Danube Rhapsody – 8 days
From Passau – Passau
This fascinating journey takes you along one of the most beautiful stretches of the Danube right in the heart of the once brilliant imperial and royal Austro-Hungarian monarchy. From the Bavarian city of Passau (where three rivers meet) the cruise goes downstream to Budapest, the city often described as the 'Queen of the Danube'. You pass through four European countries (Germany, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia) and three capitals (Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava).
|1 Passau||17:00||Embarkation from 16:00
Welcome Cocktail and Welcome Dinner in the evening
|2 Melk/Emmersdorf||09:00||13:00||Excursion to Melk Abbey and wine tasting|
|2 Vienna||19:15||"Sound of Vienna" concert visit (Cat. B)|
|3 Vienna||19:00|| City tour of Vienna in the morning
Guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace in the afternoon
|4 Budapest||11:30|| City tour of Budapest in the afternoon
Scenic evening cruise "Budapest by Night" with folklore show on board
|5 Budapest||13:00|| Excursion to the Puszta in the morning
Excursion to Szentendre and Esztergom in the afternoon
|5 Esztergom||18:30||19:00||(from Budapest/to Esztergom)|
|6 Bratislava||08:00||13:00||City tour of Bratislava|
|7 Linz||14:00||22:00||Linz walking tour|
|8 Passau||07:30||Disembarkation after breakfast|
We reserve the right to make amendments to the timetable and program.
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY PASSAU TO PASSAU
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 AUSTRIA: MELK/EMMERSDORF · 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, the vessel continues its journey to Vienna, arriving just in time to go ashore and enjoy an optional performance of the “Sound of Vienna”, at Vienna’s Kursalon, where the “Alt Wien” orchestra plays popular melodies from Vienna’s classical era. Remain overnight.
DAY 3 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 with 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 gardens of Empress Maria Theresia. After a full day of exploration, enjoy a relaxing dinner onboard as the vessel departs.
DAY 4 HUNGARY: BUDAPEST
After a relaxing morning onboard, arrive in Budapest shortly before lunch.
Spend the afternoon in this capital city which uniquely straddles the Danube River. A large portion of this city is a World Heritage Site, including the banks of the Danube, Andrassy Avenue, the Buda Castle quarter, Heroes’ Square, and the Millennium Underground Railway. With 80 geothermal hot springs, the third largest Parliament building in the world, and the second largest Synagogue, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy in this bustling metropolis.
A special treat this evening awaits, as musicians come onboard to entertain with traditional music of Hungary, as the vessel cruises the Danube to see this beautiful city by night.
DAY 5 BUDAPEST · ESZTERGOM
This morning offers time to discover more of Budapest or an opportunity to explore rural Hungary with a visit out to the ‘Puszta’ or countryside.
The vessel departs Budapest shortly after lunch and continues to Slovakia. Relax onboard or join the optional excursion to visit Szentendre, an artist’s village with galleries and art museum and Esztergom, the seat of the Hungarian Catholic church and former capital city. Those on excursion rejoin the vessel in Esztergom before dinner. Watch the departing lights of the city as the vessel continues on its way.
DAY 6 SLOVAKIA: BRATISLAVA
Discover the Slovak capital of Bratislava, it’s home to the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, its old city walls, the summer residence of the archbishop and the current residence of the president of Slovakia. Take a leisurely stroll from Michael’s Gate through the historic city center and the Primatial Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral. The Academia Istropolitana is the oldest university in the city, dating back to the 15th century.
Cruise the Danube this afternoon and enjoy the Captain’s Gala Dinner this evening.
DAY 7 AUSTRIA: LINZ
Enjoy a relaxing morning onboard before reaching Linz, the third largest city in Austria. See the Mozarthaus and the Renaissance villas here, along with the main street and square, which are marked with unique churches and concert venues. Time permitting, taste a piece of the famous Linzer Torte before returning to the ship. Join your fellow travelers for your last evening onboard.
DAY 8 GERMANY: PASSAU
After breakfast, we bid you farewell. We hope to welcome you back again soon!
2017 Rates in US Dollars
|Passau to Passau|
|28-Oct-17||Amadeus Silver II||$971||$1,352||$1,814||$2,064||$2,415||$3,062|
|Melk abbey and wine tasting||62 US$ 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 Budapest||37 US$ p.P.|
|Excursion to the Puszta||67 US$ p.P.|
|Excursion Esztergom-Szentendre||44 US$ p.P.|
|City tour Bratislava||37 US$ p.P.|
|City Walk Linz||22 US$ p.P.|
|Total:||242 US$||316 US$||422 US$|
|Packages booked in advance with 15% discount:||206 US$||269 US$||359 US$|
|Airport Munich – Port $71
|Train station – Port $24|