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  • Visit Lion Monument (Lucerne)
  • See the Imperial Palace (Innsbruck)
  • Neuschwanstein Castle (Schwangu)
  • Explore Hohensalzburg Fortress (Salzburg)
  • 1,000-Foot Television Tower (Munich)
  • Palace of Justice (Nuremburg)
  • Old Town Hall (Regensburg)
  • Melk Abbey
  • Schonbrunn Palace (Vienna)
  • Fishermen’s Bastion (Budapest)

Embark on a magnificent cruise-tour through some of Europe’s most fascinating landscapes! Your journey starts with a visit to the enchanting lakeside town of Lucerne, surrounded by the majestic Swiss Alps. Journey to the picturesque Tyrol Region of Austria for a stop in Innsbruck and proceed to delightful Salzburg where the film Sound of Music was set. The final stop on the land portion of your vacation is in vibrant Munich, Germany. You’ll then embark on a 7-night deluxe cruise of the romantic Danube River, taking in the captivating countryside vistas. The leisurely cruise includes shore excursions and visits to some of the most charming towns and cities along the river including magnificent Melk Abbey, cosmopolitan Vienna and lively Budapest. All meals aboard the cruise are included as well as free wine with dinner!

Travel Theme
Cities & Attractions More
Flights & Transport
  • Airfare included
Rivers & Seas
  • Danube River
Ship Name
  • MS Select Explorer

SmarTours Travel Reviews & Ratings
100% Recommend

4.9 out of 5
Excellent 495 Great 61 Average 1 Disappointing 1 Terrible 0
4.9 Guide
4.9 Activities
4.9 Lodging
4.9 Transportation
4.9 Meals
Danube Discovery Cruise



Danube River Cruise with Dracular's castle November 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We thought the trip was excellent. The river boat was good and the people on the boat were VERY gracious. I loved the size of the river boat. Our TD, Dusan J, was excellent. Would have loved for him to stay with us the whole trip. He left after the cruise and we had another one for mountain portion of the trip. He was OK but I can't remember his name. He was very knowledgeable about the area. It would be better if you kept same one for all of the trip. I will take another river cruise with smarTours.
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Danube discovery river cruise July 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Everything was great. We had wonderful time.Tour guides, staff, crew and food was excellent.Also the group was the best ever. This was our seventh tour with smarTours.

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Awesome Tour June 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This vacation was one of the best we have had. Everything, including the ship, all accommodations (ship and land), tours and tour guides, cuisine was very well prepared and excellent. The personnel (ship and land) did everything possible to make everyone happy and satisfied.
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Danube Riover Cruise June 2015

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
We are now on our way home from this wonderful Danube River cruise. I would like to sum up our experience on the Little Prince as outstanding. This trip turned out to far exceed our expectations. The crew and cruise director (Duschan) were terrific. Dining room staff and food quality was excellent. Kitchen staff and our waiter Liviu went out of their way to accommodate the kosher requirements of our table. Tour guides in most locations were very knowledgeable and spoke good english. Our only criticism was the air conditioning in the cabin and dining room. The cabin was very hot and humid and nothing could be done by the staff. We will highly recommend SmarTours to our friends.
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Danube Discovery Cruise November 2014

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Great itinerary. Included excursions were OK but did not really cover a lot of things we wanted to see. Seemed like we viewed a lot of the places from the bus or a walk by but did not go into many places. Boat was older and seemed like a camping trip with the bath being very small and single beds hard. Difficult to regulate the temperature in the room too. Food was good and the staff on the boat was great, very accommodating to food allergies. Hotel in Bucharest was very nice.
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Day 1: Depart USA.

Your fascinating Blue Danube Cruise with Prague & Munich begins as you depart on your overnight flight to Europe.

Day 2: Arrive Prague (Czech Republic).

Meals: Dinner

Arrive in Prague, one of Europe’s most vibrant and colorful cities. The beautiful city of Prague was built on seven hills and served as a former capital of the Roman Empire. Upon arrival, transfer to your centrally-located, superior first class hotel followed by dinner. Majestic Plaza Hotel (D)

Day 3: Prague.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

After a delightful buffet breakfast, embark on your morning tour of the impressive Upper Hradcani Castle area, where you’ll explore the Golden Lane with Kafka’s House, St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, the Castle Gardens, and of course the Old Royal Palace, the former residence of Bohemian Kings. After free time for lunch on your own, you’ll walk across the famous Charles Bridge to the “Lesser Town”, famous for its Astronomical Clock, Tyn Cathedral, Powder Tower, Celetna Lane, and the Jewish Quarter. This evening, rejoice in a festive welcome dinner at an authentic local restaurant with music, dancing, and mug of famous Czech beer.

Day 4: Prague/Budejovice/Passau (Austria)/Set Sail.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast, depart Prague for Ceske Budejovice, home of the original Budweiser. Your walking tour of the old city will end at the original brewery where you’ll have a chance to taste an original Budweiser and enjoy lunch. Later, continue to Passau where you’ll embark your deluxe ship, MS Select Explorer, your floating hotel for the next 7 nights as you sail along the Blue Danube. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and meet your experienced, friendly, and English-speaking crew. Set sail to Melk and enjoy your first dinner on board. MS Select Explorer

Day 5: Melk Abbey Tour/Vienna (Austria).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Wake up on the beautiful Danube river and enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast. This morning, you’ll visit the imposing Benedictine Abbey, founded in the late 11th century with its current building completed in the early 18th century. One of Austria’s great cultural highlights, today it is one of Europe’s largest repositories of medieval manuscripts and an absolute “must see” on any Danube cruise. Later, return to the ship for lunch as you set sail for Vienna, the magnificent center of the Hapsburg Empire. Arrive this evening in time for an optional concert or cultural performance.

Day 6: Vienna (Austria).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast, explore the city’s glorious past on a panoramic tour taking you to the ornate State Opera, Emperor Franz Josef’s Hofburg Palace, the Parliament, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Burghtheater, and the Rathous. Return to the ship for lunch before an afternoon for independent exploration or an optional Schonbrunn Palace. This evening, enjoy dinner on the ship and continue sailing.

Day 7: Budapest (Hungary).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This morning, you’ll wake up in Budapest, the delightful Hungarian capital and one of Eastern Europe’s most lively cities! After breakfast, embark on a city tour of the major highlights, including the famous Parliament Building, Buda Castle Hill, Heroes’ Square, Gellert Hill with the Citadelle and Freedom Monument, and Fisherman’s Bastion, where you’ll enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. This evening, explore the beautiful pedestrian zone of Vaci Utca or participate in the optional Budapest by Night tour which will include a typical Hungarian goulash dinner with folklore at a local restaurant followed by a drive up to Mt. Gellert for fabulous views of the city’s illuminated bridges spanning the Danube.

Day 8: Budapest.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This morning is free to explore Budapest on your own. Perhaps you’ll head to the famous open market next to the port, or if you’re an animal lover, perhaps you’ll take the optional Puzsta tour at a nearby horse farm to view a live equestrian performance. The balance of the day is at leisure.

Day 9: Bratislava (Slovakia).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, you’ll wake up in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia situated at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. Your city tour will feature the Palace Grassalkovich, a panoramic view from the Castle Hill, and a relaxing city walk passing St. Martin’s Church, the former University of Bratislava, Primate’s Palace, Opera House and Ganymede Fountain. This afternoon, set sail for your next destination along the Danube – Duernstein!

Day 10: Duernstein (Austria).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, you’ll enjoy the charming old village of Duernstein, located in the heart of the picturesque Wachau Valley. Your walking tour takes you through the historical center and from here you have a wonderful view of the surrounding area and castle ruins. Then, enjoy a visit to a local winer, where you’ll enjoy a taste of three of Wachau’s famous wines! Return to ship and continue sailing. This evening, you’ll enjoy your Captain’s Farewell Dinner.

Day 11: Passau/Munich.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

This morning, bid farewell to your lovely crew as you disembark and transfer to Munich, Bavaria’s famous capital and world famous for its Oktoberfest and Bayern soccer (or football) club. Your city tour will include the renowned Hofbrauhaus, the National Theater with the Royal Palace, Marienplatz and more! Later, check in to your centrally-located, superior first class hotel before your farewell dinner at one of Munich’s classic beer halls or gardens where you’ll enjoy a festive Bavarian meal and a mug of its famous beer. NH Munchen Deutscher Kaiser (Munich Center) (B,D)

Day 12: Munich/USA.

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and board your return flight. Your fascinating voyage ends as you arrive New York later today.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 2,999

Price Per Day:

$ 200 per person
Start DateEnd DateDouble StandardSingle StandardAvailability 
Apr-28-2018May-10-2018$ 2,999$ 4,398LimitedReserve Reserve
May-18-2018May-30-2018$ 3,299$ 4,698LimitedReserve Reserve
Jun-07-2018Jun-19-2018$ 3,499$ 4,898LimitedReserve Reserve
Jun-27-2018Jul-09-2018$ 3,599$ 4,998LimitedReserve Reserve
Jul-17-2018Jul-29-2018$ 3,599$ 4,998LimitedReserve Reserve
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  • Deposit Price: $ 300
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 1,099
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Ship Name

MS Select Explorer

Ship Description

The MS Select Explorer is an elegant river cruise vessel, built in the Netherlands in 2001 and renovated in 2013. She combines classical elegance with a cozy atmosphere and features 77 cabins and 8 suites. The cabins are all outside facing and are divided in 5 cabin types (including Junior Suites): Category D Standard Cabins on Lower Deck are fitted with two fixed portholes. Category C Comfort Cabins located on the Middle Deck bow have two fixed windows, and Category B Superior Cabins on the Middle Deck feature large panoramic windows. Category A Deluxe Cabins on the Upper Deck have a French Balcony with sliding doors. Junior Suites, also on the Upper Deck, feature a French Balcony and include extra amenities such as a sitting area, a large TV with a DVD player and a mini bar. All cabins (except for Junior Suites) are 14 sq m (150 sq ft) and are equipped with individual air conditioning, TVs, safe deposit boxes, hairdryers and bathrooms with shower & toilet. Junior Suites are considerably larger at 21 sq m (226 sq ft). Public areas include an elegant restaurant, a large Panorama lounge with floor to ceiling windows, a cozy library and a covered Sky Lounge on the Sun deck offering superb views of the passing countryside! A vivacious crew of 36 ensure a wonderful cruise experience!

Deck & Cabin Plans

MS Select Explorer Ship Cruising

Trip Includes
  • Round trip airfare from New York (JFK)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • 6 nights accommodations at first class hotels in Lucerne, Innsbruck, Salzburg & Munich
  • 7-night cruise aboard the deluxe MS Sound of Music riverboat in a category C, Rhine Deck (middle deck) outside facing cabin with a panoramic window
  • Port charges
  • 29 meals: 13 buffet breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), 10 dinners (D)
  • Unlimited wine and beer with dinners aboard the cruise (Days 8-14)
  • Evening entertainment aboard the cruise boat
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and shore excursions as per itinerary
  • English-speaking tour and cruise directors and local tour guides
Trip Excludes
  • Baggage and personal insurance
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Gratuities and optional tours
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages
  • Meals other than specified in the trip itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
Optional Activities
  • Mount Pilatus Excursion ($102 per person)
  • Tyrolean Evening with Drink ($55 per person)
  • Berchtesgaden & Eagle’s Nest Excursion ($67 per person)
  • Classical Viennese Concert ($82 per person)
  • Schonbrunn Palace Tour ($67 per person)
Meals Included:

10 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 10 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Airfare included
Group Size:
Standard Group
  • Nights 2-3: Prague: Majestic Plaza
  • Night 11: Munich: NH Munchen Deutscher Kaiser (Munich Center)
Start City
End City
Cancellation Policy:

Full Payment due 75 days before departure. Failure to make final payment on time may result in automatic cancellation of reservation and loss of deposit.

Changes to the original reservation will result in a $150 change fee per person per change. No changes allowed within 75 days of departure.

Cancellation charges per person are:

Up to 75 days before departure: $300

74-45 days before departure: $600

44-30 days before departure: $1000

29-10 days before departure: $1500

9 days or less before departure: No refund.

All cancellations must be received in writing.

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