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Classical Danube Cruise

Passau →  Budapest

8 Days

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.

Please note:
Slightly changed itinerary on departure April 4 2022 with AMADEUS Silver III; further information on request.

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


This afternoon, embark and settle in your cabin. This evening, meet fellow travelers at a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a beautifully prepared Welcome Dinner. 

Stay Passau
Departure 6pm

This morning, your AMADEUS river vessel arrives in one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities. On the morning tour, immerse yourself in the historic atmosphere of this unique town, which boasts architecture from many different centuries and a bridge that was built in the 12th century.

In the afternoon, choose between a visit to the 600-year-old Weltenburg Abbey, which is situated on the banks of the Danube and houses the oldest monastic brewery in the world, and a trip to the 18th century Thurn and Taxis Palace with a stop at their traditional brewery and beer tasting. This evening, enjoy a special Bavarian theme on board with regional delicacies and live traditional music.

Stay Regensburg
9.30am - 8pm

The vessel returns this morning for a short stop at the three-rivers city of Passau, lying at the confluence of the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz. In the morning, explore the city on your own or take a guided walking excursion. At St. Stephen’s Cathedral, see an organ with 17,774 pipes and 233 registers, the second largest in the world. Passau is also the starting point for the full day optional excursion to Salzburg with lunch at a local restaurant.

For those remaining on board, relax on the Sun Deck and take in the scenery as the vessel moves toward its late afternoon visit to Linz   ̶  the third largest city in Austria. Join the walking tour and stroll on streets squares boasting unique churches, concert venues, and plenty of artists who come to the city to thrive. Time permitting, sample the famous Linzer Torte before returning to the vessel.

Stay Passau
8am - 10am
Stay Linz
4.30pm - 10pm

This morning presents an opportunity to visit the beautiful Baroque Benedictine Abbey of Melk, which sits on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube. This Baroque jewel is filled with beautiful frescoes created by pre-eminent artists of the 18thcentury, and a magnificent library with priceless manuscripts.

During lunch onboard, the ship continues to Dürnstein, a picturesque wine growers’ village located in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Wachau Valley. Explore the village with a local guide or choose an excursion to a local vineyard to sample some of the region’s famous Grüner Veltliner wines. The ship arrives in Vienna later this evening and remains overnight.

Stay Melk/Emmersdorf
8am - 12pm
Stay Dürnstein
2pm - 5.30pm
Stay Vienna
Arrival at 10pm

There is much to see in imperial Vienna: its imperial palaces, the Museum Quarter 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. Cap off your Vienna experience with a “Sound of Vienna” concert in a local hall. Listen to the “Alt Wien” orchestra play popular pieces from Vienna’s classical era. The vessel remains in Vienna until late this evening when it departs for Bratislava.

Stay Vienna
Over Night

Wake up this morning in Bratislava, a jewel on the Danube and the capital of Slovakia. Explore the city on your own or with a guided optional tour through the city. See the home of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the old city walls, the summer residence of the archbishop and the current residence of the president of Slovakia. In the restored old town, view Michael’s Gate, the Primatial Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral, a former coronation cathedral for Hungarian kings. 

This afternoon continue to explore the city at your own place or choose between two exciting optional shore excursions. Travel outside the city to the beautiful Schloss Hof Palace and Estate – the Imperial country estate of the Habsburgs acquired by the Empress Maria Theresa. Or explore the history of wine in Hungary along the Little Carpathian wine route, set among the Carpathian mountain range. Visit a local wine cellar and enjoy a tasting of the local wines.

Stay Bratislava
8am - 10pm

Relax on board as the vessel makes its way to Budapest, Hungary. For those interested in exploring the Hungarian countryside, the optional excursion departs in Esztergom, with its basilica dedicated to Saint Mary, and continues to Szentendre, known for its art galleries and museums.

Rejoin the vessel after it docks in Budapest in time for lunch. This afternoon, explore the beautiful Hungarian capital of Budapest on a panoramic tour. The unique Chain Bridge straddles the Danube, connecting the Buda side, with its Fisherman’s Bastion, and the Pest side, with its iconic Hungarian Parliament building. An evening cruise on board your vessel, admiring the illuminated skyline, accompanied by a folklore show of music and dance, is a perfect end to your visit.

Stay Esztergom
7am - 8.30am
Stay Budapest
Arrival at 1pm

After breakfast, the entire AMADEUS crew bids you farewell and wishes you a safe journey home. We 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 →  Passau

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 $ 557.00 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.

Introductory Excursion Package | for only $ 180.00 per person

Enjoy a package of 5 pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:

  • Regensburg walking tour
  • Visit to Melk Abbey
  • Vienna – Imperial discovery tour
  • Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube
  • Budapest - Capital of Hungary

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

Cruise Passau - Budapest Unit Price
Regensburg walking tour $ 23.00
Danube gorge and Weltenburg abbey with beer tasting $ 75.00
  OR Excursion Thurn & Taxis Castle with brewery and tasting $ 72.00
Passau walking tour $ 23.00
  OR Full-day Salzburg including Salzkammergut and lunch $ 120.00
Linz walking tour with Linzer Torte tasting $ 26.00
Visit to Melk Abbey $ 59.00
Dürnstein walking tour with visit to the Dürnstein abbey $ 27.00
  OR Winzer Krems vineyard and winery $ 51.00
Vienna – Imperial discovery tour $ 44.00
Visit to Schönbrunn Palace $ 61.00
"Sound of Vienna" classical concert (Cat. B) $ 71.00
Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube $ 43.00
Visit to Schloss Hof Palace and Estate $ 64.00
  OR The Small Carpathian Wine Route $ 59.00
Esztergom with basilica, Visegrad Castle and Szentendre $ 53.00
Budapest - Capital of Hungary $ 43.00

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

Airport – Port $ 52
Budapest City Center – Port $ 24
Train Station – Port $ 30