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River Cruise
River Cruise

Belgrade to Stately Vienna

Belgrade to Stately Vienna

The Danube

  • A car with a tick VIP on selected river cruises
  • A glass of wine All Inclusive

Admire the natural beauty of the lower Danube

Join our newest ship Spirit of the Danube to cruise through the dramatic scenery of the Danube from Belgrade to Vienna.

Explore the folk traditions of Mohács, take an optional trip into the Great Hungarian Plain and see Melk’s baroque abbey before setting off on included sightseeing tours of Bratislava and Vienna.


A car with a tickVIP door-to-door travel service from anywhere on the UK mainland

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Dinner plate20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

CocktailFree bar open 15 hours a day on the ship

CocktailWine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board the ship

PersonCruise Host


  • Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • All gratuities on board
  • Return flights and transfers

MapIncluded excursions

  • Mohács walking tour
  • Bratislava city tour
  • Vienna city tour OR Vienna culinary walking tour

The free bar, open from 9am to midnight, serves non-branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

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29/06/2022 UK to Belgrade

Belgrade on the banks of the Sava River

Fly to Belgrade and embark Spirit of the Danube. Enjoy dinner on board this evening.

Belgrade Serbia Europe

30/06/2022 Vukovar

Vukovar water tower alongside the Danube

Arrive in Vukovar, the largest Croatian town and river port on the Danube, during lunch.

Vukovar was a thriving town before the Yugoslav War and its unscathed belle époque architecture can be compared with shell-scarred buildings preserved in memoriam, during your visit here.

Set sail later this afternoon.

Vukovar Vukovar-Syrmia Croatia Europe

01/07/2022 Mohács

The Air Battle Memorial Church, Mohács

Early this morning arrive in Mohács, an important port of call for Danube traffic for many centuries.

You can disembark to join an included walking tour of Mohács or to spend the morning and afternoon on an optional full-day excursion into the Hungarian plains where you can see a demonstration of traditional Hungarian horsemanship by local Magyar cowboys.

Your ship continues to Kalocsa pausing briefly for excursion participants to rejoin before sailing again this evening and cruising overnight.

Mohacs Hungary Europe

02/07/2022 Esztergom

Esztergom basilica, Hungary

Arrive during breakfast and this morning you can explore independently at leisure or perhaps join an optional tour to discover the town’s highlights and the artistic community of Szentendre.

Sail on over lunch and cruise through the remainder of the day and overnight.

Esztergom Hungary Europe

03/07/2022 Bratislava 🎧

Bratislava, Slovakia

This morning you arrive in Slovakia's capital, Bratislava.

Spend an enjoyable day exploring the city’s old quarter, overlooked by the vast rectangular castle, and admiring the Habsburg architecture, during an included morning city tour. Stroll through ancient cobbled streets to Bratislava Castle for a bird’s-eye view of the city. See the Gothic-style Cathedral, where 11 Kings of Hungary were crowned while Turks occupied their own capital.

This afternoon you can venture up the UFO observation tower to sample local beer on an optional excursion.

Before dinner set sail again, cruising overnight bound for Melk.

Bratislava Slovakia Europe

04/07/2022 Melk to Weissenkirchen 🎧

Benedictine Abbey above the town of Melk

Arrive after breakfast to explore the historic town of Melk, a charming medley of architectural styles from across the centuries.

Its jewel is the abbey which sits on a bluff above the town. This masterpiece of baroque architecture, with a lavishly decorated interior contains innumerable artistic treasures and can be visited on an optional tour.

At lunchtime you'll cruise along the Danube to Weissenkirchen where an optional walking tour and wine tasting excursion is available.

Set sail late tonight and cruise towards the Austrian border.

Weissenkirchen Austria Europe

05/07/2022 Vienna 🎧

Vienna from top of the Stephansdom Cathedral

Before breakfast arrive in Vienna. This morning you can embark on an included tour of this dynamic city – steeped in imperial and musical history – including a drive around the Ringstrasse, encircling the old city, or perhaps opt for an included culinary walking tour instead. This afternoon an optional excursion visits grand Schönbrunn Palace.

After dinner on board you may choose to spend the final evening of your holiday in style by attending an optional performance of music by Mozart and Strauss in one of the great formal concert houses of Imperial Vienna.

Vienna Austria Europe

06/07/2022 Vienna to UK

Disembark after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Vukovar and the Ovcara Memorial

Vukovar was the site of one of the biggest battles of the Yugoslav War and many shell-scarred buildings have been deliberately preserved as a memorial. Pre-war architecture can be seen in the historic city centre with its baroque arches and classical buildings. High above the Danube, the city is dominated by the Franciscan Monastery and the Saint Philip and Jacob Church.

You’ll also visit the Ovcara Memorial, dedicated to those who died in the tragic Vukovar Hospital massacre in 1991.

Walking Grade 3

3 hours
A war damaged water tower in Vukovar
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Kalocsa and Puszta

Discover traditional Hungary during this fascinating full-day excursion into the Puszta or Great Hungarian Plain. In this historic home of gulyas - cattle herdsmen, csikos - horsemen, and Hungarian Roma, the cattle, horses, sheep and buffalo roam free, controlled only by skilled riders. You'll be treated to astonishing displays of horsemanship that date back centuries, where the necessity for horses to lie down on command ensured survival in times of war.

Afterwards you will have an opportunity to ride in a horse-drawn carriage, and be offered a nip of local brandy and savoury scones. Refreshments are included. Later continue to Kalocsa and find out more about the Hungarian way of life with a visit to the Folk Art House to see wall and furniture painting in a former peasant’s cottage. You’ll also enjoy lunch and learn about the significance of the favourite regional spice with a visit to the Paprika Museum.

Walking Grade 2

Full day
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary


Join a visit to the charming artists’ village of Szentendre, where the cobbled streets brim with fine galleries and museums – including one dedicated to Hungary’s celebrated ceramics artist, Margit Kovács.

After the tour you’ll have some free time to explore at leisure.

Walking Grade 3

4 hours 30 minutes
The artist's quarter of Szentendre in Hungary
Szentendre Hungary Europe
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Bratislava UFO Beer Tasting

Get your camera ready as you travel up the UFO-shaped rounded dome on the bridge. The 45 second elevator ride will take you 95 meters high with a visibility of around 100 kilometres.

See these views zoomed in by using the free telescope available to you at the top for clearer, picturesque views.

After viewing the river and the incredible, whole city below, relax and taste 4 various local non pasteurised beers from small Slovak breweries.

Walking Grade 1

2 hours
The UFO Bridge, Bratislava
Bratislava Slovakia Europe
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Melk Abbey

Set in a beautiful position overlooking the Danube River, the wonderfully ornate Melk Abbey is a masterpiece of high baroque architecture. The exterior is an imposing and majestic sight with symmetrical towers and a large octagonal dome; the interior is lavishly decorated and contains innumerable artistic treasures.

After visiting the abbey, you can enjoy some free time in the beautiful garden, before returning to the ship.

Walking Grade 3

2 hours 30 minutes
Melk Abbey
Melk Abbey Melk Austria Europe
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Weissenkirchen Walking Tour and Wine Tasting

Walk from your ship into the traditional wine village of Weissenkirchen, which is surrounded by historic vineyards. You’ll see the Gothic church and Renaissance courtyard Teisenhoferhof before visiting a winery to sample locally produced wine.

Walking Grade 3

2 hours
Weissenkirchen, Austria
Weissenkirchen Austria Europe
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Schönbrunn Palace

The Imperial Summer Palace of the Hapsburgs was the centre of royal life in the 18th century.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is bursting with fine examples of the decorative arts. Discover riches such as the Millions Room, panelled in rosewood with Persian miniature watercolours and the Hall of Mirrors where Mozart played a recital for Maria Theresa.

There is a short amount of time to get ready and have dinner if booking both Schönbrunn Palace and the Vienna Evening Concert.

Walking Grade 3

4 hours
The gardens at Schonbrunn Palace
Schonbrunn Palace Vienna Austria Europe
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

🎧 Interactive maps and headsets available for exploring independently in Bratislava, Melk and Vienna.

Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.

Walking Grades

1 – Walking at your own discretion. For example, on panoramic coach tours when the only walking is at photo stops.

2 – Minimal walking. Up to approximately 1,640 feet (500 metres) on mainly flat terrain.

3 – Moderate walking. Between 1,640-4,920 feet (500-1500 metres) over mixed terrain with the possibility of some steps.

4 – Considerable walking. More than 4,920 feet (1500 metres) over uneven terrain with many steps.

5 – Strenuous walking. Long distances over rough terrain with climbing, steps and trekking.


Belgrade to Stately Vienna

The Danube