This cruise spans 2,000 kilometres across Europe, from Amsterdam at the North Sea to Budapest, the so-called “Queen of the Danube”. Highlights of the cruise include the passage through the Rhine-Main-Danube canal, visits to numerous capital cities, unique landscapes such as the myth-enshrouded Lorelei rock, the “Schlögener Schlinge” below Passau, the picturesque Wachau region, and the Danube-knee at Visegrad (the Hungarian Wachau). You will also see imposing architectural buildings along the banks of the rivers, such as Melk Abbey and the Esztergom Basilica, high above the Danube – both witnesses of several thousand years of European history. This cruise is a fascinating trip through Europe’s heritage of art and culture.
Cruise prices are per person
Airfare: Please call for airfares
Single cabin supplement per person for all dates: C-4+C-1: 15% · B-4: 30% · B-1: 50% · A-1: 60% · Suite: 100% of cruise price
Excursions and excursion packages: additional £249 -£604 per person - call for details. Save 15% when you book prior to your cruise.
- International & domestic air fares
- Overseas transfers
- Accommodation in an outside river-view stateroom of your choice, most with French balcony or drop-down panoramic windows
- Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for all excursions
- Services of an experienced, multilingual Cruise Director
- Gourmet dining with all meals included - buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack in the elegant Panorama-Restaurant, which accommodates all guests in one seating
- Free-flowing quality red and white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, draft beer and soft drinks as well as coffee and tea with every lunch and dinner on board
- 24-hour complimentary coffee and tea station
- Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
- Special onboard entertainment including talks, cooking demonstrations, onboard music performances and nightly music by the AMADEUS Duo in the Panorama-Bar
- Fitness room (open 24 hours)
- Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
- All port taxes, embarkation, disembarkation and lock fees
- Bottled water in every stateroom
- In-stateroom infotainment center
- Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
What's Not Included
- Shore excursions - excursions packages are available to purchase per guest to allow you to tailor-make your perfect itinerary
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone/fax calls, camera/video fees, medical expenses, airport departure tax, travel insurance etc.
- Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
The historic Dutch capital city of Amsterdam is a wonderful starting point for your 15-day European river cruise. After embarkation, enjoy an evening Welcome Cocktail, followed by a carefully prepared Welcome Dinner. The vessel overnights in Amsterdam.
Begin your exploration with a relaxing cruise through a myriad of landscapes along the Rhine river. For more active pursuits, spend the morning exploring the canal city of Amsterdam and the surrounding countryside, rejoining the vessel in the town of Utrecht in time for lunch. This evening join your fellow travellers for dinner.
After breakfast, view our arrival into the beautiful city of Cologne. Every year visitors from all over the world are drawn to the historical city and its 2000-year history. Explore the historic Old Town and visit the famous twin-spired Cologne Cathedral, along with the twelve Romanesque Cathedrals that span the city. There are many medieval houses, bridges, and gates that will delight the historian in you, while the more modern skyscrapers that tower overhead are sure to impress. To sample a bit of local flora and fauna, the National Park lies a short ride from the city. After an exciting day, return to the vessel and spend the evening cruising the Danube.
Early this morning, join your fellow travellers on deck for the famous passage of the Lorelei. This narrow passage on the Rhine has inspired a modern day folklore story of the siren of the river. After breakfast, the vessel docks in Oberwesel, the ‘City of Towers'. Enjoy a walk around the wall that still surrounds much of the city. There are a large number of churches, as well as many historic houses that showcase the architecture of the 17th and 18th centuries. Spend the afternoon relaxing on deck, with the passing of the beautiful Rhineland countryside, as the vessel continues its journey.
Today, choose to remain on board for a relaxing day or join our optional excursion in the afternoon to Miltenberg and Wertheim, 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. In Wertheim, explore the medieval streets with their half-timbered houses and glass museum.
In Miltenberg, walk through the streets lined with half-timbered houses and historic market square. This evening, enjoy another memorable meal as the ship plies the waters toward our next stop.
Welcome to the Bavarian city of Würzburg, located in the heart of the Franconian wine region. 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 wineries in this part of Germany, Würzburg is the perfect place to visit some of the local wineries for tastings. Relax on board this afternoon and enjoy a sumptuous dinner.
The morning is spent cruising the beautiful Main. After lunch, arrive in the UNESCO-protected Imperial city of Bamberg and see the New Residence, the unique Town Hall built on a bridge and the Imperial Cathedral with its four towers. Overlooking the city are seven churches, each atop a hill, surrounding the town. This evening, we transit the Main-Danube canal highlighted with a talk on board about this important waterway.
Following breakfast, enjoy your day in Nuremberg. Consider a visit to the romantic Old Town of Nuremberg, lovingly restored after the destruction incurred during World War II. A hub for history, Nuremberg is home to many museums including the Documentation Centre, which recounts the effects of the Nazi Regime and World War II on the city and surrounding areas. Back on board, it’s full steam ahead before crossing the European watershed separating the Main and Danube Rivers.
In the afternoon, visit 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 centuries. The stone bridge, built in 1135–1146, the Church of St James, and the Schloss of Thurn and Taxis are a few of the highlights of this beautiful city. This evening is a special Bavarian-themed event celebrating the wonderful region cruised thus far.
Arrive in time for lunch in the three-rivers city of Passau, lying at the confluence of the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz. Explore the city with its St. Stephen’s Cathedral, home to one of the largest pipe organs in the world. The imposing fortress Veste Oberhaus is located high on the hill, overlooking the town and the three rivers. Back on board, enjoy dinner as the vessel sets off toward the romantic Wachau Valley.
In the early morning, dock in Emmersdorf, in the heart of the UNESCO-protected, cultural heritage landscape, of the Wachau Valley. Spend the morning discovering this typical small town in Lower Austria or travel across the river to nearby Melk and its magnificent Benedictine abbey – the largest in Austria.
Back on board for lunch, continue through the vineyards of the Wachau to the village of Dürnstein. Spend the afternoon in the romantic village with its iconic blue church and winding streets, and perhaps sample the local wines.
After dinner, arrive in Vienna and opt for the “Sound of Vienna” at a local salon. Here you can listen to the “Alt Wien” orchestra play popular pieces from Vienna’s classical era, as the vessel remains overnight.
Awake today in the capital city of Slovakia, Bratislava. Walk 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. Traverse through the restored old town, from Michael’s Gate, and admire other impressive sights such as the Primatial Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral, former coronation cathedral for Hungarian kings. Bratislava is a little jewel along the Danube. This evening, celebrate with the Captain’s Gala Dinner.
The beautiful Hungarian capital of Budapest is a perfect finale to your trip. One of the largest cities in the European Union, Budapest offers many interesting sites, including the largest building in Hungary: the neo-Gothic Parliament building. there's also the Fisherman’s Bastion, Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge, which connects the two sides of the city – Buda and Pest. On board this evening, enjoy a Hungarian folklore show as your vessel cruises the Danube to see the beautiful city by night. Remain overnight.
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