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Blue Danube

Budapest →  Nuremberg

8 Days

This cruise takse you from Budapest – the “Queen of the Danube”, along the Rhine-Main-Danube canal (a masterpiece of engineering) to the Bavarian town of Nuremberg. 

Pass through four of Europe’s most important countries (Germany, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia), three world-famous capital cities (Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava), and through diverse landscapes such as the “Schlögener Schlinge” below Passau, the picturesque, myth-enshrouded Wachau region, and the Danube-knee at Visegrad (the Hungarian Wachau), with imposing architectural buildings along the banks of the rivers, such as Melk Abbey and the Esztergom Basilica.


At the very start of your cruise, you will enjoy one of Europe's most attractive cities and tourist destinations.

Board the ship and get settled into your river-view cabin. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially prepared Welcome Dinner. Your ship will remain in Budapest for the first night.


Stay Budapest
Over Night

Spend the day exploring Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Join the morning city highlights tour to admire the neo-Gothic House of Parliament, Fisherman’s Bastion, Buda Castle and more.

Later in the day, roam further afield to one of the most important Hungarian palaces: the Royal Palace of Gödöllő in Pest county. Or opt for an alternate excursion “Vibrant Budapest” to view the market hall with its local delicacies, the famed thermal baths and the famous Gerbeaud Café, which looks back to more than 150 years of history. This evening, enjoy an authentic Hungarian folklore show and an evening cruise by the UNESCO-listed riverbanks. Sail under the illuminated Chain Bridge past sights like the Buda Castle district twinkling with lights.

Stay Budapest
Departure at 10pm

After lunch, the vessel arrives in the Slovak capital. On your walking tour through the carefully restored old town, begin with the Michael’s Gate – medieval city entrance, admire the neoclassical Primatial Palace, St. Martin’s Cathedral – a former coronation church for Hungarian kings, and the building of the 15th century Universitas Istropolitana – the oldest university in the territory of modern Slovakia.

Bratislava's old city walls, the summer residence of the archbishop, and the residence of the Slovak president are also part of the charm of this city, along with the many human-sized sculptures scattered all over the Old Town. Back on board, enjoy a delicious dinner with your fellow travelers.

Stay Bratislava
2pm - 11.59pm

There is much to explore in Imperial Vienna. Enjoy the sights on the “Highlights of Vienna” morning tour, including the Ringstrasse, the Opera House, the Museum Quarter and more.

Later in the day, venture to Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of Empress Maria Theresia, or pay a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts, one of the most important art museums in the world with works by Rubens, Rembrandt and many more. In the evening, opt to enjoy the “Sound of Vienna” concert at a local music salon. Before midnight, the vessel departs toward the romantic Wachau Valley.

Stay Vienna
8am - 11.30pm

Awaken in the village of Dürnstein, known as the “Pearl of the Wachau”. Take a guided morning tour in the romantic village with its iconic blue church and winding streets, and sample the local wines.

After lunch on board, dock in Emmersdorf in the heart of the UNESCO-protected landscape of the Wachau Valley. Spend the afternoon discovering this typical Lower Austrian town or travel across the river to nearby Melk and its magnificent Benedictine abbey, the largest in Austria.

Stay Dürnstein
7am - 11am
Stay Melk/Emmersdorf
2pm - 6pm

Our next port of call is the three-rivers city of Passau, located at the confluence of the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz rivers. Explore the old town of Passau on a walking tour and admire its Baroque architecture, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral, which contains the largest pipe organ in the world with 17,974 pipes.

This evening, enjoy the Captain’s Gala Dinner as you continue to beautiful Regensburg.

Stay Passau
12pm - 4.30pm

Welcome to one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities! Among its architectural treasures, which you can discover on the walking tour, are churches, monasteries, the town hall, and one of Europe’s oldest bridges, which has spanned the Danube since the 12th century. Step inside the Regensburg Cathedral, dedicated to St. Peter, and admire this masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Spend the afternoon cruising the Danube. A Bavarian theme marks the evening with festivities and a special menu.

Stay Regensburg
9.30am - 12.30pm

We bid you farewell after breakfast in the city of Nuremberg. We hope to welcome you back soon!

Stay Nuremberg
Arrival at 9am

Dates & Prices

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  • Large, outside river-view staterooms, most with French balconies or walk-out balconies
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer & soft drinks
    with every lunch and dinner onboard
  • Gourmet dining onboard 
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Services of an experienced English-speaking onboard Cruise Director
  • 24 hour coffee and tea station​
  • All onboard entertainment including talks, cooking demonstrations, musical performances and nightly piano music
  • Fitness room (opn 24 hours)
  • Bottled water in every stateroom 
  • In-stateroom infotainment center
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for optional excursions
  • All local taxes & port charges included

Excursions and excursion packages

Cruise your way and choose from a carefully curated selection of immersive and inspiring excursions and adventures! Select one of our packages offered at a discounted rate when purchased in advance or book individual shore excursions at regular rates on board your cruise.

Unlimited Excursion Package | for only $ 384.00 per person

Enjoy the flexibility to choose any shore excursion of the ones listed below for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

When booking our new ALL-IN excursion package prior to departure we offer you maximum flexibility at a great value. Create your personalized shore excursion program by choosing your favorite tours from our list of exciting options in each port.

Introductory Excursion Package | for only $ 149.00 per person

Enjoy a package of 5 pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:

  • Budapest - Capital of Hungary
  • Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube
  • Vienna – Imperial discovery tour
  • Passau walking tour
  • Regensburg walking tour

Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.

Cruise Budapest - Nuremberg Unit Price
Budapest - Capital of Hungary $ 43.00
Visit to the Royal Palace of Gödöllö $ 57.00
  OR Vibrant Budapest $ 46.00
Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube $ 43.00
Vienna – Imperial discovery tour $ 44.00
Visit to Schönbrunn Palace $ 61.00
  OR Visit to the Museum of Fine Arts $ 69.00
"Sound of Vienna" classical concert (Cat. B) $ 71.00
Dürnstein walking tour with wine tasting in a local cellar $ 32.00
Visit to Melk Abbey $ 59.00
Passau walking tour $ 23.00
Regensburg walking tour $ 23.00

Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.

Additional Services

Arrival & Transfer

You're in good hands with us from the start: Let us book you a transfer from the airport or train station to the ship port and back. The following prices apply per person per transfer.

Airport – Port $ 52
Budapest City Center – Port $ 24
Train Station – Port $ 30

Airport– Port $ 72
Train station– Port $ 72
Center– Port $ 72