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Cruise the Magnificent Danube River

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A river cruise on Europe’s longest waterway will be a unique and unforgettable experience. Beginning in the Black Forest in Germany, and travelling more than 2850km to the Black Sea it provides a plethora of river cruising pleasure. In the past, the Danube has been one of the most significant cultural and historic boundaries in Europe. In much earlier times, the Danube Basin was one of the earliest sites of human culture. In the times of the Roman Empire, it was an important trade route and formed the Northern Border of the Empire, a defensive line against the Barbarians in the north. Later, it aided the raise of the Austro Hungarian Empire by way of providing important trade routes and defensive points. Today it is still of tantamount importance for a variety of different reasons. It flows through many important and beautiful countries such as Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and the Ukraine. It is also the only river in the world to pass through 4 capital cities which are Budapest, Belgrade, Vienna and Bratislava. Along in length you can encounter remnants of over two thousand years of European history, along with a wide variety of food, architecture, history and languages. There are so many incredible cities and sights to be enjoyed on a Danube River Cruise. You could visit beautiful cities such as Munich, Vienna, Basel, Passau, Linz and Melk. You could also pass through Iron Gate. This incredible gorge in the Carpathian Mountains forms part of the boundary between Romania and Serbia and is one of the highlights on any Danube Cruise. When is the best time to visit? "In general the Danube is best experienced between May and September, when the days are longer and you can enjoy the stunning scenery which it has to offer." Our cruise expert - John Smith
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Harbours for Danube River, Europe

Budapest, Hungary
Budapest, Hungary
-46%
from$1,130
Budapest Cruises
Vienna, Austria
Vienna, Austria
-46%
from$717
Vienna Cruises
Wachau, Austria
Wachau, Austria
-4%
from$737
Wachau Cruises
Krems, Austria
Krems, Austria
-46%
from$970
Krems Cruises
Bratislava, Slovakia
Bratislava, Slovakia
-46%
from$717
Bratislava Cruises
Melk, Austria
Melk, Austria
-46%
from$970
Melk Cruises
Engelhartszell, Austria
Engelhartszell, Austria
-46%
from$717
Engelhartszell Cruises
Linz, Austria
Linz, Austria
-4%
from$717
Linz Cruises
Esztergom, Hungary
Esztergom, Hungary
-46%
from$1,130
Esztergom Cruises
Dürnstein, Austria
Dürnstein, Austria
from$1,490
Dürnstein Cruises

Travel Tips for Danube

Embark on an unforgettable journey through Europe’s heartland with a cruise along the enchanting Danube River. Exploring this historic waterway by ship offers a unique blend of comfort, convenience, and discovery, making it an ideal choice for travellers seeking to immerse themselves in the cultural tapestry of Central Europe.

Cities and Harbours to Explore

During your Danube River cruise, you’ll have the opportunity to visit a variety of captivating cities and charming harbours. Highlights include:

  • Vienna, Austria – Experience imperial grandeur and musical heritage in this elegant capital.
  • Budapest, Hungary – Discover the stunning architecture and thermal baths of this vibrant city divided by the Danube.
  • Bratislava, Slovakia – Wander through the medieval streets and enjoy panoramic views from its hilltop castle.
  • Passau, Germany – Marvel at the baroque architecture and visit the confluence of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers.

Top Cruise Companies and Ships

Leading cruise companies such as Viking River Cruises, AmaWaterways, and Uniworld offer exceptional itineraries along the Danube. Their luxurious ships provide comfort and style, ensuring a relaxing journey as you glide through picturesque landscapes and historic cities.

Unique Activities

Immerse yourself in the local culture with unique activities along the Danube, such as:

  • Attending a classical concert in Vienna, the city of Mozart and Strauss.
  • Exploring the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its vineyards and charming villages.
  • Sampling traditional Hungarian cuisine in Budapest’s lively markets.

Getting Around and Tourist Tips

Getting around Danube cities is convenient, with many attractions within walking distance of the ports. Be mindful of tourist traps and always check for local recommendations for authentic experiences.

Cost of Living

While on land, expect to pay moderate prices for food, drinks, and souvenirs in Danube cities. Budget-conscious travellers can find affordable dining options without sacrificing quality.

Fun Facts and Good to Know

Did you know that the Danube River flows through ten countries, making it Europe’s second-longest river? Its banks are steeped in history, having witnessed the rise and fall of empires over millennia.

Discover the magic of the Danube River on a cruise that promises both relaxation and cultural enrichment. Book your journey today and embark on an unforgettable adventure through Central Europe’s most iconic waterway.

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