Danube River Cruise Through Europe
The Danube River passes nine countries, from the Black Forest to the Black Sea. You’ll pass through Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Slovakia on this 10-day cruise from Beyond Boundaries Travel. Along the way, you can disembark and bike through the river towns (bike rental not included in Groupon) or take an optional city tour (extra cost). Biking day trips range from 9 to 35 miles, and some routes can be shortened.
This trip includes:
- Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) to Munich
- Shared ride transfer, Munich airport to Passau, Germany
- Shared ride transfer, Passau to Munich airport hotel
- 7-night Danube River cruise, with private facilities and air conditioning
- 1 night of lodging at a Munich airport hotel
- Captain’s greeting and welcome cocktail
- Full meals: breakfast, lunch on board (non cyclists) or packed lunch for cyclists, afternoon coffee break, and dinner
- Gala dinner with farewell cocktail and farewell crew show
- Information pack with route book (for biking, one per cabin)
- Port charges, airline taxes, and hotel taxes<p>
Days 1–3: Passau, Germany to Austria
The rundown: After transferring from Munich, you’ll start your trip by bus or bike in the river city of Passau, where three rivers converge. You’ll pass through Engelhartszell, Brandstatt, and other classic Austrian villages.
Trip highlight: St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Passau, with the world’s largest cathedral organ—17,774 pipes and 233 registers.
Day 4: Palaces Around Hainburg & Castles in Bratislava
The rundown: Travel by bus or bike from the medieval Austrian town of Hainburg into Bratislava, Slovakia, which is lined with castles amid mountain scenery.
Trip highlight: The Imperial Palace of Hof includes a stately palace, landscaped baroque gardens, and a manor farm.
Day 5: Budapest, Hungary
The rundown: Sometimes called “Paris of the East,” Budapest has elegant boulevards, world-class museums, opera houses, Art Nouveau architecture, and a lively nightlife.
Trip highlight: Cruising the Danube, you’ll get a full view of the city, including its famous series of bridges decorated with lions and eagles.
Days 6–7: Danube Bend to Vienna, Austria
The rundown: The scenic Hungarian village of Visegrád is known for its fortress and 14th-century palace ruins. The route continues onto the riverside town of Esztergom and onto Vienna, known for its classical music history and opulent opera houses..
Trip highlight: Vienna is a treasure in its own right, but don’t overlook Esztergom; it’s home to the Esztergom Basilica, the largest building in Hungary and a great example of neoclassic architecture.
Days 8–10: Wachau, Austria, to Passau, Germany
The rundown: By bus or bike, you’ll tour the Austrian countryside, speckled with monasteries and vineyards. To end the trip, you’ll transfer back to Munich for a one-night stay near the airport.
Trip highlight: Check out the small baroque town of Dürnstein and its monastery church, a landmark of the Wachau Valley.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How much would it cost to fly from an airport not listed as part of this deal?
Rates vary depending on your departure dates and your departure city. Please call our office and we can let you know what those costs are looking like at the moment.
2. Can we extend our trip before or after the promotional dates for the deal?
Yes! You can absolutely extend your time in Munich, and if you are wanting to travel to other locations we can also look into a different departure city for the return trip. Do be aware that there is usually a supplemental fee to change your flights for extended time even if you are flying from JFK.
3. How do I find out if the dates I want to travel are available?
You can give our office a call and we can inquire with the boat if your dates are still available. The likelihood of a date not being available is very slim, though.
4. What happens if I buy the Groupon and my travel dates are not available?
You have the option to move to another date that is available. We will work with you to find a date that you can travel on that is still available. If we are not able to find an acceptable travel date you always have the option of having your trip refunded, or using the amount you paid to go toward a different trip with us.
5. Does my child need a Groupon, and can they stay in my room?
Children do need a Groupon as all rooms are based on double occupancy, regardless of age. The majority of cabins are for two people with no option for extra beds. There may be a possibility of a triple room, but you will need to give our office a call to inquire about the availability of a triple based on your dates of travel as these rooms are limited.