Classical Cities of the Danube Cruise

  • 8 Days

  • Central and Eastern Europe

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.

Your journey starts here


VIP private home pick-up service
Selected meals
All inclusive drinks
All airport and port taxes
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

of 8 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 20th April 2018

Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners


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.
  • Melk Visit the spectacular cliff-top location of the Benedictine Abbey for eye-catching views of the Danube.
  • 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.
  • Budapest A full day to experience the city’s wealth of historic treasures.


  • 2 nights hotel stay in Vienna

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension

Day 1

UK - Vienna

Fly 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
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Melk - Dürnstein

After breakfast, enjoy an optional visit to the 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

Day 3


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 this morning to visit The Jesuit Church, Town Hall, Castle Hill and Old Town. Have lunch on board and then sail to Kalocsa.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4


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 the 'pearl of the Danube' in Budapest.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5


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, join an 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 folklore show.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

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 toward Vienna. Enjoy a gala dinner on board this evening.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7


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

Day 8

Vienna - UK

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Vienna with a two-night stay at the Hotel Fleming's Wien Westbahnhof.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner


The following cruise optional excursion package can be purchased at the time of booking from £217 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 call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an optional excursion package.

Your ship

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.

  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery
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
Available cabins on this cruise
Double Cabins

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 onboard

CroisiEurope has a fleet of 47 Prestige category boats with cabins, which ply the most beautiful rivers in Europe. Spacious and light, they offer a welcoming and refined setting.

Latest customer reviews

28th August 2017

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

31st July 2017

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.

19th July 2017

Really good value with the booking early upgrade

17th July 2017

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.

4th July 2017

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

28th June 2017

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

16th May 2017

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

25th October 2016

Food very poor. Prepacked when the ship said it was fresh. A lot uneatable. Service and tours poorly organised.

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