Classical Danube Cruise
8 Days
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Classical Danube Cruise




8 Days

This classic cruise brings together glorious cities along one of the world‘s most beautiful stretches of rivers on a trip through the heart of Old World Europe. This quintessential cruise along the beautiful Danube begins in the “Three Rivers City“ of Passau at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube rivers and takes you all the way to the “Queen of the Danube“ — the capital city of Budapest, which straddles the river with its hilly ‘Buda‘ featuring Fisherman‘s Bastion & castle district over to the flat ‘Pest‘ side with its iconic Parliament building.

Along the way travel through four of Europe‘s most important countries — Hungary, Slovakia, Austria & Germany. Explore years of history and culture in the Imperial cities of Budapest, Vienna & Bratislava as well as the UNESCO protected Austrian Wachau Valley — blanketed with rolling hills, flourishing vineyards and picturesque villages. Experience the beauty along the Danube River.

*Please note: Departure date April 9 2024  will be operated with a slightly changed itinerary. Further information on request.


This afternoon, embark and settle in your cabin. This evening, meet fellow travelers at a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a beautifully prepared Welcome Dinner. 

Stay Passau

Departure at 6:00pm

This morning, your vessel arrives in one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities. On the morning tour, immerse yourself in the historic atmosphere of the town, which boasts architecture from many different centuries and a 12th century bridge. In the afternoon, choose between a visit to the 600-year-old Weltenburg Abbey, which is situated on the banks of the Danube and houses the oldest monastic brewery in the world, and a trip to the 18th century Thurn and Taxis Palace with beer tasting at their traditional brewery. This evening, enjoy a special Bavarian theme on board with regional delicacies and live music.

Stay Regensburg

9:30am - 8:00pm


The vessel returns this morning for a short stop at the three-rivers city of Passau, lying at the confluence of the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz. In the morning, take a guided walking excursion. At St. Stephen’s Cathedral, see an organ with 17,774 pipes and 233 registers, the second largest in the world. Passau is also the starting point for the full day excursion to Salzburg with lunch at a local restaurant. For those remaining on board, relax on the Sun Deck and take in the scenery as the vessel moves toward its late afternoon visit to Linz. Join the walking tour and stroll on streets squares boasting unique churches, concert venues, and plenty of artists who come to the city to thrive. Before returning to the vessel, sample perhaps the famous Linzer Torte.

Stay Passau

8:00am - 10:00am


Stay Linz

4:30pm - 10:00pm


Set on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube, the Baroque Benedictine abbey of Melk awaits you this morning with its frescoes created by pre-eminent artists of the 18th century, 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 with a local guide or choose an excursion to a local vineyard to sample some of the region’s famous Grüner Veltliner wines. The ship arrives in Vienna later this evening and remains overnight.

Stay Emmersdorf

8:00am - 12:00pm


Stay Duernstein

2:00pm - 5:30pm


Stay Vienna

Arrival at 10:00pm

There is much to see in Vienna: its imperial palaces, the Museum Quarter displaying works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and other artists, the impressive buildings along the “Ringstrasse“, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the famous Vienna State Opera among many others. This afternoon, perhaps venture to Schönbrunn Palace, the sumptuous summer palace and gardens of Empress Maria Theresia and the Habsburg Empire. Cap off your Vienna experience with a “Sound of Vienna“ concert in a local hall. Listen to the “Alt Vienna“ orchestra play popular pieces from Vienna’s classical era. The vessel remains in Vienna until late this evening when it departs for Bratislava.

Stay Vienna

Departure at 11:59pm


Wake up this morning in Bratislava, a jewel on the Danube and the capital of Slovakia. Explore the city on your own or with a guided optional tour through the city. See the home of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the old city walls, the summer residence of the archbishop and the current residence of the president of Slovakia. This afternoon you can choose to travel outside the city to the Schloss Hof Palace and Estate — the Imperial country estate of the Habsburgs acquired by the Empress Maria Theresa.

Stay Bratislava

8:00am - 10:00pm


Relax on board as the vessel makes its way to Budapest, Hungary. For those interested in exploring the Hungarian countryside, the optional excursion departs in Esztergom, with its basilica dedicated to Saint Mary, and continues to Szentendre, known for its art galleries and museums. Rejoin your vessel after it docks in Budapest in time for lunch. This afternoon, explore the fantastic Hungarian capital of Budapest on a panoramic tour. The unique Chain Bridge straddles the Danube, connecting the Buda side and its Fisherman’s Bastion, with the Pest side and its iconic Hungarian Parliament building.
On your last evening on board, the festive Captain‘s Gala Dinner and a lights cruise through the magnificently illuminated metropolis, accompanied by a spirited folklore performance, await you.

Stay Esztergom

7:00am - 8:30am


Stay Budapest

Arrival at 1:00pm


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.

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:

Dates & Prices

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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.

Package A | for only $ 212 per person

Enjoy a package of these pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

  • Regensburg walking tour
  • Melk Abbey - A Baroque Jewel
  • Vienna - Imperial discovery tour
  • Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube
  • Budapest - Castle Hill & Historic Wonders

Package B | for only $ 436 per person

Enjoy a package of these pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

  • Regensburg walking tour
  • Thurn & Taxis Palace with brewery and tasting
  • Passau walking tour
  • Linz walking tour with Linzer Torte tasting
  • Melk Abbey - A Baroque Jewel
  • Dürnstein walking tour & Abbey
  • Vienna - Imperial discovery tour
  • "Sound of Vienna" classical concert (Cat. B)
  • Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube
  • Budapest - Castle Hill & Historic Wonders

Package C | for only $ 713 per person

  • Regensburg walking tour
  • Danube Gorge, Weltenburg Abbey & beer tasting
  • Full-day Salzburg with lunch
  • Melk Abbey - A Baroque Jewel
  • Winzer Krems vineyard and winery
  • Vienna - Imperial discovery tour
  • Visit to Schönbrunn Palace
  • "Sound of Vienna" classical concert (Cat. B)
  • Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube
  • Schloss Hof - Baroque Palace and Estate
  • Esztergom, Visegrád castle and Szentendre
  • Budapest - Castle Hill & Historic Wonders

Passau – Budapest

Unit Price

Regensburg walking tour

$ 27

Danube Gorge, Weltenburg Abbey & beer tasting

$ 88

OR Thurn & Taxis Palace with brewery and tasting

$ 86

Bavarian evening on board


Passau walking tour

$ 27

OR Full-day Salzburg with lunch

$ 141

OR Linz walking tour with Linzer Torte tasting

$ 31

Melk Abbey - A Baroque Jewel

$ 69

Dürnstein walking tour & Abbey

$ 37

OR Winzer Krems vineyard and winery

$ 60

Vienna - Imperial discovery tour

$ 52

Visit to Schönbrunn Palace

$ 76

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

$ 82

Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube

$ 51

Schloss Hof - Baroque Palace and Estate

$ 76

Esztergom, Visegrád castle and Szentendre

$ 66

Budapest - Castle Hill & Historic Wonders

$ 51

Evening cruise with folklore show on board


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:

Passau (Germany)

Train Station - Port $ 32

Airport Munich - Port Passau $ 123

Budapest (Hungary)

Port - Airport $ 62

Port - Train Station $ 35

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