Classical Danube River Cruise 4 Star (Passau - Budapest)
- Discover the Danube on this delightful river cruise through Austria, Hungary, Germany & Slovakia.
- Stay 7 nights on board a 4-star MS Amadeus ship with entertainment & food provided.
- Ports of call include Melk / Emmersdorf, Linz, Vienna, Budapest, Esztergom & Bratislava.
- Experience the cities of Passau, Vienna, Bratislava & Salzburg with guided walking tours & leisure time.
- Enjoy plenty of free time to explore & optional excursions like the ‘Sound of Vienna’ concert.
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Your Escorted Danube River Cruise Holiday
Join us to discover the highlights dotted along Europe’s second longest waterway on our 7-night Danube River Cruise. We’ll begin our journey in Passau with a guided city tour before commencing our cruise. Travelling on board an MS Amadeus vessel, we will experience the elegance of a boutique hotel as we’re transported to some of Europe’s most exciting cities. To give a taste of life along the Danube, a guided walking tour of Bratislava, a half day tour of Vienna and a full day excursion to Salzburg and Salzkammergut are also included. These excursions are led by expert local guides who will share their wealth of knowledge and take you to the highlights of each destination. Much smaller than an ocean liner, the ship will take you into the heart of most cities you visit, giving you more time to see the sites and enjoy your time ashore.
Please Note: This holiday may not be suitable for those with reduced mobility. For more details, please contact us.
Activity Level: Leisurely
Travel to Germany
Passau City Tour
Upon arrival in Munich, we will be met by our local guide who will assist us in the transfer to Passau port with a guided Passau city tour en-route. Let's discover the beauty of this elegant German city. Created by Italian baroque masters in the 17th century, it is filled soaring towers, picturesque places, enchanting promenades and romantic lanes. Let's take in highlights such as St. Stephen's Cathedral, in which the world's largest cathedral organ sounds, the majestic fortress Veste Oberhaus on the Danube's side and the Pilgrimage Church "Mariahilf" on the Inn's side.
Commence River Cruise
In the afternoon we will be transferred to Passau port to join our River Cruise. Settle in to our cabin and explore the range of facilities on board our ship as we embark on our 7-night cruise along the Danube. Sit back with a welcome cocktail in one of the lounge areas, followed by a tasty welcome dinner.
Explore Regensburg City
Today will be spent at Regensburg. You will have free time to explore the city. Situated at the confluence of the Danube, Naab and Regen rivers, Regensburg is the fourth-largest city in the State of Bavaria and is an important political, economic and cultural base. The medieval centre of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Bavarian Evening and Passau
Enjoy a traditional Bavarian evening hosted by the crew on board your ship. You will sail towards Passau this evening.
Salzburg, Salzkammergut & Linz
Salzburg City Tour
This morning, disembark the ship for an included full day excursion to Salzburg and Salzkammergut with lunch included. 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 centres north of the Alps. It was adopted by UNESCO in 1997 and is included on its list of World Cultural Heritage Sites. Salzburg is also the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. During the guided tour through the old town you will see the birth house of the musician (outside only), as well as other well-known attractions, such as the Getreidegasse. This long yet narrow shopping street runs parallel to the river in the centre of town. The street is famous for its old-style signage outside each store, indicating the profession found within. You will continue to the Mirabell Palace, a beautiful castle with gardens, built by an archbishop for his beloved courtesan. Look out for the Garden of Dwarfs and the Garden of Roses, as they are especially beautiful.
Explore Salzkammergut and Linz
After the included lunch, you will head to the picturesque village Mondsee in Salzkammergut, which was the film location for the well-known movie “The Sound of Music”. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you head back to the ship which will be docked in Linz.
Emmersdorf & Weissenkirchen
Arrive into the charming town of Emmersdorf in the Melk district of Austria. Here, you can take an optional excursion to visit Melk Abbey (payable locally) or continue on with your ship to Weissenkirchen.
The boat will depart Emmersdorf and travel on to the town of Weissenkirchen where you can spend a leisurely day shopping and relaxing with a drink in one of the local coffee shops. The ship will depart Weissenkirchen towards Vienna in the late afternoon.
Vienna City Tour
This morning you will embark on an included city tour of 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 or Vienna’s imposing city hall. The tour is followed by a guided walk through the city centre where you will get to know Vienna at its fullest. You will start 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 you have some free time to stroll along the pedestrian area.
Optional ‘Sound of Vienna’ Concert
This evening, there will be an optional ‘Sound of Vienna’ concert (payable locally), a chance to experience some of the classical music for which Vienna is known.
Bratislava City Tour
You will arrive at Bratislava in the early morning. The city is small and best explored on foot. Following breakfast, enjoy an included walking tour of this compact city. 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 centre, 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.
Captain's Gala Dinner
This evening you will enjoy a Captain's Gala Dinner while the ship travels to Esztergom.
Esztergom & Budapest
Today, an optional excursion to Szentendre and Esztergom will be offered in the morning (payable locally). One of Hungary's oldest cities, Esztergom was formerly the capital and is home to the Basilica, the main Roman Catholic church of Hungary.
The ship continues to Budapest where it will be docked for the night. In the afternoon, you will have free time to explore the city at your own pace. Tonight, experience another side of the city with an evening cruise along the Danube to see the sights of the city at night. Look out for Budapest's spectacular parliament which is particularly beautiful when illuminated.
City tour of Budapest & transfer to the airport
It is time to say goodbye after a full week of delights aboard your Amadeus ship. After breakfast, you will be met by our local guide and embark on a city tour of Budapest. Let's take in sights such as Heroes Square, the Synagogue and the Castle District. A highlight is our walk by the Mathias Church and Fishermen’s Bastion for stunning photos of the views over the Danube and our visit to St. Stephan’s Basilica.
in the late afternoon we will head to the airport for our flight home. It's time to start thinking about where to go on our next river cruise holiday!
Please note the inclusion of a city tour of Budapest is dependent on flight times.
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements
What if there is an emergency?
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.
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