Spanning 2,000 kilometers across Europe, from Budapest, the “Queen of the Danube”, to Amsterdam at the North Sea, 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 (the Hungarian Wachau). Dotted along the way is beautiful architecture — the yellow & white Melk Abbey and the stately Esztergom Basilica, high above the Danube. Join us as we witness several hundred years of history in the heart of Europe.
Due to low clearance heights at bridges and locks on the river route between Frankfurt and Regensburg, access to the sun deck might be restricted for safety reasons.
This afternoon, embark the vessel and get settled into your cabin. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially-prepared Welcome Dinner.
Spend a full day exploring Budapest, the capital city of Hungary. 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. This evening, a Hungarian folklore show and evening cruise through the “Paris of the East” on your Amadeus Vessel is a perfect start to the cruise.
Arrive in the capital city of Bratislava this afternoon. The old city walls, the summer residence of the archbishop, and the current residence of the president of Slovakia are part of the charm of this city.
Walk through the restored old town, from Michael’s Gate, where you can admire the Primatial Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral, a former coronation cathedral for Hungarian kings, to the Academia Istropolitana, the oldest university in the city, which dates back to the 15th century. Back onboard, enjoy a delicious dinner with your fellow travelers.
There is much to see and explore in the impressive Imperial Vienna. Drive along the Ringstrasse, visit one of the many museums, or visit the Naschmarkt for a sample of culinary delights, the city is yours. An excursion to Schönbrunn Palace, the former Habsburg summer residence of Empress Maria Theresia is offered this afternoon, as well as a shuttle transfer to the city center, a visit to the Art History Museum and an evening concert ‘Sound of Vienna’ at a local music hall to round out your stay.
Late in the evening, the vessel departs toward the romantic Wachau Valley.
Awake in the village of Dürnstein, known as the “Pearl of the Wachau”. Spend the morning in the romantic village with its iconic blue church and winding streets, and perhaps sample the local wines. After lunch onboard, dock in Emmersdorf, in the heart of the UNESCO-protected landscape, of the Wachau Valley.
Spend the afternoon discovering this typical small town in Lower Austria or travel across the river to nearby Melk and its magnificent Benedictine abbey, the largest in Austria and a seat of higher education.
Our next port of call is the three-rivers city of Passau, located at the confluence of the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz rivers. High above the rivers, the Veste Oberhaus 13th century fortress houses a city museum and observation tower.
The old town of Passau is filled with outstanding Baroque architecture, including St Stephen’s Cathedral containing the largest pipe organ in the world with 17,974 pipes. This evening, enjoy the Captain’s Gala Dinner as you continue to beautiful Regensburg.
Visit the beautiful city of Regensburg one of Germany’s most well preserved medieval cities. Among its architectural treasures are churches, monasteries, the town hall, and one of Europe’s oldest bridges, which has spanned the Danube since the 12th century. Explore the city and feel the former power and wealth which once controlled the trade route to the Orient.
Step inside the Regensburg Cathedral, dedicated to St. Peter, and admire this masterpiece of Gothic architecture in southern Germany. Spend the afternoon cruising the waterways of the Danube. A Bavarian theme surrounds the evening with a special menu and festivities.
Following breakfast, enjoy your day in Nuremberg. Consider a visit to the romantic Old Town of Nuremberg, lovingly restored after the destruction incurred during World War II.
A hub for history, Nuremberg is home to many museums including the Documentation Center, which recounts the effects of the Nazi Regime and World War II on the city and surrounding areas. Alternatively, you can visit the Gingerbread World in Nuremberg.
Back on board, it’s full steam ahead.
This morning your ship will dock in the imperial city of Bamberg. This medieval town is a UNESCCO World Heritage site and retains its medieval layout of three settlement areas and Baroque facades. As you take in the seven hills of Bamberg, each topped with a stunning church, enjoy a beer from one of the many local breweries.
Relax onboard this afternoon while cruising the Main River. This evening enjoy a talk about the creation and importance of the Rhine-Main-Danube canal.
Today, visit Würzburg, a city in Bavaria known for lavish baroque and rococo architecture, located in the center of the Franconian wine country. Experience the many beautiful sights of the town such as the marketplace, the Maria Chapel and the old main bridge, the Marienberg Fortress and the surrounding vineyards. As the central hub for wineries in this part of Germany, Würzburg is the perfect place to visit some of the local wineries for tastings.
From Würzburg, you can venture to nearby Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of the most perfectly preserved medieval towns in Europe. Its towers, city gates, walls, and half-timbered gables have remained unchanged since the Thirty Years’ War. Return to the ship and continue down the river Main.
Two historic cities on the river Main are on the agenda for today or enjoy a day of cruising. In Wertheim, explore the medieval streets with its half-timbered houses and glass museum, all watched over by the two-clock tower on the hill. Continue to Miltenberg, a city flanked by the river Main and an incredible forested hillside.
After a relaxing afternoon cruising, join your fellow travellers for a beautifully prepared dinner.
Today we visit Rüdesheim, a town well known for its winemakng, especially Reisling wines. Nearby, Siegried's Mechanical Music Cabinet with its historic automated musical instruments is a delight. Or visit a local vineyard and discover the region’s rich history of winemaking. Back onboard your crew awaits with a delicious dinner.
Back onboard this afternoon, cruise through the scenic passage of the Loreley.
Awake in Cologne, the fourth-largest city in Germany, with its skyline marked by the twin spires of the Cologne Cathedral among modern buildings. New blends with the old in this metropolis.
After a morning in the city, you may want to visit nearby Siebengebirge National Park and Drachenfels rock. Germany’s first nature reserve, with the world-renowned Hotel Petersberg, is a great way to spend the afternoon. Or visit the Scholokolade Museum in Cologne and embark on a journey through the 5,000-year cultural history of chocolate.
Tonight is a special night on board, the Captain’s Gala Dinner.
Spend the morning cruising the waterways of the Netherlands or take the opportunity to disembark in Utrecht and explore the countryside which includes a visit to a local factory to learn about Holland’s famous export – cheese. Alternatively, you can visit the city of Haarlem with its medieval character and picturesque cobblestone streets.
Rejoin the vessel in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. With a canal system as intricate and unique as Venice, this city is known for its 17th century architecture and many museums. Before returning to the ship this evening, be sure to catch a glimpse of the bridge lights reflecting off the canal water.
We bid you farewell after breakfast. We hope to welcome you again soon!
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 9 pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:
Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.
|Cruise Budapest - Amsterdam||Unit Price|
|Budapest - Capital of Hungary||$ 43.00|
|Visit to the Royal Palace of Gödöllö||$ 57.00|
|OR Vibrant Budapest||$ 46.00|
|Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube||$ 43.00|
|Vienna – Imperial discovery tour||$ 44.00|
|Visit to Schönbrunn Palace||$ 61.00|
|OR Visit to the Museum of Fine Arts||$ 69.00|
|"Sound of Vienna" classical concert (Cat. B)||$ 71.00|
|Dürnstein walking tour with wine tasting in a local cellar||$ 32.00|
|Visit to Melk Abbey||$ 59.00|
|Passau walking tour||$ 23.00|
|Regensburg walking tour||$ 23.00|
|Nuremberg - capital of Franconia||$ 50.00|
|Visit to the Documentation Center of Nuremberg||$ 62.00|
|OR Visit to the World of Gingerbread||$ 45.00|
|Bamberg walking tour||$ 33.00|
|Würzburg with visit to the Residenz and wine tasting||$ 67.00|
|Medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber||$ 43.00|
|Miltenberg walking tour and Wertheim with glass museum||$ 46.00|
|Rüdesheim walking tour with Music Cabinet Museum||$ 32.00|
|OR Visit to a vineyard with tasting & Drosselgasse in Rüdesheim||$ 47.00|
|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|
|Holland waterland and Amsterdam with canal trip||$ 73.00|
|Haarlem - art, history and Dutch lifestyle||$ 43.00|
|OR Visit to the Floriade Garden show||$ 103.00|
Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.