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The Beautiful Blue Danube tour

The Beautiful Blue Danube

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Travel Style: Array Relaxed
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 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*)
8 days
From: $ 1,447 $ 181 / day
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Highlights (Bullets)

  • Explore Vienna and Melk
  • Enjoy the ship cruise through Danube River
  • Visit Bratislava, Kalocsa, Budapest, Esztergom
  • Enjoy the beautiful nature in Wachau

Short Description

Explore Dürnstein, through the beautiful Wachau and the baroque palaces and the beautiful shaded squares make the charm of Bratislava, which Marie-Theresa of Austria used to hold dear. Also named the Great Valley, this huge grassland used to be considered in the 19th century as the Wild West of Hungary

Style River cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
Start City Vienna
End City Vienna



Embarkation at 6.00pm in Vienna. Welcome cocktail, crew presentation. Dinner on board and free time or optional guided tour of Vienna by night. Cruise departure around midnight towards Melk.


Breakfast on board. Arrival early in the morning and departure of the optional excursion to the abbey of Melk. Return onboard for lunch and cruise departure towards Dürnstein, through the beautiful Wachau Arrival early afternoon in Dürnstein, which will be visited with your hostess. Return on board in the mid afternoon and continuation of the cruise to Bratislava. Dinner on board.


The ship will arrive in the night. After breakfast, optional excursion to the capital of Slovakia. The baroque palaces and the beautiful shaded squares make the charm of Bratislava, which Marie-Theresa of Austria used to hold dear. Return on board for lunch and cruise departure towards Kalocsa, in Hungary. Afternoon of cruising and dinner on board followed by an evening of entertainment.


Breakfast on board. The boat will arrive early in the morning and your will leave for the optional excursion to the Puzsta, including a horse show. Also named the Great Valley, this huge grassland used to be considered in the 19th century as the Wild West of Hungary. Return on board for lunch and cruise departure towards Budapest, the “pearl of Danube” that we will reach in the night. Dinner on board.


Breakfast on board. Free Dayin Budapest or optional guided tour of the city. Discover haughty Buda with its winding alleyways, its Baroque buildings and its Royal Palace. And bustling Pest, which offers a proud mixture of architectural styles. Return on board for lunch. Free afternoon. After dinner on board, free evening or an optional traditional show in Budapest. Departure of the boat around midnight.


Arrival early on the morning in Esztergom. Breakfast on board. Free visit of Esztergom, first capital of Hungary under the Arpad dynasty. The city has conserved its value. With the neo-classical basilica or the former Royal Palace, Esztergom is a city which offers wonderful architectures. Lunch on board and an afternoon of cruising. Gala dinner and evening.


The ship will arrive early in the morning. After breakfast, take the optional guided visit of Vienna and Schœnbrunn castle. Return on board for lunch. Free afternoon or optional guided tour of Hofburg: the Habsbourg palace. Return on board for dinner. In the evening, you will have the possibility to attend a concert of Viennese music (optional and subject to availability).We moor for the night.


Breakfast and disembarkation. End of our journey.


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Price Per Day: $ 181 per day

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Company Reviews

Great tours and food! Exceptional customer service

As a female solo traveller, I especially appreciated CroisiEurope's summer special waiving single supplements.
I am non-EU national, and very much enjoyed the international clientele .
My flight arrived later than the prescribed boarding time, the crew had my cabin ready, and held dinner. Both land side New York office and the onboard crew were very welcoming, and most attention to detail. Special recognition to Charina, my reservation agent, and Daniel the ship's purser.
The vessel's decor is very discreet, comfortable, and relaxing -- no neon, casino, etc. The elegance one would expect from a French company.
The land tours were very comprehensive, in comfortable coaches, with sufficient rest stops. Lunches ashore were included, as appropriate. As advertised, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages were included. In-town shopping was available, but not forced.
In all, a delightful experience. I look forward to another voyage with CroisiEurope. The company offers so many unique intineraries, it may be difficult to select.
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A memorable four nights on the Seine - Le Havre to Paris

We had never been on a European river cruise before and chose this one for its brevity, just four nights. We were very happy with our choice and heartily recommend Croisieurope to travelers seeking affordable luxury plus top-flight service. The Renoir was refurbished to a very high standard in 2018 and it shows—comfortable beds, a ship-shape bathroom, lots of clever storage, individual climate control, big picture windows that open to let in fresh air. From the moment we arrived on board, the staff handled everything with professionalism and aplomb. The food in the restaurant (three meals a day with wine) was generous and truly delicious, and the shore excursions were all excellent: Honfleur, Deauville, a noted Calvados estate, Rouen, and Versailles. In each location we had a different guide, all bilingual and well-versed in the particular site's history. We really didn't have to to do anything except show up each day! What a treat.
The Seine scenery was gorgeous and the boat was extremely comfortable—we loved that we could stay in our cabin, relax on various decks, or attend onboard activities, including a lively dance performance by a Normandy folk troupe. Even though we were the only English speakers on the cruise, the bilingual staff were always on hand to help us, and the other passengers (mostly French with a few Belgians/Swiss) were friendly and tolerant of our basic French. After our final night sleeping aboard the boat on Quai de Grenelle in Paris, we were rather sad to depart the beautiful Renoir.
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The food, tours and service on the Miguel Torga exceeded our expectations, and we felt very safe with the Covid precautions being taken on board.

The food, tours and service on the Miguel Torga exceeded our expectations, and we felt very safe with the Covid precautions being taken on board. Masks were universally worn by staff and passengers both on the boat and during excursions. There were many hand sanitizer stations. It was reassuring to see safety protocols being enforced, but the crew managed it without disrupting the relaxing atmosphere of our vacation.
We had such a wonderful time on our cruise and absolutely intend to travel with CroisiEurope again. I was especially pleased with the attention to detail regarding food preferences and requests. I have a shellfish allergy, and our kids didn’t always like what was on the menu. The chef and staff always made every effort to accommodate and please us.
Our guide Deborah on the excursions was so informative and made great suggestions for sightseeing and shopping. I liked the way the excursions were managed by touring in the morning with lunch and sailing in the afternoon. We were the only Americans on board with mostly French speakers, but everyone was friendly, and we had no communication issues with the crew. Entertainment was simple but fun with games or local talent coming aboard for flamenco or folk singing and dancing. There were only 62 passengers and no young children. Our kids were 12 & 17, and they were happy with the pool on board, which was small, but ideal for cooling off after a morning in port. They surprised our 17-year-old with a special dessert on her birthday.
We’ve been on several other riverboat cruises (Viking, Peter Dielmann, Vodohod), and they did not match the value and service provided by CroisiEurope.
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This barge hotel cruise on and along the Marne river was absolutely fantastic!

This barge hotel cruise on and along the Marne river was absolutely fantastic! It is by far the most relaxing way to travel I've ever experienced. Plenty of on board activities from which to choose during the cruising portion. Interesting daily excursions to learn of the local history, observe a different way of life and take in all that France has to offer.
The crew were very attentive and hospitable. One of the biggest, if not THE biggest, highlight of the trip was the food. Breakfast was a typical French style buffet with all the trimmings. Lunch and dinner were menus, in the French style, prepared by our Chef and paired with a variety of wines and cheeses from around France. Each meal was unique and full of variety culminating at the end of the week with our Gala Dinner.
One of the excursion highlights, and a major reason why we chose this particular cruise, was the falconry demonstration at Chateau Thierry. It was very well done and quite a moving presentation, which included an American Bald Eagle and, even more surprisingly, Storks.
If you are looking for a more intimate way to cruise, Passenger to Crew ratio was 17 - 6, consider barge hotel cruises. We are most definitely looking forward to our next barge hotel cruise experience.
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It’s affordable, the atmosphere on board is unique, the routes can be very interesting.

Summary over a cruise on the Haute Seine and Yonne on a barge.
As seasoned cruisers, knowing well all aspects of cruising on seas and rivers, we had no experience about traveling on a barge in a canal. It was also time to overcome this lack.
A number of companies offer this kind of cruising on barge with 8 to 16 passengers, however very often at exorbitant prices. Luckily, we discovered that the company CroisiEurope offers one week cruise on various canals in Europe, at very decent price, especially considering that all is inclusive (full board, all alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and all excursions) on modern barges with a maximum of 22 passengers.
We opted for the barge Ms Deborah, which cruises on the canal de la Loire, with the Briare to Nevers’ route. We were looking forward to this itinerary because the proposed excursions particularly suited us. Unfortunately, only a few days before departure, we were informed that due of a lack of water in the Loire canal the Ms Deborah was switched over to the Haute Seine and Yonne for a new itinerary from Paris to Sens. Despites the fact that this new itinerary didn’t really meet our desires, especially the excursions, we decided to accept the change.
Our group of 6 persons from Switzerland was very warmly greeted by all members of the crew when arriving on the quai de Grenelle in Paris where we see the MS DEBORAH for the first time, our floating home for the week. With its two dominating colours blue and white, it is difficult not to fall in love with this beautiful small ship.
We were invited immediately for the welcome cocktail during which we met officially the crew and the other six individual passengers originating from New Zealand, England and the USA. With less time than it needs to tell, the relation between us was created, so that everyone felt part of a bunch of friends knowing each other for long time.
There is no need to present here the MS Deborah itself, as this is already thoroughly done on the Cruise Critic page.
The crew of 6 persons is composed of a captain, a sailor, a cruise director, a chef, a waitress and a cabin hostess who put all their efforts to satisfy the passengers and offer them the best possible service. The captain as well as the sailor are always trying to make passengers at ease, answer questions or even bring a drink. The lady cruise director is omnipresent, taking care of the passengers better than a mother hen would do. The talented young French chef aims to produce dishes which please everybody. His outstanding sauces and excellent desserts should be particularly praised. However, referring to comments we made during a cruise on the Seine Princess two years ago, we cannot understand that why today it is not possible to offer the choice of a light buffet at lunch instead a three or even four course menu! The always smiling and friendly Hungarian waitress was very caring and attentive, without forgetting the cabin hostess doing a great job in the cabins, the public spaces and even the kitchen. It wouldn’t be fair to name a single person as all members of the crew, without any exception, do all they can to make the cruise unforgettable.
Our one-week cruise on the barge Ms Deborah enables us today to make the following comments:
~ a cruise on a barge cannot be compared to any other kind of cruise
~ despite all the comfort offered on modern barge, one must be very aware that life on board happens at a restraint space, requiring therefore much flexibility and understanding in all aspects from all passengers
~ in our case, being only 12 passengers, we had the opportunity to take our meals on the terrace. We also never had the feeling that the boat was overcrowded. This can be different when the ship is full, especially by bad weather
~ the state of mind between the passengers who are mostly of foreign nationalities, who don’t know each other and don’t speak French, must function well right from the beginning
~ if the interrelation works, it is difficult to find a more relaxing and enjoyable way of travelling
~ the success on a barge is mainly due on the quality of its crew. Ms Deborah’s crew members have quickly created a family spirit on board, showing also that they genuinely like what they do
~ excursions can play a major role in choosing an itinerary. Not speaking French or English can be a handicap
Do we recommend to do a cruise on a barge? Yes, definitively! It’s affordable, the atmosphere on board is unique, the routes can be very interesting. In our case, this second try with CroisiEurope gives them a better note.
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We are still waiting for a refund

We are still waiting for a refund for Porto Duoro Valley River Cruise 28 Sept 2020. We had to pay the total cost by June 2019 & opted for a refund less the non-refundable NZ$1100 deposit in early 2020. We are very frustrated that CroisiEurope is continuing to promote cruises for future passengers without honouring their contract with us. This is not the way to run an honest buisness!
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Ship Name

MS Vivaldi

Ship Stats

  • Built : 2009
  • Length : 110 long
  • Width : 11.40 m wide
  • Cabins : 88 cabins
  • Capacity : 176 passengers
  • Facilities : lounge-bar with a dance floor - bar- dining room - large sundeck with deckchairs - lift - terrace - French balconies - gift shop. Central heating, 230V electricity, air-conditioning, radar, TV and video in the lounge, wifi on board.

Ship Description

MS Vivaldi sails on the Danube and the Rhine.

Deck & Cabin Plans


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Optional Activities

Guided tour of Bratislava

Bratislava, which before becoming the capital of independent Slovakia in 1993 was first of all the capital of Hungary from 1536 to 1784 under the...

Guided tour of Budapest

Accompanied by your guides, you will leave the landing stage for a panoramic tour of Budapest, the Pearl of the Danube. First of all you will head...

Traditional evening in Budapest

Transfer by coach. During this traditional Hungarian show, you will travel the length and breadth of Hungary through its folklore and Gypsy music....

Viennese Music Concert

A coach will come to pick you up from the boat to take you to the Kursalon where the concert will take place. Fisrt part of the concert is devoted...

Guided tour of Hofburg, Residency of the Habsburgs and Sissi museum

Departure by coach with your local guide. You will discover the Hofburg, which is also knowned for having been, during 600 years, the "Winter...

Guided tour of the Melk Abbey

The abbey of Melk, which towers over the Danube is the very symbol of Baroque art in Austria. Among other things, you will visit the marble hall,...

Morning in the Puszta (1/2 day)

Transfer by coach toward the Puszta, also called the Great Plain of Hungary. You will get the chance to attend an equestrian show before enjoying...

Guided tour of Vienna and Schoenbrunn Palace

You will begin the tour by taking the famous Ring to reach Schoenbrunn Palace. The "Ring" was one of the personal projects of Emperor Franz...

Guided tour of Vienna by night

Discover Vienna by night with a panoramic coach tour. Vienna, two thousand years old, is a veritable open-air museum. Vienne embodies Romanticism...

Flight & Transport Inclusions

All internal ground transport

Group Size

Standard Group - 25 + people

Cancellation policy

Should the customer cancel, the refund of amounts paid will be made after deduction of the amounts (cancellation costs) stipulated in the contract. If canceled made by the customer, the refund of amounts paid will be made deducting the cancellations fees per person specified in the contract, according to the cancellation date from the departure date, and costs that are non-refundable insurance fees, booking fees, visa fees and any other cancellation fees charged by our suppliers.

If one of the passengers in a double room or cabin cancels his booking, the remaining passenger shall pay the single cabin supplement. All cancellations must be sent to us by written (email or mail).

IMPORTANT: All all-in prices including air transport are subject to the general and special terms and conditions of cancellation of the designated airline companies. In the event of cancellation of one or more passengers, the following terms and conditions of cancellation shall be applied

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What's excluded

  • Drinks on the wine list
  • Champagne at the bar
  • Drinks served during excursions or transfers
  • Insurance cancellation/luggages
  • The optional excursions (book and pay on board or at the travel agent)
  • Personal expenses.
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