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Danube Discovery Cruise: Cultural Encounters & Active Adventures - 2020

Budapest | 9-night cruise with Bratislava, Vienna, Linz, Passau, Regensburg
  • EXPLORE EXCITING EUROPEAN CITIES ON TWO WHEELS USING OUR COMPLIMENTARY ONBOARD BIKES
  • RELAX AND ENJOY THE BREATHTAKING SCENERY OF THE DANUBE RIVER AS YOU SAIL FROM PORT TO PORT
  • DISCOVER BUDAPEST’S HISTORY AND ARCHITECTURE WHILE ENJOYING REMARKABLE VIEWS
  • SEE WHAT AWAITS YOU IN BAROQUE PASSAU, THE CITY ON THREE RIVERS
  • IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE CITY OF MUSIC AND ENJOY A SPECIAL CLASSICAL PERFORMANCE AT THE ESTEEMED KURSALON
  • RESERVE YOUR DELUXE SOLO SPACE ON OUR REFURBISHED M/S RIVER NAVIGATOR — THE MOST SINGLE CABINS!
DATES & PRICES
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$3,999
  • $399
    PER DAY
  • 10
    DAYS
  • 13
    TOURS
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11 DAYS FROM $4,298
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Budapest, Hungary

4 DAYS FROM $799

Prague, Czech Republic

4 DAYS FROM $849

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Looking for an active travel experience while traveling in Europe? In addition to sailing in five-star luxury, with an itinerary that is just as exciting as it is enriching as you immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of four countries? Then our Danube cruise is for you.

Sail on our newly reimagined 5-star m/s River Navigator in 2020 and you’ll enjoy the most accommodation options available in deluxe cruising today, with a whopping 43 single cabins built just for independent travelers. Not only will you enjoy a value that has no added fees for traveling solo, but many have stunning floor-to-ceiling windows on higher decks — a Vantage exclusive.

But not matter whether you’re traveling solo, with your spouse or a group of friends, your comprehensive value includes local wines with dinner, our Concierge service, use of deluxe bicycles (helmets and locks, too!), and fun opportunities to customize your tour with active options to choose from: an active “Early Riser” walk in Vienna, an exhilarating water rafting experience in Cunovo, vigorous walks to the three hills of Passau as well as some hiking in Poestlingberg, and more. Plus, on 13 included tours and Cultural Connections, you’ll unearth the treasures of four different countries and three different capitals, as well as experiencing an eye-popping six UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Of course, this will be a world-class cultural journey, too. You’ll visit some of the continent’s most history-dense and culturally fascinating cities, from Vienna and Budapest to Melk and Linz. Get to know Budapest, Hungary’s storied capital, and listen to a special classical concert at the esteemed Kursalon music hall in Vienna. Discover Melk’s famous abbey, and explore historic towns like Regensburg, Linz, and Passau. You can even opt to visit Salzburg of The Sound of Music fame. Plus, you can enhance this already unbeatable value by adding one of our extensions for more time in incomparable Budapest, or in Prague, the City of a Hundred Spires. Experience the highlights of Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary on an active cruise you’ll remember for years to come.

Budapest to Regensburg

Pre-Trip Extension

Budapest, Hungary

FROM: $799 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $200 PER DAY
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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 active explorations. On arrival, a Vantage representative will assist you with your transfer to your ship. You’ll catch glimpses of this striking capital along the way, including views of Buda Castle and Andrassy Avenue — both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Solo-Friendly Feature: After a Welcome Drink with the Captain, you’ll enjoy dinner on board. Active Feature: Reserve one of the 30 bikes on board 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:

Dinner

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, which includes Heroes’ Square, Andrassy Avenue, Parliament, Castle Hill, and Fisherman’s Bastion.

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

Solo-Friendly Feature and Cultural Connection: Before dinner on the ship, you'll enjoy a Hungarian gúllas (goulash) cooking demonstration during which you can sign up to sample this delicious dish — and some Hungarian wines. Tonight, you’ll also enjoy a fun community social media session, and learn how to share your cruise highlights. Pick up some fun new selfie tips, too!

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 4:

Walking tour in Bratislava, Slovakia, and a thrilling rafting excursion

The morning is at leisure. Cultural Connection: Enjoy an apple strudel making demonstration on board, which is an excellent (and delectable) opportunity to learn more about the local cuisine. You'll also get a chance to learn about the recent history of central European countries during an included lecture. In the afternoon, embark on a walking tour of Bratislava. Glimpse the diverse historical sites — including Bishop’s Palace, Main Square, and the National Theater — of this intriguing capital.

Active Feature: Later, 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 after just a short drive from Bratislava. On-site experts will be there with you to ensure that you know what to do. The white-water spray, the adrenaline, the camaraderie — this is truly an invigorating experience.

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.

Solo-Friendly Features: In the evening, enjoy onboard entertainment, and a solo-friendly get-together led by your Cruise Director or Concierge.

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 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 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, as you see the Ring Road, Kaertner Strasse, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and more.

Active Feature: After lunch on the ship, your afternoon is free to explore Vienna — perhaps zipping through the town on an electric boat, or you can choose a self-guided cycling tour that takes you to places in the Austrian capital you might not see otherwise. 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.

Cultural Connection and Solo-Friendly Feature: Later, 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

Solo-Friendly Feature: 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). You'll also have a guided tour at the House of Music, a dazzling multimedia and interactive experience that is a perfect addition to our time in the City of Music.

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, Café Central. Please note: Due to occupancy restrictions, Café Central has limited availability. Interested travelers should sign up with their Cruise Director if they wish to visit this historic café.

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.

Solo-Friendly Feature: Tonight’s lively entertainment — a team of warm-up dancers — is sure to inspire you to try your own fancy footwork. Make a new friend when you practice their steps!

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'll have a morning at leisure as we venture to Melk today. After lunch on board, we’ll take a guided tour of nearly thousand-year-old Melk Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The abbey is still active, so we may even see some monks milling around as well. Our afternoon is at leisure. Cultural Connection and Solo-Friendly Features: Back at the ship, you can participate in a Weiner Schnitzel cooking demonstration with a special tasting of Grüner Veltliner, a local Austrian style of wine. Tonight, your Cruise Director will lead a feisty disco night in the lounge.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 8:

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

Today, explore the Austrian town of Linz, a former Roman settlement with a rich history as a trade hub along the Danube. Active Features: Enjoy a walking tour of this lovely city, followed by hiking through charming Poestlingberg and a visit to the Ars Electronica Museum of Technology, the "Museum of the Future."

Later, consider setting off for an optional full-day tour in Salzburg, the Alpine city immortalized in The Sound of Music. Or enjoy an afternoon at leisure, perhaps taking advantage of the bikes on board. 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.

Solo-Friendly Feature: Gather with fellow solo travelers tonight with some local entertainment on board.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Optional Tour: Salzburg

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

Before arriving in Passau this morning, you’ll enjoy an insightful lecture on ways to live a healthier lifestyle. 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: Domberg, Mariahilfberg, and Georgsberg. Your afternoon is at leisure. Cultural Connection and Solo-Friendly Feature: Enjoy a painting lesson on board. Biking Opportunity: You can also follow the beautiful Ilz River along an extremely scenic moderate 10-mile route. Click here for details.

The Bavarian-style Captain's Farewell Drink and Dinner is on board this evening, giving you a chance to gather with your fellow travelers and reflect on an incredible journey.

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. Cultural Connection: You can use this time to learn how to make German sour cabbage and try some local wheat beer. Or experience one of the active features below.

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. Or embark on a unique "Beggars, Jugglers, and Executioners" tour, which gives you a different perspective on the history and culture in Regensburg.

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

Solo-Friendly Feature: Tonight, try your hand and some regional specialties during a fun interactive cooking lesson. Once you embark, you can sign up in advance for this small-group experience.

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:

Breakfast

Post-Trip Extension

Prague, Czech Republic

FROM: $849 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $212 PER DAY

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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