Adventure Cruising

The Danube River: Cultures of Central Europe

8 DaysStarting at $6,095


Classic Journeys takes river cruising to a whole new level when you join us for a Danube-inspired adventure like no other. Aboard your Swiss-built 5-star cruise ship, you unpack just once—and embark on a daily collection of cultural and walking experiences handcrafted exclusively for our guests only. A full-time local guide—dedicated to your small group only—is a super well-connected companion who introduces you to experiences and people that other passengers can only envy. Your bespoke cultural experiences include a remarkable foray into the Czech Republic to visit Cesky Krumlov and to walk on quiet farmland paths. You also enjoy privately guided tours in Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava as well as exclusive on-shore activities while your shipmates are required to be onboard. Of course, you have unlimited use of all of the ship’s amenities from observation lounge to wellness center and rooftop deck. Your luxuriously appointed stateroom has a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, and the ship’s crew is hospitable to the Nth degree. To take your cruise another step beyond the usual, Classic Journeys treats you to a delicious variety of on-shore dining experiences from a classic café lunch in Vienna to private dinners in Budapest’s finest restaurants.

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You board your Swiss-built 5-star ship on the banks of the Danube in Budapest. Your first exclusive Classic Journeys highlight is a welcome dinner onshore in the city. As you fall into cruise tempo in the opening days, you enjoy a privately guided tour to the Basilica of Esztergom in Hungary. You visit the basilica in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava and when other passengers are required to re-board, your group strikes off for lunch at princely Schloss Hof in Austria.

From the pretty little port town of Dürnstein, you get away to an exclusive vineyard walk overlooking the Wachau valley and a privately guided visit to the ornate abbey in Melk. While other passengers stay in Austria, you cross the border into the Czech Republic to visit the remarkably preserved town of Cesky Krumlov and to go on a lovely farmland walk.

Heading back downriver, you are treated to a delightful day in Vienna. A private exploration with your Classic Journeys guide includes a walk on the Ring, lunch in a quintessential coffee house and an easy bike ride in the parklands of the Danube Island. On your return to Budapest, a fantastic local guide takes introduces you to both the Buda and Pest neighborhoods. The finale of your trip is an exclusive Classic Journeys dinner in one of the city’s top restaurants.
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  • Starting Point:

    Budapest – 4:00 pm – Port of Budapest on board the Thomas Hardy
  • Ending Point:

    Budapest – 9:00 am – Port of Budapest

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MS Thomas Hardy

On your Swiss-built 5-star vessel, a crew of 44 serves a maximum of just 169 guests. Your stateroom offers a French balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows. Amenities include fine dining, panoramic observation lounge, spa, fitness room, plunge pool and wifi.

What’s Included

  • All meals are included 
  • Full-time experienced guide
  • Admissions to scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary
  • Gratuities for cruise, meals, and baggage
  • All land transportation during the trip

Above & Beyond Benefits

Invisible Check-In

  • When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.

Wine on Us

  • In many regions, we uncork wonderful local wines at every dinner, compliments of Classic Journeys.

Perfect Pairings Dinners

  • A special dinner prepared by one of our favorite chefs with a procession of wines tailored to each course.

Privileged Access Events

  • One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.

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