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Rhine & Danube Symphony

Cologne →  Passau

8 Days

This one-week cruise combines the two great European rivers Rhine and Danube in an exciting and  impressive way. The scenic highlights are the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, with its numerous castles, and the tranquil Main meanders. In terms of culture and history, you can admire the half-timbered buildings of Miltenberg and Wertheim, as well as the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Würzburg, Bamberg and Regensburg. An experience in itself is also the journey on the man-made Main-Danube Canal, a stunning technological marvel.




The beautiful city of Cologne is a wonderful starting point for your 8-day European cruise. After embarkation, enjoy an evening Welcome Cocktail, followed by a carefully prepared Welcome Dinner.

Stay Cologne
Departure at 6pm

After a relaxing morning onboard, the vessel arrives in Rüdesheim, a picturesque winemaking town in the Rhine Gorge. The romantic river landscape of the Middle Rhine Valley has enchanted visitors for centuries and has therefore been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites since 2002. Discover the region's rich history of winemaking, perhaps by visiting the local museum – a great place to start! Back on board, enjoy a delicious dinner with your fellow travelers.

Stay Rüdesheim
11:30am - 4pm

Today, choose to remain onboard for a relaxing day or join our optional excursion in the afternoon to Miltenberg and Wertheim, two towns famous for their architecture and museums. Both are unique in their own way and are reflective of the storied history of the area. Begin with a walking tour in Miltenberg, its timber-frame houses give a feeling of 16th and 17thc Germany. In Wertheim, explore the medieval streets and unique glass museum. This evening, enjoy another memorable meal as the ship plies the waters toward our next stop.

Stay Miltenberg
11am - 12.30pm
Stay Wertheim
4.30pm - 6.15pm

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 wine 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.

Stay Würzburg
8am - 6pm

The morning is spent cruising the beautiful Main River. After lunch arrive in the beautiful Imperial city of Bamberg. This medieval town is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, which retains its medieval layout of three settlement areas, along with its historic buildings 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. This evening, join a talk about the creation and importance of the Rhine-Main-Danube canal as we enter the waterway to cross onto the Danube River.

Stay Bamberg
3pm - 7pm

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. Back on board, prepare to be immersed in a bountiful, jovial buffet of Bavarian culture, food and music.

Stay Nuremberg
5am - 1pm

A morning arrival brings your Amadeus river vessel to one of Germany’s most well preserved medieval cities. This UNESCO world heritage site boasts architecture from many centuries, reflective of its varied history throughout the years. The stone bridge, built in 1135–1146, the Church of St James, the Schloss of Thurn and Taxis, and Patrician houses are a few of the highlights of this beautiful city. Perhaps sample a Regensburg bratwurst or search for the famous black forest cukoo clocks, there is something for everyone. In the afternoon, you can choose to visit the Weltenburg Abbey, about 25 miles west of Regensburg and housing the oldest monastic brewery in the world. Enjoy a special Captain’s Gala Dinner in the evening. 

Stay Regensburg
8am - 6pm

This morning your vessel arrives in lower Bavaria, in the three-rivers city of Passau. After a generous breakfast, the entire AMADEUS crew thanks you for your patronage, bids you farewell and wishes you a safe journey home. We hope to welcome you again soon!

Stay Passau
Arrival at 8am

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:

Passau →  Cologne



Dates & Prices

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  • Large, outside river-view staterooms,  most with drop-down panoramic windows; Walk-out balconies in Suites
  • 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
Rüdesheim walking tour incl. music cabinet museum $ 31.00
Miltenberg and Wertheim walking tours $ 45.00
Würzburg walking tour incl. wine tasting $ 64.00
Excursion to Rothenburg ob der Tauber $ 42.00
Bamberg walking tour $ 32.00
City tour of Nuremberg $ 47.00
Regensburg walking tour $ 21.00
Excursion to Weltenburg Abbey $ 72.00
Onboard Booking Price $ 163.00 $ 312.00 $ 354.00
Prices for packages booked in advance $ 139.00 $ 266.00 $ 302.00

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 $43
Train station – Port $34

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