Blue Danube Cruise: An Active Journey - 2020

Budapest | 9-night cruise with Bratislava, Vienna, Linz, Passau, Regensburg
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Looking for an active travel experience while traveling in Europe? This four-country river cruise is for you. Why? First, we’ve made it so easy to explore by bike: There are 30 top-notch bikes on board our deluxe river ships which you can reserve with your Cruise Director or Concierge. Each bike is designed for exploring paved city trails common in Europe and gives travelers another way to see city highlights as well as off-the-beaten-path destinations.

That’s not all though – you’ll have a range of other invigorating 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. Your Danube cruise experience can be as active or leisurely as you like — in fact, you can tailor your day based on what you’d like to do.

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. And that’s just the beginning. Traveling solo? Nab free Single Supplements available on every departure of this Danube river cruise (limited availability). 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. Join us on our Blue Danube Cruise!

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DAY 1:

Board your flight to Germany 

Your excitement builds as you board your flight bound for Germany this evening, ready for a truly remarkable and invigorating journey. 

DAY 2:

Board your river ship in Regensburg, Germany and have a drink with the Captain

On arrival, a Vantage representative will assist you with your transfer to your ship from the Munich airport.  Once on board, settle in before joining your fellow travelers for a Welcome Drink with the Captain. Dinner is on the ship this evening. 

Active Feature: Reserve one of the 30 bikes on board the ship ahead of time and you embark on two-wheeled tour of this charming town as soon as you settle in. If there are no bikes available, your Cruise Director can help you find one to rent. Your crew can provide you with maps and information to ensure you get the most from a leisurely cycling tour in Regensburg. 

Included Meals:


DAY 3:

Explore UNESCO-listed Regensburg on a walking tour and take the complimentary bikes for a spin

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, which includes an Acting Scene, provided by the tour guide, admiring historic buildings and the ancient Roman stones at Porta Praetoria Arch.

Photo opportunities are included per group, per tour!

Our Active Walkers experience all of the above and more! Including: The Neupfarrplatz, and the monument to the former Jewish quarter, the Haidplatz (medieval main square), and the Bismarckplace, with the Neoclassical Theater.

Your afternoon is at leisure, and the Captain's Dinner (a Bavarian-style feast) is on board this evening.

Active Features: There are included active features throughout your journey that you can choose to join or not — it’s up to you! Today, you’ll have the chance set off on a more active walking tour that will take you to Thurn und Taxis Palace. Or embark on a unique "Beggars, Jugglers, and Executioners" tour, which gives you a different perspective on the history and culture in Regensburg. (Be sure to Sign-Up!)

Biking Opportunity: There are also many chances to explore on two wheels using the bikes we have on board or, if those are all spoken for, by renting one. Today, you can 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 4:

Embark on a charming walking tour of Passau and enjoy a cooking demonstration

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: Enjoy a painting lesson on board, as well as learning how to make German sour cabbage and try some local wheat beer this afternoon. Biking Opportunity: Come with us and discover the region of Passau. On our bike ride you will enjoy the beautiful countryside along the natural Inn River with meadows and forests. These riversides are habitats for breeding birds and beavers. With a bit of fortune you might have the chance to see two countries and neighbors growing together. 

Start cycling along the Inn to Wernstein. Then we'll cross the bridge and have a short photo stop! We'll finish by cycling back on the other side, heading back to Passau, and end our journey at the ship. This is a scenic 12.5 miles/ 20 kilometers trip! Click here for details.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 5:

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 onboard. 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.  This evening, enjoy some onboard entertainment in the lounge.

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 6:

Set off on a tour of 900-year-old Melk Abbey and explore the town on a bike

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. The afternoon 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.

You’ll arrive in Vienna this evening. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 7:

Scenic city tour of Vienna, free time for an electric-powered boat tour, 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: Your afternoon is free to explore Vienna —  perhaps zipping through the town on an electric boat or, if you choose, perhaps on a cycling tour that takes you to places you might not see otherwise. Or take a trip to the Donau Observation Tower- remember to sign-up!

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 and Cultural Connection:  Enjoy a classical concert at Vienna's esteemed Kursalon music hall later today, the perfect coda to a delightful day in the City of Music.

Shuttle Services to the city center will be provided for anyone not joining one of our Active Features.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 8:

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) at an additional charge. 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. 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: Individuals can 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 9:

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

After breakfast, embark on a your 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. 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.

This evening, you'll enjoy the Captain's Farewell Reception — as well as a Cocktail of the Day presentation — before enjoying dinner on the ship. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 10:

A city tour of Budapest and free time to discover it on two wheels

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 will include seeing 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 route. Click here for details.

Cultural Connection: Before dinner on the ship, you'll enjoy a Hungarian gullas (goulash) cooking demonstration during which you sample this delicious dish and some Hungarian wines. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 11:

Disembark ship and transfer to Budapest airport for your flight home

Disembark your river cruise ship and transfer to the Budapest airport to return home. Or stay in the Hungarian capital for your extension.

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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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