Danube Rhapsody River Cruise (Passau - Passau)
- Explore the Danube River Valley on this guided cruise to Germany, Austria, Slovakia & Hungary.
- Enjoy 7-nights on board a 4 Star MS Amadeus ship.
- Ports of call include Melk / Emmersdorf, Linz, Vienna, Budapest, Esztergom & Bratislava.
- Discover the history of Munich, Vienna, Bratislava & Passau with city tours & leisure time in each.
- Sample regional flavours & culture with a wine tasting at a Wachau vineyard & tour of Melk Abbey.
- Unwind with free time to relax on-board the ship or explore at your own pace with tips from your guide.
Your Escorted Danube Rhapsody River Cruise Holiday Overview
Discover the highlights dotted along the Danube with us on a 7-night river cruise holiday from Passau. Travelling onboard an MS Amadeus ship, we’ll experience the elegance of a boutique hotel as we’re transported to some of Europe’s most exciting cities. To give you a taste of life along the Danube, we’ll enjoy included excursions like a guided walking tour of Bratislava, a half day tour of Vienna, a half day visit to Melk Abbey, and a tasting tour of a local winery. Each excursion is led by an expert local guide, who will share their wealth of knowledge and take us to the highlights of each destination. You’ll also have plenty of leisure time to avail of the ship’s many amenities or explore more with additional optional excursions available at each port of call.
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, you will be met by your local guide who will assist you in the transfer to Passau port. A guided Passau city tour will be provided en-route. The setting of the old town, created by Italian baroque masters in the 17th century, shows soaring towers, picturesque places, enchanting promenades and romantic lanes. 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 you will be transferred to Passau port to join your River Cruise. Settle in to your cabin and explore the range of facilities on board your ship as you embark on your 7-night cruise along the Danube. Sit back with a welcome cocktail in one of the lounge areas, followed by a tasty welcome dinner.
Guided Excursion to Melk Abbey
Today you will wake up in Emmersdorf where you will enjoy an 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 features frescos by Johann Michael Rottmayr and the impressive library contains countless medieval manuscripts and frescos by Paul Troger. 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, enjoy a wine tasting session at a local Wachau vineyard before departing for Vienna where the ship will dock for the evening.
Vienna City Tour
This morning you will embark on a 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 Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace
An optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace will be offered in the afternoon (payable locally). One of the most important cultural and historic monuments in Austria, the 1,441 room Baroque palace is surrounded by a magnificent garden, known as the Gloriette, giving unforgettable views over the palace area. The ship will depart Vienna in the late evening.
At Leisure in Budapest
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Budapest, where the ship will be docked for the night, for sightseeing at your own pace. Alternatively, you can partake in a guided city tour in the afternoon (payable locally).
In the evening, enjoy a folklore show hosted by the crew on board your ship.
Budapest & Esztergom
Take in some further sightseeing, shopping or just relax prior to the ship's departure for the next destination, Esztergom, shortly after lunch.
An optional excursion to Szentendre and Esztergom will be offered in the afternoon (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. You will sail towards Bratislava in the evening.
Bratislava City Tour
You will arrive at Bratislava in the early morning. The city is small and best explored on foot. Following breakfast, enjoy a 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 Linz.
Today, you will have free time to explore Linz, a UNESCO City of Media Arts, at your own pace. Discover this city's charming old town filled with historic baroque architecture as well as its stunning natural landscape. Alternatively, you can partake in a guided walking tour of the city in the afternoon (payable locally).
Munich & Return Home
Munich City Tour
It is time to say goodbye after a full week of delights aboard your cruise vessel. You will be met by our local representative and transferred to Munich to enjoy a morning city tour. Highlights will include the Nymphenburg Palace, King's Square with its three temple buildings in the classical Greek style, the Bavarian National Museum, the Angel of Peace monument, the elegant buildings and shops along Maximilian Street, the Maximilianeum, the National Opera House, the Royal Palace, Stachus Square and the medieval city gates.
After some free time for further sightseeing or shopping in Munich, you will be transferred to Munich airport for your flight home, with guide assistance. (Luggage will be stored in coach)
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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