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The Music of the Blue Danube

Discover Europe’s legendary musical cities, the inspiration for Hayden, Beethoven, Strauss, and Mozart on this Danube River Cruise. Explore Vienna, Salzburg, Budapest, and Bratislava with informative and inspirational tours.

Experience the pure joy of live music at classical concerts in some of Europe’s most atmospheric and historic locations. This Riviera Travel River Cruise visits key places in the classical music world set against the remarkable backdrop of the enchanting Blue Danube.

This musical adventure is based on our popular Blue Danube cruise, a must for classical music lovers and those who like the finer things in life. Enjoy elegant suites, gourmet cuisine, and the ultimate in comfort aboard our luxury cruisers.

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  • Cruise Line: Riviera Travel
  • Ship: MS William Wordsworth + 1 more
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: April 2025
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The Music of the Blue Danube Cruise Itinerary

Discover the magic of the Blue Danube with an unforgettable cruise that combines stunning scenery with the classical music heritage of some of Europe’s finest cities. This 7-night tour offers a luxurious voyage on one of the world’s most famous rivers with gourmet cuisine, evening performances and recitals, and a choice of stylish and elegant suites and staterooms. It’s music to anyone’s ears!

Day 1


Arrive in Budapest and transfer by coach to your luxury ship.

Day 2


Following an overnight sailing, wake up in Esztergom, an ancient Hungarian town and a royal capital from medieval times. Enjoy a tour of the basilica, the castle, and numerous historic churches, echoing with the sound of choral music.

Day 3


Explore the imperial splendour of the beautifully restored Old Town, the location for many famous European composers who all performed here. Guests enjoy a classical concert in the sumptuous Primate’s Palace before sailing into Lower Austria.

Day 4

Dürnstein & Melk

Dürnstein is famed for its Abbey and the striking blue tower plus the castle, prison to Richard the Lionheart in 1192. Explore these attractions and more on a guided walking tour before visiting the spectacular Melk Abbey in the afternoon.

Day 5


Today, the ship moors in Linz, and guests take a drive through the picturesque countryside to Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace. Discover the Mozart Museum, located in the house he was born in, and enjoy a classical piano recital.

Day 6


Start the day with a city tour, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the famous Spanish Riding School. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes peek at the Vienna Boys Choir before dinner on board, accompanied by a string quartet made up of local musicians.

Day 7


Sail past picturesque riverside scenery cruising towards Budapest, the ‘Pearl of the Danube.’ Explore with a guided tour, including the famous House of Music, and stroll around Városliget Lake. Enjoy a Hungarian folk dance performance as you dine.

Day 8


Passengers disembark and transfer to the airport for flights back to the UK.

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7 Nights

The Music of the Blue Danube

  • Budapest
  • Esztergom
  • Bratislava
  • Dürnstein & Melk
  • Salzburg
  • Vienna
£1,899pp Est. Price per person

The Music of the Blue Danube Cruise Review

“We have travelled the Blue Danube countless times, so we thought we knew what to expect with this specialist cruise – how wrong we were! The musical elements offer another dimension to a fabulous journey hallmarked by spectacular scenery and famous capital cities. Even if you’re not into classical music, you can’t fail to see how it brings the culture and architecture of these locations to life. We were spoiled on board with luxury accommodation and live musical performances, it was so different to all the other cruises we have been on.”

Meg and Richard, Welwyn Garden City

The Music of the Blue Danube FAQs

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

Are all the excursions, classical concerts, and recitals included in the quoted price?

All the shore tours, concerts, and recitals listed on the published itinerary, plus the two performances on board the ship, are included in the price. If you want to explore by yourself, then you’ll need to meet costs like museum entry and guided tours, as these are not included in your package price.

Are there any extras on this cruise?

For the ultimate seamless travel, you can choose our convenient door-to-door service, which provides transport from your front door to a regional train station or airport.

I have mobility restrictions. Is this a suitable cruise for me?

Our friendly reservations team is waiting to answer all of your questions and will discuss ship layout, cabin choice, and shore excursions with you so you can be clear on whether this cruise is appropriate for your level of mobility.

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