Where we sail in Austria

    Austria might be landlocked, but the Danube River waltzes its way across the north of the nation, making it the perfect river cruise destination. Austria river cruises showcase beauty personified – both natural and manmade. You can move from the lavish palaces of Vienna to the rolling hills and vineyards of the UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley. Here, the journey’s just as important as the destination. On a river cruise through Austria, you’ll stop at under-the-radar towns in some scenic settings. Durnstein’s one of them – it’s right in the heart of the Wachau Valley, surrounded by vineyard-covered slopes.

    Cosy towns to capitals

    Another picture-perfect spot is Melk – here, the best views come into shot from the town’s abbey. Just around the corner from Durnstein, Krems is another place not in the guidebooks. It’s a top spot for a relaxed stroll and a glass of locally grown Riesling. City-wise, capital Vienna’s the most talked-about. And its grand architecture and atmospheric coffeehouses don’t disappoint. But waiting in the wings is Linz. Churches and Baroque buildings fill the main square, while the riverfront’s dominated by hi-tech museums.


    When it comes to excursions, Austria’s architecture steps into the spotlight. You can take guided tours of Melk’s UNESCO-ticked abbey, or zoom around Vienna’s palaces on a city tour. In the capital, there’s also the chance to take in a classical concert after dark. From Linz, meanwhile, it’s an easy daytrip to Salzburg, where the Sound of Music was filmed. And in quiet Krems, tours of its hilltop monastery can be combined with a wine tasting. If you like the sound of a river cruise to Austria, take a look at our new European river cruise deals page.

    TUI River Cruise Packages

    Our River Cruise packages take care of all aspects of your getaway without the hassle...


    Both flights are included in the package.


    All tranfers between the ship and airport are covered.


    A Full Board Plus package is included, covering 3 meals and drinks at mealtimes.


    £120 worth of excursion credit per person, per week are included, as standard.


    Booking your river cruise with TUI has never been easier, thanks to our European river cruise deals. Grab one of our offers, and you can discover everywhere from Amsterdam to Budapest for less. The best bit? Your flights, transfers, three meals with drinks per day, your tips, and your luggage allowance are all part of the package. You can secure your sailing with a low deposit from £125pp, too, and take advantage of our handy Direct Debit scheme. And don’t forget, you’ll get £120pp shore experiences credit, per week, to spend on extra onshore activities, like wine tastings and sightseeing with a local expert – perfect for getting to the heart of every destination you visit. So, what are you waiting for? Take a look at our European river cruises sailing along the Rhine, the Main, the Moselle, the Danube, and the Dutch and Belgian waterways.