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Cruise the Blue Danube and See Vienna, Budapest and More

September 8, 2015 by

Danube River

Prices on river cruises have become competitive making them more popular than ever. However, until recently fares have remained out of reach for many travelers’ budgets.

If that’s the case for you, the strength of the American dollar may just open the opportunity you’ve been waiting for with some European river cruise operators passing along savings incurred with a favorable exchange rate.

For example, CroisiEurope is offering some of their lowest fares ever, like an 8 day cruise down the Danube starting at $1,636.

The MS Beethoven

The MS Beethoven cruises the Danube and Rhine Rivers.

8 Day Blue Danube Cruise

The nice thing about a river cruise is that it allows you to visit a different port each day and still have plenty of time to take advantage of onboard amenities, too.

This particular cruise boards in Vienna in late afternoon. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy a free evening to do as they like, or they can take advantage of an optional tour of Vienna. During the night, the ship sails to Melk.

Day 2 offers the opportunity to take part in an excursion to the Abbey of Melk (created in 1089) and features breathtaking views as the ship makes its way to Durnstein through the Wachau Valley.

The ship arrives in Durnstein by mid-afternoon, in time to explore the charming village home to the ruins of Richard the Lion Heart’s castle. By late afternoon, guests head back to the ship and cruise toward Bratislava.

Day 3’s optional excursion includes a visit to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia with its impressive baroque palaces, churches and squares. In the afternoon, the ship sets sail to Kalocsa. On day 4, passengers can choose to go to the Puzsta, including a horse show.

That afternoon, the ship sets sail for Budapest and arrives during the night.



In Budapest, guests enjoy a free day or can choose to go on a guided tour of the city. The evening is free, too, or guests can take advantage of a traditional show in Budapest.

That night the ship sets sale for Esztergom. The following day guests enjoy free time exploring the ancient Hungarian town of Esztergom. That afternoon the ship sails to Vienna while enjoying a gala evening in route.

Day 7 offers an opportunity to take a guided visit to Vienna and Schoenbrunn Palace with the possibility to attend a Viennese concert (depending on availability). The following day passengers disembark after breakfast.

Onboard Amenities

Amenities provided on CroisiEurope’s 8-day Blue Danube River Cruise includes unlimited complimentary beverages including: beer, fine wine, spirits, mineral bottled water, soft drinks specialty coffees and tea.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are also provided, plus guests enjoy access to free WiFi along with a complimentary Samsung Galaxy Tablet equipped with wireless audio system Port Talk, which can be used for shore excursions. The cruise also includes on-board professional entertainment.

Be sure to check their website for more information on this and other river cruises.

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