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Delightful Danube: Vienna to Budapest

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Embark at the port of Vienna port for an exciting 8-day Danube River Cruise. Explore Durnstein, considered one of the most visited tourist spots in the Wachau Valley. Discover 16th-century Town Hall of Melk city, walk at lovely Linz and wander at beautiful Krems. Visit the museums, cathedrals and palaces, and relax at heartbeat city of Slovakia - Bratislava. Finally, reach Budapest, Hungary’s capital which is known for its magnificent architecture of domes and spires, 18th-century homes, bridges, and lampposts.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Vienna | Embark
Day 2 : Vienna, Austria
Day 3 : Durnstein | Cruise the Scenic Wachau Valley | Melk
Day 4 : Linz, Austria
Day 5 : Krems, Austria
Day 6 : Bratislava, Slovakia
Day 7 : Budapest, Hungary
Day 8 : Budapest, Hungary | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore thriving vineyards of magnificent Durnstein
  • Visit House at the Rock at historical Melk city
  • View storybook-beautiful Krems
  • Discover magnificent Hungary’s capital Budapest

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Crystal Ravel

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Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Rathaus in Vienna Admire the artistry of Linz Melk Abbey, Lower Austria Enjoy the tranquility of Durnstein Hungarian parliament, Budapest
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Day 1 Vienna | Embark

Embark at gorgeous Vienna port for amazing Danube River Cruise.

Day 2 Vienna, Austria

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Once the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and forever known for its manicured gardens, ornate architecture - especially that of the famed Ringstrasse - and distinguished roster of composers who either were born or lived here, Vienna finds itself at the very center of European culture, even as it sits near the border of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.

Day 3 Durnstein | Cruise the Scenic Wachau Valley | Melk

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Considered one of the most visited tourist spots in the Wachau Valley, Durnstein is in a robust wine-growing region sitting alongside the Danube river. Durnstein Castle, the region's famous architectural highlight, sits atop a rocky mountain, high above the Danube, at its base. Durnstein's beauty is enhanced by verdant forests, rolling hills, and thriving vineyards that surround the town. Sip some of the region's local wines and enjoy a leisurely day in this postcard-worthy European town.

Today, get a chance to cruise the scenic Wachau Valley.

Best known for its fortified baroque Benedictine monastery, Melk Abbey, the town of Melk boasts an assortment of smaller gems. Among them, the city’s riverside location, serene and regal with a ribbon of wooded groves giving way to the lovely village. Cobbled lanes and a petite size make for a pleasant stroll with a chance to discover its 16th-century Town Hall, or Rathaus, in the center of town, and Haus am Stein, or House at the Rock. Built-in the 15th century, the vine-covered abode is Melk’s oldest building.

Day 4 Linz, Austria

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Named the European Capital of Culture in 2009 and added to the roster of UNESCO Creative Cities as a City of Media Arts in 2014, Linz embraces the present and future, with reverence to its past. The city’s layout reflects its history, with an ancient medieval center encircled by neoclassical, neo-baroque and neo-Renaissance neighborhoods.

Day 5 Krems, Austria

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Storybook-beautiful Krems marks the beginning of the Wachau Valley and showcases a true crisscross of old and new. Putting the old and new literally side by side is a preserved length of the old city walls, for instance, while designer shops housed in the regal 18th-century buildings of the Altstadt exist alongside modern department stores. The lower Old Town is an area for pedestrians and cafes, while one of the oldest parish churches in Lower Austria can be found in the upper Old Town.

Day 6 Bratislava, Slovakia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This buzzing capital city is the heartbeat of Slovakia; a historic gem that stirs the imagination. A maze of cobblestone streets winds around 18th-century buildings and a pulsating modern art scene. Explore the museums, cathedrals, and palaces, and relax at a shade-covered sidewalk café. Photography buffs will want to snap images of the medieval castle looming high above the city.

Day 7 Budapest, Hungary

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Commanding both sides of the Danube – with the Chain Bridge connecting hilly Buda with flat Pest – Hungary’s capital enchants with its magnificent architecture of domes and spires, 18th-century homes, bridges, and lampposts. The UNESCO-listed Castle Hill welcomes all to explore Buda Castle, Trinity Square, Matthias Church, and Fisherman's Bastion.

Day 8 Budapest, Hungary | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast aboard the ship, disembark at the port of Budapest.
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Notes

Solo Supplement: A select number of cabins are available for single use. The single supplement varies by cabin type, please contact us for details.
Child Discount: Children age 11 or under receive 50% off when sharing a cabin with two full paying guests. Children, regardless of age pay full rate in a double occupancy cabin.

A wide selection of specially curated and optional shore excursions are available on every itinerary.  In each port visited, there will be complimentary adventures to choose from, other excursions will be available at an additional cost. 

Cruise Fares Include:
  • Beverages including fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and all non-alcoholic beverages such as bottled water, soft drinks, and specialty coffees
  • Gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff
  • 24-hour self-service coffee tea, soft drinks, wines
  • 24-hour room service
  • Personal Butler service
  • Daily yoga and fitness classes
  • Onboard entertainment and enrichment programs
  • Choice of complimentary shore excursion in each port
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi for the duration of your voyage. 
Cruise Fares Exclude:
  • Airfare
  • Cruise port, security, navigation, berthing, stevedoring, and baggage handling/storage charges 
  • Fuel surcharges, fees or charges imposed by governmental or quasi-governmental authorities
  • Optional shore excursions
  • Sightseeing or meals ashore, taxes, gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Laundry or valet service or any item or service whatsoever of a personal nature, such as medical treatment, expenses incurred on board or ashore in connection with medical treatment, medical condition, or medical debark
  • Massage, s­­­­­pa services or hairstyling for which separate charges may be imposed. 
  • Transfers between the airport and ship on the day of embarkation and disembarkation
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