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The Blue Danube River Cruise

The thread that weaves through Europe’s culture, the Danube is the link between grand baroque architecture, mediaeval cities, picture postcard towns, and breathtaking views that inspired famous composers like Strauss and Mozart.

Visit Europe’s finest cities on this Danube River Cruise, including the capitals, Budapest, the Pearl of the Danube, Bratislava, and Vienna, plus unmissable Linz and Salzburg.

Explore this romantic and tranquil ribbon running through Europe’s heartland with breathtaking river scenery and richly diverse culture and heritage. Savour the flavours of Europe on a Riviera Travel River Cruise ship with luxury suites and gourmet cuisine.

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  • Cruise Line: Riviera Travel
  • Ship: MS Oscar Wilde + 3 more
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: Apr - Oct
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The Blue Danube River Cruise Itinerary

Discover the beauty of Europe’s most famous river with a 7-night cruise on the magical Blue Danube. Explore some of the world’s finest capital cities and soak up centuries of history, heritage, and culture, not to mention gourmet cuisine and international wines. With plenty of sailing time, enjoy some of the world’s best river views on board a luxury cruise ship that rivals the finest five-star boutique hotel, your travel partner in style.

Day 1


Board your luxury river cruiser moored in Budapest, the Pearl of the Danube.

Day 2


After an overnight sailing, arrive in Esztergom, one of Hungary’s oldest towns and a royal capital from medieval times. Enjoy a guided tour and explore the basilica, the castle and a town little changed since the days of the Habsburgs.

Day 3


Today, discover Slovakia’s vibrant capital, Bratislava, on an educational tour that showcases this city’s imperial past after the veil of Communism lifted in the late 20th century. Savour the views on an afternoon cruise into Lower Austria.

Day 4

Dürnstein & Melk

Dürnstein is famed for the ice-blue tower of the Abbey, and there is also an equally impressive castle, the prison of Richard the Lionheart, in 1192. After a guided tour, your cruise heads to Melk with its remarkable 18th-century Baroque Abbey.

Day 5

Salzburg and Linz

Arriving in Linz, guests can choose an overnight stay in this pretty Baroque city with a guided walking tour or a drive to Salzburg. Salzburg features one of Europe’s largest stone fortresses, two fine palaces, and a charming old town.

Day 6


Discover the delights of Austria’s first city and, for two centuries, the cultural centre of Europe. Stroll wide elegant boulevards lined with fine Baroque architecture and iconic locations. Later, enjoy a sumptuous dinner on board with a classical recital.

Day 7


Cruise the peaceful Hungarian landscape towards Budapest with a tour of the two settlements of Buda and Pest, split by the Danube. Enjoy the delights of this historic city with a Gala Dinner and Hungarian folklore show on board ship in the evening.

Day 8


Disembark and transfer to the airport or railway stations to begin your journey back to the UK.

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7 Nights
Apr Oct

The Blue Danube River Cruise

  • Budapest
  • Esztergom
  • Bratislava
  • Dürnstein & Melk
  • Salzburg and Linz
  • Vienna
£1,599pp Est. Price per person
  • MS Oscar Wilde + 3 more ships  

The Blue Danube River Cruise Review

“This is our fifth return on this cruise because you just can’t beat the views and cities of the Blue Danube. There is so much to see, do, and enjoy, whether you’re interested in culture, famous landmarks, or just fabulous river scenery. The cuisine on board is spectacular and mirrors the areas you sail through, and there are plenty of fine vintages for wine buffs. This cruise is the perfect blend of river time and wonderful scenery, plus fascinating port stops at some of the finest cities in the world. We’ll be back again!”

Roger and Amanda, Reigate

The Blue Danube River Cruise FAQ

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

Is Wi-Fi available on board during the cruise?

Complementary Wi-Fi is available throughout your luxury river cruise vessel. Speeds can vary sometimes due to geography or weather conditions, but most of our European river cruises have great coverage to allow you to keep in touch with family and friends back home.

My husband has restricted mobility due to some age-related health issues. Is this a suitable cruise for him?

Discuss your specific travel needs with one of our friendly booking agents. We can walk you through the ship, help you decide on a cabin, and discuss which port excursions may or may not be suitable. We are always happy to make adaptations where we can to accommodate different guests’ needs.

I am on a restricted diet. Will my menu requirements be a problem for the on-board catering?

All the meals on board the ship are prepared daily by our expert chefs using the finest fresh local ingredients and designed to capture the flavours of the regions you sail through. We tailor dishes for vegetarians and vegans and can also adjust menus to suit passengers with specific dietary requirements. Just remember to discuss this with the reservations team when you book.

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