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Classical Danube Cruise

Passau →  Budapest

8 Days

This quintessential cruise along the beautiful Danube connects Passau, the ”Three Rivers City” of the Inn, Ilz and Danube with the “Queen of the Danube” — the capital city Budapest. Traverse four of Europe’s most important countries while visiting three world famous capital cities.

This scenic cruise through beautiful landscapes, including the UNESCO protected Wachau Valley, is full of culture, history and charm. On this journey you get to know much about the heart of Europe - its countries, peoples and cultures. 




This afternoon, embark the vessel and get settled into your cabin. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially-prepared Welcome Dinner.

Stay Passau
Departure 6pm

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.  Back onboard this evening, experience a Bavarian evening with lively traditional music and a dinner of local specialities. 

Stay Regensburg
9.30am - 8pm

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.

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

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 Weissenkirchen. Here, sample some of the region’s famous Riesling wines or enjoy a leisurely stroll through the cobbled streets. Everyone will rejoin the ship in the early afternoon to continue on to Vienna.

Stay Melk/Emmersdorf
8am - 9am
Stay Weißenkirchen
10.30am - 4pm
Stay Vienna
Arrival at 9.30pm

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.

Stay Vienna
Over Night

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.

Stay Vienna
Departure 3am
Stay Bratislava
8am - 10pm

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.

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

After breakfast we bid you farewell. 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 station​
  • All onboard entertainment including talks, cooking demonstrations, musical performances and nightly piano music
  • 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

Excursion Packages

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 A B C D
Regensburg walking tour $ 21.00
Excursion to Weltenburg Abbey $ 72.00
Passau walking tour $ 21.00
Full-day excursion to Salzburg including Salzkammergut and lunch $ 115.00
Linz walking tour $ 25.00
Excursion to the Wachau including Melk Abbey and wine tasting $ 70.00
City tour of Vienna $ 43.00
Guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace $ 59.00
Concert "Sound of Vienna" $ 69.00
City tour of Bratislava $ 42.00
Excursion to Schloss Hof Palace and Estate $ 63.00
Excursion to Esztergom and Szentendre $ 52.00
City tour of Budapest $ 42.00
Onboard Booking Price $ 218.00 $ 335.00 $ 579.00 $ 648.00
Prices for packages booked in advance $ 185.00 $ 285.00 $ 493.00 $ 551.00

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.

Airport – Port $51
Budapest City Center – Port $24
Train Station – Port $29

Train station – Port $26
Airport Munich – Port $102