From its source in the Black Forest to the natural wonder of the Danube Delta, the river known as the 'beautiful blue Danube' meanders and crosses though ten countries and covers a length of some 2,888 km.
The 'Queen of European Rivers' provides a habitat for a unique variety of flora and fauna. It also unites countries, people and cultures, giving Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava an incomparable cityscape while providing you with a cruise that is full of cultural and scenic highlights. The Danube is quite justifiably one of the most popular destinations in the world for river cruise enthusiasts.
For a chance to experience some of Vienna's famous 'Schmäh' - or 'wit', as it translates - why not enjoy some free time ashore. You may also like to visit the Schӧnbrunn Palace and gardens, which offer a splendid synthesis of baroque art and culture. Here you may walk in the footsteps of Empress Elizabeth of Austria as you find out more about the life of the imperial family during the 19th century.
Do not miss Budapest one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Stretching out on both sides of the river, it is truly breathtaking. To the west is the hilly Buda, while to the east is the flat plane of the Pest and the prominent parliament building. The abundance of sights is immense and there is no other city able to integrate the Danube in to the cityscape quite like Budapest does. Enjoy an impressive outlook over the city and views of the river from Gellert Hill, before discovering more about daily life in Budapest at the market hall.
The old town of Bratislava was lavishly renovated with great attention to detail. You should start you town visit at the fabulous main castle (Hrad), one of the great landmarks of Bratislava, where you ill have amazing views out over the city.