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