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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 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. See historic Baroque architecture in Linz, discover why Passau has been nicknamed the ‘Venice of Bavaria’ and visit picturesque Dürnstein in the Wachau Valley.

Finally, enjoy a three-night hotel stay in the musical city of Vienna. Enjoy an included sightseeing tour or a walking tour with a focus on culture and local cuisine, an evening concert of works by Mozart and Strauss, and plenty of free time to explore independently.

Including...

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

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed 7 nights Full Board aboard the ship, 3 nights Half Board in a hotel

Dinner plate 26 meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 10 dinners

Cocktail Free bar open 15 hours a day on board (2023 departures only)

Cocktail Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on the ship

Person Cruise Host

Plus...

  • 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

The free bar available on board in 2023 is open from 9am to midnight and serves alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

Look who’ll be joining you on board

Johnnie Walker MBE

BBC Radio legend Johnnie Walker MBE will join cruises departing on October 13, 2023.

He made his name on the pirate ship Radio Caroline in the 1960s but went on to present several shows on Radio 1 and the popular daily drivetime show on Radio 2 which he hosted until 2006.

He now presents Sounds of the 70s, Radio 2 in Concert and Johnnie Walker’s Long Players on Radio 2.

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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 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

Esztergom basilica, Hungary

Depart very early, arriving in Esztergom at midday.

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 this afternoon explores the town and the artistic community of Szentendre.

Depart this evening, cruising overnight towards Bratislava.

Esztergom Hungary 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 through the afternoon and night 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.

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 early this evening.

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 on an optional excursion.

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.

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 Hotel Savoyen Vienna (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 Salmbrau restaurant, in one of the last monastery cellars of Vienna’s Old Town.

Please note, holidays departing in 2022 stay at the locally rated 4-star Arcotel Kaiserwasser (4Q) in Vienna.


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.

Enjoy a day at leisure in Vienna, or join an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace this afternoon.

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.


Danube Discovery and Vienna: To Vienna

The Danube