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Dazzling Danube Holiday: Budapest to Regensburg

Example 12 Day Cruise aboard Crystal Ravel
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Board the Crystal Ravel for this Dazzling Danube Holiday cruise from Budapest to Regensburg. Over 12 days, visit enchanting Budapest with its magnificent architecture, explore historic Bratislava, a gem that stirs the imagination, and walk the streets of romantic Vienna. Discover storybook-beautiful Krems, the Benedictine monastery in Melk and the ancient medieval center of Linz. Wander the streets of Old Town, Passau and disembark at the riverside treasure of Regensburg.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Budapest, Hungary | Embark
Days 2-3 : Budapest, Hungary
Day 4 : Bratislava, Slovakia
Days 5-6 : Vienna, Austria
Day 7 : Krems | Melk, Austria
Day 8 : Linz, Austria
Day 9 : Passau, Germany
Days 10-11 : Regensburg, Germany
Day 12 : Regensburg, Germany | Disembark


  • See the highlights of Castle Hill in Budapest
  • Explore the museums, cathedrals and palaces of historic Bratislava
  • Gaze upon arched bridges in the vibrant hub of Passau
  • Visit the traveler's favorite of the flourishing city of Regensburg


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Panoramic view of Budapest cityscape Morning light in Budapest Discover the art and culture of Vienna Johann Strauss statue, Vienna Visit charming Passau

Day 1 Budapest, Hungary | Embark

Board the Crystal Ravel at the port of Budapest and embark on your Danube holiday adventure.

Day 2-3 Budapest, Hungary

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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 4 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 5-6 Vienna, Austria

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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 7 Krems | Melk, 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.

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 8 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 9 Passau, Germany

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, Passau is also situated at a meeting of cultures. The town began as a Roman settlement, enjoying the rising tide of influence as the largest bishopric in the Holy Roman Empire and enduringly vibrant as a hub for various trade pursuits, including salt, swords and ideas. Wander the cobbled streets of Old Town, gaze upon arched bridges and Italianate manses and visit magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral and New Bishop’s Residence.

Day 10-11 Regensburg, Germany

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Situated at the northernmost bend of the Danube and boasting a well-preserved medieval center, charming Regensburg finds itself not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but also a traveler’s favorite destination. With its 1,400 or so ancient buildings standing as a regal testament to days gone by, this riverside treasure, complete with the elaborate cathedral, quintessential clock tower, multi-arched bridge, and multi-faceted personality, is a flourishing city.

Day 12 Regensburg, Germany | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast aboard the Crystal Ravel, disembark at the port of Regensburg.

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Cruise Savings
Discounted fares and additional savings may be available. These may include:
Past traveler discounts for returning passengers
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Applies to all departures

Capacity-Controlled Rates
Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may fluctuate at any time and subject to change without notice.
Please contact us for more details and current pricing.

Flexible New Booking Policy
For new bookings from March 9, 2020, forward pay a reduced deposit and cancel up to 7 days prior to departure and receive full credit toward a future voyage. Contact us for more details. Some restrictions may apply.
Applies to all departures up to Dec 31, 2020

Reduced Deposit & Waived Admin Fees
Easy Book Savings - Book by June 30, 2020 and pay reduced deposit of 20% (normally 30%) along with a waived administration fee (for a refund request). For new bookings after May 15, 2020 only. Contact us for more details.
Applies to all 2021/2022/2023 departures

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188 sqft. King-size bed or two twin beds, adjustable dining table, writing desk, vanity, and 40” flat-screen HD TV. Butler service is provided.
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237 sqft. King-size bed or two twin beds, full-length mirror, writing desk, vanity, and flat-screen HD TV. Butler service is provided.
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253 sqft. Supreme comfort king-size bed with fine Egyptian cotton linens. Butler service is provided.
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253 sqft. Supreme comfort king-size bed with fine Egyptian cotton linens. Butler service is provided.
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506 sqft. The master bedroom features a large king-size bed facing the panoramic balcony-window, walk-in closet, flat-screen HD TV, fine Egyptian linens. Butler service is provided.
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Crystal Suite (CS)
759 sqft. Two lavish bedrooms each feature king-size beds, fine Egyptian linens, large flat-screen HD TVs, spacious closets, and expansive panoramic balcony-windows. Nightstands include charging pads and USB outlets. Butler service is provided.


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, and 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
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  • 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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