Before You Depart

Danube River Cruise


While every effort is made to adhere to the schedule outlined, the tentative timetable, stops and sights mentioned are subject to change for reasons of passengers’ safety or reasons beyond our control such as weather, lock schedules, water levels, availability, etc.


International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.

The tour starts with cruise embarkation at approximately 4pm. If arriving early, the cruise allows travelers to store their luggage and enjoy the common areas. The tour ends after breakfast on the last day.


Booking your own flighs has advantages like flying from your home airport, choosing your own seats, upgrading your seats, and using and collecting airline miles.

When booking your flights, please note that the tour starts in Vienna and ends in Bucharest. We recommend that you:

  • Fly into Vienna International Airport (VIE)
  • Fly out of Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP)

Some cities have multiple airports, and depending on your plans, you may wish to fly into an alternate airport.


Travelers must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. A visa is not required for U.S. passport holders. Effective for travel in 2025, all visitors who do not require a visa to enter Europe will be required to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver. The application must be completed online and there is a small fee. Once approved, an ETIAS can be used for 3 years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. Before your trip, review travel requirements and restrictions by country including passport and visa requirements. You can also learn more about passport and visa services. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.


Final instructions, documents, and travel tips will be emailed to you 10–14 days before the scheduled start of your tour. If you have not received your final documents, please check your spam folder or contact smarTours.


Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.


You may expect daytime temperatures averaging in the 60’s & 70’s in May and September, 70’s & 80’s in June, July and August, 50’s & 60’s in October.


The official currency on board the ship and for many of the visited countries is the Euro (€). Visa and Mastercard are accepted on board for incidental expenses excluding optional tours (a small service fee may apply). During visits to major cities and on shore excursions, major credit cards may be accepted at some stores, however for “street shopping” you will need local currency. The ship does not have currency exchange facilities on board. Travelers can obtain Euros at local ATM machines. It is recommended that you bring cash in small denominations.


The ship operates on 220 volts and 110 volts and uses plug types C and F. Learn more about plug types, adapters, and converters.


Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage and one carry-on piece. Please check with the airline for the maximum weight and size for luggage. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.