Why should I choose a river cruise?
There are many great reasons to choose a river cruise. First of all, since you'll be staying on a boat, your hotel literally floats along the river with you, meaning you don't have to pack and unpack every time you visit a new city. Also, the packages are all-inclusive, so once you've paid for your cruise, all of the tours, activities, lodging, and meals are included. Some cruises even offer free bicycle rental. And you won't waste any time on buses or trains traveling from one city to the next since the cruises take advantage of meal times and nights to do the long distances.
What should I look for on a riverboat?
Every one of our hand-selected river vessels
that visit Budapest and other eastern European destinations guarantee comfort, style, and a knowledgeable and friendly crew. You can also expect a panoramic sun deck from which you can enjoy the incredible vistas of the Danube River. Cabins range from comfortable to luxurious, and each vessel has at least one ample dining area and bar. Some of the finer vessels might even feature an exercise room, pool, or spa. It's worth noting that while none of the boats are quite 5-stars, they do offer plenty of space and comfort for the journey.
Why aren't there any five-star river vessels?
River cruises throughout Europe are a relatively new trend, so the design of riverboats and what they are able to offer is developing more each year. The size constrictios of river vessels limit the number of amenitites like multiple dining areas, casinos, or other things that larger ships can offer. However, there are a number of truly elegant vessels that combine comfort and style.
Should I get a room with a balcony?
On your cruise through Budapest, some folks feel that they are necessary to ge the most out of the experience, and if you are one of them, then go for it. Otherwise, consider the alternative of floor to ceiling windows, sliding glass doors, or large portrait windows that open. This will save you hundreds of dollars and it could also save you valuable floorspace that would otherwise be sacrificed to the balcony. Don't worry, you can still get the fantastic panoramic views from the sun deck.
What is dining like?
You will enjoy gourmet local delicacies prepared by skilled local chefs that are familiar with the best Hungarian plates.
Do river cruises ever visit destinations that aren't on the river?
Yep! It's possible that your cruise will feature a few destinations in the Hungarian countryside, so you will be taken from Budapest to these more isolated visitor sites via a luxury coach.
Will my vessel have WiFi?
It's possible, but don't count on it. While some vessels have free WiFi, some vessels charge for it, and others simply don’t have it. Hotspots in various cities might be available, but you will likely be out of range for up to several days at a time.
What kind of power outlets are there? Will I need a converter?
Even though the voltage in Europe is 220v compared to the 110v power in North America, most devices can handle both. You will, however, need plug adapters to connect to either the two round prongs throughout Europe or the three flat prongs in Great Britain. Wrap tape around the plugs before you plug them in so that you don't leave your adapters in the outlet wen you take your device out.
How can I save money on a river cruise?
AVOID getting a cheaper room just to save money, because the savings will usually not be that significant and your overall experience might be worse. INSTEAD check our deals page
for your destination or let us know which cruises interest you and we'll keep you posted on any promotions.
Are river cruises in Budapest a good family vacation?
Sure! There are a number of active tour options in Hungary to make this an engaging family vacation. Check out our family travel article for more information.
Do Americans and Canadians need a passport and visa to travel to Budapest?
All citizens of North America traveling to Europe need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months. In recent years, it has not been necessary to apply for a visa before traveling to Europe if you plan to stay less than three months, however, this situation may change in the future. See current European visa requirements