European River Cruise Sale with Flights

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$8999 per person
Duration
16 days
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AFFORDABLE LUXURY 16-Day Rhine, Main & Danube River Cruise with Flights

Ticks all the boxes on an incredible European river cruise experience, as you sail from Amsterdam to Budapest, or vice versa. Plus, it just got better with a top-value early bird deal for departures in 2025 that include flights with a full service airline!
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Cruise Europe's greatest waterways - the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. Discover picturesque cities, explore historic sights and enjoy the luxury of a room with an ever-changing view. Plus, you only have to unpack once on a voyage between The Netherlands and Hungary. Early bird deals are already selling quickly for 2025, so our tip is lock in an amazing deal with flights included today!

What's included

Destination
Austria , Europe , Germany , Hungary , Netherlands Discover Destinations
Departure Location
Fly to Amsterdam, The Netherlands from Australia
Return Location
Fly from Budapest, Hungary to Australia
Tour Start Date & Time
April 26, 2025 12:00 am View other Times
Additional Information
Booking Code: ERCCG16M
Price includes
  • Accommodation based on twin share room
  • Cruise as per itinerary
  • Entrance tickets to sites on tour
  • Escorted tour
  • Expert local guides
  • International flights from Australia
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Porterage (up to two bags per person)
Price does not include
  • Airport transfers
  • Any items or services not specified
  • Cruise gratuities
  • Cruise transfers
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Medical and emergency insurance
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Personal expenses
Complementaries
Drinks with Dinner: Wine & beer is included with cruise dinners, as well as other cruise features.
Additional Prices
Pre & Post Tour Accommodation: Ask us about extended hotel stays in Europe. Optional Tours: Optional tours can be booked in advance to save. Contact us for current prices. Travel Insurance: Insurance is essential for this tour - please ask for a quote. Solo Travellers: Single supplement from $4150 for a private cabin.

Europe River Cruise Overview

Book early to save on a bucket list European river cruise in 2025.

River cruising offers the unique opportunity to visit Europe’s historic cities and charming villages as you sail the world’s most beautiful waterways. Cruise aboard a sleek, modern ship that’s purpose-built for river cruising in Europe. It’s like a floating boutique hotel, equipped with features and amenities to make your voyage comfortable and carefree.

Cruise the winding canals of Amsterdam. Sail the legendary Rhine to Cologne. Marvel at the visible history of Nuremberg, the medieval city of Regensburg and explore 2500-year-old Passau. Choose to join the optional tour to picturesque Salzburg. Tour the historic Benedictine Abbey in Melk, take in the stunning palaces of Vienna, experience the young and colourful city of Bratislava and view the medieval architecture of Budapest. Explore all that these great cities have to offer.

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River Cruise Sale

Book our special river cruise sale before it ends on 24 October 2024, unless sold out sooner!

Depart Australia on 26 April, 08 May, 22 May or 11 September, 2025.

For current prices and cabin availability, please email [email protected] anytime or call 1300 168 910 between 9:30am-4:30pm Monday to Friday.

Please note: Prices in AUD are per person, based on twin share. Single supplement from $4150 applies for solo cabin occupancy. This special is subject to availability and can be withdrawn at any time. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. Please contact us for cruise options at other times of the year. Booking Code: ERCCG15M

 

Inclusions at a glance

  • Return economy airfare to Amsterdam & from Budapest, or vice versa
    • Fly from Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth or Brisbane (contact us for other cities)
  • 14 nights Rhine, Main & Danube River Cruise
    • MS Monarch Baroness or MS Monarch Queen river cruise ship or similar
    • Outside Category E cabin with private facilities
    • Ask us about upgrading to a French Balcony Cabin
  • River port charges of US$380 per person included
  • Cruise porterage
  • 41 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners
  • Wine & beer with dinners
  • Cruise director & activities host throughout cruise
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions

Special features

  • See magnificent panoramic views of Budapest from atop Fisherman’s Bastion
  • Tour romantic Vienna with its legendary opulence and elegance
  • In Melk, join a guided tour of the historic Benedictine Abbey
  • Marvel at the beautiful churches and ancient stone bridges in Regensburg
  • Cruise the Main-Danube Canal, considered a marvel of modern engineering
  • Walk in Bamberg’s medieval centre with its 11th century Romanesque cathedral
  • View the mighty Lorelei Rock named for the siren “Lorelei” rising vertically from the waters
  • Sail on the legendary Rhine to Cologne, capital of the Rhineland
  • In Amsterdam, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals

River Cruise features & amenities

  • Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Wine and beer with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in public areas
  • Self-serve coffee and tea station
  • Lounge serving premium spirits
  • Fitness centre
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English by licensed guides

 

Hungary Budapest
Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Danube River in Budapest
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DAY 1

Fly to Europe

Board your flights on a full-service airline to begin your exciting journey in Europe.

DAY 2

Arrive in Amsterdam

Welcome to Amsterdam, Holland's sophisticated and modern capital. Make your way to the port. After arrival formalities, rest and relax on board, or begin your discovery of the many cultural sites this city has to offer. This evening, meet your Cruise Director and enjoy a gala Welcome Dinner as it sets the mood for your delightful river cruise
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3

Amsterdam City Tour

Today's panoramic tour of 700-year-old Amsterdam introduces you to both the old and the new sections of this city. View the Royal Palace on Amsterdam's Dam Square, the Queen's official home-away-from-home.

On to the Dutch National Monument dedicated by Queen Juliana as a memorial to the victims of WWII and to the unusual Skinny Bridge, once so narrow that pedestrians could not pass each other. Then, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals for an up-close view of the stately historic homes, 16th-century warehouses and charming churches with striking bell towers
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4

Cologne City Tour

Today join a walking tour of Cologne, highlighted by the soaring twin-steeple Gothic cathedral that is the geographical and spiritual heart of the city. Known for its vibrant art scene, Cologne abounds with cafes, galleries, shops and taverns. After dinner on board, time to explore Cologne's vibrant nightlife before setting sail
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5

Morning in Koblenz & Afternoon Cruising

The ship docks this morning in Koblenz, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Join an orientation walk this morning and free time to explore the Romanesque architecture and imposing defensive towers of this 2000-year old city. Or, join the optional tour to the dramatic Marksburg Castle, the only hill castle on the Rhine that's never been destroyed and has been continuously occupied for over 700 years. During lunch, set sail and enjoy a relaxing afternoon on board, taking in the spectacular vistas as the ship sails past castles perched on lofty cliffs, terraced vineyards and tiny villages. Pass the mighty Lorelei Rock on the eastern bank of the Rhine rising vertically from the waters, named for the siren "Lorelei" who bewitched sailors passing by
Optional: Marksburg Castle Tour
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6

Miltenberg Walking Tour

After a leisurely morning on board, arrive in the picturesque Bavarian village of Miltenberg, a jewel on the banks of the Main River. Discover the Market Square with its Renaissance-era fountain, the Merchant Hall with its stunning Gothic architecture and the unique 14th and 15th century half-timbered houses. Rejoin the ship just before dinner and set sail for Wurzburg
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7

Wurzburg City Tour

Discover Wurzburg, named the "Pearl of the Romantic Road," with its dramatic Marienberg fortress, 15th century bridge and lush vineyards. Your tour takes you to the ornate Bishops' Residenz Palace, a stunning example of Baroque architecture, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon, explore the town on your own or relax on board
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8

Bamberg City Tour

Today, dock in historic Bamberg, former residence of one of Germany's most powerful imperial dynasties and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin your walk in the medieval city center with its impressive 11th century Romanesque cathedral and gorgeous Rose Garden. After, view the very unusual City Hall built on a tiny island in the middle of the Regnitz River and Little Venice, an area of colorful fishermen's houses. This afternoon is free to explore Bamberg independently, before setting sail this evening while you dine on board
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9

Nuremberg City Tour

Today explore Nuremberg, an energetic city with a visible history of almost one thousand years. The guided excursion visits the historic Palace of Justice where the War Crimes Tribunal met in 1946 and continues to the vibrant Market Square. After lunch on board the ship, the afternoon is free to further discover this wonderful city on your own. Stroll through the shops that fill the Old Town or walk along the fortified walls of Nuremberg Castle. In the late afternoon set sail for Regensburg
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10

Regensburg City Tour

This morning relax on board as the ship cruises the Danube River. Arrive to Regensburg in the early afternoon, one of Germany's largest and best preserved medieval cities, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The guided walking tour highlights the city's stunning architecture as you view the Old Town Hall, Dom St. Peter and the Porta Praetoria, gateway to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Marvel at beautiful churches and one of the oldest stone bridges crossing the Danube. Return to the ship or spend the afternoon at leisure discovering the delights of Regensburg on your own. Tonight, after dinner, set sail for Passau
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11

Morning in Passau

Dock this morning in 2500-year-old Passau, known for its pastel patrician houses, cafes, cobblestone lanes and riverfront promenade. Passau is a Bavarian town with a mix of Roman, Italian Baroque and Gothic architecture.

Explore Passau on a guided walking tour in the morning, or join the optional full day tour to picturesque Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and setting for the Sound of Music. The walking tour will include some of Salzburg's most historic sites including the Mirabell Palace, the Abbey, Salzburg Cathedral, and St. Peter's Cemetery. After lunch at a local restaurant, there will be time to discover Salzburg on your own before returning to the ship. If you choose to remain onboard the ship, continue sailing during lunch and relax this afternoon. In the early evening, all passengers will rejoin the ship and continue sailing for Melk
Optional: Full Day Tour of Salzburg
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12

Melk Abbey

Disembark in Melk this morning for a guided tour of the historic Benedictine Abbey, considered one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. View the Abbot's chambers, the Kaiser's walk and the lavish library. Then, return to the ship and continue cruising through the scenic Wachau Valley. This Afternoon, arrive in the village of Durnstein, one of the prettiest towns on the Danube. Free time to stroll this quintessential village in the heart of the Wachau wine district. Walk along medieval cobblestone streets revealing 16th-century town houses and wine taverns
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13

Vienna City Tour

Your morning tour of romantic Vienna introduces you to this Imperial city with its legendary opulence and elegance. Drive along the famed Ringstrasse, Vienna's main boulevard lined with magnificent Baroque palaces, parks and monuments. View the lavish Hofburg Palace, and the impressive Vienna Opera House. Continue to majestic St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Parliament building. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure, or, join the optional tour to the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, once summer residence of the Habsburgs. Visit the gorgeous baroque apartments and stroll through the world-famous manicured gardens. Tonight, perhaps take the opportunity to attend an evening of Viennese culture in the "City of Music" at an optional concert performance of the classical masterpieces of Mozart and Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens
Optional: Schonbrunn Palace Tour (PM)
Optional: Classical Viennese Concert (PM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14

Bratislava City Tour

This morning, enjoy the tranquil scenery as you sail along the scenic Danube. At noon, arrive in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, a mix of modern and Baroque architecture.

This capital city is among the youngest in Europe, yet retains a rich history dating back more than 2000 years. Walk along the cobblestone lanes of the historic town center; view St. Martin's Cathedral, coronation site of the kings of Hungary, the 13th century Old Town Hall and the Franciscan church. Time to explore this colorful city on your own before returning to the ship for dinner as you sail for stunning Budapest
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15

Budapest City Tour

During your morning tour of the city you will visit the Buda side with its castle district, as well as the Pest side with the Parliament, the City Park and the Heroes Square. Explore the city's wonderful shops and cafes this afternoon on your own. Tonight, enjoy a lavish Farewell Dinner on board
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16

Depart Hungary

This morning, disembark and make your way to the airport for your departure flight. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 AM
Meals: Breakfast

More about Austria

Officially known as the Republic of Austria, there's a lot more to discover about this landlocked European country than schnitzel, strudel and the Sound of Music, but that's still part of the fun. Bordered by the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, you can understand why Austria is so culturally rich. There are a couple of things you might not know about Austrians, like they are the top recyclers in the world, they love their coffee and enjoy a rich coffee house culture, plus, much like Mexico, they celebrate death and there's even a funeral museum in Vienna. From fine arts to classical music and historic monuments, there's much to experience in Austria!

More about Europe

More about Germany

Germany is one of the most densely populated counties in the world, but it doesn't feel that way thanks to its forested mountains, magnificent rivers and well-planned cities. Berlin is a vibrant capital with a lively art scene and cafe culture. Munich is renowned for its annual Oktoberfest beer festival and Frankfurt is a fascinating blend of historic buildings and modern skyscrapers. Cruising the mighty Danube River you'll experience the charm of regional villages and rich culture of cities like Cologne and Nuremberg. There's so much to discover about this country that has its own strong personality as well as influences from its nine neighbouring countries.

More about Hungary

The landlocked country of Hungary shares its borders with Austria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine. The capital of Budapest is a great city to explore, with its medieval Castle Hill, Fisherman's Bastion and impressive Parliament Building. It's split by the Danube River and many European river cruises either start of end in Budapest. And if you're wondering, Hungarian goulash really is from Hungary. The tasty soup made from beef and vegetables and flavoured with paprika is known locally as Gulyásleves (gulyás is herdsman and leves is soup in Hungarian); because it originates from a dish cooked by the cattlemen of the Great Hungarian Plain.

More about Netherlands

Think of the Netherlands and immediately tulips, windmills and canal cruises in Amsterdam spring to mind. All this is true, and even more delightful in real life! The capital of Amsterdam is home to the impressive Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. It's a great city to explore by bike, thanks to the extensive bike paths and lack of hills, and for a truly local experience you can try herring from a food cart vendor, but you might want to wash it down with a beer at a historic brewery. Also, if you're wondering whether you should call it 'the Netherlands' or 'Holland', the Netherlands covers the country's 12 provinces, and Holland is an area that consists of two provinces. In January 2020 the Dutch government officially dropped the nickname ‘Holland’ and now refers to itself as The Netherlands.
Cruise Europe's greatest waterways - the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. Discover picturesque cities, explore historic sights and enjoy the luxury of a room with an ever-changing view. Plus, you only have to unpack once on a voyage between The Netherlands and Hungary. Early bird deals are already selling quickly for 2025, so our tip is lock in an amazing deal with flights included today!

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Tour departures

This special river cruise deal is based on select cruise departures from April to September, 2025.

Price may vary or change without notice, depending on your travel date.
Please ask us for your preferred departure date and we will advise availability and current cost.
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If you book international flights, you will be advised of the flight details and check-in times when your reservation is confirmed.

Is this tour right for you?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. There is a potential for sailings to be impacted by river water levels, or other factors which may impact safe navigation. This may cause part or all of the cruise itinerary to be operated by motor coach and may also involve hotel accommodations.

Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. There are no elevators or chair lifts on board.

Important to remember...

The day-by-day tour descriptions are intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, river conditions, road accessibility, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that are ultimately for the client's benefit. It is essential that travellers are flexible and open minded in this regard.

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      European River Cruise Sale with Flights

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