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Danube River Cruises

Winding through the heart of Eastern Europe, the River Danube rises in Germany’s Black Forest and flows almost 1,900 miles to the Black Sea. It flows through ten countries, including Austria, Hungary, Serbia and Slovakia, whose elegant capital cities stand on its banks.

Our Danube river cruises offer a relaxed way of exploring the region, from pretty medieval towns dotted along the river bank, to spectacular gorges fringed by mountain ranges. The range of experiences along the ‘Blue Danube’ is varied, too – you could learn about Neolithic influences in Belgrade, sample wine from the dramatic Wachau Valley or admire the striking baroque architecture in Passau.

What we love about Danube river cruises...

  • Sipping wine from a Wachau Valley vineyard.
  • Indulging in a slice of chocolatey Austrian sachertorte.
  • Listening to a classical concert in a Viennese palace.
  • Stepping into Melk’s glorious baroque abbey.

What to expect along the Danube river...

Culture-filled capitals

The Danube flows through four capital cities: Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Belgrade. Cruises often call at two or three in one sailing, so you could be touring Vienna’s opulent Schönbrunn Palace one morning and gliding past Budapest’s illuminated Parliament Building a couple of evenings later.

History and heritage

The smaller towns and cities lining the Danube are rich in history. There’s baroque architecture in Passau, a ruined hilltop castle in Dürnstein, an imposing palace-turned-Benedictine abbey in Melk – and much more besides.

Scenic sailing

River cruises are the perfect way to see some of the Danube’s most beautiful scenery. Sail through the Wachau Valley, where rolling hills are neatly laid out with riesling vines; or the rugged Iron Gates gorge, with its forest-cloaked cliffs. At the eastern end of the river is the Danube Delta, a UNESCO-protected wetland that’s home to more than 300 bird species.


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Budapest

The Hungarian capital is a joy to explore. The city is split by the Danube, with hilly Buda to the West and the flatter Pest to the East. The iconic Hungarian Parliament Building – neo-Gothic in style and inspired by the British Houses of Parliament – opened in 1902 and is a must-see while you’re here. The poignant ‘Shoes on the Danube’ memorial is also well worth a visit.


Danube Delta

Danube Delta

Featuring on eastern Danube cruise itineraries, this UNESCO-listed area is one of Europe’s best-preserved wetlands. It’s a great place for wildlife-watching – keep your eyes peeled for herons, pelicans, cormorants, turtles, frogs and more.


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Melk

The pretty town of Melk is famous for its Benedictine abbey, an imposing 11th-century building that perches on a rocky outcrop. Originally a palace, it was presented to monks who turned it into a fortified abbey with an extensive library and a richly embellished church complete with frescoed dome.


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Vienna

Opulent Vienna is another highlight of many Danube river cruises. All of our exclusive river cruises that stop in Vienna include the opportunity to learn how to dance the Viennese waltz with a local teacher. We often also offer an optional excursion to a classical music concert at one of the city’s impressive palaces – a truly memorable evening.


For 2022, it’ll be MS River Discovery II that will be cruising the Danube. The ship offers generously sized cabins, two lounges, and a Captain’s Club on the upper deck where the roof slides back to offer a scenic al fresco experience. 

Each Danube river cruise offers excellent value for money – from VIP door-to-door transfers in the UK, to free-flowing wine and beer at lunch and dinner, and delicious onboard cuisine. Plus, it’s also easy to board our European river cruises – we offer you the option of flying from an airport that’s convenient for you, or free connecting flights to London covering up to £175pp.


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