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Danube River Cruise – Including Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary

  • Melk Abbey

    Melk Abbey Germany's Black Forest
  • Vienna

    Vienna Vienna Germany's Black Forest
  • Matthias Church

    Matthias Church Germany's Black Forest
8 day river cruise
Price on request

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The Danube is the second longest river in Europe, starting in Germany’s Black Forest and flowing for a distance of about 1,770 miles through Austria and further east until it finally empties into the Black Sea. Our Danube River Cruise takes you from Passau to Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, Dürnstein – Melk and back to Passau.

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On this Danube River Cruise, begin in Passau and travel towards the border between Austria and Germany, admiring the picturesque views along the way. The following day arrive in Melk, where you will have the chance to visit Benedictine Abbey, overlooking Danube.

Imperial Vienna

Cruise further along the Danube, past quaint pretty villages, before reaching Vienna, with stunning architecture and cosy coffee houses. Home to Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Strauss (both father and son), and Beethoven – as well a wealth of other greats – Vienna is truly the city of music. The notes vibrate melodically from the space between buildings. The city’s many venues, from the renowned Musikverein to the Staatsoper, still boast some of the world’s best acoustic experiences. In amongst the fine dining and vaulted Vinothek wine cellars lie some of the quaintest and most classically Austrian eating spots imaginable. Grand coffee houses serve cakes and pastries almost too ornate to eat while the pub-like Beisln of the city off the warm embrace of hearty wiener schnitzel and other Austrian favourites

Hungary’s Capital on the Danube

In Budapest enjoy wandering the winding streets of Buda and the deep history of Pest.  Standing proudly on the banks on the mighty Danube, the Hungarian capital, Budapest, is a city of two halves. ‘Buda’ with Castle Hill is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The larger ‘Pest’ is home to the Parliament, Heroes’ Square and Andrássy Avenue. The whole city is a delight for the eyes – with architectural highlights from throughout history and impressive monuments on every corner. While you walk across the famous Chain Bridge, look out for the incredibly detailed lion sculptures which guard each side. The bridge was the first link for the two halves of the cities and didn’t open until 1849.

Continue to Bratislava, the charming Slovakian capital, with an attractive old town and many monuments to discover. Cruising along the Danube will bring you back to Passau where you will disembark the ship with many life long memories!

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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1

Travel to Germany

Depart from the UK heading to Dover for a ferry crossing to France. Continue towards Germany, making an overnight stop on route.

Day 2


After your breakfast, continue travelling across Germany to Passau. Board the ship in the early evening and enjoy some time to settle comfortably in your cabins before meeting the crew. Cruise along the Danube towards the border between Austria and Germany through the attractive region of Engelhartszell. A welcome cocktail reception will be organised on board before dinner. Spend the evening on board.

Day 3

Melk and Vienna

Arrive in Melk, located in the beautiful Wachau Valley. Enjoy breakfast on board before leaving on an optional excursion to the Benedictine Abbey of Melk which is perched up high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube. It is Austrian baroque architecture at its finest. Continue cruising to Vienna. Enjoy the Austrian capital this evening and perhaps enjoy an optionsal Viennese Classical Concert – this is the City of Music afterall! Overnight stop.

Day 4


After breakfast, take part in the optional guided visit to the Palace of Schönbrunn and Vienna, and its magnificent park, formerly the summer residence of the Emperor of Austria and his family. This evening, sail towards Budapest.

Day 5


Discover the magic of Budapest, the belle époque city par excellence, the incarnation of the sharp contrast between twin cities divided by the Danube and united since 1872. You will discover haughty Buda with its winding streets, Baroque palaces, Turkish bath establishments and royal palace, and bustling Pest, which boasts a mixture of architectural styles. Overnight stopover.

Day 6


Today, enjoy a free day in Budapest. Perhaps join an excursion to learn about the strong Hungarian tradition of horsemanship. Enjoy local food, wine and music, and be treated to a show of equestrian skill and daring.

Day 7


Dominated to the north by the slopes of the southern point of the Small Carpathians, bathed by the Danube, Bratislava occupies a privileged geographical site. Bratislava is blessed with many historical buildings depicting the city’s rich roots. Perhaps join a tour to see attractions such as St. Martin’s Cathedral, the city walls and the Presidential Palace. The charm of the Slovakian capital lies in its old city: splendid Baroque palaces, churches and pleasant squares. Stroll through the old streets admiring the abundance of
beautiful sculptures and fountains. The cruise continues to Dürnstein.

Day 8


Today you have the opportunity to explore Dürnstein, in the heart of the Wachau Valley. The town, steeped in the legend of Richard the Lionheart, contains an astonishing abbey, glittering with light blue and white, which has one of the most beautiful Baroque bell towers in Austria. Join an optional tour of the centre is followed by a local wine tasting. Back on board, continue to Passau.

Day 9/10


Arrival in Passau in the early morning. Breakfast on board and disembark before beginning your journey back home. Make an overnight stop on route then continue to Calais for a ferry crossing back to the UK.

MS Modigliani ****

The MS Modigliani was built in 2001 and has a total of 78 cabins. The facilities on the ship include a lounge-bar with a dance floor, dining room, large sundeck with deckchairs, a library and a gift shop. All cabins are equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, safe. Wifi is available on board.

MS Symphonie ****

The MS Symphonie was built in 1997 and refurbished in 2010. All 79 cabins are equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio and safe. The facilities on the ship include a lounge-bar with a dance floor, dining room, large sundeck with deckchairs and a gift shop. Wifi is available on board.

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10 days (ferry, 2 overnights and 7 night river cruise) Half Twin
Dates TBC Price on request

Payment guidelines:

£50.00 non-refundable deposit per person on confirmation .

15 weeks prior to travel:

  • all passenger information as per passport and any dietary requirements are required.
  • 50% of total tour cost is due

Balance due approximately 6 -8 weeks before departure subject to package inclusions.

Alternative travel methods, pre- and post stays are all available on request. 

Price based on exchange rate of £1.00 = €1.13. All prices are per person based on sharing a 2 berth cabin and with coach driver's free place in a single cabin both are based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include UK coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Picture is for illustrative purposes only. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if unvalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at

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