7 of the best Danube river cruises

by Paul Stafford  |  Published September 10, 2018

Although only Europe’s second longest river, the Danube is one of the more significant bodies of water on the continent. The river rises in Germany and empties out into the Black Sea, crossing most of Europe in the process. It links together important cities like Vienna, Budapest and Belgrade, and passes through 10 countries. For this reason, cruises along the river have been popular for some time, becoming especially alluring after the fall of the Iron Curtain.

The types of cruise available vary widely, from trips along almost the entire length of the river over the course of a fortnight, to shorter, hours-long or day trips. Prices and formats also come in many a shape and form, with some river cruises opting for a laid-back vibe, while others set the waters pumping with parties and music. Here are seven of the best Danube river cruises available.