Framed by forested hillsides, lush vineyards, picturesque villages, and medieval castles, the beautiful Danube has captivated musicians, artists, and poets for centuries. In the comfort of our carefully selected vessels, custom designed for cruising Europe’s rivers, we explore an array of impossibly romantic destinations, beginning with a three-day stay in unforgettable Prague, followed by a seven-night river cruise along the legendary Danube. As we meander down one of the most beautiful stretches of this 1,600-mile-long river, we enjoy walking tours, optional guided bike rides, and discover a host of fairytale settings, from the tiny Bavarian town of Vilshofen, with its Italian Baroque architecture, to delightful Budapest, celebrated for its stunning location straddling the Danube as well as its architecture, wine culture, and tasty Magyar cuisine.
There is a lot to be said in favor of cruising! Less unpacking and repacking, slower pace, lovely accommodations. The Sonata is a beautiful boat, sparkling new, with attentive staff and good food.
— Jane F., Naples, FL
Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.
Arrive in Prague, Czech Republic
Arrive in Prague and transfer on your own to the hotel. The balance of the day is free to start exploring this beautiful city.
Your morning’s sightseeing tour reveals why Prague is considered one of Europe’s most attractive cities. Explore Wenceslas Square, Prague Castle, and walk across Charles Bridge to the Old Town Square. Enjoy Day 3 at leisure or join an optional tour to Terezin, a former Nazi concentration camp, now a memorial.
Regensburg, Bavaria / Vilshofen / Embark
A walking tour brings you through elegant Regensburg, one of Bavaria’s finest medieval cities, and you'll explore the tiny riverside town of Vilshofen, including celebrating "Oktoberfest" just off the ship's gangway, then embark with an overnight on board.
Vilshofen / Passau / Linz, Austria
After a morning stroll in Vilshofen’s beautiful Old Town, cruise to Passau for a walk through this 2,000-year-old city of Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture. An alternative option is a guided bike tour along the Inn River. In Linz, Austria, after your walking tour, enjoy afternoon options to visit the medieval Czech town of Cesky Krumlov or Salzburg, city of Mozart.
Melk / Krems
Cruise through the narrow Strudengau to Melk, home to the most magnificent Baroque monastery in Austria, then through the Wachau Valley to tiny Krems. Options include a walking tour of medieval Durnstein or a guided bike tour.
The Vienna Opera House, majestic Ringstrasse, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral are among your explorations of this enchanting city of High Baroque churches and aristocratic mansions. Evening choices include a Mozart or Strauss concert.
Cruise to Bratislava, where your morning visit to the city includes the Rococo-style Mirbach Palace, built in 1768. As an alternative, enjoy a Communist History Tour with landmarks such as the Soviet War Memorial.
Budapest, Hungary / Disembark
From Buda Castle, enjoy a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest. After your explorations today, the vessel will take a night cruise past the illuminated river front. Disembark and depart on Day 11.