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Danube River Vacations

Few vacations are able to offer such intimacy as Danube River cruises. A Danube River Cruise is a truly remarkable (and popular) vacation experience. A major advantage of taking a Danube River Cruise is that the River Cruise ships are able to go deep into the heart of Europe, where larger cruise ships simply cannot reach. Take part in the one-of-a-kind, intimate atmosphere on board these ships, as you visit the river towns and locations that would be impossible to enjoy as much any other way. Plus, the cruise lines that offer River Cruises have fabulous, regionally-inspired cuisine, matched perfectly by an attentive and well-trained staff.

There are many destinations in which you can enjoy a Danube River Cruise. You can experience Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Ukraine as you’ve never dreamed you could! The Danube River is the second longest river in Europe where you can sail alongside ancient ruins, quaint riverside towns, castles, vineyards, and more. A Danube River Cruise can provide with a perfect balance of Europe’s medieval past and contemporary cities.

When you book a Danube River Cruise, you will have a lot of flexibility in terms of the length of your itinerary. Depending on which cruise line you book with, Danube River itineraries can be as short as 3 nights and as long as 8 to 16 days. A typical Danube River Cruise runs 7-nights with an embarkation in Nuremberg. Select cruise lines might even offer monthlong itineraries that combine a Danube River Cruise combined with stops along the Main and Rhine Rivers.

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Select River Cruises cannot be booked online. If you find that the Danube River Cruise you're interested in cannot be booked online, or if you'd just prefer to book over the phone with one of our River Cruise Experts, call us toll free at 1-866-214-7447 (US & Canada only). International customers can reach us at +001-732-970-9142.

Highlighted Danube River Cruise Attractions

The following are just a few of the many things to do while sailing a Danube River Cruise:

Christmas Markets

Annual European Christmas Markets are one of the most popular attractions of a Danube River Cruise. There is no better way to spend your holiday season exploring these authentic markets as many bright and twinkling lights illuminate the way. Local vendors sell a wide variety of homemade items such as ornaments, wreaths, and other crafts. You can also find an incredible selection of food, including fresh gingerbread, cookies, mulled wine, and more. Depending on what markets you visit, there may even be opportunities for ice skating, caroling, and tree lighting ceremonies. It’s also a unique and exciting way to learn about the history holiday traditions in Europe. Many Danube River Cruise itineraries make it possible for you to visit multiple Christmas markets in one trip.

Art and Music

A legendary art and music scene surrounds the Danube River. Many Danube River Cruise itineraries include stops and optional excursions at famous opera houses, dance schools, art museums and cathedrals (where you might get to hear a beautiful organ concert). Vienna is best known for its art and music scene, as Beethoven, Mozart, and Klimt all worked on their respective pieces there. You might have the opportunity to attend special performances of classical concerts, admire many styles of architecture, or learn about the impact that some of the world’s most famed creators left on the world.

Melk Abbey

Melk Abbey is a 900-year-old baroque monastery that is a UNESCO World Heritage site, museum, church, and library. Located in the famous Wachau Region, Melk Abbey is a stop along many Danube River Cruise itineraries. Most excursions include a tour of the library with some additional time to explore the grounds on your own. With spectacular views all around, it’s certainly a site that you don’t want to miss!

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River Cruise Lines

Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.

River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.

Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.

Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.

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Deluxe Cruise Lines

These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.

A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.

Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.

The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.

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Specialty Cruise Lines

These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.

On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.

Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).

Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.

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Luxury Cruise Lines

When the finest cruise vacation is your top priority, this is the place to start.

On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.

All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.

AmaWaterways
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  • Ships: 29 (28 - 196 Guests)
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  • River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 29 (28 - 196 Guests)
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  • Excursions Included in Cruise Fare
  • Wine & Beer Included w/ Lunch & Dinner

One of the world's leaders in luxury river cruising, AmaWaterways (formerly named Amadeus Waterways), is an excellent option for more discerning and experienced travelers. With exquisitely decorated twin-balcony staterooms, delicious locally sourced cuisine, a complimentary Wellness Program, the Sun Deck with a pool, and bicycles to explore on your own, AmaWaterways' new ships are among the most state-of-the-art ships cruising the rivers of Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.

Avalon Waterways
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  • Ships: 19 (16 - 166 Guests)
  • Shore Excursions Included
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
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Avalon Waterways
Avalon Waterways
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  • River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 19 (16 - 166 Guests)
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  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Beer & Wine Included w/ Lunch & Dinner
  • View in Every Room

An award-winning river cruise line, Avalon Waterways offers luxury river cruises throughout the rivers of Europe, Southeast Asia, Egypt, and South America, including the Galapagos Islands. Their ships are among the youngest and most innovative in the river cruising industry. They feature spacious accommodations, fantastic cuisine, and captivating itineraries. As a part of the Globus family of brands, many of Avalon's cruises can be combined with a Globus land package, creating a truly unique vacation package. Thanks to Avalon Waterways' relationship with Globus, they can offer inspired enrichment on their cruises through guided sightseeing tours, daily port lectures, and VIP access to key destinations.

Emerald Cruises
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  • Ships: 12 (84 - 204 Guests)
  • Offers River and Yacht Cruises
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  • Deluxe / River / Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 12 (84 - 204 Guests)
  • Offers River and Yacht Cruises
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  • Contemporary Style

Founded in 2014, originally as Emerald Waterways, Emerald Cruises, is an award-winning deluxe cruise line well known for its great value and contemporary style, offering both river and yacht cruises. Included in an Emerald Cruises vacation is a wonderful selection of dining and beverage options, as well as a selection of shore excursions for when you are exploring on land. Wine, beer and soft drinks are included during lunch and dinner aboard their Star-Ships and their yacht, with complimentary tea and coffee all day long. Bottled water is provided in your room, and is replenished daily. Their onboard cuisine uses local, fresh ingredients, further immersing you into the destination being explored. WiFi is included standard and tipping is included, which are both otherwise significant expenses that you won't have to consider during your vacation.

Riviera River Cruises
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  • Ships: 13 (126 - 169 Guests)
  • British-owned Cruise Line
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Riviera River Cruises
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  • Ships: 13 (126 - 169 Guests)
  • British-owned Cruise Line
  • Spacious Accommodations
  • Solo Traveler Itineraries
  • Open Seating Dining

Riviera River Cruises is one of the most passionate cruise lines to exist, best known for their high standards and independence in river cruising. It is the perfect option for discerning travelers who are looking for a new way to experience the rivers of Europe. Riviera River Cruises’ ships are five-star luxury vessels that are purpose-built to navigate the waterways of the Danube, Main, Moselle, Rhine, Seine, Douro and Saone rivers. Carrying just between 88 and 144 guests each, you can expect to encounter the most exquisite personalized service aboard each one.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours
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  • Ships: 15 (68 - 228 Guests)
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  • Luxury / River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 15 (68 - 228 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive
  • Offers River and Yacht Cruises
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Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours is a 5-star luxury cruise line, providing all-inclusive river and ocean journeys through Europe, Asia, Australia, and more. Scenic Luxury provides award-winning service and exceeds expectations of comfort and luxury with a small ship experience. Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has a diverse selection of dining and beverage options, as well as a selection of shore excursions for when you want to explore land. Wine, beer and soft drinks are included aboard their Space-Ships. Bottled water is provided in your room, and is replenished daily. Their onboard cuisine uses local, fresh ingredients, further immersing you into the destination being explored. WiFi and tipping is included, which are both otherwise significant expenses that you won't have to consider during your vacation.

Tauck Cruises
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  • Ships: 25 (40 - 310 Guests)
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  • Family owned cruise line
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  • River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 25 (40 - 310 Guests)
  • All inclusive pricing
  • Family owned cruise line
  • Unique excursions
  • Intimate ships (98 to 130 passengers)

One of the world's leaders in premium land tours also offers fantastic river cruises in Europe, as well as small ship cruises. Their luxurious Tauck River Cruising fleet sails in some of the most famous rivers in the world, such as the Rhine, Rhone, Danube and Seine. Tauck Cruises' small ship fleet provides expedition and cultural journey cruises worldwide. Every one of their river cruises is all-inclusive, providing guests with a great value, pairing fantastically with their intimate, club-like onboard atmosphere and the uncommon access they get their guests via exclusive cultural experiences on their included excursions ashore.

Uniworld River Cruises
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  • Ships: 17 (32 - 159 Guests)
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  • River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 17 (32 - 159 Guests)
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  • Every Stateroom Has River View

Uniworld, one of America's leaders in river cruise/tour programs to Europe, Portugal, Russia, China, India, and Egypt offers more itineraries on more rivers aboard more ships than any other travel company. Few river cruise lines even come close to offering the quality and diversity of choices you have with Uniworld. With over 500 departures, more than 40 itineraries, and a great crew-to-guest ratio (1 to 3) there is simply no better way to travel.

Viking River Cruises
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  • Ships: 66 (52 - 386 Guests)
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  • River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 66 (52 - 386 Guests)
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Viking River Cruises operates the world’s largest fleet of deluxe vessels built specifically for river travel. Viking sails in the rivers of Europe, Russia, China and Egypt, including the Rhine, Main, Moselle, Danube, Elbe, Seine, Yangtze, Nile and Volga. Their pricing includes Wi-Fi, meals, lectures, activities and shore excursions - plus, hotel accommodations on their cruise tours. Complimentary specialty coffee and teas are available 24 hours, and complimentary bottled water is replenished daily. While on a Viking River cruise you can expect world-class service, cultural enrichment, and accommodations with hotel-style beds and spacious showers.

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An escorted tour includes a professional guide, as opposed to being an independent (or self-guided) tour. Some escorted tour operators include a limited amount of time for guests to explore on their own, while others have tours that are completely escorted. Typically, just about your entire itinerary is included and planned for in an escorted tour package. You don't have to worry about what you're going to see and don't have to make reservations (for each component of the trip) with multiple tour operators - this option allows for you to just leave it to the professionals and enjoy yourself.

Depending on the tour operator, as well as on the specific tour, some tours are private (just you and your traveling companions, if you have any) while others are with other travelers that booked the same tour. In the latter case, some tour operators offer small groups (which tend to be more expensive, but also more intimate and exclusive) while some have larger groups that travel together (which provides a very social atmosphere, as you can meet many other people).

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Luxury Tours

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Common inclusions on the tours offered by these companies are luxury accommodations, private or small groups, exclusive/VIP experiences, and more. Although these tour operators are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.

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Budget Tours

The tour operators that we list as offering a "Budget" product are those that tend to have pricing that is considered more economical, and as a result often include components (i.e. accommodations and tours) that are good but not quite top tier.

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Customizable Tours

These tour operators give customers the option of picking and choosing pieces, creating a vacation that fits their preferences. Whether it's selecting specific hotels, or visiting specific destinations, the options are plentiful and sure to please you! We can arrange for as customized and specific of a tour that you would like, whether it be escorted, independent, or a bit of both. Contact us today to get the conversation started with one of our experienced travel advisors.

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Independent Travel

Also referred to as self-guided travel, independent travel gives you the freedom to do things at your own pace. You don't have a guide with you like you would on an escorted tour, but you can make your own schedule and choose your own itinerary.

This option is usually significantly less expensive than an escorted tour that includes similar components; however, cost and quality simply depends on the tour you select as both budget and luxury tour operators offer this type of travel.

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Created with families in mind, Adventures by Disney is a premium tour company that offers land packages on six of the world's seven continents! Guests are provided with exclusive itineraries, VIP treatment, and fun-filled integration of the Disney brand.

Gate 1 Travel
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Founded in 1981, Gate 1 Travel offers escorted tours, European river cruises, independent vacations and customized international vacation packages for less. Our extra discounts on their travel packages and tour packages provide exceptional value.

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