A 4-Day Deluxe Danube River Cruise

A Four-Day Danube River Cruise from Vienna to Budapest:

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A visitor to our site recently emailed me to say that she was keen on doing a Danube River Cruise but complained that river cruises are very expensive.  She thought that she could do it cheaper by hopping on and off local river boats and arranging her own transport and land accommodation. She misses the point of what a river cruise is about.

For anyone who wants to experience a Danube River Cruise but don’t have the time or budget for a long cruise, the good news is that there is now a 4-day deluxe Danube River cruise that will give travellers a taste of cruising the  Danube River.

A 4-Day Danube River Cruise

The following is the itinerary of a 3-night Danube River Cruise with Avalon/Globus from Vienna to Budapest.  The highlights of this short cruise are cruising past the Wachau Valley, a guided visit to the famous Melk Benedictine Abbey, seeing Dürnstein’s baroque Stiftskirche and a guided visit in Bratislava.  If you do the cruise in the opposite direction from Budapest to Vienna, you’ll have an extra night on the river cruise.

Another river cruise operator that offers short Danube river cruises is CroisiEurope, a French company.  However, for a deluxe river cruising experience (and English as the on-board language), Avalon has the better class boats.

1 Vienna
This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at a welcome reception. (D)
2 Melk – Durnstein
Today is dedicated to the beautiful and romantic Wachau Valley, where so much of the excellent Austrian wines are grown and produced.

This morning, visit the impressive Benedictine Abbey of Melk, which towers over the town. Lounge on the Sky Deck with a glass of white wine while enjoying the scenery as you sail to Dürnstein, whose baroque blue and white Stiftskirche stands right on the river bank. Explore on your own or choose one of a variety of optional excursions your Cruise Director will propose. (B,L,D)

3 Bratislava,
Situated at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, Bratislava is the dynamic capital of Slovakia. The charming Old Town with its Town Hall and Mirbach Palace as well as Gothic St Martin’s Cathedral should not be missed. (B,L,D)
4 Budapest ,
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

For more information on Avalon River Cruises see their website at www.avalonwaterways.com.

What about you? What are your thoughts on this subject?


  1. avatarDavid Roth says

    Hi Helen & Tony, we are interested in getting pricing and availability for the 4 day river cruisde from Vienna to Budapest for July.

    Can you help us?

    Thansk Dave

    • avatar says

      Hi David,
      Unfortunately we are not able to sell the Vienna to Budapest cruise that you are interested in. Vacations to Go offer these short Danube cruises and the prices and availability are provided in their website. Vienna to Budapest is a popular short cruise and unfortunately most of their departures have sold out for this July. Vienna to Passau is still available though.


      We suggest you phone or email them directly with any queries you may have.

      Best wishes with your booking.

      Kind regards,
      Helen & Tony

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