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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Included Excursions

Optional Excursions

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


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

Passau rt dates 2017

Amadeus Fleet:


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Silver I
Silver II
Silver III

*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