The Danube

Passau to Budapest

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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 - Passau: Passau is just a two hour train ride or drive from Munich. Here you will board your Luxurious Amadeus liner. You’ll love the panoramic view from your outside spacious cabin. Enjoy delightful cuisine, excellent service, a pool, spa, gym, salon and more! Depart this evening. Enjoy your first dinner on-board including complementary free-flowing wine which is included nightly. 

Day 2 - Regensburg: Take a step back in time when tour one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See Porta Praetoria, a remarkable relic from the Roman era, the 12th-century Stone Bridge, the Historic Sausage Market and more. This afternoon, cross the Danube Gorge to the beautiful Weltenburg Abbey. Built in 620 AD century, it’s the world’s oldest monastery brewery. Sample some award-winning dark beer.

Day 3—Passau, Linz or visit Salzburg: Today you can have a relaxing day cruising up the Danube or you can take an optional full day excursion to Salzburg, or if you wish take half day tours in Passau this morning and Linz this afternoon. 

Day 4—Melk/Wachau Valley/Vienna: Go ashore this morning for a scenic excursion into the heart of lush Wauchau Valley wine country. Tour massive Melk Abbey, a 900-year old beautiful Benedictine Abbey. Later travel though the lush fertile wine Wachau valley. You will travel along the shores of this picturesque valley town with castle ruins and clock tower. Arrive in Vienna just after diiner. You will have the opportunity to take an optional excursion to a live concert that will preform music from some of the famous Vienna composers.

Day 5—Vienna: Today’s excursion takes you along the beautiful boulevard circling Vienna known as Ringstrasse. See historic landmarks including the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Charles Church and the Vienna State Opera. Also, explore the city’s most famous sight, St. Stephen’s Cathedral. This afternoon, is free or you can take an optional trip to Schoenbrunn Palace. You will have the entire evening free with the ship departing around midnight.

Day 6—Bratislava: Pass under the new Bridge, the world’s 7th largest suspension bridge, before arriving in Bratislava, capital city of Slovakia. Stretch your legs on a walking tour, including Bratislava Castle, St. Martin’s Cathedral and Old Town Hall. Don’t miss Napoleon’s cannon ball all still embedded in the tower wall! You will have the entire day here with the ship setting sail at 10 pm.

Day 7: Esztergom/Budapest: This morning is relaxing as you cruise along the Danube. You also will have the option to take a tour visiting Esztergom and Szentendre. Just after lunch you arrive Budapest for your tour this capital city. See the impressive Chain Bridge and Parliament Building, located to reflect off the Danube River. Cross the river to Castle Hill and explore 13th-century Matthias Church. Look out on the city from the seven towers of Fisherman’s Bastion. Tonight is the farewell dinner followed by a Folklore show.

Day 8—Budapest: Today, disembark the ship and you can either continue touring to nearby cities like Prague, Munich or Berlin or take an optional transfer to the airport for your flight home. To learn more about our Prague extension please click here.


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Wachau Valley

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 6 pm. Enjoy your Welcome aboard dinner. 

Day 2

Arrive Regensburg at 9:30 am. Depart at 8 pm. Tour Regensbourg. Optional tour to Weltenburg Abbey   

Day 3

Arrive in Passau at 8 am until 10 am.

Arrive in Linz at 4:30 pm and depart at 10 pm

You have an option for a full day trip to Salzburg including Salzkammergut or a tour in Passau and Linz. You can also enjoy the day cruising the Danube. Arrive in Linz at 4:30 pm and depart at 10 pm.  

Day 4

Melk from 8 am. Depart 9 am.

Weissenkirchen from 10:30 am until 13:30 pm

Arrive Vienna 7 pm  - Overnight.

Included tour of Melk Abbey, wine tasting and drive though the Wachau Valley.

Optional tour for a concert visit to preform famous of Vienna composers.

Day 5

All day in Vienna. Depart after midnight.

Included city tour. Optional tour to Schönbrunn Palace this afternoon.

Day 6

Bratislava from 8:00 am to 10 pm. Captains Gala Dinner.

City tour of Bratislava.

Optional tour to Imperial Schlosshof Palace

Day 7

Esztergom 7:00 am - 8:30 am.

Budapest arrive 1 pm and overnight.

Included city tour of Budapest.

Optional tour to Esztergom and Szentendre.

Day 8

Disembark after breakfast in Budapest.

Included Excursions

Regensburg City Tour

Regensburg is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Germany, and its historic buildings (about 1,400) are most impressive. The castle-like residences of the wealthy, patrician families with their high towers dominated the townscape of the Middle Ages and still testify the same status today. Among this architectural regensburg-03_med_hrtreasures are cathedrals, churches, monasteries, the town hall, and one of Europe’s oldest bridges that has spanned the Danube since the 12th century. During this walk you will recognize the former power and wealth of this city, which once controlled the trade route to the Orient.

During a  visit of the Regensburg Cathedral, dedicated to St. Peter, you can admire the emblem of Gothic architecture in southern Germany (visit subject to being open to the public during your tour).


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.

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.

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 participate 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. 

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,



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).

Additional Excursions & Extensions

Prague pre or post extension

pi2933-hr_med_hrWe can arranged for you an extension to Prague right before 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. 

Weltenburg Abbey

A coach brings you towards Weltenburg, with a brief detour to the “Hall of Liberation”. It is an historical classical monument upon Mount Michelsberg above the city of Kelheim. It is an impressive marble building fashioned after the Parthenon in Athens. It towers high above the Danube and can be seen from far across the plains.

Afterwards you board an excursion boat, which takes you past the former city of the Wittelsbacher through the nature reserve ”Weltenburger Enge” to the Benedictine abbey of Weltenburg. The monastery, founded by Irish orScottish monks in about 620 AD, is the oldest monastery in Bavaria. After a short tour of the abbey church you can taste the famous dark beer of Weltenburg, which is brewed here in the oldest monastery brewery in the world.  Cost is $65


Linz was founded by the Romans, who called it "Lentia", but there was already a Celtic settlement called "Lentos"; probably their word for the winding of a river. It was a prlinz_med_hrovincial and local government city of the Holy Roman Empire, and an important trading point connecting several routes. Being the city where the Habsburg Emperor Friedrich III spent his last years, it was, for a short period of time, the most important city in the empire. It lost its status to Vienna and Prague after the death of the Emperor in 1493.

There are many things to see in Linz. Take a stroll down the main street which leads to the main square. In addition to the medieval town square in the historic old town and the Mozarthaus see the Renaissance villas, as well as the old cathedral, with the Bruckner organ or the new cathedral. If time allows, you can taste a piece of the famous Linzer Torte (Linzer Cake) in one of the local bakeries.

 Price: $26 per person.

Note that this tour overlaps with the optional tour to Salzburg and therefore have a choice of going to Salzburg or taking this tour. 


During this walk round the old quarter of Passau your knowledgeable guide will point out many buildings that bear witness to its historical importance in the so called three river city. You can admire picturesque lanes, promenades and squares and find out some interesting facts about the Bishopric city. Above all, you will be especially impressed by the Baroque St. Stephen's cathedral, with the world's largest organ (17,974 pipes and 233 registers), the new Bishop's residence and the town hall. Price: $25 per person.

Note that this tour overlaps with the optional tour to Salzburg and  therefore have a choice of going to Salzburg or taking this tour.

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. 

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:

Silver I
Silver II
Silver III

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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

02 AMADEUS Silver II_Cabin 01a-2

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

Silver III
Rendering of Sun Deck with pool

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


Brilliant Lobby

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



Click here for photos of theAmadeus Elegant launched in 2010

Diamond Lobby

Click here for photo of the Amadeus Diamond launched in 2009



15 AMADEUS Princess Sun Deck

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03 AMADEUS Royal

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


07 AMADEUS Symphony

Click here to see photos of the extensively updated Amadeus Symphony

*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