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Danube Travel Guide

What it's your first trip to Europe or your twenty-first, a Danube River Cruise is the perfect way to experience all that the continent has to offer. The mighty Danube, at 2,850 kilometers long, is Europe's second-longest river and has been a critical transportation channel for centuries. It's the only major river in Europe that flows from west to east, making it an attractive option to traverse the breadth of the continent. The 106-mile long Main-Danube channel connects the Main and Danube Rivers and allows you to cruise from the Black Sea to the North Sea. With river cruise volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 50% versus the brochure price! Book your Danube river cruise today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted river cruise headquarters.

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Sail Date Operator Ship Departs Returns Length Price
Mar 12, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaPrimaAmsterdamZurich14$5,229
Mar 13, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaKristinaParisBarcelona14$5,849
Mar 13, 2023VikingViking LifBudapestBucharest11$4,699
Mar 14, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaLyraParisParis10$4,199
Mar 14, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaMoraAmsterdamAmsterdam10$3,549
Mar 14, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaSienaAmsterdamZurich14$5,229
Mar 14, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaPrimaAmsterdamBasel8$2,799
Mar 15, 2023VikingViking IngviBudapestPassau8$3,099
Mar 15, 2023VikingViking VidarBudapestPassau8$3,999
Mar 16, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaLyraParisParis8$3,299
Mar 16, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaMoraAmsterdamAmsterdam8$2,799
Mar 16, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaSienaAmsterdamBasel8$2,799
Mar 16, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaViolaBudapestPrague13$4,359
Mar 17, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaLuciaAmsterdamAmsterdam10$3,649
Mar 17, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaMagnaBudapestPrague13$4,659
Mar 17, 2023VikingViking ViliPassauBudapest8$2,699
Mar 17, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaPrimaZurichAmsterdam12$4,679
Mar 17, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaBellaMunichBudapest10$3,939
Mar 18, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaVerdeViennaBucharest14$4,859
Mar 18, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaViolaBudapestVilshofen8$2,899
Mar 18, 2023VikingViking BragiPassauBudapest8$2,899
Mar 19, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaLuciaAmsterdamAmsterdam8$2,899
Mar 19, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaDolceBilbaoParis15$4,599
Mar 19, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaSienaZurichAmsterdam12$4,679
Mar 19, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaMagnaBudapestVilshofen8$3,199
Mar 19, 2023VikingViking RindaViennaBucharest17$7,599
Mar 19, 2023VikingViking MagniPassauBudapest8$2,999
Mar 19, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaDolceBilbaoParis15$4,599
Mar 20, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaVerdeBudapestGiurgiu8$2,999
Mar 20, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaBellaVilshofenBudapest8$2,999
Mar 21, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaLyraParisParis10$4,299
Mar 21, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaMoraAmsterdamAmsterdam10$3,749
Mar 21, 2023VikingViking LifBucharestBudapest11$4,999
Mar 21, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaPrimaBaselAmsterdam8$2,999
Mar 22, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaViolaMunichBudapest10$3,939
Mar 22, 2023VikingViking IngviPassauBudapest8$2,599
Mar 22, 2023VikingViking VidarPassauBudapest8$2,899
Mar 22, 2023VikingViking VilhjalmBudapestPassau8$2,999
Mar 23, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaDanteParisParis10$4,299
Mar 23, 2023AmaWaterwaysAmaLyraParisParis8$3,399

Danube Travel Guide

Danube River Cruises Highlights

  • Spend a few days in Amsterdam. Home to world-famous museums and a mind-boggling choice of attractions for the whole family, Amsterdam leaves you no time to get bored.
  • Walk around Regensburg, a bustling university town located at the northernmost point of the Danube River. This UN heritage site is often called Germany's medieval miracle.
  • Admire gothic architecture in Passau, a city located on the Germany-Austria border at the confluence of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers. Another thing Passau is famous for is excellent beer. 
  • Immerse yourself in Vienna, the city that inspired musical geniuses like Beethoven, Mozart, and Strauss. It's one of the most popular stops on Danube River Cruises where you'll be spoilt for choice with fascinating cultural events, magnificent imperial palaces, and elegant coffee houses.
  • Discover Budapest, Eastern Europe's liveliest and most cosmopolitan city and also one of the most photogenic with a dramatic skyline sprinkled with ancient wonders on the banks of the Danube.
  • Take a culinary walking tour in Paris with locals who are wildly passionate about French food and wine.
  • Enjoy a romantic gondola ride in the historic canals of Venice. Round the evening off with an authentic Italian meal and fine wine.
  • Catch a show in London's West End, the famous theater district where you can watch everything from Shakespeare to much-loved musicals like Mamma Mia and Lion King.

Danube River Cruises Travel Tips

  • Avoid overpacking for a Danube River Cruise. The staterooms on river cruise ships are usually under 200 square feet in size, so you're better off packing smart with mix-and-match outfits.
  • Bring comfortable walking shoes. If you're not worn out after a full day of sightseeing, you might want to work off those lavish four-course dinners with a brisk walk on the deck.
  • Don't overschedule. It can be tempting to sign up for every optional excursion on a Danube River Cruise, especially if you're a first-time visitor to Europe, but give yourself time to relax on the sun deck and admire some of the best views on the continent.
  • Budget for shore excursions. While Danube River Cruises are typically all-inclusive, some guided excursions may attract additional charges. Factor this in when you're planning your vacation budget.
  • Chat up the staff. The ship's crew have been to the ports dozens of times. They're the best people to get recommendations on offbeat places to explore or best restaurants to try.

Danube River Cruises Things To Do

  • Spend a morning at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam
    Spend a morning at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam

    Admire the Dutch master's famous paintings and drawings as well as art by his contemporaries and friends at Amsterdam's world-famous Van Gogh Museum. The museum houses the largest permanent collection of Vincent Van Gogh's works with over 200 paintings on display. You can easily spend 2-3 hours browsing the artworks. And before you leave, don't forget to pick up some exclusive souvenirs at the museum shop. 

    Best Time to Visit

    The Van Gogh Museum is one of Amsterdam's most popular attractions. If you want to avoid long queues, go early in the morning (before 11 a.m.) or late afternoon (after 3 p.m.). Avoid peak times like the weekends. Also, the museum can get crowded when it rains because everyone's looking to head indoors. 
  • Marvel at the Cologne Cathedral
    Marvel at the Cologne Cathedral

    The awe-inspiring Cologne Cathedral is a prime example of magnificent Gothic architecture. With a humongous 8,000 square meters of floor space and the capacity to hold 20,000 people, it is an impressive building that dates back to 1248. On the outside, its two massive towers soar to 157 meters. Inside, the spectacular stained-glass windows are considered some of the best in the world. 

    You Should Know

    You can climb to the cathedral's roof for breathtaking views of Cologne. However, there is no lift and you'll have to climb more than 500 steps if you want a bird's eye view of the city. 
  • Explore Charming Miltenberg
    Explore Charming Miltenberg

    Miltenberg is a picturesque medieval village on the Main River (pronounced mine). The historic market square, lined with timber buildings, has a unique atmosphere and charm. And high above the city is Mildenburg, an imposing castle dating back to the 12th century, now home to ancient and contemporary artworks in the on-site museum. Miltenberg has one of the longest and prettiest main streets in all of Germany, so keep those camera batteries charged to capture this picture postcard town.

    Best Time to Visit

    The summer months (June to August) have pleasant temperatures and little to no rain with average highs in mid-70s. Perfect for wandering around this stunning medieval town.
  • Make a Date with History in Nuremberg
    Make a Date with History in Nuremberg

    Due to its strategic location, Nuremberg has been an important commercial hub since the middle ages. The rich heritage of the second largest city in Bavaria is evident from the historical wonders that dot the Old Town. A museum dedicated to the Nazi-era is a powerful and sobering reminder of the country's history. Another claim to fame is that two German delicacies, gingerbread and Bratwurst (sausages), originated in Nuremberg, so don't forget to sample them. 

    You Should Know

    The Nuremberg Furth Card gives you free admission to more than 50 museums and attractions as well as free use of public transport. 
  • Tour Wachau Valley Wineries
    Tour Wachau Valley Wineries

    For a great day out, take the train from Vienna to Melk. Start by exploring the Benedictine Melk abbey, one of Europe's greatest sights. Then, wander the side streets of the Old Town for a glimpse of the town's rich cultural heritage. Ride bicycles from Melk to Krems, a distance of about 24 miles, admiring the pretty river valley and stopping at wineries along the way to sample local wines.

    You Should Know

    The Melk Abbey hosts some of the world's finest performances, festivals, and carnivals, especially in the spring and summer seasons. Check online to see if there's something going on when you're there.
  • Eat Sachertorte in Vienna
    Eat Sachertorte in Vienna

    Now one of Vienna's most celebrated confections, Sachertorte was conceived in the 19th century by Franz Sacher for Prince von Metternich. This dreamy rich chocolate cake with a slither of apricot jam in the center is decorated with a glossy mirror glaze. No visit to Vienna is complete without enjoying this sweet indulgence. 

    You Should Know

    Wondering where to get the best Sachertorte in the city?  We don't want to start a cake war, so suffice it to say there are several cafes in the center of Vienna (in the Innere Stadt or 1st municipal district) where you can enjoy traditional Sachertorte in an elegant atmosphere.
  • Enjoy a Romantic Stroll on the Charles Bridge in Prague
    Enjoy a Romantic Stroll on the Charles Bridge in Prague

    Dating back to medieval times, the Charles Bridge is arguably one of Europe's most beautiful. The historic bridge is the oldest one across the Vltava River and forms a part of the Royal Way, the traditional route taken by Czech Kings on coronation day. Stroll along the 500-meter length of the bridge for impressive views of Prague, watch street performers, and perhaps pick up a souvenir from the many kiosks.

    Best Time to Visit

    The warm summer months see a large influx of tourists. The best times to visit Prague are the spring and fall seasons when the weather is mild and there are fewer crowds.
  • Relax at the Gellert Baths in Budapest
    Relax at the Gellert Baths in Budapest

    The city's grandest spas, the Gellert Baths in Budapest, were built in the early 20th century in Art Nouveau style. Renovated to their former glory in 2008 (after suffering extensive damage during World War II), the baths feature an open-air pool, a Finnish sauna, and an effervescent pool among others. Treat yourself to a massage or spa treatment. We recommend the harmony massage, a calming full-body treatment with warm aromatic oils.

    You Should Know

    The baths are open every day of the week from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are sold until one hour before closing. Guests are asked to leave the pools 15 minutes before closing time.

Danube River Cruise Packages

  • Summer (June, July, August)

    Summer has warm and dry weather which allows you to enjoy the full experience of a Danube River Cruise from the boat's deck. but be prepared for large crowds in Europe's best-loved towns.

  • Fall (September, October, November)

    Fall is the ideal time to go on a Danube River Cruise. The summer crowds are gone and there's a bracing nip in the air. You might also snag a great bargain on your cruise fare.

  • Winter (December, January, February)

    Winter (December, January, February) in Europe is freezing, but charming Christmas markets and cities illuminated and decked in holiday finery make for a dazzling experience.

  • Spring (March, April, May)

    Spring is a shoulder season with noticeably fewer tourists crowding the major landmarks, but the weather can be chilly and wet. Parts of the Danube can flood during springtime, preventing riverboats from passing through.

Danube River Cruises Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are Danube River Cruises?

    Danube River Cruises are a unique experience, quite different from traveling on a large ocean liner. The smaller boats used for the river cruises provide access to interesting places that are off-limits to larger vessels. A fewer number of guests on a Danube River cruise ship create a more intimate cruising experience. There are usually no "sea days" between ports or endless views of the water. On a Danube River Cruise, the view is always changing and you find yourself in a delightful new destination every day.

  • What's included on a Danube River Cruise?

    Your cruise fare includes accommodation, transportation, and all meals on board. Breakfast and lunch are typically served buffet-style while dinner is a table service with three or four-course meals and European-inspired cuisine. Some cruise lines offer free beverages. Many sightseeing excursions are included in the price of your cruise. Facilities on board can vary, but a bar, restaurant, sun deck, and lounge are pretty standard. Most river cruise ships also have a spa/salon and fitness center. 

  • What's the best Danube River cruise?

    The Danube River is a popular route and some of the best river ships sail her waters. It's a competitive market so cruise lines go out of their way to wow you with award-winning service. Choose a Danube River cruise based on the sail dates that work for you and the itinerary that appeals to you.

  • How much do Danube River Cruises cost?

    Average prices for Danube River Cruises are under $300 per person per day, a great all-inclusive price that gives you unmatched value.

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