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Berlin to Budapest 13 Days

This 5 day land tour, following the route of the Havel, Elbe & Vltava rivers from Berlin to Prague, and 8 day Danube river cruise, from Nuremberg to Budapest, combine to make a truly memorable journey.

Lüftner Cruises - MS Amadeus Brilliant
MS Amadeus Brilliant

On this journey you get to know much about the heart of Europe - its countries, peoples and cultures. Take time to explore Berlin, Meissen, Dresden and Prague, either at your own pace or on one of the optional guided tours available.

Board your elegant river cruise ship in Nuremberg and pass through the Rhine-Main-Danube canal before heading along the Danube to Budapest, Hungary's exuberant capital. Highlights are sightseeing visits to Regensburg, Passau, Salzburg, Vienna and Bratislava. A visit to the Benedictine abbey of Melk and a drive through the picturesque Wachau district are also on offer.

What's Included

  • 2 nights' 4 or 5★ hotel accommodation in Berlin (B & B)
  • Welcome Dinner in the hotel
  • 1 night's 4 or 5★ hotel accommodation in Dresden (B & B)
  • 2 nights at the 5★ Le Palais hotel in Prague (B & B)
  • 7 nights' full board cruise
  • Superb dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Quality red and white wines with dinner
  • 24 Hour coffee station on board the ship
  • Cocktail reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner on the ship
  • Onboard entertainment and enrichment programme
  • City Tour in Nuremberg
  • Bavarian evening with entertaining live music
  • Lecture on Vienna's coffeehouse tradition - including how to make Apfelstrudel
  • Evening cruise in Budapest with folklore program
  • Daily musical performances
  • Services of an experienced multilingual cruise director
  • Sightseeing program and transfers by deluxe motor coaches
  • Complimentary bicycles on board
  • Modern wireless audiosystem for all excursions during the cruise
  • All port charges and local taxes
  • Flexible excursion packages allow you to choose the itinerary that suits you.

Please call for a flight inclusive price.

Day 1: Berlin

Map of the Havel, Vltava, Main & Danube rivers
Map of the Havel, Elbe, Vltava & Danube Rivers

Arrive into Berlin today and make your way to the hotel which will be your home for the next two nights. There will be a Welcome Dinner in the hotel tonight where you will get the chance to meet your fellow travellers.
Included Meals D

Day 2: Berlin & Potsdam

This morning begins with an optional city tour of the new German capital. Berlin is rich in both history and culture and today's tour will take you to see some of the city's highlights such as the Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church, the iconic Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie. In the afternoon you can join an optional excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Potsdam where you will visit the famous Palace of Sanssouci. Overnight in your hotel in Berlin.
Included Meals B

Day 3: Meissen & Dresden

Depart from Berlin after breakfast today and take a transfer to the city of Meissen, where you can take an optional tour of the Porcelain Factory. From here, continue to the former East German city of Dresden where you will spend the night.
Included Meals B

Day 4: Dresden & Prague

This morning you may choose to join an optional city sightseeing tour of Dresden, taking in the famous Frauenkirche, the Semper Opera, the Old Town and Palace. From here, continue to the exquisite Czech capital, Prague, where you will spend the next two nights.
Included Meals B L D

Day 5: Prague

Today's optional tour takes you on a discovery of Prague. See Wenceslas Square, one of the sites of the uprisings during the Velvet Revolution, Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square and the National Theatre. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this charming city at your leisure.
Included Meals B

Day 6: Nuremberg

After breakfast in the hotel, depart for a transfer to the Bavarian city of Nuremberg. An included tour introduces you to the historic city where you will visit the Old Town and see various sights connected to the Nazi party rallies and trials.

In the late afternoon, embark the Amadeus Brilliant for the start of your cruise. There will be time to settle in to your accommodation before a Welcome Cocktail and Welcome Dinner on board.
Included Meals B D

Day 7: Kelheim & Regensburg

The ship arrives into Kehlheim at breakfast time today and from here you can embark on an optional tour to Weltenburg Monastery. The monastery, founded by Irish or Scottish monks around 620 AD, is the oldest in Bavaria. Meanwhile the ship sails towards Regensburg, where you can re-board at lunch time. Regensburg is one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities and this afternoon's optional sightseeing tour will introduce you to the city's architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Pretoria. In the evening there will be a rousing Bavarian evening on board.
Included Meals B L D

Day 8: Passau & Linz

Arrive into Passau this morning, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube, and enjoy an optional walking tour of the ancient city centre. During the tour, your knowledgeable guide will point out many buildings that bear witness to Passau's historical importance as the Three River City. Alternatively you can join an optional excursion to Salzburg and the scenic Salzkammergut lakes and mountains region, starting in Passau and ending in Linz. The ship will make her way to Linz where you can participate in an optional city walk before dinner.
Included Meals B L D

Day 9: Melk & Vienna

The ship arrives into Melk early today and from here you can take an optional tour of the scenic Wachau region, incorporating a visit to the impressive Benedictine Abbey at Melk and a wine tasting session. Return to the ship in time for lunch and set sail for the Austrian capital, Vienna. Upon arrival here you may choose to join an optional Vienna by Night tour.
Included Meals B L D

Day 10: Vienna

Wake in Vienna this morning and choose from a variety of optional excursions. You may opt for a morning city tour, showcasing the main architectural highlights such as the Ringstrasse, Hofburg Palace and St Stephen's Cathedral. In the afternoon you may wish to visit Schoenbrunn Palace or simply spend the afternoon exploring independently. This evening you can choose to attend an optional classical concert performed by a Viennese orchestra.
Included Meals B L D

Day 11: Vienna & Bratislava

The ship leaves Vienna in the early hours and cruises towards the Slovakian capital, Bratislava, where you disembark for an optional tour of the historic city centre. This afternoon's optional excursion brings you to the Imperial Festival Palace, Castle Hof, a magnificent Baroque complex, built in the early 18th Century. Return to the ship and prepare for the Captain's Gala Dinner, followed by a show performed by the crew.
Included Meals B L D

Day 12: Budapest

Arrive into the Hungarian capital, Budapest, this morning. Join an optional sightseeing tour which leads you to historic Buda Castle for a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest, spread over both banks of the river. Your tour also takes you to the 500-year-old Matthias Church, St. Stephen's Basilica, the Fishermen's Bastion and the Royal Palace.

This afternoon choose from two optional excursions: Take a trip out to the Gödöllö Palace, then see a display of the horsemanship for which the Puszta region is famous. Alternatively, join a tour to the small artists' settlement of Szentendre, in the picturesque Danube Bend region. This evening enjoy a scenic evening cruise along the Danube, Budapest by Night, with a Hungarian folklore group to entertain you.
Included Meals B L D

Day 13: Budapest

Enjoy your final breakfast on board before disembarking in Budapest this morning.
Included Meals B

Alternate Itinerary


Day 1: Budapest

Map of the Havel, Vltava, Main & Danube rivers
Map of the Havel, Elbe, Vltava & Danube Rivers

Arrive in Budapest and embark your ship from 4pm this afternoon. Settle into your cabin and explore the range of onboard amenities. Join your fellow guests for a welcome cocktail before your welcome dinner is served in the restaurant.

Later, relax in the lounge and enjoy a gentle evening cruise, Budapest by Night, with a traditional folklore programme to entertain you.
Included Meals D

Day 2: Budapest

You may choose from two optional excursions in Budapest today. The first is a city tour, taking in the main highlights of this enchanting capital. See the Fisherman's Bastion, Matthias Church, St Stephen's Cathedral and enjoy the fine views from Buda Castle.

The second choice is an excursion to the artists' settlement of Szentendre, located in the scenic Danube Bend region. Alternatively, spend the day at leisure, before setting sail during the afternoon.
Included Meals B L D

Day 3: Bratislava & Vienna

Arriving in Bratislava early this morning there is an optional city tour which you may wish to join. The ship sets sail at lunch time, leaving Slovakia behind and heading towards the Austrian capital, Vienna. Upon arrival here you may choose to join the optional Vienna by Night excursion, for a unique, after dark perspective.
Included Meals B L D

Day 4: Vienna

Wake in Vienna this morning and choose from a variety of optional excursions. You may opt for a morning city tour, showcasing all the main attractions. Later today you can visit Schoenbrunn Palace or spend the afternoon exploring independently. This evening you may attend an optional concert by a Viennese Orchestra. Otherwise, spend your evening at leisure, exploring this grand city. The ship departs from Vienna in the early hours.
Included Meals B L D

Day 5: Vienna & Melk

The ship arrives in Melk at around noon today and there is an optional afternoon tour of the Wachau region, incorporating a visit to the impressive Benedictine Abbey at Melk and a wine tasting session. Depart from the Wachau in the evening and continue your journey west along the Danube.
Included Meals B L D

Day 6: Linz & Passau

You will arrive in Linz early this morning, ready for an optional city walking tour. You may also choose to join an alternative excursion to Salzburg and the lakes and mountains region of the Salzkammergut, departing from Linz and re-joining the ship later in Passau. In Passau you can opt to join a walking tour of the city, returning to the ship in time for the Captain's Gala Dinner, complete with a show performed by the crew.
Included Meals B L D

Day 7: Regensbug & Kelheim

Sailing overnight, the ship reaches Regensburg this morning and you may disembark for an optional walking tour of the city. Set sail for Kehlheim at lunchtime and enjoy a pleasant afternoon cruise before arriving here in the early evening. Alternatively, join an optional tour to Weltenburg Monastery which departs from Regensburg and returns you back to the ship in Kehlheim in the late afternoon.
Included Meals B L D

Day 8: Nuremberg & Prague

The ship arrives into Nuremberg early this morning and after a final breakfast on board, disembark for an included sightseeing tour. The tour will introduce you to the historic city, taking in the Old Town and various sights connected to the Nazi party rallies and trials. In the afternoon, transfer to the Czech capital of Prague for a two night stay.
Included Meals B

Day 9: Prague

Today's optional tour takes you on a discovery of Prague. See Wenceslas Square, one of the sites of the uprisings during the Velvet Revolution, Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square and the National Theatre. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this charming city at your leisure.
Included Meals B

Day 10: Prague & Dresden

Check out this morning and take a transfer to the German city of Dresden. In the afternoon you may choose to join a city sightseeing tour, taking in the famous Frauenkirche, the Semper Opera, Old Town and Palace. Overnight at your hotel in Dresden.
Included Meals B

Day 11: Meissen & Berlin

Leave Dresden this morning and commence your journey to Berlin. En route, stop at Meissen where you can take an optional tour of the famous porcelain factory. Upon arrival in Berlin, check in to the hotel where you will spend the next two nights.
Included Meals B

Day 12: Berlin & Potsdam

This morning begins with an optional city tour of the new German capital. Berlin is rich in both history and culture and today's tour will take you to see some of the city's highlights such as the Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church, the iconic Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie. In the afternoon you can join an optional excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Potsdam where you will visit the famous Palace of Sanssouci.

Tonight there will be a Farewell Dinner in the hotel to mark the last night of your tour.
Included Meals B D

Day 13: Berlin

After a final breakfast in the hotel, it is time to check out and commence your onward journey.
Included Meals B


  • Included Meals  Included Meals - B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner.

Lüftner MS Amadeus Brilliant - Deck Plan

Luftner MS Amadeus Brilliant - deck plan
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Cruise & Land Tour Only

In order to provide clients with the upmost flexibility in travel choices these cruise prices are quoted on a cruise & tour only basis.

Please call for a flight inclusive price to meet your specific requirements.

Please call for details of 2017 departures
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Prices are per person based on two sharing and are subject to availability at time of booking. Operators reserve the right to amend published prices prior to a confirmed booking being made.

Single Occupancy Supplements: 2 Single cabins are available on the MS Amadeus Brilliant, all other cabins are subject to a single occupancy supplement.


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