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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 14 reviews
(10 out of 10)


Southampton Couple
Splendid. Most certainly would cruise again - a different river next time. The Danube and its cities were magnificent.
Confirmed traveller: 24 September 2015
Published on: 20 October 2015
(5 out of 10)


Beverley Couple
It was of much lower standard than we had expected. The cabin was small and old fashion. Not surprising that there was no photo of it in your brochure and advertising.
Lots of people on board seemed very satisfied by the holiday, but we were very disappointed.
Confirmed traveller: 24 September 2015
Published on: 11 October 2015
(8 out of 10)


Southend-on-Sea Couple
Good value for money, but the day in Vienna needs a significant overhaul and caused a number of folk to be disappointed.
Confirmed traveller: 24 September 2015
Published on: 03 October 2015
(9 out of 10)


Billinghurst Couple
Mostly a very enjoyable holiday.
It could have been pointed out that it was easy to walk to Melk Abbey with reasonable fitness rather than take a coach.
The guide was very good but we and others felt £15 was excessive for a walking tour of Bratislava with a party of nearly 30.
Confirmed traveller: 17 September 2015
Published on: 21 September 2015
(9 out of 10)


Wokingham Couple
Another excellent river cruise. Olympia is not as luxurious as some of the other ships but the difference is more than made up for by the enthusiasm of the ships crew. The visits to Vienna and Budapest provided a chance to decide if a further visit is required and we certainly will revisit both. Mary (your tour guide) was very knowledgeable about the places we visited. So, well done.
Confirmed traveller: 10 September 2015
Published on: 24 September 2015
(9 out of 10)


Stockport Couple
We were very pleased with the holiday. Our only caveat is the need to travel from Gatwick - we live only 10 miles from Manchester international airport, which certainly has direct flights to Vienna. It would have been much easier for us to travel from there, and will only consider further holidays abroad with you if it is possible to do so.
Confirmed traveller: 10 September 2015
Published on: 23 September 2015
(9 out of 10)


Southam Couple
Cruise manager Mary was excellent
Confirmed traveller: 22 September 2013
Published on: 14 December 2013