Classical Danube – 8 days
From Passau – Budapest from $674 USD
This cruise begins in Passau and then downstream along the Danube to Budapest, Hungary's exuberant capital. Highlights are sightseeing visits to Regensburg, Passau, Salzburg, Vienna and Bratislava. A visit to the Benedictine abbey of Melk and a drive through the picturesque Wachau district are also memorable. On this journey you get to know much about the heart of Europe - its countries, peoples and cultures.
|1 Passau||18:00||Embarkation from 16:00
Welcome Cocktail and Welcome Dinner in the evening
|2 Regensburg||09:30||20:00||Regensburg walking tour in the morning
Excursion to Weltenburg Abbey in the afternoon
Bavarian evening on board
|3 Passau||08:00||10:00||Passau walking tour in the morning* or full-day excursion to Salzburg incl. Salzkammergut and lunch (from Passau/to Linz)*|
|3 Linz||16:30||22:00||Linz walking tour in the afternoon*|
|4 Melk/Emmersdorf||08:00||09:00||Excursion to the Wachau incl. Melk Abbey and wine tasting|
|4 Weissenkirchen||10:30||13:00||(from Melk/to Weissenkirchen)|
|4 Vienna||19:00||"Sound of Vienna" concert visit (Cat. B)|
|5 Vienna||City tour of Vienna in the morning
Guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace in the afternoon
|6 Bratislava||08:00||22:00||City tour of Bratislava in the morning
Guided tour of the Imperial Schlosshof Palace in the afternoon
Captain’s Gala Dinner in the evening
|7 Esztergom||07:00||08:30||Excursion to Esztergom and Szentendre (from Esztergom to Budapest)|
|7 Budapest||13:00||City tour of Budapest
Scenic evening cruise
"Budapest by Night" with folklore show on board
|8 Budapest||Disembarkation after breakfast|
*Excursions operate at the same time; only one may be booked.
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY PASSAU TO BUDAPEST
DAY 1 GERMANY: PASSAU
This afternoon, embark the vessel and get settled into your cabin. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially prepared Welcome Dinner.
DAY 2 REGENSBURG
Begin your cruise with a visit to Regensburg. This UNESCO 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.
Back onboard this evening, experience a Bavarian evening with lively traditional music and a dinner of local specialties.
DAY 3 PASSAU | AUSTRIA: LINZ
A short stop this morning shows you the three rivers city of Passau, lying at the confluence of the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz. At St. Stephen’s Cathedral, see an organ with 17,774 pipes and 233 registers, the second largest in the world. The imposing fortress Veste Oberhaus is located high on the hill overlooking the town and the three rivers. This afternoon, the vessel stops in the third largest city in Austria – Linz. The main street and square are marked with unique churches, concert venues, and plenty of artists who come to the city to thrive.
Time permitting, sample one of the famous Linzer Tortes before returning to the vessel.
DAY 4 MELK/EMMERSDORF · WEISSENKIRCHEN · VIENNA
This morning presents an opportunity to visit the famous Benedictine Abbey of Melk which stands over the Danube, or continue with the vessel to the town of Weissenkirchen. Here, sample some of the region’s famous Riesling wines or enjoy a leisurely stroll through the cobbled streets. Everyone will rejoin the ship in the early afternoon to continue on to Vienna.
After arrival in Vienna, opt for the “Sound of Vienna” and listen to the “Alt Wien” orchestra play popular pieces from Vienna’s classical era, as the vessel remains overnight.
DAY 5 VIENNA
There is much to see in Imperial Vienna: its Imperial palaces, Museums Quarter with historic and contemporary buildings displaying works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and other artists, the impressive buildings along the Ringstrasse, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the famous Vienna State Opera among many others. This afternoon perhaps venture to Schönbrunn Palace, the sumptuous summer palace and gardens of Empress Maria Theresia and the Habsburg empire. After a full day of exploration, enjoy a relaxing dinner onboard.
The vessel departs Vienna in the early hours.
DAY 6 VIENNA | SLOVAKIA: BRATISLAVA
Awake today the capital city of Bratislava in Slovakia. Walking 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.
You can also walk through the restored old town, from Michael’s Gate, where you can admire sights such as the Primatial Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral, a former coronation cathedral for Hungarian kings. Bratislava is a little jewel along the Danube.
DAY 7 HUNGARY: ESZTERGOM · BUDAPEST
Relax onboard as the vessel makes its way to Budapest, Hungary. For those interested in exploring the Hungarian countryside, spend the morning visiting Esztergom and its Basilica dedicated to Saint Mary, and Szentendre, known for its art galleries and museums.
After lunch, explore the beautiful Hungarian capital of Budapest. Uniquely straddling the Danube river, the Buda side with its Fisherman’s Bastion and the Pest Side with its famous Hungarian Parliament building, are connected by the beautiful Chain Bridge. An evening cruise onboard your Amadeus vessel along the illuminated skyline, accompanied by a folklore show of music and dance, is a perfect ending to your visit.
DAY 8 BUDAPEST
After breakfast, we bid you farewell. We hope to welcome you back again soon!
2017 Rates in US Dollars
|Departure||Ship||Mozart-Deck A-1||Strauss-Deck B-1||Strauss-Deck B-4||Haydn-Deck C-1||Haydn-Deck C-4||Haydn-Deck C-EK||Mozart-Balcony|
|Passau to Budapest|
|06-Jun-17||Amadeus Silver III||$3,798
|Budapest to Passau|
|29-Jul-17||Amadeus Silver II||$3,354||$3,004||$2,726||$2,292||$1,941||$4,001|
|City walk Regensburg||18 US$ p.P.|
|Excursion Weltenburg monastery||65 US$ p.P.|
|City walk Passau||18 US$ p.P.|
|City tour Salzburg with Salzkammergut and lunch||106 US$ p.P.|
|City walk Linz||22 US$ p.P.|
|Wachau incl. Melk Abbey and wine tasting||62 US$ p.P.|
|Concert "Sound of Vienna" (Cat. B)||62 US$ p.P.|
|City tour Vienna||38 US$ p.P.|
|Visit Schoenbrunn Castle||52 US$ p.P.|
|City tour Bratislava||37 US$ p.P.|
|Visit Imperial Festival Palace – Castle Hof||58 US$ p.P.|
|Excursion Esztergom-Szentendre||44 US$ p.P.|
|City tour Budapest||37 US$ p.P.|
|Total:||193 US$||301 US$||514 US$||580 US$|
|Packages booked in advance with 15% discount:||164 US$||256 US$||437 US$||493 US$|
|Airport Munich – Port $71
|Train station – Port $24|
|Port – Airport $49|
| Port – Train station $28
|Port – Budapest City Center $22|