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Danube river cruises

Discover elegant cities and majestic scenery during a Danube River cruise

Rising in the Black Forest mountains of Germany, the Danube flows through the heart of Europe, to its mouth on the Black Sea. It was once the frontier of the Roman Empire and many historic cities grace its banks.

The Danube River connects some of Europe’s greatest cities, such as Budapest, Prague, Vienna, Linz and Bratislava. The varied scenery along its course features protected wetland plains, national parks listed by UNESCO, valleys and dramatic ravines, and more…

We offer a variety of excursions…

Step ashore and immerse yourself in these unique river cruise experiences.

Equestrian statue of Ludwig Andreas Khevenhüller in Vienna, Austria in evening light

Vienna Classical Evening Concert

Vienna is renowned for its opera houses and concert halls where regular musical performances take place. Therefore, a trip to Vienna would not be complete without an after-dinner concert of Viennese music. Travel to Palace Auersperg, or one of Vienna’s other impressive palaces near the famous Ringstrasse. Enjoy the music of the Strauss family. The Chamber Orchestra will be accompanied in parts by an opera singer performing pieces such as “A Little Night Music”, “Papageno – Papagena” from “The Magic Flute” or “Ball Sirens” from “The Merry Widow”.

The streets of Budapest, Hungary

Budapest: A Tale of Two Cities

Enjoy a sightseeing coach tour taking in the most famous sights of Budapest, stopping briefly at the local Basilica. Your tour starts on the bustling Pest side of the city, passing the UNESCO-listed Andrássy Boulevard, lined by Neo-renaissance townhouses, and the Hungarian State Opera House. Continue past Heroes’ Square, with its unique stone statues which make up the Millennium Monument, and across Elisabeth Bridge. Enter the city’s Buda district, passing by Castle Hill. On arrival at St Stephen’s Basilica, there will be time to alight the coach and explore the grounds with a local guide.

Göttweig Abbey towering high above the Danube Valley, Austria

Göttweig Abbey and the Wachau Valley

A short bus ride takes you to the beautiful city centre of Krems. See the highlights of the old town on a guided walking tour. Enjoy some free time before continuing to Göttweig Abbey, which boasts a scenic setting overlooking the southern entrance to the Wachau Valley. Göttweig Abbey was founded in 1083 by the Bishop of Passau as a double monastery, it became a Benedictine monastery in 1094. It was newly built in its current baroque form in the early 18th century and today is home to around 40 monks, who live and work here. The ceiling fresco was painted in 1739 by Paul Troger. The monastery ́s art collection is exhibited in the adjoining former imperial apartments.

Belgrade fortress, Serbia

Belgrade city tour and the Kalemegdan Fortress

Travel to Belgrade’s Kalemegdan Fortress, set on a hill above the Danube River. Enjoy a walking tour – exploring the fortress and park grounds. Reboard your bus for a panoramic journey passing the Belgrade Orthodox Cathedral, the Town Hall and 20th-century parliament State Assembly. Continue along Knez Milos street to the residential quarter of ‘Dedinje’ and up to the ‘White House’, once the home of the Serbian ruler: Dynasty Karadjordjevic. Pass by Tito’s tomb in the House of Flowers Museum en route back to the city centre. Spot the famous Playground of both Red Star and Partisan before a panoramic visit to the orthodox St Sava Temple.

Why choose a Saga river cruise?

You can enjoy all-inclusive local drinks and dining on board, as well as on-board gratuities, Wi-Fi and travel insurance. We will even get you to and from the ship with our included return UK travel service. Plus, our ships are always exclusive to Saga guests.

A driver ready to pick up passengers outside a house, as part of our return UK travel service

Return UK travel service included on all river cruises

Our popular return UK travel service is the perfect way to get your trip on one of our Saga river cruise ships off to a great start, and it's included on all our river cruises.

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