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Top 8 European experiences with a Danube River Cruise

Updated: May 8

While ocean cruising is still quite a popular maritime vacation, the landscape of river cruising has evolved over the last several years and attracting more guests than ever. One of the most popular types of river cruising is a scenic tour along the Danube River. Here you can journey through 4 different European countries in one week and you only have to unpack your suitcase just one time!

River cruises are all-inclusive experiences and every day, you can decide if you want to partake in a traditional city walking tour, biking tour, hiking tour or a special interest activity. Or you can just sleep in and explore all on your own. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.

Want to know the best activities to select when you take a Danube River Cruise?

Here are the top 8 European experiences not to miss on a Danube River Cruise:

Budapest, Hungary

Hike up to Castle Hill for breathtaking views of the city of Budapest.

Bratislava, Slovakia

Discover why Bratislava earned the title “Coronation City of Kings,” during a walking tour of this magnificent city.

Vienna, Austria

Tour the city of Vienna by bike and discover the city's regal splendors.

Dürnstein, Austria

In the village of Dürnstein, adults can enjoy an apricot liqueur and brandy tasting, plus special apricot treats from a local boutique.

Spitz, Austria

Be treated to an exclusive wine experience where you'll enjoy some of the region's famous wines including Grüner Veltliner and Riesling.

Linz & Salzburg, Austria

Join a walking tour through the old city center of Linz and by the Mozart House; or enjoy a full-day in Salzburg, the city made famous by The Sound of Music.

Passau, Germany

Enjoy a walking tour while you marvel at Passau's Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen's Cathedral.

Vilshofen, Germany

Be treated to a festive Bavarian Oktoberfest celebration complete with music, beer and pretzels.

Did you know that many river cruises have special Christmas Markets itineraries during the holiday season? For more information, make sure you read about 3 Vacations for Families who love the Holiday Season.


Make your Danube River cruise extra special by booking an Adventures by Disney river cruise, vacation designed with families in mind. Adventures by Disney itineraries offer a variety of experiences that parents, children and teens can enjoy—ranging from active excursions, castle and museum tours and unique onboard activities.

While adults enjoy wine-tasting and adult-only dinners, there is plenty of programming for the younger guests, including a special welcome party, teen and Junior Adventurer dinners and Disney movie nights.

You can also learn more about the uniqueness of an Adventures by Disney tour in our blog, Take an Adventure with your Family.

Lissa Ryan is a Senior Travel Advisor with Kingdom Destinations specializing in luxurious family vacations. Lissa helps busy parents who want to create travel memories with their families through luxury travel experiences, but are too busy or overwhelmed with all the effort and research that is required to plan that perfect vacation.

For more information or to schedule a consultation to discuss a Danube River Cruise or any other luxury family vacation, please contact


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