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Pearls of The Danube (Southbound) Cruise

  • Departure DateSun 8th May 2022
  • Crystal Cruises Crystal Ravel
  • 14 Night Cruise From Vilshofen
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Itinerary

  • Vilshofen
  • Passau (Munich)
  • Linz (Salzburg)
  • Melk
  • Durnstein
  • Vienna
  • Budapest
  • Mohacs
  • Vukovar
  • Novi Sad
  • Belgrade

What's Included

  • Ultra-luxury accommodation in stylish staterooms
  • All gratuities for dining room and wait staff
  • Dining in each speciality restaurant once per cruise
  • Complimentary select fine wines, premium spirits & champagnes
  • Complimentary bottled water, custom coffees, soft drinks and juices
  • 24-hour In-suite Dining
  • 60 minutes complimentary Wi-Fi and internet per person, per day
  • Butler-serviced suites and penthouses
  • Additional amenities for Suite guests including packing and unpacking, complimentary pressing, shoeshine, dinner reservations, salon and spa appointments, and arranging cocktail parties
  • Shuttle service to and from port communities, where available
  • Streamlined sales and booking processes; reduced deposits, admin fees and relaxed schedules for Early Payment Savings and cancellations
  • ABTA & ATOL Protection
  • All Port Taxes & Fees

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Day 1 - Vilshofen

Arrive: Sun 08 May 2022 / Depart: Sun 08 May 2022 at 23:00

Askyline graced by the spire of a historic church and the arch of a more modern bridge reveals the essence of Vilshofen’s appeal. Here where three rivers meet – the Vils, Wolfach and Danube – you’ll enjoy cycling expeditions on pretty paths and hikes in the neighboring Bavarian forest.

Day 2 - Passau (Munich)

Arrive: Mon 09 May 2022 at 08:00 / Depart: Mon 09 May 2022 at 20:00

At the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, Passau is also situated at a meeting of cultures. The town began as a Roman settlement, enjoying the rising tide of influence as the largest bishopric in the Holy Roman Empire and enduringly vibrant as a hub for various trade pursuits, including salt, swords and ideas. Wander the cobbled streets of Old Town, gaze upon arched bridges and Italianate manses and visit magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral and New Bishop’s Residence.

Day 3 - Linz (Salzburg)

Arrive: Tue 10 May 2022 at 09:00 / Depart: Tue 10 May 2022 at 19:00

Named 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.

Day 4 - Melk

Arrive: Wed 11 May 2022 at 09:00 / Depart: Wed 11 May 2022 at 13:00

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.

Day 4 - Cruising the Wachau Valley

Day 4 - Durnstein

Arrive: Wed 11 May 2022 at 15:00 / Depart: Wed 11 May 2022 at 23:59

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.

Day 5 - Vienna

Arrive: Thu 12 May 2022 at 07:00

Once the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and forever known for its manicured gardens, ornate architecture - especially that of the famed Ringstrasse - and distinguished roster of composers who either were born or lived here, Vienna finds itself at the very center of European culture, even as it sits near the border of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.

Day 6 - Vienna

Depart: Fri 13 May 2022 at 16:00

Once the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and forever known for its manicured gardens, ornate architecture - especially that of the famed Ringstrasse - and distinguished roster of composers who either were born or lived here, Vienna finds itself at the very center of European culture, even as it sits near the border of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.

Day 7 - Budapest

Arrive: Sat 14 May 2022

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.

Day 8 - Budapest

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.

Day 9 - Budapest

Depart: Mon 16 May 2022

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.

Day 9 - Mohacs

Arrive: Mon 16 May 2022 at 13:00 / Depart: Mon 16 May 2022 at 21:00

Mohács is a town in Baranya county, Hungary on the right bank of the Danube.

Day 10 - Vukovar

Arrive: Tue 17 May 2022 at 05:00 / Depart: Tue 17 May 2022 at 09:30

Streets lined with elegant mansions, art galleries and museums are difficult to envision today, as the siege of 1991 – when Croatian civilians faced off with a heavily armed Serbian army – dramatically altered this once-pretty town. Vukovar’s story is heartbreaking yet inspirational, and while scars still show on buildings, the Castle Eltz and Vucedol Culture Museum are returning the city’s cultural sheen.

Day 11 - Ilok

Day 10 - Novi Sad

Arrive: Tue 17 May 2022

An oasis of greenery, Serbia's largest city is home to Danube Park, a picture of European charm with its pristine lake, lovely fountain and graceful swans - the perfect place to relax before or after exploring the city. The monumental Petrovaradin Fortress across the river dominates the skyline and hosts an observatory that delivers panoramic views. A university town, Novi Sad is known as a hotspot for culture and learning but also for celebrations and socializing.

Day 11 - Novi Sad

Depart: Wed 18 May 2022

An oasis of greenery, Serbia's largest city is home to Danube Park, a picture of European charm with its pristine lake, lovely fountain and graceful swans - the perfect place to relax before or after exploring the city. The monumental Petrovaradin Fortress across the river dominates the skyline and hosts an observatory that delivers panoramic views. A university town, Novi Sad is known as a hotspot for culture and learning but also for celebrations and socializing.

Day 11 - Belgrade

Arrive: Wed 18 May 2022 at 08:00 / Depart: Wed 18 May 2022 at 23:00

Along and layered heritage is on display here, with architecture ranging from Byzantine and Ottoman to Art Nouveau and Modernist. While burnished with the patina of high culture, it’s also one of Europe’s premier nightlife destinations. The lively atmosphere continues into daylight hours, as visitors and locals alike bustle through Knez Mihailova, a pedestrian boulevard named one of the world’s top shopping thoroughfares.

Day 12 - Cruising Iron Gates

Day 12 - Vidin, Bulgaria

Day 13 - Vidin, Bulgaria

Day 14 - Giurgiu, Romania

Day 15 - Giurgiu, Romania

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