Explore the Incredible Danube River
The Danube River connects Central and Eastern Europe. Along its storied banks, you’ll find spectacular landscapes, architecture—castles, churches and war memorials—as well as some of the most colorful, inviting cultures in the world. But what’s the best way to see it all? On a luxury river cruise, of course!
Here are some highlights
Your journey begins in lower Bavaria’s city of Passau, where you can enjoy strolling the cobblestone streets and seeing Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture. The more active-minded can enjoy a hike up the hill to the Veste Oberhaus Fortress, with fantastic panorama views, or perhaps a guided bike tour along the river.
Sailing down the Danube, you’ll have the opportunity to tour the historic city of Linz or head a bit inland to fabled Salzburg – Mozart’s birthplace and setting for the iconic Sound of Music movie. Stroll the narrow streets of this historic old town, and don’t miss the Von Trapp family villas – yes, indeed, the magic of Hollywood required two separate locations for outdoor scenes!
Next, you’ll next stop at the scenic town of Melk, which is celebrated for its magnificent Benedictine Abbey. Don’t miss the incredible panoramic views from the magnificent Baroque front. If you’d like something more active to do, you can join a guided bike tour that takes you through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley; or explore the vineyard-rich countryside.
No trip to Austria would be complete without a stop in Vienna, “The City of Waltzes.” Vienna is a treasure trove and your tour showcases its regal splendors, including the majestic Opera House and the Hofburg – the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs. Don’t miss the city’s beautiful churches and the opportunity to enjoy a classical music concert in a breathtaking, historic setting.
Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, offers a charming historic city center. Don’t miss the panoramic view from Bratislava Castle, taking in centuries of history.
The city of Budapest is known as the Queen of the Danube. Highlights include the colorful Great Market Hall, the famous Parliament building, Chain Bridge, and the former Imperial Palace. A walking tour offers a chance to see the highlights, while an evening illumination cruise brings the city to light.
With your river cruise ship serving as a luxury floating hotel, you’ll discover the Danube without stress, with plenty of time to blend relaxation and activities.
Do you have questions? Which river is right for me? Which cruise line is best? Contact me to schedule a complimentary planning consultation, and we’ll get started choosing the right option for you