Blue Danube 2019 Amadeus River Cruise
This cruise includes a trip along the Rhine-Main-Danube canal, a masterpiece of engineering, and along the Danube River. Pass through four of Europe’s most important countries (Germany, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia), three world-famous capital cities (Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava), and through diverse landscapes such as the “Schlögener Schlinge” below Passau, the picturesque, myth-enshrouded Wachau region, and the Danube-knee at Visegrad (the Hungarian Wachau), with imposing architectural buildings along the banks of the rivers, such as Melk Abbey and the Esztergom Basilica.
Please note all excursions mentioned in the itinerary are not included but can be purchased pre-cruise.
This afternoon, embark the vessel and get settled into your cabin. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially-prepared Welcome Dinner.
At breakfast time, your ship arrives in the majestic metropolis of Budapest, where you can enjoy a comfortable morning city sightseeing tour, which takes you to its beautiful buildings and landmarks. After a generous lunch on board, you can take part in an afternoon excursion to Gödöllo Palace, a former residence of the Austrian Empress “Sissi” (Elizabeth), where you will enjoy a comprehensive tour through this sumptuous 18th century palace. The highlight of the day is a romantic evening cruise through Budapest, which is festively lit up at night, together with a typical Hungarian folklore show on board your floating luxury hotel.
Arrive in the Slovakian capital city of Bratislava this afternoon. The old city walls, the summer residence of the archbishop and the current residence of the president of Slovakia are part of the charm of this city. Walk through the restored old town, from Michael’s Gate, where you can admire the Primatial Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral, a former coronation cathedral for Hungarian kings, to the Academia Istropolitana, the oldest university in the city, which dates back to the 15th century. Back on board, enjoy a delicious dinner with your fellow travellers.
There is much to see and explore in the impressive Imperial Vienna. Drive along the Ringstrasse, visit one of the many museums or visit the Naschmarkt for a sample of culinary delights, the city is yours. An excursion to Schönbrunn Palace, the former Habsburg summer residence of Empress Maria Theresia is offered this afternoon, as well as an evening concert ‘Sound of Vienna’ at a local music hall to round out your stay. Late in the evening, the vessel departs toward the romantic Wachau Valley.
Awake in the village of Dürnstein, known as the “Pearl of the Wachau”. Spend the morning in the romantic village with its iconic blue church and winding streets, and perhaps sample the local wines.
After lunch on board, dock in Emmersdorf, in the heart of the UNESCO-protected landscape, of the Wachau Valley. Spend the afternoon 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 and a seat of higher education.
Our next port of call is the three-rivers city of Passau, located at the confluence of the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz rivers. High above the rivers, the Veste Oberhaus 13th century fortress houses a city museum and observation tower. The old town of Passau is filled with outstanding Baroque architecture, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral containing the largest pipe organ in the world with 17,974 pipes. This evening, enjoy the Captain’s Gala Dinner as you continue to beautiful Regensburg.
Visit the beautiful city of Regensburg, one of Germany’s most well-preserved medieval cities. Among its architectural treasures are churches, monasteries, the town hall, and one of Europe’s oldest bridges, which has spanned the Danube since the 12th century. Explore the city and feel the former power and wealth which once controlled the trade route to the Orient. Step inside the Regensburg Cathedral, dedicated to St. Peter, and admire this masterpiece of Gothic architecture in southern Germany. Spend the afternoon cruising the waterways of the Danube. A Bavarian theme surrounds the evening with a special menu and festivities.
Enjoy a generous breakfast on board before you disembark and take leave of the Amadeus crew.
|Date||Price from (pp)|
|06 July 2019||£1,879|
- Return London Flights
- 7 nights accommodation on board Amadeus Queen or Amadeus Brilliant
- 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
- Quality red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
- Coffee and tea after lunch and dinner
- 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
- Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
- Optional excursions are available. Pre book a package and save 15%.