As part of our series on cruising the Danube River, we compare the costs of a Danube River cruise and independent travel on the river. In addition, we help you navigate some of the unexpected costs -- like pre- and post-cruise stays, port excursions fees, and other parts that can add up.
Save travel costs with a European river cruise
We know that European cruise prices can be hefty upfront. The most high-end can even be in the tens of thousands. Still, they are often a cheaper alternative to traveling abroad on your own. Traveling Europe and the Danube River independently, you’ll be faced with the cost of hotels, transportation, tours, dining, and whatever else comes up along the journey. These costs add up quickly, especially if you choose to stay in nicer hotels or fly between cities.
Meals are usually included with our cruise lines, so you don’t have to search for food, knowing a world-class meal is waiting for you after a long day of exploring. Most cruises book your port excursion tours ahead of time, so you don’t have to waste time or money on another.
Lastly, don’t forget that your ship is your transportation -- saving you potential thousands of dollars in transportation costs. The average airplane ticket within Europe is approximately $200. If you plan to fly to all the countries along the Danube -- a total of ten -- you’ll be paying $2,000 just to get from place to place. A Danube European river cruise cost, on average, is far less than the cost of booking hotel rooms, transportation, and all the other things that go into traveling Europe.
Breaking down unexpected Danube River cruise costs
As the EU’s longest river, the Danube offers a ton of things to do on any of its river cruises. These voyages tend to be all-inclusive, but you can still be faced with a few unexpected costs depending on your cruise line and journey.
Some Danube River cruises include a limited number of excursions for you to take part in, and then charge port excursion fees if you plan to take part in any additional excursions beyond that. The average excursion cost is only a few hundred dollars, and is a great investment if you’re hoping to take advantage of the tours and activities arranged by your cruise line.
The last, more common unexpected expense is exploring each city you’ll visit along your river cruise. The Danube is filled with a number of exciting cities, and it’s enjoyable to participate in the culture, dining, and nightlife of each. If you’re picking up souvenirs, eating at restaurants, or grabbing cocktails at an interesting bar, these costs can add up. While your cruise ship has its own dining and drinks, it's best to estimate anywhere from $500 to $1,000 for additional fun in the city.
Learn more about our Danube River cruise costs
Our Danube cruise prices can vary based on the cruise line, length of the trip, and amenities included. At Authentic Voyages, we only offer the best. We constantly evaluate our offerings to ensure we’re connecting you with cruises that we’d take ourselves. To learn more about our current Danube cruise offerings, contact one of our river cruising experts today!