Five-Star Danube Cruise (Rail & Cruise) 2020 Great Rail Journeys

An enticing cruise from Austria to Hungary

Aboard the state of the art Amadeus Queen, which comes replete with its own swimming pool amongst other cutting-edge facilities, experience the magic of the blue Danube from the elegance of Imperial Vienna, to the twin-cities of Buda and Pest.

Step back in time to the eras of the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of the Habsburgs, all whilst enjoying the surroundings of your ultra modern and comfortable cruise ship. There are also lots of included opportunities to taste specialties of each region you sail through, completing a cruise that is a real treat for the senses.

Budapest Parliment Building


Begin today at London St Pancras, where you'll meet your Tour Manager as well of the rest of your group, to start your journey to Europe. Board the Eurostar travelling to Brussels, then change for the service to Nuremberg, via Cologne.

Make the short walk back to Nuremberg station for the train to Vienna, changing for the final leg of your journey. Arriving in Budapest, you'll meet the Amadeus Queen or Silver II and are welcomed with a cocktail in the lounge before dinner. Later take in the illuminated sights as we sail around the city. You'll also be treated to a performance from a local Hungarian folk band in the lounge.

This morning, enjoy a guided coach tour introducing you to Budapest's main sights. Pass impressive buildings and monuments on both sides of the Danube, including the neo-Gothic Parliament building, the magnificent State Opera House and St Stephen's Basilica, Budapest Castle, Matthias Church and Fishermen's Bastion.

Return to the ship for lunch, after which you have some free time before cruising to Bratislava. Your departure time means you'll arrive at the scenic Danube Bend just as the sun sets. This section of the river has a long and fascinating history and from the sun deck or panoramic windows in the bar, you'll be able to see castle ruins, churches, pretty houses hidden in the hills and dense forests, all soaked in the golden glow of twilight.

Your morning is at leisure aboard before mooring up early this afternoon. After lunch, set out on a guided coach tour of Slovakian capital. Located in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, Bratislava straddles the Danube which neatly divides the city into two parts; the Baroque Old Town (Stare Mesto) and the new city. This picture-postcard city destination historic Gothic buildings, several universities, a wealth of museums and galleries, and a refreshing cosmopolitan atmosphere. The historic centre features delightful cobbled stoned roads, pedestrianised plazas, pastel 18th century rococo buildings and street cafés galore. Following your excursion, you'll return to the ship for another delicious, 5-course dinner.

After a calm night of cruising, you'll arrive into glorious Vienna, for a comprehensive sightseeing tour. This is a chance to relish in Austria's Imperial heritage, one full of tradition and rich in architectural, artistic and musical heritage. You'll see many of Vienna's finest ornate buildings, including the impressive Hofburg Palace. This vast complex of buildings demonstrates the awesome power and wealth commanded by the Habsburgs. You'll also take in the impressive Opera House, one of the leading opera venues in the world, as well as the grand Parliament Building.

Tonight a real treat awaits you on board, where after dinner you are joined by musicians from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra for an exclusive, private recital. Be whisked away by the music as you immerse yourself in this singularly exceptional experience, as the Vienna Philharmonic is one of the most popular and skilled orchestras in the world.

Today you'll reach Austria's Wachau Valley, a famous wine-making region. Arrive in the idyllic village of Dürnstein where you have time at leisure. As you sit down to lunch on board you'll begin cruising along the picturesque Wachau Valley, an extremely scenic area with green valleys and vineyards rising up from the river, picturesque riverside towns, and commanding fortresses with sweeping views. Then journey by coach to Melk Abbey, enjoying entrance to this 11th century Benedictine Abbey which stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube and is home to the Abbey Church, considered one of the most beautiful Baroque churches north of the Alps.

On Day 7, disembark in Linz where you have a choice of excursions. You could head further into the countryside for a day spent amidst the spectacular scenery of the Austrian lakes. Make stops in UNESCO listed Hallstatt, one of Austria's most photographed villages thanks to its traditional pastel-coloured houses perched on the tiny plain between the mountains and Hallstättersee Lake, as well as Mondsee. This pretty town is set on the lake of the same name, and its most famous sight is the 15th-century parish church, which featured in the wedding scenes of 'The Sound of Music'.

Otherwise, travel by coach to Salzburg, via Mondsee, one of Austria's most famous cities and known as the birth place of Mozart. A guided sightseeing tour reveals the city's internationally renowned Baroque architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You'll rejoin the ship in Passau.

Regensberg is the port of call this morning, which you'll explore on foot. This medieval town contains many buildings that testify to its history as a trading centre and to its influence on the whole region from the 9th century onwards. Back on board tonight, you'll attend the Captain's gala dinner, a chance to don your evening-wear and celebrate your cruise experience. On Day 9, you'll disembark after breakfast to start the journey back to the UK by rail.

Price Guide

Date Standard Class (pp) First Class (pp)
04 May 2020 £1,895 £2,345
11 May 2020 £1,895 £2,245
31 May 2020 £2,195 £2,545
12 June 2020 £2,095 £2,445
19 June 2020 £2,095 £2,445
10 July 2020 £1,895 £2,245
31 July 2020 £1,995 £2,345
25 August 2020 £2,095 £2,445
13 September 2020 £2,195 £2,545

What's Included

  • Escorted throughout your cruise by an onboard Tour Manager and Cruise Director.
  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from London St Pancras to embarkation, and from disembarkation back to London St Pancras.
  • Exclusive meeting point at Great Rail Journeys dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras.
  • 7 night cruise on board the Amadeus Queen or Silver II.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday of your cruise.
  • Tour Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Melk Abbey and Regensburg.
  • Cruise the Danube Bend and through the Wachau Valley.
  • Enjoy an on board recital from members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra & a Hungarian folklore show.
  • Unique flexible excursions allowing you to choose how you spend your day with options including: Tour of Salzburg and an excursion to the Austrian Lake District.