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Danube River Cruises

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 2021/ 2022

Finding Cruises
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  • Blue Danube and Danube Delta

    Amadeus River Cruises
    Choice of Ships
    Vienna 15 Nights Fly Cruise from £1957pp 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

  • Gems of the Danube

    Choice of Ships
    Nuremberg 7 Nights Fly Cruise from £2095pp Exclusive Blue Water Savings of up to £1800 per couple! UK - Budapest (Hungary), Vienna (Austria), Durnstein - Melk, Salzburg or Cesky Krumlov (Czech Republic), Regensburg (Germany), Munich - UK

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

  • Gems of Southeast Europe

    Choice of Ships
    Budapest 7 Nights Cruise Only from £2237pp Exclusive Blue Water savings! Budapest (Hungary), Mohacs - Pecs, Vukovar (Croatia) - Novi Sad (Serbia), Belgrade, Cruising the Iron Gates, Vidin (Bulgaria), Veliko Tarnovo - Rousse (Bulgaria), Giurgiu (Romania)

    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

  • River Danube Festive Markets

    Maria Theresa
    Budapest Parliament 7 Nights Fly Cruise from £3079pp Exclusive Blue Water savings! UK - Budapest (Hungary), Bratislava (Slovakia), Vienna (Austria), Krems, Linz, Passau (Germany), Passau - UK

    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

  • Magnificent Europe

    APT Luxury Cruises
    Choice of Ships
    Cologne 14 Nights Fly Cruise from £3895pp UK - Amsterdam (Holland), Andernach - Koblenz, 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

  • Grand Danube Cruise

    Choice of Ships
    Budapest 14 Nights Cruise Only from £4627pp Exclusive Blue Water savings! Vilshofen (Germany), Vilshofen - Passau, Linz (Austria), Weissenkirchen, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest (Hungary), Mohacs, Vukovar (Croatia) - Novi Sad (Serbia), Belgrade, Cruising the Iron Gates, Vidin (Bulgaria), Rousse - Bucharest (Romania), Giurgiu

    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

  • Three Capitals Short Break

    Vienna 4 Nights Cruise Only from £681pp Flight-inclusive package from just £1081pp! Vienna (Austria), Budapest (Hungary), Bratislava (Slovakia), Vienna
  • A Taste of the Danube

    Avalon Waterways
    Choice of Ships
    Vienna 3 Nights Cruise Only from £681pp Vienna (Austria), Melk, Bratislava (Slovakia), Budapest (Hungary)
  • Three Capitals Christmas Markets

    Vienna 4 Nights Cruise Only from £699pp Book by 31 December 2021 and save 5% on 2022 departures! Vienna (Austria), Vienna - Budapest (Hungary), Bratislava (Slovakia), Vienna (Austria)
  • Capital Cities Along the Danube

    Vienna 4 Nights Cruise Only from £817pp Book by 31 December 2021 and save 5% on 2022 departures! Vienna (Austria), Budapest (Hungary), Bratislava (Slovakia), Vienna (Austria)

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

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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