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Danube River Cruises

On your journey along a section of the 2,850km long river Danube marvel at the stunning scenery, discover delightful Austrian towns full of musical heritage and charming villages dominated by imposing fortresses, enjoy saffron and cider sampling and taste some of the best wines. Hike through vineyards and cycle along riverside promenades and tour cathedrals and acclaimed art museums.

Stop awhile in the picturesque Hungarian capital Budapest to see the highlights of the city, wander through the streets of Bratislava, the Slovakian capital and explore captivating and enchanting Vienna with its dazzling musical heritage and opulent café culture.

Between the Austrian towns of Krems and Melk, cruise along the breathtakingly beautiful Wachau Valley. Designated an UNESCO World Heritage site for its cultural and scenic beauty the valley landscape is characterised by pretty villages, striking fortresses, forested hillsides and steeply terraced vineyards producing notable Riesling and Gruner Veltliner wines. Visit the wonderful Melk Abbey with its baroque church, remarkable library and Marble Hall with an impressive frescoed ceiling by Paul Troger. Pass through idyllic Weissenkirchen in the heart of the valley and the village of Durnstein where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1193.

Visit the town of Linz for a scenic trip into Austria’s famous cider region, Mostviertel, or explore Mozart’s birthplace, Salzburg, considered the Baroque jewel of the Austrian Alps. From Deggendorf journey into the enchanting wilderness of the Bavarian Forest National Park, explore the German towns of Passau, Straubing and Regensburg and delve into WWII history in Nuremberg.

Authentic Danube

Uncover the scenic beauty and historic cities on this eight-day, luxurious boutique river cruise along the Danube River from Vienna in Austria to Nuremberg in Germany. Enjoy seven days of fully hosted excursions and see four UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Enchanting Danube

Experience the stunning scenery along the Danube River on a luxurious boutique river cruise. Travelling from Budapest to Passau the cruise showcases the best of Central Europe, visiting four fascinating countries with six days of fully hosted excursions and the opportunity to discover four UNESCO World Heritage sites along the way.

Authentic Danube Itinerary

The Authentic Danube cruise consists of 8 days and 7 nights travelling from Vienna to Nuremberg.

Day 1 – Sunday: Vienna (embark)

You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your ship to settle in.

Day 2 – Monday: Vienna

The day will be spent in Vienna, the City of Waltzes, with a choice of tours discovering its artistic and musical heritage. You can explore the Old Town and its art and enjoy its opulent café culture, or choose to discover Viennese history at the World Museum Vienna. For an additional fee, payable onboard, there is an option to join an exclusive after-hours visit to the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, where you can learn about its 300 year old history and see some of the lavishly decorated rooms. In the evening enjoy a Captain’s welcome reception and dinner on board.

Choice of excursions:

Vienna Mystery tour, or Vienna panoramic highlights & World Museum Vienna.

Jewish Heritage excursion: Jewish Vienna.

Day 3 – Tuesday: Weissenkirchen

Spend the day in the heart of the Wachau Valley. Choose to visit the imposing Melk Abbey and library, or spend a day in the idyllic village of Weissenkirchen, named after the white church dominating the landscape. Stroll through the town flanked by vineyard-covered hills, beautiful courtyards and historic houses before a hike through the area’s most picturesque vineyards. Rebuilt in the early 18th century and resembling a grand palace, the magnificent UNESCO-listed Melk Abbey was once the greatest centre of learning in Central Europe. As well as its spectacular setting with views over the verdant Wachau Valley below, marvel at its stunning architecture, opulently gilded and frescoed interiors and extraordinary library with over 100,000 volumes, of which some 80,000 were printed before the 19th century.

Featured Excursion: ‘Let’s Go’ vineyard hike.

Choice of excursions: Weissenkirchen ‘Village Day’ with wine tasting, or Melk Abbey with library visit.

Day 4 – Wednesday: Engelhartszell, Passau, Vilshofen

Afternoon arrival at Passau, the City of Three Rivers, to explore its wonderful mix of old and new with medieval lanes, tunnels, cathedrals and archways alongside contemporary buildings and modern shopping malls. On a guided walking discovery tour you will be introduced to some of the town’s architectural highlights, or you can explore on your own on an exciting geocaching tour, discovering hidden gems and noteworthy spots.

Featured excursion: ‘Let’s Go’ scenic Bavarian river biking.

Choice of excursions: Passau walking tour or Passau geocaching scavenger hunt.

Day 5 – Thursday: Deggendorf, Straubing

From the town of Deggendorf journey into the enchanting wilderness of the Bavarian Forest National Park to discover rolling hills, low-lying mountains and towering trees. You will also have the opportunity of an exclusive visit to the Theresienthal crystal glass factory, enjoying a horse-drawn carriage ride, fresh-baked bread and schnapps. You can also choose to head out on a bike tour along the Danube trail, or the town of Straubing offers visitors fascinating history, Gothic-style buildings and cathedrals and a bustling town centre with pedestrian areas and restaurants with traditional German cuisine.

Featured Excursion: Bavarian forest village and Theresienthal glass factory visit.

Choice of excursions: ‘Let’s Go’ bike the Danube trail, or Straubing village stroll.

Day 6 – Friday: Regensburg

A morning of discovering the 2000-year history of the former Bavarian capital and Free Imperial City, Regensburg, with a UNESCO-listed old town boasting a large collection of museums, 13th century houses and a spectacular cathedral. Or, if you prefer take a trip to the state of the art BMW factory for a tour of its futuristic plant. In the afternoon visit a family-owned Bavarian sausage factory and enjoy a hands-on learning experience, or make the most of the many restaurants and beer gardens for a taste of regional cuisine and traditional Bavarian beer.

Choice of excursions: ‘2000 years in one hour’ Regensburg walking tour, or a BMW factory visit.

Jewish Heritage excursion: Jewish Regensburg.

Day 7 – Saturday: Roth, Nuremberg

You can choose to delve into the city’s highlights with a visit to the medieval Nuremberg Castle, the infamous Nazi documentation centre and party rally grounds, or get an authentic look at the city and experience life as a local on a ‘Do as the locals do’ excursion. Enjoy a special Captain’s farewell reception and dinner in the evening.

Choice of excursions: Nuremberg panoramic city tour with WWII Rally Grounds, or ‘Do as the locals do’ Nuremberg walking tour

Jewish Heritage excursion: Jewish Nuremberg and WWII.

Day 8 – Sunday: Nuremberg (disembark)

Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your flight home, or onward by private transfer from Nuremberg to one of our luxury city hotels in Prague if you have chosen to extend your trip with a few days in this fairytale city.

Please note: this cruise departs on selected Sundays from May to November (excluding July) and can also be done in the reverse from Nuremberg to Vienna.

Please note: Itineraries may be subject to change should any operational reason prevail at the time.

River Princess

  • Sophisticated ambiance
  • Stylish lounges
  • Fitness centre & spa
  • Elegant staterooms & suites
  • Sun deck & Sky Lounge

Cruise extensions

Why not stay at one of our luxury city hotels in Prague or Vienna for a few days prior to, or at the end of your boutique river cruise.

Enchanting Danube Itinerary

The Enchanting Danube cruise consists of 8 days and 7 nights travelling from Budapest to Passau.

Day 1 – Sunday: Budapest (embark)

You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your ship to settle in.

Day 2 – Monday: Budapest

The Hungarian capital is a city divided in two by the mighty Danube River; charming Buda one the west side and vibrant Pest on the east, and each boasting its own distinct character and history. See the highlights on a panoramic walking tour, including the striking Dohany Street synagogue, St Stephen’s Basilica, the magnificent Parliament and UNESCO-listed Castle Hill. Or immerse yourself in daily life on a ‘Do as the locals do’. Catch the metro to the city’s wonderful market hall, stopping for a coffee, delicious pastries and irresistible chocolate treats, take a stroll through a charming park and soak up the city’s vibrant atmosphere. In the evening enjoy a Captain’s welcome reception and dinner on board.

Choice of excursions: Budapest panoramic highlights and Parliament visit, or ‘Do as the locals do’ Budapest walking tour

Day 3 – Tuesday: Cruising the Danube River, Bratislava, Vienna

Setting sail from Budapest the ship wends its way past the scenic towns along the Danube Bend and docks in the Slovakian capital Bratislava for a brief walking tour before continuing to Vienna. In the evening a private concert of classical music can be enjoyed in an exquisite Viennese palace.

Featured excursions: Bratislava walking tour, Mozart and Strauss concert

Day 4 – Wednesday: Vienna

With its treasure trove of art the Vienna Art History Museum is the highlight of today for art enthusiasts. Avoid the crowds on a private early morning tour with an art historian and see masterpieces by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Vermeer, Raphael, Titian and Rembrandt amongst others. From here you can choose to join a local expert guide for a taste of life in the city with ‘Do as the locals do’ walking tour, or opt to discover some of the major landmarks of this Imperial City. In the afternoon enjoy leisure time in the city, or borrow a bicycle from the ship and explore Danube Island and ride the Ferris wheel in Prater Park for stunning views of the region.

Featured excursion: Morning with the Masters (Vienna Art History Museum)

Choice of excursions: Vienna – Imperial City highlights, or ‘Do as the locals do’ Vienna walking tour

Day 5 – Thursday: Cruising the Wachau Valley, Durnstein, Melk

Today the ship meanders through the breathtakingly beautiful Wachau Valley, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Landscape, and calls at Durnstein and Melk. Charming Durnstein village invites to strolls along cobblestone lanes, hikes up to the ruined castle, where according to legend, Richard the Lionheart was once imprisoned, and you can visit a saffron grower and sample saffron-flavoured delicacies. Or if more to your taste, the historic Nikolaihof wine estate produces some of the world’s best Riesling. Later visit the magnificent UNESCO-listed Melk Abbey with its extraordinary baroque-style library filled with over 100,000 books.

Featured excursion: Melk Abbey with library visit

Choice of excursions: Durnstein village stroll and saffron workshop, or Durnstein estate visit with wine tasting

Day 6 – Friday: Linz or Salzburg

Explore the city of Linz including the cathedral and opera house before boarding a coach for a scenic trip into Austria’s famous cider region, Mostviertel, for a tour of a typical farm, where you will sample pear and apple ciders and enjoy a delicious lunch made with produce from the farm. If you opt for a full day in Salzburg you will be guided through the city’s many wonderful attractions before free time to explore at your leisure.

Choice of excursions: Salzburg (full day, excluding lunch), or Linz town and country (opera house and cider farm visit)

Day 7 – Saturday: Passau

At the crossroads of the three rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz, Passau can be discovered on a leisurely hike, scenic bike ride, or on a walking tour. Set out with a local hiking guide and nature expert to explore the Ilz River banks on foot, or join a guided bicycle tour alongside the Inn River enjoying views of the lovely countryside and pretty villages along the route. Or if you prefer, take in the city’s architectural highlights on a guided walking tour, including the iconic St Stephen’s Cathedral, famous for its pipe organ and green onion domes. Enjoy a special Captain’s farewell reception and dinner in the evening.

Choice of excursions: Passau walking tour (including St Stephen’s organ concert, May-Oct), ‘Let’s Go’ bicycle ride (Inn River) or ‘Let’s Go’ hike (Ilz River)

Day 8 – Sunday: Passau (disembark)

Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Please note: this cruise departs on Sundays from March to November and can also be done in the reverse from Passau to Budapest.

Please note: Itineraries may be subject to change should any operational reason prevail at the time.

S.S Maria Theresa

  • Sleek contemporary exterior
  • 18th century style interior décor
  • Exquisite dining
  • Elegant atmosphere
  • Heated swimming pool

Cruise extensions

Why not stay at one of our luxury city hotels in Budapest or Salzburg for a few days prior to or at the end of your boutique river cruise.