This classic cruise brings together glorious cities along one of the world‘s most beautiful stretches of rivers on a trip through the heart of Old World Europe. This quintessential cruise along the beautiful Danube begins in the “Three Rivers City“ of Passau at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube rivers and takes you all the way to the “Queen of the Danube“ — the capital city of Budapest, which straddles the river with its hilly ‘Buda‘ featuring Fisherman‘s Bastion & castle district over to the flat ‘Pest‘ side with its iconic Parliament building.
Along the way travel through four of Europe‘s most important countries — Hungary, Slovakia, Austria & Germany. Explore years of history and culture in the Imperial cities of Budapest, Vienna & Bratislava as well as the UNESCO protected Austrian Wachau Valley — blanketed with rolling hills, flourishing vineyards and picturesque villages. Experience the beauty along the Danube River.
This afternoon, embark the vessel and get settled into your cabin. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially-prepared Welcome Dinner.
Begin your cruise with a visit to Regensburg. This UNESCO site boasts architecture from many centuries, reflective of its varied history throughout the centuries. The stone bridge, built in 1135-1146, the Church of St James, and the Schloss of Thurn and Taxis are a few of the highlights of this beautiful city. In the afternoon join our excursion to the Weltenburg Abbey, which towers high above the Danube and can be seen from afar. The Benedictine abbey is the oldest monastery in Bavaria and always worth a visit. Back onboard this evening, experience a Bavarian evening with lively traditional music and a dinner of local specialities.
Today, those interested in excursions have all of three options. A morning walking tour through the Baroque center of Passau will provide insight into the history of the town.
Alternatively, you can take part in a full day excursion in a comfortable tour bus, which will visit the Mozart town of Salzburg and the lake district of the Salzkammergut. Both excursions end in Linz, where you will return to your ship. The guests who do not take the bus to Salzburg can spend the afternoon on their own or take a guided tour through this Upper Austrian town before the ship weighs anchor in the evening.
This morning presents an opportunity to visit the famous Benedictine Abbey of Melk which stands over the Danube, or continue with the vessel to the town of Dürnstein. Situated in the heart of the magnificent Wachau valley, on the banks of the mighty river Danube, this well-known wine village offers the unique combination of breathtaking scenery, traditional architecture and places of historic interest. Alternatively, visit a local vineyard for a wine tasting.
Everyone will rejoin the ship in the early afternoon to continue on to Vienna.
There is much to see in Imperial Vienna: its Imperial palaces, Museums Quarter with historic and contemporary buildings displaying works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and other artists, the impressive buildings along the Ringstrasse, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the famous Vienna State Opera among many others. This afternoon perhaps venture to Schönbrunn Palace, the sumptuous summer palace and gardens of Empress Maria Theresia and the Habsburg empire. In the evening opt for the “Sound of Vienna” and listen to the “Alt Wien” orchestra play popular pieces from Vienna’s classical era. The vessel departs Vienna in the early hours.
During the night, your AMADEUS ship will travel downriver towards Bratislava, arriving in the Slovakian capital at breakfast time. In the morning, you can go exploring on your own or as part of a guided city tour. In the afternoon, it is worth visiting the Imperial Festschloss Hof, which was once the country residence of Empress Maria Theresia and which is situated in Austria, not far from the Slovakian border. After the exclusive Captain’s Gala Dinner, the ship will set sail for Hungary.
Relax onboard as the vessel makes its way to Budapest, Hungary. For those interested in exploring the Hungarian countryside, spend the morning visiting Esztergom and its Basilica dedicated to Saint Mary, and Szentendre, known for its art galleries and museums. After lunch, explore the beautiful Hungarian capital of Budapest. Uniquely straddling the Danube river, the Buda side with its Fisherman’s Bastion and the Pest Side with its famous Hungarian Parliament building, are connected by the beautiful Chain Bridge. An evening cruise onboard your AMADEUS vessel along the illuminated skyline, accompanied by a folklore show of music and dance, is a perfect ending to your visit.
After breakfast we bid you farewell. We hope to welcome you again soon!
Would you like to start your journey from the current disembarkation port? Then follow the link to the itinerary in reversed direction:Budapest → Passau
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Cruise your way and choose from a carefully curated selection of immersive and inspiring excursions and adventures! Select one of our packages offered at a discounted rate when purchased in advance or book individual shore excursions at regular rates onboard your cruise.
Enjoy the flexibility to choose any shore excursion of the ones listed below for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.
When booking our new ALL-IN excursion package prior to departure we offer you maximum flexibility at a great value. Create your personalized shore excursion program by choosing your favorite tours from our list of exciting options in each port.
Enjoy a package of 5 pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:
Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.
|Cruise Passau - Budapest||Unit Price|
|Regensburg walking tour||£ 17.00|
|Danube gorge and Weltenburg abbey with beer tasting||£ 57.00|
|OR Excursion Thurn & Taxis Castle with brewery and tasting||£ 56.00|
|Passau walking tour||£ 17.00|
|OR Full-day excursion to Salzburg including Salzkammergut and lunch||£ 92.00|
|Linz walking tour with Linzer Torte tasting||£ 20.00|
|Visit to Melk Abbey||£ 45.00|
|Dürnstein walking tour with visit to the Dürnstein abbey||£ 21.00|
|OR Winzer Krems vineyard and winery||£ 39.00|
|Hightlights of Vienna||£ 34.00|
|Visit to Schönbrunn Palace||£ 47.00|
|"Sound of Vienna" classical concert||£ 55.00|
|Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube||£ 33.00|
|Visit to Schloss Hof Palace and Estate||£ 50.00|
|OR The Small Carpathian Wine Route||£ 45.00|
|Esztergom with basilica, Visegrad Castle and Szentendre||£ 41.00|
|Budapest - Capital of Hungary||£ 33.00|
Prices per person if excursions are purchased onboard.