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Vienna and the Blue Danube: Vienna to Budapest

The Danube

from £2,119 per person
2 passengers 10 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £54 if not required
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Be thrilled by vibrant Vienna and stately Budapest

Begin your holiday with a three-night hotel stay and a local concert in vibrant Vienna, then cruise along the Danube to stately Budapest, through the tranquil riverscapes of Austria, Slovakia and Hungary where you'll visit a host of delightful towns that cluster on the Danube Bend.


3 nights in a hotel, 7 aboard the ship

26 meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 10 dinners

  • Included travel insurance
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on the ship
  • Captain’s dinner and drinks reception
  • Saga Cruise Host
  • Saga Cruise Assistant on board
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship


  • Sightseeing tour of Vienna
  • Vienna evening concert
  • Tour of Budapest

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Day 1 UK to Vienna

Ornamented roof with window in Vienna

Fly to Vienna for a three-night stay at the locally rated 4-star Imperial Riding School Hotel (4Q). Your stay is on a half-board basis, with one dinner at a local restaurant and two dinners at the hotel.

Day 2 Vienna 🎧

Hofburg Palace, Vienna

Enjoy an included half-day tour of Vienna, the legendary city of the Hapsburgs for 600 hundred years. Your tour includes a drive around the Ringstrasse, a wide avenue encircling the old city, taking in all its historic buildings, including the magnificent State Opera House.

Tonight, a traditional three-course Austrian dinner will be served at the atmospheric Augustinerkeller restaurant, which is located in one of the monastery cellars of Vienna's Old Town.

Day 3 Vienna 🎧

Gardens of Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna

Enjoy a day at leisure in Vienna, or join an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace. This evening, after dinner on board, take in an included concert. You’ll travel to the baroque Palais Auersperg or one of Vienna’s other impressive palaces near the Ringstrasse, for a concert featuring music by Mozart and the Strauss family.

Day 4 Vienna to Dürnstein 🎧

View of Danube valley

Spend a final morning at leisure in Vienna before embarking Amadeus Royal later this afternoon. 

Begin your cruise along the Danube to Dürnstein as you enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board tonight.

Danube Dürnstein Austria Europe

Day 5 Dürnstein to Melk 🎧

Melk Abbey

Spend part of the morning in Dürnstein, set in the beautiful Wachau valley beneath the ruined Kuenringer Castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned during the late 12th century. Set sail to Melk where you'll have the opportunity to visit its Benedictine Abbey.

Depart Melk during dinner and cruise through the night to Passau.

Danube Melk Austria Europe

Day 6 Passau 🎧


This morning you’ll arrive in Passau, from where you can join an optional tour of Salzburg. Alternatively, spend the afternoon exploring Passau, 'Venice of Bavaria', on an optional city walk. Passau is set at the meeting point of three rivers – the Danube, Inn and Ilz, and surrounded by wooded hills.

Amadeus Royal departs late tonight.

Passau Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 7 Linz 🎧


Enjoy the morning in Linz, exploring independently. Your ship departs during lunch and cruises overnight towards Bratislava.

Linz Austria Europe

Day 8 Bratislava 🎧

Bratislava Castle

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

Spend an enjoyable day exploring the city’s old quarter, overlooked by the massive rectangular castle, and admiring the attractive Hapsburg architecture, independently or on an optional 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 eleven Kings of Hungary were crowned while Turks occupied their own capital.

Danube Bratislava Slovakia Europe

Day 9 Bratislava to Esztergom to Budapest 🎧

Esztergom, Hungary

Your ship departs in the early hours, arriving in Esztergom before breakfast. It is perhaps the most beautiful of the small towns on the Danube Bend, and home to Hungary's largest basilica, the dome of which can be seen for miles. Perhaps explore here and the artistic community of Szentendre on an optional excursion.

Depart at lunchtime and cruise to Budapest, arriving early this evening.

Budapest Hungary Europe

Day 10 Budapest 🎧

Budapest, Hungary

Your ship remains moored in Budapest for a full day and overnight stay. This cosmopolitan city is divided by the Danube into Buda and Pest. An included city tour reveals some of the city's highlights, from the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buda Castle that sits above the river on the west bank, to the impressive Hungarian Parliament buildings in Pest on the east bank.

Danube Budapest Hungary Europe

Day 11 Budapest to UK

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

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

🎧 Interactive maps and audio headset tours are available for exploring independently in Vienna, Dürnstein, Melk, Passau, Linz, Bratislava, and Budapest.

Vienna and the Blue Danube: Vienna to Budapest

The Danube

from £2,119 per person
2 passengers
10 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £54 if not required
Vienna and the Blue Danube: Vienna to Budapest

The Danube

from £2,119 per person
2 passengers
10 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £54 if not required