Most river cruise lines in Europe offer cruises on the Danube. A variety of packages are available that include the Main and Rhine Rivers. Some itineraries add the Moselle River, too.
A Danube cruise itinerary for only the Danube River will be anywhere from Regensburg or Passau, Germany to Bucharest. Romania. The most popular, though, is between Passau and Budapest, Hungary.
Danube River - Wachau Valley in Austria
If your itinerary includes the Rhine River, you might sail from Amsterdam, Netherlands and travel southward to Basel, Switzerland.
Or you might sail eastward to join the Main River near Kulmbach, Germany and then continue sailing on to Regensburg, Germany where you’ll meet the Danube.
Remich, Luxembourg or Trier Germany could be the starting point of your cruise if it originates on the Moselle River. Or it could start in Frankfurt, Germany if you’re travelling from the Main River to meet the Danube.
Danube River cruises that are eastbound might originate in Vienna, Austria. If the Main-Danube Canal is included, your itinerary could begin in Prague, Czech Republic. Embarkation will probably take place at one of the ports in Germany.
And westbound Danube River cruises could begin as far east as Bucharest, Romania. Many itineraries begin in Budapest, Hungary, too.
Map of the Danube River
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The Danube River is the 2nd longest river in Europe, and the 2nd longest river in the European Union. It spans 1771 miles. The Danube originates in Germany’s Black Forest flowing in a northeasterly direction until it meets the Main-Danube Canal in Regensburg, Germany – the northernmost point of the Danube River. The canal stretches for a length of 106 miles from Bamberg to Regensburg in Germany.
The Danube River flows through or along the border of Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia & Serbia. If your eastern European cruise takes you all the way to the Black Sea, you’ll also travel along the border of Ukraine & Moldova.
Some UNESCO World Heritage Sites that could be in your itinerary:
Regensburg, Germany – The Old Town Regensburg with Stadthamhof
Salzburg, Austria – Salzburg’s Old Town
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