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A Taste of the Danube

Travel three countries over the course of four days on this short-and-sweet mini-cruise down the Danube, designed to speed-run you through all the highlights and touring necessities.

Choose from a variety of classic, active and discovery excursions through your Adventure Host – whose main role is to customise your Danube River Cruise into something unforgettable.

Travel in style aboard one of three members of our newest Avalon Waterways River Cruise Fleet, complete with our signature panorama suites, floor-to-ceiling windows and ‘beds with a view’.

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  • Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
  • Ship: Avalon View + 2 more
  • Duration: 3 Nights
  • Departure: Apr - May & Sep
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A Taste of the Danube Cruise Itinerary

Dive into Avalon’s jam-packed itinerary to make the most out of this mini-cruise. Dive head first into the tours, hikes, entertainment and scenic sailings hand-picked by our knowledgeable team to speed-run you through all the Danube necessities.

Day 1

Budapest (EMBARK)

Welcome to Hungary. Board your ship by 5pm and enjoy an evening of free time to explore picturesque cobblestone streets.

Day 2


Embark on a short hike to Bratislava Castle or join a sightseeing tour of the Old Town – including its Town Hall and Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral.

Day 3

Melk, Wachau-Valley, Durnstein

Join your Adventure Host for a walk through Melk and along the Danube river or join a guided sightseeing tour of the Benedictine Abbey.

Later, you can recline on the Sky Deck as we sail through UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley.

This evening at Durnstein, enjoy a trip to the King’s Ransom and Castle Ruins and on-board entertainment by local musicians.

Day 4


Your cruise ends after breakfast; disembark and begin your journey home.

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Enjoy a taste of the Danube’s highlights

3 Nights
Apr May
Sep Sep

A Taste of the Danube

  • Budapest (EMBARK)
  • Bratislava
  • Melk / Wachau-Valley / Durnstein
  • Vienna (DISEMBARK)
£1,096pp Est. Price per person
  • Avalon View + 2 more  

A Taste of the Danube Cruise Review

“Really short and sweet; I definitely found myself wishing it was a bit longer, simply because I enjoyed it so much. It’s a nice selection of locations and tours; with lots to choose from. I’m surprised but it didn’t feel rushed at all.”

Elsa Nigel, Birmingham

A Taste of the Danube FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

How many staterooms are available?

All three ships available for this cruise have 67 suites ready for you to book, 16 of those being staterooms.

Is this classed as a mini-cruise?

Technically speaking, anything under 7 nights can be classed as a mini-cruise; though they’re usually between 2 and 4. This cruise definitely fits into both categories.

How long will be spent cruising through Wachau Valley?

We’ll pass through Wachau Valley during Day 3 of your holiday. This scenic cruising is bookended by a morning stop in Melk and an evening adventure in Durnstein.

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