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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 coach travel from your chosen pick-up point
  • Two nights' bed and breakfast accommodation in an en route hotel
  • 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

Board the coach at your pick-up point, and travel to your comfortable overnight accommodation.

Day Two

Board the coach and continue your journey to Vienna today. Board Sound of Music and settle in to your cabin. Enjoy your first dinner on board as she heads upriver this evening.

Day Three

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 Four

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 Five

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 Six

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 Seven

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 Eight

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 Nine

Bid farewell to Sound of Music and her crew, this morning, as you disembark in Vienna to begin your coach journey home, stopping en route at your comfortable overnight accommodation.

Day 10

Continue your journey home by coach today.
Departure county Pick-up points
Meet At Port
Meet At Port Hull Port
Bedfordshire Bedford, Luton, Toddington Services M1
Buckinghamshire Milton Keynes
Derbyshire Derby, Ilkeston
East Riding Of Yorkshire
East Riding Of Yorkshire Beverley, Hessle, Hull
Hertfordshire Birchanger Green Services M11, Bishops Stortford, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford, Hitchin, Letchworth, South Mimms Services A1 M, St Albans, Stevenage, Waltham Cross, Watford, Welwyn Garden City
Leicestershire Coalville, Donington Park Services M1, Hinckley, Leicester, Leicester Forest Services M1, Loughborough, Market Harborough
Lincolnshire Boston, Cleethorpes, Gainsborough, Grantham, Grantham Services A1, Grimsby, Lincoln, Louth, Scunthorpe, Sleaford, Stamford
Middlesex Enfield
Northamptonshire Corby, Kettering, Northampton, Rushden, Wellingborough
Nottinghamshire Hucknall, Mansfield, Newark, Nottingham, Sutton In Ashfield
Staffordshire Burton Upon Trent, Uttoxeter
Warwickshire Rugby

Further Information

Joining your holiday

Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.

Meal arrangements

Where meals are not included, your coach driver will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.

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 applies to new bookings made between between 1st and 30th June 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 25 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 5.9 out of 10 based on 7 reviews
(9 out of 10)


Nottinghamshire Couple
Excellent service from crew the food was good with staff very attentive. Unfortunately the cruise director, Frances upset a lot of people on board with her approach to various situations. This lady did nothing at all for public relations
Confirmed traveller: 04 August 2017
Published on: 17 August 2017
(3 out of 10)


Faversham Couple
Dreadful journey to the ship. Unbelievable that you should use an unsuitable British coach, no food at stop over and quite spoilt the holiday. Even for your company this was a new low.

Flew back to UK because we couldn't face another 2 day nightmare. No option to fly when we booked holiday although others had been given this option.

Had to arrange own flights home as cruise Manager didn't have a clue.

After several Newmarket holidays, will never travel with you again, although as the holiday was so badly organised, we will be able to regale people of your manifest shortcomings.
Confirmed traveller: 04 August 2017
Published on: 14 August 2017
(5 out of 10)


Hythe, Hants Couple
Newmarket had totally miscalculated the time of the coach journeys. There should have been two coach drivers. We arrived on the ship at 10.30 and no meal was provided. Not enough time was spent in Vienna. The trip to Kalosca was a waste of time.
Confirmed traveller: 28 July 2017
Published on: 14 August 2017
(5 out of 10)


Waterlooville Couple
We have complained to Newmarket about the journey. We travelled by coach and it was not planned sufficiently. There was no way a coach driver could achieve the estimated times in good conditions but with roadworks, a terrible storm, ferry delays it was a nightmare both going and returning. Going we missed dinner twice as we arrived too late, first at the hotel and then at the boat.
The boat was lovely, comfortable and our cabin very pleasant. The staff were friendly and helpful. The food was excellent. We couldn't have asked for better.
We enjoyed all of the places we visited.
Confirmed traveller: 28 July 2017
Published on: 14 August 2017
(5 out of 10)


Yeovil Couple
The boat was good but the travel to it was awful. With having one driver on the coach was hell for us and him. Albeit he was very good and a patience professional driver. I could never recommend the journey and Newmarket need to address this situation as it ruined many people's hoilday. This is the first time my partner and I have used Newmarket and their organisation of the trip was more like Fred Carnos Circus.
Confirmed traveller: 28 July 2017
Published on: 14 August 2017
(5 out of 10)


Birchington Couple
The coach journey is too long and made worse by the coach only having one driver.
I would never repeat that journey.
The ship's crew were all excellent and cheerful. The evening entertainment was very poor. I understand that the ship and the company make a large part of their profits by having a captured audience onboard to spend in the bar, but the trip would have been improved 100% if some evening excursions ashore had been available. I noted that other river boat companies were offering musical evenings in Vienna for their passengers whereas our boat had nothing.
Confirmed traveller: 28 July 2017
Published on: 13 August 2017
(9 out of 10)


Andover Couple
A very enjoyable trip but the length of time physically on the coach was too much. The trip itself and the boat and staff were fantastic. And our coach driver given what he had to do was second to none the
Confirmed traveller: 28 July 2017
Published on: 13 August 2017