DANUBE RIVER | 8 DAYS, 7 NIGHTS

BUDAPEST – PASSAU

Once the distant frontier of the Roman Empire, today the Danube flows through ten countries – more than any other river in the world.  Discover the heart of Europe cruising between Budapest, Hungary & Passau, Germany.

 
YOUR DISCOVER RIVER CRUISE INCLUDES:
  • 8 days / 7 nights of luxury accommodation aboard the 5-star Discover Ruby
  • Premium, gourmet dining at every lunch and dinner onboard
  • Wines, beer and soft drinks included with each lunch and dinner
  • Daily breakfast and snacks, plus 24-hour tea and coffee station
  • Bottled water available in every suite and stateroom
  • Welcome & Farewell cocktail parties
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the ship
  • All tips included

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BUDAPEST

Hungary (Overnight)

Discover Ruby will be available for boarding starting at 2:30 PM.

We begin our journey in Budapest, renowned for its beauty and a UNESCO World Heritage site.  The city spans both sides of the Danube, with both Buda (the hilly side) and Pest (the flat side) filled with exuberant Baroque buildings.

 

This evening, we will enjoy a short Evening Cruise along the Danube, marveling at the city’s bright lights at night. Afterterwards, an authentic gypsy dance troupe will present a traditional Hungarian Cigan Show, exclusively for our guests.

 

Discover Ruby remains docked in Budapest overnight.

Our afternoon city tour for Discover Complete guests starts with the Pest side.  Here we will visit Heroes’ Square, the Historical Great Market Hall, Parliament Building and Váci Utca (one of the world’s most famous, most attractive pedestrian shopping streets), before heading to the Buda side.

 

On the Buda side, our first stop will be Gellert Hill, which offers the best views of the city.  The famed Fisherman’s Bastion will be next, along with the historical Mattias Church.  Before we return to the ship for dinner, our tour will conclude with stunning views of the Parliament Building and the Danube River.

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BUDAPEST

Hungary

Today, the ship will remain in Budapest through late afternoon, for your continued discovery of this iconic city at your leisure.

 

Discover Ruby departs Budapest at 5:00 PM. This evening, enjoy a leisurely dinner onboard, savoring beautiful views along the banks of the Danube as we cruise to Bratislava.

Following breakfast onboard, today we will explore the Hungarian countryside, heading first for Esztergom.

 

After a leisurely drive, we will tour Esztergom Castle and the surrounding city, which served as the capital of Hungary from the 10th to the 13th centuries. The city maintains its status of the Primate of Hungary’s Roman Catholic Church today. Our tour continues with the magnificent Esztergom Basilica, the largest church and tallest building in Hungary.

 

Our next stop will be Szentendre, famed as an artists’ town.  This charming village will delight us with its cobbled streets, colorful buildings, souvenirs shops and vibrant restaurants. 

 

Returning to our ship, we will drive through the charming castle town of Visegrád – famous for the Early Renaissance remains of King Matthias Corvinus’ Summer Palace and the medieval citadel.

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BRATISLAVA | VIENNA

Slovakia (Morning) | Austria (Overnight)

Today, we spend our morning in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. 

Discover Ruby departs Bratislava at 1:00 PM. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with views of the beautiful Austrian countryside as we cruise the Danube to the classic, elegant city of Vienna.

 

Arriving early evening, Discover  Ruby will remain docked in Vienna overnight, for you to explore this historic city.

After an early breakfast onboard, we will embark on our walking tour of Bratislava.  The largest city and capital of Slovakia, it is also known as the “Coronation City of Kings,” thanks to its hosting the crowning ceremonies of 11 Hungarian kings and queens. 

 

Our panoramic discovery of this historic city will begin with the Opera House, home of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, followed by a visit to the Summer Residence of the Archbishop, as well as The Residence of the President. Before returning to the ship for lunch, we will have free time to enjoy the 18th-century, pedestrian-only Old Town with its lively restaurants and cafes. 

Upon arrival in Vienna, we will enjoy a short drive through the city to one of the most important concert halls in Europe for a magical live concert evening, featuring the finest symphonic melodies of Mozart, Beethoven & Strauss. 

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VIENNA

Austria

Today, DiscoverRuby will remain in Vienna all day into the evening, for your continued discovery of this gracious city at your leisure – including the opportunity to sample the Viennese nightlife after dinner this evening.

 

Discover Ruby departs Vienna at 11:30 PM.

Today, we explore one the most important cities in the world, Vienna – the capital of Austria, and one of Europe’s major cultural centers throughout history. We will start the day with a drive along the famous Ringstrasse, to enjoy a picturesque overview of the city. Along the way, you will be amazed by the many magnificent buildings, including the world-famous Vienna State Opera House, the Austrian Parliament, the Imperial Court Theatre, and the historic City Hall.  From here, we will continue our discovery on foot.

 

During our visit to the Hofburg Imperial Palace, you will witness the rich history of the Habsburg Dynasty.  Our last stop will be the iconic St. Stephen’s Cathedral, with free time to enjoy the pedestrian area before returning to Discover Ruby for lunch.

 

After lunch onboard, we will travel to behold one of Europe’s most beautiful places, the Schönbrunn Palace. A UNESCO World Heritage cultural site, this magnificent palace was built in 1700 as the main summer residence of the Habsburg monarchs – with 1,441 rooms, vast gardens, and 300+ years of history, its envied reputation is well-earned.

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DÜRNSTEIN | MELK

Austria (Morning) | Austria (Afternoon)

After departing Vienna, our ship spends the morning in Dürnstein, located at foothills of a fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held captive.

 

Discover Ruby departs Dürnstein at 12:00 PM.  As we sail the Danube to our next port, we will enjoy Scenic Cruising of the Wachau Valley. Savor the inspiring mid-day vistas of this remarkable region, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage cultural site for “a landscape of high visual quality,” enroute to our afternoon call in Melk, home of the medieval Melk Benedictine Abbey.

 

Discover Ruby departs Melk at 7:00 PM.

During our culinary-focused walking tour of Dürnstein, we will enjoy wine tasting at a local producer, including examples of the region’s famous Reisling and Grüner Veltliner varietals.

We will also sample the famed specialty of the Wachau Valley, delicious apricot pastries made from the “orange gold” Wachauer Marille grown only here.  From there, a short walk takes us back to Discover Ruby for lunch.

This afternoon, our ship will dock in Melk, where we will visit one of the best-preserved medieval abbeys of the world – the Melk Benedictine Abbey.

 

Built in the mid-18th century, this impressive Baroque gem and its gardens inspired the popular novel and film “The Name of the Rose” by Umberto Eco.  A guided tour will take you through its history, exploring the chambers, chapel and library.  Upon leaving Melk Abbey, we will enjoy a short walk through the town before returning to the ship and setting sail.

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LINZ | SALZBURG

Austria

Today, the ship docks in Linz, with a full day and evening available to discover this charming city.

 

Discover Ruby departs Linz at 12:00 AM Midnight.

After breakfast, we begin our full-day excursion with a relaxing coach ride, enjoying the gorgeous landscapes that line the route between Linz and our destination for today, Salzburg – the city of music and birthplace of legendary composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

 

During our guided walking tour of the city, we will pass Hagenauer Haus, Mozart’s birthplace and the site of the annual Salzburg Festival; go inside the 17th-century Salzburg Cathedral; and view the amazing Hohensalzburg Fortress, one of the largest medieval castles in Europe.  After lunch (included), we will have free time to explore the town independently.

 

On our way back to the ship, our tour will show us several of the various stunning freshwater lakes of the region – including stops for photo opportunities and taking in the fresh mountain air.

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PASSAU

Germany (Overnight)

After breakfast, Discover Ruby docks mid-morning in Passau for our final day of discovery. Known as “The City of Three Rivers,” the Danube is joined by the Inn (from the South) and the Ilz (from the North) in this charming border city.

 

Discover Ruby will remain docked in Passau overnight.

Our tour begins shortly after arrival in Passau, with a leisurely scenic drive into the Czech Republic through the Bohemian countryside, to visit the town of Česky Krumlov. You will never forget this small old town located in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic.  Its delightful atmosphere is, in large part, due to its good fortune in escaping the bombings of the Second World War – allowing the town to keep its medieval identity intact to this day. Its historic center has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

 

 

We will visit the Česky Krumlov Castle (dating from 1240), the late Gothic St. Vitus Church, and walk the pedestrian cobbled streets. Enjoy some free time at a local café, or discover further on your own, before we return to Passau for our final dinner aboard Discover Ruby. 

After dinner, we will have a short evening walking tour of Passau, during which we will be able to soak up all the amazing ambiance this special city has to offer.

Česky krumlov

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PASSAU

Germany

After a final breakfast onboard, our cruise has concluded, and we say goodbye to Discover Ruby. For those who have opted for post-cruise extensions, convenient transfers from the pier to the airport have been arranged.

SOUTHBOUND: Passau to Budapest

  • September 1
  • September 15
  • September 29
  • October 13

NORTHBOUND: Budapest to Passau

  • September 8
  • September 22
  • October 6
  • October 20
Suites/ CategoriesBrochure FareEarly Booking
CRUISE ONLY
(At Your Leisure)
Early Booking
DISCOVER
COMPLETE
Standard Stateroom (D & E)3,4991,7492, 399
Balcony Suite (BA & C)4,4992,8493,499
Balcony Suite (B & BB)4,6992,9493,599
Balcony Suite / Diamond (A & PA)5,0993,0493,699
Balcony Suite / Diamond (P & PP)5,2993,1493,799
Junior Balcony Suite (BJ & RJ)7,0993,5494,199
Royal Balcony Suite (R-RA)7,4994,1494,799
Royal Panorama Suite (RS)7,5994,8495,499
Royal Owners Suite (RO)8,9995,7496, 399

All fares are per-person in US Dollars, based on double occupancy.

Port Taxes: $150 per person additional

OPTIONAL PRE-POST CRUISE EXTENSION

PRAGUE |
4 DAYS, 3 NIGHTS

PRAGUE Extension Includes:

  • 3 nights’ accommodation in 5-star hotel in Prague, with all breakfasts included
  • All transfers from / to airport and ship
  • Prague City Tours (2) and Karlovy Vary Spa Tour, led by licensed local guides

 

$ 850 per person, based on double occupancy.

Arrive in Prague and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a free day, to rest from your journey and explore the city as you wish.

We will start the day by visiting the Jewish Quarter, where the most famous of the Bohemian writers Franz Kafka left his mark.  Along the way, our guide will introduce you to many of the classic sights of Prague.

 

We will see the Rudolfinum concert hall and walk the historic Malá Strana district, then cross the Charles Bridge and visit Old Town Square, featuring the Jan Hus monument, the Old Town Hall (with its famous astronomical clock), and the Church of Our Lady of Týn. Our tour will also show us the National Museum and Wenceslas Square.

 

Our tour finishes on Parizska Street, where you will have time for some shopping and lunch (at your own expense). Enjoy the rest of the day and evening at your leisure.

After breakfast at the hotel, we will depart for the “spa city” of Karlovy Vary, located 2 hours west of Prague.  Founded by Carlos IV in 1358, this town is now one of the most famous spa cities of the world.

 

Our guided walking tour, you will learn how its mineral hot springs have aided the health of famous personalities through the centuries, including Goethe and Tsar Peter the Great.  Karlovy Vary is also famous for manufacture of Moser crystal, Carlsbad porcelain and the herbal liquor Becherovka.

 

Enjoy some free time in Karlovy Vary before returning to Prague, with a visit to historic Prague Castle. Today’s tour also includes visits to the Cathedral of St. Vitus, the Old Royal Palace, the Basilica of San Jorge and the “Golden Lane.”  We will return to the hotel in late afternoon, leaving you free to enjoy dinner on your own, or to relax and prepare for tomorrow’s travels.

Transfer from hotel to board the ship in Passau, Germany (3 ½ hours by motorcoach).

Budapest
OPTIONAL PRE-POST CRUISE EXTENSION

BUDAPEST |
3 DAYS, 2 NIGHTS

BUDAPEST Extension includes:

  • 2 nights’ accommodation in 5-star hotel in Budapest, with all breakfasts included
  • Budapest City Tour and Twilight Cruise, led by licensed local guides
  • All transfers from / to airport and ship

 

$ 500 per person, based on double occupancy.

Arrival in Budapest and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a free day, to rest from your journey and explore the city as you wish.

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy the morning touring the city at your leisure.

 

In early afternoon, your guide will take you to the Great Market, the most famous market in the city. Then, we will visit one of Budapest’s famous baths and spas, built more than a century ago to take advantage of the area’s mineral thermal springs.

 

We will end the afternoon with a Twilight Cruise along the Danube, delighting in the illuminated monuments, the amazing House of Parliament, and the famous bridges ­– and, the best view of the famous Pest Castle.

Your morning is free to continue discovering Budapest at your leisure, with a prearranged transfer from your hotel to our ship in early afternoon.