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Danube Rhapsody River Cruise (Passau - Passau)
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Danube Rhapsody River Cruise (Passau - Passau)

  • 7 Night Holiday
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Discover the highlights dotted along the Danube on this week long River Cruise Holiday from Passau.

Begin your journey in Munich with a guided city tour before commencing your cruise. Travelling on board the MS Amadeus Silver, Elegant or MS Danubia, 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, a guided walking tour of Bratislava, a half day tour of Vienna and a half day excursion to Melk Abbey with wine tasting 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.

 

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 restaurant on board the ship.

Lunch is a set menu and 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 lunch and 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

- Euro (€)

- Germany (€)

- Austria (€)

- Slovakia (€)

- Hungary: Forint (Ft)

Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Packing List
  • Dress code as above
  • Your valid passport
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

Holiday highlights

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.
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.

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 restaurant on board the ship.

Lunch is a set menu and 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 lunch and 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

- Euro (€)

- Germany (€)

- Austria (€)

- Slovakia (€)

- Hungary: Forint (Ft)

Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Packing List
  • Dress code as above
  • Your valid passport
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 – Travel to Germany

Morning

Munich City Tour

Upon arrival in Munich, you will be met by your local guide who will assist you in the transfer to Passau port. A guided Munich city tour will be provided en-route. Highlights will include the Nymphenburg Palace, King's Square with its three temple buildings in the classical Greek style, the Bavarian National Museum, 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

Commence River Cruise

In the afternoon you will be transferred to Passau port 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.

Day 2 – Emmersdorf and Dürnstein

Morning

Emmersdorf and 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 features frescos by Johann Michael Rottmayr and the impressive library contains 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

Dürnstein

Continue to 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 afternoon; wandering the narrow cobblestoned streets, admiring beautiful buildings and breath-taking scenery. At the end of the tour you will return to Emmersdorf and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine. The ship will depart Emmersdorf that afternoon and travel onto the city of Vienna, where it will dock for the evening.

Day 3 – Vienna

Morning

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.

Afternoon

Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace

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 views over the palace area. The ship will depart Vienna in the late evening.

Day 4 – Budapest

Full Day

Budapest

Enjoy a full day at leisure in Budapest, where the ship will be docked for the night, for sightseeing at your own pace. Alternatively, you can partake in a guided city tour in the afternoon (payable locally).

Evening

Folklore Show

In the evening, enjoy a folklore show hosted by the crew on board your ship.

Day 5 – Budapest and Esztergom

Morning

Budapest

Take in some further sightseeing, shopping or just relax prior to the ship’s departure for the next destination, Esztergom, shortly after lunch.

Afternoon

Esztergom

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 sail towards Bratislava in the evening.

Day 6 – Bratislava

Morning

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.

Evening

Captain’s Gala Dinner

This evening you will enjoy a Captain’s Gala Dinner while the ship travels to Linz.

Day 7 – Linz

Full Day

Linz

Today, you will have free time to explore Linz, a UNESCO City of Media Arts, at your own pace. Discover this city’s charming old town filled with historic baroque architecture as well as its stunning natural landscape. Alternatively, you can partake in a guided walking tour of the city in the afternoon (payable locally).

Day 8 – Passau and Return Home

Morning

Passau City Tour

It is time to say goodbye after a full week of delights aboard your cruise vessel. You will be met by our local representative and enjoy a city tour of Passau. 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. Take in highlights such as St. Stephen’s Cathedral, in which the world’s largest cathedral organ sounds, the majestic fortress Veste Oberhaus on the Danube’s side and the Pilgrimage Church "Mariahilf" on the Inn’s side. After free time for lunch (at your own expense), you will continue your journey to Munich city centre.

Afternoon

Munich and Return Home

After some free time for further sightseeing or shopping in Munich, you will be transferred to Munich airport for your flight home, with guide assistance. (Luggage will be stored in coach)

* 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 Danubia 3

The MS Danubia is a small and comfortable ship, with a more relaxed and intimate atmosphere compared to an ocean liner. All passenger cabins are outward facing with expansive windows offering clear views of the river and you can also enjoy incredible views on one of the sun decks... read more read more read more

The MS Danubia is a small and comfortable ship, with a more relaxed and intimate atmosphere compared to an ocean liner. All passenger cabins are outward facing with expansive windows offering clear views of the river and you can also enjoy incredible views on one of the sun decks, lounge or bar areas as you cruise past some of the best scenery in Europe. 

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MS Amadeus Danubia



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MS Amadeus Silver 4 Star Superior

The MS Amadeus Silver is an elegant and spacious ship, with a more comfortable and intimate atmosphere compared to an ocean liner. All passenger cabins are outward facing with windows offering views of the river as you cruise past some of the best scenery in Europe. You can also ... read more read more read more

The MS Amadeus Silver is an elegant and spacious ship, with a more comfortable and intimate atmosphere compared to an ocean liner. All passenger cabins are outward facing with windows offering views of the river as you cruise past some of the best scenery in Europe. You can also enjoy relax in the classical “Café Vienna”, or take in wonderful views from the sun deck, lounge or bar areas.

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MS Amadeus Silver



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MS Amadeus Elegant Superior 4

The MS Amadeus Elegant is the newest flagship of the fleet, offering bright, modern cabins along with a wide range of leisure time facilities. With its pointed bow and pleasing décor, it provides an elegant home from home for your voyage on the majestic Danube.... read more read more read more

The MS Amadeus Elegant is the newest flagship of the fleet, offering bright, modern cabins along with a wide range of leisure time facilities. With its pointed bow and pleasing décor, it provides an elegant home from home for your voyage on the majestic Danube.

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MS Amadeus Elegant



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MS Amadeus Queen 4

Sit back and relax as you cruise along the Danube on board the new flagship MS Amadeus Queen. Enjoy a varied menu featuring regional specialities and specially selected wines as well as as on board activities such as folklore performances, lectures, themed evenings, culinary... read more read more read more

Sit back and relax as you cruise along the Danube on board the new flagship MS Amadeus Queen. Enjoy a varied menu featuring regional specialities and specially selected wines as well as as on board activities such as folklore performances, lectures, themed evenings, culinary presentations and live music events.

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MS Amadeus Queen



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