Blue Danube Cruise: An Active Journey - 2019

Budapest • Bratislava • Vienna • Linz • Passau • Regensburg
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Budapest, Hungary

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Budapest to Regensburg

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Budapest, Hungary

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DAY 1:

Board your flight to Hungary

Board your flight for Hungary this evening. 

DAY 2:

Arrive in Budapest, embark your ship, and enjoy free time to explore by bike

Prepare to experience the joys of a river cruise, steeped in old world splendor and teeming with opportunities to be active. On arrival, a Vantage representative will assist you with your transfer to your ship. You’ll catch glimpses of this striking old world capital along the way, including views of Buda Castle and Andrassy Avenue — both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. After a Welcome Drink with the Captain, you’ll enjoy dinner onboard. Active Feature: Reserve one of the 30 bikes onboard the ship ahead of time and you can hit the town on a two-wheeled tour of the Hungarian capital as soon as you settle in. If there are none still available, your Cruise Director can help you find one to rent in town. 

Included Meals:


DAY 3:

A city tour of Budapest, biking opportunities, and a cooking demonstration

Budapest is a beautiful, baroque capital that enchants those who visit. You’ll get to know this UNESCO-listed city on an included city tour, including the famed Fisherman’s Bastion.

Active Feature: The rest of your day is at leisure, which is a perfect time to take advantage of the bikes we have waiting for you onboard. You'll also enjoy a Hungarian gullas (goulash) cooking demonstration.

Biking Opportunity: Enjoy the most magnificent sites of Budapest, including Freedom Bridge, Chain Bridge and the Hungarian Parliament Building during an easy 5-mile route. Click here for details.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 4:

Walking tour in Bratislava, Slovakia and a thrilling rafting excursion

This morning, you’ll get to know Bratislava. On your walking tour, glimpse the diverse historical sites — including Bishop’s Palace, Main Square, and the National Theater — of this intriguing capital. In the afternoon, enjoy an apple strudel making demonstration on board as well as a range of options for active exploration.

Active Feature: This afternoon, you'll have free time during which you can choose to explore by bike or join an unforgettable rafting experience. Paddling through rapids (which are fed by the Danube River itself) is truly exhilarating, and you'll experience this thrill just a short drive from Bratislava. Onsite experts will be there with you to ensure that you know what to do. The whitewater spray, the adrenaline, the camaraderie — this is truly an invigorating experience. In the evening, enjoy onboard entertainment.

Biking Opportunity: Follow the path of the Iron Curtain, where you’ll enjoy excellent views of the Bratislava Castle and the Danube, during an 8-mile route. Click here for details.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 5:

Transfer to Vienna for a walking tour, free time for biking, and a classical music performance

Today, explore Vienna, Austria's grand capital, on a scenic city tour.  This insightful coach and walking tour will give you a comprehensive view of this storied city at the heart of central Europe.

Active Feature: Your afternoon is free to explore Vienna — perhaps on a self-guided cycling tour that takes you to places you might not see otherwise, or perhaps zipping through the town on an electric boat.

Biking Opportunity: Enjoy the architecture of Vienna, including panoramic sights of the city’s skyscrapers, during a moderate 8-mile route. Click here for details.

Unforgettable Moment: Later you will enjoy a classical concert at Vienna's esteemed Kursalon music hall.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 6:

See Vienna awaken on an "early riser" walking tour and explore on your own

The Austrian capital continues to unfold for you today, including an active “early riser” walking tour (see below). In the afternoon, you’ll have time to discover the many treasures of Europe's most distinguished cities on your own, or join an optional tour to Schönbrunn Palace (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).

Active Feature and Unforgettable Moment: Your "early riser" walking tour allows you to see the Austrian capital awaken and come alive, and ends with coffee at one of Vienna's legendary coffeehouses, Cafe Central. Please note: Due to occupancy restrictions, Cafe Central has limited availability. Interested travelers should sign up with their Cruise Director if they wish to visit this historic cafe.

Biking Opportunity: Enjoy the architecture of Vienna, including panoramic sights of the city’s skyscrapers, during a moderate 8-mile route. Click here for details.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Optional Tour: Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace

  • Approximate Cost: $55 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Vienna, Austria
  • When: Half-day tour

Set off on this optional tour to Schönbrunn Palace, a grand baroque edifice with a rich history dating back to the 16th century.   The place has an impressive 1,441 rooms (though only 40 are open to vistors) and was an imperial summer palace for the Habsburg dynasty.  With a history and grandeur that more than justifies its UNESCO World Heritage Site status, this is an excellent spot to visit during your time in Vienna.  

DAY 7:

Transfer to Melk and embark on a tour of its 900-year-old Abbey 

We venture to Melk today, where we’ll take a guided tour of nearly thousand-year-old Melk Abbey. The abbey is still active, so we may even see some monks milling around as well. Our afternoon is at leisure. Back at the ship, you can participate in a Weiner Schnitzel cooking demonstration with a special tasting of Gruner Veltiner, a local Austrian style of wine.

Active Feature: Take one of the 30 bikes we have out for a spin in Melk.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 8:

Discover the former Roman settlement of Linz or take an optional Salzburg tour

Today, choose how you’d like to discover the many treasures in the Austrian town of Linz, a former Roman settlement with a rich history as a trade hub along the Danube. Your intriguing options are below. Cultural Discovery: After dinner this evening, enjoy some local entertainment in the lounge.

Active features: Enjoy a walking tour of this lovely city, followed by hiking through charming Poestlingberg.

Or set off for an optional full-day tour in Salzburg, the Alpine city immortalized in The Sound of Music (additional charge).

Embark on a walking tour to the Ars Electronica Museum of Technology, the "Museum of the Future."

Biking Opportunity: Follow the Danube to the small town of Mauthausen, site of a former Austrian concentration camp during a moderate 32-mile route. Click here for details.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Optional Tour: Salzburg


  • Approximate Cost: $65 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 7 hours
  • Location: Salzburg, Austria
  • When: Full-day tour

Embark on this optional tour of Salzburg, a jewel of a city nestled in the Austrian Alps. The famed birthplace of Mozart and the site where The Sound of Music was filmed, this city is teeming with charm. On a walking tour of the Old Town, also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll see many fine examples of notable architecture and learn the history of this picturesque town.  

DAY 9:

Embark on an active walking tour of Passau and enjoy a Captain's Dinner

Baroque splendor awaits you in Passau, favorably located at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz, and Danube rivers.

Active Feature and Unforgettable Moment: Admire the Old Town's Italian-baroque and medieval architecture on an active walking tour that takes you to the three main hills in Passau: Domber, Mariahilfberg, and Georgsberg.&

Biking Opportunity: Follow the beautiful Ilz River along an extremely scenic moderate 10-mile route. Click here for details.

The Captain's Farewell Dinner is onboard this evening.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 10:

Explore UNESCO-listed Regensburg and enjoy a cooking demonstration

Today, you'll explore Regensburg, the remarkably well-preserved, UNESCO-listed city with a history stretching back to the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius. Explore the city on a walking tour, admiring historic buildings and the ancient Roman stones at Porta Praetoria Arch.

Your afternoon is at leisure, during which you can learn how to make German sour cabbage and try some local wheat beer. Dinner is onboard this evening.

Active Features: Set off on a more active walking tour that will take you to Thurn & Taxis Palace, which features some impressive architecture and intriguing history.

Embark on a unique "Beggars, Jugglers, and Executioners" tour.

Biking Opportunity: Explore Regensburg’s monuments and history, including Walhalla memorial hall, during a moderate 14-mile route. Click here for details.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 11:

Disembark ship in Regensburg and transfer to Munich airport for your flight home

Disembark your river cruise ship in Regensburg and transfer to the Munich airport to return home. Or begin a delightful extension in Prague. 

Included Meals:


Post-Trip Extension

Prague, Czech Republic


Important Notice: The above day-by-day itinerary is preliminary and subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Cruise Director or regional expert. In addition, should there be an extreme change in water levels, Vantage will do everything possible to provide either the included excursion or an alternate excursion at Vantage’s discretion.

Please Note: Port times & itineraries are subject to change. Fluctuating water levels and winter weather may affect itinerary.

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