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Blue Danube River Cruise 4 Star

  • 7 Night Holiday
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Discover the highlights dotted along Europe’s longest waterway on this 7-night Danube River Cruise between Munich and Budapest.

Begin your journey in Munich with a guided city tour before commencing your cruise in Nuremberg. Travelling on board the MS Amadeus Princess, you will experience the elegance of a boutique hotel as you’re transported to some of Europe’s most exciting cities. To enhance the cruise experience and to give a taste of life along the Danube, an excursion to Melk Abbey and guided walking tours of Vienna and Bratislava are also included. These excursions are led by expert local guides who will share their wealth of knowledge and take you to the highlights of each destination. A full programme of further optional excursions is available at each port of call. 

Much smaller than an ocean liner, the ship will take you into the heart of most cities you visit, giving you more time to visit the attractions and enjoy your time ashore. 

Please note that this holiday may not be suitable for those with reduced mobility. For more details, please contact us.

Coach transfer to and from Belfast (Glengall Street) to Dublin Airport on selected dates.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

River Cruise Information

Food & Drink

The 7-night cruise during this holiday is full board; meals are served in the indoor Panorama restaurant on board the ship.

In the middle of the day you can choose between varied menus and buffet specialities in the Panorama Restaurant or a light lunch alternative in the Panorama Bar.

Evening meals are composed of a 5-course menu featuring regional specialities of the countries through which you travel, classic favourites and vegetarian alternative dishes.

Wine is included with dinner.

 

Embarkation and Disembarkation

You will have a guided transfer to the exact mooring at the port of embarkation, and will also be met at the disembarkation point at the end of your cruise. While the ship is moored at each port of call, you are free to disembark as you wish. Before leaving the ship independently, please note the mooring point and the onward sailing time. Embarkation or disembarkation times may vary on particular cruise schedules (as described in the itinerary).

 

Dress Code

There is no specific dress code on board, but it is recommended that you dress smartly for dinner. By day and for shore excursions it is recommended you wear layered clothing and comfortable shoes. It is advisable to take a pullover or jacket for cooler evenings.

 

Tipping

In common with international customs, it is normal but not obligatory to tip staff. The amount of your tip is left to your discretion and should be seen as a reward for good service. If you would like a recommendation we suggest, as a guideline, € 5-7 per guest per day.

Currencies

Germany: Euro(€)

Austria: Euro(€)

Slovakia: Euro(€)

Hungary: Forint (Ft)

Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not require a visa for the countries visited, however non-EU citizens should check with their embassy.
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Dress code as above
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • A rain jacket
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading/Viewing

Budapest Noir by Vilmos Kondor

The Last Frontier by Alistair MacLean

The City of Earthly Desire by Francis Berger

Holiday highlights

MS Amadeus Princess

The MS Amadeus Princess offers passengers a relaxed river cruise experience with a more comfortable and intimate atmosphere compared to an ocean liner. There is the imposing reception area, the bright and airy cabins and suites offering splendid views of the passing scenery, and the outstanding wellness area with fitness room and Vital Club. Passengers can also relax and take in wonderful views from the sun deck, lounge or bar areas.

Budapest

Budapest became one city after the unification of the cities Buda and Pest on opposite sides of the river in 1873. Known as the ‘Pearl of the Danube’ Budapest is one of the most magnificent cities in Europe and during your panoramic city tour you will witness the glorious architecture of Hungary’s parliament building, the beautiful Crown Bridge and the gothic castle of Buda.

Vienna

Lying in the east of the country, along the Danube, Austria’s capital is packed with history and grandeur. A buzzing metropolis, where modern design sits side by side opulent palaces, Vienna is a city of music, coffee houses, culinary delights and rich history.

Munich

The capital of Bavaria is located on the banks of River Isar, north of the Bavarian Alps. A city rich in culture and heritage, Munich is home to many major museums, universities and theatres, as well as playing host to numerous international sports events, conferences, exhibitions and most famously the annual Oktoberfest festival.

Bratislava

Located in a picturesque setting, between Austria and Hungary, along the banks of the Danube, the capital of Slovakia is surrounded by vineyards and the Little Carpathian Mountains. The city, especially the old town, is best explored on foot in order to appreciate the narrow streets of pastel coloured buildings and medieval architecture.

Practical Information for this holiday

River Cruise Information

Food & Drink

The 7-night cruise during this holiday is full board; meals are served in the indoor Panorama restaurant on board the ship.

In the middle of the day you can choose between varied menus and buffet specialities in the Panorama Restaurant or a light lunch alternative in the Panorama Bar.

Evening meals are composed of a 5-course menu featuring regional specialities of the countries through which you travel, classic favourites and vegetarian alternative dishes.

Wine is included with dinner.

 

Embarkation and Disembarkation

You will have a guided transfer to the exact mooring at the port of embarkation, and will also be met at the disembarkation point at the end of your cruise. While the ship is moored at each port of call, you are free to disembark as you wish. Before leaving the ship independently, please note the mooring point and the onward sailing time. Embarkation or disembarkation times may vary on particular cruise schedules (as described in the itinerary).

 

Dress Code

There is no specific dress code on board, but it is recommended that you dress smartly for dinner. By day and for shore excursions it is recommended you wear layered clothing and comfortable shoes. It is advisable to take a pullover or jacket for cooler evenings.

 

Tipping

In common with international customs, it is normal but not obligatory to tip staff. The amount of your tip is left to your discretion and should be seen as a reward for good service. If you would like a recommendation we suggest, as a guideline, € 5-7 per guest per day.

Currencies

Germany: Euro(€)

Austria: Euro(€)

Slovakia: Euro(€)

Hungary: Forint (Ft)

Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not require a visa for the countries visited, however non-EU citizens should check with their embassy.
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Dress code as above
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • A rain jacket
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading/Viewing

Budapest Noir by Vilmos Kondor

The Last Frontier by Alistair MacLean

The City of Earthly Desire by Francis Berger

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Depart for Munich

Morning

Munich

Depart Dublin for Munich. You will be met by our local representative and enjoy a city tour of Munich. Highlights will include The Nymphenburg Palace, King's Square with its three temple buildings in the classical Greek style, the Bavarian National Museum and the Angel of Peace monument, the elegant buildings and shops along Maximilian Street, the Maximilianeum, the National Opera House, the Royal Palace, Stachus Square and the medieval city gates.

Afternoon

River cruise commences

After some free time for lunch or shopping in Munich, you will be transferred to the quayside in Nuremberg to join your River Cruise. Settle into your cabin and explore the range of facilities on board the MS Amadeus Princess as you embark on your 7-night cruise along the Danube. Sit back with a welcome cocktail in one of the lounge areas followed by your evening meal and on-board entertainment.

Day 2 - Regensburg

Full Day

Regensburg

The boat will be moored in Regensburg from the early afternoon and you will have free time to explore this beautiful city. Situated at the confluence of the Danube, Naab and Regen rivers, Regensburg is the fourth-largest city in the State of Bavaria and is an important political, economic and cultural base. The medieval centre of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An optional walking tour of the city will be offered in the afternoon (payable locally). You will depart Regensburg that night to sail towards Passau and will enjoy a Bavarian evening on board the ship.

Day 3 - Passau

Morning

Passau

You will arrive into the port of Passau early in the afternoon and will have the option to partake in a walking tour of the city (payable locally). Passau, with its unique charm and its atmosphere is one of the most beautiful and spectacular German cities on the Danube. The setting of the Old Town, created by Italian baroque masters in the 17th century shows soaring towers, picturesque places, enchanting promenades and romantic lanes. In the heart of Passau on the Old Town’s highest point rises St. Stephen’s Cathedral, in which the world’s largest cathedral organ sounds. Sitting high above the rivers, the majestic fortress Veste Oberhaus on the Danube’s side and the Pilgrimage Church "Mariahilf" on the Inn’s side, frame the city's outstanding beauty.

Afternoon

Danube Cruise

Depart Passau in the early evening and enjoy an evening of sailing along the Danube. Perhaps indulge in a cocktail on board or relax in the lounge or on the sundeck as tremendous views unfold along one of Europe’s most beautiful waterways.

Day 4 - Emmersdorf & Durnstein

Morning

Emmersdorf & Melk Abbey

Today you will wake up in Emmersdorf where you will enjoy an excursion to Melk Abbey. Melk Abbey is an Austrian Benedictine abbey and one of the world’s most famous monastic sites. The impressive Baroque abbey was built between 1702 and 1736 and is the biggest monastery complex of the Austrian baroque period. The abbey’s church contains frescos by Johann Michael Rottmayr and the impressive library with countless medieval manuscripts and frescos by Paul Troger. A guided tour takes you through the abbot’s chambers, along the Imperator’s walk, through the marble hall, the balconies and the library.

Afternoon

Durnstein

Arrive into the picturesque town of Durnstein which is named after the Medieval Castle Burgruine Durnstein, which overlooks it. The town is the perfect spot to spend a leisurely morning; wandering the narrow cobblestoned streets, admiring beautiful buildings, shopping and relaxing with a drink in one of the local coffee shops. The boat will depart Durnstein that afternoon and travel onto the city of Vienna, where it will dock for the evening.

Day 5 - Vienna

Morning

Vienna

This morning you will embark on a city tour of Vienna. This tour will give you an overall impression of the most important sights Vienna has to offer. First you will drive along the famous Ringstrasse, passing several magnificent buildings like the stunning opera house, the parliament the Court Theatre or Vienna’s imposing city hall. The tour is followed by a guided walk through the city centre where you will get to know Vienna at its fullest. You will start at the well-known Hofburg Imperial Palace, walk along the Kohl market and finish at Vienna’s iconic St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Before returning to the ship you have some free time to stroll along the pedestrian area.

Afternoon

Optional Excursion to Schonbrunn Palace

An optional excursion to Schonbrunn Palace will be offered in the afternoon (payable locally). One of the most important cultural and historic monuments in Austria, the 1,441 room Baroque palace is surrounded by a magnificent garden, known as the Gloriette, giving unforgettable views over the palace area. The ship will depart Vienna in the late evening.

Day 6 - Bratislava

Morning

Bratislava

You will arrive at Bratislava in the early morning. The city is small and best explored on foot. Following breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of this compact city. During this tour you will get to know the capital of the young Slovakian Republic. The gorgeous old town has maintained its Gothic-Baroque style. The tour passes St. Martin’s Cathedral and the Grassalkovich Palace and continues up to the hill, where you will have a stunning, panoramic view of the city and surrounding areas. Afterwards, you have the opportunity to participate in a guided walking tour through the restored old town. From Michael’s Gate you will take a leisurely stroll through the historic city centre, where you can admire sights such as the Primatial Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral, a former coronation cathedral for Hungarian kings, as well as the Academia Istropolitana, the oldest university of the city, which dates back to the 15th century. In addition to numerous palaces, you will also walk past the main square with the old City Hall, the Opera House and Maximilian Fountain.

Afternoon

Evening Cruise to Budapest

This afternoon, there will be an optional excursion of the Imperial Schlosshof Palace. Then later in the evening, depart Bratislava and cruise along the Danube towards the city of Budapest.

Day 7 - Budapest

Full Day

Budapest

There will be ample time to explore Budapest on this free day in the city. Alternatively, you can partake in an excursion to Godollo Castle (Payable locally). The Royal Palace of Godollo is an imperial and royal Hungarian palace located in the municipality of Godollo in Pest county, central Hungary. It is famous for being a favourite place of Queen Elisabeth of Hungary.

Day 8 - Return Home

Morning

Budapest

This morning you will disembark the ship in Budapest after breakfast, where you will be met by our local guide and enjoy a Budapest city tour. Take in highlights such as Heroes Square, the Synagogue and the Castle District. Walk by the Mathias Church and Fishermen’s Bastion for photos and visit St. Stephan’s Basilica.

Afternoon

Return Home

In the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport in Budapest for your return flight to Dublin.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

MS Amadeus Princess 4 Star Superior

The MS Amadeus Princess offers passengers a relaxed river cruise experience with a more comfortable and intimate atmosphere compared to an ocean liner. There is the imposing reception area, the bright and airy cabins and suites offering splendid views of the passing scenery, and ... read more read more read more

The MS Amadeus Princess offers passengers a relaxed river cruise experience with a more comfortable and intimate atmosphere compared to an ocean liner. There is the imposing reception area, the bright and airy cabins and suites offering splendid views of the passing scenery, and the outstanding wellness area with fitness room and Vital Club. Passengers can also relax and take in wonderful views from the sun deck, lounge or bar areas.

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