Danube River Cruises

Our culturally rich and historical Danube river cruises

Experience ultimate luxury on board one of our Danube river cruises. The Danube River may not be the longest river in Europe—that distinction goes to the Volga River, which flows through central Russia—but it is without question, one of the continent’s most popular.

The 1,785-mile-long waterway begins at the convergence of two streams in the Black Forest region of southwest Germany, and it flows east through 10 countries (Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, and the Ukraine) before emptying into the Black Sea. The river also flows through a handful of Central and Eastern Europe’s most influential cities, including Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, and Bratislava, providing Scenic river cruise guests with endless opportunities for exploration and immersion.   

While it is clear to see the significance of the Danube in modern Europe, the river has played a major role in the advancement of civilization for more than 2,000 years. The ancient Greeks sailed up the Danube River from the Black Sea, getting as far north as a large gorge known today as the Iron Gate and serves as a natural border between Romania and Serbia. Under the rule of Julius Caesar, the Roman Empire strengthened and expanded its empire by establishing military settlements and strongholds up the Danube. Over time, those ancient Roman outposts grew into vibrant cities — Aquincum became Budapest, Singidunum became Belgrade, and Vindobona is the cultural center that Danube river cruise guests now know as Vienna.


Danube river cruises first operated in the mid-19th century, thanks to the invention of the steam engine in 1830. They have remained popular largely due to almost a dozen World Heritage Sites that are located throughout the Danube River Region and can be visited and explored by river travelers. However, a Scenic River Cruise experience on the Danube is enhanced by far more than those protected historical sites.

About 50 miles east of Vienna, Scenic guests can visit a Benedictine abbey set above the town of Melk. The monastic site was founded in the 11th century and features Baroque structures that were built during the first part of the 18th century. The abbey has served as an educational center for almost 1,000 years, and its library, which is home to a large collection of medieval manuscripts from the 12th to the 15th centuries, provides the proof. For passengers seeking a different monastic experience, a ferry ride through the Danube Gorge further east in the Germanic town of Regensburg leads to the Weltenburg Abbey, one of the world’s oldest monastic breweries. It is there, along the shores of the Danube, that passengers can sample more than a dozen styles of beer, including the abbey’s award-winning Barock Dunkel, a full-bodied, malty dark lager that is characterized by subtle caramel and toffee notes.  

These are just a few of the many experiences afforded to travelers while cruising the Danube river with Scenic. To learn more about what Scenic guests can expect on a European river cruise, see more info below.


Renowned for its musical legacy, Vienna is known as the ‘City of Music’ and its famous Palais Liechtenstein provides the perfect backdrop for another enriching event. Here you will attend an exclusive, private Viennese concert featuring the captivating music of Strauss and Mozart. Otherwise known as the Liechtenstein Garden Palace, your venue for the evening’s concert is home to one of the world’s largest private art collections, providing insight into aristocratic life of bygone days.


The sound of a concerto in a grand ballroom is a reminder of the sophistication of yesteryear. Germany and Austria were the epicenter of many of the most magnificent pieces of music to ever be composed. To hear them come to life against a backdrop of vaulted ceilings adorned with ancient frescoes provides a glimpse into the luxury of life at court in the 18th century. Vienna, the ‘City of Music’ is the world’s music capital. More famous composers have lived there than in any other city.

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