The mighty Danube embarks on a 2,000-mile-long journey from the Black Forest in Germany to Sulina in Romania, where it empties into the Black Sea. The waterway claims eight countries on its course, including Germany, Austria, Hungary and Bulgaria. From grand cities like Vienna and Budapest to the unspoilt Iron Gate, a Danube river cruise is the perfect way to uncover so many of Europe’s most enchanting sights in one seamless journey.
Whether you’re joining the Danube from the Rhine River on our epic 15-day Splendours of Europe cruise, or you’re dedicating all of your time to this classic waterway on our 8-day Danube Delights or 10-day Enchantment of Eastern Europe cruises, the treasures of the mythical East are always close by. Each gentle mile offers an opportunity to gaze back in time, with city skylines telling stories of the past, grand monuments built in memory of local heroes, and unspoilt rural splendour fringing the water’s edge.
The Danube journeys through the very heart of Europe, calling in at some of the world’s most elegant, vibrant and influential cities. Multiple capitals - including Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava and Belgrade – sit along the course of this beautiful waterway, providing Danube river cruise guests with an insight into the history of the continent.
Choose Emerald Waterways to explore the delights of the Danube and take advantage of our carefully-crafted excursions, world-class dining experiences and, of course, the in-depth knowledge of our friendly staff.
- Experience the beauty of Budapest, the culture of Vienna and the history of medieval Germany
- Experience the history and culture of the Danube with EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE excursions
- Savor the majestic surroundings in absolute luxury as you journey on-board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship