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Danube River Vacation Packages

The Danube River is one of the world`s famous, most scenic, and most important rivers. It flows through ten countries, more than any other river in the world. 1,501 miles of it is navigable, making it the second-longest river in Europe. The Brigach and Breg rivers join to form the Danube at Donaueschingen, in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. It flows through cities such as Regensburg before the next portion of the river begins in the Bavarian town of Passau. This portion flows through the Austrian cities of Linz and Vienna. The middle portion of the Danube begins around the Austria/Slovakia border, and it flows through the Slovak capital, Bratislava, as well as the Hungarian cities of Gyor and Budapest. The final portion of the Danube flows into Serbia, past the capital, Belgrade, and then through the Iron Gate gorge to Romania, eventually emptying into the Black Sea fifty miles east of the Danube`s largest port, Galati, in the east of the country. Whether you want to see the Danube via train, on your own terms with a self-drive, or as a passenger on one of the popular cruise boats, you are guaranteed an experience you will never forget.


Enjoy one of the most beautiful and diverse river landscapes in Germany with a Rental Car!. Spend wonderful stays in Cologne (famous for its 12 great Romanesque churches - especially the magnificent Cologne Cathedral - all an easy walk from the historic Old Town), after that, is Mainz (known for its old town, medieval market squares, the Gutenberg printing press and Germany's wine capital) and then, Rothenburg (well known for its well-preserved medieval old town). Finally, visit Nuremburg (distinguished by medieval architecture such as the fortifications and stone towers of its Altstadt). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotels and activities.


  • Flight into Cologne and out of Nuremberg
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Cologne
  • Rental Car for 6 days
  • Hotel for 1 night in Mainz
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Rothenburg
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Nuremberg
  • Driving Time
    Cologne - Mainz: 2 hrs. 15 mins. approx.
    Mainz - Rothenburg: 2 hrs. 30 mins. approx.
    Rothenburg - Nuremberg: 1 hr. 25 mins. approx.

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Countries that Border the Danube

  • Germany

    Germany. The country is synonymous with beer, sausages, incredible hiking, majestic castles, serious people, and wild techno parties. It’s huge, diverse, and fantasticly amazing.

  • Austria

    When most people think of Austria, they think of rolling green hills, world-class skiing, Christmas markets, and The Sound of Music. And while the country does have all of this, it also has so much more!

  • Slovakia

    Slovakia, the land of beautiful mountains of Tatra, mysterious caves, fairy tale towns, and medieval fortresses built in impossible locations. This is an off-the-beaten-path destination with so much to over! The top destinations in Slovakia are Bratislava, the Tata Mountains, Banska Stiavnica, and Bojnice Castle.

  • Hungary

    Hungary is synonymous to it's capital city, Budapest. The city is a favorite amongst history buffs, weekend vacations, and amazing nightlife. And while this is true of Budapest, there is so much more to discover in this Hungary. Enjoy the rich culture and deep history, delicious food, beautiful scenery, and Christmas markets that will leave you wanting more.

  • Croatia

    Croatia is home to beautiful turquoise coastlines, gorgeous lakes and forests, rich history, fabulous wine, and delicious cuisine. Spanning most of the Adriatic Sea, you're never to far way from the coast when traveling to Croatia. And even if your not looking for beaches, stone castles and stunning waterfalls await travelers of all kinds.

  • Romania

    Romania is a country brimming with hearty food, stunning natural landscapes, and a fraction of the tourists found elsewhere in Europe. It's a traditional and beautiful country with many hidden gems to explore. From incredible restaurants of Bucharest to the rolling mountains of Transylvania, Romania is a country of beauty and wonder.

  • Bulgaria

    Bulgaria is a gem of Eastern Europe. It is a destination off-the-beaten-path that many travelers skip over it, and that is a big mistake. With its beaches, mountain huts, hearty food, historical monasteries, beautiful cathedrals, and Roman ruins, Bulgaria has a lot to offer.

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More to Explore

  • Black Sea Coast

    The Bulgarian Black Sea coast (called Chernomorie in Bulgarian) is one of the trendiest resort destinations in southeastern Europe. Once the playground of Communist Party loyalists and their families, today these resort towns rival the French and Italian rivieras. Many are `ancient cities,` having been settled as far back as five millennia. So, if you`re looking for an off-the-beaten-path beach vacation that doesn`t skimp on quality, consider the beautiful Black Sea coast.

  • Best of Eastern Europe

    Full of diversity, entrenched in history and blessed with spectacular landscapes, Eastern Europe offers something for everyone. From Croatia`s crystal-blue Adriatic seacoast to the haunted castles of Transylvania in Romania, medieval monasteries, and old-world towns, along with Roman ruins and sophisticated metropolitan area - This region has everything that you need for a fascinating vacation!

  • The Baltic States

    The Baltic countries offer a more authentic experience to the forgotten history of Eastern Europe from their medieval roots to the bloody fights for independence against the Soviet while also offering a fairy-tale-like experience throughout its small towns and forests.

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  • Beautiful Central Europe
    12 nights from $2,732*
  • Take an unforgettable vacation through Europe and visit Berlin (capital city of Germany after been reunited, known for its festivals, architecture, nightlife, contemporary arts and a high quality of living) and Dresden (called "Florence at the Elbe" thanks to its idyllic location on the banks of the river) in Germany. Continue to Czech Republic, visiting Prague (it's known for its Old Town Square, the heart of its historic core, with colorful baroque buildings), Bratislava (the political, cultural and economic center of Slovakia), Budapest (famous for its 19th-century architectural wonders alongside the Danube River) in Hungary and Vienna (city with a rich history and is known for its fine arts, classical music culture, architecture, museums, and coffee houses) in Austria with Trains. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
    • Flight into Berlin and out of Vienna
    • Hotel for 2 night in Berlin
    • Train from Berlin to Dresden
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Dresden
    • Train from Dresden to Prague
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Prague
    • Train from Prague to Bratislava
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Bratislava
    • Train from Bratislava to Budapest
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Budapest
    • Train from Budapest to Vienna
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Vienna

  • Das Schoenes Deutschland -Beautiful Germany- (Self Drive)
    12 nights from $2,361*
  • Explore the beautiful Germany!. Combine Munich (big-city style with rural charm, Alpine character art treasures and the Oktoberfest), Nuremburg (famous for its historical landmarks like the imperial castle and the walled Old Town), Wurzburg, Regensburg, Rothenburg (well known for its well-preserved medieval old town, a destination for tourists from around the world) and Frankfurt (the unique `Museum Mile` along the banks of the Main river, traditional cider pubs in Sachsenhausen) with a Rental Car. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
    • Flight into Munich and out of Frankfurt
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Munich
    • Rental Car for 11 days
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Nuremburg
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Wurzburg
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Regensburg
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Rothenburg
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Frankfurt
    • Driving Time
      Munich - Nuremburg:1 hr. 55 mins. approx.
      Nuremburg - Wurzburg:1 hr. 25 mins. approx.
      Wurzburg - Regensburg:2 hrs. 25 mins. approx.
      Regensburg - Rothenburg: 2 hrs. 15 mins. approx.
      Rothenburg - Frankfurt: 2 hrs. 10 mins. approx.

Experiences & Adventure

  • Northern Lights

    The Northern Lights, also called Aurora Borealis, can only be seen in the northern hemisphere and is strongest above the Arctic Circle. In recent years, more and more people have become aware of the natural phenomenon and watching these majestic lights dance and flicker in the sky is on the bucket lists of thousands. There are many places to catch a glimpse of these Aurora Borealis - such as the northern countries of Norway, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, and Scotland.

  • European Bestsellers

    From England and France to Italy and Germany, Europe encompasses a vast area with a mixture of cultures, languages, heritage, architecture, and customs all across the continent. Whether you crave an outdoor adventure, beautiful scenery, a relaxing escape, or a buzzing city full of history, these European Best-seller destinations have it all!

  • Best European Train Trips

    If you haven't done it already, you have to travel by train in Europe. It should even be on your 'things-to-do-before-I-die' list. While America has all but given up on trains, Ol' Europe has much improved and modernized its rail network. To put it simply, train travel is part of the charm of exploring Europe. We've done the research and we came up with a list of itineraries specifically customized for inter-city train transfers. Some of the high-speed trains in Europe may even save you time, when you take into account the hassle of getting to - or checking your bags at the airport.