Rhine & Danube Symphony
8 Days
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Rhine & Danube Symphony




8 Days

This one-week cruise combines the majesty of two great European rivers - the Rhine and the Danube. Explore the Upper Middle Rhine Valley with its numerous castles, and experience the tranquil Main meanders.

Travel the man-made Main-Danube canal - a stunning technological marvel - as you transit onto the beautiful Danube. Discover the half-timbered buildings of Miltenberg and Wertheim, along with the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Würzburg, Bamberg and Regensburg.

Please note: 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. 


Beautiful Passau is the starting point for your 8-day European cruise to Cologne.  After embarkation, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail and get to know your fellow travelers during the Welcome Dinner.

Stay Passau

Departure at 5:00pm

This morning, your AMADEUS vessel arrives in one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities. On the morning tour, immerse yourself in the historic atmosphere of this unique 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 a stop at their traditional brewery and beer tasting.

Stay Regensburg

9:00am - 6:00pm


After a relaxing morning on board, spend your afternoon in Nuremberg. The city is a historical leader in mechanical invention, science, printing, and humanism. Enjoy an overview of the city’s history and culture on a guided tour, and admire the romantic Old Town, lovingly restored after the destruction incurred during World War II. Interestingly, the Old Town of Nuremberg is divided into two sections by the Pegnitz River.

Back on board, enjoy dinner as the vessel departs Nuremberg. This evening, enjoy a special Bavarian theme on board with regional delicacies and live traditional music.

Stay Nuremberg

2:00pm - 7:00pm


Your vessel arrives in the Imperial city of Bamberg in the morning. 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 façades, all of which you can explore on a guided walking tour. The ornate town hall, the old town with its half-timbered buildings and pretty arched bridges are so romantic!

Back on board, you Cruise Director will elaborate on the importance of the Main-Danube canal during an onboard talk, while your AMADEUS ship continues along the Main River.

Stay Bamberg

8:00am - 11:00am


Today, spend the day alongside in Würzburg, a city in Bavaria known for lavish Baroque and Rococo architecture, located in the center of the Franconian wine country. In the morning, experience the many beautiful sights of the town as well as the Residenz, a Baroque palace considered a masterpiece of that era. The tour concludes with a wine tasting in the ancient wine cellar of a local vineyard. In the afternoon, relive a bygone era on a tour of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, whose towers, city gates, and half-timbered gables have remained unchanged by the hands of time. 

Stay Wuerzburg

9:00am - 8:00pm


Today, join the excursion to Wertheim and Miltenberg, 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 Wertheim and explore the medieval streets and unique glass museum. In Miltenberg, admire the typical 16th and 17th century German timberframe houses and stroll through the cobblestone alleys. 

Stay Wertheim

10:00am - 1:30pm


Stay Miltenberg

5:30pm - 6:00pm

In the morning, you arrive in Rüdesheim, a romantic winemaking town in the Rhine Gorge where the river landscape has enchanted visitors for centuries and which is protected by UNESCO since 2002. Discover the region’s rich history on a morning walking tour and visit the fascinating Music Cabinet Museum.

Alternatively, take a tram ride through the vineyards of Rüdesheim on the “Wine Express“ and stroll along the quaint “Drosselgasse“, mentioned in the 15th century as an alley used by Rhine boatmen to reach their homes.

After lunch, enjoy the fairytale landscape of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley with its many castles as your vessel cruises downriver to Cologne. This evening, celebrate your cruise experience at the Captain’s Gala Dinner.

Stay Ruedesheim

10:00am - 2:00pm


Shortly after midnight you arrive in the cathedral city of Cologne. After breakfast, the entire AMADEUS crew bids you farewell.

Stay Cologne

Arrival at 12:01am

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:

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Suites & Staterooms 

  • Luxury accommodation in an outside river-view stateroom of your choice: Spacious Mozart Suites and stateroom cabins on Mozart and Strauss Decks with floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doors with French Balcony
  • 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 $ 200 per person

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

  • Regensburg walking tour
  • Bamberg walking tour
  • Würzburg walking tour with Residence and wine tasting
  • Miltenberg and Wertheim with glass museum
  • Rüdesheim with Music Cabinet Museum

Package B | for only $ 293 per person

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

  • Regensburg walking tour
  • Visit to Weltenburg abbey
  • Nuremberg - capital of Franconia
  • Bamberg walking tour
  • Würzburg walking tour with Residence and wine tasting
  • Miltenberg and Wertheim with glass museum
  • Rüdesheim with Music Cabinet Museum

Package C | for only $ 382 per person

  • Regensburg walking tour
  • Thurn & Taxis Palace with brewery and tasting
  • Nuremberg - capital of Franconia
  • Bamberg walking tour
  • Würzburg walking tour with Residence and wine tasting
  • Medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber
  • Miltenberg and Wertheim with glass museum
  • Rüdesheim wine tasting & Drosselgasse

Passau – Cologne

Unit Price

Regensburg walking tour

$ 27

Thurn & Taxis Palace with brewery and tasting

$ 86

OR Visit to Weltenburg abbey

$ 51

Nuremberg - capital of Franconia

$ 59

Bavarian evening on board


Bamberg walking tour

$ 38

Würzburg walking tour with Residence and wine tasting

$ 78

Medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber

$ 51

Miltenberg and Wertheim with glass museum

$ 54

Rüdesheim with Music Cabinet Museum

$ 37

OR Rüdesheim wine tasting & Drosselgasse

$ 57

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)

Airport Munich - Port Passau $ 123

Train Station - Port $ 32

Cologne (Germany)

Port - Train Station $ 41

Port - Airport $ 52

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