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Danube Cruise to Vienna & Budapest 2017

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A picturesque journey through central Europe

Call at some of central Europe's finest cities and sail through beautiful, rolling countryside on this wonderful Danube cruise. Beginning in Linz, you'll journey through Austria to explore the pretty town of Melk - home to a famous Benedictine abbey - continuing through the stunning Wachau Valley and onwards to magnificent Vienna. Olympia then sails on to Hungarian capital Budapest - with its immense, riverside Gothic parliament building - and visits the Danube Bend towns, before returning downriver to Slovakia and Bratislava, and finally to impossibly pretty Durnstein.

What The Price Includes

  • Return flights from your local airport to Vienna
  • Return airport-to-Olympia transfers
  • Seven nights' accommodation in a standard lower cabin (upgrade cabins available)
  • A scenic cruise of the Austrian Danube
  • Calls at Melk, Vienna, Bratislava, Durnstein and Budapest
  • A walking tour of Durnstein
  • Full-board arrangements whilst on board, including afternoon tea and evening snacks
  • On-board entertainment including a Captain's Farewell Dinner
  • On-board English commentary
  • Luggage porterage
  • The services of a friendly, professional crew
  • The services of a Newmarket Cruise Manager

All prices are per person and based on two sharing

Single cabins are available for a supplement

Ship Information

Modern, well-equipped Olympia offers all you could wish to ensure that you enjoy every moment of your Rhine cruise. With accommodation and dining facilities for just under a hundred passengers, the ship has a warm, intimate feeling about her from the minute you step on board.

Deck Plans

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Day One

Fly to Vienna and transfer to Linz, where you'll board Olympia in time for dinner. Step ashore to discover the city's night-time charm, before Olympia slips away upstream.

Day Two

Olympia arrives in Melk, this morning, famous for its magnificent Benedictine abbey, Stift Melk, that watches over the town from its hilltop position. Explore the abbey, a relic of the Habsburg Empire, on an optional excursion that reveals its vast church, ornate Baroque interior, elegant rooms and museum.

Rejoin Olympia this afternoon as she heads into the beautiful Wachau Valley, where vine terraces and pretty towns dominate the landscape. Olympia moors close to Vienna this evening.

Day Three

An optional excursion this morning brings the chance to explore majestic Vienna. Join our coach for the short transfer into the Austrian capital, famous for its 'coffee and cake' culture, and see the impressive sights of this great city of palaces.

This afternoon, another optional excursion offers the opportunity to visit majestic Schonbrunn Palace, a former Imperial summer residence of the Habsburg monarchs, which showcases grand Baroque architecture.

Day Four

Take your place on top deck this afternoon, as Olympia makes the impressive entrance into Budapest. The 'twin city', Hungary's capital, comprises elegant Buda to the west of the river and bustling Pest to the east. Get acquainted with the city on our optional guided tour, which follows a trail from Buda to Pest, and takes in key sights including the Gothic parliament building and romantic Castle Hill, home to the former Royal Palace and a collection of fascinating museums.

Day Five

Spend another morning exploring Budapest and enjoy lunch on board, before Olympia continues her journey and sails back upstream. This afternoon an optional excursion takes you to the pretty towns of the Danube Bend. See Esztergom, recognisable for its great basilica; Baroque jewel Szentendre, with its colourful houses and artists' colony; and rejoin Olympia in Visegrad, home to a 13th-century fortress with stunning views.

Day Six

Explore Bratislava, capital of Slovakia but also uniquely situated on the borders of Hungary and Austria, on this morning's optional excursion. See Gothic St Martin's Cathedral, a collection of grand Baroque palaces and the iconic suspension bridge, before returning to Olympia this afternoon as she continues cruising upstream and back into Austria.

Day Seven

Olympia's final call is at the beautiful town of Durnstein, in the scenic Wachau Valley. Discover its castle, which once imprisoned Richard the Lionheart, and enjoy an included walking tour, before re-boarding the ship for a final cruise back through the region's stunning scenery.

This evening, enjoy a Gala Farewell Dinner with your fellow passengers and toast a wonderful cruise.

Day Eight

Disembark Olympia in Linz this morning, and transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

Further Information

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Optional shore excursions

Optional excursions are available on all cruises, and we recommend that you book now to secure your place. If the number of bookings needed to operate any excursion is not reached, the excursion may be cancelled. In this case your payment will be refunded in full.

Pre-paid drinks package

Spend just £17.50 per person per night, and enjoy unlimited draught beer, house wine and soft drinks (including water, tea and coffee) between 10am and midnight while on board Olympia. All other drinks are not included. The drinks package must be purchased by every person occupying a particular cabin.


Tipping is not compulsory, but from experience we know that many passengers like to leave gratuities for the crew. An envelope will be left in your cabin for this purpose.

Dress code

The dress code on board and ashore is casual. After 7pm, in the lounge and restaurant, shorts are not permitted, and footwear and a shirt or T-shirt must be worn.


Where possible, non-rigid suitcases are easier to store within your cabin.

Drinking water

The tap water on board is safe to drink, but may not be to your taste due to the purification system.

Itinerary changes

On rare occasions, the Captain may need to alter the Cruise Itinerary. If this happens, the Cruise Manager will keep passengers informed.

Cabin sizes

The majority of cabins on board are 10.5m square. Single cabins are approximately 7.7m square. (These measurements include the bathroom.) Standard Promenade cabins are 15m square and most have double beds (which do not convert to sofas), but they do not have a table or stool and will by subject to engine noise during overnight and early morning sailing.

*This offer is valid for new bookings made between 1st and 30th September 2017 (inclusive) only. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount amount will be added to your booking once the promo code has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. Single cabin full fares will be discounted by 50 per cent when the promo code is applied. The offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

Cruise the Danube to Vienna & Budapest reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Cruise the Danube to Vienna & BudapestScores 8.2 out of 10 based on 31 reviews
(8 out of 10)


Poole Couple
We were 3 hours delayed at gatwick. Not your fault. Then a 2 1/2 hour coach trip to the ship. On return we had to get up at crack of dawn to get midday flight back home. Wouldn't it have been better to pick up ship in Vienna where we landed and return to Vienna . Needed longer free time on excursions especially in Vienna only 20 minutes. The excursions and places got better as we continued.
Confirmed traveller: 23 September 2017
Published on: 22 October 2017
(6 out of 10)


Heathfield East Sussex Couple
Never river cruised before so this was a new experience. The crew and the food were good, and boat was OK (though built in 1984, rather old) and our cabin was directly above the engines so when travelling overnight the vibrations interrupted sleep.

Visited interesting cities though there could have been longer duration (see below re comments on cruising past Vienna Airport upstream for 13 hours to promptly return the next morning for 2 1/2 hours on a coach).
Confirmed traveller: 23 September 2017
Published on: 19 October 2017
(8 out of 10)


Yaxley Couple
The crew of the Olympia were excellent. Albeit the weather was inclement, there was always something to cheer you up especially the other travelers. The tour guide was not as good as the previous guide we had 2 years ago.
Confirmed traveller: 23 September 2017
Published on: 17 October 2017
(9 out of 10)


Nottingham Couple
We flew to Vienna Airport and then had a connection to Linz where we joined the ship. The coach had to transfer people flying from Heathrow and from Gatwick. Unfortunately, the other flight was delayed and so we had to wait at Vienna Airport for a couple of hours before we could set off on a journey that took two and a half hours.

The ship seemed to be the smallest passenger ship on the Danube so we felt like the poor relation for much of the tour. However, we liked it and there was a really pleasant relaxed atmosphere among the passengers on the ship. This is my first river cruise in Europe and I have to say that I loved it - I really enjoy sitting on the deck, listening to the humming of the ship engine watching the river banks. It is really soothing. Unfortunately, the weather was on the cold side and I am sure that it would have been even more pleasant in the warm sunshine.

The stop-offs included 24 hour (and overnight) stops in Vienna and Budapest as well as half day stops in Melk, Bratislava and Durnstein. With one exception, these were all excellent. We guided ourselves around Melk, Durnstein and Budapest and did the organised walking tour of Bratislava and we felt that this was good. Vienna was the big disappointment as we booked on to the tours arranged by Newmarket. When it was too late, we discovered that the tour of Vienna was only for half a day and that we would be returning to the boat for lunch(!) before going out again to the Schonbrunn Palace. I felt that the tour of Vienna was a waste of time (although the guide was good) and the trip to Schonbrunn was too rushed. We should have either stayed in Vienna at the end of the tour or tried to make our own way to Schonbrunn and ignored the Viennese tour.
Confirmed traveller: 23 September 2017
Published on: 17 October 2017
(8 out of 10)


Plymouth Couple
Interesting 3 city break which left us with the desire to return to Budapest for a longer visit. Shipboard life not for us though. Too controlled and organised. Meals at set times. Sit at same table with same people. No chance to move round and meet others. Very little evening entertainment. Not enough free time on land
Confirmed traveller: 23 September 2017
Published on: 15 October 2017
(9 out of 10)


Haywards Heath Couple
We enjoyed the holiday as we did the one last year on the same boat, the weather was a little mixed as the afternoon that we were looking forward to in Vienna was wet, and the morning in Melk and the afternoon in Budapest were overcast.
The staff on board were excellent, as was the food.
Confirmed traveller: 16 September 2017
Published on: 19 October 2017
(8 out of 10)


Dundee Friends
Enjoyable week on first river cruise , very poor communication on arrival at airport after an early morning flight , eventually being told we had to wait for the arrival of another flight before we could transfer to the ship . Had we been informed at this point that the transfer time was two hours and we would miss lunch on board we would have had lunch at the airport. Next disappointment, on arrival at the ship, we were informed that if we wanted to eat , we should walk approx quarter of a mile to some food outlets, REALLY! After being on the go from four am very poor welcome.
Confirmed traveller: 16 September 2017
Published on: 17 October 2017