Cultural Treasures of the Danube

9-days Passau-Esztergom-Budapest-Vienna-Passau

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Cultural Treasures of the Danube – Cruise Summary


Explore the historical and cultural wonders of Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna on water and land, by day and by night, as you discover the most beautiful cities on the upper Danube. Tour the religious highlights of the region, from the pilgrimage site of Maria Taferl to the Basilica of Esztergom, the largest church in Hungary. Tradition comes alive during a spectacular horse-riding demonstration, featuring the colourful cowboys of the Puszta plains. Aboard your riverboat, there will always be time to sit back and enjoy the enchanting landscapes of the Wachau valley and the Danube Knee.

Day-by-Day Itinerary


Day 1: Passau- Hotel Stay (2024 sailings)

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Enjoy your pre-cruise hotel stay in Passau.


Day 2: Passau winter on the danube nicko cruises

Embarkation from 15:00 to 16:00


Day 3: Krems winter on the danube nicko cruises

Arrival: 14:15 – Departure 19:00

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

Journey back in time through more than nine hundred years of history at the Monastery of Herzogenburg, followed by a guided tour of Krems, with time to explore independently.

Day 4: Esztergom

Arrival 12:00 – Departure 15:30

Excursion to the impressive Basilica of Esztergom, Hungary’s largest church, in the former capital city.


Arrival 19:30

Budapest at night excursion , with Hungarian music – or an impressive light tour, both on land and on the water, with the river rider bus.


Day 5: Budapest river cruise nicko cruises uk

Departure: 20:45

City walking tour of Budapest’s impressive buildings.

““Budapest impressions” walking tour through the city, including a journey on the oldest underground train in continental Europe, or a Puszta tour with a traditional horsemanship demonstration – or experience Budapest more actively on a bicycle tour.



Day 6: Bratislava

Arrival 13:45 – Departure 23:00

Walking 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.

Evening odyssey through Bratislava, culminating at the summit of Castle Hill, for views of the city’s sea of light below.

Day 7: Vienna

Arrival 06:30 – Departure 19:00

Walking city tour of the tradition-steeped Danube city of Vienna, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Hofburg and Ringstraße.

Excursion to the charming Biedermeier city of Baden – or experience Vienna more actively on a bicycle tour


Day 8: Ybbs ybbs

Arrival 07:00 – Departure 13:00

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.


Day 9: 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 natural beauty of UNESCO Wachau Valley
  • Evening river excursion through illuminated Budapest
  • Cultural Vienna & historic Baden
  • Unforgettable views over the Alps from Maria Taferl, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Austria

Sailing Dates

Fares from £1,855pp

Single Supplement From 35%

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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-night 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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