Budapest → Passau
Welcome to your Danube golf cruise! Your journey begins in Budapest, Hungary's exuberant capital, and then upstream along the Danube to Passau in Germany. Highlights are sightseeing visits to Regensburg, Passau, Salzburg, Vienna and Bratislava. A visit to the Benedictine abbey of Melk and a drive through the picturesque Wachau district are also memorable. On this journey you get to know much about the heart of Europe - its countries, peoples and cultures.
(Golf Program for a min. number of 20 participants and max. 48 participants)
Welcome to your Danube golf cruise! Your journey begins in Budapest, where you embark in the afternoon. You will be briefed on all onshore excursions, golf clubs and starting times. This evening, join us for a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially-prepared Welcome Dinner. While the ship cruises through beautifully-illuminated Budapest, you will be briefed on all onshore excursions, golf clubs and starting times. A romantic evening!
Discover the beautiful sights and attractions of the Hungarian capital. This morning, you will be transferred to the Pannónia Golf and Country Club, picturesquely situated in a valley bordering the Etyek wine region. In the afternoon, explore the former imperial residence and capital of Hungary, Esztergom and visit the famous Basilica. Should you choose to remain on board, enjoy an afternoon relaxing on deck as the vessel cruises through the Hungarian landscape. You arrive in Esztergom just before dinner, when your fellow passengers will rejoin the vessel.
Pannónia Golf and Country Club
The Pannónia Golf and Country Club is picturesquely situated in a valley bordering the Etyek wine region, east of the Hungarian capital Budapest. The 18-hole championship course was designed by the prominent Austrian architect Hans G. Erhardt and opened in 1996. Since then, it has staged many national and international events, including tournaments such as the BMW Golf Cup International and events sanctioned by the European Golf Association (EGA). The elegant clubhouse was designed by famous Hungarian neoclassical architect Mihály Pollack and blends beautifully with the wine-growing scenery. On the course, idyllic lakes serve as obstacles for eight holes. Doglegs provide suspense at holes 9 and 11 and pin placements may also present a challenge at the hilly greens. The immaculately maintained course meets the highest European standards and offers players both a technically challenging as well as an optically appealing experience with its combination of beautiful vegetation, water hazards and sand bunkers.
In the morning, we call at our next capital city - the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. On the morning sightseeing tour, you get to 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. You can also walk through the restored old town, from Michael’s Gate, and admire sights such as the Primatial Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral, a former coronation cathedral for Hungarian kings. Thereafter, you are transferred to the Penati Golf Club, which is situated near the town of Senica and features the longest hole in Europe. In the evening, enjoy dinner on board before the vessel departs Slovakia and crosses into Austria.
Penati Golf Resort
The Penati Golf Resort is nestled in the Zahorie region of western Slovakia, not far from the town of Senica. The club offers two 18-hole courses – the challenging Legend course, which opened in 2012, and the Heritage course, which opened in 2013. The Legend course stretches over 95 hectares and was created by Nicklaus Designs, a company founded by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus and considered one of the world’s leading golf course design firms, with 60% of the world’s PGA tournament-hosting golf courses to their name. This course offers golfers undulating fairways, challenging bunkers and variable teeing placements, allowing golfers to control the difficulty level of their game. The signature holes of the Legend course are the 716-meter 15th hole, which is the longest hole in Europe, as well as the final hole, which is the narrowest hole on the green and plays onto a beautiful island green, and will undoubtedly provide an exciting finish to the game. The second 18-hole course, the Heritage course, was designed by Jonathan Davison and the world-renowned Mick McShane and returns to the roots of island-design courses.
The magnificent capital city of Austria features many world-famous sights such as St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Vienna State Opera and Schönbrunn Palace, among many others. In the morning, you are transferred to the Fontana Golf Club, picturesquely situated about 30 kilometers south of Vienna, with a view of the Schneeberg, the highest mountain in Lower Austria, and the foothills of the Viennese Forest. After a round of golf, you return to Vienna and can enjoy a guided tour of the Austrian capital in the afternoon. There is much to see in Imperial Vienna: palaces and churches, the Museum Quarter which displays works by artists Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, the impressive buildings along the Ringstrasse, and much more.
Fontana Golf Club
Fontana Golf Club’s championship course promises an unforgettable golfing experience. Situated about 30 kilometers south of Vienna, the golf course is set in a lush natural setting and offers a view of the Schneeberg, the highest mountain in Lower Austria, and the foothills of the Viennese Forest. Conceptualized by the well-known Canadian architect Doug Carrick, the layout and design of the golf course provides players with a top-class, international golfing experience that is both challenging and fair. The course opened for play in 1996 and, from 2006 to 2009, hosted the European Tour in Austria and has since been considered one of the best golfing locations in Austria and Europe. Due to constant improvements and renovation, the Fontana course is expected to become one of the top 10 golf courses in Europe. The exciting 18-hole course will challenge players with its numerous bunkers and water hazards, combined with some easier holes to give a satisfying, well-rounded experience.
The romantic Wachau is one of the most beautiful landscape regions of Austria. In the morning, your AMADEUS ship docks in Dürnstein, a town well-known for its first-class wines. You will be transferred to the St. Pölten Golf Club in the morning. The club is situated in an idyllic location south of the Dunkelstein forest, which surrounds Goldegg Castle. Some of the fairways run through the castle grounds themselves. Relax in the afternoon as you are transferred to the town of Melk, best known for its 11th century monastery, Melk Abbey, which is situated high above the town. You will have the opportunity to visit this magnificent Benedictine abbey - the largest in Austria – before returning to your ship, which leaves the Wachau and heads for Linz in the evening.
St. Pölten Golf Club
The beautiful St. Pölten Golf Club lies south of the picturesque Dunkelsteiner forest which surrounds Goldegg Castle. The par 72, 27-hole golf course was modernized in 2006 by the GC 2000 group and since 2012, the St. Pölten Golf Club is part of the Murhof Group, Austria’s largest golf club. The terrain is hilly with numerous water hazards, opening up in places to magnificent views of the foothills of the Alps. Sections of the 18-hole Park course as well as the 9-hole Castle course – a tricky course which is considered the jewel among Austria’s short courses – meander through the idyllic grounds of Goldegg Castle (completed in 1339 and built on the foundations of older castles). The view is particularly spectacular from tee 8, the highest point of the course. Experienced players and relative beginners alike will appreciate the beautiful natural surroundings of both courses and benefit from the variety of golfing challenges they present.
Early in the morning, your ship reaches the erstwhile cultural capital, Linz, where your vessel makes a short stop for the departure of today's optional excursion - a full day tour to the legendary Mozart-town of Salzburg and the beautiful Salzkammergut, with lunch. If you choose to join the tour, you will rejoin the vessel in Passau. Those who opt to remain on board enjoy a relaxing day cruising the beautiful Danube. In the late afternoon, the vessel arrives in the three-rivers city of Passau, at the confluence of the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz rivers. This evening, after the ship departs from Passau, the captain invites you to a festive Gala Dinner, full of wonderful regional dishes.
After a leisurely breakfast, you arrive in the Bavarian city of Regensburg, which has one of the most beautiful old towns in Germany. This UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts architecture from many centuries, reflective of its varied history. The stone bridge, built 1135-1146, the Church of St James, and the Schloss of Thurn and Taxis are a few of the town’s highlights. You can take part in an optional walking tour of Regensburg in the morning as well as an optional excursion to Weltenburg Abbey in the afternoon. In the evening, enjoy the Champions-Cocktail as well as the Award Ceremony with the captain as your ship heads for Passau.
In the early morning, we reach our final destination – Passau. After breakfast, the entire AMADEUS crew bids you farewell and wishes you a safe journey home. We hope to welcome you again soon!
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|
|2018 City walk of Esztergom (incl.)||included|
|City tour of Bratislava (included)||included|
|City tour of Vienna||included|
|Excursion to Melk Abbey (incl.)||included|
|Full-day excursion to Salzburg including Salzkammergut and lunch||$ 101|
|Regensburg walking tour||$ 18|
|Excursion to Weltenburg Abbey||$ 63|
|Onboard Booking Price|
|Prices for packages booked in advance|