The Blue Danube River Cruise with Vienna Extension

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Experience more with so much included

  • Tour the most historic towns and cities along the Danube, including guided tours of Vienna, Dürnstein, Budapest and Bratislava.
  • Visit Esztergom Basilica, Melk Abbey, Schönbrunn Palace and the Vienna State Opera House.

  • Explore Salzburg or Linz with an expert guide on a tour of the town's most interesting sights.

  • Experience in the local culture with a Hungarian folklore show and a traditional Heurigen evening and enjoy a live classical music performance on board with stunning views of Vienna.

  • Feel the wind in your hair on a horse-drawn carriage ride through Neusiedlersee with wine-tasting and lunch. 

At a Glance
NEW FOR 2024
Superior drinks package included
7 nights on a five-star ship
Return flights & transfers
11 visits and tours
Full board cruise, B&B hotel
Complimentary on-board tea & coffee
Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi
Expert Cruise Director
All port charges & airport taxes
Checked Luggage


Soak up all that Europe’s most cultured river has to offer, with its wealth of grand baroque architecture, medieval cities, picture perfect towns and the sights that inspired Strauss and Mozart.  

From Budapest, we slip our moorings and head on our journey north to Esztergom spending the morning exploring its historic centre, which once was Hungary’s capital, before continuing westwards to the beautiful old town of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Navigating through Lower Austria we then reach the romantic town of Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned, having been shipwrecked on his return from the crusades. After we visit the remarkable monastery in Melk, with its Emperor’s Gallery, lined with portraits of Austrian emperors. Soon we arrive in Linz where you’ll discover its baroque old town on a guided tour. Alternatively, take the short drive to Salzburg and enjoy a guided tour of the old town. We will reach classical Vienna, and see the Spanish riding school. Finally, cruising into Hungary, we arrive back in imperial Budapest, straddling the picturesque Danube. This holiday is ideal for travelers who love culture, music and architecture. 

End this spectacular adventure with a three-night stay in central. During our time on shore, we'll ride through the stunning natural beauty of Neusiedlersee on a horse and carriage. And explore Schönbrunn Palace on a guided tour, following in the footsteps of Emperors through the imperial apartments before saying goodbye to one of Europe's most opulent cities.

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin with a limited number of sole occupancy cabins available on all decks, at the relevant supplement. The price includes:

  • All meals on board (except one lunch if choosing the Salzburg excursion) - from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day - including welcome cocktails and the Captain's dinner.
  • Complimentary on-board tea and coffee
  • All visits and excursions as mentioned
  • 3 nights in centrally located hotel in Vienna with breakfast
  • Airport transfers
  • Coach travel as mentioned
  • Travel to and from port of embarkation
  • The services of a Riviera Travel cruise director

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Violinist, Vienna
  Staircase in Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Optional Classical Music concert at the Kursalon Vienna 

We know that for Riviera Travel guests it’s not enough to see the city, you want to experience it – and what better way to experience Vienna than through the music it’s famous for. Spend the evening in one of the most opulent buildings in the city, Kursalon Music Hall. Enjoy the essence of Vienna through the works by the city's most famous Classical composers - Mozart and Strauss. 



Optional visit to the Kunsthistroisches Museum 

Join an optional visit to the Kunsthistroisches Museum. This fascinating Art History Museum is home to famous pieces by Raphael, Vermeer, Velazquez, masterworks by Rubens, Rembrandt, Dürer, Titian and Tintoretto and the world's largest collection of Bruegel's art. 


Please contact us to pre-book either of the above experiences.

Transfer Times

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependant on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Airport or train station Ship location Transfer time Final hotel locaion Departure airport Transfer time
Budapest Airport Budapest 45 mins
Arcotel Wimverger VIE airport 30-45 mins

Useful Information

Fact File

  • Currencies: Euro, Forint
  • Flight Time: Approx. 2 hrs 25 mins to 3 hrs
  • Languages: Hungarian, German
  • Time Zone: GMT+1
  • Countries: Austria, Hungary, Slovakia


Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship for the duration of your cruise. Please note that speeds may vary.

Visa Information

We are unable to accept responsibility if you are unable to travel because you have not complied with any passport/entry/immigration requirements.


We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Riviera Plus

Upgrade to a deluxe or superior suite, or an upper deck cabin and benefit from the luxury of Riviera Plus (subject to availability).


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