Spanning 2,000 kilometers across Europe, from Amsterdam at the North Sea to Budapest the “Queen of the Danube”, the castles lining the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers are testaments to the majesty of European history.
The beauty of the Rhine with its castles and cathedral cities, the engineering feat of the Main-Danube canal and the wonders of the Danube River are all highlights along the way.
Traverse five countries (Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia & Hungary) with visits to numerous capital cities, while passing through the unique landscapes of the myth-enshrouded Lorelei, the “Schlögener Schlinge” below Passau, the picturesque UNESCO Wachau Valley region, and the Danube knee at Visegrad. Join us as we witness several hundred years of history in the heart of Europe.
Historic Amsterdam is the starting point of your European cruise. After embarkation, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail and a delicious Welcome Dinner. A rousing performance by a traditional shanty choir completes the experience.
In the morning, enjoy a boat trip along the famous Amsterdam canals followed by a trip to the peaceful countryside areas of the Waterland region.
Enjoy the waterside of historic fishing villages and stroll along the long stretch of eateries, cafes, restaurants and fish stalls selling herring and smoked eel. Or choose, instead, to explore the art, history and culture of the Dutch on a tour of Haarlem. Visit the Cathedral of St. Bavo and enjoy the medieval atmosphere of the town's cobbled streets and gabled houses. Rejoin your ship in Utrecht for lunch.
In the morning, you will arrive in beautiful Cologne. Discover the highlights of the city on the guided city tour. End with a glass of typical Kölsch, a famed Rhineland beer.
After lunch, chocolate lovers will be able to visit the Cologne Chocolate Museum and find out more about the fascinating 500-year history of this much-loved cocoa treat. Nature lovers may prefer the alternate excursion to the Siebengebirge National Park, Germany's first nature reserve, and to Drachenfels castle ruins. With the Rhine sprawling below in all its splendor, the views from the top of the castle ruins are stunning.
After an exciting day, return to the vessel to continue south along the river.
The morning starts on a high note with the passage of the Lorelei in the myth-enshrouded Upper Middle Rhine Valley. At lunchtime, the vessel arrives in Rüdesheim, a picturesque wine-making town in the Rhine Gorge, where the river landscape has enchanted visitors for centuries.
Discover the region's rich history on a walking tour and admire the magical collection of instruments at the Music Cabinet Museum. Or choose to take a tram ride through the vineyards of Rüdesheim on the "Wine Express", enjoy some fine wine and stroll along the quaint "Drosselgasse".
After a tranquil morning on board, join the afternoon excursion to Miltenberg and Wertheim. Miltenberg is a town flanked by the river Main and an incredible, forested hillside and features Miltenberg Castle and one of the oldest inns in Germany, the Hotel "Zum Riesen".
Continue to Wertheim and explore the medieval streets with their half-timbered houses and the unique glass museum. This evening, enjoy another memorable meal as the AMADEUS ship plies the waters toward our next stop.
Today, visit Würzburg, a city in Bavaria known for lavish architecture, located in the center of the Franconian wine country. In the morning, experience the many beautiful sights of the town as well as the Residenz, a Baroque palace considered a masterpiece of its era. The tour concludes with wine tasting in the ancient wine cellar of a local vineyard.
As an alternate excursion, join the trip to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, whose towers, city gates, walls, and half-timbered gables have remained unchanged. Relax on board this afternoon and let our Chefs delight you with their culinary magic at dinner.
Spend the morning cruising the scenic Main river. After lunch, arrive in the imperial city of Bamberg, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, which retains its medieval layout of three settlement areas, along with its historic buildings and Baroque facades. It is ranked as one of Germany's most attractive towns and is known for its deliciously smoky beer. This German town is also the place to begin your crossing of the Rhine-Main-Danube canal.
Join a presentation about the canal which allows free flow of traffic between the North Sea and the Black Sea.
The former imperial city of Nuremberg awaits you today with its impressive turbulent history and sights. After breakfast, explore Nuremberg on the morning tour, admiring the romantic old town, the Palace of Justice (the venue of the Nuremberg Trials), and more.
In the afternoon, visit the World of Gingerbread to taste fresh Lebkuchen from the oven and learn about this sweet treat made of honey and spices. If you prefer, learn more about World War II and the Nazi past at the Documentation Center of Nuremberg. Back on board, it’s full steam ahead before crossing the European Watershed separating the Main and Danube rivers.
Regensburg is one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities. Choose to uncover the secrets of this remarkable UNESCO Site during a walking tour. Alternatively, visit the 18th century Thurn and Taxis Palace for a beer tasting in their traditional brewery. A special Bavarian themed evening celebrates this wonderful region.
Arrive in time for lunch in the three-rivers city of Passau, lying at the confluence of the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz.
In the afternoon, join the city walking tour, which showcases the most enchanting sights of this historic city including St. Stephen's Cathedral, home to one of the largest pipe organs in the world. Back on board, enjoy dinner as the vessel sets off toward the Wachau Valley.
In the early morning, dock in Emmersdorf, in the heart of the UNESCO-protected Wachau Valley. Spend the morning discovering this typical Lower Austrian town or travel across the river to Melk and its magnificent Benedictine abbey - the largest in Austria.
Back on board for lunch, continue through the vineyards of the Wachau to the village of Dürnstein. Take a guided afternoon tour in the romantic village with its iconic blue church and winding streets, and sample the local wines. Upon arrival in Vienna, opt for the "Sound of Vienna" concert and listen to popular pieces from Vienna's classical era at a local salon. The vessel remains overnight.
There is much to see and do in this imperial capital city. Enjoy the sights of Vienna on the "Highlights of Vienna" tour, including the Ringstrasse, the Vienna State Opera House, the Museum Quarter and more. In the afternoon, venture to Schönbrunn Palace, the sumptuous former summer palace of Empress Maria Theresia, or pay a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts, one of the most important art museums in the world with works by Rubens, Rembrandt and many more.
After a full day of exploration, enjoy a relaxing dinner on board.
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.
Later in the day, opt for an excursion to the Imperial Hof Palace in Austria, a magnificent 18th-century complex once owned by Empress Maria Theresia. For those who enjoy wineries, choose the alternate scenic drive through the Little Carpathian mountain range with its winemaking tradition, dating back to Celtic and Roman times. This evening, celebrate at the Captain's Gala Dinner.
With its neo-Gothic Parliament, Fisherman's Bastion, Buda Castle and Chain Bridge, the Hungarian capital of Budapest is a perfect finale to your trip. This morning, explore the sites of the Hungarian capital Budapest on a city tour.
In the afternoon, food lovers can enjoy the alternate 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.
Alternatively, roam further afield in Pest county to the Royal Palace of Gödöllő, one of the most important and imposing Hungarian palaces. On board this evening, enjoy a Hungarian folklore show as your vessel cruises the Danube to see this beautiful gem by night. Remain overnight in the "Queen of the Danube".
After breakfast, the entire AMADEUS crew bids you farewell and wishes you a safe journey home. We hope to welcome you again soon!
Would you like to start your journey from the current disembarkation port? Then follow the link to the itinerary in reversed direction:Budapest → Amsterdam
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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.
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.
Enjoy a package of 13 pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:
Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.
Enjoy a package of 10 pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:
Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.
|Cruise Amsterdam - Budapest||Unit Price|
|Amsterdam with canal trip and Holland waterland||$ 73.00|
|OR Haarlem - art, history and Dutch lifestyle||$ 43.00|
|Cologne – historic capital of the Rhineland with Kölsch tasting||$ 41.00|
|Visit to the Chocolate Museum (Cologne)||$ 32.00|
|OR Siebengebirge and Drachenfels castle ruins||$ 78.00|
|Rüdesheim walking tour with Music Cabinet Museum||$ 32.00|
|OR Visit to a vineyard with tasting & Drosselgasse in Rüdesheim||$ 47.00|
|Miltenberg walking tour and Wertheim with glass museum||$ 46.00|
|Würzburg with visit to the Residenz and wine tasting||$ 67.00|
|OR Medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber||$ 43.00|
|Bamberg walking tour||$ 33.00|
|Nuremberg - capital of Franconia||$ 50.00|
|Visit to the Documentation Center of Nuremberg||$ 62.00|
|OR Visit to the World of Gingerbread||$ 45.00|
|Regensburg walking tour||$ 23.00|
|OR Excursion Thurn & Taxis Castle with brewery and tasting||$ 72.00|
|Passau walking tour||$ 23.00|
|Visit to Melk Abbey||$ 59.00|
|Dürnstein walking tour with wine tasting in a local cellar||$ 32.00|
|"Sound of Vienna" classical concert (Cat. B)||$ 71.00|
|Vienna – Imperial discovery tour||$ 44.00|
|Visit to Schönbrunn Palace||$ 61.00|
|OR Visit to the Museum of Fine Arts||$ 69.00|
|Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube||$ 43.00|
|Visit to Schloss Hof Palace and Estate||$ 64.00|
|OR The Small Carpathian Wine Route||$ 59.00|
|Budapest - Capital of Hungary||$ 43.00|
|Visit to the Royal Palace of Gödöllö||$ 57.00|
|OR Vibrant Budapest||$ 46.00|
Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.