Rising deep in Germany’s Black Forest, the winding Danube plots an easterly course, cutting across no fewer than 10 countries on its path towards its eventual destination in Eastern Europe’s Black Sea. As it meanders, the life-bringing Danube takes those who journey on it through some of this part of the world’s most historically significant settlements.
Leaving Germany the river flows through the Austro-German border city of Passau, famous for its Italianate feel and crowned by ornate St Stephan’s Cathedral. Here the Danube is joined by tributaries the Inn and the Ilz, before flowing onwards through mountainous Austria.
Continuing east, the river weaves its way through cosmopolitan Linz, towards picture-book Melk, with its UNESCO World Heritage abbey, a vast Benedictine monastery complete with stunning Baroque interior - one of the Danube’s most vaunted and most visited sites.
Wending a path through Austria’s verdant Wachau Valley, the river reaches Imperial Vienna, the glorious Austrian capital city. The historical seat of some of Europe’s greatest thinkers and musicians, with ornate palaces, elegant arcades and vast open squares, as well as some of the world’s finest coffee houses, Vienna begs to be explored and enjoyed.
Paying a brief visit to Slovakia, the Danube passes through its delightfully compact and walkable capital city – Bratislava. This medieval gem, centred on St Martin’s Cathedral, boasts splendid Baroque palaces, an ancient suspension bridge and a lively café culture.
From Slovakia, the Danube flows into Hungary, towards the country’s enthralling capital city, Budapest. Split by the mighty river, Buda, on the west bank, boasts colourful Castle Hill, while Pest, to its east, is dominated by the gothic parliament building and an elegant maze of designer stores, coffee houses and patisseries.
Highlights of the Danube
Passau’s St Stephen’s Cathedral
Imperial Vienna and the Schönbrunn Palace
Melk’s riverside abbey
Esztergom’s vast basilica
Budapest’s Castle Hill
The Wachau Valley
When we sail
Choose your Danube river cruise from our complete 2018 – ’19 calendar
Fri 13 July - Romantic Heart of Europe & the Danube - Olympia
Wed 25 July - Blue Danube & A Tale of ThreeCities - Olympia
Wed 01 August 18 - Blue Danube & A Tale of Three Cities - Olympia
Wed 08 August18 - Blue Danube & A Tale of ThreeCities – Olympia
Wed 15 August 18 - Blue Danube & A Tale of ThreeCities – Olympia
Thu 04 April - Prague & the Danube Explorer - A-ROSA
Sun 07 April - Classic Danube Explorer - A-ROSA
Thu 25 April - Prague & the Danube Explorer - A-ROSA
Sun 28 April - Classic Danube Explorer - A-ROSA
Thu 16 May - Prague & the Danube Explorer - A-ROSA
Sun 19 May - Classic Danube Explorer - A-ROSA
Thu 04 July - Prague & the Danube Explorer - A-ROSA
Sun 07 July - Classic Danube Explorer - A-ROSA
Thu 08 August - Prague & the Explorer - A-ROSA
Sun 11 August - Classic Danube Explorer - A-ROSA
Thu 05 September - Prague & the Danube Explorer - A-ROSA
Sun 08 September - Classic Danube Explorer - A-ROSA
Thu 10 October - Prague & the Danube Explorer - A-ROSA
Sun 13 October - Classic Danube Explorer - A-ROSA
Sun 20 October - Danube Discoverer - A-ROSA
Fri 25 October - Danube Discoverer - A-ROSA
Wed 30 October - Danube Discoverer - A-ROSA
Fri 29 November - Danube Christmas Markets - A-ROSA
Sat 07 December - Danube Christmas Markets - A-ROSA
Sun 15 December - Danube Christmas Markets - A-ROSA
Mon 23 December - Christmas on the Danube - A-ROSA
Fri 27 December - New Year on the Blue Danube - A-ROSA
2019 river cruises
2018 river cruises
A-ROSA River cruises on the Danube
Experience an A-ROSA Premium All-inclusive river cruise holiday in 2019
With contemporary cabins, a relaxed atmosphere, spa and wellness centre, flexible free-style dining and a spacious sundeck, this is river cruising your way.
Dining arrangements on an A-ROSA river cruise are flexibility itself; choose your meal from a freshly prepared hot and cold buffet, complete with show cooking, and dine when it suits you with generous restaurant opening hours, and free-style seating.
Those who want to experience a little more indulgence can book an A-ROSA Dining Evening and enjoy a multi-course meal, an extensive wine list and full waiter service. And on warmer days, choose to take a seat on the sundeck and sample the delights of the vessel’s barbecue.
Take to the expansive sundeck and relax on a comfy sun lounger, dip into the plunge pool or whirlpool, play shuffleboard, go for a hole-in-one on the putting green, or enjoy a drink from the outdoor bar – perfect for watching the world go by.
Classic Danube Explorer
7 & 28 April, 19 May, 7 July, 11 August, 8 September, 13 October 2019
Board MS Olympia in 2018 and experience traditional European river cruising.
With a programme of internal refurbishment completed in 2016, Olympia offers passengers a contemporary yet classic look and feel, with all-new soft furnishings and updated fittings – and the warmest of welcomes.
Her 49 cabins offer tranquil, muted tones, large picture windows and flat-screen TVs, as well as recently updated bathroom fixtures. Each evening your steward will ensure your bed is turned down and ready to welcome you.
Enjoy taking in the views from the well-appointed lounge bar, and on fine days, relax on the vessel’s top deck, relishing both the sun’s warming rays and some of Europe’s finest.
In addition to the included guided tours, choose from optional shore excursions, at each delightful port of call, ensuring each visit is both relaxed and enjoyable.
Olympia by air
Fly from your selected UK airport and, upon arrival in mainland Europe, transfer to Olympia