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Scenic Gems of the Danube: Vienna to Budapest

Explore three of Europe’s most famous capital cities linked by the tranquil waters of one of Europe’s most iconic rivers, the Blue Danube. Discover the history, heritage, and culture of Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest on this memorable 7-night voyage.

Other significant port stops on this cruise include the charming town of Melk, with its imposing Benedictine Abbey and historic Krems, nestling in the Wachau Valley, an internationally renowned wine region and UNESCO World Heritage site.

Cruise in style on the elegant Spirit of the Danube. This vessel offers a fusion of 21st-century comfort and amenities, reduced emissions for sustainable travel, and old-school glamour redolent of the golden years of river travel.

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  • Cruise Line: Saga
  • Ship: Spirit of the Danube
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: April 2024
£2,023pp
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Scenic Gems of the Danube: Vienna to Budapest Cruise Itinerary

Discover centuries of history, heritage, and culture on this luxury 7-night cruise, which visits three iconic European capital cities as well as some more unusual, hidden gems on the Blue Danube. Insightful port excursions showcase all the main attractions and highlights interspersed with peaceful hours sailing the tranquil waters of this famous river. Enjoy the height of luxury on board ship with elegant accommodation, leisure facilities that cater to every need, and award-winning dining.

Day 1

Vienna

Travel to Vienna and embark your luxury river cruiser, Spirit of the Danube.

Day 2

Vienna

Discover the historic centre of the Habsburg Empire. Enjoy free time in the morning via the complementary shuttle service, with a tour in the afternoon, which includes the Opera House, the Ringstrasse, and some of Vienna’s legendary coffee houses.

Day 3

Melk – Wachau Valley – Krems

Explore Melk, a kaleidoscope of different architectural styles with its famous Baroque Benedictine Abbey sitting high above the town. This historic jewel has been Austria’s spiritual and cultural centre for over one thousand years.

Day 4

Krems – Bratislava

Krems nestles in the famous wine region of the scenic Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy wandering the quaint and historic streets, plus there is an included excursion to the 11th-century Göttweig Abbey, which offers stunning views.

Day 5

Bratislava

The capital of Slovakia, Bratislava, is easily accessible on foot with pretty cobbled streets, museums, several universities, and an ancient castle sitting on the banks of the Danube and affording fantastic views over the city.

Day 6

Esztergom – Budapest

Scenic Esztergom is located in a picturesque location on what is known as the Danube Bend. Visit the magnificent basilica, Hungary’s largest church. There is also an impressive castle with a fascinating history and an adjoining museum.

Day 7

Budapest

Discover the twin towns of Buda and Pest, built on opposite sides of the Danube and making up Hungary’s capital, Budapest. Buda is older, with medieval architecture, cobbled streets, and a castle, whereas Pest has later 19th-century buildings.

Day 8

Budapest

Disembark Spirit of the Danube and transfer to the airport or the train station to begin your journey back to the UK.

Day 1

Budapest

Disembark Spirit of the Danube and transfer to the airport or the train station to begin your journey back to the UK.

Day 2

Budapest

Discover the twin towns of Buda and Pest, built on opposite sides of the Danube and making up Hungary’s capital, Budapest. Buda is older, with medieval architecture, cobbled streets, and a castle, whereas Pest has later 19th-century buildings.

Day 3

Esztergom – Budapest

Scenic Esztergom is located in a picturesque location on what is known as the Danube Bend. Visit the magnificent basilica, Hungary’s largest church. There is also an impressive castle with a fascinating history and an adjoining museum.

Day 4

Bratislava

The capital of Slovakia, Bratislava, is easily accessible on foot with pretty cobbled streets, museums, several universities, and an ancient castle sitting on the banks of the Danube and affording fantastic views over the city.

Day 5

Krems – Bratislava

Krems nestles in the famous wine region of the scenic Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy wandering the quaint and historic streets, plus there is an included excursion to the 11th-century Göttweig Abbey, which offers stunning views.

Day 6

Melk – Wachau Valley – Krems

Explore Melk, a kaleidoscope of different architectural styles with its famous Baroque Benedictine Abbey sitting high above the town. This historic jewel has been Austria’s spiritual and cultural centre for over one thousand years.

Day 7

Vienna

Discover the historic centre of the Habsburg Empire. Enjoy free time in the morning via the complementary shuttle service, with a tour in the afternoon, which includes the Opera House, the Ringstrasse, and some of Vienna’s legendary coffee houses.

Day 8

Vienna

Travel to Vienna and embark your luxury river cruiser, Spirit of the Danube.

Scenic Gems of the Danube: Vienna to Budapest Cruise Ships

Spirit Of The Danube

As our second purpose-built river cruise ship, this vessel promises comfort and elegance during your stay on board. With the addition of the latest engine technology, this ship is also one of the greenest cruising the rivers.

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Discover the Scenic Gems and Highlights of the Danube from Vienna to Budapest with Crui.se

7 Nights
April 2024

Scenic Gems of the Danube: Vienna to Budapest

  • Bratislava
  • Budapest
  • Esztergom / Budapest
  • Krems / Bratislava
  • Melk / Wachau Valley / Krems
  • Vienna
£2,023pp Est. Price per person
  • Spirit of the Danube  

Scenic Gems of the Danube: Vienna to Budapest Cruise Review

“Not our first time on the Danube but our first cruise with Saga Travel and we were seriously impressed by the quality of the ship and the level of service on offer. Unlike other cruise operators, this ship is bespoke-built, and the attention to detail shines through, taking luxury cruising to a whole new level. This cruise is great because it blends iconic capital cities with smaller, more unusual port stops, giving a real authentic flavour of this section of the Danube. We’ll certainly be taking this cruise again and others with Saga.”

Andy and Hester, Tunbridge Wells

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Scenic Gems of the Danube: Vienna to Budapest FAQ

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

Are there medical services on board the ship?

Saga ships don’t have a resident doctor on board but there is always at least one trained first aider available for guests who are taken ill or who may have an accident. It’s worth noting that if you are bringing medication with you, it’s useful to write down the different medicines and the dosage and keep this in an accessible location in case you do become ill during your cruise.

How are mealtimes arranged on board the ship?

Breakfasts are always served as a buffet. At lunch, you can have a buffet or waiter service at your table. Dinner is always waiter served. Breakfast is available from 7.30 am to 9.30 am; lunch is midday, and dinner is at 7 pm. Sometimes, lunch and dinner times will vary depending on shore excursions.

When is the balance payment due for my holiday?

The balance payment for your cruise is due 90 days before you travel. You can pay the balance over the phone or online if you prefer by clicking on ‘Manage My Booking.’ You can use different cards to pay the deposit and the balance or the same card. We don’t keep card details, so if you want to use the same card to pay the balance, you will still need to make that payment online or over the phone; we won’t automatically charge your card.

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