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Danube Rhapsody

Passau →  Passau

8 Days

Journey to the heart of the once-illustrious Habsburg monarchy, along the fabled Danube River. Explore the art and culture of historic Europe as your vessel travels through four countries filled with spectacular scenery.

Visit grand European cities like Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest and admire the beauty of UNESCO protected Wachau Valley and the Danube-knee at Visegrad. Taste local specialities such as ”Linzer Torte”, ”Sacher Torte” and Austrian wines. Admire imposing architectural buildings along the banks, such as Melk Abbey and the Esztergom Basilica. Be romanced by the Danube with all her regal and romantic splendor as you cruise through the art and cultural landscape of Europe’s several thousand year history.

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


Beautiful Passau is the starting point for your memorable Danube cruise. After embarkation, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Cocktail and Welcome Dinner.

Stay Passau
Departure at 5pm

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

During lunch on board, 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 on a guided tour or choose to sample some of the region’s famous Grüner Veltliner wines during an excursion to a local vineyard. After departure, enjoy dinner and an exclusive private concert onboard. The ship arrives in Vienna later this evening and remains overnight.

Stay Melk/Emmersdorf
9am - 11.30am
Stay Dürnstein
1.30pm - 4pm
Stay Vienna
Arrival at 9am

There is much to see and do in this Imperial capital city. A panoramic tour rewards you with views of the Ringstrasse with its pompous buildings, the famous Vienna State Opera House, the Museum Quarter with historic and contemporary architecture and St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

In the afternoon, continue your exploration or venture with the group to Schönbrunn Palace, the sumptuous former summer palace and gardens of Empress Maria Theresia. Alternatively, visit the Museum of Fine Arts, considered one of the most eminent museums in the world. After a full day of adventure, enjoy a relaxing dinner on board as the vessel departs.

Stay Vienna
Departure at 7pm

After a relaxing morning on board, arrive in Budapest shortly before lunch. Spend the afternoon in this capital city, which uniquely straddles the Danube River. A large portion 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. With 80 geothermal hot springs, the third largest parliament building in the world, and the second largest synagogue, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy in this bustling metropolis.

As a special treat this evening, musicians come on board to entertain with traditional Hungarian music and dance, as the vessel cruises the Danube through this beautiful city by night. Remain overnight.

Stay Budapest
Arrival at 11.30am

This morning offers time to discover more of Budapest or an opportunity to explore rural Hungary with a visit to the”Puszta“ or countryside. Food lovers can enjoy the alternative excursion “Vibrant Budapest” which starts at the market hall. Admire Budapest’s famous thermal baths and, finally, make a stop at Café Gerbeaud, where you can order delicious Hungarian cakes and pastry.

The vessel departs from Budapest shortly after lunch and continues to Slovakia. Relax on board or join the optional excursion to visit Szentendre, an artists’ village with galleries and art museums, and Esztergom, the seat of the Hungarian Catholic church and former capital city. Those on the excursion rejoin the vessel in Esztergom before dinner. Watch the receding lights of the city as the vessel continues on its way.

Stay Budapest
Departure at 1.30pm
Stay Esztergom
7.00pm - 7.15pm

Awaken today in the capital city of Bratislava, Slovakia. Join the walking tour of Bratislava and see the home of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the old city walls, the summer residence of the archbishop and more.

After lunch, choose to visit the Imperial Schloss Hof Palace, a magnificent 18th-century complex once owned by Empress Maria Theresia. Or explore the ancient Roman city of Carnuntum with its reconstructed Roman Quarter and then rejoin the vessel in Hainburg. This evening, celebrate at the Captain’s Gala Dinner.

Stay Bratislava
8am - 2pm
Stay Hainburg
4pm - 4.30pm

Enjoy a relaxing morning on board before reaching Linz, the third largest city in Austria. See the Mozarthaus and the Renaissance villas here, along with the main street and square, which boast unique churches and concert venues. Alternatively, a tour on the Pöstlingberg narrow gauge train or ‘mountain tramway’ awaits. The railway up Linz's highest hill was built in 1898 and reconstructed in 2009. This impressive rail system is one of the steepest adhesion railways in the world. After the ride to the summit, take a short walk to the church "Seven Sorrows of Virgin Mary" which was built from 1742 to 1747. This beautiful church is now a Linz landmark and a local pilgrimage destination. Located in one of the towers on Pöstlingberg, is a popular observation terrace providing magnificent views of Linz and the surrounding countryside. Enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers for your last evening on board.

Stay Linz
2pm - 10pm

After breakfast, the AMADEUS crew bids you farewell. We hope to welcome you again soon!

Stay Passau
Arrival at 7.30am

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 $ 425.00 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 $ 227.00 per person

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

  • Visit to Melk Abbey
  • Vienna – Imperial discovery tour
  • Budapest - Capital of Hungary
  • Esztergom with basilica, Visegrad Castle and Szentendre
  • Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube
  • Linz walking tour with Linzer Torte tasting

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

Cruise Passau - Passau Unit Price
Visit to Melk Abbey $ 59.00
Dürnstein walking tour with wine tasting in a local cellar $ 32.00
  OR Winzer Krems vineyard and winery $ 51.00
Vienna – Imperial discovery tour $ 44.00
Visit to Schönbrunn Palace $ 61.00
  OR Visit to the Museum of Fine Arts $ 69.00
  OR Shuttle transfer into downtown Vienna $ 17.00
Budapest - Capital of Hungary $ 43.00
Traditions of the Hungarian Puszta $ 78.00
  OR Vibrant Budapest $ 46.00
Esztergom with basilica, Visegrad Castle and Szentendre $ 53.00
Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube $ 43.00
Visit to Schloss Hof Palace and Estate $ 64.00
  OR The ancient Roman city of Carnuntum $ 54.00
Linz walking tour with Linzer Torte tasting $ 26.00
  OR Trip to the Pöstlingsberg $ 34.00

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