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Journey to the heart of the once-illustrious Habsburg monarchy, along the fabled Danube River. Explore the art and culture of historic Europe as your vessel travels through four countries filled with spectacular scenery.
Visit grand European cities like Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest and admire the beauty of UNESCO protected Wachau Valley and the Danube-knee at Visegrad. Taste local specialities such as ”Linzer Torte”, ”Sacher Torte” and Austrian wines. Admire imposing architectural buildings along the banks, such as Melk Abbey and the Esztergom Basilica. Be romanced by the Danube with all her regal and romantic splendor as you cruise through the art and cultural landscape of Europe’s several thousand year history.
Beautiful Passau is the starting point for your memorable Danube cruise. After embarkation, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Cocktail and Welcome Dinner.
Departure at 5:00pm
This morning presents an opportunity to visit the eye-catching Baroque Benedictine Abbey of Melk, which sits on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube. This Baroque jewel is filled with interior frescoes created by pre-eminent artists of the 18thcentury, and a magnificent library with priceless manuscripts.
During lunch on board, the ship continues to Dürnstein, a picturesque wine growers’ village located in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Wachau Valley. Explore the village on a guided tour or choose to sample some of the region’s famous Grüner Veltliner wines during an excursion to a local vineyard. After departure, enjoy dinner and an exclusive private concert onboard. The ship arrives in Vienna later this evening and remains overnight.
9:00am - 11:30am
1:30pm - 4:00pm
Arrival at 9:00pm
There is much to see and do in this Imperial capital city. A panoramic tour rewards you with views of the Ringstrasse with its pompous buildings, the famous Vienna State Opera House, the Museum Quarter with historic and contemporary architecture and St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
In the afternoon, continue your exploration or venture with the group to Schönbrunn Palace, the sumptuous former summer palace and gardens of Empress Maria Theresia. Alternatively, visit the Museum of Fine Arts, considered one of the most eminent museums in the world. After a full day of adventure, enjoy a relaxing dinner on board as the vessel departs.
Departure at 7:00pm
After a relaxing morning on board, arrive in Budapest shortly before lunch. Spend the afternoon in this capital city, which uniquely straddles the Danube River. 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.
As a special treat this evening, musicians come on board to entertain with traditional Hungarian music and dance, as the vessel cruises the Danube through this beautiful city by night. Remain overnight.
Arrival at 11:30am
This morning offers time to discover more of Budapest or an opportunity to explore rural Hungary with a visit to the”Puszta“ or countryside. Food lovers can enjoy the alternative 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.
The vessel departs from Budapest shortly after lunch and continues to Slovakia. Relax on board or join the optional excursion to visit Szentendre, an artists’ village with galleries and art museums, and Esztergom, the seat of the Hungarian Catholic church and former capital city. Those on the excursion rejoin the vessel in Esztergom before dinner. Watch the receding lights of the city as the vessel continues on its way.
Departure at 1:30pm
7:00pm - 7:15pm
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.
After lunch, choose to visit the Imperial Schloss Hof Palace, a magnificent 18th-century complex once owned by Empress Maria Theresia. Or explore the ancient Roman city of Carnuntum with its reconstructed Roman Quarter and then rejoin the vessel in Hainburg. This evening, celebrate at the Captain’s Gala Dinner.
8:00am - 2:00pm
4:00pm - 4:30pm
Enjoy a relaxing morning on board before reaching Linz, the third largest city in Austria. See the Mozarthaus and the Renaissance villas here, along with the main street and square, which boast unique churches and concert venues. Alternatively, a tour on the Pöstlingberg narrow gauge train or ‘mountain tramway’ awaits. The railway up Linz's highest hill was built in 1898 and reconstructed in 2009. This impressive rail system is one of the steepest adhesion railways in the world. After the ride to the summit, take a short walk to the church "Seven Sorrows of Virgin Mary" which was built from 1742 to 1747. This beautiful church is now a Linz landmark and a local pilgrimage destination. Located in one of the towers on Pöstlingberg, is a popular observation terrace providing magnificent views of Linz and the surrounding countryside. Enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers for your last evening on board.
2:00pm - 10:00pm
After breakfast, the AMADEUS crew bids you farewell. We hope to welcome you again soon!
Arrival at 7:30am
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 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
- Massage services and hair salon
- 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 $ 237 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.
- Visit to Melk Abbey
- Vienna – Imperial discovery tour
- Budapest - Capital of Hungary
- Excursion to Szentendre and Estzergom
- Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube
- Linz walking tour with Linzer Torte tasting
Save up to $ 113 per person
Full Excursion Package | for only $ 442 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.
Passau – Passau
Visit to Melk Abbey
Dürnstein walking tour with wine tasting in a local cellar
OR Winzer Krems vineyard and winery
Vienna – Imperial discovery tour
Visit to Schönbrunn Palace
OR Visit to the Museum of Fine Arts
OR Shuttle transfer into downtown Vienna
Budapest - Capital of Hungary
Traditions of the Hungarian Puszta
OR Vibrant Budapest
Excursion to Szentendre and Estzergom
Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube
Visit to Schloss Hof Palace and Estate
OR The ancient Roman city of Carnuntum
Linz walking tour with Linzer Torte tasting
OR Trip to the Pöstlingsberg
Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.
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 $ 27
Airport Munich - Port Passau $ 107