This is a special cruise program with many unforgettable highlights, including seven countries including Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania, and five world famous capital cities, Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, Belgrade and Bucharest. A particular scenic highlight of this trip is the cruise through the “Iron Gates”, the imposing gorge where the Danube breaks through the Carpathian Mountains. The journey to kilometer zero, at the estuary of the Danube where it meets the Black Sea, and the visit to the Danube Delta with its amazing wildlife and scenery will remain unforgettable experiences. The trip is rounded off by a stay in Bucharest, the legendary Romanian capital full of history and tradition. The cruise can be booked either from Vienna to Bucharest or in the opposite direction, from Bucharest to Vienna.
Optional excursions are available from £13pp. Pre book a package and save 15%
After landing at the Otopeni Airport, Bucharest, you will be welcomed by the cruise director in a meet-and-greet at the airport. You will be transferred to a centrally located 4- or 5-star hotel. Get into the mood for your upcoming trip with an atmospheric Welcome Dinner.
Day 2 - Bucharest & Fetesti
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and begin a full day exploration of the capital city of Romania, the “Paris of the East”. Your adventure begins with a panoramic city tour which includes stop at the impressive Parliament Palace. Construction began in 1984 under the Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu, it is the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon in the United States. Continue along the city’s broad boulevards, past the opera house and the Triumph Arch – modeled after the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. After lunch in a local restaurant, continue on foot through the historic center of Bucharest. Visit the Stavropoleos Church (dating back to 1724), which is one of the oldest Orthodox churches in the city, and the Romanian Orthodox Church. Your afternoon concludes with a transfer to the Danube port of Fetesti, for embarkation. After settling into your cabin, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail and a specially-prepared Welcome Dinner.
Day 3 - Danube Delta & St George Village
The natural beauty of the Danube Delta is on full display today. Spend the morning cruising Sfantu Gheorghe (Saint George), one of the 3 main channels that make up the Danube Delta. At the meeting of the Black Sea and the Danube, this UNESCO site hosts 27 different ecosystems and is home to many unique species of birds, fish, and other creatures. From the fisherman’s village of Saint George, observe daily life for the people who inhabit this fertile delta. For those wishing to delve further into the scenic waterways, the optional Delta Safari boat excursion awaits. During dinner, enjoy sunset over the waters of the Danube Delta as your vessel departs and begins the journey back up the Danube.
Day 4 - Hirsova
During breakfast arrive in the small Romanian city, Hirsova. Explore the famous ancient Roman Ruins of Carsium, and the Lipovan Church, a unique structure which stands high above the city. In the distance you can see the Cliffs of Danube, the Black Sea Coast, and on a clear day, even Constanta, the oldest continually inhabited city in Romania. Constanta is an important cultural and economic center, home to the famous Genoese Lighthouse, the Archaeology Park, and the Great Mahmudiye Mosque. This evening, enjoy dinner as the vessel continues to Bulgaria.
Day 5 - Giurgiu, Rousse & Svistov
Spend the day cruising the Danube River through the Bulgarian countryside, dotted with delightful homes and villages. For those wanting to explore a little farther inland, an optional excursion is offered to Veliko Tarnovo, the oldest town in Bulgaria. This pretty town is located on the steep banks of the river Yantra at the foot of the Balkan Mountains. High on a peak is the remains of the medieval town of Tsarevets, where 22 tsars made history in the 2nd Bulgarian empire. The vessel arrives in Svishtov, where guests will rejoin and lunch is served.
Day 6 - Iron Gates
The natural beauty of the mighty Danube River is on full display as your AMADEUS vessel makes its way around bends and through the picturesque “Iron Gates”. This beautiful passage is named “Iron Gates” for the two hydroelectric dams that control the waterflow. Watch from the deck as the vessel passes through the narrow gorge between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains which forms a natural border between Serbia and Romania. Keep an eye out for the many caves and rock sculptures hiding among the steep hills overlooking the Danube. Recount the spectacular day with your fellow travellers over dinner.
Day 7 - Belgrade
After breakfast, arrive in Belgrade, one of the oldest European cities and the capital of Serbia. The city lies at the juncture of the Danube and the Sava Rivers. The “White City” is one of the most historically rich and important places in all of Serbia. From the Kalemegdan-Belgrade fortress, you’ll have an impressive panoramic view over the Danube and the Sava Rivers. Once an important military fortification, it now serves as the central park of Belgrade. Be sure to see the National Museum, the Parliament, the Terazije square, and the palace of Princess Ljubica. Another highlight is the St. Sava Temple, the largest Orthodox Church in Serbia. The city has a bustling pedestrian area with plenty of shops and markets ripe for exploration.
To taste the local cuisine, the Skadarlija (Skadarska Street) is a pedestrian street filled with restaurants and cafes, emanating the spirit of Old Belgrade. Belgrade has a wide variety of museums with something for everyone, including historical museum, the Nikola Tesla museum dedicated to the man who made significant contributions to electric engineering, and an Aeronautical Museum displaying over 200 aircraft that had been operated by the Serbian and Yugoslav Air Forces as well as other rare aircraft and aviation equipment. Rejoin the ship this afternoon and continue along the Danube.
Day 8 - Mohacs & Kalocsa
This morning visit the tiny harbor town of Mohács, a melting pot of nations. Two important battles took place in the fields around this town, which had a huge impact on European history. The battle in 1526 was lost and was the beginning of the reign of the Ottoman Empire over the country for the next century and a half. In 1687 the Austrian troops and Habsburg allies overturned the empire and regained the cities of the Danube. This afternoon relax onboard or join the optional excursion to the Puszta to enjoy the scenery of the endless plain, where the sky stretches into the horizon.
Day 9 - Budapest
Early this morning we dock in Budapest, the capital and largest city of Hungary. A large portion of this city is a World Heritage Site, including the banks of the Danube, Andrassy Avenue, the Buda Castle quarter, Heroes’ Square, and the Millennium Underground Railway. With 80 geothermal hot springs, the third largest Parliament building in the world, and the second largest Synagogue, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy in this bustling city. A visit to the covered market is a feast for the senses. The market is a favorite with the locals for the fresh produce, seafood and spices, including the famous Hungarian paprika. After the day’s explorations, a special Hungarian evening is planned with the traditional music of the country topped with an evening cruise down the Danube to see this beautiful city by night.
Day 10 - Bratislava
Discover the Slovak capital of Bratislava this afternoon. The city is home to the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the old city walls, the summer residence of the archbishop and the current residence of the president of Slovakia. You can also see Bratislava Castle, high above the city. From Michael’s Gate, take a leisurely stroll through the historic city center, where you can admire sights such as the Primatial Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral. Enjoy the Captain’s Gala Dinner onboard this evening.
Day 11 - Vienna
After breakfast, we bid you farewell. We hope to welcome you again soon!
This exciting journey along the Danube begins in Vienna, where you will embark in the afternoon. After exploring your floating luxury hotel, you have the opportunity of meeting the cruise director at a Welcome Cocktail. Our chef will spoil you with a lovingly prepared Welcome Dinner, after which your ship will weigh anchor and head towards Bratislava.
Day 2 - Bratislava
ou arrive in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava before breakfast. This romantic city with its impressive Gothic and Baroque buildings is best explored in the morning, during the course of a city sightseeing tour, which takes you to all the most beautiful sights. You return to your AMADEUS ship for lunch on board, and thereafter you have the opportunity of visiting the imperial Festchloss Hof, once a residence of the Austrian Empress Maria Theresia, during the afternoon. The sumptuous gardens of this palace are highly recommended. Your ship weighs anchor before midnight and arrives in Esztergom in the morning.
Day 3 - Esztergom & Budapest
After breakfast, you can join a guided tour to Esztergom and Szentendre – two towns which, though vastly different, are equally fascinating. In the former Hungarian capital of Esztergom you follow the footsteps of Hungarian kings and clerics, while the artists’ town of Szentendre is unique due to the many museums and contemporary galleries housed there. Passengers who choose to remain on board will, in the meantime, continue to Budapest, where those passengers who opted for the tour will rejoin the ship for lunch. In order to enjoy the magnificence of the Hungarian capital, you can go on a city sightseeing tour during the afternoon. In the evening, you will enjoy an atmospheric cruise through Budapest, also known as the “Paris of the East”, which is festively lit up at night, revealing Budapest’s most beautiful side. A folklore show on board will complete the experience.
Day 4 - Mohacs & Vukovar
You arrive in Mohacs early in the morning, and depart again directly after breakfast, heading towards Croatia. Your cruise ship reaches the eastern Croatian town of Vukovar after lunch, and you can take a city sightseeing tour, followed by a breathtaking excursion to the Kopacki Rit nature park. This 18-hectare nature reserve, situated at the confluence of the Drava and Danube Rivers, is home to a diverse bird population and provides a protected environment for many species of plants and animals. Explore this wetland by boat and enjoy the unspoilt beauty of nature before returning to your AMADEUS ship for dinner. Your ship departs for Belgrade during the night.
Day 5 - Belgrade
Enjoy a new day in a new country! You reach Belgrade, the vibrant and distinctly western-influenced capital of Serbia at breakfast time. This metropolis is home to many attractions from various eras and cultures, and you can view these during the course of a morning sightseeing tour. After lunch, you can join an excursion to Topola and Oplenac, where you can see the famous St. George’s Church, which is the final resting place of most of the Serbian royal family. After dinner, night owls get to enjoy an evening excursion to the lively artists’ quarter Skardaljia. The ship will leave the harbor before midnight.
Day 6- Iron Gates
Spend the day on board and enjoy a truly impressive natural spectacle. Your journey takes you through the “Iron Gates”, one of the most imposing gorges in Europe, which also forms the natural border between Serbia and Romania. One of the most beautiful stretches along the route includes the “Cazan” near the town of Orşova, where the riverbed recedes to 200 meters width and 80 meters depth and passengers will be rewarded with a fascinating view of the surrounding Carpathian Mountains and the Balkan mountain range. The small abbey church Mraconia, which is situated on the Romanian side of the Danube at the water’s edge, is equally worth seeing. The monumental rock sculpture of King Decebalus of Dacia reaches skywards at Dubova, and at 40 meters high is the largest in Europe.
Day 7 - Svistov & Giurgiu
Early in the morning you reach the Bulgarian town of Svishtov. Those who wish can take part in an on-land excursion to Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi, which will include an exciting morning filled with culture and history, as well as lunch in a local Bulgarian restaurant, before returning to the ship, which will in the meantime have travelled to Giurgiu. After lunch, the journey continues downriver and in the evening you can enjoy a festive Gala Dinner with your captain and an evening program which will be an atmospheric close to the day.
Day 8 - Danube Delta & Saint George Village
Your journey continues through the breathtakingly beautiful Danube Delta, one of the largest wetlands in the world, with a large variety of plant and animal species, which has been declared a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. You travel along St George’s Canal, also known figuratively as the “end of the Danube” – the so-called “kilometre zero” – where the mighty river flows into the Black Sea. Your destination is the nearby fishing village of St. George, which is the starting point for an exciting Danube Delta boat safari – a great way to discover and get close to the impressive natural landscape and its fascinating flora and fauna. In the afternoon, your AMADEUS ship leaves St. George.
Day 9 - Fetesti & Bucharest
During breakfast you reach the Romanian town of Fetesti, where you leave your swimming hotel – but your trip is not over yet! You will be transferred to Bucharest, and check in at a centrally-located 4- or 5-star hotel. Thereafter, you can take part in a city sightseeing tour through this vibrant metropolis, which has 2 million inhabitants and a unique charm thanks to its colorful mix of buildings from different eras. At lunch time, you will dine in Bucharest, while in the evening you can enjoy a stylish farewell dinner in your hotel, while reflecting on your exciting Danube journey.
Day 10 - Bucharest
You can enjoy breakfast in your hotel before checkout and your transfer to the Otopeni airport, where your homeward journey begins. The entire AMADEUS team wishes you a pleasant and safe trip. We hope to welcome you again soon!
Amadeus Star, launched in 2019, offers a total of 70 spacious deluxe cabins and 12 AMADEUS Suites catering for a maximum of 164 guests. A lovely new feature of this vessel is the glass enclosed Amadeus club lounge and wine bar at the rear of the ship.
Similar to other Amadeus ships, the cabins on the Mozart and Strauss Deck also feature lowerable panoramic windows which extend across the entire cabin front and have been specially designed for the Amadeus ships. All deluxe cabins and suites offer comfortable, spacious bathrooms, infotainment systems, flat screen television, telephone, cabin safe, minibar and air conditioning which can be individually regulated. Furthermore, the suites feature walk-on external balconies with seating.
Explore this ship in a virtual 360 degree tour
Stay in one of the elegantly appointed Classic Staterooms or Amadeus Suites and enjoy unexpected little luxuries.
Be transported into a realm of chic comfort in one of the 72 enlarged staterooms. The beautiful 188 sq ft design is loaded with high-tech hospitality and swanky décor. Escape with the view from your state-of-the-art panoramic window on the Strauss and Mozart decks that extends across the entire width of the cabin. Automatically lower the windows to make the stateroom become it’s own balcony. Included are all the necessary details: a flat screen TV, WiFi, cabinet, seating area, a safe, and the Amadeus Signature Bed. Staterooms are located on all decks. The Mozart and Strauss Decks include the innovative French Balcony.
These 12 deliberately designed suites with a lounge area, offer outdoor seating to sip your morning coffee and 284 sq ft of space to relax. Included are the little luxuries that have earned the Amadeus Silver Series the “2013 River Ship of the Year” award as well as the Amadeus Signature Bed, a luxurious bath and separate shower, WiFi, a flat screen TV, a safe and a minibar. Suites are located on the Mozart Deck.
The Amadeus Queen, the 15th river cruise ship of the Austrian ship operator, will tour the Danube, Rhine and Main rivers as well as Dutch and Belgian waterways from spring 2018. Similar to its prominent predecessors, this ship will also continue the company’s orientation to high quality river cruises in Europe.
This new vessel follows the award-winning model of the Amadeus Silver ships but offers even further innovative developments. The popular concept of spaciousness has been maintained. This includes not only generous public areas but also spacious cabins: 12 large suites impress with an outdoor balcony and a cozy reading corner whilst the 69 standard cabins mainly have panoramic window fronts which can be automatically lowered and luxurious bathrooms. A new on-board highlight is the indoor pool, the roof of which can be opened in fine weather. In the evenings, this area may also be used for informative talks, functions and cinema showings.
Amadeus operate bilingual cruises (English/German), meaning that all announcements, menus and daily programme, etc. will be provided in both languages. All excursions are operated with English speaking guides.
• Indoor Swimming Pool with Amadeus-Club Lounge
• Outdoor glass-shielded “River Terrace”
• Sun Deck with lounge chairs, giant Chess Board and Shuffleboard
• Sun Deck Lido-Bar
• Fitness Room
• Hair Salon, Massage Room
• Gift Shop
• Laundry Service
• Complimentary bicycles onboard
• Wi-Fi available
Stay in one of the elegantly appointed Classic Staterooms or Amadeus Suites and enjoy unexpected little luxuries.
Be transported into a realm of chic comfort in one of the 69 large staterooms. The beautiful 188 sq ft design is loaded with high-tech hospitality and swanky décor. Escape with the view from your state-of-the-art panoramic window on the Strauss and Mozart decks that extends across the entire width of the cabin. Automatically lower the windows to make the stateroom become it’s own balcony. Included are all the necessary details: a flat screen TV, WiFi, cabinet, seating area, a safe, and the Amadeus Signature Bed and en-suite bathroom with shower and WC.
Staterooms are located on all decks. The Mozart and Strauss Decks include the innovative French Balcony.
These 12 carefully designed suites with a lounge area, offer outdoor seating to sip your morning coffee and 284 sq ft of space to relax. Included are the little luxuries as well as the Amadeus Signature Bed, a large luxurious bathroom with shower & WC, WiFi, a flat screen TV, a safe and a minibar.
Suites are located on the Mozart Deck.
Save 15% early booking discount on 2020 River Cruises (Prices shown include 15% off)
|Jul 5||Amadeus Queen||Vienna||Cabin Upgrades|
|Lower Deck||C-4||172 ft², Fixed Windows||£2159|
|Lower Deck||C-1||172 ft², Fixed Windows||£2429|
|Middle Deck||B-4||188 ft², French Balcony||£2759|
|Middle Deck||B-1||188 ft², French Balcony||£2959|
|Upper Deck||A-1||188 ft², French Balcony||£3209|
|Upper Deck||Suite||284 ft², Outside Balcony||£3679|
|Aug 6||Amadeus Star||Vienna||Cabin Upgrades|
|Lower Deck||C-4||172 ft², Fixed Windows||Sold||Was £2179|
|Lower Deck||C-1||172 ft², Fixed Windows||Sold||Was £2439|
|Middle Deck||B-4||188 ft², French Balcony||Sold||Was £2759|
|Middle Deck||B-1||188 ft², French Balcony||Sold||Was £2939|
|Upper Deck||A-1||188 ft², French Balcony||Sold||Was £3179|
|Upper Deck||Suite||284 ft², Outside Balcony||Sold||Was £3609|
|Aug 13||Amadeus Star||Bucharest||Cabin Upgrades|
|Lower Deck||C-4||172 ft², Fixed Windows||£2279|
|Lower Deck||C-1||172 ft², Fixed Windows||£2559|
|Middle Deck||B-4||188 ft², French Balcony||£2919|
|Middle Deck||B-1||188 ft², French Balcony||£3129|
|Upper Deck||A-1||188 ft², French Balcony||£3409|
|Upper Deck||Suite||284 ft², Outside Balcony||£3889|
|Aug 26||Amadeus Queen||Bucharest||Cabin Upgrades|
|Lower Deck||C-4||172 ft², Fixed Windows||£2399|
|Lower Deck||C-1||172 ft², Fixed Windows||£2699|
|Middle Deck||B-4||188 ft², French Balcony||£3069|
|Middle Deck||B-1||188 ft², French Balcony||£3299|
|Upper Deck||A-1||188 ft², French Balcony||£3589|
|Upper Deck||Suite||284 ft², Outside Balcony||£4089|
|Jul 29||Amadeus Queen||Vienna||Cabin Upgrades|
|Lower Deck||C-4||172 ft², Fixed Windows||£1929|
|Lower Deck||C-1||172 ft², Fixed Windows||£2149|
|Middle Deck||B-4||188 ft², French Balcony||£2429|
|Middle Deck||B-1||188 ft², French Balcony||£2589|
|Upper Deck||A-1||188 ft², French Balcony||£2799|
|Upper Deck||Suite||284 ft², Outside Balcony||£3179|
Optional Excursions & Packages 2020
|City Tour of Bratislava||£29||•||•||•|
|Guided tour of the Schlossshof Palace||£44||•|
|Excursion to Esztergom & Szentendre||£35||•||•|
|City tour of Budapest||£29||•||•||•|
|Excursion to Osijek & Kopacki Rit Nature Park||£49||•|
|City tour of Belgrade||£30||•||•||•|
|Excursion to Topola & Openac||£30||•|
|Evening excursion to the artists quarter Skadarlija||£42||•||•|
|Excursion to Veliko Tarnovo||£39||•||•||•|
|Danube Delta nature experience (Only bookable on board)||£63|
|Onboard Booking Price||£127||£204||£327|
|Prices for packages booked in advance||£ 107||£172||£277|
Single Occupancy: Please call for details Flights and transfers included, Prices based on direct flights from London. Other flight options are available, supplements may apply.
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