Danube River Tours & Trips 2020

197 trips to Danube River tours from 55 tour companies. 71 reviews. 4.5/5 avg rating.

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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Danube Discovery Cruise

SmarTours
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15 days
$ 233 / day
$ 3,499
From : $ 4,724
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Hofburg Palace (Vienna)
  • St. Martin’s Cathedral (Bratislava)
  • Matthias Coronation Church (Budapest)
  • Gypsy Concert (On Board – Budapest)
  • Old Town with Concert (Osijek)
  • Petrovaradin Fortress (Novi Sad)
  • Kalemegdan Fortress (Belgrade)
  • Iron Gates Gorge
  • Baba Vida Fortress (Vidin)
  • Palace of Parliament (Bucharest)
  • Optional Dracula’s Castle Extension
Visits:
Belgrade, Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest, Croatia, Lucerne, Munich, Prague, Romania, Vienna, Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia
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The Romantic Danube

AMA Waterways
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11 days
$ 325 / day
$ 3,579
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Explore Prague
  • Enjoy walking tour to Regensburg, Linz
  • Discover Vienna city tour
  • Visit Budapest
Visits:
Bratislava, Budapest, Český Krumlov, Linz, Prague, Salzburg, St. Martin's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
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Romantic Danube

Viking River Cruises
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8 days
$ 250 / day
$ 1,999
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury (5*)
Highlights
  • Cruise Map - Explore both sides of fascinating Budapest, experience Vienna’s imperial architecture and gracious culture, and tour riverside towns in Austria’s Wachau Valley.
  • Budapest, Hungary - Budapest is aptly called “Paris of the East” for its beautiful evening illumination and reflected lights in the Danube’s waters.
  • Vienna, Austria - This capital city of Austria is filled with green parks, elegant stores, theaters and gracious boulevards.
  • Melk, Austria - Set amidst an important wine-growing region with picturesque villages and hilltop castles, the charming city of Melk lies at the confluence of the Danube and Melk Rivers at the base of the Wachau Valley.
  • Passau, Germany - Set at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers, enchanting Passau is home to elegant colored buildings and graceful arcades.
  • Nuremberg, Germany - The second largest city in Bavaria, Nuremberg is filled with Gothic churches and traditional half-timbered houses.
Visits:
Amsterdam, Cologne, Heidelberg, Strasbourg, Austria, Germany, Hungary
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Cycle the Danube

Intrepid Travel
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8 days
$ 204 / day
$ 1,635
From : $ 2,207
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Cycle leafy paths from vibrant Vienna to Bratislava and bohemian Budapest
  • Follow the Danube downstream, passing romantic castles, picturesque villages and lowland forests
  • Experience one of Austria's most important archaeological sites, the Roman remains at Carnuntum
  • Marvel at the domed Basilica of Esztergom, reflected in the still waters of the Danube Bend
  • Straddle the borders of Hungary and Slovakia in the historic spa town of Komarom
Visits:
Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia
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Danube Delights River Cruise

8 days
$ 243 / day
$ 1,945
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury (5*)
Highlights
  • Enjoy the Cruise along the Danube River by Emerald Star-Ships
  • Visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral
  • Visit to Hofburg Imperial Palace
  • Discover Budapest
Visits:
Budapest, Hofburg Imperial Palace, Hungarian National Gallery, Matthias Church, Nuremberg, sobering Holocaust Memorial, St. Martin's Cathedral, Vienne, Wachau, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
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From the Danube Delta to Prague

19 days
$ 373 / day
$ 7,088
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Welcome to Bucharest
  • Guided sightseeing in Bucharest; onboard welcome reception
  • Excursion to Danube Delta: km 0 celebration
  • Guided sightseeing, visit the National History and Archaeological Museum in Constanta
  • Guided sightseeing, visit Tsarevet’s Fortress in Veliko Târnovo, and the Ethnographic Museum and the Church of the Nativityin Arbanassi; or guided sightseeing of Rousse
  • Guided sightseeing to Vidin’s fortress and see the rock formations in Belogradchik
  • Cruise through the Iron Gates gorge; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site
  • Guided sightseeing; lecture on board
  • Guided tour and organ concert in Pécs
  • Day at leisure
  • Guided tour, see Heroes’ Square
  • Guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral
  • Guided tour, see the Kuntskammer’s collection; choice of additional sightseeing, or a complimentary museum ticket
  • Choice of guided walk, or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting

    Day 15 Linz:
  • Guided walk
  • Guided walk
  • Transfer to Regensburg, guided sightseeing; travel by motorcoach to Prague
  • Guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradčany Castle grounds
  • From the “Paris of the East” in Bucharest, Romania, to the “Golden City” of Prague, in the Czech Republic, this Danube river cruise is an odyssey of new discoveries to treasure
  • Begin in Bucharest for a tour of the capital’s boulevards, Arc de Triomphe, Royal Palace Square, and historic sites from a dramatic history
Visits:
Belgrade, Belogradchik, Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest, Linz, Passau, Prague, Romania, Vienna, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia
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Classic Danube River Cruise with Oberammergau Pas ...

Collette
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 500 / day
$ 4,999
From : $ 6,149
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
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  • Take a walking tour of Passau, a 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city.
  • Discover Slovakia’s remarkable capital, Bratislava.
  • Board a cruise to view Budapest’s stunning night skyline.
  • Witness a performance of the 2020 Oberammergau Passion Play.
  • Cruise through the stunning Wachau Valley.
Visits:
Bratislava, Budapest, Linz, Munich, Passau, Vienna
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Classic Danube River Cruise with Oberammergau Pas ...

Collette
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 454 / day
$ 4,999
From : $ 6,149
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • A
  • Take a walking tour of Passau, a 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city.
  • Discover Slovakia’s remarkable capital, Bratislava.
  • Board a cruise to view Budapest’s stunning night skyline.
  • Witness a performance of the 2020 Oberammergau Passion Play.
  • Cruise through the stunning Wachau Valley.
  • Visit Linderhof Palace, one of the most artistic and stylistically complex ensembles of the 19th century.
Visits:
Bratislava, Budapest, Linz, Munich, Passau, Vienna
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Classic Danube River Cruise with Oberammergau Pas ...

Collette
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 500 / day
$ 4,999
From : $ 6,149
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • A
  • Take a walking tour of Passau, a 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city.
  • Discover Slovakia’s remarkable capital, Bratislava.
  • Board a cruise to view Budapest’s stunning night skyline.
  • Witness a performance of the 2020 Oberammergau Passion Play.
  • Cruise through the stunning Wachau Valley.
Visits:
Bratislava, Budapest, Linz, Munich, Passau, Vienna
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Classic Danube River Cruise with Oberammergau Pas ...

Collette
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 500 / day
$ 4,999
From : $ 6,149
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • A
  • Take a walking tour of Passau, a 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city.
  • Discover Slovakia’s remarkable capital, Bratislava.
  • Board a cruise to view Budapest’s stunning night skyline.
  • Witness a performance of the 2020 Oberammergau Passion Play.
  • Cruise through the stunning Wachau Valley.
Visits:
Bratislava, Budapest, Linz, Munich, Passau, Vienna
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Classic Danube River Cruise with Oberammergau Pas ...

Collette
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 454 / day
$ 4,999
From : $ 6,149
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • A
  • Take a walking tour of Passau, a 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city.
  • Discover Slovakia’s remarkable capital, Bratislava.
  • Board a cruise to view Budapest’s stunning night skyline.
  • Witness a performance of the 2020 Oberammergau Passion Play.
  • Cruise through the stunning Wachau Valley.
  • Visit Linderhof Palace, one of the most artistic and stylistically complex ensembles of the 19th century.
Visits:
Bratislava, Budapest, Innsbruck, Linz, Munich, Passau, Vienna
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Classic Danube River Cruise with Oberammergau Pas ...

Collette
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 454 / day
$ 4,999
From : $ 6,456
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • A
  • Take a walking tour of Passau, a 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city.
  • Discover Slovakia’s remarkable capital, Bratislava.
  • Board a cruise to view Budapest’s stunning night skyline.
  • Witness a performance of the 2020 Oberammergau Passion Play.
  • Cruise through the stunning Wachau Valley.
  • Visit Linderhof Palace, one of the most artistic and stylistically complex ensembles of the 19th century.
Visits:
Bratislava, Budapest, Linz, Munich, Passau, Vienna
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Christmas on the Danube featuring a 6-night Danub ...

Collette
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 289 / day
$ 2,599
From : $ 3,197
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Enjoy unlimited wine and beer with every dinner onboard your cruise ship.
  • Attend the Captain's Gala Dinner.
  • Browse the famous Christmas markets along the Danube.
  • Join a local expert as you explore Würzburg, Nuremberg, Regensburg and Vienna.
  • Explore the 900-year-old Benedictine Melk Abbey.
  • Experience the most picturesque region of the Wachau Valley.
  • Explore Regensburg, home of the first stone bridge built over the Danube.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Passau, a 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city.
Visits:
Nuremberg, Passau, Vienna
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Great Cities of Eastern Europe

SmarTours
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 213 / day
$ 3,199
From : $ 4,319
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Visit the concentration camp at Auschwitz, now a museum honoring the victims of the Holocaust
  • See the 13th century Matthias Coronation Church and the Citadel on Mount Gellert.
  • See historical sights including the Monument of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
  • Voyage to the charming artist’s town of Szentendre
  • Enjoy a panoramic tour taking you along the Ring Boulevard, past Emperor Franz Josef’s Hofburg Palace and the ornate State Opera to a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the Cathedral of St. Stephen’s
  • Visit the quaint towns of Duernstein and Telc en route to Prague
  • See the 14th-century Charles Bridge and explore the charming Old Town in Prague
  • Helsinki Tour
  • Danube Bend
Visits:
Auschwitz, Budapest, Helsinki, Krakow, Matthias Church, Prague, Vienna, Warsaw, Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Poland
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Grand European Tour

Viking River Cruises
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 327 / day
$ 4,899
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Visit fascinating abbey at Melk, a 900-year-old Benedictine monastery
  • Opportunity to tour Regensburg a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Get an opportunity to visit 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Discover Netherlands
  • Visit Marksburg Castle, the only Rhine fortress never destroyed
Visits:
Bamberg, Cologne, Nuremberg, Vienna, Wachau, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands
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Top Danube River Experiences and Attractions

Top Danube River Experiences

Seeing Budapest from the deck of a Danube river cruise

Exploring the city of Vienna with its long legacy of classical music

Biking with a small group tour along the Danube River

Enjoying the scenic views of the Wachau Valley

Discovering the historic town of Regensburg, Germany

Wine tasting in historic wine regions along the Danube River


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Danube River Trip Reviews

71 Danube River Tour Reviews - Summary 95% Recommend

4.5 out of 5
Excellent 48
Great 17
Average 3
Disappointing 2
Terrible 1
Value
4.5
Guide
4.6
Activities
4.6
Lodging
4.6
Transportation
4.5
Meals
4.6

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Misleading and often just plain dishonest.

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 3.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 3.0

We paid for a 3 week luxury river cruise but received a large group bus trip across Europe with many days of packing and unpacking. I called our Viking representative when we received an email message just 2 days prior to departure that mentioned a possibility of problems with low river levels. I was assured that everything was "normal" In reality, as we learned later from ship personnel, nothing has been normal for at least 3 months. About 2 weeks prior to departure, we received by mail, lovely personalized booklets describing all the details of our voyage on the Viking Lif, which we were to board in Russe, Romania. Instead, we boarded the Viking Aegir but not at Russe, because the Danube was too low. Instead we rode buses upstream to a port on the Romanian side directly opposite our first scheduled stop at Nikopol, Bulgaria. We had a beautiful cruise through the Iron gate gorge, but after three more scheduled stops in Bulgaria, Serbia, and Croatia, our voyage was terminated in Mohacs, Hungary, an unscheduled place two days short of reaching Budapest. So we were herded into buses for a 1.8 hour ride each way to our scheduled stop at Kalocsa. The next day we retraced the journey to Kalocsa and continued an extra 1.5 hours to reach Budapest. We lost the entire morning in Budapest and spent the night at the Marriott hotel. The next day we lost the entire afternoon in that city because we had to take a 4 hour bus ride to Vienna. Where we were put aboard the Viking Embla. Our voyage on that ship ended two steps later at Passau Germany. After a day in Passau we went upriver for a short distance and it seemed that we had entered the canal to take us to the Main river. But much to our surprise, it was a dead end channel for an industrial port. We spent two days there with our balcony room moored tightly against another Viking ship so there was nothing to look at but the scenery at that site was even worse than looking at someone else's window and the balcony was unusable anyway due to the unpleasant odors at that site. The pattern continued with a long round trip bus ride the next day to our scheduled stop at Regensburg and a 3 plus hour trip the following day to Nuremberg where we finally boarded the Viking Lif. A crew member told us that the Lif had not traveled east of Nuremberg for 3 months. We sailed from Nuremberg to scheduled stops in Bamberg, Wurzburg, and Werthiem and then our voyage terminated for good at an unscheduled port in Mainz. Once again we endured a long round trip journey to our next scheduled stop at Koblenz, followed by a 10 plus hour bus trip (with lunch and a walking tour in Cologne) to Amsterdam and a night in a hotel. Despite a promise that our bags would be in our rooms (they did take great care to provide us with tags so they could easily keep our bags organized) all the baggage was dumped in the hotel garage and it took a good 15 minutes of searching to find it and then take it to our rooms ourselves. There is much more, but it would only be more descriptive of the misery of this trip. We know Viking didn't cause the low river levels, but they did not need to lie to us and make us suffer because of it.

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Great Cities of Eastern Europe tour, September 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

What a wonderful experience this was. Renata, our tour director, was exceptional, she is a knowledgeable, PATIENT, kind, funny and passionate lady who made this trip great! I can only hope that future smarTours trips I plan to take will be this good. We had a large group, 44 people, but everything ran smoothly. The local guides and our bus driver, Irek, were fantastic as well. I heard about smarTours from a friend and I'm glad we chose this company. The hotels were top-notch, food was great and they accommodated vegetarian guests as well. Only recommendation I would make is that they provide name badges for guests, it would be so helpful. Other than that it was a great tour visiting great places!

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Operator SmarTours

It was like walking through the pages

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We throughly enjoyed our Sept. 15 tour with Renata. It was like walking through the pages of a history book. One of the best tours we have taken and Renata and the local were wonderful. Anyone who loves history will enjoy this tour especially.

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Operator SmarTours

Help when we needed it

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

My husband and I were recently on A Danube Discovery Cruise. Our tour Director was Dusan Kuljic. When the unimaginable happened, and my husband became ill and needed emergency surgery in Novi Sad Serbia, Dusan jumped in and stayed by our sides throughout the ordeal. Once he'd found me a place to stay, he returned to his ship but never gave up contact with us, calling frequently to see if we needed anything. When the cruise ended and we were still in Novi Sad, Dusan returned to Belgrade, came to pick us up and move us to Belgrade where we could get a flight home. This man was truly our angel and turned what could have been a real nightmare into an opportunity to develop friendships, sight see, and rest as needed. He is one in a million and thoughts of him will always be at the top of our best memories of this trip.

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Danube River Cruise with Dracular's castle

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We thought the trip was excellent. The river boat was good and the people on the boat were VERY gracious. I loved the size of the river boat. Our TD, Dusan J, was excellent. Would have loved for him to stay with us the whole trip. He left after the cruise and we had another one for mountain portion of the trip. He was OK but I can't remember his name. He was very knowledgeable about the area. It would be better if you kept same one for all of the trip. I will take another river cruise with smarTours.

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eastern europe

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Renata, our guide, was outstanding. She went beyond what guides normaly do to make this tour unforgettable.

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Operator SmarTours

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