Located in Central Europe, the Danube River is the continent’s second longest river. Spanning 10 countries and flowing for almost 2,000 miles the river becomes the perfect backdrop for an amazing European cruise. The Danube basin was the site of some of the earliest human cultures. The river was part of the Roman Empire’s Limes Germanicus and the Romans often used the river Danube as a northern border for their empire.
There’s plenty to do and even more to see as you travel along a part of the trans-European waterway. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee and strudel in the mornings as you learn about Hungarian history and soak in the old world panoramic views of Budapest. See some of Vienna’s gracious architecture, and then ride along the beautiful Ringstrasse with sights including the Opera House, Stadtpark and Hofburg Theater. In Melk, sail through the stunningly scenic Wachau Valley to the Benedictine abbey at Melk, and join a guided tour through the ornate interior of this baroque architectural gem.
The journey continues as you spend the day in Passau and see the Oberhaus Fortress and visit the impressive baroque St. Stephan’s Cathedral with its ornate interior. Inside, listen to a special concert played on the 17,000-pipe organ, considered Europe’s largest church organ. In Regensburg see the 12th-century Old Stone Bridge, St. Peter’s Cathedral and a number of idyllic courtyards. Walk the streets, shop or visit Germany’s oldest restaurant, the Alte Wurstküche.
Set sail with Viking River Cruises for various dates in June, July and September. Don’t forget about Viking River Cruises’ Thanksgiving cruise dates throughout October and November. If you’d prefer to celebrate the Christmas season abroad, sail during various dates throughout December. Viking River Cruises offers various itineraries across the Danube, which sails from Budapest to Nuremberg or from Passau to Budapest.
Avalon Waterways, AmaWaterways, and Uniworld River Cruises offers various dates throughout the months of June, July, August, September, October and November. With over 30 Danube River cruise options in 2013 and 25 options left in 2012, Avalon Waterways has the perfect option. Varying in length from 4 days to almost 30 days you will be sure to find exactly what you’re looking for.
If you’re looking to discover Europe in a new way, perhaps a relaxing river cruise down the Danube River is just what you need. Taking a European river cruise introduces you to a variety of different cultures, countries and languages in just a matter of days. Begin your exploration today!