Romantic Danube Cruise – Passau, Vienna, Bratislava & Budapest

12 days from £1399pp.


Visit: Vienna, Austria

Chain Bridge

Visit: Chain Bridge, Hungary

Mv Esmeralda

Visit: Mv Esmeralda, Transport

Fisherman's Bastion

Visit: Fisherman's Bastion, Hungary


Visit: Bratislava, Slovakia

About the Tour

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
  • Travel by Silver Service coach
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Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • 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.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Your Itinerary

    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. Continue to Linz, where we board our cruise ship, the MV Esmeralda for our seven-night cruise.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Cruise the Danube eastwards passing through the wine producing area of the Wachau. From the river you see Greinburg Castle and the ruins of Kunringer Castle. Early evening arrival in Vienna.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    Spend the whole day in Vienna where you can join our optional sightseeing tour. Cruise overnight to Budapest.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    Arrive in Budapest. We will meet our guide and enjoy an included sightseeing tour of the city, by coach and on foot. We leave early evening to cruise towards Bratislava.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    Morning cruising, then early afternoon arrival in the Slovakian capital. Join our optional guided tour by coach and on foot.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    We cruise to Dürnstein. It was here that Richard the Lionheart was kept captive, imprisoned in Castle Dürnstein.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    Morning cruising to Melk, where you can visit the abbey, then on to Linz, arriving late this evening.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


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

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner


    We drive along the picturesque Rhine Valley. Join an optional river cruise and why not sample the Moselle wines? Continue to Belgium for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Passau - Pretty Old Town area
    • Vienna - Classical imperial city
    • Budapest with Sightseeing Tour - Grand capital of Hungary
    • Bratislava - Historic old town and waterfront
    • Dürnstein
    • Melk - Famous Abbey
    • Rhine & Moselle Valleys - Picturesque vineyards and villages

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Rhine cruise - See legendary castles
    • Vienna & Bratislava guided sightseeing - See the main sights
    • Moselle winetasting - Sample the wines of the area


     Cabin Upgrades (per person)Twin 
     Promenade Deck Cabin£75

     No single rooms/cabins available.

    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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    You will spend seven nights cruising on the 3-star MV Esmeralda. Cabin accommodation is on two decks: main and promenade. There is a lounge with bar, restaurant and sun deck, and all of the cosy, functional twin-bedded cabins have picture windows, shower and toilet, colour T.V. and safety deposit box. The Esmeralda has a lift between the main deck and the promenade deck, and a stair lift between the promenade deck and the sun deck.

    Cabins - Accommodation is on two decks – main and promenade – and all of the functional, cosy cabins have picture windows, shower and toilet, T.V., safety deposit box and twin beds.

    Lounge/Bar - The Esmeralda has an inviting lounge where morning coffee and afternoon tea is offered each day.

    Restaurant - Enjoy the Esmeralda’s tasty cuisine in the ship’s comfortable restaurant.

    Overnight stays in Belgium and Germany will be in city-style hotels.

    River Cruising

    Mv Esmeralda

    Mv Esmeralda

    Mv Esmeralda

    MV Esmeralda offers a high level of comfort and a family atmosphere. MV Esmeralda can accommodate 126 passengers on two decks and is air conditioned throughout. There is a lounge bar, restaurant and sun deck which is partially covered to allow you to enjoy the passing scenery whatever the weather.

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

    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.


    Travel Information

    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 £14pp (up to 6 days duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on feeder journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats 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 for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. 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.

    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 U.K. port are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately £1 or 1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers 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 coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air or TGV 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.
    We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.
    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 can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
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