The Blue Danube

8 days Passau-Vienna-Budapest-Bratislava-Passau

Fares From £1,545 pp


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, join us on a journey full of cultural highlights and stunning landscapes.

Day-by-Day Itinerary


Day 1: Passau winter on the danube nicko cruises

Passau: Casting off 5:00 p.m.
Fly from London to Munich and transfer by local rail services to Passau to board vessel. Embarkation from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Day 2: Ybbs / Wachau / Vienna

Ybbs: Mooring 6:00 a.m. – Casting off 12:00 p.m.

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: Mooring 8:30 p.m.

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 3: Vienna

Vienna: Casting off 7:00 p.m.

Walking city tour of Vienna, for sights including St Stephen’s Cathedral and the Imperial Palace of Hofburg, with time to explore at leisure.

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 4: Budapest river cruise nicko cruises uk

Budapest: Mooring 12:00 p.m.

Walking city tour of glamourous Budapest

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



Day 5: Budapest

Budapest: Casting off 2:00 p.m.

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 6: Bratislava river cruise nicko cruises uk

Bratislava: Mooring 8:00 a.m. – Casting off 2:00 p.m.
Walking tour through the lovingly restored lanes Bratislava’s old town, with a trip to the castle and time to make your own discoveries.


Day 7: Melk river cruise nicko cruises uk

Melk: Mooring 7:30 a.m. – Casting off 1:30 p.m.
Visit to the Benedictine Melk Abbey.


Day 8: Passau winter on the danube nicko cruises

Passau: Mooring 7:30 a.m.
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

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2022 dates



Cabin Categories    
11 Apr, 03 Oct £1,765 £1,855 £2,035 £2,090 £2,150 £2,250 £2,305 £2,410
09 May, 11, 25 Jul £1,855 £1,945 £2,125 £2,180 £2,240 £2,340 £2,395 £2,500
01, 08 Aug, 26 Sept £1,855 £1,945 £2,125 £2,180 £2,240 £2,340 £2,395 £2,500
06, 13 Jun, 04 Jul, 22 Aug £1,920 £2,010 £2,205 £2,260 £2,330 £2,430 £2,490 £2,610
24, 31 Oct £1,645 £1,740 £1,920 £1,965 £2,035 £2,135 £2,190 £2,295



2022 dates


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Cabin Categories    
04 Apr £1,545 £1,655 £1,835 £1,855 £1,985 £2,085 £2,140 £2,235
25 Apr, 02 May £1,770 £1,860 £2,040 £2,100 £2,190 £2,280 £2,335 £2,415
20 Jun, 05, 12 Sep £1,835 £1,925 £2,100 £2,165 £2,265 £2,360 £2,415 £2,495
10 Oct £1,680 £1,770 £1,950 £2,015 £2,100 £2,190 £2,245 £2,325



2023 dates



Cabin Categories    
10, 17 Apr £1,785 £1,875 £2,060 £2,115 £2,180 £2,280 £2,335 £2,445
08, 15 May, 10, 17 Jul £1,875 £1,970 £2,150 £2,150 £2,205 £2,270 £2,375 £2,540
05, 12 Jun, 03 Jul £1,940 £2,030 £2,235 £2,290 £2,365 £2,465 £2,530 £2,650



  2 Bed Main Front/Rear   2 Bed Middle Deck Front   2 Bed Upper Deck Front
  2 Bed Main Deck   2 Bed Middle Deck   2 Bed Upper Deck
  2 Bed Middle Deck Rear   2 Bed Upper Deck Rear    


Prices are per person based on two people sharing a cabin. Prices may be subject to change due to flight availability/pricing. Please call our Reservations Team on 01223 568907 for up to date pricing and availability. Single supplements vary depending on cabin category and date of travel, please call for details.

Cruises For Other Durations
We also offer a number of cruises on the Rhine and Danube for different durations from 4-13 days

Cruise Only Prices
We appreciate that you may want to make your own travel arrangements and can provide cruise only prices on request

City Hotel Stays
We can tailor-make any cruise itinerary with additional pre or post cruise hotels. Please enquire for our recommended hotels and prices.


  • Economy flight from London and overseas transfers to and from vessel
  • 7 nights cruise including all meals
  • Unlimited drinks inc wine, beer, cocktails and all non alcoholic drinks
  • Nightly onboard entertainment
  • 4 Guided Excursions
  • Wifi
  • Gratuities
  • Port fees and taxes
  • Full ATOL financial protection
  • Baggage handling fee

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