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Blue Danube

Nuremberg →  Budapest

8 Days

This Danube River cruise passes through four countries (Germany, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia), three world-famous capital cities (Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava), and through diverse landscapes such as the “Schlögener Schlinge” below Passau, the picturesque, myth-enshrouded Wachau region, and the Danube knee at Visegrad (the Hungarian Wachau). 

On the winding banks of the Danube, admire the impressive Melk Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site housing world's greatest collection of medieval manuscripts.


Your journey along the beautiful blue Danube begins in the Bavarian town of Nuremberg, where you check into your AMADEUS ship during the afternoon. Get to know the cruise director at a Welcome Cocktail and enjoy your first evening with a Welcome Dinner on board, while your ship sets course for Regensburg.

Stay Nuremberg
Departure at 5pm

You arrive in Regensburg at lunchtime. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to view Regensburg’s magically beautiful, Medieval old town, either on your own or as part of a guided tour. In the evening, you can enjoy a typical Bavarian evening on board, after which the ship continues to Passau. 

Stay Regensburg
1pm - 10pm

Your ship arrives in the Bavarian city of Passau, also known as the “City of Three Rivers”, where the mighty Danube converges with the green Inn River and the Ilz River. You can visit the romantic old town in the afternoon on a sightseeing walk, allowing yourself to be inspired by Passau’s winding lanes and historical buildings. In the late afternoon, you return to your ship and continue your journey to the Austrian Wachau region.

Stay Passau
12pm - 4pm

Your cruise ship stops at numerous memorable places today, starting in Melk/Emmersdorf, where your ship docks in the early morning. You can visit the Baroque Melk Abbey and learn more about its eventful 900-year history. Your journey then continues along the Danube, through the UNESCO World Natural Heritage region of the Wachau. Your ship docks for lunch in the well-known wine village of Dürnstein, and in the afternoon you can take a leisurely stroll through the town, ending with wine tasting. Your ship will then weigh anchor and take you to the Austrian capital city of Vienna, where the evening concert, “Sound of Vienna”, provides a fittingly atmospheric conclusion to this eventful day.

Stay Melk/Emmersdorf
6.30am - 11am
Stay Dürnstein
12.30pm - 3pm
Stay Vienna
Arrival at 7.30pm

You have the whole day at your disposal to explore this majestic metropolis on the Danube – Vienna. In the morning, we organise an extensive city sightseeing tour, which takes you to the most beautiful landmarks and majestic buildings of this former residence of the Habsburg family. After lunch, you can join a guided tour to the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, which will draw both art-lovers and the general public into its spell. Your ship leaves Vienna shortly before midnight and heads for Bratislava.

Stay Vienna
Departure 11.45pm

Early in the morning, your AMADEUS ship arrives in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. In the morning, we recommend that you take a city walk or a guided sightseeing tour in order to discover this magnificent city with its Gothic and Baroque architecture. After lunch, you have the opportunity to take a drive along the “Marchfelder Schlösserstraße” and visit the imperial Festschloss Hof, where the Austrian Empress Maria Theresia once resided. In the evening, a festive Captain’s Gala Dinner awaits you on board and your ship will depart for the last stage of the journey.

Stay Bratislava
7am - 8pm

At breakfast time, your ship arrives in the majestic metropolis of Budapest, where you can enjoy a comfortable morning city sightseeing tour, which takes you to its beautiful buildings and landmarks. After a generous lunch on board, you can take part in an afternoon excursion to Gödöllo Palace, a former residence of the Austrian Empress “Sissi” (Elizabeth), where you will enjoy a comprehensive tour through this sumptuous 18th century palace. The highlight of the day is a romantic evening cruise through Budapest, which is festively lit up at night, together with a typical Hungarian folklore show on board your floating luxury hotel.

Stay Budapest
Arrival 8.30am

Enjoy a generous breakfast on board before you disembark and take leave of the AMADEUS crew. We wish you a pleasant journey home and hope to welcome you again soon!

Reverse direction itinerary

Would you like to start your journey from the current disembarkation port? Then follow the link to the itinerary in reversed direction:

Budapest →  Nuremberg

Dates & Prices


  • Large, outside river-view staterooms, most with drop-down panoramic windows; Walk-out balconies in Suites
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer & soft drinks
    with every lunch and dinner onboard
  • Gourmet dining onboard 
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Services of an experienced English-speaking onboard Cruise Director
  • 24 hour coffee station​
  • All onboard entertainment including talks, cooking demonstrations, musical performances and nightly piano music
  • Bottled water in every stateroom 
  • In-stateroom infotainment center
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for optional excursions
  • All local taxes & port charges include



Excursion Packages

Owing to the variety of available excursions it‘s often difficult to choose between them - so on this cruise we offer you tailor-made and carefully composed sets of excursions that you can book in advance with 15% discount. All excursions can of course also be booked individually at regular rates on board.

Cruise Highlights Unit Price A B C
Regensburg walking tour £ 16.00
Passau walking tour £ 16.00
Excursion to Melk Abbey £ 42.00
Dürnstein walking tour and wine tasting £ 23.00
Concert "Sound of Vienna" £ 51.00
City tour of Vienna £ 32.00
Guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace £ 44.00
City tour of Bratislava £ 31.00
Excursion to Schloss Hof Palace and Estate £ 47.00
City tour of Budapest £ 31.00
Excursion to the Royal Palace of Gödöllö £ 41.00
Onboard Booking Price £ 136.00 £ 199.00 £ 374.00
Prices for packages booked in advance £ 116.00 £ 169.00 £ 318.00

Additional Services

Arrival & Transfer

You're in good hands with us from the start: Let us book you a transfer from the airport or train station to the ship port and back. The following prices apply per person per transfer.

Airport– Port £ 52
Train station– Port £ 52
Center– Port £ 52

Airport – Port £ 38
Budapest City Center – Port £ 18
Train Station – Port £ 22

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