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Vienna and the Blue Danube

Explore the iconic city of Vienna and the picturesque scenery of one of Europe’s most famous rivers, the Blue Danube, flowing through the heartland of Austria and Germany.

Sail from Vienna to scenic Dürnstein, nestling beneath the ruins of Kuenringer Castle. Explore Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace, and visit the setting for the iconic film, ‘The Sound of Music,’ and discover Passau, Bavaria’s most easterly city.

Enjoy five-star accommodation aboard your river cruiser, Spirit of the Danube. Pick from a variety of suites and staterooms and a choice of dining options offering gourmet international and regional menus and, always a river view guaranteed.

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  • Cruise Line: Saga
  • Ship: Spirit of the Danube
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: March 2024
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Vienna and the Blue Danube Cruise Itinerary

Discover the legend that is the Blue Danube, Europe’s most famous river, with time in Vienna and other hand-picked beautiful and historic destinations on this 7-night luxury cruise. A range of fascinating shore excursions showcases the heritage that has developed throughout centuries of trade, military might, and culture along the banks of this beautiful river. Enjoy fantastic scenic views from your luxury cruiser, Spirit of the Danube, with elegant and contemporary suites and a choice of restaurants serving award-winning international and regional cuisine.

Day 1


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

Day 2

Vienna – Durnstein

Explore the picturesque and historic town of Dürnstein, nestling beneath the ruins of Kuenringer Castle, a wonderful mix of tradition and beauty surrounded by the stunning rural scenery of the Wachau Valley.

Day 3


Linz is a vibrant city and Upper Austria’s culture and art capital. Explore this historic and cultural location where old architecture blends seamlessly with contemporary buildings and a cosmopolitan creative arts scene. Guests can also visit Salzburg.

Day 4


Passau, known as the City of Three Rivers, is located at the confluence of the Danube, Ilz, and Inn Rivers. A long and wealthy history gives Passau an abundance of fine architecture, including a Baroque Cathedral and two fine Bishop’s Palaces.

Day 5

Melk – Tulln

Melk is a historic town with cultural influences from many centuries; however, the jewel in Melk’s crown is the Abbey. Unfailingly imposing in size and scale, this is a Benedictine Monastery, cultural centre, and UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 6

Tulln – Vienna

Tulln is known as the ‘City of Flowers’ because of its large number of parks, gardens, and picturesque riverside promenades. One of the main attractions is the Nibelung Fountain and the iconic bronze sculptures by Michail Nogin.

Day 7


Explore the streets of this famous city, home to coffee houses, the world’s finest opera house, and the centre of the Habsburg Empire for 600 years. Enjoy a guided excursion and return later on the complimentary shuttle service for some free time.

Day 8


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

Vienna and the Blue Danube 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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Explore the History, Heritage, and Culture of Vienna and the Blue Danube with Crui.se

7 Nights
March 2024

Vienna and the Blue Danube

  • Vienna
  • Vienna – Durnstein
  • Linz
  • Passau
  • Melk / Tulln
  • Tulln - Vienna
£2,469pp Est. Price per person
  • Spirit of the Danube  

Vienna and the Blue Danube Cruise Review

“This was our first European cruise, and we chose the Danube as it’s just so famous. How perfect is this trip! You get all the joy and beauty of Vienna plus some interesting locations you probably would never visit on a land-based holiday. The shore tours are well organised and informative, and there is time to explore by yourself if you want to. Spirit of the Danube is just that: the perfect river ship for this voyage, luxurious, well-appointed, very comfortable, and beautifully designed to make the most of the river views. Even if you’re a veteran cruiser, this trip is just a delight.”

Tony and Pat, Stourbridge

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Vienna and the Blue Danube FAQ

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

Is there a Doctor on board the ship?

There isn’t a residential doctor on board the Spirit of the Danube but there is a trained first aider. If you are bringing medication with you that you take regularly, it can be helpful to have details of this written down and kept in a prominent location in case you are taken ill during your holiday.

What are Gentle Walker Groups?

If an excursion is classified as a Walking Grade 4 or higher, then there will always be a Gentle Walker group tour as an alternative. Gentle Walker groups follow a slightly different itinerary selecting different highlights that avoid steep inclines or descents and at a slower pace. They also feature more solo exploration time, so some guests choose them anyway if they want the freedom to discover a location independently.

When is the balance payment due for my cruise?

The balance is due no later than 90 days before your sailing date. You can pay online by clicking on ‘Manage My Booking’ or phone up and make a card payment. You can use a different card from the one you used for the deposit. We don’t retain card details, so if you want to use the same card, you must either pay online or call our booking team.

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