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Passau - Bratislava - Budapest - Budapest - Esztergom - Vienna - Melk - Ybbs - Ybbs - Linz a. Donau - Passau
  • 7 Nights
  • VIVA All-Inclusive
  • March - May 2021
p. p. from 1295 €

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DANUBE CLASSIC

Passau - Budapest - Passau

The Danube metropolises of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest present themselves proudly, decked out in splendor and even more pomp: Medieval castles, fairytale palaces and imposing aristocratic palaces grace your path between the vine-covered Wachau and the monumental building of Melk Abbey - Sissi would have had a blast on this trip full of highlights!

day 127.11.2021
  • Passau
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    16:00

    Located in Germany at the confluence of three rivers, the Danube, Inn and Liz, the Bavarian town of Passau has a charm that attracts tourists from far and wide. Rich in history, the town can trace its roots back to the 2nd century AD when it was established as a colony of the Roman Empire.

    Today, the town boasts superb examples of Gothic and Baroque architecture, including the Cathedral of St. Stephen. Built in 1688, this magnificent cathedral houses one of the world's largest pipe organs and is a major attraction for visitors. Other notable buildings in the town include the Church of St. Michael and Lamberg Palais. With a population of only just over 50,000, Passau is a peaceful town and not at all difficult to get around for visitors. It's certainly worth a visit.

    Excursions Passau

    Passau: City tour

    "Living on the water is a privilege" - early on, the first settlers chose Passau as their place of residence because of its location on the three rivers.
    Crafts, trade, monasteries and (prince) bishops shaped life over many centuries. Immerse yourself in the past and present of the "Bavarian Venice"! Join us on a journey through the centuries, through picturesque alleys, past St. Stephen's Cathedral with its world-famous organ, the prince-bishops' residences and the town hall with its high-water marks.
    Enjoy the views of the pilgrimage church Mariahilf and the Veste Oberhaus and let yourself be enchanted by the baroque flair of this bishop's town.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 1,5 h
    • walking
    • per person: 15 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 227.11.2021
  • Bratislava
    15:00
    21:00
    Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia, lies on the Danube in the west of the country. The city is renowned for its bar and café culture, giving the place a lively feel despite its population of under half a million. Bratislava Castle, rebuilt in the 1950s after a devastating fire over 100 years earlier, lies on the edge of the old town. The city is full of parks and green spaces, with several lakes for people to walk or relax beside. The Old Town Hall dates from the 15th century and is Slovakia's oldest city hall. Nearby is the much more recent Man at Work, a humorous bronze sculpture by Viktor Hulík depicting a man climbing out of a manhole. As the country's capital, the city also contains a wide range of museums and galleries, as well as the National Theatre.

    Excursions Bratislava

    Bratislava: City walk with beer tasting

    Get to know the capital of the young Slovak Republic on this excursion. Bratislava is located near the border triangle where the borders of Slovakia, Hungary and Austria meet and has always been considered a melting pot of different peoples and cultures. The old town, which is well worth seeing, has largely preserved its Gothic-Baroque style. Here you can clearly feel the upheaval that has taken place in recent years, and everywhere you look you can see that the old buildings are being restored. Besides a tour you have the possibility to taste Slovakian beer. Let us surprise you.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 2,5 h
    • walking
    • per person: 28 €
    Bratislava: Exclusive visit to the Kormuth pastry shop

    The Konditorei Kormuth is known to old Bratislavans as Patisserie "u Sturtter". It bears the name Konditorei because in the 19th century German and Hungarian were spoken in Bratislava. Mr. Sturtzer, who also ran a confectionery in these premises since the beginning of the 20th century, was of German nationality.

    The premises of the Konditorei Kormuth were completely rebuilt and have been working on their present form for more than ten years. Only the front has been open to the public so far, the rear parts of the confectionery are still being renovated.
    The history of the building in which the present confectionery is located dates back to the Renaissance period and is also the basis of the whole idea of the historical interior in the Renaissance and Neo-Renaissance spirit, which consists of historical artefacts and is a lifelong collection of the contemporary owner. His passion and feeling for art was also reflected in the appearance of the whole interior. All furniture is Neo-Renaissance from the 19th century, mainly from Italy. Mirrors, chandeliers, lamps, clocks, a collection of stained glass, sculptures and all artefacts are original historical antiques of the highest artistic quality, mostly from the 15th-19th century. The whole interior is supplemented by paintings and frescoes with Renaissance motifs, painted by academic painters for more than six years, according to individual rooms, which are also educational in nature and dedicated to various themes of old Bratislava. The lounges are thematically divided: one tells about the great monarchs of the Austro-Hungarian Empire who were crowned here, another about old crafts and their patrons, but also about palaces that were the pride of old Bratislava.

    You can enjoy delicious cake and coffee directly from the rare historical porcelain and crystal, served by elegant gentlemen in stylish suits with bow ties and professional gastronomic knowledge.
    Interesting is also the list of drinks, where you can learn something about the history of the confectionery and its premises, and you will be surprised by the interesting offer of special, non-traditional coffees, liqueurs, wines and other delicacies. The unique atmosphere is complemented by French and Italian chansons combined with historical Renaissance music.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 2 h
    • walking
    • per person: 33 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 327.11.2021
  • Budapest
    08:30
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    Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. As the capital of Hungary, it is full of history and heritage with a mass of attractions, ancient and modern. Magnificently straddling the Danube, the city is as equally impressive to view from the water on a river cruise as when walking the streets. Everywhere is a feast for the eyes and the photo opportunities are endless. Architecture is flamboyant with major attractions being the Royal Palace, Parliament, the Fisherman's Bastion, Heroes Square, and the Basilica of St. Stephen. Must-visits include the statues in Memento Park and the House of Terror in the Jewish Quarter.

    Something else not to be missed is the Szechenyi Baths, one of the biggest natural hot spring spa baths in Europe. It's a terrific place to unwind the day after sampling the exceptional nightlife. Budapest is super tourist friendly and budget-friendly.

    Excursions Budapest

    Budapest: City Tour -- Buda or Pest?

    From the ship's berth, you will first take the bus along the Gellert Hill on the Buda side, up the Castle Hill to the former Royal Castle. Here you have a wonderful view over the Danube and the district of Pest. The tour continues to the Matthias Church (interior tour), Fishermen's Bastion and the charming alleys of the picturesque old town of Buda.

    You will cross the old chain bridge over to Pest, past the imposing 19th century St. Stephen's Church, through the wonderful, wide boulevards to Heroes' Square, which was built with its monumental buildings in 1896 for the Hungarian Thousand Years Celebrations. Passing the neo-Gothic Parliament Building, one of the city's landmarks, we return to the ship.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 3,5 h
    • Bus - Walking
    • per person: 24 €
    Budapest: Architecture meets culinary -- tram, culture & tasting!

    Experience the beautiful Danube metropolis Budapest from one of its most beautiful sides and enjoy this wonderful tour to the most beautiful places of the city. Such beautiful and extraordinary buildings as the Parliament will quickly captivate you and create a charming atmosphere.

    Let the romance of the beautiful trams in Budapest take effect on you and marvel at the magnificent buildings that pass you by during a ride on them. But this excursion through Budapest is not only a great cultural experience, you will also be offered a lot of culinary delights. You can look forward to a typical Hungarian goulash soup, which will give you a good impression of the variety of the regional cuisine and is a welcome refreshment on your walk through Budapest. Of course you will also be served a tasty wine.

    Tram, culture and tastings

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 4 h
    • Tram - walking
    • per person: 36 €
    Budapest: Sightseeing by boat

    Budapest by Night - experience the Hungarian metropolis with a romantic light show

    Enjoyable hours on board our excursion boat on the Danube. Book a cruise "Budapest by Night" and discover the city silhouette and Margaret Island between the districts of Buda and Pest with atmospheric lighting in the evening.

    We will pick you up directly at the river cruise ship. On board we welcome you with a champagne reception. Our first destination is Margaret Island with its Art Nouveau water tower and the ruins of the Dominican nunnery. Afterwards we will return to the State Theatre and your ship.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 1,5 h
    • Boat - walking
    • per person: 23 €
    Budapest: Danube Bend --- from Budapest to Esztergom ---a memorable trip to the Danube Bend

    From Budapest to Esztergom: an unforgettable trip to the Danube Bend
    This unique excursion along the bend of the Danube lasts almost four and a half hours and takes you right into the heart of Hungarian history. You start in Budapest and drive to Szentendre, which is about 20 kilometres away. This beautiful baroque city has colourful architecture and a famous artists' colony, where you can enjoy special charm and great open-air exhibitions of young Hungarian artists. On a one-hour city tour you will learn a lot about the fascinating architecture and history of the town. The tour continues to the town of Visegrád, above which the imposing medieval castle ruins are enthroned. Up here you can enjoy a beautiful view over the green landscape of the Danube bend. After a short break you continue to Esztergom, whose landmark is the basilica on the castle hill, opened in 1865. It is the official cathedral of Esztergom, which was once Hungary's capital. Seven of the many church buildings that once stood here are known. Instead of the cathedral, for example, there was the Saint Adalbert Cathedral. It must have stood here as early as 1010, according to tradition. Once again, a fantastic view over the Danube bend is tempting. You will now return to Budapest by boat and experience the landscape from a different, at least equally attractive perspective. The tour requires good physical condition and footwear, as a lot of walking is done on foot.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 4,5 h
    • Bus - Walking
    • per person: 35 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 427.11.2021
  • Budapest
    ---
    08:30

    Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. As the capital of Hungary, it is full of history and heritage with a mass of attractions, ancient and modern. Magnificently straddling the Danube, the city is as equally impressive to view from the water on a river cruise as when walking the streets. Everywhere is a feast for the eyes and the photo opportunities are endless. Architecture is flamboyant with major attractions being the Royal Palace, Parliament, the Fisherman's Bastion, Heroes Square, and the Basilica of St. Stephen. Must-visits include the statues in Memento Park and the House of Terror in the Jewish Quarter.

    Something else not to be missed is the Szechenyi Baths, one of the biggest natural hot spring spa baths in Europe. It's a terrific place to unwind the day after sampling the exceptional nightlife. Budapest is super tourist friendly and budget-friendly.

    Excursions Budapest

    Budapest: City Tour -- Buda or Pest?

    From the ship's berth, you will first take the bus along the Gellert Hill on the Buda side, up the Castle Hill to the former Royal Castle. Here you have a wonderful view over the Danube and the district of Pest. The tour continues to the Matthias Church (interior tour), Fishermen's Bastion and the charming alleys of the picturesque old town of Buda.

    You will cross the old chain bridge over to Pest, past the imposing 19th century St. Stephen's Church, through the wonderful, wide boulevards to Heroes' Square, which was built with its monumental buildings in 1896 for the Hungarian Thousand Years Celebrations. Passing the neo-Gothic Parliament Building, one of the city's landmarks, we return to the ship.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 3,5 h
    • Bus - Walking
    • per person: 24 €
    Budapest: Architecture meets culinary -- tram, culture & tasting!

    Experience the beautiful Danube metropolis Budapest from one of its most beautiful sides and enjoy this wonderful tour to the most beautiful places of the city. Such beautiful and extraordinary buildings as the Parliament will quickly captivate you and create a charming atmosphere.

    Let the romance of the beautiful trams in Budapest take effect on you and marvel at the magnificent buildings that pass you by during a ride on them. But this excursion through Budapest is not only a great cultural experience, you will also be offered a lot of culinary delights. You can look forward to a typical Hungarian goulash soup, which will give you a good impression of the variety of the regional cuisine and is a welcome refreshment on your walk through Budapest. Of course you will also be served a tasty wine.

    Tram, culture and tastings

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 4 h
    • Tram - walking
    • per person: 36 €
    Budapest: Sightseeing by boat

    Budapest by Night - experience the Hungarian metropolis with a romantic light show

    Enjoyable hours on board our excursion boat on the Danube. Book a cruise "Budapest by Night" and discover the city silhouette and Margaret Island between the districts of Buda and Pest with atmospheric lighting in the evening.

    We will pick you up directly at the river cruise ship. On board we welcome you with a champagne reception. Our first destination is Margaret Island with its Art Nouveau water tower and the ruins of the Dominican nunnery. Afterwards we will return to the State Theatre and your ship.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 1,5 h
    • Boat - walking
    • per person: 23 €
    Budapest: Danube Bend --- from Budapest to Esztergom ---a memorable trip to the Danube Bend

    From Budapest to Esztergom: an unforgettable trip to the Danube Bend
    This unique excursion along the bend of the Danube lasts almost four and a half hours and takes you right into the heart of Hungarian history. You start in Budapest and drive to Szentendre, which is about 20 kilometres away. This beautiful baroque city has colourful architecture and a famous artists' colony, where you can enjoy special charm and great open-air exhibitions of young Hungarian artists. On a one-hour city tour you will learn a lot about the fascinating architecture and history of the town. The tour continues to the town of Visegrád, above which the imposing medieval castle ruins are enthroned. Up here you can enjoy a beautiful view over the green landscape of the Danube bend. After a short break you continue to Esztergom, whose landmark is the basilica on the castle hill, opened in 1865. It is the official cathedral of Esztergom, which was once Hungary's capital. Seven of the many church buildings that once stood here are known. Instead of the cathedral, for example, there was the Saint Adalbert Cathedral. It must have stood here as early as 1010, according to tradition. Once again, a fantastic view over the Danube bend is tempting. You will now return to Budapest by boat and experience the landscape from a different, at least equally attractive perspective. The tour requires good physical condition and footwear, as a lot of walking is done on foot.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 4,5 h
    • Bus - Walking
    • per person: 35 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 427.11.2021
  • Esztergom
    13:30
    17:00
    Esztergom has a rich history. It is the city where the first King of Hungary was born. His name was Saint Stephen and was also crowned as the King of Hungary. Therefore the city is located on the right bank of the Danube River, making the border between Hungary and Slovakia. Visitors can have a tour in the city, admiring the beautiful sights of the city. Saint Stephen Square is the most beautiful squares lying in a spectacular area at the castle hill just close to Basilica. The green areas that are attached to the Danube walkway one can find playgrounds, shops, and restaurants. Aqua Island is an amazing, extensive bath complex in the city. It has a building that is remarkable with plants on its rooftops. The bath is full of pride with a variety of equipment such as caves, slides, and infra saunas that visitors can enjoy. In the Esztergom Castle Theatre, there are several plays in which one can enjoy a unique experience. The city also plays a significant role in promoting the culture of the Turkish. Therefore, the city will be interesting for a guest on a River cruise.

    Excursions Esztergom

    Esztergom: Basilica of Esztergom with the Vintage Tram

    In Esztergom, you can take the slow train from the pier to the Basilica, where you can enjoy a guided tour of the Basilica. The Classicist church is the largest church in Hungary and its treasury still contains old vestments and liturgical objects from the Carolingian period. Afterwards you can take the slow train back to the ship.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 1,5 h
    • Slow train - walking
    • per person: 19 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 527.11.2021
  • Vienna
    10:00
    23:30

    Sitting on the majestic River Danube, Vienna is one of the most culturally-rich cities in Europe. Whether passing through on a river cruise or on a weekend break, there's plenty to soak up in the capital of Austria. The city has long been Europe's spiritual home of classical music and the orchestrations of many of the great names seem to exude from the streets that are packed with magnificent architecture much of which reflects the grandeur of the imperial Hapsburgs. Must-see attractions include the Hofburg Palace, Schloss Schönbrunn, and City Hall.

    The cultural richness is evident in a clutch of excellent museums such as the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna and the modern MUMOK. You can catch a musical performance at the opera house or Musikverein or learn about the "City of Music" at the Hans Der Musik Museum. The Austrian capital has a wonderfully vibrant café scene and it's easy to while away a few hours with a slice of sachertorte and a glass of apricot liqueur alongside an excellent coffee.

    Excursions Vienna

    Vienna: City Tour

    Vienna, the capital of Austria, is a city of superlatives and inspires every visitor. First of all, you will drive via the Urania to Schwarzenberg and Karlsplatz, past the Musikvereinssaal to the State Opera House and on along the Ringstrasse along magnificent buildings rich in tradition, such as the Parliament, Burgtheater, University and Votivkirche. Afterwards you will take a leisurely walk through medieval Vienna and the old town courtyards. At St. Stephen's Cathedral you will have some free time to visit the cathedral from the inside, visit a typical Viennese coffee house, take a horse-drawn carriage ride or stroll through the famous Kärntner Strasse.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 3,5 h
    • Bus - Walking
    • per person: 28 €
    Vienna: Vienna Christkindlmarkt

    Experience the romantic Vienna Christmas markets on our tour and discover the picturesque capital of Austria.

    From the boat we take you on a short panoramic tour of Vienna, during which you will have the opportunity to soak up the Viennese flair during a stop at the Museum of Art History and Natural History. The approximately 30-minute trip ends at the Christmas market, from where you can walk to Michaelerplatz at the Hofburg and enjoy the small Christmas market. Afterwards, you will walk via Kohlmarkt to Wiener Graben, where the city's most beautiful Christmas lights await you. Discover Vienna's Old Town charm at the Christkindlmarkt am Hof, which takes you to the Old Vienna Christkindlmarkt at the Schottenkirche in Vienna-Freyung. During a stay of about 25 to 30 minutes you can enjoy a relaxing walk with a cup of mulled wine. Afterwards we continue our walk to the original Viennese Christmas Market at the Rathausplatz. There you have about 50 minutes to get to know the real Vienna during the Advent season. Let yourself be enchanted by the variety that the Austrian capital offers during Advent.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 3 h
    • Bus - Walking
    • per person: 30 €
    Vienna: Heiligenkreuz Monastery, Wienerwald & Baden

    Western culture surrounded by artistic history

    Day trip to the beautiful Vienna Woods in the heart of Austria.
    Enjoy the view and the company on this panoramic trip in the rustic ambience of the Vienna Woods. Nature and culture in the heart of Europe, on the traces of the greatest composers and artists of our history.
    You will be taken to and from the boat by a comfortable, air-conditioned coach and taken through the southern part of the Vienna Woods. As a special highlight, you will visit the historic Heiligenkreuz Abbey, which has been giving its guests strength and inspiration since 1133. Admission to the monastery and guided tour are already included.

    Simply leave everyday life behind and embark on a heavenly journey of discovery through the beautiful Austrian countryside. Let yourself be guided through the history of the almost 900-year-old Cistercian monastery at Heiligenkreuz Abbey and experience how this excursion will recharge your batteries and give you a well-deserved break from everyday life. You will talk about this excursion for a long time to come.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 3,5 h
    • Bus - Walking
    • per person: 39 €
    Vienna - Exclusive: Amour, Amoren and the seedy rest!

    Find out why Napoleon's penis was cut off and sold, why the sperm of geniuses tastes different or where prostitutes earned the best money in Vienna in the 19th century. Prostitution was part of daily life, whether you were an emperor or a citizen. Many secrets, crazy stories and some exciting details will be discovered. The somewhat different city tour without taboos!

    The guide picks up you via underground and takes you to the Stephansplatz where the tour starts. After a two-hour tour, the guide will then bring you back.

    Underground ticket included!


    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.

    • Duration: 3 h
    • walking - Tram
    • per person: 25 €
    Vienna - Exclusive: Terrible crimes in Vienna

    Murders, intrigues, crimes and violent punishments were nothing out of the ordinary in old Vienna! Immerse yourself in the macabre and exciting stories of the Middle Ages. Learn more about the gruesome end of the baker's journeyman Barthel or discover which horrific find clogged the drain of a blacksmith's shop in 1861. 

    On this 2-hour walk we will visit more than 10 different places. Discover amazing hidden stories about famous crimes that have shaped the city centre. Discover the Palais Bathory, the house of Elizabeth Bathory, known as the Bloody Countess because she took her relaxing baths in blood. One of the stops is also to visit St. Stephen's Cathedral, a symbol of the city and said to be the "standard loaf" of Vienna, the symbol of the brutal quality control measures in the Middle Ages. There are many more stories we would like to share with you, be our guest and reveal them all.

    Underground ticket included


    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.

    • Duration: 3 h
    • walking - Tram
    • per person: 25 €
    Vienna - Exclusive: The Devilish Vienna --- with goose bumps guaranteed

    Step into the dark side of the city - if you dare!
    Demons and ghosts, mass murderers and witches, mysterious brotherhoods and legendary monsters. 

    Behind the shiny facades of the city, deep beneath the bustling streets and squares, there are haunted places and gruesome stories - stories that would have been better forgotten forever. Demons and ghosts, vampires and witches, dark dungeons and fatal curses - they will all ensure that shivers run down your spine during this very special city centre tour. Come with us to the dark side of the city and bring the horror of the past back to the surface - if you dare!

    Underground ticket included!


    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.

    • Duration: 3 h
    • walking - Tram
    • per person: 25 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 627.11.2021
  • Melk
    09:30
    16:00

    Melk has acquired a beautiful name: The gateway to the Wachau. Anyone approaching the historic town on the Danube will notice Melk Abbey, which is enthroned high above the river, very early on. This is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is worth a visit at all times of the year. The impressive baroque ensemble has been run by the monks of the Benedictine order since 1089. Culture, faith and science come together in the magnificent rooms of the monastery.

    Excursions Melk

    Melk: Monastery Tour

    The imposing baroque building of the early 18th century towers majestically over the city and attracts thousands of visitors every year. In the monastery you will then start your journey into a completely different time. The guided tour includes a visit to the prelate's court, the museum rooms in the former imperial rooms, the marble hall, the altars and the world-famous library with over 80,000 volumes and an overwhelming ceiling painting by Paul Troger. The collegiate church is the conclusion of the visit to the monastery tour (tour without a guide). From the terrace you can enjoy an impressive view of the Danube valley.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 3 h
    • Transfer - walking
    • per person: 34 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 627.11.2021
  • Ybbs
    18:30
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    Ybbs refers to a Danube cruise port and a city located in Austria with about 6,000 inhabitants. The town was founded in the Middle Ages (around 1317 AD) at the crossroads of important sea routes along the river. The town’s Persenbeug power plant is the first river power plant in Austria. Between 1907 and 1953 the city was connected to the western railway in Kemmelbach via the town's main road, one of the shortest tram lines in the world (length 3 km / 2 ml).

    Ybbs on the Danube is characterized by its unique position as a gateway between Nibelungengau and Strudengau. The historic centre has been modernized in an exemplary manner and invites you to stroll and relax with its passionate courtyards, the powder tower and the townhouses from the 15th and 16th centuries. This town is a wonderful place to spend your holiday, do not miss out!

    Excursions Ybbs

    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 727.11.2021
  • Ybbs
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    01:00

    Ybbs refers to a Danube cruise port and a city located in Austria with about 6,000 inhabitants. The town was founded in the Middle Ages (around 1317 AD) at the crossroads of important sea routes along the river. The town’s Persenbeug power plant is the first river power plant in Austria. Between 1907 and 1953 the city was connected to the western railway in Kemmelbach via the town's main road, one of the shortest tram lines in the world (length 3 km / 2 ml).

    Ybbs on the Danube is characterized by its unique position as a gateway between Nibelungengau and Strudengau. The historic centre has been modernized in an exemplary manner and invites you to stroll and relax with its passionate courtyards, the powder tower and the townhouses from the 15th and 16th centuries. This town is a wonderful place to spend your holiday, do not miss out!

    Excursions Ybbs

    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
day 727.11.2021
  • Linz a. Donau
    08:00
    23:00

    The River Danube changes its direction of flow, due to a bend in the river, in the Austrian city of Linz. Visitors to Linz / Danube will enjoy the Donaupark which forms a part of the city's 'cultural mile'. The park is located between the Brucknerhaus music venue and the Kunstmuseum. The whole city can be viewed from the Pöstlingberg mountain. The 100 year old Pöstlingberg tram provides a comfortable way of reaching the summit. There is a connection from the city's main square.

    For unique shopping experiences, the Landstrasse offers a selection of vintage boutiques providing previously owned furniture, designer fashions, and jewellery. The Mariendom holds the title of 'largest cathedral', not only in Linz / Danube, but in the whole country. It boasts a capacity of 20,000 worshipers. A visit to Paul's brewpub should provide a great experience for those with a taste for craft-beer. Hearty meals are also available.

    Excursions Linz a. Donau

    Linz: Pöstlingberg and sightseeing tour of Linz

    Look forward to a varied stay in Linz. Linz is the capital of the province of Upper Austria. First of all you will visit the famous Pöstlingberg, a landmark of the city. The Pöstlingberg is not only famous for its great view of the city. Here is the legendary Grottenbahn, which is not only popular with children. Immerse yourself in the world of dwarves and fairy tales and stroll through the fairy tale world in the cave of the mountain. You shouldn't miss a ride on the Grottenbahn either. Linz's local mountain also offers a viewing platform, a photo gallery, a zoo and the enchanting pilgrimage basilica.
    Afterwards a bus tour through Linz is on the programme, which takes about 30 minutes. Afterwards you will explore Linz during a city tour. This takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Let the impressions of the baroque old town take effect on you and marvel at the beautiful, traditional facades and the plague column.
    Afterwards you have free time at the main square. Take a 30 minute walk through the pedestrian zone. There are many shops, souvenir shops, but also coffee houses, bakeries and restaurants.
    Afterwards you go back to the ship. The return journey to the ship takes about 15 minutes.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 3 h
    • Bus - Walking
    • per person: 32 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
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  • Passau
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    Located in Germany at the confluence of three rivers, the Danube, Inn and Liz, the Bavarian town of Passau has a charm that attracts tourists from far and wide. Rich in history, the town can trace its roots back to the 2nd century AD when it was established as a colony of the Roman Empire.

    Today, the town boasts superb examples of Gothic and Baroque architecture, including the Cathedral of St. Stephen. Built in 1688, this magnificent cathedral houses one of the world's largest pipe organs and is a major attraction for visitors. Other notable buildings in the town include the Church of St. Michael and Lamberg Palais. With a population of only just over 50,000, Passau is a peaceful town and not at all difficult to get around for visitors. It's certainly worth a visit.

    Excursions Passau

    Passau: City tour

    "Living on the water is a privilege" - early on, the first settlers chose Passau as their place of residence because of its location on the three rivers.
    Crafts, trade, monasteries and (prince) bishops shaped life over many centuries. Immerse yourself in the past and present of the "Bavarian Venice"! Join us on a journey through the centuries, through picturesque alleys, past St. Stephen's Cathedral with its world-famous organ, the prince-bishops' residences and the town hall with its high-water marks.
    Enjoy the views of the pilgrimage church Mariahilf and the Veste Oberhaus and let yourself be enchanted by the baroque flair of this bishop's town.

    Subject to change without notice. Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.
    • Duration: 1,5 h
    • walking
    • per person: 15 €
    * Please note that your route may not include all the excursions listed here. You will receive further information about the excursions that can be booked with your travel documents and on board.

City overview

Inspiration

Let us inspire you. Here you will find some pictures and information about the cities on this route.

Passau

Located in Germany at the confluence of three rivers, the Danube, Inn and Liz, the Bavarian town of Passau has a charm that attracts tourists from far and wide. Rich in history, the town can trace its roots back to the 2nd century AD when it was established as a colony of the Roman Empire.

Today, the town boasts superb examples of Gothic and Baroque architecture, including the Cathedral of St. Stephen. Built in 1688, this magnificent cathedral houses one of the world's largest pipe organs and is a major attraction for visitors. Other notable buildings in the town include the Church of St. Michael and Lamberg Palais. With a population of only just over 50,000, Passau is a peaceful town and not at all difficult to get around for visitors. It's certainly worth a visit.

Bratislava

Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia, lies on the Danube in the west of the country. The city is renowned for its bar and café culture, giving the place a lively feel despite its population of under half a million. Bratislava Castle, rebuilt in the 1950s after a devastating fire over 100 years earlier, lies on the edge of the old town. The city is full of parks and green spaces, with several lakes for people to walk or relax beside. The Old Town Hall dates from the 15th century and is Slovakia's oldest city hall. Nearby is the much more recent Man at Work, a humorous bronze sculpture by Viktor Hulík depicting a man climbing out of a manhole. As the country's capital, the city also contains a wide range of museums and galleries, as well as the National Theatre.

Budapest

Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. As the capital of Hungary, it is full of history and heritage with a mass of attractions, ancient and modern. Magnificently straddling the Danube, the city is as equally impressive to view from the water on a river cruise as when walking the streets. Everywhere is a feast for the eyes and the photo opportunities are endless. Architecture is flamboyant with major attractions being the Royal Palace, Parliament, the Fisherman's Bastion, Heroes Square, and the Basilica of St. Stephen. Must-visits include the statues in Memento Park and the House of Terror in the Jewish Quarter.

Something else not to be missed is the Szechenyi Baths, one of the biggest natural hot spring spa baths in Europe. It's a terrific place to unwind the day after sampling the exceptional nightlife. Budapest is super tourist friendly and budget-friendly.

Esztergom

Esztergom has a rich history. It is the city where the first King of Hungary was born. His name was Saint Stephen and was also crowned as the King of Hungary. Therefore the city is located on the right bank of the Danube River, making the border between Hungary and Slovakia. Visitors can have a tour in the city, admiring the beautiful sights of the city. Saint Stephen Square is the most beautiful squares lying in a spectacular area at the castle hill just close to Basilica. The green areas that are attached to the Danube walkway one can find playgrounds, shops, and restaurants. Aqua Island is an amazing, extensive bath complex in the city. It has a building that is remarkable with plants on its rooftops. The bath is full of pride with a variety of equipment such as caves, slides, and infra saunas that visitors can enjoy. In the Esztergom Castle Theatre, there are several plays in which one can enjoy a unique experience. The city also plays a significant role in promoting the culture of the Turkish. Therefore, the city will be interesting for a guest on a River cruise.

Vienna

Sitting on the majestic River Danube, Vienna is one of the most culturally-rich cities in Europe. Whether passing through on a river cruise or on a weekend break, there's plenty to soak up in the capital of Austria. The city has long been Europe's spiritual home of classical music and the orchestrations of many of the great names seem to exude from the streets that are packed with magnificent architecture much of which reflects the grandeur of the imperial Hapsburgs. Must-see attractions include the Hofburg Palace, Schloss Schönbrunn, and City Hall.

The cultural richness is evident in a clutch of excellent museums such as the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna and the modern MUMOK. You can catch a musical performance at the opera house or Musikverein or learn about the "City of Music" at the Hans Der Musik Museum. The Austrian capital has a wonderfully vibrant café scene and it's easy to while away a few hours with a slice of sachertorte and a glass of apricot liqueur alongside an excellent coffee.

Melk

Melk has acquired a beautiful name: The gateway to the Wachau. Anyone approaching the historic town on the Danube will notice Melk Abbey, which is enthroned high above the river, very early on. This is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is worth a visit at all times of the year. The impressive baroque ensemble has been run by the monks of the Benedictine order since 1089. Culture, faith and science come together in the magnificent rooms of the monastery.

Ybbs

Ybbs refers to a Danube cruise port and a city located in Austria with about 6,000 inhabitants. The town was founded in the Middle Ages (around 1317 AD) at the crossroads of important sea routes along the river. The town’s Persenbeug power plant is the first river power plant in Austria. Between 1907 and 1953 the city was connected to the western railway in Kemmelbach via the town's main road, one of the shortest tram lines in the world (length 3 km / 2 ml).

Ybbs on the Danube is characterized by its unique position as a gateway between Nibelungengau and Strudengau. The historic centre has been modernized in an exemplary manner and invites you to stroll and relax with its passionate courtyards, the powder tower and the townhouses from the 15th and 16th centuries. This town is a wonderful place to spend your holiday, do not miss out!

Linz / Danube

The River Danube changes its direction of flow, due to a bend in the river, in the Austrian city of Linz. Visitors to Linz / Danube will enjoy the Donaupark which forms a part of the city's 'cultural mile'. The park is located between the Brucknerhaus music venue and the Kunstmuseum. The whole city can be viewed from the Pöstlingberg mountain. The 100 year old Pöstlingberg tram provides a comfortable way of reaching the summit. There is a connection from the city's main square.

For unique shopping experiences, the Landstrasse offers a selection of vintage boutiques providing previously owned furniture, designer fashions, and jewellery. The Mariendom holds the title of 'largest cathedral', not only in Linz / Danube, but in the whole country. It boasts a capacity of 20,000 worshipers. A visit to Paul's brewpub should provide a great experience for those with a taste for craft-beer. Hearty meals are also available.

MS JOY

Ship facts
  • Commissioning 2016
  • Length 135m
  • Width 11,45m
  • Number of decks 3
  • Crew 42
  • Passengers 142
  • Flag Switzerland

MS JOY

With its 71 cabins, the MS Joy offers space for 142 guests and has significantly more suites than any other European river cruise ship. Each of the 22 master suites on the upper Diamond Deck, with its 30 m² in size, a walk-in wardrobe, a French balcony and a rain shower in the bathroom, provides a special kind of luxury feeling. In addition to the Master Suites, there are two Mini Suites on each of the Diamond and Ruby Decks, which provide a cosy atmosphere with a size of 18 m² and a French balcony. On the Ruby Deck there are 24 suites, which are 21 m² in size and have French balconies where you can enjoy the passing scenery from your bed. On both the Ruby and Emerald decks, there are also spacious 2-bed cabins, measuring 15 m², with French balconies on the Ruby deck and non-opening windows on the Emerald deck. On the Emerald Deck there are also the luxurious Loft Suites over two levels, which have large panoramic windows that can be opened. All cabins are equipped with flat-screen TV, included minibar, beauty products from RITUALS®, hairdryer, safe, air conditioning, shower and toilet. The suites also include Nespresso® machines and all suites have rain showers. A lift connects all decks except the sun deck.

Travel dates

Travelers
Please note that only double and single occupancy are available via our website. For our family rates please contact us by phone or email. If you wish to book several cabins, a separate booking is required for each cabin.
Adults:

Deck plan
Here you can see an overview of the decks.
Diamond Deck
  • Mini Suite
  • 2 persons / p. p.
  • 0
cabin size: 18 m²
Equipment:
  • 2 single beds (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Floor-to-ceiling French balcony
  • Table with two armchairs
  • Exclusive beauty products from RITUALS®
  • 32” LED TV
  • Minibar stocked with complimentary water, beer and soft drinks, replenished daily
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary wi-fi access
  • Telephone, safe and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Large shower featuring rainfall shower head
  • SPA bathrobes plus slippers
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Master Suite
  • 2 persons / p. p.
  • 0
cabin size: 30 m²
Equipment:
  • 2 single beds (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Floor-to-ceiling French balcony
  • Table with two armchairs
  • Lounge area
  • Exclusive beauty products from RITUALS®
  • 32” LED TV
  • Minibar stocked with complimentary water, beer and soft drinks, replenished daily
  • Nespresso® machine
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary wi-fi access
  • Telephone, safe and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Large shower featuring rainfall shower head
  • SPA bathrobes plus slippers
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Iron plus ironing board
Ruby Deck
  • Mini Suite
  • 2 persons / p. p.
  • 0
cabin size: 18 m²
Equipment:
  • 2 single beds (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Floor-to-ceiling French balcony
  • Table with two armchairs
  • Exclusive beauty products from RITUALS®
  • 32” LED TV
  • Minibar stocked with complimentary water, beer and soft drinks, replenished daily
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary wi-fi access
  • Telephone, safe and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Large shower featuring rainfall shower head
  • SPA bathrobes plus slippers
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Suite
  • 2 persons / p. p.
  • 0
cabin size: 22 m²
Equipment:
  • 2 single beds (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Floor-to-ceiling French balcony
  • Table with two armchairs
  • Exclusive beauty products from RITUALS®
  • 32” LED TV
  • Minibar stocked with complimentary water, beer and soft drinks, replenished daily
  • Nespresso® machine
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary wi-fi access
  • Telephone, safe and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Large shower featuring rainfall shower head
  • SPA bathrobes plus slippers
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Double Cabin
  • 2 persons / p. p.
  • 0
cabin size: 15 m²
Equipment:
  • 2 single beds (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Floor-to-ceiling French balcony
  • Two chairs plus a desk
  • Exclusive beauty products from RITUALS®
  • 32” LED TV
  • Minibar stocked with complimentary water, beer and soft drinks, replenished daily
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary wi-fi access
  • Telephone, safe and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
Emerald Deck
  • Suite over 2 Levels
  • 2 persons / p. p.
  • 0
cabin size: 22 m²
Equipment:
  • 2 single beds (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Panorama window, which can be opened
  • Table with two armchairs
  • Exclusive beauty products from RITUALS®
  • 32” LED TV
  • Minibar stocked with complimentary water, beer and soft drinks, replenished daily
  • Nespresso® machine
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary wi-fi access
  • Telephone, safe and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Large shower featuring rainfall shower head
  • SPA bathrobes plus slippers
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Innovatively designed “split-level” loft cabins
  • 4 steps up to loft area
  • Double Cabin
  • 2 persons / p. p.
  • 0
cabin size: 15 m²
Equipment:
  • 2 single beds (with optional twin-bed configuration)
  • Window (cannot be opened)
  • Two chairs plus a desk
  • Exclusive beauty products from RITUALS®
  • 32” LED TV
  • Minibar stocked with complimentary water, beer and soft drinks, replenished daily
  • Hair dryer
  • Complimentary wi-fi access
  • Telephone, safe and individual climate control
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage