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Explore Danube River on a small ship cruise with Adventure Life. We work with all the top-rated small ship cruise lines visiting Budapest, Passau, Nuremberg, Bratislava, and Regensburg, and we help match you with the perfect small ship and cruise itinerary for your specific tastes and needs. There are countless advantages to visiting Danube River on a small ship cruise versus a large cruise ship including avoiding crowds and being able to visit and explore smaller ports and scenic shorelines that large ships simply cannot access.  The cost of small ship cruises to Danube River start at $2,199 for a trip of 6 to 22 days in 2022. Tell us about your dream small ship cruise to Danube River and our team of Danube River travel experts will help you make it a reality.  
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Enjoy a quiet moment on the banks of the Danube
$4,195
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Gems of the Danube

8 Day Itinerary aboard Scenic Amber
  • Explore historic Nuremberg
  • Stroll through Regensburg
  • Visit the city of Cesky Krumlov
  • Tour Schönbrunn Palace
Starts/ Ends in:
Nuremberg / Budapest
Activities:
River Cruises, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore historic Nuremberg, Germany before boarding your 5-star luxury river cruise ship and embarking on your adventure. Cruise the Danube, making stops in some of the most beautiful cities of central Europe. Explore castles and gardens near Salzburg, join a beer or wine tasting in Regensburg, and …
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Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest, Hungary
$3,499
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Christmas Markets on the Danube - Cruise Only

Budapest to Vilshofen - 8 Day Itinerary aboard MS Amasonata
  • Sail a special Illuminations Cruise
  • Visit Vörösmarty Square
  • Tour the illuminated Rathaus
  • Join a guided bike tour
Starts/ Ends in:
Budapest / Vilshofen
Activities:
Christmas Market, Small Ship Cruise
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Few events are awaited with as much anticipation as Europe’s Christmas Markets. Be spellbound by Europe's Christmas Markets. In Linz, marvel at the small clay figurines representing the people of a typical village—the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker; and while in …
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Enjoy a cozy Christmas market with loved ones
$3,995
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Danube Christmas Markets

8 Day Itinerary aboard Scenic Amber
  • Explore Thurn und Taxis Palace
  • Explore the city of Cesky Krumlov
  • Visit's Melk’s Benedictine Abbey
  • Learn Jewish history in Budapest
Starts/ Ends in:
Nuremberg / Budapest
Activities:
Christmas Market, River Cruise, Small Ship Cruise
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Revel in the spirit of Christmas on an 8-day magical Danube river cruise. Board your luxurious ship in Nuremberg, after exploring the markets of this charming Bavarian city. Cruise to historic Regensburg and explore the picturesquePalais Thurn und Taxis. Wander the sparkling streets ofVienna, with …
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Visit historic Nuremberg
$2,970
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Christmastime on the Danube (Westbound)

7 Day Itinerary aboard Avalon Passion
  • Uncover the wonder of Wachau Valley
  • Visit the Benedictine Abbey in Melk
  • Enjoy walking in Regensburg
  • Explore Nuremberg
Starts/ Ends in:
Vienna / Nuremberg
Activities:
Christmas Market, River Cruise, Small Ship Cruise
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This Christmastime river cruise begins in Austria’s magical capital of Vienna, home to the sounds of Mozart and Strauss, the Vienna Boys’ Choir, and the Spanish Riding School. See the famous sights with a Local Guide, or opt to go on a culinary tour through the Christmas markets to get …
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Christmas Market in Prague
$4,959
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Christmas Markets on the Danube

13 Day Itinerary aboard MS Amabella
  • Tour Budapest's famous buildings
  • Admire Vienna's landmarks
  • Visit beloved Christmas markets
  • Discover Prague's history
Starts/ Ends in:
Budapest / Prague
Activities:
Christmas Market, River Cruise, Small Ship Cruise
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a 13-day Christmas adventure like no other and fall in love with the European holiday season. Spend two days in Budapest before joining the MS Amabella and cruising through the charming region where many of today’s most beloved Christmas traditions originated. Experience several …
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Enjoy this beautiful basilica while traveling through Europe
$6,198
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Grand Danube Cruise - Cruise Only

15 Day Itinerary aboard MS Amaverde
  • Visit the Austrian Lake District
  • Savor Vienna's Baroque elegance
  • Discover Bratislava's heritage
  • Explore the Puszta region
Activities:
River Cruise, Small Ship Cruise
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Celebrate the beauty and history of the Danube, Europe's second largest river. Journey from Nuremberg across the Continental Divide, and along the way visit charming towns and marvel at beautiful vistas. Enter Austria and cruise along the Wachau wine region. Visit three grand old capitals, …
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Historic Nuremberg
$5,495
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Gems of the Danube with Prague

11 Day Itinerary aboard Scenic Crystal
  • Enjoy your visit in Prague
  • Explore the city of Cesky Krumlov
  • Visit's Melk’s Benedictine Abbey
  • Discover the historic Bratislava
Starts/ Ends in:
Prague / Budapest
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Urban Exploration, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on the Scenic Crystal and let it take you to destinations that will surely surprise and delight you. Start with a three-night hotel stay in Prague to experience the wonder of this magnificent city, then travel to Nuremberg to embark on your 5-star luxury river cruise. Explore Vienna, with …
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Column on Hauptplatz in Linz
$3,399
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Christmas Markets on the Danube - Cruise Only

8 Day Itinerary aboard MS Amabella
  • Explore historic Melk
  • Sightsee in Passau
  • Visit Vienna's landmarks
  • Tour Budapest
Starts/ Ends in:
Budapest / Vilshofen
Activities:
Christmas Market, River Cruise, Small Ship Cruise
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Feel the old-world charm and unique traditions in each town along the wayas you stroll the expansive markets for souvenirs, lifted along by the sweet and savory smells of the fresh food and local flavors. Enjoy a holiday like no other! Board the MS Amabella in Budapest and cruise eight days through …
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Discover the history of Belgrade
$5,045
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Black Sea Explorer

8 Day Itinerary aboard Scenic Jade
  • Explore the villages in Svishtov
  • Marvel at the Iron Gates
  • Bike through Osijek’s countryside
  • Enjoy a horse show in Kalocsa
Starts/ Ends in:
Budapest / Bucharest
Activities:
River Cruise, Small Ship Cruise
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board your luxurious ship to cruise the Danube through Eastern Europe to the Black Sea. Begin your adventure in Budapest, regarded by many as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, then journey through unspoiled lands, where lush landscapes are punctuated periodically by towns and cities that …
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The famous windmills of Mykonos
$8,885
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Mykonos, Gallipoli & Essence of the Black Sea

15 Day Itinerary aboard Emerald Azzurra
  • Discover Bartin and Amasra
  • Explore Sochi, Russia
  • Visit the Botanical Gardens
  • Tour Istanbul on a bike
Starts/ Ends in:
Athens / Istanbul
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Biking, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 15-day exploration begins in the historic capital of Athens, with a stop in Mykonos to see the whitewashed windmills. Following that, tour Canakkale Province, which is known for its tranquil beaches, unique local cuisine, and historic battlegrounds. Also, take advantage of the famed abundance …
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A quiet autumn morning in Bratislava
$8,498
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Grand Danube Cruise with Prague

22 Day Itinerary aboard MS Amabella
  • Explore Prague's historic sites
  • Visit Vienna's city center
  • See Hungarian horsemanship
  • Cruise through the Iron Gates
Starts/ Ends in:
Prague / Bucharest
Activities:
Land & Sea, River Cruise, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Begin your European river journey with three nights in Prague before embarking on MS. Voyage through the scenic wine-growing region of the Wachau Valley before visiting the spectacular Melk Abbey. Expertly guided tours show you the highlights of Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest, the birthplace of …
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Parliament Building, Budapest
$8,298
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Grand Danube Cruise with Prague

22 Day Itinerary aboard MS Amaverde
  • Cruise through the Iron Gates
  • Visit Vienna's city center
  • Enjoy local wine and food
  • Tour Bran Castle
Starts/ Ends in:
Prague / Bucharest
Activities:
River Cruise, Small Ship Cruise, Urban Exploration, Village Visit
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience its magic yourself, beginning with a 3-night stay in Prague before embarking upon your Danube river cruise. Savor Wachau Valley wine, embrace the elegance and history of Vienna and Budapest, and traverse the legendary passage known as the Iron Gates. Disembark in Rousse, Bulgaria, and …
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Stroll along the canals of Dusseldorf
$3,695
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Treasures of the Rhine

8 Day Itinerary aboard Scenic Jewel
  • Visit the old town of Bamberg
  • Enjoy cable car ride in Rüdesheim
  • Enjoy Amsterdam’s canals
  • Visit the amazing city of Würzburg
Starts/ Ends in:
Nuremberg / Amsterdam
Activities:
River Cruises, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Your wonderful river cruise begins with a tour of Bavaria, beginning in the picturesque city of Nuremberg, where Scenic Freechoice invites you to explore the city’s medieval architecture with an expert and to visit the moving sites of WWII. This incredible journey ends in the cosmopolitan …
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Visit historic Nuremberg
$2,199
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The Heart of Germany

6 Day Itinerary aboard Avalon Imagery II
  • Be amazed in the beautiful villages
  • Travel to Bavaria’s wine-production
  • Enjoy your town visit in Volkach
  • Visit the Romanesque Cathedral
Starts/ Ends in:
Nuremberg / Frankfurt
Activities:
River Cruise, Small Ship Cruise
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Your cruise through Germany is one of a kind. Cruise through Germany from Nuremberg on the Main River cruise portion to beautiful Bamberg. Take a guided tour of the quaint town of Volkach and its half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets, then visit Bavaria’s largest wine-producing region …
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Evening light over Nuremberg
$2,199
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Festive Season in the Heart of Germany

6 Day Itinerary aboard Avalon Tranquility II
  • Enjoy your town visit in Volkach
  • Visit the Romanesque Cathedral.
  • Be amazed in the beautiful villages
  • Travel to Bavaria’s wine-production
Starts/ Ends in:
Nuremberg / Frankfurt
Activities:
River Cruise, Small Ship Cruise
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Your cruise through Germany is one of a kind. Cruise through Germany from Nuremberg on the Main River cruise portion to beautiful Bamberg. Take a guided tour of the quaint town of Volkach and its half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets, then visit Bavaria’s largest wine-producing region …
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