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Cruise & Explore: Budapest, Vienna and more

Cruise & Explore Budapest, Vienna and more

  • See the captivating cities and charming towns of Budapest, Vienna, Linz and more
  • Spend seven nights aboard your luxury hotel ship
  • Many late stays and overnights to enjoy meals and drinks ashore
  • Enjoy half-board dining in the ship’s excellent restaurants
  • Choose to dine à la carte aboard, kick back with a cocktail and some relaxed entertainment or treat yourself to a pamper session on your floating boutique hotel
  • Choose how you like to explore – by bike, on a food tour, in museums and galleries, from an al fresco seat in a café... the choice is yours
  • Choose to sail from Budapest or Passau


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Choose how you travel

Our Cruise & Explore itineraries are sold on a "Cruise Only" basis, providing you with the choice to make travel arrangements that are best suited to you.

You're free to arrive early, or stay a day or two later to make the most of your destination, and book your preferred choice of departure airports and flights at a time to suit you.

At a Glance
7 nights on board your luxury hotel ship
Stops at Linz, Melk, Vienna & Bratislava
Many late nights to dine ashore
Price per person based on sharing a twin or double cabin
Daily breakfast with lunch or dinner
Concierge and expert team at your service
Deposit: £250 per person


Discover the delights of the Danube at your leisure, city-hopping between the likes of vibrant Vienna, Budapest and Linz. From your floating hotel, the vibrant cities along the Danube are your oyster – the way you explore them is up to you. Mingle between gardens, galleries, cafes and castles – getting to know your favourite districts and taking in some of Europe’s most incredible architecture along the way. Make your river cruise your own with foodie tours, bicycle hire and your must-see landmarks, with chance to dine on shore at your choice of local Beisln, sky high bars and Viennese coffee houses.


Your Itinerary

Make it your own

Cumil man at work statue in Bratislava

Plan a hike with a walking expert, hire bicycles to ride the Danube trail or unwind in one of the famous thermal spas. There are hundreds of excursions to choose from – whether you book ahead or choose whilst you cruise.

You can browse and book experiences in advance via our partner site.


Wake up somewhere new on your luxury ship

Foyer of the Lord Byron | Cruise & Explore
Lord Byron Bar area | Cruise & Explore
Cabin on board the Lord Byron | Cruise & Explore

MS William Wordsworth

Welcoming up to 167 passengers with 44 crew, the MS William Wordsworth was built in 2018 to the highest standards – featuring the likes of a spa, salon, pool and putting green. Find out more

Key Features

  • Thoroughly air conditioned public areas and individual heating controls in the cabins
  • Stunning restaurant on the Main Deck serving buffet breakfast, buffet lunch and four-course dinner
  • Lounge and bar to enjoy cocktails and the early risers' breakfast
  • Bistro with open kitchen, large panoramic windows and al fresco seating
  • Laundry Service
  • Spa and wellness area featuring Nail Salon and Hairdressing Service
  • Boutique gift shop for your holiday souvenirs
  • Air conditioned public areas & cabins
  • Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi
  • 24hr self service station for tea & coffee
  • Lift between Ruby and Diamond deck
  • Small splash pool and putting green on the Sun Deck
  • Reception area open 24hrs

Your Sailing Schedule

Passau to Budapest

Sailing times are estimated.

Day 1 - Passau. Dinner  

Day 2 - Depart Passau 23:59. Breakfast, Lunch              

Day 3 - Arrive Linz 6:30. Depart Linz 18:30. Breakfast & dinner         

Day 4 - Arrive Melk 02:00. Depart Melk 15:30. Arrive Vienna 22:00. Breakfast, Dinner.

Day 5 - Stay in Vienna. Breakfast, Lunch              

Day 6 - Depart Vienna  04:00. Arrive Bratislava 08:00. Depart Bratislava 22:00. Breakfast, Lunch      

Day 7 - Arrive Budapest 09:30. Breakfast, Lunch                                                                         

Day 8 - Stay in Budapest.  Breakfast          


Budapest to Passau

Sailing times are estimated.

Day 1 - Budapest. Dinner

Day 2 - Depart Budapest 20:00. Breakfast & dinner

Day 3 - Arrive Bratislava 14:00. Depart Bratislava 23:30 Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 - Arrive Vienna 07:00. Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 - Depart Vienna 04:00.  Arrive Melk 14:00. Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 - Depart Melk 04:00. Arrive Linz 14:00 Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 - Depart Linz 05:00. Arrive Passau 13:30. Breakfast, Lunch                                                     

Day 8 - Stay in Passau. Breakfast


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