Danube Dreams Westbound Cruise

7 Nights Through the Heart of Central Europe

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Cruise along the peaceful Danube River through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany–stopping at some of Central Europe’s most charming towns and splendid capitals along the way. 

Known by some as Germany’s Medieval Miracle, Regensburg is an absolute joy to explore.

Medieval

And Delightfully Modern

Begin in Budapest, where guided sightseeing acquaints you with Heroes Square, Fishermen’s Bastion, Chain Bridge–the famous sights that make this city come to life! Snap a photo of the impressive Parliament Building as you leave Budapest, and set sail on the Danube. Next stop is Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, where you may wander through the delightful Old Town and visit the gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. Vienna, Austria, makes an immediate impression with its lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace and neo-Renaissance Vienna Opera House. Take in the local culture with a stop in a classic Viennese Coffee House and stroll along the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse. Discover the magnificent wine country of the Wachau Valley, and the narrow cobblestone streets of Passau. An unforgettable blend of history, culture, and delight awaits you on this unparalelled journey. 

Known as the City of Three Rivers, Passau is the meeting point of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers. It is also a university town–home of the University of Passau, a renowned institution known for law, economics,  and theology.

Daily Itinerary

This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.

Day 1 - Budapest

The Danube flows through the heart of the city, dividing Buda and Pest in a yin-yang fashion. Few visitors can resist the Budapest baths, but the city’s allure goes beyond its spa status. As a large urban center, Budapest manages to strike a nice balance between natuer and development. Hills, islands, and parks coexist with hotels, theaters, cafes, monuments, and other buildings in an eclectic array of architectural styles.

Day 2 - Budapest

 

The Danube flows through the heart of the city, dividing Buda and Pest in a yin-yang fashion. Few visitors can resist the Budapest baths, but the city’s allure goes beyond its spa status. As a large urban center, Budapest manages to strike a nice balance between natuer and development. Hills, islands, and parks coexist with hotels, theaters, cafes, monuments, and other buildings in an eclectic array of architectural styles.

 

 

Day 3 - Bratislava

 

Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava, is a charming city that sits at the point where the Carpathian Mountains meets the Danube. The city has two personalities: the first is old-world, Hapsburg baroque, reflected in the charming row houses and the historic Old Quarter. The other is characterized by concrete block-style neighborhoods typical of former Eastern Bloc countries.

Much of older Bratislava has been spruced up. The center of Old Town is Hlavne Square, an attractive pedestrian zone which also hosts a wonderful Christmas market in December. Also of interest are the Slovak National Gallery, the Slovak National Museum, the Clock Museum, the Museum of Jewish Culture, and the Museum of Wine Production. Bratislava also has a few art nouveau buildings, most notably St. Elizabeth Church.

 

Day 4 - Vienna

 

Vienna today is robed in 18th century charm and 19th century grandeur. Its old-world ambience comes not only from its rich cultural traditions, but also from the history of its architecture. The Viennese invented the cafe society, and they continue to perfect the art of sophisticated relaxation.

Spend some time visiting a Vienna coffeehouse, or go to a concert of waltzes by Johann Strauss. Vienna is also where you’ll find the fabled Spanish Riding School with its magnificent Lipizzaner stallions.

Vienna is a safe, clean city, and it has an excellent public transportation system. Use it to visit the many museums, galleries, parks, and restaurants that make Vienna one of the gems of Europe.

 

Day 5 - Duernstein

 

Duernstein is one of the most-visited towns in Austria’s popular wine region. The vineyards and wine shops that fill the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site, will delight visiting wine aficionados. Duernstein residents are also fond of anything apricot, or marille, and visitors will find many tasty apricot treats in the town quaint shops and restaurants.

High in the distance, perched on a rocky outcropping above a baroque monastery, the ruins of Durnstein Castle overlooks the town. Here, Richard the Lionheart was once held for ransom. If you’re in the mood for an active excursion, a hike to Durnstein Castle takes around 2 hours.

 

Day 5 (2nd Half) - Melk

 

Melk, Austria is most famous for its incredibly ornate Benedictine abbey (it provided inspiration for Umberto Eco’s best-selling novel The Name of the Rose). The abbey has a beautiful baroque library and 365 windows, one for every day of the year.

The ruins of 12th-century Aggstein Castle can also be seen high atop a steep cliff.

 

Day 6 - Linz

 

West of Vienna, this ancient industrial ccity is a nice place to spend the day. Some historic figures who spent time in Linz include Napoleon, the medieval astronomer Johannes Kepler, and composers Beethoven, Bruckner, and Mozart.

Some of the sights to see in Linz include Neuer Dom, a neo-Gothic cathedral with the second highest church spire in Austria, and The Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, a modern and contemporary art museum with impressive works by Picasso, Matisse, and others. You can also browse for antiques, visit the botanical gardens, or take a ride to the top of Postlingberg mountain. A Linz City Ticket is a good value if you intend to see a wide variety of attractions during your stay.

 

Day 7 - Passau

 

Situated at the convergence of three rivers, the Danube, Ilz, and Inn, Passau was rebuilt after fires in the 17th century, giving the town the baroque–and almost Italian–flair it displays today. Take a relaxed stroll (or ride–bike routes are popular) through the Old Town and monastic district to Ortspitze to get the best view of the rivers.

The city is also a great starting point for excursion into the Bayerisccher Wald (Bavarian Forest), which includes a national park where wolves and lynxes still run free.

 

Day 8 - Deggendorf

 

Nestled between Regensburg and Passau sits a town surrounded by the foothills of the Bavarian Forest, Deggendorf. Journey deep into the alluring Bavarian Forest National Park, Germany’s first national park, and discover outdoor leisure at its best. When you’re not gaping at its remarkable rolling hills, low-lying mountains and towering trees, you’ll have the opportunity to visit a Theresienthal crystal glass factory, complete with a horse-drawn carriage ride, fresh-baked bread and schnapps.

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