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Classical Music Danube

Passau → Budapest

8 Days

This themed cruise has been designed especially for classical music lovers and features carefully selected music programs both on board and on land.

During your cruise from Passau to Budapest you will have the opportunity to experience private concerts in unique locations, such as in the Salzburg Mozarteum, where you will hear the “Salzburger Soloists”, and in Melk Abbey, where you will hear a concert by the “Slovak Quintet”. In the beautiful Duna Palace in Budapest you will be entertained by the pianist Martin Ivanov and on board you will enjoy the music of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Quartet – all exclusively for cruise guests.


Your classical music cruise begins in the “City of Three Rivers”, Passau. After embarking and settling in to your cabin, the cruise director invites you to a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a delicious Welcome Dinner. The music of Haydn, Schubert and van Beethoven are featured this evening in a small concert, a perfect way to start this special cruise. 

J. Haydn: The Violin Concerto No. 1 in C major, Hob. VIIa/1
F. Schubert: String Trio in B flat major, D 581
L. van Beethoven: Romance in F major, Op 50

Stay Passau
Departure at 9pm

A music cruise would not be complete without a visit to the Mozart-town of Salzburg. Join a full-day excursion, following in the footsteps of the famous Austrian composer. A sightseeing walk through the city includes a visit to Mozart's birthplace (Mozarthaus), followed by a lunch of local specialties. This afternoon, continue to the “Salzburg Residenz” Palace for an exclusive concert featuring classical Mozart arrangements. Return to the ship in the evening in time to depart for the Wachau.

W. A. Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro Overture, KV 492
W. A. Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 1 in B-flat major, KV 207
W. A. Mozart: String Quintet No.4 in G minor, KV 516

Stay Linz
3am - 10pm

During breakfast your ship arrives in Melk/Emmersdorf, situated in the UNESCO world heritage Wachau region. This morning's included excursion is a highlight of the cruise - a visit to the famous Melk Abbey. Visit the impressive 900 year old abbey to view its treasures, then enjoy a special concert in the famous hall of St. Koloman, featuring music of Austria's native son - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Return to the vessel for lunch before it departs for Dürnstein, the most famous wine-growing town in the Wachau Valley. This afternoon is free to explore or join an optional sightseeing tour and wine tasting. Early this evening, the vessel departs for the Imperial city of Vienna.

W. A. Mozart: Divertimento in F major, KV 138
W. A. Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A major, KV 581

Stay Melk/Emmersdorf
8am - 1pm
Stay Dürnstein
3pm - 6pm

The Austrian capital offers a kaleidoscope of opportunity for music lovers, as well as a multitude of world-famous sights, which you can explore during the course of a morning city tour. This afternoon you have the option to explore the city on your own, or join the optional excursion to the sumptuous former summer palace of Schönbrunn and its extensive grounds. This evening's optional music choice features attending the classical music concert “Sound of Vienna”, where the “Alt Wien” Salon Orchestra will surprise and entertain you with lively Viennese classics.

Stay Vienna
Arrival at 12.30am

Awake in Vienna for another full day to explore this impressive city. Spend the day discovering Vienna on your own or perhaps join the optional guided excursion to the UNESCO site of Belvedere Palace. Within the palace is the Belvedere Museum, which includes Austrian art, international artists, and the world's largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings. End your day in style, returning to the ship for a private concert. A quartet from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra will perform pieces from Mozart and Schubert. Later tonight, your cruise ship departs Vienna and continues along the Danube River.

W. A. Mozart: Divertimento in D major, KV 136
F. Schubert: String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat major, D 87

Stay Vienna
Departure at 3am / Day 6

This morning your vessel reaches the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. After breakfast, explore the beautiful sights of this romantic city during the course of a city tour, highlighted by a musical concert. The Moyzes Hall, named after the Slovak composer Alexander Moyzes, is a perfect place to hear the music of Ludwig van Beethoven and Antonin Dvořák. Late in the afternoon, cruise through the beautiful Slovakian and Hungarian landscapes of the Danube as you head to your final destination, Budapest. This evening, the captain requests the pleasure of your company at a festive Gala Dinner.

L. van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 5 in F minor, Op 20
A. Dvořák: String Quartet No. 12 Op, 96 in F major "American"

Stay Bratislava
8am - 3pm

Viewing the monumental buildings along the banks of the Danube, you will understand why Budapest is also known as the “Queen of the Danube”. The city is split by the Danube river into Buda and Pest. This morning, you can take part in an optional tour through the Buda side of the city with its Fisherman's Bastion, or explore on your own. After lunch, an included tour of Pest showcases Hero's Square and the famous Parliament Building. Celebrate your musical experience with a concert in the Danube Palace with strains of Mozart, Liszt and Brahms.

W. A. Mozart: Piano Sonata in F major, KV 547
F. Liszt: Two Concert Études, S 145
F. Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12 and No. 13
J. Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 6

Stay Budapest
Arrival at 4am

After breakfast, the entire AMADEUS team wishes you a safe journey home. We hope to welcome you again soon!

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  • Large, outside river-view staterooms, most with French balconies or walk-out balconies
  • Selected musical highlights and excursions as listed in the program
  • Introductory onboard talks on the composers and their works by the renowned British author and fourtime Emmy winner Hr. Humprey Burton
  • 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
Full-day excursion to Salzburg incl. Mozarthaus, lunch and an exclusive concert at the Mozarteum included
Excursion to Melk Abbey incl. concert included
Dürnstein walking tour and wine tasting $ 28.00
City tour of Vienna included
Guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace $ 52.00
Concert "Sound of Vienna" $ 63.00
Guided tour of Belvedere $ 63.00
City tour Bratislava with concert included
City tour Budapest - The Buda Side $ 37.00
Concert at the Duna Palace and city tour of Pest Side included
Onboard Booking Price
Prices for packages booked in advance

Arrival & Hotel

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 $23

Airport Munich – Port $68

Airport – Port $48
Budapest City Center – Port $21
Train Station – Port $27

Your Music Expert on board: Humphrey Burton

Born in 1931, Humphrey Burton is one of the premiere music experts of the 20th / 21st. century. After studying music and history at Cambridge, he went on to work for the British radio and television station BBC. During his tenure there, Mr Burton produced over 170 documentaries and concert adaptations, featuring works by Mahler, Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms, as well as films about Leonard Bernstein, Glenn Gould and Yehudi Menuhin. He also wrote several biographies about musicians, including the great Leonard Bernstein. Mr. Burton has won numerous awards: 4 Emmies and 2 British Academy Television Awards, the Royal Television Society's silver medal and a Sony Gold Award. He was appointed President of Aldeburgh Music Club in 2010. Today he lives as a publicist in London.