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Danube Rhapsody

Itinerary, Prices and Dates


Round Trip Passau to Budapest8 Days

See the very best the Danube has to offer on this relaxed and stylish river cruise aboard one of the elegant Amadeus fleet.

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This fascinating journey takes you along one of the most beautiful stretches of the Danube right in the heart of the once brilliant imperial and royal Austro-Hungarian monarchy. This cruise encompasses both art and culture in places that bear witness to thousands of years of European history.

From the Bavarian city of Passau (where three rivers meet) the cruise goes downstream to Budapest, the city often described as the Queen of the Danube. You pass through four European countries (Germany, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia) and three capitals (Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava) and varied scenery such as the Schlögener loops below Passau, the picturesque Wachau district of Austria (steeped in legends), and the knee of the Danube at Visegrad in Hungary; you also see the imposing cathedral of Esztergom in Hungary and the Benedictine abbey of Melk in Austria.

What's Included

  • 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
  • Onboard entertainment and enrichment programme
  • 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
  • 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: Passau

Map of the Danube River
Map of the Danube River

Arrive in Passau and check in from 3pm onwards. Settle in to your cabin as the ship sets sail at 6pm and enjoy a Welcome Cocktail as you explore the range of amenities on board. Later this evening you can meet your fellow passengers at a Welcome Dinner on the ship.
Included Meals D

Day 2: Vienna

Arrive in Vienna at lunchtime and explore the city's grand architecture during an optional sightseeing tour. Alternatively, spend some free time discovering the delights of the Austrian capital on your own. In the evening you have the chance to join a 'Vienna at Night' excursion, for a unique, after-dark perspective.
Included Meals B L D

Day 3: Bratislava

Today your cruise continues towards the Slovakian capital, Bratislava. You may choose to join the optional sightseeing tour, which reveals the city's impressive history. This afternoon's optional excursion brings you to the Imperial Festival Palace, Castle Hof, a magnificent Baroque complex that was built in the early 18th Century and is immensely rich in culture and heritage.
Included Meals B L D

Day 4: Budapest

The ship docks in Budapest this morning and from here you can take an optional city sightseeing tour, introducing you to historic Buda and cosmopolitan Best on either side of the Danube. In the afternoon there will be an optional Puszta excursion, travelling into the Hungarian Plains to see a display of the horsemanship for which the region is famous. Back on board the ship, you will enjoy a leisurely evening cruise through Budapest, with some traditional folklore entertainment.
Included Meals B L D

Day 5: Budapest & Esztergom

Remaining in the Hungarian capital, you can choose to discover 'Vibrant Budapest' on an optional tour this morning. In the afternoon you may wish to take an excursion to the scenic Danube Bend region, calling at the small artists' settlement of Szentendre and at historic Esztergom, rejoining the ship near Esztergom in the early evening.
Included Meals B L D

Day 6: Vienna

Continue west along the Danube towards Vienna this morning.In the afternoon you have the chance to visit Schonbrunn Palace and in the evening there is an optional 'Sound of Vienna' concert.
Included Meals B L D

Day 7: Melk

This morning's cruise brings you to Austria's scenic Wachau region. Here you may join an optional tour, incorporating a visit to the famous Benedictine Abbey at Melk and wine tasting session. Later, the ship sails back towards Passau and you are invited to join the Captain for a Gala Dinner on board.
Included Meals B L D

Day 8: Passau

Arrive in Passau early this morning and disembark after enjoying your final breakfast on board.
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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Lüftner MS Amadeus Elegant - Deck Plan

Luftner MS Amadeus Elegant - deck plan
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Lüftner MS Amadeus Diamond - Deck Plan

Luftner MS Amadeus Diamond - deck plan
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Lüftner MS Amadeus Royal - Deck Plan

Luftner MS Amadeus Royal - deck plan
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Lüftner MS Amadeus Princess - Deck Plan

Luftner MS Amadeus Princess - deck plan
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Prices are per person based on two sharing and are subject to availability at time of booking. Prices include return flights from London & ship transfers, regional flights available (supplements may apply). Operators reserve the right to amend published prices prior to a confirmed booking being made.

Single Occupancy Supplements:Available on request


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