15 day, European Gems, River Cruise, Amsterdam to Budapest (2023)

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  • 2023
  • 2024

Trip Code: EUTC15

15 Days

41 Meals

5 Countries

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Trip Inclusions

  • 14 nights cruising on a contemporaryTravelmarvel river ship
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Cruise Director, Entertainment and Activities Coordinator, and local guides
  • 41 meals - 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners
  • Onboard water stations, plus tea and coffee, soft drink, beer and local wine during lunch and dinner on your cruise
  • Explore up to 15 towns, villages and cities
  • Step back in time during a visit to the World Heritage-listed Augustusburg Castle
  • Enjoy a festive Bavarian evening on your ship with traditional food and entertainment
  • Get a glimpse into local life as you are warmly welcomed into the home of a friendly Miltenberg family

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Air travel is arranged with independent airlines. Travelmarvel will arrange air travel as advertised in connection with your holiday package or as otherwise arranged with Travelmarvel. All airfares are subject to flight and booking class availability as specified in the conditions. Airfares will be booked and ticketed upon receipt of your deposit to avoid price or tax increases. Airport taxes vary for each departure point and routing of airlines. Airline schedules are subject to change without notice. Once air tickets are issued, airline amendment and/or cancellation fees apply and, in some cases, are non-refundable. Name changes and voluntary date and schedule changes will incur fees. Travelmarvel is not liable for delays or disruptions of air travel. Once tickets are issued, Travelmarvel will have no other liability and will not be responsible for refunding the cost of any services booked in conjunction with the flights. Flying outside of the tour date range or re-routing your flight itinerary may incur additional surcharges. While we endeavour to accommodate your airline seating requests, these are never guaranteed and are subject to change at the airline’s discretion.
Airline Loyalty Point Eligibility
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Travelmarvel Deposit Cancellation Peace of Mind
Conditions apply: applicable when an upfront fee of $95 per person is paid with your deposit. The holiday package can be cancelled prior to the final payment date and your deposit will be retained as a Travelmarvel holding credit to be used for future bookings. If Deposit Cancellation Peace of Mind is claimed, monies held must be used on a future cruise or tour and cannot be redeemed against the original cruise or tour departure date. Deposit held in credit will exclude fees imposed by third parties, including but not limited to air travel, rail travel and hotels. When booking airfares through Travelmarvel (including when taking advantage of a special offer that includes air travel), standard airline cancellation fees will apply. In some cases, airfares will be non-refundable. In the event of cancellation, these fees will be deducted from the deposit paid, and therefore the credit being held. Travelmarvel Deposit Cancellation Peace of Mind applies to new bookings only and is only valid up until 100 days prior to travel. After three years, unused credit funds will incur the original cancellation conditions. This does not replace travel insurance, which you are required to purchase at the time of booking.
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Travel Insurance is not included in your holiday package. For your protection you are required to purchase comprehensive travel insurance that includes (without limitation) coverage for the cost of your holiday package, medical expenses, loss of luggage, cruise and land content and airfare charges that may occur due to cancellation, impossibility of performance or other frustration, disruption, loss of deposit or strikes.
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Where a special request (e.g. diet, room location, twin or double bedded room, a particular facility at a hotel, flight seat requests and/or particular meals), is an important factor in your choice of holiday, you must advise us when your booking is made. Travelmarvel will pass your request on to the hotel, airline or other supplier but cannot guarantee that it will be accommodated. Travelmarvel will also pass on any dietary requests to the airline but we strongly recommend that you check directly with the airline once your tickets have been issued. The provision of any special request does not constitute a term of your contract with us. Confirmation that a special request has been noted or passed on to the supplier or the inclusion of the special request on your confirmation invoice or any other documentation is not confirmation that the request will be met. Unless and until specifically confirmed, all special requests are subject to availability.
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If you pay Travelmarvel by credit or debit card, surcharges will apply. In the case of credit cards a surcharge of between 1% and 3% (depending on the card used), will be added to the tour price. In the case of debit cards a charge of 0.5% will be added to the tour price.
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Travelmarvel has endeavoured to ensure that the information provided about accommodation, itineraries etc., is correct to the best of its knowledge at the time of publication. However, advertised descriptions and facilities and prices may change after publication. We recommend that you confirm the details of your chosen holiday package at the time of booking. Additionally, flight times, carriers and routes are given for guidance only as there may be changes. Final details will be shown on your tickets. Holiday package or excursion itineraries may change or be different from those described in our collateral as a result of local conditions, weather conditions and annual events. Travelmarvel will endeavour to notify you of any significant changes prior to your departure.
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Itineraries are intended as a guide only and are subject to alteration without notice. Alternations may be necessary for various reasons including, without limitation, road, rail, river or weather conditions, strikes or other reasons beyond Travelmarvel’s control. If conditions render any routes unsafe for navigation, Travelmarvel reserves the right to provide alternative services including, but not limited to, accommodation on the docked ship or substitute land arrangements. Under normal river conditions, itineraries will operate as far as possible as published. However, sometimes for reasons beyond our control, it may be necessary to make alterations to your itinerary. For example, without limitation, if there is a water level problem on a river, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by coach and alternative sightseeing may be included. Travelmarvel will not be liable for any direct or indirect costs that you incur as a result of any event or other factor beyond our control which necessitates a change in your itinerary. Additionally, you are not entitled to any refund for any alterations to your itinerary that are caused or contributed to by any flood or water level events or such other events which are beyond our control. Travelmarvel cannot guarantee exact arrival and departure times for carriers and operators used by Travelmarvel and Travelmarvel will not be liable for failure to make connections with any other services or attractions beyond its control.
Flight Changes
The flight timings detailed on your confirmation invoice, or on our website are for guidance only and are subject to alteration and confirmation. Flight timings are set by airlines and affected by events outside our control. Scheduled and charter flight timings, and days of operation are also subject to change. Travelmarvel will advise you of any significant changes as soon as it is informed by the airline. Minor timing changes will be shown on your flight tickets. Any change in the identity of the airline, flight timings or aircraft type (if advised) will not entitle you to cancel or change to other arrangements without paying any applicable cancellation fees except where specified in these booking conditions.
Out of Date Range Flights
If airlines have not published their schedule at the time of booking, Travelmarvel will estimate the cost of airfares connected with your holiday package. When the airline releases flight inventory and airfares, Travelmarvel will confirm booking and pricing with you by sending you an updated invoice. Once flights have been confirmed by you and payment has been received, Travelmarvel will issue your ticket/s.
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Force Majeure event means the occurrence of an event that is beyond Travelmarvel’s reasonable control, and which could not have been reasonably prevented by Travelmarvel, which includes, but is not limited to: (a) war, armed conflict, criminal damage, riot, civil strife, industrial dispute, terrorist activity or the threat of any such acts; (b) natural disaster (including but not limited to flooding, fire, earthquake, landslide), adverse weather conditions, high or low water levels; (c) nuclear or other industrial accident causing environmental pollution or contamination; or (d) change in law, meaning, enactment, amendment (including repeal) in the law or administration of any law in Australia or any jurisdiction or territory relevant to the booking contract, which includes changes in statute, regulation, determination, by-law, declaration, licence and the common law as applicable from time to time, including changes or amendments in regulations or access to services, sites or countries caused by declared epidemic or pandemic events.
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Limitation of Liability in the Event of Force Majeure
In the event that Travelmarvel cancels or changes your travel arrangements in any way due to a force majeure event, Travelmarvel will not be liable to you in contract, tort, statute or restitution for any loss (including, but not limited to, loss of deposit or purchase price and loss of enjoyment), damage, costs, charges, expenses or injury resulting from or in connection with (whether directly or indirectly): (a) the cancellation or change to your travel arrangements; or (b) the force majeure event. Travelmarvel is not liable to refund any part of the deposit or purchase price paid by you if Travelmarvel subsequently changes or cancels your travel arrangements in connection with a force majeure event.
Force majeure events are unpredictable and beyond Travelmarvel’s control. As you are required to purchase travel insurance to adequately protect yourself against these risks, your policy needs to respond to these risks.
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Limitation of Liability
1. Our holiday packages include the services of independent providers, such as hoteliers, airlines, cruise companies and other operators, who are not agents, servants or employees of Travelmarvel. Although we take care in selecting the independent service providers and the optional excursions conducted by some independent service providers, Travelmarvel is not responsible for the conduct of the independent service providers, their servants and agents or for any ramifications of that conduct. Optional excursions may, depending on your holiday package, include activities such as climbing, exploring, bike riding, swimming and snorkelling. You accept and assume the risk involved with these activities.
2. If, in the opinion of any representative of Travelmarvel, your mental or physical condition, or general behaviour is such as to affect your own health and safety, render you incapable to care for yourself, cause you to became a hazard to yourself or other passengers or result in you becoming objectionable to other passengers or staff, you will not be permitted to embark or continue on the whole or any part of the holiday package. Travelmarvel representatives are empowered to ask guests to depart a holiday package if they are displaying known COVID-19 symptoms. Abuse or harassment of any kind toward crew, contracted suppliers or other guests may result in immediate removal from the tour or cruise. Travelmarvel is not liable to you for any costs associated with such decision and you will not be refunded for any part of the holiday package.
3. Travelmarvel accepts no responsibility for any death, injury, illness, loss (including loss of enjoyment), damage, detention, delay (including mechanical breakdown) beyond its control.
4. Any term, condition or warranty express or implied by statute or otherwise in respect to the holiday packages contained in any of our collateral are excluded to the full extent permitted by law. Nothing in these booking conditions excludes, restricts or modifies the application of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) as amended, consolidated, supplemented or replaced.
5. To the full extent permitted by law, Travelmarvel’s liability arising under or in connection with these booking conditions: (a) is limited to the re-supply of the products or services or the payment of the cost of re-supply of the products or services to you; and (b) excludes liability for any indirect or consequential losses suffered by you or any third party, howsoever caused, including but not limited to pure economic loss or any special, extraordinary or punitive damage to you or any other party.
6. Your travel agent will forward deposits and other payments to us on your behalf, but your travel agent is not our agent for the purpose of receipt of monies. Receipt of deposits and subsequent payments by the travel agent does not constitute receipt of those monies by us and the travel agent has no authority expressed or implied to receive monies on our behalf. There is no liability on the part of Travelmarvel in respect to any monies paid to your travel agent unless and until Travelmarvel notifies you (by way of a booking confirmation advice or payment receipt advice) that monies have been received by Travelmarvel. Travelmarvel reserves the right to cancel any ticket or booking or refuse to carry any passenger where payment has not been received by Travelmarvel within the specified time.
7. Specific meal requests are requests only and cannot be guaranteed.
COVID-19 Requirements
Before booking and before you travel, ensure that you check the latest Government travel requirements and Travelmarvel updates which include the on board protocols (which will be available on Travelmarvel’s website at www.travelmarvel.com.au/about-us/travel-updates) which will set out the obligations which apply to customers departing on tours. This may include obtaining proof of negative test results prior to embarkation, completion of health questionnaire, mask wearing, requirement to isolate if COVID-19 symptoms present during tour and removal of passengers from the tour if deemed necessary by medical staff. Compliance with the travel requirements and Travelmarvel updates is mandatory and anyone refusing to comply can be denied access to the tour or removed from the tour at Travelmarvel’s absolute discretion.
For tours departing 01 January 2022 onwards, proof that you are fully vaccinated with a Government approved COVID-19 vaccine will be required for each passenger before the commencement of the tour. Fully vaccinated means that there has been at least 14 clear days (not including the date of vaccination) from the second dose in a 2-dose series of vaccines before the date of departure. If Government guidelines are published which recommend a booster dose of any approved COVID-19 vaccination, the reference to fully vaccinated will only apply if a passenger has had a booster dose no earlier than 9 months and no sooner than 14 days prior to departure of the tour.
Local purchases
Travelmarvel is not responsible for any items you may purchase locally i.e.: jewellery/furniture etc. You acknowledge that you are solely responsible for any import duty or freight costs.
Personal Belongings & Lost Items
For security reasons valuables should be kept to a minimum and packed in your hand luggage along with your medicines, camera, electrical or battery-operated appliances, as well as basic essentials such as a change of clothing and toiletries. It is your responsibility to look after your property at all times and you must ensure you are adequately covered by comprehensive travel insurance in the event of any loss.
Medical Assistance
Travelmarvel does not employ medical staff on our tours or ships. If you require medical attention, local medical services can be contacted immediately. You are responsible for all charges that result from a visiting a medical facility, or for a medical practitioner visiting you. Travelmarvel is not responsible for the type or quality of the medical services you may receive.
Smoking
Government regulations forbid smoking in tourist coaches however frequent stops are made for those wishing to smoke. Smoking is not permitted in hotel rooms or ship cabins. Requests for smoking/non-smoking rooms will be passed on to hotels but cannot be guaranteed.
Responsible Service of Alcohol
Our staff are trained in the responsible service of alcohol and are obliged by law to refuse service to any guest who, in their reasonable opinion appears to be intoxicated or behaves in an aggressive or offensive manner.
Service Enquiries
If a problem occurs during your holiday, you should, in your own interests, inform your tour director so that steps can be taken to resolve the matter. If you remain dissatisfied, any complaint must be made in writing to Travelmarvel within 30 days.
Luggage Limits
Each passenger is entitled to take one piece of luggage that does not exceed 160 cm (63 inches) or weigh more than 20 kg (44 pounds). Dimensions for checked baggage are calculated by adding together the width, height, and depth of the piece of baggage. An extra charge will be imposed to cover porterage handling of any additional luggage. Your Tour/Cruise Director will advise you of the exact additional charge.

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15 day, European Gems, River Cruise, Amsterdam to Budapest (4)

(Video) APT ON DEMAND | Episode 9 | Europe River Cruising

FAQs

What is the best month for a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest? ›

July, September and May are the most popular months to river cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest and there are 405 departures available from nine of the world's leading river cruise lines.

Is there a river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam? ›

October is the most popular month to river cruise between Budapest and Amsterdam and there are 421 departures available from eight of the world's leading river cruise lines.

What is the best time to do a European river cruise? ›

The European River cruising season runs from March through December, though the best time to take a river cruise in Europe is during the late spring (April-May) or early fall (September-October).

What river cruise goes to Budapest? ›

Danube River Cruise w/ Munich & Budapest - Avalon Waterways® Experience a world beyond your expectations. Choose from our award-winning vacations on virtually every continent with local favorites and off-the-beaten-path experiences only Globus can share. We know why you travel.

Is Danube River cruise worth it? ›

It has a good view from many points of the city, a panoramic view from the castle on the hill, or a walk along the river It's a must to do, or through one of the many bridges that connect the Buda side with that of Pest. In any case, from any location is admired this river with a touch of poetry to the city.

Is the Danube too low for cruise ships? ›

One of Europe's worst droughts in decades has left the water level of parts of the Rhine and the Danube Rivers too low for ships to pass, paralyzing commerce and causing disruptions for companies that transport goods and commodities like oil and coal.

Which is better Amsterdam to Budapest or Budapest to Amsterdam? ›

The general advice of seasoned cruisers is that the preferred direction of travel is Budapest to Amsterdam . The reason being that sailing Amsterdam to Budapest if you get foul weather it tends to travel in the same direction as the boat, so one can get bad weather for days on end.

Where do scenic river cruises leave from in Amsterdam? ›

Important Note: In Amsterdam, river cruise vessels usually dock behind the Central Train Station either along De Ruyterkade Street or Westerdoksdijk Street. The waterfront faces the back side of the Central Train Station.

What river takes you from Amsterdam to Budapest? ›

Spanning 2,000 kilometers across Europe, from Amsterdam at the North Sea to Budapest the “Queen of the Danube”, the castles lining the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers are testaments to the majesty of European history.

Which is the most popular river cruise in Europe? ›

The Danube is Europe's most popular cruising river. It flows through Germany, Austria, Hungary and other counties on its 2,000-mile route, and you'll find itineraries that include Vienna, Munich, Prague, Budapest and other don't-miss cities.

How dressy are river cruises? ›

Bring casual clothes that are comfortable – that's your main priority. Unlike ocean cruises where guests often dine in ballgowns and tuxedos, the dress code on a river cruise is much more relaxed and informal.

Is it better in front or back on river cruise? ›

The truth, though, is this: There's no “better” side of the ship. It doesn't matter where you're going, or what river you're sailing on, or even what ship you're sailing aboard. Both sides of the ship are created equal.

Which side of the river is best to stay in Budapest? ›

Reputation. Buda – Definitely the classier and more residential side of the city, Buda is known for being a bit quieter and the place to go for a leisurely sightseeing experience. Pest – Known for being where all of the action happens – the place to be touristy, hang out and have fun.

Which side of the river is best in Budapest? ›

Ultimately, deciding whether to stay in Buda or Pest is a matter of preference–if you're on a quiet romantic getaway, for example, you may want to stay in Buda. For most people, though, the best place to stay in Budapest will be on the Pest side of the river.

Are river cruises still going to Budapest? ›

The Mahart Passnave Passenger Shipping Ltd., which runs river cruises, is still operating all the way along the Danube, although some stations are closed north of Budapest.

Is it worth getting a balcony on a river cruise? ›

Bottom line: On a river cruise, a balcony may offer good value when it means an upgrade to a larger suite, but not when a French balcony gives you more interior space, or when you will be spending little time in your cabin.

What is the prettiest part of the Danube River? ›

The Danube bend is the most beautiful phase of the River Danube. It can be found between Esztergom and the Hungarian capital city, Budapest. If you spend your holiday in Budapest, we recommend visiting this region.

Which deck is best on river cruise? ›

The upper deck cabins have balconies or windows with better views. Not all cruise ships have balconies, but the great ones do! The bottom deck, which is usually labeled Deck 1, is the least desirable. The upper deck is usually the most desirable.

What is the best time to do a Danube River cruise? ›

The Danube River is a charming destination to visit at almost any time of the year, though most travel experts agree the that best times to take a Danube cruise are Spring (April and May) and Fall (September and October).

Why can't you swim in Danube? ›

Experts warn that swimming in the Danube is not risk-free due to ship traffic on the river as well as the water currents. Nature conservationist and water athlete Jaroslav Šíbl, who himself swims in the river, agrees that one should not underrate the river and overestimate one's own abilities.

What is the problem with the Danube River? ›

The Danube river basin, flowing through 10 countries in central and eastern Europe, has long been affected by elevated nitrate (NO3) levels, from agricultural run-off and other sources, causing eutrophication.

How many days in Budapest is enough? ›

If you are wondering how many days in Budapest you need, two days is adequate to see the whole city, as long as you're efficient. Three days will allow you to get to more of the top attractions at a slower pace and maybe give you a chance to relax and soak in one of the thermal baths.

Is Budapest prettier than Prague? ›

Both cities have equal amounts of beauty, but Prague's beauty is more concentrated. In Budapest it is more spread out. In Prague everything from the Old Town and Lesser Town, all the way up to the Castle District, is gorgeous. You'll see beautiful buildings everywhere, churches, statues, and always a spire or a tower.

Is Budapest more beautiful than Vienna? ›

Budapest, with its large amounts of Art Deco architecture, the hills of Buda, and so many of its iconic structures conveniently situated within view of each other and the Danube (especially when observed from the top of Gellert Hill!), offers a much more striking view.

What has happened to Scenic river cruises? ›

Due to the COVID pandemic, all Scenic Group travel entities have suspended passenger operations (land tours, yacht and river cruises) by canceling all voyages with pre-scheduled departures in the period March 14, 2020, through late-July 2021. Scenic Group's operations resumed in August 2021, including the riverboats.

How many days is the Danube River cruise? ›

Most Danube river cruises last between seven and ten days, giving you plenty of time to soak up the sights and sounds along the river and experience the cultures of the different countries this mighty river winds its way through.

Can you walk along the Danube in Budapest? ›

Along The Danube

The finest introduction to the city is a walk along Budapest's iconic river, the Danube. Slicing between Buda and Pest, it skirts a selection of the city's best sites. Start this iconic Budapest walk at the Hungarian Parliament Building, and wander along the river towards Széchenyi Chain Bridge.

How long is the river cruise in Budapest? ›

A. Danube River Cruises take about 75 minutes to 3 Hours, depending on which cruise you choose. A. On a Danube River Cruise, you can enjoy historic bridges like Margaret Bridge, Chain Bridge; sites like Margaret Island, Danube promenade; landmarks such as The Parliament house, Fisherman's Bastion, and the Buda Castle.

Is the Danube river between Vienna and Budapest? ›

Originating in Germany, the Danube flows southeast for 2,850 km (1,770 mi), passing through or bordering Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, and Ukraine. Among the many cities on the river are four national capitals: Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade and Bratislava.

What time is dinner served on a Viking River Cruise? ›

Meals on a Viking River Cruise

Breakfast: 7:00-9:00 am. Lunch: 12:00-2:00 pm. Dinner: 7:00 pm.

What is the average age on the Viking River cruise? ›

Passenger Profile

Although there is a mix of ages on the Viking River ships, most passengers are 60 plus, and many are retired, especially those favoring the longer voyages.

Which river cruise has the most castles? ›

The highest concentration of castles are in Germany's 40-mile long Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This compact region contains 40 castles and fortresses. The Rhine links northern Europe and the Mediterranean.

Can you wear jeans on a Viking river cruise? ›

During the day, the Viking cruises dress code is fairly casual. If the season or area of travel is warm, feel free to wear comfortable shorts, skirts, slacks, or jeans. Be sure to pack for the onboard facilities too!

Are riverboat cruises for old people? ›

Increasing in popularity with new ships added each year, river cruising is ideal for seniors.

Can you bring your own alcohol on a river cruise? ›

Drinks in bottles (glass or plastic) are not permitted. Guests are prohibited from bringing their own liquor or beer onboard but may bring two 750-ml bottles of wine per cabin in their carry-on bag. Any alcohol found in checked luggage will be collected and returned at the end of the cruise.

Which balcony is best on a cruise? ›

If you're after views, the best room on a cruise ship will be a balcony cabin at the ship's rear end. Aft balcony accommodations at the ship's corners are also the largest and often give more outside area than conventional balcony cabins, allowing you to enjoy both the beautiful views and the extra space.

Is a French balcony worth it on a river cruise? ›

Having a French balcony saves space, meaning that you can enjoy a larger cabin. On the waterways of Europe, it's often not warm enough to sit out on your balcony. A French balcony offers the advantages of great views and fresh air without wasting space on cruises where it's simply too cold to sit out.

What is the best month to visit Budapest? ›

In spring and fall — May, June, September, and early October — travelers enjoy fewer tourist crowds and milder weather. This is one of the best times to visit Budapest. However, it's also prime convention time (especially September), when hotels tend to fill up and charge their top rates.

Where not to stay in Budapest? ›

Areas to Avoid at Night in Budapest

Downtown Budapest (Castle District, districts V., VI., part of district VII. along Grand Boulevard) is fairly safe at night. Safety TIP: Avoid, however the outer part of district s VII., VIII., and IX. As a general rule of thumb avoid poorly lit streets and underpasses.

Which areas of Budapest are sketchy? ›

The few neighborhoods to avoid in Budapest are a few neighborhoods in district 9, district 10 (Kőbánya) and especially district 8 (Józsefváros). Pour naviguer, appuyez sur les touches fléchées. Located in Pest, District 8 has kept a bad reputation for its insecurity.

Is Budapest a walkable city? ›

Thanks to plentiful buses, boats, trams and Metro trains, getting around Budapest is easy. The Hungarian capital is highly walkable, and for the times when you need to go further afield or get somewhere quickly, there are plenty of options.

What is the easiest way to get around Budapest? ›

Although buses and trams are the primary forms of transport in Budapest, the metro is the easiest way to get around the city for a first-timer. It is also the quickest way to get around the city. There are currently four metro lines, so it's simple to navigate the city.

Where do river cruises depart from in Budapest? ›

The port and terminal of Belgrad Rakpart is in Pest and here you can step straight off your cruise ship into the heart of Budapest. River cruise boats dock at the port and terminal in Budapest all year round.

Are Danube cruises affected by Ukraine war? ›

“Aside from the Trans-Siberian rail itinerary, we do not have any cruises operating in the affected areas this year and are operating all of our Central European cruises, including those along the Danube, as planned. Ultimately, the confidence and safety of our guests and crew remain our top priority.

What is the best weather for a Danube River cruise? ›

Hot sunny days perfect for relaxing on the river or participating in the array of activities and tours that you will be enjoying your river cruise. The temperatures reach their peak in August, with some days and nights that are hot - if you like warm but not hot weather, plan to travel in June or September.

Are Danube River cruises affected by drought? ›

Danube cruises are among those that have been impacted by drought conditions.

Which side of ship is best for Danube River cruise? ›

The truth, though, is this: There's no “better” side of the ship. It doesn't matter where you're going, or what river you're sailing on, or even what ship you're sailing aboard. Both sides of the ship are created equal.

When should I book a river cruise? ›

But one thing is for sure, booking your river cruise early (at least 9-12 months in advance) is the best time to get the vacation you want. Keep in mind that there are many fluctuations in price depending on the age of the ship, the type of cruise, and how soon the vessel will be scheduled to sail.

Is Danube River swimmable? ›

Swimming in the Danube? There are plenty of opportunities to do just that. For instance, at lively beach baths or at natural sand and pebble beaches, either right along the Danube or on one of the idyllic side arms of the river.

What is the most popular river cruise in Europe? ›

The Danube is Europe's most popular cruising river. It flows through Germany, Austria, Hungary and other counties on its 2,000-mile route, and you'll find itineraries that include Vienna, Munich, Prague, Budapest and other don't-miss cities.

What is the problem with the Danube river? ›

The Danube river basin, flowing through 10 countries in central and eastern Europe, has long been affected by elevated nitrate (NO3) levels, from agricultural run-off and other sources, causing eutrophication.

What deck level is best on a cruise ship? ›

Midship staterooms on the lowest passenger deck are the most excellent spot to be on a cruise ship in this instance because you don't feel the vessel sway as much. The front and back of the ship are a no-no.

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