Blue Danube Cruise: An Active Journey - 2019

Budapest • Bratislava • Vienna • Linz • Passau • Regensburg
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Activities & Entertainment

This Trip Is Rated ActivePAX shopping

Several options on this trip include higher levels of activity. In addition, many of your included sightseeing tours involve walking — occasionally on cobbled or uneven streets, or along unpaved vineyard paths. If you wish to extend your walks, your Cruise Director or local guide can suggest scenic routes nearby. At the same time, there is plenty of time to relax aboard ship, and should you wish to forego any activity, you are always at liberty to do so. For the fullest enjoyment of this trip, we recommend that you be in reasonably good health, and able to walk at least a few miles unassisted. 

Onboard Cooking & Cocktail Classes

Savor 5-star dining onboard Vantage river ships. Get ready to learn all the tricks of the trade — and enjoy face time with our world-class chefs — when you sign up for complimentary onboard cooking classes in our Captain’s Clubs. Depending on the season and region you’re sailing, you’ll be treated to hands-on presentations spotlighting local produce, as the chef whips up main dishes and savory soups, followed by a delightful tasting session. Held during lunch- or dinnertime depending on your sailing schedule, these meals will replace those served in the main dining room. Each cooking class meals comes with food for thought, too — the conversation of fellow passengers in an intimate group of just 30. Don’t miss out on your chance to raise a glass, either, in cocktail-making demonstrations and tasting in your ship’s bar. (Cocktails available for purchase.) Salut!

Let's Go Biking!

Biking is not only a wonderful way to exercise, it is also a great way to experience a slice of life along the Danube. Your Deluxe river cruise ship has complimentary bicycles on board for use during your free time — your Cruise Director or Concierge can reserve one for you. You can also rent these bikes for $150 a week for the duration of your cruise, simply reserve it as an optional tour in your MyPortfolio account. This is an excellent opportunity to explore some of central Europe’s most charming cities — including Vienna, Passau, and Budapest — with the freedom that comes from being on two wheels. Click the links below for maps of many safe pathways open to cyclists. 


View the Biking Route Map: Budapest: Picturesque round trip

Length: 5 miles

Difficulty level: Easy & flat

This route will show you most magnificent sites of Budapest, including Freedom Bridge, Chain Bridge, and the Hungarian Parliament Building. From your ship, head to the Green Bridge (Freedom Bridge); make sure to take a look at Market Hall on your way, an excellent example of late 19th century Functionalist architecture. Between the White (Elizabeth) Bridge and Chain Bridge, you’ll enjoy excellent photo opportunities of the Parliament Building (designed by Gustav Eifel studios). Then, continue to Margit Island Bridge for an extended biking opportunity in the heart of Budapest. Cross the Danube on the Budapest side to for excellent pictures of Buda Castle and Gellert Hill. Then, continue towards the Chain and White bridges, where your ship is docked.

View the Biking Route Map: Bratislava: Traces of “Iron Curtain”

Length: 6.5 miles

Difficulty level: Easy & flat

This bike trip will take you past where the infamous Iron Curtain ran through Bratislava between the years 1948 and 1989 to the border of today’s Slovakia & Austria. Leaving the ship, head to the Green Bridge and cross the Danube. From the bridge, you’ll have excellent views of Bratislava Castle and the Danube. After crossing the bridge, continue to the right on the marked bike path toward the Austrian border. Just before you reach the border crossing, you will see in the trees on the right a former military bunker. This is one of the bunkers built along the entire border of former Czechoslovakia to protect it against Nazi German aggression; however, these bunkers were never used. There is also a short section of the path related to the Iron Curtain nearby. You can return back to the ship by crossing the Danube over the Lafranconi Bridge and then continue along the Danube back to the ship’s docking place.

View the Biking Route Map: Vienna: Leisure & relaxation area of Vienna: Danube Island

Length: 8 miles

Difficulty level: Moderate & flat

This bike tour is the perfect opportunity to explore spots where local Viennese go to relax. You can extend this route as much as you wish. Once off the ship, cross the Danube on Friedrich’s Bridge. Then, simply follow the marked paths on the island (either left or right). Along this bike route, you’ll enjoy panoramic sights of sky scrapers. The lower buildings belong to the seat of the United Nations in Vienna.

View the Biking Route Map: Linz: Mauthausen & Concentration camp

Length: 32 miles

Difficulty level: Moderate with a few hills

History lovers will appreciate an emotional experience at the memorial site of the former concentration camp of Mauthausen in Austria. The bike route, with a short incline, leads you along the Danube to the small town of Mauthausen. You can return to Linz on the other side of the Danube for a shorter bike ride.

View the Biking Route Map: Passau: Along the beautiful Ilz River

Length: 10 miles

Difficulty level: Moderate with a few hills

As the smallest tributary of the Danube in Passau, the Ilz River originates in the Bohemian Forest along the border area of the Czech Republic and Germany. Just few miles outside of Passau, the scenery will take on a pastoral feeling; the bike path winds gently along a small river with many opportunities for pictures. More adventurous bikers may enjoy bringing a swimsuit along for a dip in the mountain water. The return is downhill.

View the Biking Route Map: Regensburg: Walhalla memorial hall

Length: 14 miles

Difficulty level: Moderate & flat

Walhalla is one of the monuments built in the second half of the 19th century all over Germany to commemorate the unification of the Germanic states. The path is mostly flat and leads you along the scenic Danube, partly. At the end, you’ll need to go uphill for approximately half of a mile to get to the site, where the views of the site and surrounding area are well worth the trip.

Let Us Entertain You

Throughout your Danube River adventure, you’ll be exposed to local arts and entertainment, both on shore and aboard ship. You will be entertained by local musiciansin Linz, and can even choose to join an optional private concert in Vienna’s famed Kursalon. Back on the ship, you can relax, enjoy a drink with friends, and enjoy entertainment in the onboard lounge. It's a great way place to unwind after a day discovery the treasures of the Danube. 

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