Classical Danube River Cruise

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8 Days
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Budapest, Passau

Cruise the Danube River aboard the Amadeus Brilliant. Enjoy stops in Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Linz, Regensburg, and Passau and conclude in Munich. Experience museums, baroque castles, gardens, and a wine tasting along the way.

RIVER CRUISE PROGRAM - Scheduled departures – 8 day/7 night package visiting Budapest, Esztergom, Bratislava, Vienna, Duernstein, Melk, Linz, Aschach, Passau & Regensburg. Includes arrival and departure transfers, a 7-night Danube cruise with gourmet all-inclusive meals plus midnight snacks, audio headsets for all excursions, multilingual cruise director, unlimited red & white wines with every dinner onboard, coffee & tea after lunch & dinner, 24-hour complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate, & water, cocktail reception, welcome dinner, Captain’s Gala dinner, special onboard entertainment including lectures, cooking demonstrations, onboard music performances, & nightly music by the Amadeus Duo, use of onboard bicycles, & all port taxes & local taxes. ** Excursion Packages: We are able to offer composed sets of excursions that you can book in advance that includes a discount. All excursions can of course also be booked individually at regular rates on board.


  • Accommodations as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary; breakfast (B), lunch (L), dinner (D)
  • Travel funds escrow protection program
  • Train tickets as per the itinerary
  • Complimentary quality European red and white wines with every dinner
  • Cruise director throughout the cruise
  • Special onboard entertainment per itinerary
  • Captain's Gala Dinner
  • On ship gourmet dining including buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack
  • Complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water throughout the cruise


  • Shore excursions as per itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • All other items not mentioned as included
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Select local taxes where applicable




Budapest – Arrival – Embark Cruise

Cruise Line: Amadeus Imperial or similar cruises

Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your cruise ship to embark on your 8-day cruise (check-in starts at 4:00 pm). A welcome cocktail and dinner as well as a fascinating evening cruise along the illuminated city including a typical Hungarian folklore show aboard awaits you tonight.(D) 



Budapest – Esztergom (Hungary)

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In the morning, consider joining an optional city tour of Budapest with visits to the Fishermen‘s Bastion and the Matthias Church. In the afternoon, you may join an optional excursion to Szentendre and Esztergom, known for its museums, galleries, and local artists (if you have joined this excursion you will rejoin the ship in Esztergom). The ship departs Budapest for Esztergom at 1.30 pm. (B,L,D)  Optional City tour of Budapest: Budapest, the “Queen of the Danube”, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and has managed to retain a charm of its own with the help of renovations in recent years. The Danube flows through the heart of the city, dividing it into two parts: Buda and Pest. The tour first takes you through Pest, past the Great Market Hall with its outstanding gourmet shops and stalls. You will see splendid Baroque buildings such as the Hungarian State Opera in Neo-Renaissance style and the incomparable parliament building, which was finished in 1904 and has been an emblem of the city ever since then. There’s an opportunity for a photo stop at the Heroes’ Square, famous for its monuments to many Hungarian kings. Continue aross one of the seven bridges into Buda and go up to Castle Hill, where you will visit St. Matthew’s Church and the famous Fisherman’s Bastion (provided that it is open to the public). Enjoy the unforgettable view over the city before returning to the vessel. Optional Excursion to Szentendre and Estzergom: The tour departs from Budapest and travels to the artists’ village of Szentendre. The town 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 arts. One of the most visited museums of the whole country, the Margit Kovács Museum, is also located here. Foetér, the main square, is particularly well worth seeing, as it is surrounded by impressive buildings from the time of the Rococo and the Baroque. Your tour continues to the imposing ruined fortress of Visegrad, where you have a glorious view of the “knee” of the Danube. Subsequently the excursion leads you along the Danube to Esztergom, the former residence of the Hungarian kings and seat of the Archbishop, which is one of the highlights of this excursion. Visit the vast domed basilica which is the largest cathedral in Hungary. Built in the early 19th century, it incorporates an ornate red marble chapel from an earlier church.



Bratislava (Slovakia)

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Arrive in Bratislava in the morning where you can join an optional city tour. In the afternoon, consider joining an optional guided tour of the Imperial Schlosshof Palace. Depart for Vienna at 11:00 pm. (B,L,D)  Optional City tour of Bratislava: During this tour you will get to know the capital of the young Slovakian Republic. The gorgeous old town has maintained its Gothic-Baroque style. The tour passes St. Martin’s Cathedral and the Grassalkovich Palace and continues up to the hill, where you will have a stunning, panoramic view of the city and surrounding areas. Afterwards, you have the opportunity to participate in a guided walking tour through the restored old town. From Michael’s Gate you will take a leisurely stroll through the historic city center, where you can admire sights such as the Primatial Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral, a former coronation cathedral for Hungarian kings, as well as the Academia Istropolitana, 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 Maximilian Fountain. Optional Excursion to Schloss Hof Palace and Estate: From Bratislava the coach takes you to the Castle Hof in Austria. The magnificent complex was built in the early 18th century through the efforts of two of the most important personalities of the Austrian Baroque period. Field Marshall Prince Eugene of Savoy was already a legend in his lifetime. An art enthusiast, he provided almost unlimited funding for the construction of the castle. The brilliant architect Lucas von Hildebrandt created a virtuoso masterpiece comprising a magnificent palace, beautifully designed, terraced gardens and an idyllic country estate. Under its subsequent owner, Empress Maria Theresa, an additional storey was added to the palatial building, which was remodelled in the style of French Classicism in accordance with the tastes of the time. It is unique in Europe and has become a top destination for those who seek to delight in culture, nature and the fascinating world of the Baroque. After visiting the inside of the castle, you will have enough free time to see the beautiful garden and the Maierhof with its numerous animals.



Vienna (Austria)

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Arrive in Vienna at 7:00 am. Spend a full day in Vienna and enjoy this city of music, rich in architectural ensembles including Baroque castles and beautiful gardens. In the morning, you may join an optional city tour of Vienna. Consider taking an optional guided tour of Schoenbrunn Palace in the afternoon. An optional "Sound of Vienna" concert will be offered in the evening. (B,L,D)  Optional City tour of Vienna: While it may take days or weeks to fully discover Vienna, this tour will give you an overall impression of the most important sights Vienna has to offer. First, you will drive along the famous Ringstrasse, passing several magnificent buildings like the stunning opera house, the parliament, the Court Theatre and Vienna’s imposing city hall. The panoramic drive is followed by a guided walk through the city center where you will get to know Vienna at its fullest. Begin at the well-known Hofburg Imperial Palace, walk along the Kohl market and finish at Vienna’s iconic St. Stephen’s cathedral. Before returning to the ship, enjoy free time to stroll along the pedestrian area. Optional Guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace: Travel by coach to one of the most beautiful sights of Vienna, Schönbrunn Palace. As one of the most important cultural heritage sites in Austria, Schönbrunn Palace and its gardens were declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. The reign of Maria Theresia signified the most splendid era for Schönbrunn. The castle and park were the center of court and political life. Under the personal guidance of the Empress, it was remodelled and expanded to become a royal residence; a complex with a total of 1,441 rooms and halls was created. Visit many of the ceremonial rooms and then have the opportunity to walk around the beautifully designed gardens of the palace. Optional Concert "Sound of Vienna": In the very place where Johann Strauss himself once directed his orchestra from his position as first violin, the true essence of Vienna’s classical music can once again be heard daily. The “Salonorchester Alt Wien”, one of the best-known interpreters of classical Viennese music, presents an evening full of Viennese charm with the lilting sound of waltzes, polkas, arias and duets, as well as operetta and piano concert melodies. Accompanied by excellent opera singers and enchanting ballet soloists, Vienna’s classical music reveals itself as a living firework display for the senses.



Vienna – Duernstein – Melk (Austria)

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This morning, you will be in Duernstein where you can join an optional city walk with wine tasting. Arrive in Melk at 3:00 pm and consider joining an optional excursion to the local abbey, set in a picturesque landscape by the Danube River. Depart for Linz at 7:00 pm. (B,L,D)  Optional Dürnstein walking tour and wine tasting: Melk Abbey is an Austrian Benedictine abbey and one of the world’s most famous monastic sites. The impressive Baroque abbey was built between 1702 and 1736 and is the biggest monastery complex of the Austrian baroque period. The abbey’s church, with frescos by Johann Michael Rottmayr, and the impressive library with countless medieval manuscripts and frescos by Paul Troger are particularly noteworthy. A guided tour takes you through the abbot’s chambers, along the imperator’s walk, through the marble hall, the balconies and the library. At the end of the tour we will invite you for a complimentary glass of wine. Optional Excursion to Melk Abbey: Melk Abbey is an Austrian Benedictine abbey and one of the world’s most famous monastic sites. The impressive Baroque abbey was built between 1702 and 1736 and is the biggest monastery complex of the Austrian baroque period. The abbey’s church, with frescos by Johann Michael Rottmayr, and the impressive library with countless medieval manuscripts and frescos by Paul Troger are particularly noteworthy. A guided tour takes you through the abbot’s chambers, along the imperator’s walk, through the marble hall, the balconies and the library. At the end of the tour we will invite you for a complimentary glass of wine.



Linz (Austria) – Aschach – Passau (Germany)

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Arrive in Linz at 7:00 am where you can enjoy an optional city walk (if you have joined this tour you will travel to Aschach by bus). As an alternative, an optional full-day excursion to Salzburg including the Salzkammergut will be offered as well (if you have joined this excursion you will travel to Passau by bus). Sail to Passau where you will arrive at 5:00 pm. Consider joining an optional walking tour. Tonight, enjoy a Captain’s Gala Dinner. (B,L,D)  Optional Linz walking tour: Discover the upper Austrian state capital Linz on a walking tour. There are many things worth seeing 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, you can see the Renaissance villas, the old cathedral with the Bruckner organ or the new cathedral. Visits depend on Cathedral and Mass openings/times.Visible from afar is the pilgrimage basilica on the mountain Poestling, the landmark of the town. A modern counterpart are the Lentos art museum and the Ars Electronica centre, with its striking glass facade offering a diverse play of colour in the darkness. If time allows, you can taste a piece of the famous Linzer Torte (Linzer Cake) in one of the local bakeries. Afterwards, your coach takes you to rejoin the ship in Aschach. Optional Full-day excursion to Salzburg including Salzkammergut and lunch: A two-hour coach ride will bring you to Salzburg — the city of music. The old town with its world-famous Baroque architecture is one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps. It was adopted by UNESCO in 1997 and is included on its list of World Cultural Heritage Sites. During the guided tour through the old town you will see the birth house of Mozart (exterior only), as well as other well-known attractions such as the ‘Getreidegasse‘, the gorgeous cathedral of the town and the area of the Salzburg festival. On arrival, you will see the fortress ‘Hohensalzburg’ from abroad. After enjoying an included lunch, you will head to the picturesque village of Mondsee, best known as a film location for the famous movie “The Sound of Music”. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you return to the ship. Optional Passau walking tour: Join us on a gorgeous walk through the old city of Passau. The baroque city on three rivers has long been a magnet for traders and travellers. Our “Little Venice” will astonish you from your first moments in its winding streets. In the heart of the Old Town lies our most known site – St Stephen’s Cathedral, often known as a baroque cathedral with a gothic soul. The impressive pipe organ helps make St Stephen’s a true highlight of our three river city. High above the Old Town sits one of the largest fortress complexes in all Europe – the Veste Oberhaus which can be discovered on your own at the end of the walking tour. Accessible via the exterior walls, never conquered, never completely destroyed; the Veste Oberhaus is a prime example of long term historical construction.



Regensburg (Germany)

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In the morning, arrive in Regensburg with its large medieval center, located at the convergence of the Danube and Regen Rivers. You will have a full day to explore this town. Consider joining optional walking tour of Regensburg in the morning. In the afternoon, you may join an optional excursion to the Weltenburg Abbey. Tonight, enjoy a Bavarian evening on board. (B,L,D)  Optional Regensburg walking tour: Regensburg is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Germany and its historic buildings are very impressive. Among these architectural treasures are 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 feel the former power and wealth of this city, which once controlled the trade route to the Orient. During a short visit to the Regensburg Cathedral, dedicated to St. Peter, you can admire this masterpiece of Gothic architecture in southern Germany (Visits depend on the opening hours of the Cathedral and/or if a mass is celebrated, etc.). Optional Excursion to Weltenburg Abbey: A coach brings you to Weltenburg, with a brief detour to the “Hall of Liberation” which is a historical, classical monument on 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 afar. Afterwards, board an excursion boat which will takes you past the former city of the Wittelsbacher Dynasty and through the nature reserve,“Weltenburger Enge”, to the Benedictine abbey of Weltenburg. The monastery, founded by Irish or Scottish monks in about 620 AD, is the oldest monastery in Bavaria. After a short tour of the abbey church taste the famous dark beer of Weltenburg, which is brewed here in the oldest monastery brewery in the world.



Passau – Disembark Cruise – Munich (Germany)

First Class – B1 Strauss: or similar accommodations

First Class – C1 Haydn: Mercure Muenchen City Center or similar accommodations

Disembark from your ship after breakfast. You will be transferred to Passau train station or Munich airport for your onward journey or flight home.(B) 



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