Luftner Cruises

Across Europe – 15 days

From Amsterdam to Budapest

2000 kilometers across Europe, from Amsterdam at the North Sea to Budapest, the "Queen of the Danube", a journey along Europe's most important waterways (the Dutch canals and the rivers Rhine, Main and Danube). Its highlights are passing through the Rhine-Main-Danube canal, touring important and famous cities (Amsterdam, Cologne, Wuerzburg, Bamberg, Regensburg, Salzburg, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest), distinctive landscapes such as the Loreley and the picturesque Wachau district.

Itinerary

DAY/PORT

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PROGRAM

1 Amsterdam     Embarkation from 16:00
Welcome Cocktail and Welcome Dinner in the evening
2 Amsterdam   8:30 City tour of Amsterdam with canal trip and North Holland excursion
2 Utrecht 11:30 12:30 (from Amsterdam/to Utrecht)
3 Cologne 10:00 20:00 Cologne walking tour in the morning
Afternoon excursion to the Siebengebirge National Park and Drachenfels Castle
4 Oberwesel 9:00 12:00 Scenic cruising through the Upper Middle Rhine valley
Oberwesel walking tour
5 Miltenberg 14:00 14:30 Miltenberg and Wertheim walking tours
5 Wertheim 18:30 19:00 (from Miltenberg/to Wertheim)
6 Würzburg 9:00 13:00 Würzburg walking tour with wine tasting
7 Bamberg 13:00 19:00 Bamberg walking tour
Evening talk on board about the Rhine-Main-Danube canal
8 Nuremberg 7:30 17:00 City tour of Nuremberg in the morning
Morning guided tour of the Documentation Centre of Nuremberg
Cruise the European Watershed in the evening
9 Regensburg 13:00 22:00 Regensburg walking tour
Bavarian evening on board
10 Passau 12:00 16:00 Passau walking tour
11 Melk/Emmersdorf 6:30 11:00 Excursion to Melk Abbey in the morning
11 Dürnstein 12:30 15:00 Dürnstein walking tour and wine tasting in the afternoon
11 Vienna 19:30   “Sound of Vienna“ concert visit (Cat. B)
12 Vienna   23:59 City tour of Vienna in the morning
Guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace in the afternoon
13 Bratislava 7:00 20:00 City tour of Bratislava in the morning
Afternoon guided tour of the Imperial Schlosshof Palace
Captain’s Gala Dinner in the evening
14 Budapest 8:30   City tour of Budapest in the morning
Excursion to the Royal Palace of Gödöllö in the afternoon
Scenic evening cruise “Budapest by Night“ with folklore show on board
15 Budapest     Disembarkation after breakfast

We reserve the right to make amendments to the timetable and program.

 

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY AMSTERDAM TO BUDAPEST

 

DAY 1 NETHERLANDS: AMSTERDAM

The historic Dutch capital city of Amsterdam is a wonderful starting point for your 15 day European cruise across Europe. After embarkation, enjoy an evening Welcome Cocktail, followed by a carefully prepared Welcome Dinner. The vessel overnights in Amsterdam.

DAY 2 AMSTERDAM · UTRECHT

Begin your exploration with a relaxing cruise through a myriad of landscapes along the Rhine river. For more active pursuits, spend the morning exploring the canal city of Amsterdam and the surrounding countryside, rejoining the vessel in the town of Utrecht in time for lunch. This evening join your fellow travelers for dinner.

DAY 3 GERMANY: COLOGNE

After breakfast, view our arrival into the beautiful city of Cologne. Every year visitors from all over the world are drawn to the historical city and its 2000-year history. Explore the historic Old Town and visit the famous twin-spired Cologne Cathedral, along with the twelve Romanesque Cathedrals that span the city. There are many medieval houses, bridges, and gates that will delight the historian in you, while the more modern skyscrapers that tower overhead are sure to impress. To sample a bit of local flora and fauna, the National Park lies a short ride from the city.

After an exciting day, return to the vessel spend the evening cruising the Danube.

DAY 4 OBERWESEL

Early this morning, join your fellow travelers on deck for the famous passage of the Lorelei. This narrow passage on the Rhine has inspired a modern day folklore story of the siren of the river. After breakfast the vessel docks in Oberwesel, the ‘City of Towers,’. Enjoy a walk around the wall that still surrounds much of the city. There are a large number of churches, as well as many historic houses that showcase the architecture of the 17th and 18th centuries. Spend the afternoon relaxing on deck, with the passing of the beautiful Rhineland countryside, as the vessel continues its journey.

DAY 5 MILTENBERG · WERTHEIM

Today, choose to remain onboard for a relaxing day or join our optional excursion in the afternoon to Miltenberg and Wertheim, 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. In Wertheim explore the medieval streets with its half timbered houses and glass museum. In Miltenberg, walk through the streets lined with half timbered houses and historic market square. This evening, enjoy another memorable meal as the ship plies the waters toward our next stop.

DAY 6 WÜRZBURG

Welcome to the Bavarian city of Würzburg, located in the heart of the Franconian wine region! Experience the many beautiful sights of the town such as the marketplace, the Maria Chapel and the old main bridge, the Marienberg Fortress and the surrounding vineyards. As the central hub for wineries in this part of Germany, Würzburg is the perfect place to visit some of the local wineries for tastings.
Relax onboard this afternoon and enjoy a sumptuous dinner.

DAY 7 BAMBERG

The morning is spent cruising the beautiful Main.

After lunch arrive in the UNESCO-protected Imperial city of Bamberg and see the New Residence, the unique Town Hall built on a bridge, and the Imperial Cathedral with its four towers. Overlooking the city are seven churches, each atop a hill, surrounding the town. This evening, we transit the Main-Danube canal highlighted with a talk onboard about this important waterway.

DAY 8 NUREMBERG

Following breakfast, enjoy your day in Nuremberg. Consider a visit to the romantic Old Town of Nuremberg, lovingly restored after the destruction incurred during World War II. A hub for history, Nuremberg is home to many museums including the Documentation Center, which recounts the effects of the Nazi Regime and World War II on the city and surrounding areas. Back on board, it’s full steam ahead before crossing the European watershed separating the Main and Danube Rivers.

DAY 9 REGENSBURG

In the afternoon, visit one of Germany’s most well preserved medieval cities. This UNESCO world heritage site boasts architecture from many centuries, reflective of its varied history throughout the centuries. The stone bridge, built in 1135–1146, the Church of St James, and the Schloss of Thurn and Taxis are a few of the highlights of this beautiful city.

This evening is a special Bavarian theme celebrating the wonderful region cruised thus far.

DAY 10 PASSAU

Arrive in time for lunch in the three-rivers city of Passau, lying at the confluence of the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz. Explore the city with its St. Stephen’s Cathedral, home to one of the largest pipe organs in the world. The imposing fortress Veste Oberhaus is located high on the hill, overlooking the town and the three rivers.

Back onboard, enjoy dinner as the vessel sets off toward the romantic Wachau Valley.

DAY 11 AUSTRIA: MELK/EMMERSDORF · DÜRNSTEIN · VIENNA

In the early morning, dock in Emmersdorf, in the heart of the UNESCO-protected, cultural heritage landscape, of the Wachau Valley. Spend the morning discovering this typical small town in Lower Austria or travel across the river to nearby Melk and its magnificent Benedictine abbey – the largest in Austria.

Back onboard for lunch, continue through the vineyards of the Wachau to the village of Dürnstein. Spend the afternoon in the romantic village with its iconic blue church and winding streets, and perhaps sample the local wines.

After dinner, arrive in Vienna and opt for the “Sound of Vienna” and listen to the “Alt Wien” orchestra play popular pieces from Vienna’s classical era, at a local salon, as the vessel remains overnight.

DAY 12 VIENNA

There is much to see and do in this Imperial capital city. Drive the Ringstrasse with its impressive buildings, see the famous Vienna State Opera House, the Museums Quarter with historic and contemporary buildings housing works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and other artists, St Stephen’s Cathedral and numerous other important sites.

In the afternoon continue your exploration or perhaps venture to Schönbrunn Palace, the sumptuous former summer palace and beautiful gardens of Empress Maria Theresia.

After a full day of exploration, enjoy a relaxing dinner onboard.

DAY 13 SLOVAKIA: BRATISLAVA

Awake today in the capital city of Bratislava in Slovakia. Walk through the city, see the home of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the old city walls, the summer residence of the archbishop and the current residence of the president of Slovakia. Traverse through the restored old town, from Michael’s Gate, and admire other impressive sights such as the Primatial Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral, former coronation cathedral for Hungarian kings. Bratislava is a little jewel along the Danube.

This evening celebrate with the Captain’s Gala Dinner.

DAY 14 HUNGARY: BUDAPEST

The beautiful Hungarian capital of Budapest is a perfect finale to your trip. One of the largest cities in the European Union, Budapest offers many interesting sites, including the largest building in Hungary: the neo-Gothic Parliament building, Fisherman’s Bastion, Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge, which connects the two sides of the city – Buda and Pest.

Onboard this evening, enjoy a Hungarian folklore show as your vessel cruises the Danube to see the beautiful city by night. Remain overnight.

DAY 15 BUDAPEST

After breakfast, we bid you farewell. We hope to welcome you back again soon!

 

2017 Rates in US Dollars

Departure Ship Haydn-Deck C-4 Haydn-Deck C-1 Haydn-Deck C-EK (single) Strauss-Deck B-4 Strauss-Deck B-1 Mozart-Deck A-1 Mozart-Balcony
Amsterdam to Budapest
05-May-17
Amadeus Elegant $4,270 $4,935 $4,935 $5,729 $6,229 $6,857 $7,219
31-Aug-17 Amadeus Princess $4,270 $4,935   $5,729 $6,229 $6,857 $7,984
Budapest to Amsterdam
13-Jun-17 Amadeus Silver III $4,694 $5,433   $6,302 $6,850 $7,540 $8,778
12-Aug-17 Amadeus Silver II $3,936 $4,658   $5,352 $6,006 $6,691 $7,928
21-Oct-17 Amadeus Silver $3,076 $3,797   $4,702 $5,201 $5,885 $7,142


Excursion Packages

    A B C D
City tour of Amsterdam with canal trip and North Holland 65 US$ P.P. yes yes yes yes
City walk Cologne 20 US$ P.P. yes yes yes  
Excursion to the National Park Siebengebirge and Drachenfels 70 US$ P.P.     yes  
Walking tour of Oberwesel 18 US$ P.P.     yes  
City walk Wertheim and Miltenberg 41 US$ P.P.   yes yes  
City walk Wuerzburg incl. wine tasting 59 US$ P.P. yes yes yes  
City walk Bamberg 29 US$ P.P.     yes  
City tour Nuremberg 43 US$ P.P. yes yes yes  
Visit Documentation Centre Nuremberg 55 US$ P.P.     yes  
City walk Regensburg 18 US$ P.P.   yes yes  
City walk Passau 18 US$ P.P.     yes  
Excursion Melk abbey 52 US$ P.P. yes yes yes  
City Walk Duernstein with wine tasting 28 US$ P.P.     yes  
Concert "Sound of Vienna" (Cat. B) 62 US$ P.P.     yes  
City tour Vienna 38 US$ P.P. yes yes yes  
Visit Schoenbrunn Castle 52 US$ P.P.     yes  
City tour Bratislava 37 US$ P.P. yes yes yes  
Imperial Festival Palace - Castle Hof 58 US$ P.P.   yes yes  
City tour Budapest 37 US$ P.P. yes yes yes  
Excursion castle Gödöllö and horseshow 52 US$ P.P.     yes  
Total: 352 US$ 468 US$ 851 US$  
Packages booked in advance with 15% discount: 299 US$ 398 US$ 724 US$  

 

Transfers Amsterdam
Airport – Port $54
Train station – Port $44

 

Transfers Budapest
Port – Airport $49
Port – Train station $28
Port – Budapest City Center $22

 

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