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Driving scenic routes along the Danube

My husband and I are going on a guided tour to Budapest, Vienna and Prague. I have added 5 pre nights in Budapest and two post nights in Prague. I was thinking of taking a bus from the Budapest airport upon arrival and going to Bratislava.. However, I hear a lot of pros and cons about Bratislava. Should we go there or consider going somewhere else? We would like to follow an itinerary like that of a river cruise on the Danube and go to Bratislava (maybe), Durnstein, Melk, Krem, Wachau Valley, Linz, Passau, Deggendorf, Regensburg and Cesky Krumlov. We then have to loop back to Budapest and start our guided tour. Is this plan too ambitious? Can it be done by bus or train or is it better to rent a car? Besides the mode of transportation, I am having some logistical issues, such as: taking the best scenic routes, where to stay and how to manage the luggage? If anyone has done anything similar, your input, details and suggestions will be greatly appreciated. I need help! Thanks in advance.

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First - Danube does not flow through the Czech Republic. Do I understand correctly that in 5 nights you want to see town which is in Slovakia then towns in Austria, Germany and Czech Republic? With just 5 nights I would stay in Budapest. It's a big city with a lot to see. Maybe some day trips like Szentendre, Esztergom, Eger.