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Danube Discovery and Vienna: To Vienna

The Danube

  • A car with a tick VIP on selected river cruises
  • A plate with a knife and fork Half board at hotel/Full board on ship

Sail along the Danube through Austria, Slovakia and Hungary before a three-night stay in Vienna

Discovering the towns and cities of the Danube couldn’t be easier as this scenic river cruise aboard our new ship Spirit of the Danube is combined with a three-night hotel stay in the heart of cultural Vienna. You’ll embark your ship in Budapest, where you’ll have a whole day to explore the city sights before cruising the Danube through Hungary, Slovakia and Austria, to Vienna. En route spend an enjoyable day in Bratislava where the charming old quarter is overlooked by a huge castle – perhaps visit Gödöllo Palace or the Lazar equestrian park horse farm. See historic Baroque architecture in Linz, discover why Passau has been nicknamed the ‘Venice of Bavaria’ and visit picturesque Dürnstein in the Wachau Valley.

Once in Vienna, where you spend three nights at the locally rated 4-star Imperial Riding School (4Q), you’ll enjoy either an included sightseeing tour or a culinary walking tour, an evening concert of works by Mozart and Strauss, and plenty of free time to explore independently.


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

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed7 nights Full Board aboard the ship, 3 nights Half Board in a hotel

Dinner plate26 meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 10 dinners

CocktailWine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on 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

  • Budapest city tour OR Budapest culinary walking tour
  • Bratislava city tour
  • Vienna city tour OR Vienna culinary walking tour
  • Vienna evening concert

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

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Day 1 Uk to Budapest

Budapest and the River Danube, Hungary

Fly to Hungary’s capital and embark Spirit of the Danube.

Enjoy a welcome cocktail reception and dinner on board this evening.

Budapest Hungary Europe

Day 2 Budapest 🎧

Hungarian Parliament and the Chain Bridge in Budapest, Hungary

Awake in Budapest for a full day and overnight mooring. An included city tour reveals the highlights, from UNESCO-listed Buda Castle on the west bank, to the Hungarian Parliament buildings in Pest on the east bank.

Alternatively join an included culinary walking tour to the First Strudel House and Central Market Hall. In the afternoon optional excursions are available to Gödöllo Palace or the Lazar equestrian park.

Budapest Hungary Europe

Day 3 Budapest to Esztergom to Bratislava 🎧

Esztergom basilica, Hungary

Depart very early, arriving in Esztergom before breakfast. Perhaps the most beautiful town on the Danube Bend, it’s home to Hungary's largest basilica, the dome of which can be seen for miles. An optional excursion explores the town and the artistic community of Szentendre.

Continue cruising to Bratislava, arriving early this evening.

Bratislava Slovakia Europe

Day 4 Bratislava 🎧

Bratislava, Slovakia

Spend the morning exploring the city’s old quarter on an included city tour beginning with a trip aboard the miniature city tourist train. See the highlights, including Bratislava Castle, before disembarking in the Old Town for a walking tour past the Archbishop’s Palace, St Martin’s Cathedral, the Market Square, Town Hall and more….

Continue sailing overnight towards Linz.

Bratislava Slovakia Europe

Day 5 Linz 🎧

Castle Square in Linz, Germany

This afternoon, perhaps join an optional tour of Linz, home of Linzer torte, said to be the world’s oldest cake recipe.

Depart late tonight and cruise overnight towards Passau.

Linz Austria Europe

Day 6 Passau 🎧

City of Passau, Germany

Arrive in Passau early this morning to explore the 'Venice of Bavaria', set where the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers meet. Perhaps join an optional walking tour of Passau or head to Salzburg for the day on another optional excursion.

Your ship departs late tonight.

Passau Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 7 Melk to Dürnstein 🎧

Ruins of Dürnstein castle, Austria

Spend the morning in Melk where you'll have the opportunity to visit the magnificent Benedictine abbey. This afternoon you’ll cruise into the beautiful Wachau Valley to visit picturesque Dürnstein, where an optional walking tour explores the town’s historic heart and includes an organ concert in the abbey.

Cruise through the night towards Vienna.

Dürnstein Austria Europe

Day 8 Dürnstein to Vienna 🎧

Townhall, Vienna

Today you’ll arrive in Vienna for a three-night stay at the locally rated 4-star Imperial Riding School Renaissance Hotel (4Q).

Your stay is on a half-board basis, with one dinner at a local restaurant and two dinners at the hotel. Set off to explore Vienna’s food and culture scene on an included culinary walking tour or choose to join an included half-day sightseeing tour around the Ringstrasse, taking in historic buildings such as the State Opera House.

Tonight, dine at the atmospheric Augustinerkeller restaurant, in one of the last monastery cellars of Vienna’s Old Town.

Day 9 Vienna

Famous Wiener Ringstrasse, Vienna

Spend the day at leisure in Vienna, or join an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace.

This evening, take in an included concert, with works by Mozart and Strauss.

Day 10 Vienna

Hofburg Palace, Vienna

Look forward to another day at leisure in Vienna, or perhaps join an optional morning trip into Vienna Woods.

Day 11 Vienna to UK

After breakfast travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Gödöllo Palace

The second largest baroque palace in the world, Gödöllo Palace was the former summer residence of Queen Elizabeth and Franz Joseph, Hapsburg Emperor and King of Hungary between 1867 and 1916. Gain an insight into the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the couple’s lavish lifestyle as you explore the interior, the Palace Theatre and gardens.

Walking Grade 2

Four hours
Godollo Palace, Hungary
  • Optional on 10 nights itinerary

Lazar Equestrian Park

Travel to the Lazar Equestrian Park, owned by the world champion horse and carriage drivers, the Lazar brothers. After refreshments enjoy a fascinating show demonstrating exceptional horsemanship. Afterwards, take a carriage ride around the park, followed by a walk through the yard to see local breeds of livestock and visit to the stables where the Lazar's champion horses are kept.

Walking Grade 1

Four hours
Hungarian horsemanship
  • Optional on 10 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

Four-and-a-half hours
Szentendre Hungary Europe
  • Optional on 10 nights itinerary

Passau city walk

A cultured city, Passau’s wealthy past is reflected in its many fine buildings, including the magnificent baroque St Stephen’s Cathedral and old and new Bishop’s Palaces. Enjoy a walking tour through the charming streets and the Danube’s riverside promenades.

Walking Grade 3

Two hours
Passau Bavaria Germany Europe
  • Optional on 10 nights itinerary


Travel by coach through stunning alpine scenery to the romantic and beautifully preserved city of Salzburg. Enjoy a guided walk through the old town and see the house where Mozart was born in 1756 – now a museum dedicated to his life and work. You’ll have free time to explore independently – perhaps head to film locations for ‘The Sound of Music’, such as the Mirabell Gardens and Residenzplatz Square.

Walking Grade 4

Full day
Salzburg Austria Europe
  • Optional on 10 nights itinerary

Melk Abbey

Set on a promontory overlooking the Danube, the wonderfully ornate Melk Abbey is a masterpiece of high baroque architecture. Work on the present monastery began in 1702. The imposing exterior features an octagonal dome and symmetrical towers, while the interior is lavishly decorated and contains many artistic treasures. After touring the abbey enjoy some free time in the lovely garden.

Walking Grade 3

Two and a-half hours
Melk Abbey
Melk Abbey Melk Austria Europe
  • Optional on 10 nights itinerary

Dürnstein walking tour and organ concert

Walk from the ship to the historic heart of Dürnstein, where the cobbled streets are home to traditional wineries and quirky little shops. Continue to Dürnstein Abbey with it’s blue and white steeple that can be seen from every angle of the town. After a tour of the historic abbey, owned by the Augustinian Canons of Herzogenburg Abbey, you will be treated to an organ concert featuring classical music composed by the likes of Mozart, Bach and Beethoven.

Walking Grade 3

Two hours
The historical city of Durnstein, Austria
Dürnstein Austria Europe
  • Optional on 10 nights itinerary

Schonbrunn Palace

Visit the sumptuous Imperial Summer Palace of the Hapsburgs, the centre of royal life in the 18th century, inspired by Versailles. The UNESCO-listed palace is filled with priceless treasures, while the vast grounds feature well-manicured lawns and colourful flower beds.

Walking Grade 3

Four hours
The gardens at Schonbrunn Palace
Schonbrunn Palace Vienna Austria Europe
  • Optional on 10 nights itinerary

Vienna Woods

Designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005, the Vienna Woods are home to a huge variety of flora and fauna. Focusing on the beautiful southern region, you’ll visit Heiligenkreuz Abbey, a Cistercian monastery founded in the 12th century. In the village of Mayerling you’ll have the chance to tour Mayerling Hunting Lodge where crown prince Rudolf committed suicide with his fiancée. Lastly, head to the picturesque spa-town of Baden for some free time before returning to the ship.

Walking Grade 3

Four-and-a-half hours
View from Vienna Woods
  • Optional on 10 nights itinerary
Danube Discovery and Vienna: To Vienna

The Danube