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Classical Cities of the Danube Cruise

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Price per person
from £1,596

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Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 8 days

  • Central and Eastern Europe

  • River cruises

European grandeur meets high culture and epic scenery on this grand cruise through the historic cities of the Danube. Explore Vienna’s historic treasures, Bratislava’s medieval old town, and see the Hungarian horsemen of Kalocsa’s vast prairie.

At a glance

  • Vienna Uncover the city’s rich heritage and visit the Opera House, City Hall and impressive Schönbrunn Palace on an optional excursion.
  • Melk Visit the spectacular cliff-top location of the Benedictine Abbey for eye-catching views of the Danube on an optional excursion.
  • Dürnstein Explore this elegant Baroque town overlooked by Kuenringerburg Castle, once prison to Richard the Lionheart.
  • Bratislava Tucked into the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains and surrounded by vineyards.
  • Kalocsa Marvel at the Hungarian horsemanship of an equestrian show on this vast prairie on an optional excursion.
  • Budapest A full day to experience the city’s wealth of historic treasures.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All inclusive drinks on cruise
  • All airport and port taxes
VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our VIP home pick-up service.

Customer Reviews

First time on a cruise and will certainly book another....

28th May 2018
Trusted Customer

First time on a cruise and will certainly book another.

Only 6 English people on tour English was not translated...

28th August 2017
Mrs Ann Commarford

Only 6 English people on tour English was not translated very much we had to guess most of the time

The boat was well fitted out, comfortable lounge and sun...

31st July 2017
Mrs Iris Lawrie

The boat was well fitted out, comfortable lounge and sun deck area. The staff were very organised and nothing was too much trouble. It was a fixed menu but we had no trouble eating the lovely and varied food offered. The entertainment was generally provided by an extremely talented duo playing and singing to a very high standard.

Really good value with the booking early upgrade...

19th July 2017
Mrs Monica Durrant

Really good value with the booking early upgrade


17th July 2017
Trusted Customer

The cruise on croisi-europe vessel MS Beethoven was excellent with...

17th July 2017
Mr Kenneth Laidlaw

The cruise on croisi-europe vessel MS Beethoven was excellent with people from 11 countries on board. Staff were excellent dealing in at least 4 languages.

Perfect for first time river cruisers. CroisiEurope an excellent company...

4th July 2017
Trusted Customer

Perfect for first time river cruisers. CroisiEurope an excellent company to cruise with. Good food, service and always a smile.

We've always wanted to try a river cruise as hadn't...

28th June 2017
Trusted Customer

We've always wanted to try a river cruise as hadn't done one before just ocean cruises and the choice of destinations suited the bill Excellent value for money and found we could explore the cities on our own very easily

Tours/excursions were very interesting - the tour guide in Bratislava...

16th May 2017
Mr Michael Cope

Tours/excursions were very interesting - the tour guide in Bratislava (Yana?) was exceptional.


European grandeur meets high culture and epic scenery on this grand cruise through the historic cities of the Danube. Explore Vienna’s historic treasures, Bratislava’s medieval old town, and see the Hungarian horsemen of Kalocsa’s vast prairie.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

UK - Vienna


Travel to Vienna where you will be met and transferred to your ship for embarkation. Vienna, the capital and largest city of Austria, is known for its cutting edge design, Imperial palaces and vibrant music scene. This evening, join the optional 'Vienna by Night' excursion to see some of Vienna's rich cultural treasures including the Opera House, City Hall, Johann Strauss statue, Imperial Apartments, and the Spanish Riding School.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Melk - Dürnstein


Today, perhaps join the optional visit to the pretty town of Melk and its spectacular Benedictine Abbey, perched on the cliff top, for stunning views of the Danube and the surrounding countryside. Return to your ship for lunch and cruise to medieval Dürnstein through the lush countryside of Austria's Wachau Valley. Enjoy an included walking tour of the Baroque town, overlooked by the fortifying walls of Kuenringerburg Castle and known for its enchanting blue-and-white Baroque church.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner



Tucked into the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains and surrounded by vineyards, Bratislava is brimming with impressive sights from the imposing riverfront castle and Baroque palaces to Michael Gate and St Martin's Cathedral. The Old Town is a maze of cobbled medieval lanes and quaint bustling squares, overlooked by the stylish Mirbach and Primate's Palaces. Take an optional tour of the capital to visit The Jesuit Church, Town Hall, Castle Hill and Old Town. Have lunch on board and admire the scenery as you cruise to Kalocsa.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner



Explore the charming Hungarian town of Kalocsa, set on marshy terraces above the Danube and renowned for its paprika, embroidery production and folkloric heritage. Take a stroll around the town centre soaking in sights such as the elaborate Baroque-style Archbishop's Palace and the Cathedral, fronted by the handsome Holy Trinity Square. Alternatively, join the optional excursion to the 'Puszta' or Great Plain. This vast prairie, once regarded as the 'wild west' of Hungary, is now a renowned equestrian centre where you can enjoy a fantastic show featuring Hungarian horsemanship. Return to your ship this afternoon and cruise to Budapest - the 'pearl of the Danube'.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner



A full day to enjoy the beauty of Budapest, with its Art Nouveau architecture, the abundance of romantic views and steaming outdoor Turkish baths. One of Europe's finest cities, Budapest consists of two districts, old 'Buda' and more modern 'Pest', standing on either bank of the Danube and linked by seven picturesque bridges. This morning, perhaps join the optional tour through the winding streets of Buda. Discover the Royal Palace, looking across the water to the Parliament building and explore spa house, medieval homesteads, St Mathias Church and the turreted Fisherman's Bastion. In bustling Pest, get a close-up view of the Parliament Building, inspired by the London Parliament, and visit Heroes Square and St Stephen's Basilica. After lunch on board your ship, explore the city at leisure before this evening's optional excursion to a traditional folklore show.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Budapest - Esztergom


This morning, enjoy a short stop in Hungary's oldest town, Esztergom, overlooked by a colossal hilltop basilica which seems to rise out of nowhere. Return to your ship for lunch and continue your journey towards Vienna. Enjoy a gala dinner on board this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner



Conclude your cruise in Vienna, home to cobbled lanes and rambling palaces and steeped in a rich history waiting to be discovered. The charming and historic city of Vienna was the seat of the famous Habsburg dynasty for over 600 years. This morning's optional excursion gives you the chance to learn about their family history on a visit to the impressive Schönbrunn Palace, adorned with grandiose French-styled gardens and elegant décor. The tour also includes a drive along the famed Ringstrasse to see many of Vienna's historic landmarks. In the afternoon, there's an optional visit to the sumptuously furnished Hofburg Palace.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Vienna - UK


After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

The following cruise optional excursion package can be purchased at the time of booking from £224 per person and includes:

Day 1: Vienna by Night
Day 2: Visit to the world famous Benedictine Melk Abbey
Day 3: City tour
Day 4: Half day visit to the Puszta
Day 5: City tour and folklore evening show
Day 7: Visit to Schönbrunn Palace and Hofburg Palace

Note: All optional excursions are subject to change and a minimum number of participants are required for them to operate. Please note that the optional excursion package can only be booked up to 35 days prior to departure.

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an optional excursion package.

MS Beethoven

Sailing the Danube and Rhine, The MS Beethoven was built in 2004 and further refurbished in 2010. The 3 Deck ship is 110m in length, 11.4m in width and can accommodate up to 108 passengers comfortably in the 90 cabins onboard.

Ship facts

  • Style: Premium
  • Class: 4 anchors class
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 23
  • Number of cabins: 90
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 1
  • Number of large cabins: 0
  • Capacity: 192 passengers
  • Main language on board: fr+en
  • Currency on board: EUR
  • Number of decks: 3
  • Gross tonnage: 15000
  • Length (m): 107
  • Width (m): 11.4
  • Speed in knots: 9
  • Launch year: 2004
  • Refit year: 2010


  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery

Cabins on this ship

All cabins are located above water level and offer panoramic views of the scenery. Spacious and comfortable, they offer guests twin or a double bed, with a bathroom including a shower, WC and washbasin, and with towels provided onboard. They are also equipped with satellite television, radio, hairdryer and safe. The cabins located on the upper deck have large picture windows.


  • 140 Square Feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life on board

Age Restriction

Reservations from minors shall not be accepted by the travel agency but must be made by the parents or other adults of more than 18 years of age with the necessary authorisations. Minors of under 18 years of age are not permitted to travel on board unaccompanied. They must be accompanied by parents or adults of more than 18 years of age. No alcoholic beverages shall be served to minors on board. Proof of the customer’s age may be requested by the ship’s personnel. 

Dietary Requirements

Please advise the reservation agent at time of booking of any special dietary requirements you may have and they will make every effort to accommodate your request. 

Disabled Facilities

All passengers are required to be medically, physically and/or mentally fit to undertake a trip without endangering their life or the life of others. No medical services are offered aboard the ships. Any passenger with a physical or mental incapacity, limited capacity of mobility, having an illness requiring treatment or medical care, or pregnant women should inform the travel agent at the time of booking. No reservations can be accepted for passengers whose physical or mental condition is likely to render their participation in the cruise or in the vacation impossible or dangerous for themselves or others, or who require forms of care or assistance impossible to guarantee aboard ship, notably because of unsuitable infrastructure. Some suppliers (hoteliers, airlines and cruise companies, etc) may require a medical certificate confirming that the passenger is fit to travel or they may refuse to accept the booking if they feel that they will be unable to guarantee any assistance or treatment deemed necessary for the health and well-being of the passenger. Participation in the voyage and in excursions is subject to the condition of the passenger having sufficient mobility. If necessary, the disabled may be accompanied at their own expense to obtain the required assistance. All personal accidents, diversions or forced stopover costs disrupting the course of the cruise shall be at the liability of the passenger having concealed his unfitness to travel.

Dress Code

Casual and comfortable during the day. More elegant clothing may be worn in the evening. It is recommended that the wearing of footwear suitable for life aboard and for excursions with non-slip soles.

Smoking Policy

For the safety and comfort of all passengers, most ships do still allow smoking on board, but you will find this is restricted to designated areas around the ship. 

Gift Shop

Peruse the onboard gift shop and buy those last minute gifts for loved ones back home.


A well stocked library is available for those who wish to sit back and relax and lose themselves in a book. 

Lounge Bar

Enjoy your evenings by heading to the Lounge where you will find a well stocked bar serving local beers and wines. Take to the dance floor and let your hair down. A pleasant setting with maximum comfort and designer decor. Sit back, relax and enjoy the company of your fellow passengers and crew while sailing through the most beautiful rivers in Europe. 

Sun Deck

The sun deck on the ship offers a panoramic view of the landscape’s beauty as you cruise. A great place to relax outdoors and enjoy the weather sipping a glass of wine while sitting on the loungers shaded with a parasol.


Guided visits to the local towns and villages will ensure your bout of local folklore and traditions are sated.

Main Restaurant

In the ship’s restaurant, you’ll experience CroisiEurope’s stunning French cuisine prepared by the skilled and passionate team of chefs, which include head chef and nominee member of Maîtres Cuisiniers de France, Alain Bohn.

Deck Plans

Deck 1

  • Restaurant
  • Cabins 102-133

Deck 2

  • Main Lounge Bar
  • Cabins 223-248

Deck 3

  • Sun Deck

Deck 4

  • Lounge Bar
  • Cabins 349-390

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