Esztergom, Hungary - a view from Danube River
Esztergom, Hungary - a view from Danube River

Enchanting Danube River Cruise

9 nights from $3,395 per person


The fabled Danube River flows for thousands of miles through the heart of Europe, and this week-long five-star river cruise is the perfect way to see the stunning sights on its central section. Beginning in Budapest and ending in Passau you will journey through four countries, discover four UNESCO World Heritage Sites and enjoy myriad excursions from castles to vineyards.

Your cruise will be on board the Super Ship Maria Theresa, where you can relax in your luxurious river view stateroom  and enjoy all your meals plus unlimited drinks including special Welcome and Farewell Dinners with Captains Reception. The ship sleeps a maximum of 150 guests, with a crew of 58.

This cruise runs from Sunday to Sunday from March through to October (Uniworld).


  • All excursions are included on this river cruise and they have been curated so that you enjoy truly special experiences, such as…
  • A private Mozart and Strauss concert - enjoy an evening of chamber music performed by some of Vienna’s world-class professionals in a historic and intimate concert venue.
  • A walking tour of Budapest savouring local beers and savouries en route, such as delicious strudel
  • A full day tour of Salzburg with Sound of Music
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners using locally sourced ingredients are included during this 7-night cruise, including special Welcome and Farewell Dinners, with Captains Reception. Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water.

Whats included?
  • Accommodation
  • Dedicated Tour Manager
  • Selected excursions & meals
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact center
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Day 1

Fly to Budapest and embarkation

Arrive at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport and transfer to the ship*. Unpack, relax and enjoy your first evening onboard.

Day 2


After a delicious breakfast you can choose between enjoying a walking tour of Budapest sampling local delicacies or a panoramic drive through the city to see the he neo-Renaissance buildings of Andrassy Avenue, Heroes' Square, the Franz Liszt Memorial House, the House of Terror, City Park and the Castle District, before leaving the coach and discovering the Opera House on a private tour. This evening enjoy a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner.

Day 3

Bratislava - Vienna

Your ship sets sail from Bratislava later this morning and heads for Vienna. You may relax onboard all day, perhaps enjoying a drink on the Sun Deck and taking in the scenery as the ship wends its way along the Danube Bend. When you arrive in Vienna, you’ll cap off your day with a private concert of Mozart and Strauss at a stunning Viennese palace.

Day 4


After breakfast you will head straight out to the Vienna Art History Museum where the doors will have been opened especially early for you to enjoy a private tour. You can then choose between an Imperial City Highlights tour or a tour to discover Vienna’s music and composers. You will then have leisure time to explore Vienna on your own.

Day 5

Dürnstein to Melk

Dürnstein is a lovely place to wander the cobbled lanes, browse quaint shops and maybe hike up to a ruined castle which has an intriguing tale all its own. You can also opt for a tasting or learn all about the world’s costliest spice from the Wachau Valley’s only saffron grower. Later, visit the 900-year-old Melk Abbey and its extraordinary baroque-style library. You have two ports of call in the incredibly scenic valley, Dürnstein and Melk, and an assortment of delightful ways to explore this lovely region.

Day 6

Linz – Choice of Linz or Salzburg tour

Linz may be best known for its famous Linzer torte, but it’s real importance is in the arts. See the sights with a local expert and visit a family at their farm in the countryside. Austria’s third-largest city, Linz boasts a long history of trading and textile manufacturing, but these days it is perhaps best known for its electronic arts and annual festival. Or choose a full day excursion to Salzburg – city of the Sound of Music and Mozart’s birthplace of Salzburg,  nestled in a glorious alpine setting.

Day 7


Passau is a crossroads in more ways than one, as three rivers meet here and three nations nearly do, making for a fascinating cultural mosaic. Get to know the town and its main claim to fame—Europe’s largest pipe organ—or enjoy an invigorating riverside hike or bike ride. In the evening, a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

Day 8

Passau – disembarkation

Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport*.

* Transfers must be booked separately at an extra charge

  • Return flights to Budapest
  • A Classic Riverview Stateroom
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners, including special Welcome and Farewell Dinners, with Captains Reception. Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water.
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • 6 days of excursions
  • Use of bikes and Nordic walking sticks throughout your cruise

Whats not included

  • Airport transfers

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