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Delights of the Danube Cruise



The blue Danube

Join Sound of Music to cruise one of the world's most iconic rivers and call at some of Europe's most beautiful cities. Visit Vienna, see the beautiful Wachau Valley and head downstream to Budapest and Bratislava on this classic river cruise.

Life on board Sound Of Music

Life on board Sound Of MusicThere's far more to life on board Sound of Music than we could possibly fit on one page. Click here to find out more about her facilities and welcoming atmosphere.

What The Price Includes

  • Return flights from your local airport to Vienna
  • Return airport-to-Sound of Music transfers
  • 7 nights' accommodation in a Moselle Deck double cabin (upgrade cabins available)
  • Embark and disembark in Nussdorf, close to Vienna
  • Cruise through the beautiful Wachau Valley
  • Calls at Melk and Durnstein, Esztergom, Budapest, Kalosca and Bratislava
  • A full day in glorious Vienna
  • Full-board arrangements while on board, including afternoon tea and snacks
  • Free on-board Wi-Fi
  • On-board English commentary
  • Luggage porterage
  • On-board entertainment
  • A Welcome Cocktail Party
  • The Captain's Farewell Dinner
  • The services of a friendly, professional crew
  • The services of a Newmarket Cruise Director and Cruise Manager

All prices are per person and based on two sharing

Single cabins are available for a supplement

Ship Information

Sleek, four-star superior Sound of Music offers a contemporary twist on traditional river cruising. Built in 2006, this beautifully maintained ship's bright, airy public spaces, two-tier observation deck and comfortable cabins provide a relaxing, convivial home for 122 passengers.

Deck Plans

Click here to display the deck plans for this cruise.


Day One

Fly to Austria today, transferring to Nussdorf to board Sound of Music and settle in to your cabin. Enjoy your first dinner on board as she heads upriver this evening.

Day Two

Today Sound of Music will stop beneath one of the most astonishing sights anywhere on the Danube - Melk's famous Benedictine Abbey. See its vast church and Baroque interiors on an optional excursion before Sound of Music cruises back through the Wachau Valley to Durnstein, beneath the castle where Richard the Lionheart was once imprisoned.

Join a walking tour of this pretty town, then return to the ship to relax as Sound of Music spends the afternoon cruising past vineyard-clad valleys.

Day Three

This morning Sound of Music calls in Esztergom, a city watched over by the elegant dome of Hungary's largest church, which you'll have the chance to visit on an optional excursion. From here she'll sail into the Danube Bend, past medieval Visegrad and the artists haven at Szentendre on her way into the spectacular city of Budapest.

Enjoy dinner on board, then step ashore to start exploring this compelling city.

Day Four

An optional guided tour will bring Budapest to life for you, today. See the former Royal Palace and Fishermen's Bastion viewing point on Castle Hill. Cross the Chain Bridge to Pest to stroll through elegant Vorosmarty Ter, see St Stephen's Basilica and see the riverside parliament buildings. Tree-lined Andrassy Ut leads past the opera house to Freedom Square and the palatial Szecheyni public baths in City Park.

Day Five

The delightful town of Kalocsa is just a short coach ride inland from the river. Here the traditional crafts of wall painting and embroidery are maintained by the women of the town, and a fascinating Paprika Museum celebrates the 'red gold' grown in the surrounding fields.

Day Six

After a morning of scenic cruising, Sound of Music arrives in Bratislava. An optional walking tour will introduce St Martin's Cathedral, some of the city's splendid Baroque palaces and the city's ancient suspension bridge, and you'll then be free to explore until the evening.

Day Seven

Spend today in Vienna. Discover the Austrian capital's elegant arcades, St Stephan's Cathedral and magnificent Hofburg Palace on our optional morning sightseeing tour, and perhaps head to the former imperial summer home, the Schonbrunn Palace, on an afternoon optional excursion.

Later, enjoy a final evening aboard Sound of Music.

Day Eight

Bid farewell to Sound of Music and her crew, this morning, as you disembark in Vienna and transfer to the airport to board 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.


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 15.3m square. Single cabins are approximately 11.9m square. (These measurements include the bathroom.) Rhine Deck Suites are 18.11m square.

*This offer is valid for new bookings made between 23rd June and 31st July 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.

Delights of the Danube Cruise reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Delights of the Danube CruiseScores 7.3 out of 10 based on 13 reviews
(5 out of 10)


Whitstable Couple
Mixed feelings about the holiday - ship and service was excellent. Holiday Tour Director was not helpful or particularly friendly. Several excursions that were pre-booked did not take place. One apparently because the river was too high and ships weren't going in that direction (others were though) and one because the previous weeks travellers had not particularly enjoyed it so we were not able to go - just an executive decision. Therefore had extra time moored up in the city - it was supposed to be a river cruise- next to another ship so weren't able to have the curtains open - most disappointing.
Confirmed traveller: 03 August 2017
Published on: 16 August 2017
(8 out of 10)


Darlington Couple
The boat was excellent. Staff extremely friendly and efficient. The food was of a high standard. Bar prices reasonable. Docking points were all central to the town and made tourist visits very easy. The Danube (at least this section) is a bit less interesting than the Rhine, but Budapest and Vienna are wonderful cities.

My only criticism is the entertainment provided. It was a solo piano player who also sang. While a competent musician, and acceptable singer, his repertoire was dull and hardly appropriate for the audience. There was a lot of repetition of twee oompah songs and he appeared to know very few songs written after 1970. He was extremely tame.
Confirmed traveller: 03 August 2017
Published on: 15 August 2017
(3 out of 10)

Mrs J Peck

Seaford Couple
Very dissappointed that itinerary was altered, excuse was broken pontoon at Melk Abbey . Can't believe this stopped us going there at some point perhaps on way back . I'm sure there must have been other mooring points in that area , perhaps at Durnstein. Stayed overnight in Vienna and didn't start until lunchtime so missed whole part of the river upstream.
Stayed in Budapest for two days and cruising further downstream cancelled as apparently last guests said too boring, missed final stop at Kalocsa which I think may have been the only included excursion of the whole trip.The river may not be as picturesque as the Rhine but in the soaring temperatures and midgies and mossies in Budapest , moving along the river would have been preferable.
Can't think of any included excursions and as people were left to their own devices more documentation from couriers should have been provided. Thought they were both useless in fact e.g neither knew where the nearest supermarket was to the boat when docked in Vienna. The crew however were far more knowledgeable and helpful and knew that there were at least 3 shops within 5 mins walk.
The optional excursions were very dissappointing , particularly Budapest, did not even drive past Government buildings and no short stops where we could get off stretch our legs for 10 mins and take pictures. Final stop was at the Fishermens Bastion where we did have time to have a walk about but it was Sunday and the church not open to the public! Vienna was better organised with an optional walking tour in addition to drive around.

The boat is excellent and very well appointed and the crew all excellent including all the food. Entertainment in evening very boring ,same repertiore each evening , sung in the same order of play.
In conclusion , I just feel we were ripped off as far as seeing the Danube and better effort should have made to follow the intinerary as described . Not all of us want to spend a lot of time in large cities , that's what weekend breaks are for. Clearly as well consideration should be given to the amount of fuel that was saved by cancelling so much of the cruise.
On a final note , we are still waiting on the return of our £32 for the prepaid trip to Melk Abbey, again dissappointing that I should have to point this out.
I shall certainly think twice before booking any further holidays with Newmarket.
Confirmed traveller: 03 August 2017
Published on: 15 August 2017
(10 out of 10)


Ashby de la Zouch Sisters
We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday despite the changes in the itinerary.
Confirmed traveller: 03 August 2017
Published on: 15 August 2017
(6 out of 10)


Nice food and nice locations that we visited.
Confirmed traveller: 03 August 2017
Published on: 14 August 2017
(8 out of 10)


Arbroath Couple
Very enjoyable on the whole. Disappointed we never visited Melk. Never went to Linz , seemingly week before trip there wasn't enough time in Linz... surely Newmarket should have known that !!!! Not sure why we needed 2 cruise reps!!!.. cruise manager just fussed around all time and could be quite abrupt !! Entertainment was boring .. one man playing keyboard every night.. same songs!!
Confirmed traveller: 03 August 2017
Published on: 13 August 2017
(6 out of 10)


Dunstable Couple
Too much time spent sailing to the furthest point in HUngary, which could have been spent in either Budapest or Vienna
Confirmed traveller: 27 July 2017
Published on: 24 August 2017