Danube Serenade 2021 Crystal River Cruise

The Wachau Valley enchants with the abbey of Melk and the charms of Linz, while overnights in the regal powerhouses of Vienna and Budapest put dazzling architecture on full display.

Crystal 2021 European River Cruise Sale
Vienna

Itinerary

Welcome to Budapest, capital of Hungary.

Commanding both sides of the Danube – with the Chain Bridge connecting hilly Buda with flat Pest – Hungary’s capital enchants with its magnificent architecture of domes and spires, 18th-century homes, bridges and lampposts. The UNESCO-listed Castle Hill welcomes all to explore Buda Castle, Trinity Square, Matthias Church and Fisherman's Bastion.

Complimentary Excursions:
Panoramic Budapest
Parliament Building & the Great Market Hall
Dohany Synagogue & Shoes on the Danube Bank
Horse Show at Lazar Equestrian Park

This buzzing capital city is the heartbeat of Slovakia; a historic gem that stirs the imagination. A maze of cobblestone streets winds around 18th-century buildings and a pulsating modern art scene. Explore the museums, cathedrals and palaces, and relax at a shade-covered sidewalk café. Photography buffs will want to snap images of the medieval castle looming high above the city.

Complimentary Excursions:
Chatam Sofer Memorial
Panoramic Bratislava & Beer Tasting

Considered one of the most visited tourist spots in the Wachau Valley, Durnstein is in a robust wine-growing region sitting alongside the Danube river. Durnstein Castle, the region's famous architectural highlight, sits atop a rocky mountain, high above the Danube, at its base. Durnstein's beauty is enhanced by verdant forests, rolling hills, and thriving vineyards that surround the town. Sip some of the region's local wines and enjoy a leisurely day in this postcard-worthy European town.

Best known for its fortified baroque Benedictine monastery, Melk Abbey, the town of Melk boasts an assortment of smaller gems. Among them, the city’s riverside location, serene and regal with a ribbon of wooded groves giving way to the lovely village. Cobbled lanes and a petite size make for a pleasant stroll with a chance to discover its 16th-century Town Hall, or Rathaus, in the center of town, and Haus am Stein, or House at the Rock. Built in the 15th century, the vine-covered abode is Melk’s oldest building.

Complimentary Excursions in Durstein:
Hike to Durnstein Castle Ruins
Wachau Valley by Bike
Complimentary Excursions in Melk:
Melk Abbey - A Baroque Masterpiece
Artstetten Castle & Visit with Hohenberg Family Member

vNamed the European Capital of Culture in 2009 and added to the roster of UNESCO Creative Cities as a City of Media Arts in 2014, Linz embraces the present and future, with reverence to its past. The city’s layout reflects its history, with an ancient medieval center encircled by neoclassical, neo-baroque and neo-Renaissance neighborhoods.

Complimentary Excursions:
City walk & tram ride
Explore Cesky Krumlov
Historic Salzburg
Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial
Linz City Walk & Tramway Ride

Storybook-beautiful Krems marks the beginning of the Wachau Valley and showcases a true crisscross of old and new. Putting the old and new literally side by side is a preserved length of the old city walls, for instance, while designer shops housed in the regal 18th-century buildings of the Altstadt exist alongside modern department stores. The lower Old Town is an area for pedestrians and cafes, while one of the oldest parish churches in Lower Austria can be found in the upper Old Town.

Complimentary Excursions:
Krems Old Town tour with confection demonstration
Apricot Orchard hike & Tastings Herzogenburg Monastery & wine tasting

Once the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and beloved for its music, pastries, manicured gardens and ornate architecture, Vienna thrives eternally as a highwater mark of European culture. Immerse yourself in its UNESCO-listed historic centre, a wonderland of iconic buildings — and landmark tastes.

Complimentary Excursion:
Vienna highlights
Vienn's Jewish Quarter
Imperial Schonbrunn Palace
Danube Island Bike Discovery

After breakfast, disembark your ship.

Price Guide

Fares displayed are cruise only. Please call for flight options

Date Price (pp) Flights
15 August 2021^ £3,811 Please Call
19 September 2021 £4,654 Please Call
26 September 2021^ £4,273 Please Call

What's Included

  • Book Now Savings: Save up to £2,900 per suite on selected river voyages
  • 24-hour European butler service in every room category
  • Select Wines, Champagnes, Spirits and Coffees
  • Michelin-inspired dining
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi and Internet Access
  • Extensive selection of inclusive ashore experiences
  • Pre-Paid Gratuities
  • Private luxury motor coaches with free Wi-Fi
  • The largest suites on Europe’s rivers
  • Airport transfers

Notable Sights & Experiences

  • Ramble the stylish boutiques and cafés of picturesque lower Old Town in Krems
  • Ride up to Castle Hill’s UNESCO landmarks via Budapest’s restored funicular
  • Tour Vienna’s 1,400-room rococo showplace, Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens
  • Visit ruined Dürnstein Castle, where Richard the Lionheart was jailed 800 years ago
  • Discover Bratislava, Slovakia’s vibrant capital where the futuristic and classical meet