Danube River Cruise 2023

There is no better way to spend your vacation time in 2023 than on a boat down the stunning Danube River. A sail along the Danube seems like a peaceful way to view some of Europe's most historic cities. Classified as an international waterway, the Danube originates in the Black Forest of Germany, it flows through 10 countries, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania, where it divides into an expansive delta, before entering the Black Sea. With its well established infrastructure regarding cycling, hiking and travel possibilities, the region along the Danube river attracts every year an international clientele.

Danube River

Danube River CruiseDanube river cruise, at first glance, seems like a wonderfully tranquil way to see some of the most historic towns and cities in this part of Europe. The "beautiful blue Danube" crosses or borders on ten countries, from its sources in the Black Forest flowing southeast for 2,860km to the natural wonder of the Danube delta. It also flows through four national capital cities - Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Belgrade, an incomparable cityscape and promises travellers a cruise full of cultural and natural highlights. Best times to take a Danube cruise are Spring (April and May) and Fall (September and October). A lower Danube cruise will begin or end in Bucharest, Romania, upper sailings tend to favor Nuremberg and Passau, Germany, but most Danube River cruises either start or end in Budapest or Vienna.

Departure port on Danube River

The most common starting points for the Danube River river itinerary are Bucharest, Budapest, Deggendorf, Giurgiu, Passau, Regensburg, Vienna, and Vilshofen. As you cruise along the Danube, you will have the opportunity to see some of the most picturesque landscapes and towns in Europe.

Stops on a Danube River cruise

The Danube passes through Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, and Slovakia. Passengers on a Danube River cruise will have the unique opportunity to learn about and participate in a wide variety of local customs, traditions, and pastimes. On a Danube River cruise, major ports like Belgrade, Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest, Constanta, Deggendorf, Donji Milanovac, Durnstein, Engelhartszell, Esztergom, Fetesti, Gheorghe, Giurgiu, Grein, Iron Gates, Ivanovo, Kalocsa, Krems, Linz, Mauthausen, Melk, Mohacs, Novi Sad, Osijek, Passau, Pleven, Regensburg, Roth, Ruse, Salzburg, Spitz, Transylvania, Tulcea, Turnu Severin, Veliko Tarnovo, Vidin, Vienna, Vilshofen, Visegrad, Vukovar, Wachau Valley, Weissenkirchen, Wiesbaden, are frequently visited, but there are also some lesser-known ports that are not any less intriguing than the more well-known ones.

Cruise Lines on Danube River

Embark on an unforgettable adventure on a luxury river cruise on the Danube in 2023. Danube river cruises are offered by a number of cruise lines, such as A-ROSA River Cruises, Amadeus River Cruises, AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways, Tauck River Cruises, Uniworld River Cruises, and Viking River Cruises. Every river cruise line has its own range of prices as well as its own level of included amenities.

Length of Danube cruises

In 2023, Danube river cruises range from 4 to 25 days. You can choose between 4-day, 5-day, 6-day, 7-day, 8-day, 9-day, 10-day, 11-day, 12-day, 14-day, 15-day, 16-day, 17-day, 18-day, 23-day, and 25-day, depending on the length of your holiday.

The best time of year for a Danube river cruises

The Danube season for river cruising generally runs from March through December. However, the months of late spring (April–May) and early fall (September–October) are considered to be the finest times to take a Danube river cruise. In the end, it all depends on the time of year you choose to explore the banks of the Danube. You will find a Danube river cruise in September 2023, October 2023, November 2023, December 2023, and January 2024. River cruising offers a unique and relaxing way to visit some of Europe’s most beautiful destinations, so any month you choose, you won't go wrong.

2023 Danube River Cruise Schedule

Find out more about the Danube river cruises that depart from Amsterdam, Bucharest, Budapest, Cologne, Deggendorf, Frankfurt, Giurgiu, Krakow, Luxembourg City, Munich, Nuremberg, Passau, Prague, Regensburg, Vienna, Vilshofen, and other European cities in 2023.

Viking Danube 17-day route

17-day Danube River Cruise from Vienna

Viking Longship Rinda, Viking

Date: October 1, 2023

Ports of Call: Vienna, Vienna, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Budapest, Mohacs, Vukovar, Novi sad, Belgrade, Iron Gates, Vidin, Pleven, Constanta, Bucharest, Bucharest, Bucharest; View Itinerary