Blue Danube
8 Days
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Blue Danube




8 Days

This cruise includes a trip along the Rhine-Main-Danube canal (a masterpiece of engineering), and along the Danube River.

Pass through four of Europe’s most important countries (Germany, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia), three world-famous capital cities (Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava), and through diverse landscapes such as the “Schlögener Schlinge” below Passau, the picturesque, myth-enshrouded Wachau region, and the Danube-knee at Visegrad (the Hungarian Wachau), with imposing architectural buildings along the banks of the rivers, such as Melk Abbey and the Esztergom Basilica.


Begin your European cruise with embarkation in the Bavarian town of Nuremberg. After an evening Welcome Cocktail, our chef will treat you to a specially-prepared Welcome Dinner - a wonderful start to this unforgettable trip.

Stay Nuremberg

Departure at 5:00pm

Regensburg is one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities. Choose to uncover the secrets of this remarkable UNESCO Site during a walking tour this afternoon.

Alternatively, visit the 18th century Thurn and Taxis Palace for a beer tasting in their traditional brewery. A special Bavarian themed evening celebrates this memorable region.

Stay Regensburg

1:00pm - 10:00pm


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 includes 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, with its endless expanse of rolling hills, historic fortresses and vineyards.

Stay Passau

12:00pm - 4:00pm


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. Spend the afternoon in this romantic village with its iconic blue church and winding streets, and perhaps sample the local wines. After dinner, arrive in Vienna. In the evening, 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.

Stay Melk / Emmersdorf

6:30am - 11:30am


Stay Duernstein

1:00pm - 3:00pm


Stay Vienna

Arrival at 7:30pm


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.

Stay Vienna

Departure at 11:59pm


Awaken today in the capital city of 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, choose the excursion to the Imperial Hof Palace in Austria, a magnificent 18th-century complex once owned by Empress Maria Theresia. For those who enjoy wineries, take a scenic drive through the Little Carpathian mountain range with its winemaking tradition dating back to Celtic and Roman times. This evening, you celebrate at the Captain’s Gala Dinner.

Stay Bratislava

7:00am - 8:00pm


With its neo-Gothic Parliament, Fisherman’s Bastion, Buda Castle and Chain Bridge, Budapest is a perfect finale to your trip. This morning, explore the sites of the Hungarian capital 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 to the Royal Palace of Gödöllő in Pest county, one of the most important and imposing Hungarian palaces. On board this evening, enjoy a Hungarian folklore show as your vessel cruises along Budapest’s sparkling panorama with stunning views of the Parliament and the Citadel. Remain overnight in the “Queen of the Danube’.

Stay Budapest

Arrival at 8:30am


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

Stay Budapest

Over Night

We reserve the right to make amendments to the timetable and program.

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Suites & Staterooms 

  • Luxury accommodation in an outside river-view stateroom of your choice: Spacious Mozart Suites with a walk-out balcony, stateroom cabins on Mozart and Strauss Decks with drop-down Panorama Retractable Windows offering a wide-open view (except Amadeus Brilliant)
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe 
  • Choice of bed configuration in all categories (double or twin bedding)
  • Bottled water in every stateroom 

Gourmet Dining

  • Gourmet dining featuring breakfast, multi-course lunches and dinners with menu choices (including vegetarian options), afternoon tea and late-night snack
  • Free-flowing hand-selected wines from the best wine regions, draft beer, soda as well as coffee and tea with every lunch and dinner 
  • Coffee and tea available 24 hours a day in the Amadeus Club
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner

An Array of Amenities 

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Onboard fitness center open 24 hours a day
  • All gratuities on board are included in your cruise fare

Voyage of Discovery

  • Personalized service of an experienced, multilingual AMADEUS Cruise Director 
  • AMADEUS digital audio system for all guided excursions 
  • Variety of enriching onboard programs, including fascinating lectures, cooking demonstrations, local cultural performances, and music by our onboard musicians 
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles for independent exploration 
  • All port taxes, embarkation, disembarkation and lock fees included in your cruise fare 

Excursions and excursion packages

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.

Introductory Excursion Package | for only $ 170 per person

Enjoy a package of these pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.
Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.

  • Regensburg walking tour
  • Passau walking tour
  • Vienna – Imperial discovery tour
  • Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube
  • Budapest - Capital of Hungary

Save up to $ 130 per person

Full Excursion Package | for only $ 522 per person

Pick from our selection of unforgettable shore excursions, plus enjoy a discounted rate when purchased in advance. 
Book our full excursion package prior to departure for a great value. Create your personalized shore excursion program by choosing your favorite tours from our list of exciting options in each port. Please note, a discounted excursion may not be exchanged for another while during your cruise.

Nuremberg – Budapest

Unit Price

Regensburg walking tour

$ 26

OR Thurn & Taxis Palace with brewery and tasting

$ 82

Passau walking tour

$ 26

Visit to Melk Abbey

$ 67

Dürnstein walking tour with wine tasting in a local cellar

$ 36

"Sound of Vienna" classical concert (Cat. B)

$ 80

Vienna – Imperial discovery tour

$ 50

Visit to Schönbrunn Palace

$ 73

OR Visit to the Museum of Fine Arts

$ 78

Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube

$ 49

Visit to Schloss Hof Palace and Estate

$ 73

OR The Small Carpathian Wine Route

$ 67

Budapest - Capital of Hungary

$ 49

Visit to the Royal Palace of Gödöllö

$ 64

OR Vibrant Budapest

$ 52

Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.

Additional Services


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:

Nuremberg (Germany)

Train Station - Port $ 81

Airport - Port $ 81

Nuremberg Centre - Port $ 81

Budapest (Hungary)

Port - Train Station $ 34

Port - Airport $ 60

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