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Classical Danube Cruise

Budapest →  Passau

8 Days

This quintessential cruise along the beautiful Danube connects the capital city of Budapest, also called the "Queen of the Danube", with Passau, the ”Three Rivers City” of the Inn, Ilz and Danube. 

Traverse four of Europe’s most important countries while visiting three world famous capital cities. This scenic cruise through beautiful landscapes, including the UNESCO protected Wachau Valley, is full of culture, history and charm.


Welcome to your Danube cruise! Your journey begins in Budapest, where you will embark in the afternoon. Subsequently, you will be greeted in style by the on-board personnel at a Welcome Cocktail. Thereafter, you can explore your AMADEUS ship. In the evening, a Welcome Dinner awaits you, followed by an atmospheric evening cruise through Budapest, as well as a Hungarian folklore show.


Stay Budapest
Over Night

On the first day of your cruise, discover the beautiful sights and attractions of the Hungarian capital. Take a walk or a city tour to explore both the Buda and the Pest sides of the city, both of which boast beautiful Baroque buildings. Your ship leaves Budapest at lunchtime. In the afternoon, you can join an excursion to two picturesque destinations, both with a rich history, namely the former imperial residence and capital of Hungary, Esztergom, as well as the artists’ town of Szentendre. Your ship arrives in Esztergom in the evening, where passengers who chose to take part in the afternoon’s expedition will rejoin the ship. During dinner, your ship will depart for Slovakia.

Stay Budapest
Departure at 1.30pm
Aufenthalt Esztergom
6.30pm - 8pm

In the morning, we call at our next capital city - the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. 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, and admire sights such as the Primatial Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral, a former coronation cathedral for Hungarian kings. This afternoon's optional excursion offers the opportunity to visit impressive Schloss Hof, a former Imperial Palace acquired in 1726 by Eugene of Savoy and redesigned to impress Empress Maria Theresia - with its aristocratic palace, terraced garden and tranquil estate farm. Enjoy dinner onboard before the vessel departs Slovakia, and crosses into Austria.

Stay Bratislava
8am - 11pm

There is much to see in Imperial Vienna: its palaces, Museums Quarter displaying works by artists Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, 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. This evening offers an optional excursion to attend the “Sound of Vienna” and listen to the “Alt Wien” orchestra play popular pieces from Vienna’s classical era - a perfect  end to your Vienna experience.

Stay Vienna
7am - 12pm

The romantic Wachau is one of the most beautiful landscape regions of Austria, and in the morning your AMADEUS ship docks in Dürnstein, a town well-known for its first-class wines, which you can taste during the morning sightseeing walk. At lunchtime, your cruise continues towards Melk and Emmersdorf. Enjoy magnificent architecture and fascinating glimpses into history on a visit to the Benedictine Abbey of Melk, which is approximately 900 years old and is the largest Baroque abbey in Austria. In the evening, your ship leaves the Wachau and heads for Linz.

Stay Dürnstein
8am - 12pm
Stay Melk/Emmersdorf
3pm - 7pm

Early in the morning, your ship reaches the erstwhile cultural capital of Linz. You have a choice between a full-day excursion to the Mozart-town of Salzburg, or a sightseeing walk through Linz. Those who opt for the latter will reembark at Aschau at lunchtime and cruise towards the Bavarian town of Passau. In Passau, you have the opportunity to take part in a sightseeing walk, whereafter the guests who opted for the Salzburg tour will rejoin the ship. This eventful day culminates in an elegant Gala Dinner, to which the captain will invite you personally. In the meantime, your ship will continue to Regensburg.

Stay Linz
7am - 8.30am
Stay Aschach
11am - 11.30am
Aufenthalt Passau
5pm - 6.30pm

In the morning, your ship arrives in Regensburg, which boasts one of the most beautiful old towns in Germany. After breakfast, enjoy the cultural treasures of this romantic town during a sightseeing walking tour, while in the afternoon, you can visit the well-known Weltenburg Abbey with its own brewery, where you can taste its famous, dark Weltenburg beer. In the evening, a traditional Bavarian dinner awaits you on board and afterwards, your ship heads for Passau.

Stay Regensburg
10am - 8pm

In the early morning, you reach Passau, the last stop of your cruise. After a generous breakfast, the entire AMADEUS crew thanks you for your patronage, bids you farewell and wishes you a safe journey home. We hope to welcome you again soon!

Stay Passau
Arrival at 8am

Reverse direction itinerary

Would you like to start your journey from the current disembarkation port? Then follow the link to the itinerary in reversed direction:

Passau →  Budapest



Dates & Prices

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  • Large, outside river-view staterooms, most with French balconies or walk-out balconies
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer & soft drinks
    with every lunch and dinner onboard
  • Gourmet dining onboard 
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Services of an experienced English-speaking onboard Cruise Director
  • 24 hour coffee station​
  • All onboard entertainment including talks, cooking demonstrations, musical performances and nightly piano music
  • Bottled water in every stateroom 
  • In-stateroom infotainment center
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for optional excursions
  • All local taxes & port charges included

Excursion Packages

Owing to the variety of available excursions it‘s often difficult to choose between them - so on this cruise we offer you tailor-made and carefully composed sets of excursions that you can book in advance with 15% discount. All excursions can of course also be booked individually at regular rates on board.

Cruise Highlights Unit Price A B C D
City tour of Budapest $ 42.00
Excursion to Szentendre and Estzergom $ 52.00
City tour of Bratislava $ 42.00
Excursion to Schloss Hof Palace and Estate $ 63.00
City tour of Vienna $ 43.00
Guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace $ 59.00
Concert "Sound of Vienna" $ 69.00
Dürnstein walking tour and wine tasting $ 31.00
Excursion to Melk Abbey $ 57.00
Linz walking tour $ 40.00
Full-day excursion to Salzburg including Salzkammergut and lunch $ 115.00
Passau walking tour $ 21.00
Regensburg walking tour $ 21.00
Excursion to Weltenburg Abbey $ 72.00
Onboard Booking Price $ 230.00 $ 423.00 $ 612.00 $ 666.00
Prices for packages booked in advance $ 195.00 $ 359.00 $ 520.00 $ 566.00

Additional Services

Arrival & Transfer

You're in good hands with us from the start: Let us book you a transfer from the airport or train station to the ship port and back. We can also reserve a parking place for your car. The following prices apply per person per transfer.

Airport – Port $51
Budapest City Center – Port $24
Train Station – Port $29

Train station – Port $26
Airport Munich – Port $102

Post-Cruise Extension in Prague

Extend this cruise with a 2-day stay in the "Golden City" of Prague!

Minimum number of participants: 9.
Prices per person: Double room $ 684; Single supplement $ 260.

Included services:

  • 2 nights with breakfast in 4-5 star hotel
  • 1 elegant dinner at the hotel
  • Transfer from Passau/vessel to Prague/hotel
  • Accompanying tour guide
  • Optionally bookable: Prague city tour ($ 68)