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Central Europe: The Beautiful Blue Danube

Example 6 Day Cruise aboard MS Vivaldi
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Follow your instintic for adventure and join this 6-day cruise from Passau to Budapest, cruising along the beautiful waters of the blue Danube River. Join the crew of the MS Vivaldi and sail through stunning landscapes experiencing the rich culture, art, traditions and history of Central Europe. Explore picturesque villages, towering cathedrals. antique palaces, and vibrant cities including Vienna and Budapest.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Passau | Embark
Day 2 : Melk | Durnstein | Vienna
Day 3 : Vienna
Day 4 : Esztergom | Budapest
Day 5 : Budapest
Day 6 : Budapest | Disembark


  • Explore the Benedictine Melk Abbey, located in a hill overlooking the Danube
  • Enjoy a free afternoon in the picturesque village of Durnstein
  • Drop anchor and tour the illuminated sights of Vienna
  • Set off on a sightseeing tour of Budapest, a city crossed by the Danube


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Night in Vienna. Saint Stephens Cathedral in Vienna Basilica Budapest, Hungary Basilica Budapest Parliament Building at night, Budapest

Day 1 Passau | Embark

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 4:00 PM in Passau. After comfortably settling into your cabins, enjoy a welcome cocktail with the crew before dinner. Begin to cruise towards the beautiful region of Engelhartszell.

Day 2 Melk | Durnstein | Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit the Melk Abbey. Return to the ship in the morning and cruise on to Dürnstein. Enjoy some free time exploring this picturesque village, and its Baroque-style church—the most famous in the Wachau region thanks to the legend of King Richard the Lionheart. Return on board in the afternoon before cruising on to Vienna. After your arrival, there are excursion options:

CLASSIC: Tour the illuminated sights of Vienna.
DISCOVERY (with a supplement): Come to the lounge and learn to waltz with traditionally costumed dancers.

Day 3 Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Excursions proposed:

CLASSIC: Visit Schoenbrunn Palace.
DISCOVERY (with a supplement): the high art of Viennese living: Music and Viennese cafes.

Enjoy a free afternoon to explore this marvelous city at your own pace or take part in your excursion (not included in either package): Horse-drawn carriage ride though Vienna. Return to the ship and cruise to Budapest, passing Bratislava on the way. Tonight is your festival gala evening.

Day 4 Esztergom | Budapest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today join a free visit of Esztergom. The city was the former capital of Hungary, under the reign of the Arpad kings. It is still a prominent town as it is the seat of the Hungarian archbishops. Esztergom is full of treasures with its neo-classic basilica and former Royal Palace. Depart for Budapest arriving in the evening. Get off the ship and visit Budapest by night.

Day 5 Budapest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a day on your own or join the excursions proposed:

CLASSIC: Guided tour of the city.
DISCOVERY (with a supplement): Budapest by bike.

In the afternoon, you may choose to take part in an excursion to discover the Gellert Baths and Spa (not included in either package). After dinner on board, enjoy another free evening on your own or join us for an evening of traditional dancing in the city.

Day 6 Budapest | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy one last breakfast on board before disembarking in the morning.

MS Vivaldi

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Main Deck Cabins.
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Main Deck
26 cabins (18 twins, 8 double cabins) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, safe. Cabin size: 140 sq. ft.
Middle Deck Cabins.
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Middle Deck
21 cabins (12 twins, 8 double cabins, 1 cabin equipped for disabled with double bed). All cabins are equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, safe. Cabin size: 140 sq. ft.
Upper Deck Cabins.
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Upper Deck
41 cabins (39 twins, 2 double cabins) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, safe. Cabin size: 140 sq. ft.


20% discount on children between 2-10 years
30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin

For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary. 

This offer includes :
-Your cruise with all meals from lunch the D1 to breakfast on D6
-Drinks including water, wine, beer, fruit juices and coffee served during meals on board, drinks served at the bar (excluding champagne and wines on the wine list)
-Double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
-The classic excursions mentioned in the program
-Onboard entertainment
-Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
-Welcome cocktail
-The gala dinner and evening
-Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
-Port fees

This offer does not include :
-Drinks on the wine list, champagne at the bar, drinks served during excursions or transfers
-Cancellation and baggage insurance
-Supplement for the discovery package
-Personal expenses

Valid passport compulsory. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate. Please note: Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the last day of your travels.
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