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Danube River Cruises

Danube River Cruises

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.

Cruise Collection 2019 / 2020

  • Three Capitals Short Break

    4 Nights - Vienna and Back

    Vivaldi Vivaldi

    Discover the spectacular capital cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest on this fascinating short break 2020 - Mar, Apr, Oct Save 15% on 2020 departures!

    Schoenbrunn Castle, Vienna Cruise Only
    From £547pp
    Fly Cruise Package
    From £842pp
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  • Yuletide Markets on the Danube

    5 Nights - Budapest and Back

    Robert Burns Choice of Ships

    Experience the magic of Christmas on this River Danube cruise exploring the festive markets of Austria, Hungary and Slovakia. Includes shore excursions and return flights from the UK 2019 - Dec

    Vienna Fly Cruise Package
    From £649pp
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  • Three Capitals Christmas Markets

    4 Nights - Vienna and Back

    Vivaldi Vivaldi

    Explore the Christmas markets in the magnificent capital cities of Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava on this superb value short break 2019 - Dec

    Bratislava Cruise Only
    From £657pp
    Fly Cruise Package
    From £952pp
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  • Pearls of the Danube

    7 Nights - Vienna and Back

    Symphonie Symphonie

    Discover the towns and cities along the Danube, from musical Vienna to spectacular Budapest and Bratislava, on this 7-night cruise through Austria, Slovakia and Hungary 2019 - Jun No single supplement!

    Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna Cruise Only
    From £875pp
    Fly Cruise Package
    From £1199pp
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  • Danube Three Capitals

    6 Nights - Linz and Back

    LEurope Choice of Ships

    Visit spectacular capital cities and charming medieval towns on this superb itinerary along the Danube from Linz 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2020 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct Save 15% on 2020 departures!

    Vienna Cruise Only
    From £903pp
    Fly Cruise Package
    From £1208pp
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  • The Blue Danube

    7 Nights - Budapest and Back

    Charles Dickens Choice of Ships

    Journey from the historic city of Budapest through Hungary, Slovakia and Austria. Includes shore excursions and return flights from the UK 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct No single supplement!

    Budapest Fly Cruise Package
    From £999pp
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  • Three Capitals from Vienna

    7 Nights - Vienna and Back

    Beethoven Choice of Ships

    Journey along the Danube from the musical city of Vienna exploring the spectacular capital cities of Bratislava and Budapest 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct Save 15% on 2020 departures!

    The River Danube Cruise Only
    From £1029pp
    Fly Cruise Package
    From £1324pp
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  • River Danube Explorer

    7 Nights - Budapest to Passau

    Emerald Ships Choice of Ships

    Discover the captivating wonders and elegant cities of Austria on this delightful 7-night cruise along the Danube river from Budapest to Passau. Includes return flights from the UK, shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner 2019 - Aug, Oct 2020 - Mar, Jun, Jul, Aug Save up to £1000pp!

    Budapest, Hungary Fly Cruise Package
    From £1095pp
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  • Danube Waltz

    7 Nights - Passau to Budapest

    Viking Legend Choice of Ships

    Travel through the beautiful Wachau Valley in Austria, visit picturesque Austrian towns and explore the impressive capital cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest on this superb voyage along the Danube, with guided excursions and return flights from the UK 2019 - May, Jul, Aug 2020 - Apr, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov Save up to £1000pp!

    Budapest Fly Cruise Package
    From £1195pp
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  • Medieval Germany

    7 Nights - Mainz to Regensburg

    George Eliot Choice of Ships

    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 2019 - May, Jun, Aug, Sep, Oct 2020 - May, Jun, Aug, Sep

    St Martin's Cathedral, Mainz Fly Cruise Package
    From £1199pp
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  • Delightful Danube

    8 Nights - Nuremberg to Budapest

    Travelmarvel Diamond Choice of Ships

    Discover the quintessential medieval city of Regensburg, the charming towns of Melk and Durnstein and musical Vienna on this superb essential cruise along the Danube, with a hotel stay in historic Nuremberg, return flights from the UK and special Insider Experiences 2019 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct Save up to 50% on 2019 departures!

    Nuremberg Fly Cruise Package
    From £1297pp
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  • Blue Danube Explorer

    7 Nights - Budapest to Nuremberg

    AmaCerto 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 2019 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2020 - Apr, Jun, Jul, Oct, Nov Save up to £750pp on 2019 departures!

    Budapest - Hungarian Parliament Cruise Only
    From £1390pp
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  • Danube Delights

    7 Nights - Nuremburg to Budapest

    Emerald Ships Choice of Ships

    Admire ornate architecture in the capital cities of Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava and explore Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey on this fascinating 7-night Danube river cruise. Includes return flights from the UK, shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov Save up to £1000pp!

    Melk Abbey Fly Cruise Package
    From £1395pp
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  • Classic River Danube

    7 Nights - Nuremberg to Vienna

    Emerald Ships Choice of Ships

    Discover history and culture in the intriguing cities of Nuremberg and Regensburg, and take in the outstanding natural beauty of the Wachau Valley on this 7-night voyage along the River Danube, with return flights from the UK, shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner 2019 - Jul, Aug Save up to £1000pp!

    Nuremberg Fly Cruise Package
    From £1395pp
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  • Magical Christmas Markets

    7 Nights - Nuremberg to Vienna

    AmaCerto Choice of Ships

    Experience the festive atmosphere and timeless traditions of the German and Austrian Christmas markets on this magical River Danube cruise. Includes guided excursions and drinks with meals 2019 - Nov, Dec Save up to £400pp!

    Nuremberg Cruise Only
    From £1443pp
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  • Gems of the Danube

    7 Nights - Nuremberg to Budapest

    Scenic Jewel Choice of Ships

    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 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct Bank Holiday Flash Sale: Save an additional £100pp!

    Nuremberg Fly Cruise Package
    From £1445pp
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  • Romantic Danube Cruise

    7 Nights - Vilshofen to Budapest

    AmaCerto Choice of Ships

    Journey along 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 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec 2020 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec Save 25% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Melk Abbey Cruise Only
    From £1490pp
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  • Lower Danube Waltz

    7 Nights - Vienna to Belgrade

    Emerald Ships Choice of Ships

    Explore the fascinating capital cities of Vienna and Budapest, and discover the treasures of eastern Europe on this exciting cruise along the legendary River Danube, with return flights from the UK, shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner 2019 - Aug Save £1000pp!

    Vienna in the evening Fly Cruise Package
    From £1495pp
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  • Romantic Danube

    7 Nights - Budapest to Nuremberg

    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 cruise along the Danube. Includes excursions and travel package from the UK 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec Save £1000pp on 2020 departures!

    Budapest Fly Cruise Package
    From £1495pp
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  • Enchantment of Eastern Europe

    8 Nights - Budapest to Bucharest

    Emerald Ships Choice of Ships

    Cruise through Eastern Europe from Budapest towards the Black Sea and enjoy a hotel stay in Bucharest. Includes return flights from the UK, shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct Save up to £1000pp!

    Belgrade Fly Cruise Package
    From £1495pp
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  • Danube Rhapsody

    7 Nights - Passau and Back

    Amadeus Brilliant Choice of Ships

    Explore the imperial capital cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest on this unique roundtrip from Passau along the River Danube with a choice superb value optional excursions 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2020 - Apr, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct Special flight-inclusive package prices - save up to £640pp!

    Melk Abbey Fly Cruise Package
    From £1549pp
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  • Three Rivers

    7 Nights - Amsterdam to Nuremberg

    Amadeus Brilliant Choice of Ships

    Cruise along the scenic waterways of the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers through the heart of Germany to discover medieval villages, ancient castles and picturesque vineyards 2019 - Jul 2020 - May, Aug No single supplement - flight inclusive package from £1469pp!

    Cologne Fly Cruise Package
    From £1589pp
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  • Classical Danube

    7 Nights - Passau to Budapest

    Amadeus Brilliant Choice of Ships

    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 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct No single supplement - flight inclusive package from £1699!

    Passau, Germany Fly Cruise Package
    From £1619pp
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  • Rhine and Danube Symphony

    7 Nights - Cologne to Passau

    Amadeus Imperial Choice of Ships

    Explore the half-timbered towns of Wertheim and Miltenberg, the medieval city of Bamberg and the wine-making town of Rudesheim on this cruise along the Rhine and Danube rivers through the heart of Germany 2019 - Sep 2020 - Jun, Aug Save 15% on 2020 departures!

    Rhine Valley Fly Cruise Package
    From £1639pp
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  • Christmas Markets on the River Danube

    7 Nights - Munich to Budapest

    Emerald Ships Choice of Ships

    Discover the wonderful Christmas Markets of Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Passau and Regensburg on this classic River Danube cruise with a festive twist. Includes return flights from the UK, shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner 2020 - Dec

    Budapest in the Snow Fly Cruise Package
    From £1695pp
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  • Authentic Danube

    7 Nights - Nuremberg to Vienna

    River Princess River Princess

    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. 2019 - May, Jun, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2020 - May, Jun, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov Save £800pp on 2019 departures!

    Melk Abbey, Austria Fly Cruise Package
    From £1699pp
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  • Christmas on the Danube

    7 Nights - Nuremberg to Budapest

    AmaCerto 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 2019 - Nov, Dec 2020 - Nov, Dec Save up to £400pp on 2019 departures!

    Nuremburg Christmas Market Cruise Only
    From £1840pp
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  • Balkan Jewels

    7 Nights - Giurgiu to Budapest

    AmaBella Choice of Ships

    Sail along the mighty Danube through five contrasting countries and the spectacular Iron Gates on this superb all-inclusive voyage, with return flights from the UK, private home to airport transfers, unlimited complimentary drinks on board and exclusive Signature Experience 2019 - Jul, Aug, Sep 2020 - Mar, Apr, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct Save up to £500pp PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on 2019 departures!

    Veliko Tarnovo Fly Cruise Package
    From £1845pp
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  • Balkan Gems

    7 Nights - Budapest to Giurgiu

    AmaReina Choice of Ships

    Discover the fascinating cities of Bratislava, Vienna, Budapest and Belgrade and voyage through the spectacular Iron Gates on this all-inclusive River Danube cruise towards the Black Sea. Includes return from the UK, private home to airport transfers, complimentary drinks on board, excursions and signature experiences 2020 - Mar, Apr, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct Save £400pp PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Belgrade Old Town Fly Cruise Package
    From £1845pp
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  • Heart of Europe

    14 Nights - Cologne to Budapest

    Charles Dickens Choice of Ships

    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. Includes excursions and Eurostar from London St Pancras or return flights 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2020 - May, Jul, Sep, Oct No single supplement on 5 Jul 2019 departure!

    Nuremberg No Fly Cruise
    From £1899pp
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  • Gems of Southeast Europe

    7 Nights - Budapest to Giurgiu

    AmaCerto Choice of Ships

    Journey through Eastern Europe along the Lower Danube towards the Black Sea through five magnificent countries of Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. Includes return flights from regional airports, guided excursions and drinks with meals 2019 - May, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2020 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov Save up to £400pp on 2019 departures!

    Budapest Cruise Only
    From £1910pp
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  • Christmas Markets on the Danube

    7 Nights - Budapest to Vilshofen

    AmaCerto Choice of Ships

    Enjoy the magic of the festive season on this River Danube cruise through Germany, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia, calling at iconic capital cities and enchanting Christmas markets. Includes guided shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner 2019 - Nov, Dec 2020 - Nov, Dec Save up to £400pp on 2019 departures!

    Budapest Cruise Only
    From £1910pp
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  • Danube to the Black Sea

    9 Nights - Bucharest to Vienna

    Amadeus Queen Choice of Ships

    Enjoy a hotel stay in the Romanian capital of Bucharest, before joining your ship and cruising right from the Danube Delta where the Danube meets the Black Sea. Cruise west from Fetesti through seven different countries to Vienna 2019 - Jul, Aug 2020 - Jul, Aug, Oct Save 15% on 2020 departures!

    Atheneum, Bucharest Fly Cruise Package
    From £2079pp
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  • Route to Eastern Europe

    10 Nights - Budapest to Bucharest

    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 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2020 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov Save £1000pp on 2020 departures!

    Chain Bridge, Budapest Fly Cruise Package
    From £1945pp
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  • European Gems

    14 Nights - Amsterdam to Budapest

    Contemporary River Ship Choice of Ships

    Journey through the heart of Germany and Austria on this 14-night essential river cruise and discover the fascinating history and culture of Budapest, Vienna, Passau and Cologne. Includes flights from the UK, shore excursions and Insider Experiences 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Dec 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov Save up to 50% on 2019 departures!

    Chain Bridge, Budapest Fly Cruise Package
    From £1995pp
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  • Enchanting Danube

    7 Nights - Budapest to Passau

    Maria Theresa Maria Theresa

    A 7-night Danube River cruise from Budapest exploring spectacular capital cities and the picturesque Wachau Valley on board Maria Theresa. Includes guided excursions, unlimited complimentary drinks and gratuities 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2020 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov Save £800pp on 2019 departures!

    Budapest Parliament Fly Cruise Package
    From £1999pp
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  • Blue Danube and Danube Delta

    15 Nights - Passau and Back

    Amadeus Brilliant Choice of Ships

    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 2019 - Jun, Jul 2020 - Apr, Jun, Sep Save 15% on 2020 departures!

    Vienna Fly Cruise Package
    From £2189pp
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  • Danube Christmas Markets

    7 Nights - Nuremberg to Budapest

    Scenic Amber Scenic Amber

    Discover magical Christmas markets on this festive cruise along the River Danube through Germany, Austria and Hungary. Includes shore excursions, return flights from the UK, butler service, complimentary drinks and all gratuities 2019 - Dec 2020 - Nov, Dec Save £500pp PLUS free private door-to-door transfers!

    Vienna Christmas markets Fly Cruise Package
    From £2195pp
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  • Delightful Danube and Prague

    9 Nights - Budapest to Prague

    SS Beatrice SS Beatrice

    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 guided excursions, unlimited complimentary drinks and gratuities 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct Save £800pp on 2019 departures!

    Budapest Fly Cruise Package
    From £2199pp
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  • Budapest to the Black Sea

    14 Nights - Budapest and Back

    Geoffrey Chaucer Choice of Ships

    Discover stunning scenery on this 14-night cruise from Budapest and explore historic capital cities, the spectacular Iron Gates and the vast Danube Delta where the Danube meets the Black Sea. Includes excursions and return flights from the UK. 2019 - May, Jun, Aug, Sep 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Aug, Sep, Oct

    Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest Fly Cruise Package
    From £2299pp
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  • Magical Danube

    7 Nights - Nuremberg to Budapest

    AmaCerto Choice of Ships

    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 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2020 - Apr, Jul, Aug, Oct, Nov Exclusive £50pp discount on 2019 departures!

    Nuremberg Cruise Only
    From £2386pp
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  • Dancing Down the Danube with Anton and Erin

    7 Nights - Budapest to Nuremberg

    Emerald Ships Choice of Ships

    Join two of our favourite Strictly Come Dancing stars, Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag for a magical 7-night cruise along the Danube. Explore the fascinating cities of Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna and Passau, see Anton and Erin perform and get behind-the-scenes insights into their careers. 2019 - Jul Save up to £700pp!

    Budapest, Hungary Fly Cruise Package
    From £2395pp
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  • Splendours of Europe

    14 Nights - Amsterdam to Budapest

    Emerald Ships Choice of Ships

    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 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct Save up to £1000pp!

    River Danube Fly Cruise Package
    From £2495pp
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  • European Festive Markets

    7 Nights - Nuremberg to Vienna

    SS Beatrice SS Beatrice

    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 guided excursions, unlimited complimentary drinks and gratuities 2019 - Dec 2020 - Dec No single supplement on 8 Dec 2019 departure!

    Christmas Decorations at Festive Market Fly Cruise Package
    From £2549pp
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  • Magnificent Europe

    14 Nights - Amsterdam to Budapest

    AmaBella Choice of Ships

    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 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec Save up to 40% on 2019 departures PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Cologne Fly Cruise Package
    From £2595pp
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  • River Danube Festive Markets

    7 Nights - Budapest to Passau

    Maria Theresa Maria Theresa

    Discover charming towns and explore traditional Christmas markets on this festive voyage along the Danube from Budapest. Includes guided excursions, unlimited complimentary drinks and gratuities 2019 - Dec 2020 - Dec Save up to 10% on 2020 departures!

    Budapest Parliament Fly Cruise Package
    From £2749pp
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  • Grand European River Cruise

    14 Nights - Amsterdam to Budapest

    Viking Longships Viking Longships

    A 14-night river cruise on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers from Amsterdam, visiting charming riverside towns in Germany and Austria, and the magnificent cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. Includes excursions and travel package from the UK 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov Save £1000pp on 2020 departures!

    Cruise the canals of Amsterdam Fly Cruise Package
    From £2795pp
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  • Across Europe

    14 Nights - Amsterdam to Budapest

    Amadeus Brilliant Choice of Ships

    Journey from Amsterdam to Budapest along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, passing stunning castles, picturesque vineyards and lively cities 2019 - Jul 2020 - May, Aug No single supplement - flight inclusive package from £2579!

    Bamberg Fly Cruise Package
    From £2879pp
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  • The Majestic East

    7 Nights - Vienna to Belgrade

    Scenic Jewel Scenic Jewel

    Explore Eastern Europe in style, on this all-inclusive luxury cruise along the River Danube from Vienna to Belgrade calling at breathtaking Bratislava and Budapest

    Belverdere Palace, Vienna Fly Cruise Package
    From £2895pp
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  • Eastern Enlightenment

    8 Nights - Belgrade to Bucharest

    Scenic Jewel Scenic Jewel

    Explore the hidden treasures and natural splendours of Eastern Europe on this unique all-inclusive luxury cruise along the spectacular River Danube to the Black Sea, with an overnight hotel stay in Bucharest

    National Assembly, Belgrade Fly Cruise Package
    From £2895pp
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  • Highlights of Eastern Europe

    9 Nights - Budapest to Bucharest

    SS Beatrice Choice of Ships

    A superb holiday combining a 7-night cruise through the heart of Eastern Europe and a 2-night hotel stay in the fascinating city of Bucharest. Includes guided excursions, unlimited complimentary drinks and gratuities 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep Save up to 10% on 2020 departures!

    Hungarian Parliament, Budapest Fly Cruise Package
    From £2969pp
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  • Black Sea Explorer

    8 Nights - Budapest to Bucharest

    Scenic Amber Choice of Ships

    All-inclusive voyage from Budapest through Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria towards the legendary Black Sea ending with a hotel stay in Bucharest. Includes return flights from the UK, shore excursions, butler service, complimentary drinks and gratuities on board 2019 - May, Sep 2020 - Apr, May, Oct Save up to £1250pp PLUS free fast track security and airport lounge pass!

    Hungarian Parliament, Budapest Fly Cruise Package
    From £3145pp
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  • Jewels of Europe

    14 Nights - Amsterdam to Budapest

    Scenic Jewel Choice of Ships

    Discover the cultural and historical highlights of Europe along the legendary Rhine and Danube rivers on this 14-night all-inclusive luxury river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest, with return flights from the UK, butler service, all gratuities and a choice of superb included shore excursions 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2020 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov Bank Holiday Flash Sale: Save an additional £100pp!

    Amsterdam Fly Cruise Package
    From £3145pp
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  • Danube and the Oberammergau Passion Play

    9 Nights - Munich to Budepest

    Viking Longships Viking Longships

    Witness the once-a-decade performance of The Passion Play in Oberammergau, visit the medieval town of Regensburg and explore the fascinating cities of Vienna and Budapest on this 10-day cruise tour along the magnificent Danube. Including pre-cruise hotel stays in the vibrant city of Munich and Oberammergau and return flights from the UK 2020 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct Save £1000pp PLUS free gratuities!

    Marienplatz, Munich Fly Cruise Package
    From £3215pp
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  • Voyage Through the Balkans

    14 Nights - Budapest and Back

    AmaReina Choice of Ships

    Cruise through Eastern Europe from Budapest towards the Black Sea, passing through the dramatic Iron Gates. Includes return from the UK, private home to airport transfers, complimentary drinks on board, guided excursions and signature experiences 2020 - Mar, Apr, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct Save £800pp PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Belgrade, Serbia Fly Cruise Package
    From £3445pp
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  • Magnificent Rivers of Europe

    14 Nights - Amsterdam to Budapest

    AmaPrima 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 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep 2020 - May Save 25% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Vienna Cruise Only
    From £3849pp
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  • Danube Symphony

    7 Nights - Vienna to Budapest

    Crystal Mahler Choice of Ships

    Sail the remarkable Danube from Budapest to Vienna discovering lively cities, charming historic towns and witness the beauty of the Wachau Valley. Includes guided excursions and complimentary drinks. 2019 - May, Jul, Aug, Nov

    Bratislava Castle Cruise Only
    From £3925pp
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  • Danube Delta Discovery

    15 Nights - Vienna to Bucharest

    Scenic Amber Scenic Amber

    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 2020 - Apr Save £500pp PLUS free private door-to-door transfers!

    Bratislava Castle, Slovakia Fly Cruise Package
    From £3995pp
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  • Highlights of the Danube

    9 Nights - Budapest to Nuremberg

    Royal Crown Royal Crown

    Explore the contrasting capital cities of Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna, and admire the verdant scenery of the UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley on this 9-night luxury, all-inclusive Danube River cruise on Royal Crown 2019 - Jul

    Budapest Fly Cruise Package
    From £4450pp
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  • Grand Danube Cruise

    14 Nights - Nuremberg to Giurgiu

    AmaCerto Choice of Ships

    Cruise along the Danube through the dramatic Iron Gates and experience the beauty of Vienna and Budapest on this 14-night cruise through seven countries towards the Black Sea 2019 - May, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2020 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov Exclusive £50pp discount on 2019 departures!

    Novi Sad Cruise Only
    From £4500pp
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  • Voyage from The East

    11 Nights - Bucharest to Budapest

    Royal Crown Royal Crown

    Explore the amazing wildlife of the Danube Delta where the Danube meets the Black Sea on this 11-night cruise holiday from Bucharest to Budapest, passing through the spectacular fjord-like scenery of the Iron Gates. Includes return flights from London Heathrow, overnight hotel stay in Bucharest, complimentary drinks on board and guided shore excursions 2019 - Jun

    Bucharest Fly Cruise Package
    From £5500pp
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  • Danube Gems

    10 Nights - Vienna and Back

    Crystal Mahler Choice of Ships

    Journey along the delightful Danube on this all-inclusive cruise from the musical city of Vienna exploring the spectacular cities of Bratislava and Budapest. Including guided excursions and complimentary drinks. 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

    Budapest Sunset Cruise Only
    From £5605pp
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  • European Jewels

    14 Nights - Budapest to Amsterdam

    River Duchess River Duchess

    This fantastic itinerary takes you through four magnificent countries to Europe's most scenic destinations, uncovering European art, history and culture. Includes guided excursions, unlimited complimentary drinks and gratuities 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct Save up to £1200pp on 2019 departures!

    Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest Fly Cruise Package
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  • Magic of Advent

    6 Nights - Vienna to Nuremburg

    Amadeus Queen Amadeus Queen

    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

    Nuremburg Christmas Market Cruise Only
    From £865pp
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  • Three Capitals at Christmas

    5 Nights - Vienna and Back

    Vivaldi Vivaldi

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

    Bratislava Castle Cruise Only
    From £1117pp
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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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River Danube Highlights

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

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

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

Wurzburg (Germany)

The magnificent Bishop's Residenz in Wurzberg is one of Germany's largest and most ornate Baroque palaces. It houses paintings by Tiepelo and the famed Residenz Wine Cellar, sometimes open for tastings of Franconian wine and is said to have the most beautiful staircase in existence. Tours along the 'Romantic Road' through the Bavarian Alps to Rothenburg are often available. This medieval walled town has a glorious rural setting, gothic churches and gabled buildings, and the Puppen and Spielzeug Museum of dolls, dollhouses and miniature trains.

Wurzburg

Customer Reviews

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.

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 didnt 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!

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