About Broadway on the Danube River
The third installment in Playbill Travel’s new series of river cruises, Broadway on the Danube River, brings the brightest stars of Broadway to the heart of imperial Europe for 10 nights and 11 days of spectacular scenery, excursions and entertainment. Sailing roundtrip from Vienna, this adventure visits Austria, Germany, Slovakia and Hungary.
The Danube has been a historic travel route for emperors and kings since the dawn of western European civilization. Its edges marked the boundaries of the Roman Empire and nations were formed on its banks. Napoleon proclaimed it the “Queen of Europe’s Rivers”. It has inspired classical masters such as Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Schubert and has produced world-renowned wines. Be treated like royalty as you cruise the scenic Wachau Valley on the Crystal Mozart, Crystal Cruises’ luxury river yacht.
Culinary delights abound for the food and wine enthusiast onboard—from farm to table dining at the Waterside restaurant onboard to sampling the award-winning wines of the Wachau Valley. Our cruise on the Danube is sure to leave you with lifelong friends and enduring memories.
PORTS OF CALL
Vienna: Be inspired by the capital of Austria and the seat of imperial Europe and see why the city has been home to so many composers and artists throughout history. Visit the magnificent Belvedere Palace for an exclusive evening celebrating the music of Mozart and a private tour of the Klimt exhibition on the palace grounds.
Dürnstein: Situated in the heart of the Wachau Valley, a well-known wine growing region, Dürnstein is considered one of the most beautiful small towns in Austria, the “Pearl of the Wachau.” Explore the village of Dürnstein and savor an exclusive wine tasting, get active exploring the Wachau Valley by Ebike, or get a bird’s eye view of the region with a Flightseeing by helicopter tour.
Melk: Visit the Melk Abby, a 900-year old Benedictine monastery and one of Austria’s finest examples of Baroque architecture that began its life as the castle of Leopold II. Or, take in another architectural wonder, the Schallaburg Castle, which ranks among the most beautiful Renaissance castles north of the alps
Linz: Explore nearby Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart, whose city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the setting for The Sound of Music. Alternatively, take a short coach ride to the southwestern Bohemian castle city of Česky Krumlov, one of the Czech Republic’s finest medieval sites.
Passau: Called the Dreiflüssestadt (“City on Three Rivers”), Passau is situated at the confluence of the Danube, Ilz and Inn Rivers. Visit the impressive Baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral with its ornate interiors and 17,000-pipe organ. Alternatively, take a day trip to Munich, the capital of Bavaria, or enjoy Flightseeing by plane over Austria’s lake district and the alps.
Bratislava: With many of the charms of Prague without the tourists, the Slokavian capital is a hidden gem near the border of Hungary and Austria. Do as the locals do and enjoy an afternoon sampling regional beers at a Slovak pub. Alternatively, visit the Baroque Schloss Hof Palace a short distance out of the city.
Budapest: The Danube River divides Hungary’s capital into the once separate towns of Buda and Pest. Enjoy both sides of the city, taking in the majestic beauty and history that waits around every corner. After Budapest, the Crystal Mozart will return to Vienna for your journey home.