Danube Waltz River Cruise

7 Nights Along the Enchanting Danube

 

 

 

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The broad Danube River, inspiration behind the famed “Blue Danube Waltz,” flows in a meandering shape through the Wachau Valley and Budapest.
The Netherlands neighborhood of Zaanse Schans is well-known for its historic and well-preserved windmills.

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Like a Melody

Admire the Wachau Valley’s beauty. Learn to waltz at a Viennese dance school. Witness daily life in an abbey on an exclusive visit to Göttweig. Savor Austro-Hungarian cuisine in Vienna and Budapest. Explore lesser-known Central European cities like Bratislava and Passau. Soak up soothin steam at a Budapest thermal bath. This 8-day itinerary reveals the best of each of these places, while you cruise at a leisurely pace through spectacular scenery.
Located at the border with Germany in the historic region of Alsace, Strasbourg is immersed in Franco-German culture. Its port is the largest on the Rhine after Duisberg in Germany, and the fourth-largest river port in France.

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 - 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 3 - 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 4 - Krems
 

Krems is a small but pretty town on the northern bank of the Danube River. The surrounding area is saturated with vineyards, and Krems has been a facet of the wine trade for centuries. Krems an der Donau is made up of three parts: Krems in the east, smaller Stein in the west, and the suburb Und connecting the two.

Day 5 - 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 6 - Cesky Krumlov
 

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic, an incredibly well-preserved medieval town that’s lovely to stroll through, especially at night when the castle tower illuminates the streets. Be sure to climb the tower for magnificent views of the surrounding landscape. Other top attractions include the Budejovicka Gate and the Egon Schiele Art Centrum. Try to visit during the annual Renaissance Festival in June, when the entire town reverts to its medieval roots.

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 - 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.

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