Danube Cruises

A 8 day trip to Austria, Germany, Hungary & Slovakia 
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Danube River Cruises to Vienna Budapest and Bratislava

M/S Amadeus Classic
M/S Amadeus Rhapsody

Danube Rhapsody
8 Days Danube cruise from Passau to Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava

Weekly cruises from May to October as stated in the Program "Danube-Rhapsody" (8days dep/arr Passau) in addition, one special cruise is organized on this ship in April entitles "Festival of Classical Music" (8days, dep/arr Passau) and the popular cruises "Christmas on the Danube" (8days, dep/arr Vienna) and "New Year's Eve Cruise" 7 days, dep/arr Vienna.

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Detailed Itinerary

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1:

Embarkation on the AMADEUS in Passau, the city where three rivers meet. The ship leaves port at 4 p.m. and takes you through a lovely stretch of the Danube known as the Schlögener Schlinge. After these first scenic impressions of the Danube, our courier on board will welcome you with a cocktail before the official welcome dinner.

Day 2:

At about 10 a.m., the AMADEUS puts into port at Vienna. The entire day is at your disposal to discover the metropolis on the Danube. The city of music and joie de vivre where Sachertorte and Heuriger are just as famous as St. Stephens Cathedral and the Imperial Palace. See all the important sights on our Vienna sightseeing tour or explore this city full of tradition on your own. The ship leaves the port of Vienna at 6 p.m. and heads downstream for Budapest.

Day 3:

Arrival at Budapest, the capital of Hungary at 11 a.m. The magnificent buildings lining the right and left banks of the Danube are an unforgettable sight. Our Budapest sightseeing tour encompasses all the major sights of the city. After dinner enjoy an unforgettable evening cruise on the AMADEUS with a glorious view of the beautifully floodlit building on both banks of the river. A Gypsy band, specially engaged for this cruise, entertains you on board with lively music and you also see a performance by a Hungarian folklore group.

Day 4:

In the morning, the ship berths at Kalocsa, a charming town in the Hungarian lowlands. Kalocsa is known for its traditional Hungarian embroidery and, above all, for the cultivation of paprika, Hungarys national product. Join us on the "Kalocsa" excursion where you witness a performance of typical Hungarian horsemanship and visit the only paprika museum in the world. The ship leaves at 5 p.m. and heads upstream for Budapest. After dinner, let yourself be carried away by the famous music inspired by the Danube and played by excellent Hungarian musicians.

Day 5:

At 7 a.m., the AMADEUS arrives in Budapest, the "Queen of the Danube". Enjoy the morning at your disposal. You may wish to stroll through the lively shopping malls or visit the "Museum of Fine Arts" with its collection of old masters. Following lunch on board, the party joining the "Szentendre-Esztergom" excursion leaves here to continue by bus via Visegrad to Esztergom. The ship sails upstream through the Danube Bend, one of the most beautiful scenic stretches of the Danube, also known as the "Hungarian Wachau". Arrival at Esztergom at 7 p.m. where the AMADEUS waits for those on the excursion. At 8 p.m., the ship departs for Slovakia.

Day 6:

Arrival at Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, at 7.30 a.m. In the morning, you have the opportunity to get to know the city during the city tour of Bratislava. In the afternoon, you can relax and enjoy the journey on the Danube. Vienna is our next destination and the arrival is scheduled for about 8 p.m. After dinner, the "Evening Excursion Vienna" takes you to the Prater and a typical "Heurigen" wine tavern. The ship departs from Vienna at midnight.

Day 7:

In the morning the ship passes the world-famous town of Dürnstein und berths at 9.00 a.m. at the idyllic wine-growing town of Emmersdorf. From a great distance the impressive baroque buildings of the Benedictine abbey of Melk can be seen and admired already. You can take part in the excursion "Beauties of the Wachau". You drive through the scenic and mythical Wachau to Dürnstein and later you will be expected for a guided tour through the Melk Abbey. To end a splendid excursion you will be invited to sample a fine selection of local wines. The ship departs at 2 p.m. Enjoy the afternoon on the sun deck as the impressive landscape passes by. On the last evening of your journey on the Danube, the captain of the AMADEUS will be delighted to welcome you to the Captain’s Gala Dinner. The excellent orchestra which has been entertaining you in the Panorama Bar throughout the cruise will get you swinging and dancing the night away.

Day 8:

The AMADEUS arrives at Passau, the town where the rivers meet, at about 8.00 a.m. Disembarkation by 9 a.m. End of the cruise.


Starting Price 

This trip is customizable for your private travel.

What's Included 

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all guided tours and activities (dependent on season)
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.