About the tour: Romantic Danube Cruise – Passau, Vienna, Bratislava & Budapest

Love is in the air, because it’s hard to not fall head over heels for this romantic Danube River cruise. Sailing on the MV Esmeralda, you’ll meander your way through central Europe on the charming ‘blue’ river. Taking in picturesque scenery and visiting famous destinations such as Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava, you really are in in for a true romantic treat on board this special Leger river cruise.

Tour Includes

  • 7 nights cruising with full board
  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 1 evening meal
  • Convenient local joining points

12 days from £1849 pp

Departure Dates

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  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
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  • Send payments via cheque.
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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Please note: All cruise schedules, ports of call and onshore excursions may be subject to change.

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.

    Continue through Germany to the Regensburg area for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    To Passau, picturesquely set where the Danube is joined by the Inn and Ilz rivers. Passau is known as the Three River city and is overlooked by the Veste Oberhaus which is an 13th century hilltop fortress. The Veste Oberhaus is home to the city museum and observation tower. The area offers many attractions for you to explore in your free time before arrive in Linz and board our cruise ship, the MV Esmeralda and begin our seven-night cruise.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Passau

    Cruise the Danube eastwards passing through the wine producing area of the Wachau. Wachau is classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000, in recognition of its architectural and agricultural history. From the river you see Greinburg Castle and the ruins of Kuenringer Castle. Early evening arrival in Vienna.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Vienna

    Spend the whole day in Vienna. Vienna has so much to offer from historical buildings and monuments to fine shops. Vienna is Austria's capital and has been shaped by many famous residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. Vienna is known for its Imperial buildings like the Schönbrunn and Habsburgs summer home so why not explore independently or join our optional sightseeing tour where a local guide shows you the city and sights. We then return to the ship and set sail early evening and cruise overnight to Budapest.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Vienna

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    • Vienna Guided Sightseeing Tour
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments only).

    We arrive in Budapest and we will meet our guide for an included sightseeing tour of the city, by coach and on foot. Our guide will explain the history of the city with its two independent communities of Buda and Pest as well as pointing out the attractions of this beautiful city. Once you have finished the guided sightseeing tour and have an idea of what else you would like to see and do you can then spend the rest of the day enjoying the delights of the city. We leave early evening to cruise towards Bratislava.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Budapest with Sightseeing

    Included Highlights

    • Budapest Guided Sightseeing Tour
    • Budapest

    Morning cruising, then early afternoon arrival in the Slovakian capital. It is here that the Carpathian Mountains which begin at the Iron Gate of Romania, finally come to an end. This beautiful city has many monuments and attractions to see that can be found all over the city. However, don't miss the Old Town which was once under Hungarian rule and still has examples to show you from its interesting past. You can explore the city independently or join our optional, guided sightseeing tour by coach and on foot. Our guide will point out some main attractions and places of interest which you may not know about before hand.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Bratislava Guided Sightseeing Tour

    Included Highlights

    • Bratislava

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    • Bratislava Guided Sightseeing Tour
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments only).

    We have a full day relaxing on the river as we set off from Bratislava in the early hours of the morning and travel to Dürnstein. It was here that Richard the Lionheart was kept captive, imprisoned in Castle Dürnstein by Leopold V Duke of Austria. We are expected to arrive in Durnstein/Krems mid-afternoon.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Dürnstein

    Morning arrival in the picturesque town of Melk, where you can visit the 11th century abbey in your free time this morning. Melk Abbey is considered to be the finest Baroque church north of the Alps and is famous for its twin towers surmounted by helm roofs. There are many other attractions to visit in Melk including the Old Town with its squares and museums . We then travel on to Linz, arriving late this evening.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Melk

    Disembark in Linz, then travel by coach to our overnight stay in the Mainz/Frankfurt area.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Linz

    Today’s included excursion takes us through the Rhine Valley where you can marvel at the beautiful scenery including medieval castles, picturesque villages and vine-clad slopes. During the day why not enjoy an optional cruise along Germany’s largest river. We also see the town of Boppard, with its beautiful Rhine promenade. This afternoon, we continue along the Moselle River, the longest tributary river of the Rhine. Here you can join an optional wine tasting at the House of Anton Hammes in Alken, one of the famous vintners of the area. The Hammes family have been vintners here for some 300 years, and you will be given a tour through the old cellars, where you will see some fine vintages. Enjoy tasting some of the different varieties of wines offered, before having the chance to purchase your favourites to bring home with you! Later this afternoon we continue north to Belgium for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Rhine & Moselle Valley

    Included Highlights

    • Rhine & Moselle Valley

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    • Alken Wine Tasting
    • Rhine Valley Cruise
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments only).

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

     Cabin Upgrades (per person)Twin 
     Promenade Deck Cabin£120

     No single rooms/cabins available.

    Romantic Danube Cruise – Passau, Vienna, Bratislava & Budapest 12 days from £1849pp

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    01709 787 463


    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    You will spend seven nights cruising on the 3-star MV Esmeralda. Overnight stays in Belgium and Germany will be in city-style hotels.

    MV Esmeralda

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • TV
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Travel Options

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £15pp (up to 6 days duration), £25pp (7 and 8 days duration), £30pp (9 to 11 days) or £35pp (12 days or more) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on our Executive and Silver Service coaches and for one or two persons on our Luxuria coaches and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for a supplement of £8pp (up to 6 days duration), £15pp (7 and 8 days duration), £18pp (9 to 11 days) or £22pp (12 days or more).

    Guaranteed front or second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the UK port. Occasionally, front and second row seats may be on a request only basis.

    Please note: children under 15 years of age are not permitted to sit in the front seats of any coach.

    On some coaches the legroom on front seats, central view seats and seats directly in front of the washroom may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled or merged for any reason and front or second row seats or central view seats or table seats are not available on your tour, you will be refunded any supplement paid. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    Central View Seats are available to pre-book free of charge.

    Table Seats are available to pre-book free of charge on our Luxuria coaches.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    Customers own alcohol cannot be consumed on board our vehicles.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

    When it comes to getting you to your destination, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from.

    Silver Service, refreshments

    Silver Service Features

    • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
    • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
    • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
    • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
    • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
    • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
    • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
    • Onboard toilet

    Silver Service Seating Plan


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    We have hundreds of coach joining points throughout England, Scotland and Wales. To find your nearest joining point, search using your postcode below.

      *Please note joining points are subject to availability.

      Travel Extras

      Why not go the night before your tour for a relaxing start?

      You can park for FREE for up to nine days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £41.50 per person (Based on 2 sharing a twin/double room on a B&B basis, subject to availability. Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.) We’ll then collect you from the hotel on the day of departure and return you there at the end of your holiday.

      To book this package, please call the hotel on 01233 713333, select option 1, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your booking reference. If your holiday is longer than seven days you can pay for additional days’ parking. Ask one of our friendly reservations team for more details when you book your holiday

      On most holidays if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines. Excludes holidays to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

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