The Danube

Round Trip Passau

Danube Routing

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Day by Day

Travel on three of the most famous rivers in Europe, the  the Danube. This cruise takes in all the ports and highlights by efficiently cruising at night. Simply fly into Munich and it is only a two hours to Passau. This allows you to take advantage of lower airfares to Munich than to other former Eastern European cities. If you like add Prague before or after your cruise. See some great Danube photos by clicking here

Day 1 - You board your Amadeus boat in Passau today.  Passau is a Bavarian city where three rivers meet. The ship casts off in the late afternoon and takes you through the series of scenic bends along the Danube known as the Schloegener Schlinge. Enjoy your first dinner on board today. Complementary free-flowing wine is included nightly. 

Day 2 - Melk/Wachau:  This morning the ship docks at the wine-growing town of Melk/Emmersdorf, at the western end of the Wachau district. A coach excursion takes you through more of the beautiful Wachau area to your guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey of Melk. This excursion also includes a wine tasting. The ship leaves Emmersdorf after lunch and continues upstream. Enjoy the after cruising the Wachau Valley as you work your way to Vienna. Arrive Vienna at 7:00 pm where you will have the option to attend a concert visit of famed Vienna composers.  Overnight in Vienna.

Day 3 - Vienna: This morning take an included tour of Vienna, a city of music and joie de vivre whose specialities of Sachertorte and Heuriger (new wine) are just as famous as St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Imperial Palace. You can see Vienna’s most important sights on our sightseeing tour.  Later you can explore this historic city on your own or if you like take an optional guided tour to Schoenbrunn Palace. The boat departs at dinner time heading for Budapest.

Day 4 - Budapest:  You reach Budapest, the capital of Hungary, prior to lunch. Budapest is a city made up of two parts - Buda and Pest, built on opposite banks of the Danube. With its cobbled streets and medieval architecture, Buda is the older and more graceful part, while Pest, with its wide avenues and impressive 19th-century public buildings, is the administrative and commercial centre. East meets West in this fascinating city, which has an amazing variety of shops and restaurants. After an early lunch you will enjoy the included city sightseeing tour. After dinner there’ll be an included cruise, passing the magnificently floodlit buildings on both sides of the river and under the illuminated chain bridge. A gypsy band will be playing and there will also be a performance by a Hungarian folklore group on board. Overnight in Budapest.

Day 5 - Budapest/Esztergom: Having already seen something of the Hungarian capital on the city tour, you are now free either to explore the city further on your own or join our excursion and discover Puszta”. After lunch, the vessel leaves Budapest or you can take the optional shore excursion to Szentendre and Esztergom. This excursion follows the bank of the Danube to the small artists’ village of Szentendre, which is seen on foot. The drive continues up to the imposing ruins of Visegrad, from which there is a magnificent view of the “knee” of the Danube, and on to Esztergom, the highlight of this tour. This town is dominated by the country’s largest neo-classical (1820) basilica and one of the largest churches in Europe. You rejoin the vessel, which has meanwhile come upstream from Budapest. During dinner the vessel continues upstream to Bratislava.

Day 6 - Bratislava: In the morning the ship reaches the city of Bratislava, which was founded over 2,000 years ago. Now the capital of Slovakia, it was the capital of Hungary for a while during the late Middle Ages, which is a good illustration of how the chequered histories of these central European countries were intertwined. A sightseeing tour  will cover the city’s major sights, including breathtaking views from Bratislava’s 13th-century castle over countryside where the frontiers of Austria, Hungary and Slovakia meet. In the afternoon the ship sets off for Linz this afternoon.

Day 7 - Linz: Enjoy cruising down the  Danube this morning. This afternoon you arrive in Linz where you will take a tour of this interesting city. Spend the evening here allowing you to explore the area by night if you wish.

Day 8 - Passau: Disembarkation is after breakfast in Passau, Germany. You can continue your European vacation in such places as Prague, Munich or the Swiss Alps. To learn more about our Prague extension please click here. 

 

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Journey Overview

Port Schedule

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Day 1

Embark on your deluxe ship today in Passau, Germany. Only two hours by car or by train from Munich. Your Ship sails at 5 pm. Enjoy your Welcome aboard dinner. 

Day 2

Melk today from 9:00 am to 1 pm. Cruise Danube though Wacau Valley. Arrive Vienna 7 pm for an overnight.   

Day 3

Full day in Vienna. Ship departs at 7:15 pm. 

Day 4

Arrive Budpest 11:30 am. Spend the entire day and overnight in Budapest on the ship.

Day 5

Budapest this morning. Depart at 1 pm. for Esztergom. Arrive here at 6:30 pm for a brief stop. 

Day 6

Bratislava from 8:00 am to 1 pm. Captains Gala Dinner.

Day 7

Morning cruising some of the most beautiful parts of the Danube. Arrive Linz at 2 pm. Depart at 10 pm.

Day 8

Arrive Passau at 7 am this morning. Disembark after breakfast. 

Included Excursions

Vienna City Tour

It may take days or maybe weeks to fully discover Vienna. On this tour you will get an overall impression of the most important sights Vienna has to offer. The tour takes you along the Ringstrasse, img_5451_med_hrSchwarzenbergplatz, passing by Charles church (Karlskirche) as well as the stunning opera house. At this time you stop and take a guided tour through the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Later you continue to the famous Hundertwasser House. There you have some free time to visit the building or to do some souvenir shopping. Last stop is the well known and one of kind, St. Stephan’s cathedral, which you can admire from the inside. To round up this excursion you will head back to the vessel along the Danube canal.

Budapest City Tour

You will enjoy a half day tour of the city. Budapest - „Queen of the Danube” - ranks among Europe’s most beautiful cities. The Danube runs through the heart of the city,

Budapest

Budapest

dividing it into the hilly Buda and the flat Pest. During the city tour through Pest you will see the Millennium Monument on Heroe´s Square which took 30 years of construction to be completed in the form as you can see today. On the way to Buda and Castle Hill, the tour leads past the Opera House and the neo-gothic Parliament, one of the landmarks of the city. From the top of castle hill you have a beautiful view of the Chain bridge, parliament buildings, the Danube and Pest. On Castle Hill, you will tour the interior of Matthias Church with its Romanic roots and its Neo-Gothic facade as well as Fisherman's Bastion (subject to being open for public viewing on that day).

Bratislava City Tour

On this tour you have the chance to get to know the capital of the young Slovakian Republic. Passing by the home of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the old city walls and the summer residence of theimg_5409_med_hr archbishop, the current residence of the president of Slovakia, a coach will bring you to the castle of Bratislava high above the city. From the hilltop you can enjoy a beautiful view onto the castle facility. Afterwards, you have the opportunity to participat in a guided walking tour through the restored old town. From Michael's Gate you will leisurely stroll through the historic city centre where you can admire sights such as the Primatial Palace, St. Martin Cathedral, a former coronation cathedral of Hungarian kings, as well as the Academia Ostropolitana, the oldest university of the city which dates back to the 15th century. In addition to numerous palaces, you will also walk past the main square with the old City Hall, the Opera House and Ganymede's Fountain. 

Mel's magnificent Abbey, Wachua Valley, Wine Tasting

Melk Abbey is an Austrian Benedictine abbey, and one of the world's most famous monastic sites. Todimg_5608_med_hray's impressive Baroque abbey was built between 1702and 1736. Particularly noteworthy is the abbey’s church and the impressive library with countless medieval manuscripts and frescos. A guided tour takes you through the abbot’s chambers,
along the imperator’s walk, through the marble hall, the balconies and the library. Then, depending on the time of day, there might be an opportunity to hear an organ recital in the abbey church.

Afterwards you are invited you for a glass of local wine.

Linz City Tour

Enjoy a tour of this famed Danube City. 

Optional Excursions

Schönbrunn Palace Tour

Vienna 02A coach takes you to one of the most beautiful monuments of Vienna, Schönbrunn Palace. Tour the opulent, 1,400-room royal summer residence known as Schoenbrunn Palace. Hear the fascinating life stories of its famous royal residents and guests, including Marie Antoinette. The castle was built on the template of Versailles, the residence of the Sun King Louis XIV. As one of the most important cultural heritage in Austria, the castle and its gardens were declared as World Cultural Heritage. The reign of Maria Theresia signifies the most splendid era for Schönbrunn. The castle and park were the centre of the courtly and political life and under the personal guidance of the Empress it was remodelled and expanded to become a Royal residence. The redesign of castle and gardens was barely finished when Maria Theresia died in 1780. A complex with a total of 1441 rooms and halls had been created. You will visit some of the ceremonial rooms and then have the opportunity to walk around in the beautifully designed gardens of the palace. Price: $55 per person

Sounds of Vienna Tour

At Kursalon Concert Hall, the Alt Wien orchestra will entertain you with an evening performance of legendary Viennese waltzes, polkas and piano concertos by Strauss, Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. Price: $60 per person.

Szentendre and Esztergom

02 AMADEUS Elegant HungarySzentendre is a riverside town in Pest County, near the capital city Budapest. The city has been the home of many generations of Hungarian artists since the early 20th century. There are many museums and contemporary galleries representing the rich traditions of the visual art. One of the most visited museums of the whole country, the Margit Kovács Museum, is also located here. Especially well worth seeing is the main place Foetér, surrounded by impressive buildings from the time of rococo and baroque. A culinary highlight is perhaps the marzipan museum – „Szabo”. If you’d like to know the exact time, just read the possibly oldest still working sundial. You find it in front of the parish church, which was built in the 13th and 14th century and was dedicated to John, the Baptist. Half day tour in the afternoon after lunch.  Price: $49 per person. 

Prague Pre or Post Extension

We can arranged for you an extension to Prague right bepi2933-hr_med_hrfore or after your cruise. This includes transportation from the ship to Prague, a first class hotel of your choosing in the Old Town area, breakfast each day, and tour of Prague. You have a choice of either spending two or three nights in Prague. Click here to see the details. 

Unbeatable Quality & Rates

Apr or Oct Departures

From $2,169* 7 nights in a double
  • Window Haydn Deck $2,169
  • French BALC-Strauss $2,799
  • French BALC-Mozart $2,949
  • Suite-Mozart Deck $3,625

May-Sept Departures

From $2,499* 7 nights in a double
  • Window First Deck $2,499
  • French BALC-Strauss $2,999
  • French BALC Mozart $3,149
  • Suite Mozart Deck $3,849

Dates:

Note dates are written in the International way which is day/month/year.

Passau rt dates 2017

Amadeus Fleet:

FLEET
Silver I
Silver II
Silver III
Provence
Brillant
Elegant
Diamond
Princess
Royal
Symphony
FLEET

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Silver I
Silver I Terrace

Click here for photos of the Amadeus Silver I. It was named ship of the year when it was launched in 2013.

 

Silver II

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Please click here to see photos of the Amadeus Silver II launched in 2015

Silver III
Provence
Rendering of Sun Deck with pool

Click here for more details on the Amadeus Provence. Launch in 2017.

Brillant

Brilliant Lobby

Click here for photos of theAmadeus Brilliant. Launched in 2011.

Elegant

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Click here for photos of theAmadeus Elegant launched in 2010

Diamond
Diamond Lobby

Click here for photo of the Amadeus Diamond launched in 2009

 

Princess

15 AMADEUS Princess Sun Deck

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Royal

03 AMADEUS Royal

Click here for photos of the Amadeus Royal. Extensively updated in 2015.

Symphony

07 AMADEUS Symphony

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*Prices are per person based on double occupancy based on a seven night cruise. General prices listed are for the Rhine, Mosel, Main and Danube Rivers. France prices are for Seine (Paris) and for the Rhône and Saône (Lyon). Singles are available, call for rates. Prices do not include taxes, fees and charges of $160 per person. Prices include touring and free flowing regional wine at dinner as well as all meals on board ship. Prices are subject to change.

Diamond on the river