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Rhine & Danube Symphony

Passau →  Cologne

8 Days

This one-week cruise combines the majesty of two great European rivers - the Rhine and the Danube. Explore the Upper Middle Rhine Valley with its numerous castles, and experience the tranquil Main meanders.

Travel the man-made Main-Danube canal - a stunning technological marvel - as you transit onto the beautiful Danube. Discover the half-timbered buildings of Miltenberg and Wertheim, along with the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Würzburg, Bamberg and Regensburg.




The beautiful city of Passau is a wonderful starting point for your 8-day European cruise. After embarkation, enjoy an evening Welcome Cocktail, followed by a carefully prepared Welcome Dinner.

Departure at 5pm

A morning arrival brings your Amadeus river vessel to one of Germany’s most well preserved medieval cities. This UNESCO world heritage site boasts architecture from many centuries, reflective of its varied history throughout the years. The stone bridge, built in 1135–1146, the Church of St James, the Schloss of Thurn and Taxis, and Patrician houses are a few of the highlights of this beautiful city. Perhaps sample a Regensburg bratwurst or search for the famous black forest cukoo clocks, there is something for everyone. In the afternoon, you can choose to visit the Weltenburg Abbey, about 25 miles west of Regensburg and housing the oldest monastic brewery in the world. Enjoy a special Bavarian evening on board. 

Stay Regensburg
9am - 6pm

Following lunch, enjoy your afternoon in Nuremberg. Consider a visit to the romantic Old Town of Nuremberg, lovingly restored after the destruction incurred during World War II.

Stay Nuremberg
2pm - 7pm

During the night your ship has passed the Rhine-Main-Danube canal and during breakfast it arrives in the beautiful Imperial city of Bamberg. This medieval town is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, which retains its medieval layout of three settlement areas, along with its historic buildings and Baroque facades. As you take in the seven hills of Bamberg, each topped with a stunning church, enjoy a beer from one of the many local breweries. This evening, join a talk about the creation and importance of the Rhine-Main-Danube canal.

Stay Bamberg
8am - 11am

Today, visit Würzburg, a city in Bavaria known for lavish baroque and rococo architecture, located in the center of the Franconian wine country. Experience the many beautiful sights of the town such as the marketplace, the Maria Chapel and the old main bridge, the Marienberg Fortress and the surrounding vineyards. As the central hub for wine in this part of Germany, Würzburg is the perfect place to visit some of the local wineries for tastings. From Würzburg, you can venture to nearby Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of the most perfectly preserved medieval towns in Europe. Its towers, city gates, walls, and half-timbered gables have remained unchanged since the Thirty Years’ War. Return to the ship and continue up the river Main.

Stay Würzburg
9am - 8pm

Today, join our optional excursion in the afternoon to Wertheim and Miltenberg, two towns famous for their architecture and museums. Both are unique in their own way and are reflective of the storied history of the area. Begin with a walking tour in Wertheim and explore the medieval streets and unique glass museum. In Miltenberg see the timber-frame houses give a feeling of 16th and 17thc Germany. This evening, enjoy the Captain's Gala Dinner as the ship plies the waters toward our next stop.

Stay Wertheim
10am - 1.30pm
Stay Miltenberg

After a relaxing morning onboard, the vessel arrives in Rüdesheim, a picturesque winemaking town in the Rhine Gorge. The romantic river landscape of the Middle Rhine Valley has enchanted visitors for centuries and has therefore been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites since 2002. Discover the region's rich history of winemaking, perhaps by visiting the local museum – a great place to start! The afternoon you spend cruising along the Rhine, before your vessel docks in Cologne late at night.

Stay Rüdesheim
Stay Cologne
Arrival at 10pm

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!

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:

Cologne →  Passau



Dates & Prices

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  • Large, outside river-view staterooms, most with drop-down panoramic windows; Walk-out balconies in Suites
  • 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 and tea station​
  • All onboard entertainment including talks, cooking demonstrations, musical performances and nightly piano music
  • Fitness room (open 24 hours)
  • 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
Regensburg walking tour $ 21.00
Excursion to Weltenburg Abbey $ 72.00
City tour of Nuremberg $ 47.00
Bamberg walking tour $ 32.00
Würzburg walking tour incl. wine tasting $ 64.00
Excursion to Rothenburg ob der Tauber $ 42.00
Miltenberg and Wertheim walking tours $ 45.00
Rüdesheim walking tour incl. music cabinet museum $ 31.00
Onboard Booking Price $ 163.00 $ 312.00 $ 354.00
Prices for packages booked in advance $ 139.00 $ 266.00 $ 302.00

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. The following prices apply per person per transfer.

Airport - Port $ 43
Train Station - Port $ 34

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