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River Danube

The Danube is undoubtedly one of the most iconic rivers in Europe. Starting in Germany's Black Forest and running for 1,777 miles through numerous European countries and many capital cities, before finally ending in the Black Sea, this stunning waterway is a delight to sail on. There is so much variety along the banks, as each country it passes through has their own traditions, and their own ways of gathering around the river. From the beautiful architecture of the Imperial cities, to the tiny clusters of villages, there is so much to see along the banks in both the day and the night as the glitter and glamour of glorious Europe passes effortlessly by.

There are 3 cruises matching River Danube

Danube Cruise - Nuremberg to Budapest

At every bend, your spectacular Danube cruise reveals new surprises - imposing fortresses, vine-laden hillsides and alluring forests. Explore three distinctive countries aboard your cruise ship and experience the Danube's harmonious blend of natural and cultural beauty with tours of elegant European cities on the way.

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2018AprMayJunAugSep

9 days from £1,895 pp

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Luxury Danube Cruise

What a civilised way to visit the magnificent cities of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Join your luxurious ship for a gentle cruise along the River Danube for a journey that passes the dynamic capitals of Vienna and Budapest, and transports you through the scenic Wachau Valley.

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2018MarAprMayJunSepOct

8 days from £1,895 pp

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Rhine, Main & Danube Cruise

Cruise the mighty Rhine and Danube on this epic journey through Europe's heartland. From the Dutch capital of Amsterdam, travel down to explore the winding valleys and traditional riverside towns of historic Bavaria, and explore the heritage of regal Austria before ending your tour in the beautiful Imperial city of Budapest.

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2018MarAprMayJunAugSep

15 days from £2,945 pp

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Countries on the Danube

Europe's second largest river runs through 10 countries from beginning to end. Starting in Germany, it then cuts through the top of Austria and skirts the border between Slovakia and Hungary, passing through the Slovakian Capital City of Budapest on its route. The river then divides Hungary from North to South, before making a natural boarder between Croatia and Serbia. From here, it continues through Serbia, flowing through its capital, Belgrade, and makes another natural boarder between Bulgaria and Romania, finally flowing through the eastern side of Romania, briefly touching on Moldova on its way, and eventually reaching the Black Sea.

Each country has their own distinct heritage, and sailing through them gives passengers a marvellous insight into the people that both lived there and live there still. From the verdant and hilly countryside of Austria, to Devin Castle in Slovakia that watches over the river, there is a real sense of history, both natural and manmade, as one sails on through the countries.

The Danube was also once considered to be a useful military acquisition, having been controlled by the Ottoman Empire, the Kingdom of Hungary and the Habsburgs, as well as being the site of many battles along its banks, and although the countries around this waterway have changed innumerable times, the river still forges on, following the same path for millennia.

Highlights of the Danube

As well as the myriad of countries, the Danube also flows through numerous sights and cities, including the capitals of Hungary (Budapest), Austria (Vienna), Serbia (Belgrade) and Slovakia (Bratislava), which is the most out of any river in the world. Through these beautiful and incredible historic sights, it is possible to see the changing architecture, the lives of the people who live there, and the differences and similarities that separate and bring together the cities of Central and Eastern Europe.

In Vienna, discover the elegance of this still beautiful Imperial city, as you see some of the lovely sights from the main body of the river, including the ultra-modern Millennium Tower, the stunning Jubliäumskirche, and the wide green spaces that somehow populate this busy Austrian city. If you have the chance to independently explore Vienna, be sure to visit the Prater, an amusement park that features a Ferris wheel, from the top of which you can see the city laid out majestically before you.

Budapest is another exciting city that clusters around the river. The capital of Hungary, Budapest was once 2 separate cities, Buda and Pest, that was divided by the Danube, and is now sewn together with numerous bridges that criss-cross the water. From the Danube, many of the city sights unfurl before you, as the hilly Buda area slopes gently away from the river, revealing the breathtaking Castle District. On the Pest side, the Hungarian Parliament building, a domed Gothic Revival building, imperiously overlooks those who sail on the river below. At night, the city becomes a splendour of twinkling lights and gently lit buildings, giving a sense of romanticism to those lucky enough to be on the Danube at the time.

Helpful Hints

Many of the countries - apart from Austria, Germany, and Slovakia - do not use the Euro (€), so it is an idea to find out which countries you will be going through on a Danube cruise. In Hungary, the currency is the forint (Ft), in Serbia, it is the dinar (РСД), in Croatia, the kuna (kn), in Bulgaria, they use the lev (лв), in Ukraine, the hryvnia (₴), and finally, in Moldova and Romania, they use the leu (leu/lei).

The languages as you go along the Danube differ also, and so it might be an idea to discover which countries you will be sailing through, and brush up on a few helpful words and phrases.
The climate along the river is predominantly temperate and continental, as most of the path cuts through landlocked countries. There is so much to discover along the way, so it might be a good idea to bring sturdy walking shoes and clothing suitable for many different weather conditions.

In the evening, clothes for going out might change in formality depending on where you are docked at the time. In Vienna, for example, an evening out is a formal affair, whereas it might be rather more casual in the smaller towns and villages along the way.

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