DANUBE RIVER CRUISE
Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, and the Wachau Valley
The Danube journeys through the very heart of Europe, calling in at some of the world’s most elegant, vibrant and influential cities. Multiple capitals – including Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava and Belgrade – sit along the course of this beautiful waterway, providing Danube river cruise guests with an insight into the history of the continent.
The Danube passes through 10 different countries (more than any other river in the world) and has long been an important trade route and military vantage point. Many of Europe’s finest architectural sights are found along this river.
Choose Vegan Culinary Cruises to explore the delights of the Danube and take advantage of our carefully-crafted excursions, world-class vegan dining experiences and, of course, the in-depth knowledge of our friendly staff and program directors.
- Experience the beauty of Budapest, the culture of Vienna and the history of medieval Germany.
- Experience the history and culture of the Danube with wonderful shore excursions geared towards your unique interests and activity level.
- Savor the majestic surroundings in absolute luxury as you journey on-board our 5-Star luxury riverboats.
A journey through Europe’s history and cultural evolution
From the Black Forest to the Black Sea, the Danube cuts a dramatic course through Europe, taking in 10 countries and countless cities, towns, villages and settlements. From opulent cities to unspoiled countryside, the Danube travels through some of the continent’s most wonderful sights, such as the Hungarian Parliament Building and the Iron Gates.
A Danube river cruise with Vegan Culinary Cruises will take you to the heart of the continent’s most beautiful and influential cities. Our guests are invited to explore Vienna’s rich musical heritage or the religious significance of Melk during a Danube river cruise, experience local life in Bratislava and revel in Austria’s winemaking heritage – no two days on a Danube river cruise are ever alike.
Explore the Danube in absolute luxury
Our luxury riverboats will navigate the beautiful Danube, providing a luxurious base for guests looking to explore the beauty of the river. Elegantly-appointed suites and staterooms offer a relaxing retreat after another enriching day exploring this amazing waterway.
Every detail aboard our Ships has been carefully crafted. Each Star-Ship boasts an open-air Sun Deck, Reflections Restaurant and The Terrace which is the perfect spot for enjoying a light bite or drinks with friends as you enjoy the beautiful views along the Danube.
Our attentive on-board team will attend to your every need and our skilled team of accomplished chefs will take you on a journey of their own, through the tastes and culinary experiences of modern Europe.
Innovators in design and technology for luxury river cruising vessels, our ships will be your gracious floating hotel as you cruise the waterways of Europe. The only All-Vegan – All Luxury – All Inclusive River Cruise, Vegan Culinary Cruises bring you luxury on the river!
Intimate and friendly, with every amenity you could wish for, Ships were designed with you in mind. From the moment you step on board you’ll be spoilt for choice. From our delicious buffets, tour options, right down to your pillow menu, you’ll enjoy the ultimate in all-inclusive luxury, every moment of the day.
From Owners Suites to Balcony Suites all boast large private balconies, 32-inch Samsung HD TVs, complimentary internet access enhanced by an upgraded Wi-Fi system. Spectacular dining and lounge areas with stunning views from floor to ceiling panoramic windows, and all public areas featuring modern artwork, soft furnishings and designer furniture
On most of our ships you’ll have full access to a wellness area, complete with massage services and a hair salon, a gym, our special on-board entertainment, Wi-Fi internet, electric bicycles and of course luxuriously appointed suites to retire to at the end of the day.
Your Vegan Culinary Cruises Directors, as well as every member of the hospitable on-board team, are on hand to make sure you make the most of every minute of our time on board your luxury Vegan Culinary Cruises.
The Danube Explorer itinerary takes guests through the beautiful, quaint landscape of Central Europe. Embark on your Budapest, Linz, Passau and Vienna river cruise, taking in the stunning sights of these wonderfully historic, culturally diverse and vibrant destinations. Experience the lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere of Budapest as you witness the inspiring Hungarian Parliament Building, traditional Hungarian folk dancing and take in the sights and sounds of the city. Stroll along the cobblestone streets of Passau, reflect on the marvelous old quarter of Linz and visit the world-famous opera house of Vienna on your river cruise.
Day 1: Arrival Budapest
Welcome to Budapest! You will be met and transferred from the airport to your luxury river cruise ship. After boarding, enjoy some time at your leisure to explore Budapest. This evening begins with ship orientation then our first spectacular vegan dinner with new and old friends. Later, enjoy a Hungarian folk dancing and music performance on board.
Day 2: Budapest
Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. Enjoy a guided tour of the city sights including the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest or an exciting hike on the Buda Hill.
Day 3 (We): Vienna
Today, you have a choice of either exploring Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the Ringstrasse, where we will see the sights of Vienna’s world–famous attractions such as the Opera House, Burgtheater, Spanish Riding School, Town Hall, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Alternatively, join the guided bike tour instead of the drive around and guided walk. Then, you will have free time to sample the wonderful tastes of Vienna.
Day 4: Vienna / Bratislava
Continue your morning tour of Vienna with a number of choices to satisfy your interests including a guided Vienna. Afternoon we will reach Bratislava for a guided city tour.
Day 5 (Fr): Villages of the Wachau Valley – Durnstein & Melk:
In the morning we arrive in Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages of the Wachau wine region. This is the site of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned after returning from the crusades in the 12th century. Thereafter, you will drive or bike through the picturesque landscape of this district to the 900–year old Benedictine Abbey of Melk, which features Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture.
Day 6 (Sa) Linz
Linz, the European capital of culture in 2009 is a lively, modern city with long and eventful history, reflected in the architecture of the city center with its unique Baroque Hauptplatz. After your tour, you will have time to stroll through the marvelous old quarter of the city or sit in a typical Austrian Coffee House to taste some local specialties. Optional tour to Salzburg.
Day 7 (Su): Passau
Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in the beautiful city of Passau. On this morning’s walking tour, stroll through the old town’s narrow alleys and see the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress from the town below. Visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a wonderful example of Baroque architecture and home to Europe’s largest church organ with more than 17,000 pipes. Afternoon guided area hike.
Day 8 (Mo): Departure Passau / optional Prague post tour
Prague Post Tour (optional)
Day 8: Disembark, Pilsen brewery tour in-route, arrival Prague