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Beautiful Blue Danube and Danube Delta

Passau →  Passau

16 Days

Experience the full length of the Danube, the most beautiful river of Europe. Begin in Passau and cruise 4,000 river kilometers to kilometer zero of the Danube where it empties into the Black Sea. Visit eight countries (Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania), and five world-renowned capital cities (Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, Belgrade and Bucharest).

Experience the glorious beauty of the narrowest part of the Danube as it cruises through the “Iron Gates” which is a series of 4 gorges and basins which divide Serbia and Romania. This is the narrowest part of the Danube, which breaks through the mountains with the Carpathians on one side and the Balkans on the other.

Couple this spectacular passage with the journey to the estuary of the Danube, where it meets the Black Sea, and the UNESCO protected site of the Danube Delta with its vast wildlife and natural beauty, for an unforgettable experience.

(We reserve the right to make amendments to the timetable and program.)



This afternoon, embark your AMADEUS vessel settle into your cabin. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially-prepared Welcome Dinner.

Stay Passau
Departure at 6pm

Arrive in Vienna this afternoon where the sights of Imperial Vienna await. Spend time exploring this majestic city with its dynamic history on a city tour or visit the Vienna Naschmarkt – filled with delicacies from all over the world, before reboarding the vessel for dinner and departing for Hungary.

Stay Vienna
2pm - 6.30pm

Spend a relaxing day cruising the beautiful blue Danube or opt to join a wonderful excursion to Esztergom, the former residence of the Hungarian kings and seat of the Archbishop, and Szentendre, an artists’ colony with numerous contemporary galleries and museums reflecting the artistic history of Hungary.

Just before lunch, the vessel stops to allow our guests on the optional shore excursion to rejoin, before continuing down the Danube.

Stay Esztergom
7.30am - 8.30am
Stay Budapest
12.30pm - 1pm

During lunch, arrive in Belgrade, one of the oldest European cities and the capital of Serbia. The “White City” is one of the most historically rich and important in all of Serbia and boasts a large number of monuments from different times and cultures. Travel to the Kalemegdan Fortress for a panoramic view over the Danube and the Sava Rivers. Take a stroll on the lively pedestrian area for shopping or simply soaking up the atmosphere.

Alternatively join an excursion into the Serbian countryside to Kovačica's colorful naïve artist's village. Dinner this evening is on board as the vessel continues cruising.  

Stay Belgrade
1.30pm - 7pm

Reach Bulgaria this afternoon and visit Vidin, a town renowned for its centuries of history. Join a walking tour through the streets and view the many churches and Renaissance buildings decorating the town.

Or join an excursion to Belogradchik, located a short distance away, and visit the Baba Vida Fortress for a concert. Located on the banks of the Danube, Baba Vida is the only fully-preserved medieval fortress in Bulgaria. Back onboard for dinner, the vessel continues to Romania.

Stay Vidin
3pm - 6.30pm

The day is spent cruising the Danube as it winds through the border landscapes between Bulgaria and Romania.

Relax on deck as the picturesque scenery glides by. An optional excursion to the Eastern European capital city of Bucharest is offered for those wishing to explore this capital city, with dinner at a local restaurant, rejoining the vessel in Fetești. For those remaining onboard, enjoy a relaxing day cruising the Danube River.

Stay Oltenita
1.30pm - 2.30pm
Stay Fetesti
8.30pm - 10pm

Wake up this morning as the vessel cruises to kilometer 0 of the Danube River, where it meets the Black Sea.

At the meeting of the Black Sea and the Danube, this UNESCO site hosts 27 different ecosystems and is home to many unique species of birds, fish, and other creatures. From the fisherman’s village of Saint George, observe the daily life of the people who inhabit this delta. For those wishing to delve further into the scenic waterways, the optional Danube Delta nature experience awaits. During dinner, enjoy sunset over the waters of the Danube Delta as your vessel departs and begins its return upriver.

Stay Saint George Village
2pm - 10pm

Relaxation is on the schedule today as the vessel plies the waters of the Danube.

The afternoon offers an opportunity to see Constanta, the oldest city on the Black Sea coast. This ancient metropolis by the sea is Romania’s longest continually inhabited city. The vessel stops for those on the excursion to rejoin before dinner this evening.

Stay Hirsova
1pm - 2pm
Stay Fetesti
7pm - 7:30pm

For a little more adventure today, opt to join the guided tour to Veliko Tarnovo, the oldest town in Bulgaria. This pretty town is located on the steep banks of the river Yantra at the foot of the Balkan Mountains.

Alternatively, visit the city of Rousse and the only active cave monastery in Bulgaria, the rock-hewn Basarbovo Monastery, built in the 16th century approximately 115 feet above the river. Both excursions rejoin the vessel in Svishtov in time for lunch. The rest of the afternoon is yours to relax and enjoy on board.

Stay Rousse
8am - 8.30am
Stay Svistov
12.30pm - 1pm

On deck there is much natural beauty to take in as the AMADEUS vessel makes its way through the river’s narrowest points, known as the ‘Iron Gates’.

Watch from the Sundeck as the vessel passes through the steep gorges between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains which form the natural border between Serbia and Romania. Keep an eye out for the many caves and rock sculptures hiding among the almost vertical limestone cliffs. Admire the largest rock sculpture on a riverbank: the face of Decebalus. The waterflow is controlled by two hydroelectric dams, jointly operated by Romania and Serbia, which create the largest reservoir system along the entire Danube. Recount the spectacular day with your fellow travelers over dinner.

In the late morning, arrive in Novi Sad, the second largest city in Serbia, known for its 19th century buildings and stunning parks. See the Catholic St. Mary’s Church, the Orthodox Church of St. George, and the home of Albert Einstein. Also, see the impressive fortress Petrovaradin, that has the distinction of ”never being taken by the enemy“.

This evening the vessel stops in Vukovar, Croatia, located on an important trade route at the confluence of the Vuka and Danube Rivers. Opt for an evening tour to explore this bustling city.

Stay Novi Sad
10am - 2pm
Stay Vukovar
7pm - 10pm

This morning, visit the tiny harbor town of Mohács, a melting pot of nations. Two important battles took place in the fields around this town, which had a huge impact on European history. The battle in 1526 was lost and was the beginning of the reign of the Ottoman Empire for the next century and a half. In 1687 the Austrian troops and Habsburg allies overturned the empire and regained the cities of the Danube.

This afternoon, relax on board or join the optional excursion to the ”Puszta“ where you will visit a horse ranch for a traditional equestrian show. Rejoin your vessel in Kalocsa in time for dinner.

Stay Mohacs
8am - 2pm
Stay Kalocsa
7pm - 8pm

Early morning arrive in Budapest, the capital and largest city of Hungary. A large part of this city is a World Heritage Site, including the banks of the Danube, Andrassy Avenue, the Buda Castle quarter, Heroes’ Square, and the Millennium Underground Railway.

This morning, explore the sites of the Hungarian capital on a city tour. In the afternoon, food lovers can enjoy the excursion “Vibrant Budapest” which starts at the market hall, filled with fresh produce, seafood and spices. Admire Budapest’s famous geothermal baths and, finally, make a stop at Café Gerbeaud, where you can order delicious Hungarian cakes and pastry. Alternatively, choose to roam further afield to the Royal Palace of Gödöllő in Pest county, one of the most important and imposing Hungarian palaces. After the day’s explorations, a special Hungarian evening is planned with traditional music topped with an evening cruise down the Danube to see this beautiful gem by night.

Stay Budapest
4am - 9.30pm

Spend the morning cruising “the Queen of Europe's rivers”, as Napoleon used to describe the Danube. After lunch, notice the pronounced silhouette of the monumental Bratislava Castle as the vessel approaches the Slovak capital.

Join a guided walking tour and follow signs of history in the middle of modern world. View the home of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the old city walls, the summer residence of the archbishop and more. This evening, the Captain’s Gala Dinner promises culinary highlights.

Stay Bratislava
3pm - 7pm

This morning, arrive in Dürnstein, a tiny village surrounded by vineyards, which serves as a starting point for an optional excursion to Melk and its magnificent Benedictine Abbey and an included wine tasting. For those wishing to explore the artistry of Austrian winemaking a little more in depth, join the excursion to a Winzer Krems vineyard and winery.

This afternoon, with all travelers safely back on board, the vessel cruises toward the port where this magnificent voyage began.

Stay Dürnstein
9am - 9.30am
Stay Melk/Emmersdorf
1pm - 2pm

After breakfast, we bid you farewell. We hope to welcome you again soon!

Stay Passau
Arrival at 8.30am

Dates & Prices

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  • Large, outside river-view staterooms, most with French balconies or walk-out balconies
  • 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 and tea station​
  • All onboard entertainment including talks, cooking demonstrations, musical performances and nightly piano music
  • Fitness room (open 24 hours)
  • 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 included

Excursions and excursion packages

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 on board your cruise.

Unlimited Excursion Package | for only $ 711.00 per person

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.

Intermediate Excursion Package | for only $ 394.00 per person

Enjoy a package of 8 pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:

  • Vienna – Imperial discovery tour
  • Belgrade - Mixture of cultures
  • Bucharest "Paris of the East" and dinner
  • Danube Delta Nature Experience
  • Novi Sad and Sremski Karlovci
  • Traditions of the Hungarian Puszta
  • Budapest - Capital of Hungary
  • Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube

Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.

Introductory Excursion Package | for only $ 290.00 per person

Enjoy a package of 6 pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:

  • Vienna – Imperial discovery tour
  • Belgrade - Mixture of cultures
  • Bucharest "Paris of the East" and dinner
  • Danube Delta Nature Experience
  • Budapest - Capital of Hungary
  • Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube

Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.

Cruise Passau - Passau Unit Price
Vienna – Imperial discovery tour $ 44.00
  OR A world of tastes at the Vienna Naschmarkt $ 53.00
Esztergom with basilica, Visegrad Castle and Szentendre $ 53.00
Belgrade - Mixture of cultures $ 44.00
  OR Kovacica: Impressions of Serbian countryside $ 33.00
Vidin walking tour $ 21.00
  OR Belogradchick and concert in Baba Vida fortress $ 49.00
Bucharest "Paris of the East" and dinner $ 105.00
Danube Delta Nature Experience $ 62.00
Constanta with Archaeology museum and the Black Sea coast $ 64.00
Veliko Tarnovo landmarks and cityscape $ 57.00
  OR Rousse with Basarbovo Monastery $ 61.00
Novi Sad and Sremski Karlovci $ 44.00
Evening tour of Vukovar $ 32.00
Mohács walking tour $ 21.00
Traditions of the Hungarian Puszta $ 78.00
Budapest - Capital of Hungary $ 43.00
Visit to the Royal Palace of Gödöllö $ 57.00
  OR Vibrant Budapest $ 46.00
Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube $ 43.00
Melk Abbey with wine tasting $ 71.00
  OR Winzer Krems vineyard and winery $ 51.00

Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.

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.

Train station – Port $ 27
Airport Munich – Port $ 105