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11 Day Danube River Cruise with Budapest


River Cruise Package Includes

  • Flights NYC-Budapest, Munich-NYC
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 nights Deluxe accommodations
    • 2 nights Budapest
    • 7 nights outside cabin aboard an exclusive charter of the Deluxe MS Sound of Music
  • Hotel & cruise porterage
  • All transfers & port fees
  • 22 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Wireless audio system for excursions

Special Features

  • Budapest City Tour
  • Vienna City Tour
  • Nuremberg City Tour

River Cruise Features & Amenities

  • Captain's Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Unlimited wine and beer with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
  • Bottled water replenished daily in your stateroom
  • Late night snack
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in public areas
  • Self-serve coffee and tea station
  • Lounge serving premium spirits
  • Daily entertainment including an on-board musician
  • Fitness center
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • Cruise director for every 40 passengers
  • Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English by licensed guides

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA to Budapest, Hungary. Your international flight includes meals, drinks and in-flight entertainment

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Budapest
Arrive in Budapest and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to discover Buda and Pest in this elegant city with its wealth of historic monuments linked by eight graceful bridges. This evening, enjoy a welcome drink and briefing with your tour manager at the hotel
Overnight: Budapest

DAY 3, Saturday - Budapest City Tour
Your morning tour begins on the Pest side of the river; view the Parliament, City Park and Heroes Square. Cross to Buda to see the Royal Palace, Matthias Church and the graceful medieval architecture along the cobbled streets. Explore the city's wonderful shops and cafes this afternoon on your own. Tonight, an optional dinner and show in Budapest. Travel to the outskirts of Budapest for a traditional Hungarian Dinner in a scenic forested location. While dining, you’ll be entertained by colorfully dressed dancers performing a variety of spirited folk dances accompanied by a group playing live gypsy music
Optional: Dinner & Show in Budapest (PM)
Overnight: Budapest
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - Cruise Embarkation
Enjoy the morning at leisure, or participate in the optional tour that traces the rich Jewish heritage of Budapest. Begin with a visit to the Great Dohany Synagogue, which ranks among one of the major Jewish sights in Budapest. This Moorish-style building is Europe’s largest synagogue and the second largest in the world. View the Jewish Museum, the magnificent Tree of Life and the inspiring Raoul Wallenberg Memorial. Finally, travel across town to explore the chilling Hungarian Holocaust Museum. This afternoon, transfer to the port to embark your cruise. Tonight, a gala welcome dinner sets the mood for your delightful river cruise. The ship will set sail at 10pm. Bon Voyage!
Optional: Budapest Jewish Interest Tour (AM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Bratislava City Tour
This morning, enjoy the tranquil scenery as the boat sails along the scenic Danube. After lunch on board, arrive in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, a mix of modern and Baroque architecture. This capital city is among the youngest in Europe, yet retains a rich history dating back more than 2000 years. Walk along the cobblestone lanes of the historic town center; view St. Martin’s Cathedral, coronation site of the Kings of Hungary, the 13th century Old Town Hall and the Franciscan church. Time to explore this colorful city on your own before returning to the ship for dinner. This evening, the ship will set sail just before midnight
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Vienna City Tour
Your morning tour of romantic Vienna introduces you to this Imperial city with its legendary opulence and elegance. Drive along the famed Ringstrasse, Vienna's main boulevard lined with with magnificent Baroque palaces, parks and monuments. View the lavish Hofburg Palace, and the impressive Vienna Opera House. Continue to majestic St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Parliament building. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure, or, join the optional tour to the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, once summer residence of the Hapsburgs. Visit the gorgeous baroque apartments and stroll through the world-famous manicured gardens. Tonight, perhaps take the opportunity to attend an evening of Viennese culture in the "City of Music" at an optional concert performance of the classical masterpieces of Mozart and Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens
Optional: Schonbrunn Palace Tour (PM)
Optional: Classical Viennese Concert (PM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Melk Abbey
This morning, arrive in the Bavarian village of Durnstein, one of the prettiest towns on the Danube. Free time to stroll this quintessential village in the heart of the Wachau wine district. Walk along medieval cobblestone streets revealing 16th century town houses and wine taverns. Continue cruising late this morning and relax on board as the boat cruises through the scenic Wachau Valley, with lovely storybook views of vineyards, castles, hilltop ruins and monasteries. Later, disembark in Melk for a guided tour of the historic Benedictine Abbey, considered one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. View the Abbot's chambers, the Kaiser's walk and the lavish library. The ship will set sail as you dine on board this evening
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Afternoon in Passau
Today presents a wonderful opportunity to join the optional full day tour to beautiful Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and setting for the Sound of Music. The walking tour will include some of Salzburg’s most historic sites including the Mirabella Palace, the Abbey, Salzburg Cathedral, and St. Peter's Cemetery. After lunch at a local restaurant, there will be time to discover Salzburg on your own before returning to the ship. If you choose to remain on board, the boat docks in 2500-year-old Passau in the afternoon with opportunity to explore the city independently. Well known for its pastel patrician houses, cafes, cobblestone lanes and riverfront promenade, Passau is a Bavarian town with a mix of Roman, Italian Baroque and Gothic architecture. In the early evening, all passengers will rejoin the ship and set sail for Regensburg
Optional: Full Day Tour of Salzburg
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Regensburg City Tour
Arrive in Regensburg this morning, one of German’s largest and best preserved medieval cities designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The guided walking tour highlights the city’s stunning architecture as we view the Old Town Hall, the Dom St. Peter, and the Porta Pretoria, gateway to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Marvel at beautiful churches and one of the oldest stone bridges crossing the Danube. Return to the boat or spend the afternoon at leisure discovering the delights of Regensburg on your own. In the late afternoon, the ship will set sail for Nuremberg
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Nuremberg City Tour
This morning, relax on board as the ship cruises through the Main-Danube Canal. Arrive after lunch in Nuremberg, an energetic city with a visible history of almost one thousand years. Today’s guided excursion begins at the historic Palace of Justice where the War Crimes Tribunal met in 1946 and continues to the vibrant Market Square where Germany’s most famous Christmas Market is held. After the tour, time to stroll through the shops on your own before returning to the ship for the Captain's farewell dinner
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday - Depart for the USA
This morning transfer to the airport in Munich for your departure flight. The Munich airport is approximately a 2 hour drive from the port. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 am
Meals: Breakfast

Hilton Budapest City, Budapest

This deluxe hotel is located near the West End shopping center on the Pest side of Budapest.

Hotel Details

Sound of Music,

This intimate ship features 64 spacious outside cabins (128-195 sq ft) each fully air-conditioned with private bath facilities, shower, telephone and flat screen satellite TV.

Hotel Details

Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

Dinner & Show in Budapest

Day #3 01 Apr 2013 - 31 Dec 2014         $89
Travel this evening to the outskirts of Budapest for a traditional Hungarian dinner in a scenic forested location. While dining, you’ll be energetically entertained by colorfully dressed dancers performing a variety of spirited folk dances accompanied by a group playing live gypsy music.

Budapest Jewish Interest Tour

Day #4 05 Jun 2014 - 23 Sep 2014         $65
25 Sep 2014 - 07 Oct 2014         $65
09 Oct 2014 - 14 Oct 2014         $65
16 Oct 2014 - 31 Dec 2014         $65
This tour highlights the many different aspects of Budapest's rich Jewish heritage. Begin with a visit to the Great Dohany Synagogue which ranks among one of the major Jewish sights in Budapest and Europe. This Moorish style building is Europe's largest synagogue and the second largest in the world. View the Jewish Museum, the magnificent Tree of Life and the stirring Raoul Wallenberg Memorial. Finally, travel across town to explore the chilling Hungarian Holocaust Museum.

Schonbrunn Palace Tour

Day #6 01 Mar 2014 - 31 Dec 2014         $59
Enjoy an afternoon guided tour of the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, once the summer residence of the Hapsburg emperors. Visit the gorgeous baroque apartments and stroll through the world-famous manicured and aromatic gardens.

***Tours operating from Nov 23 - Dec 26 will include the Schonbrunn Christmas Market

Classical Viennese Concert

Day #6 01 Mar 2014 - 31 Dec 2014         $73
Experience a delightful evening of Viennese culture in the "City of Music." Attend a concert featuring the classical masterpieces of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens. The musicians will bring to life the passionate strains of Mozart, a child prodigy who blossomed into one of history's greatest composers and Strauss, the Waltz King, who composed the Blue Danube, the world's most famous waltz. The chamber orchestra is accompanied by a professional dance performance, recalling the golden age of the 19th-century Viennese ballrooms.

Tour of Salzburg

Day #8 01 Mar 2014 - 31 Dec 2014         $105
Enjoy a full-day excursion to beautiful Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and setting for the Sound of Music. The walking tour will include some of Salzburg’s most historic sites including Mirabella Palace, the house where Mozart lived, Nonnberg Abbey, Salzburg Cathedral, St. Peter's Cemetery. Lunch is included at a local restaurant, and then there will be time to explore the streets of Salzburg on your own before returning to the boat.

Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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2014 Dates & PricesLand/Cruise OnlyAir & Land/Cruise
Sep 4$32894479
Sep 18$29894229
Oct 2$27793989
Oct 16$25693669
Oct 30$22493259
Nov 13$20393049
Create Your Own Flexible Vacation

*Not Included:
Optional shore excursions and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land/Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

Passengers returning from Munich on Day 11 should select flights that depart no earlier than 11:00 am. The Munich airport is approximately a 2 hour drive from the Nuremberg port.

Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. There are no elevators or chair lifts on board. Kindly refer to our Terms for additional information.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.




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