All Riviera ships offer free hire bikes onboard and many ports offer good riverside cycle paths from which to explore.
A dining must
The ship has a stylish bistro onboard, with an open kitchen, large panoramic windows and al fresco seating. With lobster and steak on the menu, it makes for a romantic setting while the sun sets,
In dry summers the water between Vienna and Budapest (which is said to be the prettiest stretch to cruise through and instead guests are transported via coach. This can prove stressful for some guests as hoards of passenger make the same three-hour journey.
Where to book it
River Travel offers the seven-night Blue Danube River Cruise from £1,099pp. Price includes seven nights full board accommodation on a five-star ship, return flights from the UK, airport transfers and all tours as stated in the cruise itinerary. Some regional flight departures carry a supplement.