Your Cruise Itinerary - The Classic Danube

Day a: Embark in Linz

Embark the MV Esmeralda in Linz; settle in and enjoy dinner.

Day 2: Linz – Melk - Krems

This morning we cruise to Melk, famous for its Benedictine monastery, which we can visit with an optional excursion. Continuing to Krems, we arrive in time for dinner. Enjoy free time or join an optional wine tasting excursion. We moor overnight.

Day 3: Krems to Vienna

We arrive in elegant Vienna after lunch for our included guided city tour. Discover wonderful St Stephen’s Cathedral, the city’s many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, or sample delicious Viennese cakes and pastries. Join one of our optional tours later - an evening fiaker carriage ride or a Mozart and Strauss concert.

Day 4: Vienna to Bratislava

Explore at leisure, or join an optional Schonbrunn Palace tour. This afternoon, we cruise to Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital.

Day 5: Bratislava to Esztergom

Explore fascinating Bratislava this morning. During lunch, we set sail for Esztergom. Join us this evening for our optional excursion and experience a traditional Slovakian night as we are entertained with song and dance.

Day 6: Esztergom to Budapest

A morning cruise takes us past the famous Danube bend, passing some of the oldest settlements in Hungary, to arrive in Budapest, the queen of the Danube and one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals. Admire the city’s magnificent buildings on our included tour and take in this beautiful cityscape from one of the many vantage points around the city. This evening, there will be an optional illuminated Budapest tour to see this incredible city in all its glory.

Day 7: Disembarkation in Budapest

We disembark the MV Esmeralda and make our way home.

Departure dates & prices 2018 The Classic Danube (7 or 10 days) - 5% discount on all dates.

  • Shearings brochure prices from £779pp
  • River Cruise Holidays discount prices from £741pp
  • Tel Shearings on 0844 824 3535 & quote River Cruise Holidays reference S9990 + Tour Code

The prices quoted here are based on Shearings lead in prices and will fluctuate as and when departure dates are taken up. For the latest up to date prices check with Shearings when you book. Don't forget to quote Travel 55 code S9990 to receive your 5% discount. Tel Shearings reservations on 0844 824 3535.

10 Days by Coach from £779 - Tour code RRATAEB


Prices From


Prices From

May 22


August 14


June 19*


Prices are based on Grade B cabin, upgrades are available | Dep. code: X. * Tour also available with North Sea ferry crossing (Hol. Code: RNATAEB, Dep. Code: U), 11 days by Coach departing Jun 18, call for details (supplements may apply).

6 nights full-board cruise | Service of a Shearings Cruise Manager | 2 included excursions - Vienna City Tour and Budapest City Tour

7 Days by Air from £993 - Tour code RAATAEB   


Prices From


Prices From

May 23


August 15


June 20


Prices are based on Grade B cabin, upgrades are available. Air holidays are based on flights with Austrian Airlines from London Heathrow, regional departures are available call for details (supplements may apply).

6 nights full-board cruise | Service of a Shearings Cruise Manager | 2 included excursions - Vienna City Tour and Budapest City Tour

All holidays subject to Shearings Terms Conditions. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors on this website.

Shearings Holidays The Classic Danube

7 Days by Air or 10 Days by Coach - 105% Discount

Cruise prices from £741

Enjoy a classic cruise along the famous Danube River, as it snakes through central Europe. Sail along beautiful river valleys, discovering historical cities and villages, as well as architectural wonders - a truly unforgettable experience awaits you.

This wonderful tour The Classic Danube comes with a 5% discount saving from River Cruise Holidays. So book today to save money on this majestic cruise. Book direct with Shearings call on 0844 824 3535 and save money on this Danube cruise by quoting our code S9990

There is a 5% discount on all Shearings river cruise holidays. To book call Shearings direct on 0844 824 3535 and quote the discount code S9990 plus the holiday code.

Your holiday highlights

  • See the classical city of Vienna
  • Visit picturesque Bratislava
  • Discover stunning Budapest
  • Journey through the beautiful wine producing area of the Wachau Valley

What's Included In Your Tour

  • Return travel from the UK by Coach with overnight stays including dinner and breakfast in Belgium and the Regensburg area, by North Sea with overnight ferry travel and overnight stays including dinner and breakfast in the Regensburg area, or by Air to Vienna/Munich returning from Budapest
  • 6 nights full-board cruise
  • Services of a Shearings Cruise Manager
  • 2 included excursions - Vienna City Tour and Budapest City Tour

Discover more with our optional excursions....

  • Majestic Melk Abbey
  • Evening Wine tasting in Krems
  • Evening Mozart and Strauss Concert
  • Schonbrunn Palace
  • Vienna By Night
  • Panoramic Bratislava
  • Illuminated Budapest

Book optional excursions on board from only £15. Pre-book now and save 10%

Your Ship: MV Esmeralda

The River Danube is a beautiful river to cruise along, and what better way to appreciate this picturesque waterway than aboard the MV Esmeralda.

This ship offers quality and modern accommodation for over 100 passengers, and we will be delighted to welcome you on board this elegant cruise ship as we visit the Great Cities of the Danube.

Brochures requested. Click here to go to the brochures page.

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