Danube Taster River Cruise (Passau - Passau)
- Sail through the highlights of central Europe on this 5-night Danube River cruise.
- Enjoy 7 nights on board the 4 Star MS Viktoria as you sail through Germany, Austria, Slovakia & Hungary.
- Discover the cities of Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna & Munich with guided walking tours.
- Taste the flavours of the region with an optional Brewery excursion & beer tasting in Vienna.
- Explore at your own pace or sightsee from the ship’s expansive sundeck with plenty of free time.
Your Danube Taster River Cruise Overview
Join us on this 5-night holiday and cruise down the Danube River to experience some of the most exciting spots in central Europe. Our cruise will commence from the port of Passau, where we’ll enjoy a guided city tour before embarking on the MS Viktoria. As we sail, we’ll take in the incredible views down Europe’s longest waterway and stop off at world-famous landmarks and cities along the way. Our ports of call include Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and Emmersdorf, Austria. All of our excursions are led by expert local guides who will share their wealth of knowledge and take us to the highlights of each destination. In addition to plenty of sightseeing and guided activities, this holiday also offers ample leisure time for you to enjoy the luxurious ship or explore on your own.
Please Note: This holiday may not be suitable for those with reduced mobility. For more details, please contact us.
Coach transfer to and from Belfast (Chichester Street) to Dublin Airport on selected dates Prior to November 2020. After 01 November 2020 we will no longer be providing this service.
Activity Level: Leisurely
Travel to Germany
Passau City Tour
Upon arrival in Munich, you will be met by your local guide who will assist you in the transfer to Passau port. A guided Passau city tour will be provided en-route. The setting of the old town, created by Italian baroque masters in the 17th century, shows soaring towers, picturesque places, enchanting promenades and romantic lanes. Take in highlights such as St. Stephen’s Cathedral, in which the world’s largest cathedral organ sounds, the majestic fortress Veste Oberhaus on the Danube’s side and the Pilgrimage Church "Mariahilf" on the Inn’s side.
Commence River Cruise
In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Passau port to join your River Cruise. Settle in to your cabin and explore the range of facilities on board your ship as you embark on your 5-night cruise along the Danube. Sit back with a welcome cocktail in one of the lounge areas, followed by a tasty welcome dinner.
Vienna City Tour
Today, you will embark on a city tour of Vienna shortly after noon. This tour will give you an overall impression of the most important sights Vienna has to offer. First you will drive along the famous Ringstrasse, passing several magnificent buildings like the stunning opera house, the parliament, the Court Theatre and Vienna’s imposing city hall. The tour is followed by a guided walk through the city centre where you will get to know Vienna at its fullest. You will start at the well-known Hofburg Imperial Palace, walk along the Kohl market and finish at Vienna’s iconic St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Before returning to the ship you have some free time to stroll along the pedestrian area.
Optional Beer Brewery Excursion
An optional tour of a beer brewery with a beer-tasting session at the end will be offered in the afternoon (payable locally). The ship will depart Vienna in the late evening.
Budapest City Tour
After docking into Budapest port after lunch, you will be escorted on a guided tour of the historic centre. Take in highlights such as Heroes Square, the Synagogue and the Castle District. Walk by the Mathias Church and Fishermen’s Bastion for photo opportunities and visit St. Stephan’s Basilica.
You will have the rest of the day at leisure to further explore this fascinating city at your own pace or partake in the optional “Budapest by Night” excursion (payable locally).
Bratislava City Tour
You will arrive in Bratislava in the early afternoon. The city is small and best explored on foot and during your walking tour you will get to know the capital of the young Slovakian Republic. The gorgeous old town has maintained its Gothic-Baroque style. The tour passes St. Martin’s Cathedral and the Grassalkovich Palace and continues up to the hill where you will have a stunning panoramic view of the city and surrounding areas. Afterwards, you have the opportunity to participate in a guided walking tour through the restored old town. From Michael’s Gate you will take a leisurely stroll through the historic city centre where you can admire sights such as the Primatial Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral, a former coronation cathedral for Hungarian kings, as well as the Academia Istropolitana, the oldest university of the city, which dates back to the 15th century. In addition to numerous palaces, you will also walk past the main square with the old City Hall, the Opera House and Maximilian Fountain.
Optional Melk Abbey Excursion
Today you will wake up in Melk where you can enjoy an optional excursion to Melk Abbey (payable locally). Melk Abbey is an Austrian Benedictine abbey and one of the world’s most famous monastic sites. The impressive Baroque abbey was built between 1702 and 1736 and is the biggest monastery complex of the Austrian baroque period. The Abbey’s church features frescos by Johann Michael Rottmayr and the impressive library contains countless medieval manuscripts and frescos by Paul Troger. A guided tour takes you through the abbot’s chambers, along the Imperator’s walk, through the marble hall, the balconies and the library.
Munich & Return Home
Munich City Tour
It is time to say goodbye after a full week of delights aboard your cruise vessel. You will be met by our local representative and transferred to Munich to enjoy a morning city tour. Highlights will include the Nymphenburg Palace, King's Square with its three temple buildings in the classical Greek style, the Bavarian National Museum, the Angel of Peace monument, the elegant buildings and shops along Maximilian Street, the Maximilianeum, the National Opera House, the Royal Palace, Stachus Square and the medieval city gates.
After some free time for further sightseeing or shopping in Munich, you will be transferred to Munich airport for your flight home, with guide assistance. (Luggage will be stored in coach)
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements
What if there is an emergency?
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.