Cruising the Danube is here to share with you the excitement and breathtaking beauty of River Cruises on the Danube. River cruising is the hottest new trend for European Travel. With the charm of small scenic ports along the way, art, culture and history at every port, not to mention the high tech new longships to take you there, River cruising is the next adventure for world travelers.
WHY A RIVER CRUISE?
Maybe you have cruised all of your bucket list itineraries on the big ships. Or, maybe big ship travel is not for you! Either way, we want to help you experience what only a longship River Cruise on the Danube can share.
Some things your cruise may offer:
- Small exquisitely appointed ships with under 155 to 185 passengers.
- Included guided Shore Excursions in the most historical places in the world
- No River Days which mean a Scenic port every day
- Wine, Beer, Soft Drinks included with your meals and some lines all inclusive!
- Casual dress code
- Luxury and convenience of a combined land tour and river cruise all in one
- Unpack once, yet you visit so many bucket list countries
- High Ratio of Guest to Staff for very personal service
- Ability to book all air travel to Europe with your cruise
- Transfers from Airport to Ship included when purchasing air with the Cruise Line**
- Pre-Cruise, Post Cruise add on options in your departing port and your destination port
- Experts in the history and Culture of each area you visit offer special onboard events
- Onboard Entertainment scheduled to enrich your cruise with the culture of the Danube countries.
- Bicycles available on most ports to explore on your own
- No Seasickness
- Fairy Tale Villages line the rivers on both sides of your River Boat
- Unesco World Heritage Sites
*River Cruise Companies often have better rates for Solo, Individual Travelers
**Please note that every cruise line offers different amenities. Some of the above may not be included on all the river cruises on the Danube we offer.
WHY RIVER CRUISES ON THE DANUBE?
The Danube is the number one selling River Cruise and here is why! First, it is the longest river in the European Union which makes for itineraries unparalleled that will fill a 7 night cruise with memories to last a lifetime. The itinerary that most River Boats sail along the Danube originate in one of these ports; Budapest which known as a young Paris, Nuremberg and Passau Germany which is known as the City of Three Rivers because the Danube is joined here by the Inn River from the South and the Ilz River from the North. Fun facts! The Danube is the only major European river that flows from West to East! It flows through ten different countries! Can you believe that more than twelve separate languages are spoken on it’s shores!
WHEN IS THE DANUBE RIVER CRUISE SEASON?
Most river cruise companies begin sailing in late March and sail through late fall. Though now many cruise lines are keeping a few ships on the Danube and the Rhine to sail through the winter holidays and New Years. These sailings can be some of the most magical times in Europe. The High Season is summer, of course. The low season and best pricing is in the spring and the fall.
LET OUR DANUBE RIVER CRUISE SPECIALISTS HELP YOU CHOOSE THE SHIP FOR YOU!
RIVER CRUISE LINES THAT SAIL THE DANUBE
There are may choices for our guests to sail this magnificent river. We have narrowed down to the ones that we feel will offer our clients the best experience and most varied choice in pricing. Though our specialists can certainly help you choose something off the beaten track! Just ask!
The River Cruise Companies fall into two categories. “All Inclusive” and “Premium”. The “All Inclusive” River Cruises pricing usually include gratuities and complimentary beverages 24/7. The “Premium” River Cruise companies do not include the above in your pricing. But usually include wine and beer at lunch and dinner.
OUR BIGGEST SELLING, MOST POPULAR RIVER CRUISES, WITH THE MOST TO OFFER!
AMAWATERWAYS DANUBE RIVER CRUISES – Is one of the most popular “Premium” River Cruise Companies as they have surpassed the typical River Cruise identity to break ground on new ideas for their guests and new innovations for their “Double Balcony” ships! They continue to win the top awards from critics and guests! They offer excursion choices on each port that are included in the price. AMA is derived from the Latin word for Love. And that is what permeates their river cruises. How about the swim up bar, or their guided bicycle tours. They have added amazing themes to their cruises to offer their clients something out of the ordinary, included Chef’s table and so much more. Their ships are luxurious and their itineraries and excursions are chosen with the utmost care…with AMA. Let us tell you more about an AmaWaterways River Cruise!
VIKING DANUBE RIVER CRUISES is probably one of the most well known river cruise companies as they have certainly advertised to the masses. It falls under a Premium river cruise classification. Their ships have a lovely distinctive Scandinavian decor and a Nordic sensibility. They are known for their reasonable pricing and their loyal clientele. Since they do not have active cruisers as much in mind, you will not find gyms aboard and bicycles available for you. Their ships tend to carry more passengers and they offer one included excursion per port. Let us tell you more about a Viking River Cruise!
UNIWORLD DANUBE RIVER CRUISES – Considered “All Inclusive”, this exquisite boutique river cruise line has been in existence for over 40 years. It has become known for it’s upscale interior design, with a completely European flare. Their iconic ships are designed in partnership with their sister company Red Carnation Hotel Connection. It is a true all inclusive River Cruise. With shore excursions, internet, food and drinks (with many premium spirits and wine) all included, you can’t help but feel spoiled by this Boutique River Cruise Line. Let us tell you more about a Uniworld River Cruise!
CRYSTAL DANUBE RIVER CRUISES – Crystal Cruise Lines, considered “All Inclusive”, has entered the river cruise market and upped the exclusivity of a River cruise with it’s 5 star ratings! But think 6, 7 8 star! Their “yachts” are all-suite with full Butler service for exceptional service! With it’s state of the art fleet of five yachts they deliver unparalleled service. Their 160 guest vessels sailing the Danube are the Crystal Mozart, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel. Crystal has added overnights in many ports, too! Let us tell you more about a Crystal River Cruise!
LET OUR DANUBE RIVER CRUISE SPECIALISTS HELP YOU CHOOSE THE SHIP FOR YOU!
MORE RIVER CRUISES ON THE DANUBE- CALL US FOR MORE PRICING AND INFORMATION ON THESE CRUISE LINES
ADVENTURES DY DISNEY DANUBE RIVER CRUISES – Disney has partnered with AmaWaterways to enter the European River Cruise Market with families in mind! From the included Shore Excursions that kids can’t help but enjoy to the onboard entertainment these cruises are a world of difference from other River Cruises that are geared to adults. The AmaViola offers connecting rooms for families that are not usual on River Boats and so needed for family travel. Let us tell you more about an Adventures By Disney River Cruise!
CROISIEUROPE DANUBE RIVER CRUISES – Though this River cruise Line is considered budget in price it certainly delivers an amazing experience to it’s guests. It is the largest river cruise company in Europe. This family owned company definitely gives you value for your dollar. From the French Haute Cuisine to their eco-friendly ships you have a true European experience when on a CroisiEurope River Cruise.
SCENIC DANUBE RIVER CRUISES- considered “All Inclusive” is a truly first class river cruise line. From their high tech river boats called “Space Ships” to the Personal Butler for all guests, this ship delivers a truly magnificent experience. This luxury river cruise line has included just about everything in their higher end pricing. Their world class dining and the ratio of guests to staff of almost 2 to 1 makes this a true luxury vacation.-
EMERALD WATERWAYS DANUBE RIVER CRUISES – Unlike its parent Company Scenic, this River Cruise company is considered a Premium River cruise line. But this truly gorgeous line is geared more towards the active crowd. They offer hiking an icing tours along with some of the more common excursions along the Danube. Similar to Scenic’s Spaceships, Emeralds revolutionary Star-Ships are designed to impress and inspire! Unlike other European River cruise companies that design their ships with a European flare, Emeralds are designed for a sleek, contemporary and exciting feel. They are a great option for a more active traveler.
AVALON WATERWAYS DANUBE RIVER CRUISES is a Premium River Cruise Company that primarily markets to the English speaking countries. Their ships are known for having larger staterooms and more options for dining. Where most river cruise ships feature breakfast, lunch and dinner, Avalon gives their guests as much as 7 dining options. From Tapas to barbecue they are shaking up the river cruise dining options. They are also known for their Suite ships.
TAUCK DANUBE RIVER CRUISES are considered “All Inclusive”. This is an exquisite upscale cruise experience on all accounts. They offer not only the usual shore excursions, but exclusive events! From after hour private tours of museums to private concerts or lunches on port. The ship is designed with a definite European flare and appointed to perfections at every turn.