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Danube River Cruises | Cruising Holidays

Danube River Cruises

Explore spectacular art, music and history on our wide choice of River Danube cruises through the heart of Europe. Sail to the magnificent capital cities of Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava and enjoy scenic cruising through Austria's picturesque Wachau Valley on board a wide choice of luxurious river ships.

Moor in a different port every day and stroll into town, or take part in shore excursions from the ship to beautiful Melk Abbey or even Mozart's Salzburg. Indulge in some of the local delicacies along the Danube, such as sachertorte, apricot dumplings and Bulls Blood, the famous Hungarian red wine.

Danube Cruise Collection 2020/ 2021

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  • Medieval Germany

    Riviera Travel
    Choice of Ships
    St Martin's Cathedral, Mainz 7 Nights Fly Cruise from £1199pp Receive €200 onboard credit per cabin! UK - Frankfurt (Germany) - Mainz, Miltenberg - Wertheim, Wurzburg, Rothenburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Munich - UK

    Explore the charming medieval towns of Wertheim and Miltenberg and charming Bamberg on this cruise along the Main and Danube rivers through the heart of Germany, with included excursions and return flights from the UK

  • Magical Danube

    Choice of Ships
    Nuremberg 7 Nights Cruise Only from £1884pp Save up to £700pp PLUS Free flights and overseas transfers! Nuremberg (Germany), Regensburg, Passau - Linz (Austria), Melk - Vienna, Budapest (Hungary)

    Enjoy this 7-night cruise from Nuremberg, along the Danube and Main-Danube Canal to Budapest visiting the imperial city of Vienna and charming riverside towns, with guided excursions

  • Authentic Danube

    River Princess
    Melk Abbey, Austria 7 Nights Fly Cruise from £1909pp Save up to 30% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount! UK - Nuremberg (Germany), Regensburg, Deggendorf - Straubing - Vilshofen, Vilshofen - Passau - Engelhartszell, Weissenkirchen, Vienna, Vienna - UK

    A 7-night Danube River cruise from Nuremberg to Vienna exploring scenic wonders and historic cities as well as discovering Central’s Europe’s fascinating Jewish ties. Includes guided excursions, unlimited complimentary drinks and gratuities.

  • Blue Danube and Danube Delta

    Amadeus River Cruises
    Choice of Ships
    Vienna 15 Nights Fly Cruise from £2299pp Save 10%! Passau (Germany) - UK, Vienna (Austria), Esztergom - Budapest (Hungary), Belgrade (Serbia), Vidin (Bulgaria), Oltenita - Fetesti (Romania), Danube Delta - St George, Hirsova - Fetesti, Rousse - Svishtov (Bulgaria), Iron Gates, Novi Sad (Serbia) - Vukovar (Croatia), Mohacs - Kalosca (Hungary), Budapest, Bratislava (Slovakia), Durnstein (Austria), Passau (Germany) - UK

    Sail the entire length of the River Danube on this 15-night cruise from Passau, visiting eight countries and passing through the spectacular Iron Gates to the Black Sea at the Danube Delta

  • Magnificent Europe

    APT Luxury Cruises
    Choice of Ships
    Cologne 14 Nights Fly Cruise from £2345pp Save up to £3000pp PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water Discount! UK - Amsterdam (Holland), Cologne (Germany) - Bonn - Andernach, Rudesheim, Miltenberg, Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau - Linz (Austria), Melk - Durnstein, Vienna, Budapest (Hungary), Budapest - UK

    An all-inclusive, luxury cruise through five magnificent countries along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, with exclusive signature experiences, guided excursions, home pick-up service and travel from the UK

  • Danube Delta Discovery

    Scenic Amber
    Bratislava Castle, Slovakia 15 Nights Fly Cruise from £3045pp Save up to £1450pp PLUS Free private door-to-door transfers! UK - Vienna (Austria), Bratislava (Slovakia), Budapest (Hungary), Kalocsa, Mohacs, Osijek (Croatia), Belgrade (Serbia), Kostolac - Iron Gates, Vidin (Bulagria), Vidin - Silistra (Romania), Saint George - Danube Delta, Braila - Bucharest (Romania), Bucharest - UK

    Enjoy this Danube to Black Sea cruise from Vienna right to the Danube Delta. Explore the fascinating cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest, visit beautiful Croatia and cruise through the magnificent Iron Gates. With shore excursions, return flights from the UK, Scenic Enrich experiences, butler service, complimentary drinks and all gratuities

  • Heart of the Danube

    Avalon Waterways
    Choice of Ships
    Wurzburg 12 Nights Fly Cruise from £3470pp Save up to £2,500 per couple UK - Mainz (Germany), Main river village, Würzburg, Kitzingen, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Roth, Regensburg, Passau, Melk (Austria) - Vienna, Budapest (Hungary), Budapest - UK

    This European river cruise through Germany, Austria, and Hungary, embarks on the Rhine River in the German city of Mainz

  • Three Capitals Christmas Markets

    Vienna 4 Nights Cruise Only from £662pp Vienna (Austria), Vienna - Budapest (Hungary), Bratislava (Slovakia), Vienna (Austria)
  • Three Capitals Short Break

    Vienna 4 Nights Cruise Only from £938pp Vienna (Austria), Budapest (Hungary), Bratislava (Slovakia), Vienna
  • A Taste of the Danube

    Avalon Waterways
    Choice of Ships
    Vienna 3 Nights Fly Cruise from £1013pp Save up to £2,500 per couple UK - Vienna (Austria), Melk, Bratislava (Slovakia), Budapest (Hungary) - UK

About River Danube Cruises

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.

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Highlights of the Danube River

Here are a few highlights of a cruise along the Danube:

  • Budapest’s spectacular Chain Bridge, Parliament Building and Fisherman’s Bastion
  • Medieval Regensburg
  • The ice-blue baroque town of Durnstein
  • Passau’s ornate architecture
  • Melk and its 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey
  • The terraced vineyards of the stunning Wachau wine region
  • Bratislava’s Old Town and ancient castle
  • Linz’s baroque architecture
  • Join a shore excursion to Salzburg, setting for the Sound of Music
  • The Austrian capital of Vienna, City of Music

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Danube Cruise Reviews

Having done the Danube Cruise some years ago, Passau to Budapest, we decided we ought to experience the longer stretch of the Danube to its delta and meeting with the Black Sea.

We have cruised just about all the European rivers , many of them more than once and for the last few have chosen to use Riviera mainly because the quality of their ships, food and drinks, staff and the inclusive but optional excursions to us represented best value for money. We were able to check this closely when visiting the cruise day you put on the other year in Ilkley. The Thomas Hardy, one of the latest ships added to Riviera's fleet, was most comfortable and we were very pleased with the size and lay out of the suite we booked, particularly the shower room.Because of the good weather we were able to spend some time on the balcony on returning from excursions most days.

It was good to be able to visit some of the Balkan capitals such as Bucharest, Belgrade and to learn more of recent political upheavals which have a mixed effect on them.

The cruise on smaller boats through the massive Danube delta was outstanding with flocks of Pelicans, Cormorants , several White-tailed Eagles, Herons etc lining or flying over the narrow waterways. To follow this with the approaching panoramic view of the Black Sea was rather special. Fortunately there was very little wind and the Captain of the Thomas Hardy edged out in the Sea and did a u turn which, with the flat bottomed ship could have been dangerous in other conditions.

Apart from the versatile pianist on board, we had local dancers, musicians to entertain us, the highlight being a performance from members of the Ship's crew showing hidden talents.

The Cruise Guides were extremely efficient in organising the excursions and light-hearted quizzes most evenings. With some 130 passengers on board and the informal seating arrangements at mealtimes, we were able to get to know many of the fellow passengers and the fortnight passed far too quickly.

To have the last 24 hours in Budapest, such a beautiful City, was a fitting finale to a wonderful holiday . Thanks to Blue Water for your contribution to this. We are already looking forward to our Douro cruise next July.

This was our first river cruise and we were unsure what to expect. Our apprehensions were immediately dispelled by Bart, our cruise director, who met us at the Athenee Hilton Hotel in Bucharest. Bart proved to be an excellent cruise director guiding us through 4 countries, two time zones and several very interesting destinations.

The vessel (as the Austrian Captain liked to call it) was a new one for 2016 and was outstandingly well equipped. We thoroughly enjoyed the open seating plan in the dining room together with a very high standard of cuisine and the flexibility the dining arrangements allowed. We joined in some of the included tours, all of which were well organised, highly informative and led by English speaking guides who were both knowledgeable about the sights we visited and enthusiastic about the countries they represented, taking time to explain some of the history and culture of the regions. All tours were in good class air-conditioned coaches and headsets provided.

We visited Orthodox churches, Christian cathedrals, castles, forts, rock formations, caves, monasteries, mountain retreats and archeological sites. We tasted local spirits and foods and listened to an organ recital in a Hungarian cathedral. Onboard, we had lectures on Communism, demonstrations of iconography, folk dancing and a talk by an Bulgarian orthodox priest in addition to the nightly entertainment from the resident pianist and a show from the ships crew. There was also time for free exploration at the ports of call - a feature which the cruise director encouraged by providing us with detailed maps of the area and synopses of the places we might visit. Being used to this sort of travel in the past we much appreciated this aspect of the cruise.

The highlight of this cruise was for us the passing through the grand locks and the cruise through the mighty Iron Gates gorge in Serbia. A truly wonderful experience. Disembarkation in Budapest to the Intercontinental hotel was smooth as were all transfers and VIP door to door service. On the vessel, on the tours and in the transfers all people spoke English. Most of our fellow travellers were US some Canadians and a few British.

This holiday exceeded our expectations by miles. We must thank Blue Water for finding it for us and negotiating such a good deal. We would recommend Blue Water and particularly Avalon Waterways to any one who is looking for a stimulating and exciting travel experience. .......and that is from 70yr olds who have travelled a lot. Thank you again for bringing this tour to us.

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.

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