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Delightful Danube: Vilshofen to Budapest

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Board the Crystal Ravel for this delightful 8-day Danube River cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest. Tour the ornate baroque Benedictine monastery in Melk, and wander the picturesque cobblestone streets of Durnstein as you cruise through the scenic Wachau valley. Spend time strolling through the historic streets of Vienna, home to countless legendary composers, distinctive architecture, and the spectacular art collections of the Habsburg Empire. Your journey concludes with two days in beautiful Budapest, Hungary's enchanting capital city.
A view over the cultural hub of ViennaChurch of St. Francis of Assissi in ViennaMisty morning skyline of Linz, AustriaVisit the ornately decorated Melk AbbeyExplore the charming Austrian town of Linz
  • Explore magnificent Linz
  • View the St. Stephen’s Cathedral at Passau
  • Visit Melk Abbey, a Baroque Benedictine monastery
  • Tour Vienna, a historic center of arts and culture
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Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Vilshofen, Germany | Embark

A skyline graced by the spire of a historic church and the arch of a more modern bridge reveals the essence of Vilshofen’s appeal. Here is where three rivers meet – the Vils, Wolfach and Danube. Enjoy cycling expeditions on pretty paths and hikes in the neighboring Bavarian forest. Board your ship this afternoon and set off on your Danube River journey. 

Day 2: 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 3: 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 4: Wachau Valley | Melk | Durnstein

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, cruise the Scenic Danube 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.

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. Durnstein's beauty is enhanced by the 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.

Day 5-6: Vienna, Austria

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Once the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, forever known for its manicured gardens and 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 historic European culture.

Day 7-8: Budapest, Hungary | Disembark

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 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.

Next morning, after breakfast, disembark at Budapest.


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

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  • 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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  • Sightseeing or meals ashore, taxes, gratuities
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