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The Blue Danube River Cruise with Budapest Extension

Enjoy the world-renowned Blue Danube on a luxury 7-night Riviera Travel River Cruise that adds something just a little special, a three-night extension in Hungary’s magical capital, Budapest.

Explore iconic cities and historic towns, including Vienna, Bratislava, Linz, Melk, and Salzburg, with a particular focus on Budapest. Unravel layers of imperial and mediaeval history in this city of two halves, divided by the famous Danube River.

Enjoy five-star hotel accommodation and sail on a luxury Danube River Cruise vessel with elegant and spacious suites and staterooms and award-winning international cuisine. Modern facilities make the most of indulgent river time to socialise, exercise, or just relax.

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  • Cruise Line: Riviera Travel
  • Ship: MS Radiance + 4 more
  • Duration: 10 Nights
  • Departure: May - Oct 2024
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The Blue Danube River Cruise with Budapest Extension Cruise Itinerary

Experience all the joy of a Blue Danube river cruise with an extra stay in Budapest, Hungary’s imperial capital city. This 10-night cruise includes Vienna, Bratislava, and Salzburg but focuses on Budapest, where guests spend three days exploring this magical city’s famous sites and landmarks. Enjoy five-star luxury on board an elegantly appointed river cruiser with spacious suites and staterooms, a host of leisure facilities, and fabulous onboard dining that showcases regional and international cuisines.

Day 1


Land in Budapest and take a coach transfer from the airport to your luxury cruise ship.

Day 2


After an overnight sailing, arrive in Esztergom, a royal capital in medieval times and one of Hungary’s oldest towns. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle and famous basilica with fantastic views over the Danube and the border with Slovakia.

Day 3


Explore Slovakia’s bustling and vibrant capital city, rediscovering its imperial past after decades wearing the cloak of Communism. The Old Town is beautifully restored, and there is a magnificent 17th-century castle. Later, cruise into Lower Austria.

Day 4

Dürnstein & Melk

Discover Dürnstein on a guided tour and view the distinctive ice-blue tower of the Abbey plus the ruined castle, once the prison of Richard the Lionheart. Later, visit Melk Abbey, a vast and imposing 11th-century building with later Baroque additions.

Day 5

Salzburg and Linz

When the ship reaches Linz, guests can take a guided walking tour around this picturesque Baroque town with its fine square or choose to visit Salzburg. There is a tour of Salzburg taken by an expert local guide with plenty of free time to explore.

Day 6


Vienna needs no introduction. One of Europe’s most famous capital cities, explore the Baroque boulevards and history, culture, and imperial heritage on a guided tour showcasing all the highlights. Enjoy a classical recital on board ship after dinner.

Day 7


Cruise towards Budapest, known as the ‘Pearl of the Danube,’ and then enjoy a guided tour of this split city, each half with its own distinctive history and character. Enjoy a Gala Dinner with a Hungarian folklore show, a special treat for the last night on board ship.

Day 8


Disembark the ship and head to the Puszta or Great Plain where guests visit an Equestrian Park, an opportunity to enjoy traditional fare over lunch followed by a display from Magyar horsemen. There is also a scenic carriage ride tour.

Day 9


Discover Budapest’s eclectic architectural mix, the world-famous thermal baths, and the iconic Parliament building, home to the Hungarian Crown Jewels on a guided city tour. Also included is a visit to the Palinka Museum and brandy-tasting.

Day 10


Today’s tour is of the National Gallery in Buda Castle, brimming with masterpieces as well as a fascinating crypt containing the tombs of members of the Habsburg dynasty. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city at leisure.

Day 11


Today, bid farewell to the magical city of Budapest and transfer to the airport to begin your journey back to the UK.

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Explore Imperial Budapest after a Week Sailing the Danube with Crui.se

10 Nights
May - Oct 2024

The Blue Danube River Cruise with Budapest Extension

  • Budapest
  • Esztergom
  • Bratislava
  • Dürnstein & Melk
  • Salzburg and Linz
  • Vienna
  • Puszta
£2,298pp Est. Price per person
  • MS Radiance + 4 more ships  

The Blue Danube River Cruise with Budapest Extension Cruise Review

“This was our second cruise with Riviera, and we weren’t disappointed. The journey was breathtaking, the ship Emily Bronte is luxurious, and the staff seemed to go out of their way to make the experience enjoyable, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.”


The Blue Danube River Cruise with Budapest Extension FAQ

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

Is Wi-Fi available on board the ship?

Complementary Wi-Fi is available throughout all our cruise ships, so guests can easily stay in touch with friends and family back home and share fantastic images of their holiday. Sometimes, the terrain or weather can interrupt speeds, but generally, in Europe, our cruises always enjoy excellent Wi-Fi coverage.

What is the average age range of passengers on this cruise?

At Riviera Travel, we believe age is just a number; perhaps that’s why our guests span all ages, from travellers in their 30s right up to guests in their 80s and beyond. Irrespective of age, you’ll find that what all our passengers have in common is a desire to explore the best locations in Europe and a quest for adventure.

Do I require travel insurance?

Riviera Travel always recommends that guests have travel insurance in place before they start their holiday. However, we cannot recommend any specific products or companies.

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