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History & culture | Natural world | River cruise

This eight-day cruise begins in Budapest where you'll board your luxurious river ship before setting sail along the Danube, enjoying the superb service, sightseeing and cuisine associated with an APT River Cruise.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1

Depart the UK from your chosen UK airport and head to Budapest, Hungary's stunning capital city on the banks of the mighty Danube River and the starting point for your luxury APT River Cruise.

You'll be met on arrival and transferred to your river ship where you'll enjoy a welcome reception followed by the Captain's Gala Welcome Dinner.

Stay: Aria or Concerto river ship (D)

Day 2

After a first night on board, disembark and enjoy a tour of historic Budapest including the 500 year-old Matthias Church and St Stephen's Basilica. You'll also visit Buda Castle, a world-heritage site offering fantastic views over the twin cities of Buda and Pest. Spend some time at leisure exploring the town on your own before returning to the ship in the evening.

Stay: Aria or Concerto river ship (B,L,D)

Day 3
Batislava, Vienna

Overnight you'll cross the border from Hungary to Slovakia where you'll enjoy a tour of the capital city Bratislava. With a wealth of forest and parkland as well as a number of fascinating historical sights such as St Martin's Cathedral, Mirbach Palace and the communist landmarks of the Radio Building and Freedom Square, this city set at the foot of the Little Carpathians is a superb place to spend a few hours.

In the afternoon you'll rejoin the ship and head to the Austrian capital Vienna, one of Europe's classical music hotspots. After dinner you may like to take an excursion to see an evening concert of Mozart or Strauss.

Stay: Aria or Concerto river ship (B,L,D)

Day 4

Spend today exploring Vienna with its world-famous architecture including superb examples of Baroque and Romanesque design on a guided walking tour of one of Europe's most beautiful cities.

Stay: Aria or Concerto river ship (B,L,D)

Day 5
Durnstein, Melk

Your journey continues to the pretty town of Durnstein where you'll enjoy a walk through cobbled streets and amongst 16th century town houses as well as visit the ruined castle where Richard the Lionheart, former King of England was once held captive. You'll then head to Wachau Valley for some wine tasting before the option of a gentle bike ride along the banks of the Danube. Alternatively re-join the ship for the short cruise to Melk, one of the world's most renowned monastic sights.

Stay: Aria or Concerto river ship (B,L,D)

Day 6
Linz, Gmunden OR Cesky Krumlov OR Salzburg

Cruise overnight to Linz, Austria's second largest city where you'll enjoy a guided tour. You'll then have a choice of three different sightseeing activities depending on your interests.

You may wish to embark on a guided excursion to the resort town of Gmunden, on the shores of Lake Traunsee in the World Heritage-listed Austrian Lake District. Alternatively, travel by coach to the beautiful city of Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and setting for the film The Sound of Music. The tour includes several sights from the film including the Wedding Church, Mirabell Gardens and Great Salzburg Festival Hall. The final option is to embark on an trip to the World Heritage-listed city of Ceský Krumlov in the Czech Republic.

Stay: Aria or Concerto river ship (B,L,D)

Day 7
Passau, Vilshofen

Early this morning, your ship will cruise through Upper Austria to Passau in Germany, a charming 2,000 year-old city, located at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube rivers. Enjoy a guided walking or bicycle tour of the city, including a visit to the magnificent St Stephen's Cathedral.

In the afternoon, rejoin your ship and continue to Vilshofen, a 1,200 year-old Bavarian town located at the joining of the river Vils and the Danube. Leave the ship and enjoy an 'Oktoberfest' experience Vilshofen-style, relaxing at long tables and benches while sampling local food and beer and taking in an entertaining range of Bavarian folk music, song and dance - a superb end to a fantastic trip.

Stay: Aria or Concerto river ship (B,L,D)

Day 8
Vilshofen, Munich

After breakfast, this morning you'll disembark your ship and transfer to the airport in Munich for your flight back to the UK.



Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.


8-day cruise from £2,095 incl. flights


  • Home-to-airport transfers by private car
  • Return scheduled flights from the UK
  • All meals, plus complimentary house wine, local beer and soft drink served with lunch and dinner on board
  • Cruise Director and expert local guides
  • Sightseeing and onboard entertainment
  • Overseas transfers, all port charges and tipping

Trip highlights

  • A sightseeing tour of Budapest with a local guide
  • A tour that visits the iconic attractions of Bratislava; or a unique Communist tour of the Slovakian capital
  • A sightseeing tour of Vienna, taking you to the Opera House and more
  • A guided tour of the impressive Melk Abbey
  • An excursion to the Austrian Lake District of Salzkammergut; a ‘Sound of Music’ tour of Salzburg; or a visit to Ceský Krumlov in the Czech Republic

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