Classical Danube River Cruise 4 Star (Budapest - Passau)
- Sail through Germany, Austria, Slovakia & Hungary on this Danube river cruise.
- Stay 7 nights on board the 4-star MS Amadeus Brilliant or Imperial.
- Enjoy excursions & city tours in Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Salzburg & Munich.
- Visit breathtaking filming locations from The Sound of Music on a half day trip to Salzkammergut.
- Immerse yourself in the region’s culture with a night of traditional Bavarian entertainment.
- Relax with plenty of free time to enjoy the ship’s many amenities or explore ports of call at your own pace.
- Includes 1 night on a bed and breakfast basis, 7 nights on a full board basis.
Your Classical Danube River Cruise Overview
Explore the highlights of Europe’s longest waterway with us on this 7-night holiday cruise down the Danube. We’ll begin our journey in Budapest, with a guided city tour before boarding our ship and setting sail through central Europe. Much smaller than an ocean liner, our ship will take us into the heart of most cities we visit, giving us more time to discover these incredible places. We’ll enjoy guided city tours in exciting destinations like Budapest, Vienna, and Munich, and have time to discover quaint towns like Dürnstein and Regensburg. There will also be plenty of optional excursions for you to explore more at each port of call and ample leisure time to relax onboard the ship’s panoramic sundeck.
Coach transfer to and from Belfast (Chichester Street) to Dublin Airport on selected dates Prior to November 2020. After 01 November 2020 we will no longer be providing this service.
Activity Level: Leisurely
Travel to Hungary
Budapest City Tour
On arrival in Budapest you will be met by our local guide and begin your holiday with a 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.
Commence River Cruise
In the afternoon you will be transferred to the quayside in Budapest to join your River Cruise. Settle in to your cabin and explore the range of facilities on board your ship 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 a tasty welcome dinner.
Budapest & Esztergom
The boat will be moored in Budapest for the morning and you will have free time to explore the city. An optional excursion to Szentendre and Esztergom will be offered in the afternoon (payable locally). One of Hungary’s oldest cities, Esztergom was formerly the capital and is home to the Basilica, the main Roman Catholic church of Hungary.
You will depart Budapest in the early afternoon and will have a short stop in Esztergom that evening.
Bratislava & Vienna
Bratislava City Tour
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.
Travel to Vienna
Depart Bratislava and enjoy a daytime cruise along the Danube towards Vienna. Relax in the lounge or on the sundeck as tremendous views unfold along one of Europe’s most beautiful waterways. Arrive into Vienna in the early evening.
Vienna City Tour
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 Schönbrunn Palace Excursion
An optional excursion to Schönbrunn 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 view over the palace area. The ship will depart Vienna in the late evening.
Dürnstein & Emmersdorf
Arrive into the picturesque town of Dürnstein which is named after the Medieval Castle Burgruine Dürnstein, 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 and travel on to the town of Emmersdorf in the Melk district of Austria. Here, you can take an optional excursion to visit Melk Abbey (payable locally), or visit the town at your own pace. The ship will depart Emmersdorf in the late evening.
Linz, Salzburg & Salzkammergut
Salzburg City Tour
Arrive into the town of Linz and disembark the ship for a full day excursion to Salzburg and Salzkammergut with lunch included. A two-hour coach ride will bring you to Salzburg – the city of music. The old town with its world-famous Baroque architecture is one of the best-preserved city centres north of the Alps. It was adopted by UNESCO in 1997 and is included on its list of World Cultural Heritage Sites. Salzburg is also the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. During the guided tour through the old town you will see the birth house of the musician (outside only), as well as other well-known attractions, such as the Getreidegasse. This long yet narrow shopping street runs parallel to the river in the centre of town. The street is famous for its old-style signage outside each store, indicating the profession found within. You will continue to the Mirabell Palace, a beautiful castle with gardens, built by an archbishop for his beloved courtesan. Look out for the Garden of Dwarfs and the Garden of Roses, as they are especially beautiful.
Visit Salzkammergut and Captain's Gala Dinner
After the included lunch, you will head to the picturesque village Mondesee in Salzkammergut, which was the film location for the well-known movie “The Sound of Music”. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you head back to the ship which will be docked at Passau. In the evening you will enjoy a Captain’s Gala Dinner while the ship travels to Regensburg.
Today will be spent at Regensburg where you will have free time to explore the 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.
Bavarian Evening and Passau
Enjoy a traditional Bavarian evening hosted by the crew on board your ship. You will sail towards Passau this evening.
Munich & Return Home
Munich City Tour
This morning you will arrive into the port of Passau and disembark the ship after breakfast. 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.
After some free time for lunch or shopping in Munich, you will be transferred to Munich airport for your flight home, with guide assistance.
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements
What if there is an emergency?
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.