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Danube River Cruises to Vienna and Budapest

Discover art, music, history and spectacular scenery, plus the fascinating capital cities of Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava

The River Danube is one of Europe's major geographical features, flowing from west to east, from Germany through Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia and Romania to the Black Sea. Most itineraries sail between Germany and Budapest.

  • Durnstein
  • Budapest parliament building
  • Melk

All our River Danube cruises are shown below. Tick the boxes to filter by date, company, duration and type.

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Emerald WaterwaysEmerald Waterways

  • Travel package from the UK
  • Included shore excursions
  • Included tips and gratuities
  • Choice of dining options
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary WiFi on board
  • Mainly UK/AUS passengers

PRICE MATCH GUARANTEE

    • Emerald Waterways Ship - Emerald Sun, Emerald Star, Emerald Dawn, Emerald Sky
      Emerald Sun, Emerald Star, Emerald Dawn, Emerald Sky
      • Admire ornate architecture in the capital cities of Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava and explore Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey. Includes return flights from the UK, shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Dec
        2016 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

    • Save up to £1000 per couple on 2015 departures!

    • Emerald Waterways Ship - Emerald Sun, Emerald Star, Emerald Dawn, Emerald Sky
      Emerald Sun, Emerald Star, Emerald Dawn, Emerald Sky
      • Enjoy a 3-night hotel stay in historic Prague and a cruise along the Danube visiting the capital cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. Includes return flights from the UK, shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Dec
        2016 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

    • Save £1000 per couple PLUS complimentary Premium Drinks Package on 2016 departures!

    • Emerald Waterways Ship - Emerald Sun, Emerald Star, Emerald Dawn, Emerald Sky
      Emerald Sun, Emerald Star, Emerald Dawn, Emerald Sky
      • Cruise through Eastern Europe from Budapest towards the Black Sea and enjoy a two-night hotel stay in Bucharest. Includes return flights from the UK, shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner

      • River Cruise
      • 2016 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sep

    • Save £1000 per couple PLUS complimentary Premium Drinks Package on 2016 departures!

    • Emerald Waterways Ship - Emerald Sun, Emerald Star, Emerald Dawn, Emerald Sky
      Emerald Sun, Emerald Star, Emerald Dawn, Emerald Sky
      • Visit the imperial capital cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest and the quaint towns of Bamberg, Passau and Melk as you journey along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers past story-book castles perched high above terraced vineyards. Includes return flights from the UK, shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
        2016 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

    • Save up to £1000 per couple on 2015 dates!

CroisiEuropeCroisiEurope

  • Cruise only, package possible
  • Fixed seating for meals
  • Informal dress code
  • Mainly European passengers
  • Unlimited complimentary house wine, beer, mineral water and soft drinks on board (1 April – 31 Oct departures only)

PRICE MATCH GUARANTEE

    • CroisiEurope Ship - Vivaldi
      Vivaldi
      • Discover the spectacular capital cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest on this fascinating short break

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Oct
        2016 - Mar, Oct, Nov

    • Save 5% on all flight inclusive package prices!

    • CroisiEurope Ship - Vivaldi
      Vivaldi
      • Visit spectacular capital cities and charming medieval towns on this superb itinerary along the Danube from Linz

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep
        2016 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

    • Save 5% on all flight inclusive package prices!

    • CroisiEurope Ship - Vivaldi
      Vivaldi
      • Visit the colourful Christmas markets in the historic capital cities of Budapest and Bratislava on this fascinating festive itinerary from Vienna

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Dec

    • Save 5% on all flight inclusive package prices!

    • CroisiEurope Ship - Beethoven
      Beethoven
      • Journey along the Danube from the musical city of Vienna exploring the spectacular capital cities of Bratislava and Budapest

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct
        2016 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

    • Save £100pp on all flight inclusive package prices!

    • CroisiEurope Ship - Vivaldi
      Vivaldi
      • Celebrate New Year on this superb voyage along the Danube from Vienna to Budapest and Bratislava

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Dec

    • Save 5% on all flight inclusive package prices!

APTAPT

  • Includes travel from UK
  • Includes shore excursions
  • Includes gratuities
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board (and at all times on some itineraries)
  • Informal dress code
  • Open seating for meals
  • Casual dress code
  • Mainly UK/AUS/US passengers
  • Home-to-airport transfers within 75 miles of chosen airport

PRICE MATCH GUARANTEE

    • Choice of APT Ships
      Choice of Ships
      • Discover magnificent capital cities, charming towns and spectacular architecture on this fascinating itinerary from Budapest to Nuremburg. Includes travel package from the UK and drinks on board

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
        2016 - Mar, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

    • Exclusive savings of £300pp on 2016 departures!

    • Choice of APT Ships
      Choice of Ships
      • Immerse yourself in history and culture of the River Danube exploring charming Bratislava and the musical city of Vienna. Includes travel package from the UK, guided excursions and drinks with meals

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
        2016 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

    • Exclusive savings of £300pp on 2016 departures!

    • Choice of APT Ships
      Choice of Ships
      • Explore three countries on this fanastic itinerary from Nuremburg to Budapest, visiting historic cities and charming towns. Includes return from the UK, home to airport transfers and unlimited complimentary drinks on board

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
        2016 - Mar, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

    • Exclusive savings of £300pp on 2016 departures!

    • Choice of APT Ships
      Choice of Ships
      • Discover the magnificent capital cities of Belgrade and Bucharest and the breathtaking ‘Iron Gates’ in Eastern Europe, cruising towards the Black Sea. Includes return from the UK, home to airport transfers and unlimited complimentary drinks with meals on board

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
        2016 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Oct

    • Exclusive savings of £300pp on 2016 departures!

ScenicScenic

  • Travel package from UK
  • Butler service in all cabins
  • Shore excursions included
  • Balcony cabins available
  • Complimentary drinks on board throughout cruise
  • Gratuities included
  • Informal dress code
  • Choice of restaurants
  • Open seating for meals
  • Mainly UK/AUS passengers

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    • Scenic Ship - Scenic Jasper
      Scenic Jasper
      • Explore well-preserved villages, impressive capital cities and see magnificent architecture on this all-inclusive cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest. Includes shore excursions, return flights from the UK, butler service, complimentary drinks and all gratuities

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Oct
        2016 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

    • Save up to £1500 per couple on 2015 dates!

    • Scenic Ship - Scenic Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald, Pearl and Diamond
      Scenic Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald, Pearl and Diamond
      • Explore the highlights of Europe on this superb all-inclusive voyage from Amsterdam to Budapest. Includes shore excursions, return flights from the UK, butler service and all gratuities

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
        2016 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

    • Save up to £3000 per couple on 2015 dates!

    • Scenic Ship - Scenic Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald, Pearl and Diamond
      Scenic Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald, Pearl and Diamond
      • All-inclusive voyage from Budapest through Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria towards the legendary Black Sea ending with a hotel stay in Bucharest. Includes return travel package, shore excursions, butler service, complimentary drinks and gratuities on board

      • River Cruise
      • 2016 - Apr, Jun

    • Save £1500 per couple on 2016 dates!

UniworldUniworld

  • Includes return travel from UK
  • Includes shore excursions
  • Unlimited beverages on board (excludes premium wine and premium spirits)
  • Open seating for meals
  • Informal dress code
  • Mainly UK/US passengers
  • All gratuities onboard and onshore

PRICE MATCH GUARANTEE

    • Uniworld Ship - River Princess
      River Princess
      • Discover the highlights of Hungary, Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic on this fantastic holiday combining a Danube River cruise with a two-night stay in Prague. Includes return flights from the UK, guided excursions and unlimited drinks onboard

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
        2016 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

    • Save up to £1060pp on 2015 dates - now from just £1554pp!

    • Uniworld Ship - River Beatrice
      River Beatrice
      • With a backdrop of Austrian Alps, terraced vineyards and ancient castles, the River Danube is one of the most enchanting rivers. Includes return flights from the UK, guided excursions and unlimited drinks onboard

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
        2016 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

    • Double savings of £400pp on 2016 dates - now from just £1749pp!

    • Uniworld Ship - River Princess
      River Princess
      • This 7-night festive itinerary visits the charming towns of Passau and Durnstein and the musical city of Vienna with visits to traditional Christmas Markets. Includes return flights from the UK, guided excursions and unlimited drinks onboard

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Dec
        2016 - Dec

    • Double savings of £400pp on 2016 dates - now from just £1889pp!

    • Uniworld Ship - SS Maria Theresa
      SS Maria Theresa
      • Discover charming towns and explore traditional Christmas markets on this festive voyage along the Danube from Budapest. Includes return flights from the UK, guided excursions and unlimited drinks onboard

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Dec
        2016 - Dec

    • Double savings of £400pp on 2016 dates - now from just £2089pp!

    • Uniworld Ship - River Ambassador
      River Ambassador
      • This fascinating combines the beautiful scenery and wine villages along the River Danube from Vienna to Nuremberg with a 2-night hotel stay in Prague. Includes return flights from the UK, guided excursions and unlimited drinks onboard

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
        2016 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

    • Double savings of £400pp on 2016 dates - now from just £2315pp!

    • Uniworld Ship - River Ambassador
      River Ambassador
      • Travel from Basel to Vienna along the Rhine, Main and Danube with visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites and well-preserved towns in France, Germany and Austria. Includes return flights from the UK, guided excursions and unlimited drinks onboard

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
        2016 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

    • Double savings of £900pp on 2016 dates - now from just £3435pp!

    • Uniworld Ship - SS Maria Theresa
      SS Maria Theresa
      • This fantastic itinerary takes you through four magnificent countries to Europe's most scenic destainations and uncover the gems of the European art, history and culture. Includes return flights from the UK, guided excursions and unlimited drinks onboard

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
        2016 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

    • Save £2270pp on selected 2015 dates - Cat 3 cabin from just £3529pp!

    • Uniworld Ship - River Duchess
      River Duchess
      • Take in the spectacular scenery along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, visit imperial cities and stroll through quaint riverside fairytale villages. Includes return flights from the UK, guided excursions and unlimited drinks onboard

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

    • Uniworld Ship - River Duchess
      River Duchess
      • Visit eight magnificent countries on this superb holiday with a 2-night hotel stay in Istanbul, overnight stay in Bucharest and a 12-night all inclusive cruise to Europe's majestic capitals. Includes home pick-up, return flights from the UK and unlimited drinks on board

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct

Avalon WaterwaysAvalon Waterways

  • Includes travel from UK plus home pick-up service
  • Includes shore excursions
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner on board
  • Includes gratuities
  • Open seating for meals
  • Casual dress code
  • Mainly UK/US passengers

PRICE MATCH GUARANTEE

    • Avalon Waterways Ship - Avalon Vista
      Avalon Vista
      • Explore Germany and Austria during the festive season visiting the traditional Christmas Markets in riverside towns along the Danube and the impressive musical city of Vienna, ending with a 2-night hotel stay in Prague. Includes flights, transfers and home pick up service

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Nov, Dec
        2016 - Nov, Dec

    • £400pp discount, free airport hotel stay OR free pre- or post-cruise extension!

    • Choice of Avalon Waterways Ships
      Choice of Ships
      • Combine hotel stays in Prague and Budapest with a 7-night cruise along the River Danube. Includes flights, transfers and home pick up service

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
        2016 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

    • Save up to £2110 per couple on 27 Oct and 1 Nov 2015 dates!

    • Avalon Waterways Ship - Avalon Poetry II and Avalon Visionary
      Avalon Poetry II and Avalon Visionary
      • Explore the heart of Europe on this fantastic holiday on the Moselle, Rhine and Main Rivers, with hotel stays in the romantic city of Paris and historic Prague. Includes flights, transfers and home pick up service

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Oct, Nov
        2016 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

    • Save £2095 per couple on 3 Nov 2015 - Cat D cabin from £1660pp!

    • Choice of Avalon Waterways Ships
      Choice of Ships
      • A superb itinerary exploring the most popular sections of the enchanting Rhine, Main and picturesque Danube. Includes flights, transfers and guided excursions

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Sep, Oct
        2016 - May, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

    • Save £2310 per couple on 25 Oct 2015 - now from just £1855pp!

    • Choice of Avalon Waterways Ships
      Choice of Ships
      • Explore Austria and Bavaria along the River Danube and enjoy a hotel stay in Munich on this fascinating voyage with included flights, transfers and home pick up service

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Sep, Oct
        2016 - Apr, May, Jul, Aug, Sep

    • £400pp discount, free airport hotel stay OR free pre- or post-cruise extension!

    • Choice of Avalon Waterways Ships
      Choice of Ships
      • Discover the history and culture of Austria and Germany along the Danube. Includes a 3-night hotel stay in Prague, flights, transfers and home pick up service

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct
        2016 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Dec

    • £400pp discount, free airport hotel stay OR free pre- or post-cruise extension!

    • Choice of Avalon Waterways Ships
      Choice of Ships
      • Explore the musical city of Vienna and the beautiful Austrian towns of Melk and Durnstein before heading to Bavaria on this superb holiday along the Danube with a hotel stay in Munich. Includes flights, transfers and home pick up service

      • River Cruise
      • 2016 - Apr, May, Jul, Aug, Sep

    • £400pp discount, free airport hotel stay OR free pre- or post-cruise extension!

    • Choice of Avalon Waterways Ships
      Choice of Ships
      • Journey through the heart of Europe along the picturesque Rhine from Amsterdam, through the Main-Danube Canal and onto the Danube to cosmopolitan Budapest. Includes flights, transfers and guided excursions

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Dec
        2016 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Dec

    • Save up to £3210 per couple on selected 2015 dates - now from £2275pp!

    • Choice of Avalon Waterways Ships
      Choice of Ships
      • Enjoy a hotel stay in Munich, before exploring the highlights of Germany as you travel from Passau along the Danube, Main and Rhine. Includes flights, transfers and guided excursions

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Sep
        2016 - May, Aug, Sep

    • Save up to £2290 per couple - now from just £1975pp!

    • Choice of Avalon Waterways Ships
      Choice of Ships
      • Experience the different cultures and traditions in four contrasting countries on this voyage from Basel to Vienna. Includes flights, transfers and guided excursions

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep
        2016 - May, Jun, Aug

    • £500pp discount, free airport hotel stay OR free pre- or post-cruise extension!

    • Choice of Avalon Waterways Ships
      Choice of Ships
      • Journey from Vienna to the Black Sea Delta on this fantastic holiday with hotel stays in the impressive cities of Vienna and Bucharest. Includes flights, transfers and guided excursions

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Sep, Oct
        2016 - Apr, May, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

    • Save £1045 per couple on 14 Oct 2015 - Cat D cabin from just £2889pp!

    • Choice of Avalon Waterways Ships
      Choice of Ships
      • Cruise along the full length of the spectacular Danube, through six contrasting countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Includes a 3-night hotel stay in Prague and overnight hotel stay in Bucharest, flights and transfers

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Oct
        2016 - Apr, Jun, Aug, Sep, Oct

    • £700pp discount, free airport hotel stay OR free pre- or post-cruise extension!

AMA WaterwaysAMA Waterways

  • Cruise only, package possible
  • Includes shore excursions
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • Open seating for meals
  • Casual dress code
  • Mainly UK/US/AUS passengers

PRICE MATCH GUARANTEE

    • Choice of AMA Waterways Ships
      Choice of Ships
      • Cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg along the River Danube, visiting the capital cities of Bratislava and Budapest, and the charming towns of Melk, Passau and Regensburg

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
        2016 - Mar, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

    • Exclusive £350pp discount on 2016 dates plus save £50pp on 2015!

    • Choice of AMA Waterways Ships
      Choice of Ships
      • Travel from Nuremburg along the Danube past beautiful riverside scenery to the cosmopolitan city of Budapest, musical city of Vienna and see the magnificent Benedictine Abbey in Melk

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
        2016 - Mar, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

    • Exclusive £350pp discount on all 2016 dates!

    • Choice of AMA Waterways Ships
      Choice of Ships
      • Journey along one of the most celebrated rivers, the Danube, which has inspired many musicians, artists and poets throughout the centuries, and visit the impressive capital cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. Include excursions and drinks with meals

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
        2016 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

    • Superb savings on selected 2015 dates - flight inclusive package from just £1949pp!

    • Choice of AMA Waterways Ships
      Choice of Ships
      • Soak up the atmosphere of the festive season and visit some of the best Christmas markets in Germany, Austria and Hungary. Includes guided excursions and drinks with meals

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Nov, Dec
        2016 - Nov, Dec

    • Exclusive £350pp discount on all 2016 dates plus save £50pp on 2015!

    • Choice of AMA Waterways Ships
      Choice of Ships
      • Journey through Eastern Europe towards the Black Sea through Hungary, Serbia and Bulgaria with included shore excursions and drinks with meals

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
        2016 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Oct

    • Exclusive £350pp discount on 2016 dates!

    • Choice of AMA Waterways Ships
      Choice of Ships
      • Cruise through the heart of Europe along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers from Amsterdam to Budapest following the route of emperors and kings through five magnificent countries. Includes guided excursions and drinks with meals

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct
        2016 - May, Jun, Aug, Sep, Dec

    • Exclusive £650pp discount on 2016 dates plus save £50pp on 2015!

    • Choice of AMA Waterways Ships
      Choice of Ships
      • Cruise from Eastern Europe through the dramatic Iron Gates, experience the beauty of Vienna and Budapest, and sample the Wachau Valley wines

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
        2016 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Oct

    • Exclusive £650pp discount on all 2016 dates plus save £50pp on 2015!

    • Choice of AMA Waterways Ships
      Choice of Ships
      • Visit the historic capitals of Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna, explore picturesque wine-growing areas of Germany as you journey through central Europe. Includes excursions and drinks with meals

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
        2016 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

    • Exclusive £650pp discount on 2016 dates plus save £50pp on 2015!

Viking River CruisesViking River Cruises

  • Includes travel from UK
  • Includes shore excursions
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with meals on board
  • Open seating for meals
  • Informal dress code
  • Mainly UK/US/EUR passengers

PRICE MATCH GUARANTEE

    • Viking River Cruises Ship - Viking Longships
      Viking Longships
      • Visit the spectacular capital cities of Budapest and Vienna and discover the breathtaking scenery of the Wachau Valley on this superb itinerary. Includes flights, transfers and excursions

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
        2016 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

    • Save £1000pp plus FREE private home to airport transfers on 2016 dates!

    • Viking River Cruises Ship - Viking Legend
      Viking Legend
      • Travel through the beautiful Wachau Valley in Austria, visit picturesque Austrian towns and explore the impressive capital cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. Includes excursions and flights from the UK

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct
        2016 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

    • Save up to £1000pp plus FREE private home to airport transfers on 2016 dates!

    • Viking River Cruises Ship - Viking Longships
      Viking Longships
      • Discover the magnificent cities and historical treasures of Eastern Europe as you journey along the Danube towards the Black Sea on this superb voyage with hotel stays in Budapest and Bucharest. Includes excursions and travel package from the UK

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct
        2016 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

    • Save £1000pp plus FREE private home to airport transfers on 2016 dates!

    • Viking River Cruises Ship - Viking Longships
      Viking Longships
      • Travel from historic Amsterdam along the Rhine, through the Main-Danube Canal and onto the Danube to Budapest, exploring the waterside towns and impressive cities. Includes excursions and travel package from the UK

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
        2016 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

    • Save £1000pp plus FREE private home to airport transfers on 2016 dates!

Riviera TravelRiviera Travel

  • Includes Eurostar or flights from UK
  • Open seating for meals
  • Included shore excursions
  • Choice of dining options
  • British passengers
  • Informal dress code

PRICE MATCH GUARANTEE

    • Riviera Travel Ship - Lord Byron and Jane Austen
      Lord Byron and Jane Austen
      • Journey from the historic city of Budapest through Hungary, Slovakia and Austria. Includes shore excursions and return flights from the UK

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct
        2016 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

    • Riviera Travel Ship - Swiss Tiara
      Swiss Tiara
      • Explore the charming medieval towns of Wertheim and Miltenberg and UNESCO World Heritage site of Regensburg on this brand new itinerary along the Main and Danube rivers through the heart of Germany, with included excursions and return flights from the UK

      • River Cruise
      • 2016 - May, Jun

    • Riviera Travel Ship - Lord Byron and Jane Austen
      Lord Byron and Jane Austen
      • Tour through the heart of Europe along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers from Cologne to Budapest visiting well-preserved historic towns in Germany and the impressive city of Vienna in Austria. Include excursions and Eurostar from London St Pancras or return flights

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
        2016 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Amadeus River CruisesAmadeus River Cruises

  • Quality boutique ships with superb Austrian hospitality
  • Wide choice of optional excursions for complete flexibility
  • Complimentary wine with dinner
  • Choice of dining options
  • UK, US and European passengers
  • Smart casual dress

PRICE MATCH GUARANTEE

    • Amadeus River Cruises Ship - Amadeus Silver II
      Amadeus Silver II
      • A fascinating cruise along the legendary Danube visiting cultural gems and historic treasures in Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany with a choice of optional shore excursions

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

    • Amadeus River Cruises Ship - Amadeus Brilliant and Amadeus Elegant
      Amadeus Brilliant and Amadeus Elegant
      • Explore the imperial capital cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest and the famous Benedictine Abbey at Melk on this unique roundtrip from Passau along the River Danube with a choice superb value optional excursions

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct

    • Amadeus River Cruises Ship - Amadeus Silver
      Amadeus Silver
      • Explore magical Christmas markets and visit illuminated towns and villages on this festive holiday along the majestic Danube with a choice of superb value optional excursions

      • River Cruise
    • Amadeus River Cruises Ship - Amadeus Brilliant
      Amadeus Brilliant
      • A fascinating holiday exploring historic cities along the Danube and the magnificent Danube Delta, the second-largest delta in Europe. Includes return flights from the UK, overseas transfers and hotel stay in Bucharest

      • River Cruise

Travelmarvel by APTTravelmarvel by APT

  • Includes flight package from UK
  • Includes shore excursions
  • Includes gratuities
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • Informal dress code
  • Open seating for meals
  • In-cabin bottled water replenished daily
  • Mainly AUS/UK passengers
  • Complimentary bicycles and Wi-Fi access

PRICE MATCH GUARANTEE

    • Travelmarvel by APT Ship - Travelmarvel Sapphire
      Travelmarvel Sapphire
      • Discover the quintessential medieval city of Regensburg, the charming towns of Melk and Durnstein and fascinating capital cites of Vienna and Bratislava on this superb APT Travelmarvel holiday along the Danube

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Sep

    • Travelmarvel by APT Ship - Travelmarvel Jewel and Diamond
      Travelmarvel Jewel and Diamond
      • Explore the heart of Germany and Austria on this superb-value APT Travelmarvel itinerary. Includes flights from the UK and shore excursions

      • River Cruise
      • 2015 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Dec

From the medieval city of Regensburg in Germany whose bridge was the first built over the Danube, follow the river to Passau. One of Germany’s oldest cities, it lies at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube rivers.

Crossing into Austria visit the 900 year-old Benedictine Abbey of Melk with its architectural treasures. Admire the terraced vineyards of the Wachau wine region and explore Durnstein village with its medieval cobblestone streets and old burgher houses.

Further east along the river Danube, reach Vienna, Austria’s capital and a centre of art, culture and history. Visit its spectacular Gothic, Baroque and neoclassical monuments and palaces, perhaps take in a music event, try the famous pastries or explore the famous boutiques.

Continue to Bratislava, the Slovakian capital with its charming old town and castle, then traverse the Danube Bend, where the river reverses direction and on to Budapest. One of Europe’s most beautiful cities, seven bridges link the ancient hilltop city of Buda and its folk-filled taverns with the monuments and museums of more modern Pest.

Vienna Bratislava Castle

Bratislava (Slovakia)

The quaint streets of Bratislava lead to lively squares and medieval St Michael's Gate, topped with a 51-meter tower and a balcony with fantastic views of the old city. Bratislava has the oldest Town Hall in Slovakia and many impressive Baroque palaces. Highlights include the grand Pramatial Palace, St Martin's Cathedral and 13th-century Bratislava Castle.

Bratislava

Budapest (Hungary)

The Danube divides the capital of Hungary into old Buda and cosmopolitan Pest. In the Pest district are graceful mansions leading to the vast and imposing Hero’s Square. Across the river is the famous Chain Bridge and in the hill-top castle district is Buda Castle and its fine gardens, the Royal Palace and the fairytale turrets of Fisherman’s Bastion.

Budapest

Durnstein (Austria)

In the Wachau Valley wine region is the pretty and romantic town of Dürnstein with cobble-stoned streets, medieval buildings, 16th-century burgher houses and inviting taverns. It is well-known for the fabulous, wedgewood-blue Stiftskirche, a baroque church overlooking the waterfront, and for the hill-top remains of a castle where Richard the Lionheart was held prisoner during the Crusades in 1192. This is an apricot-growing region, and delicious apricot liqueurs, brandy and schnapps are on sale in the town.

Durnstein

Linz (Austria)

Linz sits astride the Danube, blending old timbered houses, a moated castle and futuristic glass buildings lit at night in dazzling neon. Around the main square are Roman fountains and the medieval buildings of the Inner Courtyards. Try Linzer Torte in one of the many coffee houses, or perhaps take the mountain tram to Pöstlingberg.

Linz

Melk (Austria)

Melk is famous for the vast Benedictine Abbey on a hill-top above the town. It is still in use as a monastery and tours of its historic interior are usually offered, with views from the hill of the town's red roofs below. Situated in the Wachau valley, Melk is surrounded by the remains of a city wall.

Melk

Nuremberg (Germany)

The medieval city of Nuremberg was the site of the War Crimes Tribunal at the Justice Palace. Other World War II sites include the Court House and the Nazi rally grounds at the Zeppelin Fields. The old city is surrounded by 900-year old ramparts which enclose Albrecht Durer's house, the Hesperides Gardens and the Market Square with its fountain. Rulers of the Holy Roman Empire resided at Nuremburg Castle, which includes the Kaiserburg Fortress.

Nuremberg

Passau (Germany)

Passau is at a meeting of rivers and is well-known for the magnificent 17000-pipe organ in St Stephan's Cathedral, and the white-walled fortress of Veste Oberhaus. Within reach is Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart, where the Hohensalzburg Fortress overlooks the town and reminders of the 'Sound of Music' story are around.

Passau

Prague (Czech Republic)

Prague is deservedly one Europe's favourite tourist destinations and its beautiful buildings and squares can be discovered on foot. Magnificent Wenceslas Square, the Jewish Quarter, the towers of Charles Bridge, the State Opera House, one of the world's finest Astronomical Clocks and the extraordinary Dancing House, built in the 1990s, are among them.

Prague

Regensburg (Germany)

Regensburg is one of the finest medieval towns in Europe. Among the sites are the 12th-century stone bridge across the Danube, the Wurstküche - 'Old Sausage Kitchen' and St Peter's Cathedral, renowned for its soaring towers and beautiful stained-glass windows.

Regensburg

Vienna (Austria)

Vienna is famous for its delicious pastries, the waltz and romantic architecture. Along the broad Ringstrasse is the beautiful Austrian National Library and cafés and shops line Kärntnerstrasse. Visits may be offered to Hofburg Palace, the Vienna Opera House or nearby Schönbrunn Palace, which was the grand summer residence of the Habsburgs. It has formal gardens, the first zoo and an atmospheric faux-Roman folly.

Vienna
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We were welcomed onboard AmaLyra by friendly faces at reception. After settling in to our spacious cabin, we made our way down to the Lounge for a Welcome Talk by the Captain before going down to the restaurant.

For lunch and dinner there was a choice of meals, and some extra options incase you didn't want any of the main meals...steak and chips was often very popular amongst all the guests! Some of the dishes on the main menu included local delicacies.

We spent our first evening on the sun deck, taking in the views of the Budapest Illuminations as we cruised along the River Danube.

Each evening when we returned to our cabains, we found a schedule for the next day so we knew what the plan was. There were plenty of excursions available to suit all interests and fitness levels.

Visiting the Christmas markets in each of the towns, particularly Vienna and Budapest made it a very special way to see in the festive season

Would I recommend this cruises - I certainly would!

"Romantic Danube" by B&A.Morton5 star
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We didn't know what to expect, as we had never gone on a river cruise before, but we had a wonderful time on the Amacerto travelling from Vilshofen in Germany to Passau, Linz, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. 

The service, food and entertainment on board were excellent, the tour guides were well-informed and interesting, and we saw so many beautiful places while travelling in the most relaxing way possible. 

The ship even carried bicycles for those who wanted a bit of exercise, so we could enjoy cycling along the Danube at two of our stops.  The highlight was the night cruise in Budapest when we could admire the breathtaking illuminations of the city.  T

he passengers were mainly Amercians (we were not sure why), and it was good to get the chance to meet different people, as we were seated at different tables each day.

"Blue Danube Discovery" by A.Tinker5 star
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Blue Danube Discovery, Budapest to Prague.

We approached our cruise on the Avalon Tapestry with thoughts that it could not possibly be as good as our cruise last year with Uniworld. In fact, there was very little to choose between the two companies. We met with the same excellent standards of service from start to finish from Blue Water Holidays, Avalon and the Home/Airport transfer company. On board, we particularly liked the tireless, friendly and efficient service from all the staff (not just the front of house people, but everyone from crew to cleaners) The fresh living orchids in the cabin were a really nice touch, the cabins were comfortable and spotlessly clean, and the food was delicious, beautifully cooked, presented and served. We appreciated the inclusion of all gratuities in the price of the holiday - this saves potential soul searching and embarrassment at the end of the trip. The following points did not detract from the overall experience but are offered as suggestions for future improvement.

1.    Not enough time in port to allow individual exploration. I would rather visit less places and have more time to explore them.

2.   Free booze at lunchtime would have been nice!

3.   The Hilton hotel in Prague is too big, too impersonal and too far out of the city centre. Check in was absolute chaos. The alternative hotel (Intercontinental) would have been much more convenient.

All in all, this was a most enjoyable cruise, and we will have no hesitation in recommending it to others and repeating the experience next year.

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We have just returned from a wonderful week spent on the Viking Legend, sailing from Nuremberg to Budapest. The whole cruise was 5 star in every respect. The boat was spotless, comfortable cabins, delightful and helpful crew, exceptionally well organised shore excursions with a choice of regular - longer- or shorter walks to accomodate those people more or less able. Excellent food and entertainment. This cuirse had all the small trimmings including shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, slippers, sewing kit, fridge in the cabin, welcome back on board drinks after each shore excursion. We were so spoilt.  River cruising is the most relaxing way to holiday. We will definitely be booking another in the near future.

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This was our first experience of cruising so we had high hopes but no experience. All the arrangements and flights worked perfectly and we thoughly enjoyed our 3 nights precruise in Prague.  Though the Hilton seemed a bit out of town. Some of the experiences related by the guides about their experiences under the communist regime were horrifying when told on a personal basis.

Day 3 we boarded Avalon Tapestry and were most impressed. Immaculately maintained, good size cabins and super comfy beds that you could lie on and watch the river view through the slidng glass doors. But this was not a restful holiday. Main Breakfast was served between 7-9 and many of the included trips had departed by 8.30. If you took all the options you would be shattered but all we went on were well worthwhile. Sometimes you just had to take a break and enjoy staying on the Tapestry, whose crew were friendly fun and did everything they could to ensure a great holiday.

Highlights were the Cruise Director Dragan's tour of Vienna, a city he obviously loved, an add on after the Mozart and Strauss concert, AND his commentary on the Budapest skyline as we sailed into town in the early morning. Early Morning, Yes Dragan lived up to his name with his call to urge you not to be late for a trip sometimes a bit Hi De Hi but he worked really hard to make everything run smoothly and had a great sense of humour.

We had a great time on a lovely boat. What an introduction to river cruising. Thank you.

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An experience of a lifetime to visit Prague Vienna and Budapest by ship. Our cruise  director Andrezj   was informative, helpful, with a good sense of humour. All the staff were efficient and friendly . Looking forward to the next trip with Avalon

 

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We had a holiday of a lifetime and all the arrangements worked perfectly. We did appreciate all the care and help we had received from Blue Water Holidays and the fact that Rebecca rang us before we left with information and help regarding any problems we might have with the BA strike. Our taxi was waiting when our flight arrived in Munich to take us to Nurembourg.

The whole cruise was fantastic and we cannot praise the crew and the Cruise Director highly enough. All the tours were brilliant, very informative and well researched and extra little tours were included. The ship was great, the cabins were roomy, the food was excellent and all the staff were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Being retired 'hands on' hoteliers ourselves we are probably more critical than most but everything was of a very high standard.

"Magnificent Europe" by rclubbe5 star
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The cruise started from Budapest with the APT ship, Amadolce. We were met at the airport and escorted to our ship which was like a five star hotel. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff who were constantly friendly and professional in spite of apparently long hours. The tour director, Peter Whitehead, was fantastic and totally un-flappable. The itinerary was imaginative and the on-board entertainment very impressive with something for everyone. The food was out-standing with everything freshly prepared.  We would not hesitate to cruise with APT again. In fact, they are a very tough act to follow.    

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An extended cruise on the River Danube (not the one or two-day trips included in many tour packages) had been on my ‘wish list' for many years; very few of the larger tour operators offered such an option. Compelled to surf the net looking for my cruise, I chanced upon Blue Water Holidays and found a tour that met my criteria.  Features included ‘home pick-up and drop' and airfares to and from London that made the Blue Water offer very competitive against that of the cruise operator.

An e-mail inquiry brought a quick response and confirmation that the price was indeed all-inclusive and that the departure date most suitable for us was still available. I was able to persuade two cousins to join us (my wife and self) and proceeded with our bookings. Ms. Carolyn Wild was my contact at Blue Water who coordinated our bookings (one from Sri Lanka and the other from England).

Being Sri Lankan my wife and I needed several visas and my requests to Carolyn for necessary documentation were promptly dealt with. The tour documents were sent to my cousin in Bristol who confirmed that all was in order. So we travelled to England towards the end of June hoping for a trouble-free holiday - and in fact that is what we got! (There was a hic-cup in that my cousin's tour documents had arrived when there was no one at home to accept them - but then this was a minor blip.)

The ‘pick-up and drop' service was efficient with comfortable vehicles and competent drivers. So the hassle of travelling to and from Heathrow by coach was avoided. The cruise itself met my expectations in that we had clean, comfortable cabins (small, but we knew what to expect), good food and good service and the extra of free wine with dinner! In fact the food and beverage service was more than good. We found our fellow passengers to be congenial and we enjoyed joining in the shipboard activities. The included shore excursions covered the ‘compulsory' tourist sites, and in addition, we had time to explore on our own and visit some places of our choosing. A home-cooked lunch at the home of the young girl who was our guide in Osijek, Croatia, was a very pleasant ‘deviation' from the usual excursions.

Ports of call on a river cruise may not include capital cities and/or other places usually on tour itineraries. On this cruise we passed through seven countries and visited four capitals (on the river) (Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Belgrade) and a fifth (Bucharest) after leaving our ship, as well as other places of interest such as the Black Sea resort of Varna, paprika country in Hungary, the excavations of a Roman garrison town in Viminacium, Serbia and Marshal Tito's mausoleum in Belgrade.

"Budapest to Melk" by Adrian4 star
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 We had an great time on the 'Europe' cruise ship. The crew were excellent, helpful and friendly at all times. The food was very good too - a wide and varied menu, buffet breakfast and beautifully cooked and presented lunch and dinner. Lots of trips available to the places we visited, or you could spend time just wandering under your own steam.

Two small criticisms - there was no coffee or tea in the cabins, which would have helped a caffeine addict such as me! We also passed through the Wachau Valley, perhaps the most picturesque part of the cruise in the early hours of the morning, which was a great shame, as most people missed seeing any of it!

Overall however, we had a lovely time. The people at Blue Water holidays were really good too! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Danube Waltz" by dovebank4 star
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Excellent Cruise which was hard to fault, the ship Viking Ledgend was very clean and the staff would do anything you aked of them to make you comfortable, food onboard was very good with a good selection and wine, beer etc was free with the meals.  There was a lot to see when off the ship but not a lot to do when onboard but after dinner at night it was nice to just sit down after a lot of walking during the day.   If you do take this cruise you must not miss the Mozart Concert in Vienna, just fantastic.  During this cruise you visit places which you would not otherwise choose for a holiday and you would be missing quite a lot.

"Romantic Danube" by Wendy Furey4 star
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This was a 70th birthday treat and was well worth the forward planning of a year. Booking was easy and travel arrangements to and from the UK were good; all we had to organise was insurance and parking at Heathrow.

The Danube was very low, which meant we had to spend more time on coaches than normal, since the ship needed to make progress while we were on excursions. However, the city visits were very impressive:- Budapest, Vienna, Melk, Passau, Regensburg and Nuremburg. The price included these, so it felt like really good value. My favourite was Passau, where we moored right by the town and could walk on and off the ship as we liked. We went on only one extra tour, which was Weltenburg, Kelheim and the Danube Gorge trip - worth the supplement. Some of the guides sounded as if they were talking to small children, rather than to intelligent adults, but the great thing about the tours was the fact that we had receivers tuned in to our particular guide, so could hear every word even if we wandered off a bit from the group.

The cabins were comfortable, the staff were wonderful, the food was great and the arrangements were efficient. The air-conditioning in the public rooms was a bit erratic but was fully controllable in the cabins. There was plenty of entertainment for those requiring it. I went to all the 7am morning Qi Gong sessions, which were at the front of the lounge and had a wonderful view of the river while doing gentle stretching and breathing exercises.

My birthday was on the last full day and I commandeered a table for all the friends I'd made during the week. The waiters were wonderful and the chef brought a birthday cake complete with firework to complete the party. There were birthdays every day, not surprisingly, and cakes were produced automatically.

This is certainly a holiday I would recommend, especially to retired people looking for a bit of culture. Excursions tended to start quite early and I, for one, was ready for bed quite early. Youngsters wanting a great nightlife and a lie-in should try something else!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thank you for arranging our recent cruise. It was a great success. Your company offered me alternative dates to those I originally requested and we got a much better itinerary than the one I had originally seen.

We started in Bucharest with a 2 night stay at the JW Marriott hotel. There were 2 optional day trips offered, of which we opted for Bran Castle. It turned out to be a gruelling 12 hour day of coach travel with a hasty tour round the castle of Vlad the Impaler. On the "up side" it enabled us to bond with our fellow travellers on the coach.

The River Duchess lived up to our expectations. The food was very good and the cabins were comfortable. We opted for a Grade 1 cabin. We were disappointed that the windows did not slide open and we only had air conditioning instead of fresh air. We were particularly fortunate to have amazing weather in the 80's 90's, and only two hours rain in Budapest.

Once on the ship the first two days were spent on whole day trips and we all hankered to actually cruise, but after these trips things settled down and we all enjoyed ourselves. This is why this itinerary was better than Vienna to Bucharest. That would have meant the last three days would have been spent touring and the relaxation of cruising would have been lost.

The cruise was very good value for money. There were included trips on every day that we were not actually cruising. There was free bottled water on the coach on day trips and in the cabin all the time. Also there was wine at dinner every day included in the price. There were evening local entertainments on board on four occasions, the last of which in Bratislava was superb.

We would most certainly recommend this cruise. It was informative, interesting and well organised. Even Terminal 5 worked well. despite all the adverse publicity since it opened!

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We started at Vienna on the River Countess on a one-way trip to Nuremburg. We had a day to explore Vienna, visiting the Christmas Market and then a wonderful Viennese concert in the evening. Next day we set off to Durnstein, a riverside village where allegedly Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned.

The Danube was very clear in the frosty weather, and superb scenery as we cruised the Wachau Valley. Stopping at Linz, the next day we had an all-day coach trip to Salzburg, home of Mozart, where the snow was deep and a large Christmas Market to visit.

Returning to Passau, the next day we had a walking tour and marvelled at the Passau Cathedral and its superb ceilings. Into the Main-Danube Canal we went through its huge deep locks, stopping at Regensburg. There we could wander the town and sample at the ancient sausage stall.

Our crew treated us to Christmas Carols and we celebrated Christmas moored at Nuremburg. Our guided visit included the Rally grounds, now used as a motor race circuit. Disembarking on Boxing Day we were able to explore Nuremburg's historic centre before catching the Underground to the airport.

"Christmas markets" by sheilamdavies3 star
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Cruise was fine, food was excellent, the passengers were mostly French and old.  Very good being able to visit the captain, he was very interesting and we learnt a lot about the boat and the Danube.  Probably wouldn't do the trip again but would recommend it to elderly friends.

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River Danube Cruise aboard MS France

From the moment of booking with Blue Water all was plain sailing. 

We spent a most enjoyable time aboard the MS France cruising down the Danube. The staff were all fantasic, very helpfull and always cheerful, their English was impeccable along with the other six languages they spoke. Well done to them. The food was excellent and plenty of it and the bottle of wine with meals was a added bonus.

 Trips were well organized and all guides were good.

A trip I would certainly recommend.

 

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Having not travelled with APT before and really not sure what to expect, a pleasant surprise awaited us. From the moment we boarded MS Amacello, nothing was too much trouble for the helpful and courteous staff. From the Captain who guided us safely through the Danube and Rhine under numerous lower and lower bridges and many locks, to the cabin steward who kept our cabin immaculate twice a day.

Our cruise director Uwe was very knowledgeable, entertaining and actually cared about his passengers. The food was outstanding and wine always free flowing at dinner. Even though excursions were included, nobody felt impelled to go on all of the trips on offer. Instead, if you wished a quiet moment to read or sit with coffee this was also ok. Our holiday was over the Easter period. Staff made Easter Sunday very special with lots of Easter eggs on the breakfast, lunch and dinner tables, in our cabins and even on the reception desk. No matter what member of APT staff we came into contact with, they were always friendly, polite and courteous. Our ship MS Amacello was beautiful and clean in all areas.

Our cabin was comfortable, with a spacious power shower. Toiletries were replened daily, if required. Many memories were taken away from this trip and I would recommend APT to anyone looking for a special holiday. Blue Water were our travel representatives who were also outstanding. The staff were always helpful and polite and eleviated fears, during the British Airways dispute. I would also recommend Blue Water to any traveller.

"The Romantic Danube" by C.Jenkins5 star

My wife and I have recently returned from a seven day cruise on the River Danube, aboard a beautiful boat named AmaCerto.

This was a special holiday for a special reason, which was to celebrate my wife Pauline's 75th birthday, so I was looking forward. Very much to celebrating the event in style.

I am delighted to say that with Karen's help, the holiday came up to our highest expectations. Everything from our flight from Bristol to Munich, our welcome aboard the boat, the delightful crew and their unstinting service, day and night, made it a really superb holiday.

 

Many thanks to you all at Blue Water Holidays!

"The Romantic Danube" by F.Brown5 star

The river boat was immaculate, well run, and luxurious. The food was excellent and the moving scenery beautiful. Lots of excursions and something new every day, great fun.

We've just returned and we have to say we had the most wonderfull cruise. Very relaxing, and the arranged tours were enjoyable, and not rushed at all. The trips were well organized, and very interesting.

The boat was superb, and all things were there, hair dryer, fridge/bar, also a safe to use in each cabin,also towels changed each morning and again in the evening, toiletries supplied in the bathroom.

The captain and crew were very good, and food was exceptional,and plenty of it.

Hopefully we will be looking for another cruise,as we enjoyed it so much.

"The Blue Danube" by T.Hilliam5 star

Just a short review of our recent Danube cruise with Riviera Holidays on the M S Serenade 2.
All the crew were brilliant and came together as a wonderful team, from the captain to the kitchen staff. Nothing was too much trouble for them and they were all approachable.

Firstly all the arrangements that were made by yourselves on our behalf were first class and carried out in a professional manner, thank you.

The cruise lived up to all expectations and was a wonderful experience. The boat was very nice and the cabins and lounges were to a high standard. All the meals were first class from the buffet breakfast to the waiter served evening meals.

If I had one cautious comment to make to anyone thinking about making their first river cruise, it would be to decide which river they wanted to cruise on. We picked the Danube because of the places it called at, and they were superb. The excursions were well guided and very informative, especially the trips into Salsburg, Vienna and Budapest. But the Danube is not a very scenic river and people who have done other cruises, tell me that certain stretches of the Rhine are much more spectacular.

Many thanks for a good holiday

"Danube Three Capitals" by C.Bennett5 star

We had a wonderful holiday, made special by the crew of Beetoven and the 15 nations on board, truely cosmopolitan.

All the visits were organised with care and consideration, and very memorable. As always with each CroisiEurope Cruise the food was the highlight.

"Romantic Danube" by J.Thompson5 star

The food and the service on board were second to none.

We were impressed by the way the staff coped with a couple of crises, a strike in Germany which meant they had to rearrange the schedule to cross into Austria before the locks closed, and an accident in a lock somewhere ahead of us which meant our boat could not leave Vienna.  In each case they made excellent alternative arrangements so the programme was hardly affected.

"Summer on the Danube" by Carol.R5 star

MS Beethoven crew were excellent - efficient and polite in every department always willing to help. The purser was superb helping us chase our luggage for 5 days. The cabin facilities were very good and we recommend upper deck as have a panoramic window that opens.

Although no choice offered at main meals the cuisine was very good and non meat/ vegetarians well catered for. Excursions were good but would of liked later starts some of the days .Recommend Croisieurope holidays  and MS Beethoven to future customers

CroisiEurope River Danube

Our Danube river cruise with Avalon went really well.

Car collection was on time and efficient. The Inter-continental was completely up to the expected standard. Transfers were w ell managed , the ship was beautifully appointed and all was excellent. Food and service could not be faulted. the Hilton in Vienna  did not  come up to the same charm of service but was O K.  Gusti, the tour guide was charming and most efficient and helpful. The holiday was most enjoyable, and I would be delighted to do another at some time in the future.

"thank you" by STEVE5 star

 

 THIS IS NOT A CRUISE REVIEW BUT TO TELL EVERYONE HOW WELL I HAVE BEEN TREATED BY REBECCA AND HER SUPERVISOR AT BLUE WATER HOLIDAYS. WE HAD SOME PROBLEMS WITH MY BOOKING AND THE FINAL OUTCOME COULD NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER, THEY DEALT WITH IT SUPERBLY. I CAN TELL YOU THAT IF YOU THINK OF BOOKING A HOLIDAY WITH THEM YOU WILL GET 100% SERVICE AND A POSITIVE OUTCOME. THANKS TO YOU BOTH. STEVE. 

 

"Romantic Danube" by aadamaki5 star

We are a professional couple who were looking for a holiday which was both relaxing and with also something to do.  This cruise was just right with enchanting views and places visited.  The onboard service and food was second to none and we will be certainly booking another cruise.

Avalon Tranquility is a delight to be aboard - (but so was the Artistry!) The crew work very hard indeed - including some pretty unsocial hours - but never once did we see an unhappy face. They were, without exception, a great pleasure to be with. Their ability - and willingness - to speak my language, and apparently to enjoy doing so, never ceased to amaze me.

As on our earlier Avalon cruise, we found the food unnecessarily copious, but our recollection is that the standard this time was not as high as we enjoyed aboard Artistry in September 2007. This could be 'distance lends enchantment...' or it could be the difference between one chef and another. Having said that, however, I did from time to time wonder whether Avalon are finding things difficult just now. Unlike 2007, the ship was not full - about 80% occupancy, I think - which, with more or less fixed costs leaves quite a hole! As I know from many years in business, it is a classic problem - how do you maintain quality when your revenue is being squeezed?

Personally, I just adore being on the water so for me there was no problem. I think it is very clear, however, that compared with, say, between Nuremberg and Budapest, the Danube between Oltenita and Budapest is really pretty monotonous. The Iron Gates are spectacular of course, but that section is unique.

Will we do another River Cruise? Honestly, at nearly 82, I rather think this was probably my last. All I can say is, that if we do, Blue Waters and Avalon will be on the very top of our list! Thank you for giving us such enjoyment.

We took a 5 night cruise from Budapest to Passau on the Danube River with stops in Bratislava, Vienna and Melk!

Unfortunately we were the ONLY native English speaking people on a boat of nearly 200 passengers counting the crew. All the tours were in French so we missed out on guides which are very important to us (mon dieu).

Our cabin was like a prison cell in terms of size. After tripping over the non-storable luggage, you had to crawl over the pushed together single beds to retire. In the morning you had to hug yourself to take a shower in its claustrophobic confines. The engine noise at night with even more noise in the locks coupled with the bright lights shining through our curtains was simply awful (mon dieu). You would have to pay us to sleep abroad this vessel, MS La Boheme, again!

Note: We asked our travel agent Blue Water Holidays in London specifically about the engine noise before booking this tour. We learned of the French only tours one week before our departure. (anything for a commission).

We also foolishly "assumed" there would be wi-fi provided on board like some competitor lines???

For dining because we were solo English, the first night we were assigned to our "own" special needs table next to the door where all the servers went in and out (every table in the dining room was filled). We fine dine a lot. If we were shown this table at a restaurant, we would literally leave before dining in this location. Instead we had the privilege of 5 days or 15 meals at this table (mon dieu)

The almost 100% Hungarian crew (assistant purser was Portuguese, excellent English) were fantastic, thank goodness. They did cater to our English needs by printing out loads of information about the various ports and individually explained to us in English everything that was announced in French about the boats activities and sponsored tours. The talent show put on by the crew was very entertaining.

The food was very good although French style for every meal (we love French food). It would have been nice to have an option for different entrees. The complimentary? (did pay a mini fortune for the cruise) wine was also very good.

Truth be known, we are obviously not cruise people (previous Nile in 1982 & Panama Canal in 1991, this is our last). The Purser laughed when we asked about a fitness area on the boat. There is way to much feeding that you pay for and you totally miss the real foreign culture in the Country as you rumble down the river enclosed in your prison cell.

Mon Dieu, indeed!

 

It has always been an ambition to see the Iron Gates of the Danube, and Vienna and Istanbul are two of our favourite cities, so when I saw the Imperial Capitals of Europe cruise advertised, we decided this might be the one for us. It was a decision we will never regret, that led to a memory which will remain with us for the rest of our lives. The whole experience was fantastic, from the home pickup to being delivered back after the cruise. I cannot find enough superlatives to describe the boat, the crew, the accommodation (although understandably a little cramped), the food and the magnificent organisation, Above all we will always remember the friendly attitude and superb service provided by all the staff, even in difficult circumstances. As a Yorkshireman I have always had an ambivalent attitude to tipping, especially to being told exactly how much I should tip, but I had no difficulty in overcoming my natural aversion in view of the excellent service provided. When the boat's engine gave up the ghost towards the end of the cruise, we thought things would get worse, but this proved not to be the case. Thanks to some inspired organisation and planning, an alternative programme was implemented that did not detract from the overall experience and resulted in a stay at one of Europe's best hotels in Bucharest. (Thanks to Bart, our tour manager, for this and his efficient organisation throughout the trip). On top of all this, Uniworld offered us a generous credit of $500 each towards our next trip. We will find no difficulty in accepting their kind offer next year. Our thanks to everyone concerned in giving us such a memorable and enjoyable holiday.

Romantic Danube on Viking Longship Rinda

Mon 19th Jan 2015

I was most excited to be taking my first cruise with Viking River Cruises and would be sailing from Budapest to Passau over 4 nights on part of their Romantic Danube itinerary.

I started with a flight from Manchester to Budapest and once I had picked up my luggage, I was met by a very friendly Viking representative and taken to the coach for the transfer to the ship. Viking had branded coaches and once on board we were offered a bottle of water for the 20-30 minute journey (a lovely touch I thought).

We arrived at the ship, Viking Rinda just as lunch was coming to an end and were greeted by our very friendly program director and advised if we went straight to the lounge we would still be able to eat and our luggage would be taken straight to our room. I chose to skip lunch and went straight to my room and unpacked.

My cabin was a Cat D French Balcony grade and although a small cabin at 135sq ft, it was perfectly formed and had everything you could possibly need including wardrobe drawers, fridge, plug sockets and even an iPhone socket for charging your phone or tablet! This came in very handy as I had forgotten my European adaptor plug! There was a flat screen TV with films and music options, perfect for a lazy afternoon.

A quick look around the vessel and I was very pleased with what I found. Rinda was very light, bright and contemporary with a definite Scandinavian touch and I knew for sure I would enjoy my time sailing on her. The dining room was very elegant yet comfortable and had a warm and welcoming atmosphere with the lounge/bar area being a light, bright and comfortable place to relax during the day turning into a cosy piano style bar in the evening.

The evening meals on board were lovely and our waiter Thom was a delight and very entertaining. We chose to sit in the same place every night just so we could have the same waiter! The meal choices were varied from steaks (my favourite) to fish and always a vegetarian option. If you did not like any of the menu options then they were always happy to offer plainer dishes such as chicken and chips or steak and chips and this offer was taken up by one of our group every night!

Every night after dinner we were treated to various forms of entertainment from a night of the traditional Sounds of Hungary with local performers joining us on board to a fun music quiz hosted by our fabulous program director George and live piano music by Ogi. All in all there was something for every taste and everybody on board seemed to love it all.

Fisherman's Bastion View from Fisherman's Bastion Hofburg Palace, Vienna Horse-drawn cart in Vienna Melk Abbey Melk Abbey View from Melk Abbey over Melk Melk Abbey from the River Danube Castle on the Danube Modern lounge on Viking Rinda Bar on Viking Rinda Aquavit Terrace on Viking Rinda

Viking's included excursion programme enabled you to take in the best of the cities visited along with free time to take in the sights on your own or to relax on board the vessel if you preferred. We had a wonderful morning tour of Buda and Pest with a chance to walk to Fishermen's Bastion, visit the magnificent Matthias Church and learn about its history. There was also free time to enjoy a taste of the local hot chocolate and cakes in a traditional tea room.

We also enjoyed a wonderful city tour of beautiful Vienna both on coach and then by foot with free time to explore this magnificent city. In the afternoon there was the chance to visit Schonbrunn Palace or one of Vienna's Christmas Markets. I chose to pay for an optional excursion to a Viennese Palace to experience my first ever classical music concert featuring music from Mozart and Strauss. A truly unforgettable experience!

My final day on board was spent sailing through the Wachau Valley and even though it was November and a bit grey and wet, I have to say it still looked glorious and no less inspiring. Next we arrived in Melk and ventured up the hill to visit the 900 year old Melk Abbey. As this was still a working Abbey and school, we were taken on a tour of its wonderful museum which is a truly unique experience and well worth a visit. Again we were given free time to walk back down the hill and visit the small town of Melk and back to the ship, or for the less adventurous you could take your Viking coach back to Rinda.

Tonight we were treated to 'A Taste of Austria', a buffet style evening meal in the main dining room. Here you could choose from a vast array of Austrian food and even have the chance to visit the galley and see how the chefs prepared your food every day. This was a true insight into how a small kitchen on a vessel such as this operated. We were also treated to accordion playing musicians singing traditional Austrian songs and a Schnapps or two to accompany the singing. A fantastic last night!

The next morning, I prepared for disembarkation at 11:30 in Passau.

Rinda continued the rest of her journey on to Nuremberg and how I wished I could have stayed on board until then. Our transfer to Munich airport took a couple of hours and my flight back to Manchester went to plan (I had hoped for a cancelled flight and to be taken back to the ship, but no such luck!).

Thank you Viking for a wonderful cruise!

Review by Michelle, Blue Water Holidays

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Exclusive review of Scenic Jade's inaugural cruise on the River Danube

Tues 13 May 2014

The Danube is one of Europe's most popular rivers and it's not surprising! With its art, history, scenery and fascinating capital cities, it is a delight to explore. Read Ann's blog about her cruise from Vienna to Budapest on board the brand new Scenic Jade.

Day 1

Being in Manchester just after 6am on a Sunday morning is not usually something to be excited about unless you are flying to a beautiful location. On this occasion I was going to Vienna to board the Scenic Jade on her inaugural cruise which had left Amsterdam and was finishing in Budapest. I was lucky enough to join her in Vienna for the last few days.

I boarded her along with three other agents in the afternoon and was immediately impressed with her new modern interior and clean lines. The staff greeted us with warm damp towels to freshen up and a lovely champagne cocktail along with cheerful smiling faces! We checked in and were shown straight to our cabins which had a private balcony and drop down window rather than the French balcony style.

The cabins were extremely well equipped with fresh fruit, water, complimentary mini-bar, safe, dressing gowns and free wi-fi. If you hadn't brought your own laptop or ipad there was a keyboard and screen which you could use. The bed and bedding was extremely comfortable which was very welcome after a long journey and also after a busy day of excursions!

The bathroom had a double shower with a power shower and beautiful L'Occitaine toiletries which were refreshed both morning and night. My cabin also had a butler allocated to it and he provided services such as morning tea and coffee, valet service, shoe shine and cocktail service.

The public areas of the ship were light and airy with large windows which allowed you to take in the passing scenery. There was a lift which serviced all but the Sun Deck.

That evening we had an early dinner as we were going to Palais Liechtenstein to hear a private recital of the Vienna Imperial Orchestra and reception. This was a wonderful experience, thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.

It was lovely to get back to the cabin to find the beds turned down and a chocolate on the pillow ' lovely touches.

Discover the famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna Visit the fascinating capital of Budapest The impressive Hungarian Parliament in Budapest Relax at the Szecheny Baths in Budapest Champagne on board Scenic Jade Scenic Jade in Budapest

Day 2

With Scenic Tours you are able to choose which excursion you would like to do from three of four choices. The following day we were still in Vienna and I chose to visit the Spanish Riding School. This was a fabulous experience and we had a 'behind the scenes' tour to see the horses in their stables. This option is not normally offered to visitors so we felt very special. We then went back to the ship for lunch and had time to go back in to Vienna with our Scenic Tailormade GPS devices which allowed us to look around by ourselves.

The ship sailed towards Budapest, passing beautiful countryside and we also passed through a lock which was very interesting. There is very little noise or movement making these cruises ideal for those who are not able to travel by sea.

The Captain's Farewell Cocktail and Dinner was a slightly more formal affair ' no long dresses or tiaras but everyone put on their dressier clothes and looked lovely. The food was excellent and served with wine which complimented it beautifully.

You could tell the crew and passengers had all got on really well together as this evening the crew put on a show which involved some the passengers! There was also a slideshow of pictures taken by the passengers showing their highlights. There was a wonderful friendly atmosphere on the ship and everyone told us how much they had enjoyed their holiday and would be booking again with Scenic Tours very soon!

Day 3

This morning I had chosen to visit the Szecheny Baths for my excursion. This was a thermal complex offering spa and wellness treatments in several indoor and outdoor pools, filled with natural thermal water. Prior to this we had a tour of Buda and Pest, showing the main areas of interest. Needless to say that after my visit to the spa I could have gone back to bed for a sleep!

After lunch on the ship and a new lease of life, we then had free time and took our Scenic Tailormade GPS devices in to Budapest.

Dinner for my group was at the Table Rive by special invitation where a gourmet five course dinner with specially selected wine for each course was served - amazing!

That evening the ship moved to a different berth so we had a cruise by night along the beautiful Danube which was quite magical.

Day 4

After breakfast we were taken to the airport for our flights home. Although I had only spent a short time on the ship I really enjoyed my time on her and the feedback from the other passengers was glowing. They had nothing but praise for the crew and the way the whole cruise had run smoothly, thoroughly enjoying the different excursions and experiences. Once on board I did not spend any money as all drinks and gratuities are included in the cost. All in all an amazing experience!

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