Blue Water Holidays
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Experts in River and Small Ship Cruising Holidays since 2002
01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Cruise and Hike Along the Danube

Hike through stunning scenery along the Danube on this river cruise with guided walks through the Wachau region, the Little Carpathian Mountains and the city of Budapest

Cruise Only
7 nights from £1377pp

Fly-Cruise Package
7 nights from £1677pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Melk Abbey
  • Budapest
  • Durnstein
  • Horses in the Puszta
  • Bratislava
  • Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna

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On this incredible cruise along the Danube you will discover stunning scenery, breathtaking views and historic monuments with hiking and walking programmes for all abilities accompanied by an expert guide. Non-hikers can enjoy excursions to Durnstein and its remarkable abbey, the Slovak capital of Bratislava and a visit to Vienna's Hofburg Palace.

Visit magnificent Melk Abbey then set sail through the beautiful Wachau Valley to Durnstein. Hikers can visit the ruined Aggstein Castle for superb views whilst the less active will enjoy a discovery tour of Durnstein. In Bratislava there is the choice between a hike through the Little Carpathian mountain range and a guided tour of the Slovak capital. From Kalocsa there is a trip to the Puzsta, the Great Hungarian Plain, to watch a traditional horse show.

In Budapest the hikers will discover the two side of the city, Buda and Pest, on walking tours whilst the non-hikers can explore the city on a panoramic coach tour. Explore Esztergom, home to an impressive basilica, and hikers can walk to Visegrad Fortress for views of the Danube Bend. Discover the musical city of Vienna and Schonbrunn Palace, then tour the city on foot or enjoy a guided visit of Hofburg Palace.

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WBB: Cruise and Hike Along the Danube Itinerary

Day 1 - Vienna (Austria)

Embark your ship at 6pm and settle into your cabin. Presentation of the crew during a welcome cocktail, and dinner on board this evening. Cruise this evening towards Melk.

Day 2 - Melk - Durnstein

Visit the Benedictine Melk Abbey then return on board for lunch and cruise through the beautiful Wachau Valley towards Durnstein.
Hikers' Programme: Travel by coach to the village of Aggstein and hike through the heart of the Wachau region to the impressive ruins of Aggstein Castle then through unspoilt scenery to Maria Longegg. Length 4 hours, 400m elevation gain.
Non-hikers' Programme: Join the guided tour of Durnstein, famous for its blue and white abbey.
Return to the ship and cruise towards Bratislava.

Day 3 - Bratislava (Slovakia)

Hikers' Programme: Travel by coach to Devinska Nova Ves to hike through the Little Carpathian mountain range and enjoy beautiful views of Bratislava from the outside of the ruined Devin Castle. Length 1.5 hours, 250m elevation gain.
Non-hikers' Programme: Visit Bratislava which is home to many historic buildings including the magnificent Mirbach Palace, impressive Gothic cathedral of St Martin and Michael’s Gate, one of the oldest of the town’s structures.which is home to many historical buildings including the magnificent Mirbach Palace, impressive Gothic cathedral of St Martin and Michael’s Gate, one of the oldest of the town’s structures Return to the ship for lunch and cruise towards Kolocsa. Enjoy evening entertainment on board.

Day 4 - Kalocsa (Hungary)

Set off to the Puszta for a traditional horse riding show and learn about the tradition and folklore of the Hungarian Wild West. Back on board for lunch and cruise towards Budapest.

Day 5 - Budapest

Hikers' Programme: Enjoy a city walk through Buda past the famous Gellert Baths and the castle. Length 2.5 hours, 100m elevation gain. Return on board via public transport (not included) for lunch. Later, walk through Pest to see the Art Deco and Art Nouveau buildings. Length 2 hours, level walking. Return on board by public transport (not included) or on foot.
Non-hikers' Programme: Explore Budapest on a panoramic coach tour. Lunch on board followed by time at leisure to explore the city.
Dinner on board then free evening or Folklore Evening in Budapest.

Day 6 - Budapest - Esztergom

Arrive early this morning in Esztergom where there is free time to explore the town.
Hikers' Programme: Travel by coach to Visegrad and walk to Visegrad Fortress (outside visit only). Length 2 hours, 250m elevation gain.
Enjoy lunch on board then spend the afternoon cruising before tonight's Gala dinner and evening.

Day 7 - Vienna (Austria)

Enjoy a guided visit to Vienna and Schonbrunn Palace then return to the ship for lunch. Hikers' Programme: Explore Vienna on a walking discovery tour. Transfer by coach to Nussdorfer Platz then walk up Leopoldsberg for amazing views over the city. Follow the distinctive Nasenweg path with its unique flora and fauna. Length 3-4 hours, 340m elevatiob gain.
Non-hikers' Programme: Explore Vienna at leisure or join the guided visit of the magnificent Hofsburg Palace.
Return on board for dinner. Tonight there is an optional concert of Viennese music.

Day 8 - Vienna

Disembark ship after breakfast.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full-board cruise
  • Unlimited complimentary house wine, beer, mineral water and soft drinks on board
  • Cruise itinerary as described including guided walking tours
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Entertainment on board
  • Cruise Manager
  • Gala farewell dinner
  • Port taxes
  • Flight inclusive package prices include return flights from the UK and transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • Cruise only prices do not include flights or transfers
  • Optional Excursions (must be pre-booked at least 4 weeks before departure or bookable on board subject to availability)
  • Gratuities
  • Personal insurance and expenses

Special Features

  • CroisiEurope is the leading French river cruise company. Their ships have a distinctly French flavour, the service and the food having received much praise from Blue Water Holidays customers. Staff and passengers come from many European countries and there may be other English speaking passengers on board.
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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

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