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Prague and the Delights of the Danube: To Prague

Take to the iconic Danube and explore some of Europe’s most historic culture and architecture with the Prague and the Delights of the Danube Cruise. Visit the UNESCO-designated Buda Castle; take to the gardens of Schönbrunn and experience the rococo charm of the remnants of the Habsburg Empire; immerse yourself in the charming cultures of Europe.

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  • Cruise Line: Saga
  • Ship: Spirit of the Danube
  • Duration: 9 Nights
  • Departure: Aug - Sep
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Prague and the Delights of the Danube: To Prague Cruise Itinerary

Invest in the journey of a lifetime with the Prague and the Delights of the Danube Cruise. Traverse the Baroque capitals of the world in a luxury cruise ship and immerse yourself in cultures steeped in history via the extensive itineraries and excursions provided. For 9 nights, make the Danube your home and marvel at all it has to offer.

Day 1

UK to Budapest

Travel to Budapest and embark on your once-in-a-lifetime Prague and the Delights of the Danube Cruise.

Day 2


Enjoy what each half of Budapest has to offer with a coach tour of both Buda – a historically rich city brimming with mediaeval architecture, complete with the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Buda Castle and St Stephen’s Basilica – and Pest – combining both 19th-century Gothic architecture and contemporary charm in this commercial powerhouse, home to the Hungarian State Opera House, City Park and the Millennium Monument.

Day 3


Board the Bratislava Land Train and view the regal Slovak Philharmonic Hall, followed by the Slovak National Theatre, the Old Town, and the Bratislava Castle. Upon arriving at the Bratislava Castle, you can enjoy a short, guided walk of the castle grounds, including a terrace visit below which the Baroque gardens sprawl. Board the train once more and visit the Old Town, where your walking tour begins at either the Opera House or Michael’s Gate.

Enjoy a leisurely walk to the centre, wherein you will get to see the Baroque Archbishop’s Palace, St Martin’s Cathedral, and the oldest established university in Slovakia – Academia Istropolitana – as well as historic 18th century palaces and the Main Square, complete with its Old Town Hall.

Afterwards, relax in a local pastry shop and enjoy a cake or a strudel with a warm beverage of your choosing. Admire the statue works of Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, after which the shop is named.

Day 4


Your excursion to the Baroque metropolis of Vienna begins with a scenic coach tour of the city’s most renowned sights, including the Riesenrad – a giant Ferris wheel – and the Ringtrasse, from which you can spy the State Opera House. After, you will see the beautiful gardens of Schönbrunn, where you’ll have time either to explore the gardens for yourself or have a cup of Viennese coffee after a talk from your guide.

Before you return to your ship via coach, you will stop off in the oldest part of Vienna, which you can explore independent of the group if you desire.

Day 5

Dürnstein / Melk

You will get to see some of the many marvels of Dürnstein during your walking tour, such as the Kuenringer Castle, within which Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned during the late 12th century. Dürnstein has many other historic and architectural wonders to offer, as you will see during your exploration of the mediaeval lanes, Baroque abbey and city gate before being entreated to a short, soulful organ concert, after which you can discover more of the Old Town during your leisure time or head back to the ship.

Upon your arrival at Melk, partake in an optional excursion to discover the crowning glory of the city – the masterfully Baroque Melk Abbey – which guards the town from atop its bluff. You’ll also learn about the Benedictine monastery and the famous Melk Abbey Library, home to over 80,000 books and an intricately beautiful interior. You can also view the renowned frescoes of Johann Michael Rottmayr.

Afterwards, enjoy your leisure time before you board the ship.

*A Gentle Walker group version of the Dürnstein excursion is available, wherein you can walk at a slower pace. The excursion will have a total standing and/or walking time of one hour or less. The Gentle Walker excursion may also allow for more independent exploration time where walking is at your discretion.

Day 6


Located at the confluence of the Inn and Ilz rivers, Passau is one of the oldest cities in Germany, as well as a host to a wealth of culture and paragons of human craftsmanship, such as St Stephen’s Cathedral and the Gothic town hall, which you will discover on your walking tour through the city.

With your guide, you can enter St Stephen’s Cathedral and learn of its history and significance to the city and its residents with a short tour, as well as view the world’s largest church organ. After, explore the abbeys and cobbled streets of the Old Town before heading back to the ship.

Day 7


Regensburg boasts architectural charm aplenty with its numerous mediaeval churches, as well as the Romanesque and Gothic influences on many other sites and buildings in the UNESCO-designated Old Town. Regensburg also offers the historic Stone Bridge and St Peter’s Cathedral. You’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the city’s two-thousand-year-old history on your guided walking tour.

Your tour will lead you back to the Old Town Hall before you walk back to the ship.

Day 8

Regensburg / Prague

After breakfast, disembark the Spirit of the Danube in Regensburg and travel via coach to Prague. Your journey will cover approximately 170 miles, which is around 3 hours of travel, with a light lunch en route.

After arrival, you will be treated to a two-night stay at the 5-star Corinthia Hotel Prague on Half Board.

Day 9


After passing by the wondrous sights of the National Museum, the State Opera and Prague Castle by coach, embark on a guided walking tour to the former Jewish Quarter of the Old Town, home to the St Nicholas Church. Afterwards, you will have leisure time to explore your surroundings independently, or you can join a guided walking tour to the Charles Bridge, where you will be entreated to gorgeous views of the capital and Prague Castle.

During the evening, enjoy a Czech folklore show complete with traditional Czech cuisine at a local restaurant, complete with wine and beer.

Day 10

Prague / UK

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and prepare for your return flight.

About The Spirit of the Danube

Spirit of the Danube is a purpose-built vessel with the highest levels of comfort and luxury, offering a traditional cruise experience matched with low emissions and 21st-century standards of sustainability. Explore this famous waterway and visit capital cities and hidden gems with some of Europe’s finest and most spectacular river scenery as your cruising companion.

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Enjoy award-winning menus with freshly prepared dishes highlighting local ingredients and regional cuisine. Dine with spectacular river views in the formal Panorama Restaurant, or opt for the intimate ambience of the Delta speciality restaurant.

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Spacious staterooms are enhanced with spectacular panoramic windows. Relax in contemporary and stylishly appointed interiors with an en-suite bathroom and shower. Cabins on the Middle and Upper Decks have French balconies to maximise those river views. There are also twelve cabins for solo passengers.

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Health & Fitness

Enjoy a stroll around the Sun Deck or luxuriate in the Hot Tub. There is a games area, luxury loungers for relaxing and socialising, and an attractive terrace. A compact gym on the Lower Deck offers the chance to work out and stay fit.

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Three passenger decks are topped with a Sun Deck, accessible via fourteen steps and a chair lift. A lift serves the Middle and Upper decks, whilst the Lower Deck is thirteen steps down from the Middle Deck. The Belvedere Lounge, bar, outside terrace and Delta restaurant can all be found on the Upper Deck, and the Panorama Restaurant is on the Middle Deck.

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Prague and the Delights of the Danube: To Prague

Enjoy the traditional charm of some of Europe’s most architecturally impressive regions on the Prague and the Delights of the Danube Cruise by Saga. We’re taking bookings for 2023

  • Aug - Sep
  • 9 Nights

Prague and the Delights of the Danube Cruise Review

“Everything about this cruise, from start to finish, was perfect. I couldn’t have asked for a better cruise experience! First, the on-board service was phenomenal: the staff were kind and helpful, the rooms were clean and comfortable, and the food was extraordinary, both on and off-board the ship. I loved the excursions, too. They showed me parts of Prague I never would have thought to explore, from architecture to culture to food.”

Eleanor Milner, Hounslow, London

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Prague and the Delights of the Danube FAQ

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

How many passengers will there be on the Prague and the Delights of the Danube Cruise?

The maximum number of people the Spirit of the Danube can carry is 182 passengers.

Will there be complimentary Wi-Fi aboard the ship?

Yes, there will.

Will I get to sample local food during the cruise?

Yes, you will have ample opportunity to taste local delicacies during the Prague and the Delights of the Danube Cruise via a choice of excursions available to you on the itinerary.

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