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Danube river cruises

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


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

From £1729

Prague & the Danube Explorer


4 & 25 April, 16 May, 4 July, 8 August, 5 September, 10 October 2019

From £2089

Danube Discoverer


20, 25, 30 October 2019

From £1179

Danube Christmas Markets


29 November, 7 & 15 December 2019

From £889

Christmas on the Danube


23 December 2019

From £1149

New Year on the Blue Danube


27 December

From £2019

Olympia River cruises on the Danube

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

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Olympia by Eurostar

Board the quick and easy Eurostar at either Ebbsfleet, Ashford or St Pancras and journey through the Channel Tunnel, before transferring to Olympia

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Olympia by coach

Join your coach at your local pickup point, cross the channel by ferry and join Olympia

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