy-tale villages on Danube, the number one choice for people new to river cruising.

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  • Activity Level Leisurely
  • Group Size Large Group
All about the Scenic river cruise.

Flowing through Central and Eastern Europe, the Danube is the second longest river in Europe. It spans for 1,777 miles from Germany to Ukraine. On a Danube river cruise, you’ll visit iconic cities such as Vienna, Budapest and Passau; go on excursions to UNESCO World Heritage Sites and be able to enjoy evening concerts and waltzes.

May to September is the prime Danube cruise season. But be aware that the quality of your experience varies by when you go. Upper Danube is better for cruising because its riverside vistas are significantly more scenic. And overall, the Upper Danube has more interesting cities.

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  1. Day 1 Arrive in Budapest

    Arrive in Budapest and embark your cruise boat. Enjoy dinner on board and remain moored here overnight.

  2. Day 2 Budapest - Bratislava

    Budapest is a city made up of two parts: Buda and Pest, built on opposite banks of the Danube. An included city sightseeing tour this morning will reveal the capital’s highlights, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buda Castle, Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion.

    Set sail at lunchtime and sail overnight towards Bratislava.

  3. Day 3 Bratislava - Vienna

    Enjoy the morning in Slovaki’s capital before boat cruises to Vienna, arriving in time for an evening stroll after dinner.

    You remain moored in Vienna overnight.

  4. Day 4 Vienna - Dürnstein

    This morning, an included sightseeing tour in Vienna reveals the highlights of the city, taking in sights such as the Ringstrasse and Opera House. After this you can relax on board as you cruise to Dürnstein, arriving after dinner and mooring for the night.

  5. Day 5 Dürnstein - Melk

    Enjoy the early morning in Dürnstein, a pretty village in the heart of the Wachau Valley which is steeped in history. Continue to Melk where you may join an optional tour of the Benedictine Abbey and Wachau region this afternoon.

    Set sail again early evening heading towards Passau.

  6. Day 6 Melk - Passau

    Arrive in Passau this afternoon. The most easterly city in Bavaria, is home to an impressive baroque cathedral containing the largest church organ in the world. You can join a optional short walking tour of the highlights, most of which are close to the Danube.

    Set sail early evening and sail overnight.

  7. Day 7 Passau - Regensburg

    Spend the morning in this attractive city, Regensburg, that has been a religious centre since the 7th century and has a large number of medieval churches. You may like to visit Weltenburg Abbey, rejoining the ship later in Kelheim. This afternoon, cruise towards Nuremberg via Kelheim and the Main-Danube Canal.

  8. Day 8 Nuremberg to Prague

    Disembark in Nuremberg after breakfast and travel by coach to Prague. Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Discover the key attractions on an optional city tour.

This is a sample itinerary to inspire your holiday – it can be tweaked in every way possible from the places you want to go to and number of days you spend in each, as well as hotels you stay in and activities you do. Get in touch with one of our experts by calling +91 98226 66560 and we will start creating your perfect trip.