The Blue Danube

9-days Passau-Vienna-Budapest-Bratislava-Passau

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The Blue Danube – Cruise Summary


Bustling cities, beautiful countryside and a fabulous river experience: on this cruise you’ll visit the most unmissable destinations along the Danube. Spend an evening and full day in magical Vienna, visit the charming Biedermeier city of Baden and marvel at the Baroque majesty of historic Melk Abbey. From the UNESCO World Heritage valley of Wachau, to the Hungarian capital Budapest. The Danube is a river of superlatives with amazing sights along its banks. On this cruise enjoy an immersive experience of Southern Hungary. Step ashore in the cosmopolitan city of Vienna, followed by its ‘twin city’ Bratislava and the two faces of Budapest, named ‘Queen of the Danube’ for good reason. While many other one-week Danube trips would then return to Budapest, we venture onwards through the untouched Pustza Valley countryside of southern Hungary to Mohács. From here you will visit the city of Pécs, deservedly awarded the title 2010 European Capital of Culture.

Day-by-Day Itinerary


Day 1: Passau – Hotel Stay (2024 sailings) winter on the danube nicko cruises

Enjoy an evening in Passau before joining your nicko cruises river vessel.


Day 2: Passau winter on the danube nicko cruises

Embarkation from 16:00 to 17:00


Day : Ybbs / Wachau / Vienna

Ybbs: Arrival 06:00 – Departure 12:00

Visit to the impressive Basilica of Maria Taferl, one of the most significant places of pilgrimage in Lower Austria – or the imposing hydroelectric power station of Ybbs-Persenbeug.

Cruise through the Danube valley of Wachau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Vienna: Arrival 20:00

Evening excursion to the famous Prater, one of the best-known landmarks in Vienna, for a ride on the Ferris wheel – or an excursion to a rustic Viennese “Heuriger” wine bar.


Day 4: Vienna

Vienna: Departure 19:00

Tourof the tradition-steeped Danube city of Vienna, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Hofburg and Ringstraße. Afterwards, there will be time to explore the city yourself.

Excursion to the charming Biedermeier city of Baden – or actively experience Vienna on a bicycle tour – or view Vienna from the lofty heights of an exclusive helicopter ride.



Day 5: Budapest river cruise nicko cruises uk

Budapest: Arrival 12:00

Walking city tour of glamourous Budapest

“Budapest by night” excursion, featuring traditional Hungarian music – or take a trip on a river rider bus.



Day 6: Budapest

Budapest: Departure 14:00

Exciting “Puszta” tour featuring a traditional horse riding demonstration – or “Budapest impressions” city tour/walk with a journey on the oldest underground train in continental Europe – or actively experience Budapest on a bicycle tour.


Day 7: Bratislava river cruise nicko cruises uk

Bratislava: Arrival 08:00 – Departure 14:00

Tour of Bratislava’s lovingly restored historical alleyways and a trip to the castle, the city’s landmark. Afterwards there will be time to explore the city yourself.


Day 7: Melk river cruise nicko cruises uk

Melk: Arrival 07:30 – Departure 13:30

Visit to the Benedictine Melk Abbey.

Day 8: Passau winter on the danube nicko cruises

Disembarkation until 9:30am. Transfer by local rail to Munich airport for return flight home or extend your stay with a Munich City Stay package (pricing on request).

The excursions marked in blue are included in your cruise package. The excursions marked in red can only be booked on board. Mooring and casting off times are guidance times. We reserve the right to change itineraries and excursion programmes. If a route cannot be travelled due to low/high water or a ship defect, the shipping company reserves the right to take passengers on this route by bus, to accommodate them in hotels and/or change the route. In certain circumstances it may be necessary to change to another ship.


  • The highlights of the Danube between Passau and Budapest
  • Overnight in Vienna
  • Time to make your own discoveries in Budapest and Bratislava
  • Enjoy an unforgettable view over the Alps from Maria Taferl, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Austria

Sailing Dates

Fares from £1,755pp

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  • Economy flight from London and overseas transfers to and from vessel
  • NEW for 2024 – 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Passau
  • Welcome and farewell reception with the Captain
  • 7 nights cruise including all meals
  • Unlimited drinks inc wine, beer, cocktails and all non alcoholic drinks
  • Nightly onboard entertainment
  • Sennheiser audio sets on all excursions
  • Services of the Cruise Director and local guides
  • 4 Guided Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Gratuities
  • Port fees and taxes
  • Full ATOL financial protection
  • Baggage handling fee

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