Embark the ship in Passau.
Day 1: Passau
Board your luxurious Amadeus cruise ship in Passau this afternoon. There will be time to settle in to your stateroom or suite before a Welcome Cocktail and your Welcome Dinner on board. The ship departs in the early evening.
Day 2: Regensburg
This morning's port of call is Regensburg, one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities and this morning's optional city walk will introduce you to the city's architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Pretoria. In the afternoon you may wish to take an excursion to Weltenburg Monastery. Returning to the ship, there will be a rousing Bavarian Evening on board tonight.
Day 3: Passau - Linz
Returning to Passau you have the chance to explore the city on an informative optional walking tour. Alternatively you may choose to take an optional excursion to Salzburg and the mountains and lakes region of the Salzkammergut, returning to meet the ship in Linz in the late afternoon. In Linz there us the chance to join a walking tour of the city before dinner back on board.
Day 4: Melk - Vienna
The ship arrives in Melk early today and from here you can take an optional tour of the scenic Wachau region, incorporating a visit to the impressive Benedictine Abbey at Melk and a wine tasting session. Return to the ship in time for lunch and set sail for the Austrian capital, Vienna. Upon arrival here you may choose to join an optional "Vienna by night" tour.
Day 5: Vienna
Wake in Vienna this morning and choose from a variety of optional excursions. You may opt for a morning city tour, showcasing all the main attractions such as the State Opera, the Hofburg Palace and St Stephen's Cathedral. Later today you may wish to visit Schoenbrunn Castle or spend the afternoon exploring independently. This evening you have the chance to attend a classical concert by a Viennese orchestra - a truly memorable experience. Otherwise, spend your evening at leisure, exploring this grand city. The ship departs from Vienna in the early hours.
Day 6: Bratislava
Today your cruise continues towards the Slovakian capital, Bratislava. You may choose to join the optional sightseeing tour, which reveals the city's impressive history. This afternoon's optional excursion brings you to the Imperial Festival Palace, Castle Hof, a magnificent Baroque complex that was built in the early 18th Century and is immensely rich in culture and heritage. Return to the ship and prepare for the Captain's Gala Dinner, followed by a show performed by the crew.
Day 7: Esztergom - Budapest
This morning arrive in Esztergom, where may join an optional excursion to the small artists' settlement of Szentendre. Continue to the Hungarian capital, Budapest in the afternoon and join an optional sightseeing tour which leads you to historic Buda Castle, from where you have a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest, spread over both banks of the river. Your tour also features the 500-year-old Matthias Church, St. Stephen's Basilica, the Fishermens Bastion and the Royal Palace. This evening enjoy a scenic evening cruise along the Danube, 'Budapest by Night', with a Hungarian folklore group to entertain you.
Day 8: Budapest
Your Classical Danube Cruise comes to an end this morning as you disembark in Budapest after breakfast.
Disembark the ship in Budapest.
- 7 Nights' accommodation on board the ship
- Full board, including buffet breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and late night snack
- 24 Hour coffee station
- Quality red and white wines served with dinner
- Welcome Cocktail
- Welcome Dinner
- Captain’s Gala Dinner
- Daily music performances by the onboard musicans
- Evening cruise “Budapest by Night” and folklore show
- Services of an experienced, multilingual cruise director
- Port taxes and local taxes
- Modern wireless audiosystem for all excursions during the cruise
- International travel and transfers
- Optional excursions (please ask for details of our optional excursion packages to complement your cruise itinerary)
- Passport and visa requirements
- Insurance and medical expenses
- Personal expenses and onboard purchases
- Beverages other than those already mentioned