Danube River Cruise

Trips & Tours // Europe // 12 Days

Culture/History, Educational, Special Event


3 Nights Prague & 7 Nights River Cruise from Passau to Budapest • Vienna • Linz • Melk • and More!

All aboard the new Amadeus Queen! Sail right into the pages of a storybook along the legendary Danube, through pages gilded with history, and past the turrets and towers of castles steeped in legend. You’ll meander along the fabled “Blue Danube” to grand cities like Vienna and Budapest where kings and queens once waltzed, and to gingerbread towns that evoke tales of Hansel and Gretel and the Brothers Grimm. If you listen closely, you might hear the haunting melody of the Lorelei siren herself as you cruise past her infamous river cliff post! During this 12-day journey, encounter the grand cities and quaint villages along the celebrated Danube River. Explore both sides of Hungary’s capital–traditional “Buda” and the more cosmopolitan “Pest”–and from Fishermen’s Bastion, see how the river divides this fascinating city. Experience Vienna’s imperial architecture and gracious culture, and tour riverside towns in Austria’s Wachau Valley. And in Germany, explore a baroque cathedral and stroll cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses. Savor the tastes of authentic dishes, learn about local legends, and understand why Strauss immortalized the “Blue Danube” in his famous melody. 

TAP Rating: TAP Deluxe


Highlights include:

  • PEAK SEASON, Five-Star Escorted European Danube River Cruise & Tour Vacation
  • Welcome Dinner
  • 3 nights in Prague including gorgeous hotel, tour of Prague and daily breakfast
  • 7 nights cruise on the Amadeus Queen river cruise ship
  • Incredible excursions in Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Melk and Linz
  • All of your meals on board the ship, including wine with dinner
  • Wine tasting in Melk (Wachau Valley)
  • Overnights in Prague,Vienna and Budapest–extended evening in Linz
  • Pricing starts at $4249/person double and $5599/person single. See first image in gallery for full pricing information.
  • Airfare available from gateway cities


DAY 1 - Travel Day
Overnight flight to Europe with optional airfare purchase. (IFM)

DAY 2 - Arrive in Prague

Welcome to Prague. Upon arrival, transfer (*included with optional air) to our lovely hotel in Prague– the perfect location to explore this amazing city. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner. Then catch up on your rest, and get ready for our journey to begin. Grandior Hotel Prague, Prague, Czechoslovakia (In-flight meals, D)

DAY 3 - Prague
This morning you will discover the magic of Prague on a tour of the modern and vibrant Czech capital. Your guided walking tour of the city features many of the highlights including Old Town, Wenceslas Square and the Charles Bridge. Later, you have the option of taking the must-see tour of the historic Jewish section of town. With over a thousand years of history, the Prague Jewish Community is filled with many sites that testify to its rich cultural and legendary past. Your expert guide will take you through the Old Jewish Cemetery, one of the most iconic sites in Prague established in the 15th century and where the oldest tombstone–from poet and scholar, Avigdor Karo–remains. You’ll also visit some of the surviving synagogues before walking through Maiselova Street, one of the two main streets of the walled Jewish quarter. Grandior Hotel Prague, Prague, Czechoslovakia (B)

DAY 4 Full Free Day in Prague

Today is yours to explore what TripAdvisor ranks as the 5th best world destination! You may wish to take an optional tour to see the historic Prague Castle, the largest medieval castle complex in Europe. Grandior Hotel Prague, Prague, Czechoslovakia (B)

DAY 5 Prague to Passau
After your breakfast this morning we enjoy a lovely drive through the Czech countryside into Germany and our cruise embarkation at Passau, Germany. Board your home for the next seven nights, the newly appointed Amadeus Queen. Enjoy the views from your riverboat’s sun deck, lounge, or the windows of your outside cabin as we dock in Passau. Today, a local guide will take you on a walking tour through the cobblestone streets of this Baroque town renowned for its lovely stained glass and nearly 100 churches. See the Altes Rathaus, the old town hall with 14th-century origins, murals on the façade and a glockenspiel in the tower. We also visit St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to a magnificent pipe organ that is one of the world’s largest. Amadeus Queen (B,D)

DAY 6 - The Monastery of Melk, and Wachau Wine Valley

This morning we arrive in the Wachau Valley for a tour of the Benedictine Abbey of Melk, followed by wine tasting. Melk is best known for its massive monastery, which was founded in 1089 in a medieval fortress. After 1,000 years it’s still functioning as an abbey and school. In the 15th century the abbey’s monks played a leading part in central European monastic reform and it took its present magnificent Baroque form after a devastating fire in the early 18th century. The abbey church with its enormous dome and ornate golden-hued bell towers now stands proud on a rocky bluff high over the Danube River. Melk boasts the largest ecclesiastical library in the world, with over 80,000 priceless volumes and a wonderfully frescoed ceiling, while the new museum has many jeweled reliquaries and manuscripts on show. Napoleon used Melk Abbey as his headquarters when campaigning in Austria. Today it is surrounded by landscaped gardens with spectacular views over the Wachau Valley and the Danube. Amadeus Queen (B,L,D)

DAY 7 - A Day in Vienna Today enhance your life with a wonderful tour of Vienna, the legendary home of Strauss, Mozart, the Habsburgs and the waltz! Accompanied by a local expert, learn why Vienna in the 18th century was the musical capital of Europe. Your tour includes a drive around the Ringstrasse, a wide avenue encircling the old city, taking in all its historic buildings. Later, take a guided walking tour. You will have a full day and entire evening to enjoy Vienna. Amadeus Queen (B,L,D)

DAY 8 - A Day in Budapest
Enjoy a fabulous day in Budapest, Hungary, which is split into the sections of Buda and Pest by the Danube River. After disembarking your riverboat our guide will take you on a tour to see the city’s Buda side on a walking tour of Castle Hill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; see Fishermen’s Bastion with its Neo-Romanesque design, and admire the stained glass windows and centuries of history in Matthias Church. Enjoy a wonderful dinner aboard and free evening in this magnificent city. Amadeus Queen (B,L,D)

DAY 9 - Free Morning in Budapest
Enjoy a free day in one of Europe’s most magical cities! Revisit favorite sights, shop till you drop, or enjoy a traditional thermal bath in one of Budapest’s famous bath houses. Amadeus Queen (B,L,D)

DAY 10 - A Day in Bratislava
Let the day unfold slowly as you indulge in a wonderful breakfast and watch the world pass by as we cruise to Bratislava. After lunch, our resident guide will take you inside contemporary Slovakia and Bratislava for a look at politics, the economy, religion, the social order, preservation, the emergence of arts, and much more prior to a walking tour of this cobblestone, vehicle-free city. See 17 centuries of history eloquently chronicled in sites including its 13th- century Old Town Hall, Baroque Habsburg era palaces, the Opera House, Slovak Philharmonic Hall and St. Martin’s Cathedral. Amadeus Queen  (B,L,D)

DAY 11 - Linz and Salzburg, Austria
After a restful night aboard, enjoy a day of cruising to Linz, Austria, or join our day trip to Salzburg. As the birthplace of Mozart and the setting for “The Sound of Music” Salzburg is filled with Baroque architecture and the old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Literally meaning “Salt Castle”, Salburg’s fortunes came from tolls on salt barges plying the Salzach River. In the afternoon, our ship docks in Linz, home of the oldest cake in the world, and a European Cultural Capital City. Amadeus Queen (B,L,D)

DAY 12 - Depart Passau
After a final breakfast aboard, and farewell to shipmates, we transfer to the Munich Airport for flights home (*included with optional air). (B, IFM)

Departure Date: Tour Status: Price Per Person (U.S. Dollars):
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October 15, 2018 Available Scheduled$4,249$5,599Call

Arrival Instructions

Arrive to Prague, Czechoslovakia by tbd via Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG)


Departure Instructions

Depart from Prague, Czechoslovakia after tbd via Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG)


Payment Policy

Deposit: $ 1000.00 per person due at time of booking - final payment due 120 days prior to departure


Cancellation Policy

Port changes, taxes and fees $215 Cancel before 161 days–$300 refund pp 160-121 Days prior–75% of cruise/tour 120 -91 Days prior –50% of cruise/tour 90 Days or less–no refund No refundable for unused portions of cruise/tour Fuel surcharge subject to addition until paid in full

Additional Pricing Information:
Pricing starts at $4249/person double and $5599/person single. See first image in gallery for full pricing information.

Welcome dinner
3 nights in Prague including gorgeous hotel, tour of Prague and daily breakfast
7 nights cruise on the Amadeus Queen river cruise ship
Incredible excursions in Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Melk and Linz
All of your meals on board the ship, including wine with dinner
Wine tasting in Melk (Wachau Valley)
Overnights in Prague,Vienna and Budapest–extended evening in Linz
Deluxe motorcoach transportation
Transfers and luggage handling in Prague and Munich with option air
Fully narrated so you won’t miss a thing!

Itinerary

DAY 1 - Travel Day
Overnight flight to Europe with optional airfare purchase. (IFM)

DAY 2 - Arrive in Prague

Welcome to Prague. Upon arrival, transfer (*included with optional air) to our lovely hotel in Prague– the perfect location to explore this amazing city. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner. Then catch up on your rest, and get ready for our journey to begin. Grandior Hotel Prague, Prague, Czechoslovakia (In-flight meals, D)

DAY 3 - Prague
This morning you will discover the magic of Prague on a tour of the modern and vibrant Czech capital. Your guided walking tour of the city features many of the highlights including Old Town, Wenceslas Square and the Charles Bridge. Later, you have the option of taking the must-see tour of the historic Jewish section of town. With over a thousand years of history, the Prague Jewish Community is filled with many sites that testify to its rich cultural and legendary past. Your expert guide will take you through the Old Jewish Cemetery, one of the most iconic sites in Prague established in the 15th century and where the oldest tombstone–from poet and scholar, Avigdor Karo–remains. You’ll also visit some of the surviving synagogues before walking through Maiselova Street, one of the two main streets of the walled Jewish quarter. Grandior Hotel Prague, Prague, Czechoslovakia (B)

DAY 4 Full Free Day in Prague

Today is yours to explore what TripAdvisor ranks as the 5th best world destination! You may wish to take an optional tour to see the historic Prague Castle, the largest medieval castle complex in Europe. Grandior Hotel Prague, Prague, Czechoslovakia (B)

DAY 5 Prague to Passau
After your breakfast this morning we enjoy a lovely drive through the Czech countryside into Germany and our cruise embarkation at Passau, Germany. Board your home for the next seven nights, the newly appointed Amadeus Queen. Enjoy the views from your riverboat’s sun deck, lounge, or the windows of your outside cabin as we dock in Passau. Today, a local guide will take you on a walking tour through the cobblestone streets of this Baroque town renowned for its lovely stained glass and nearly 100 churches. See the Altes Rathaus, the old town hall with 14th-century origins, murals on the façade and a glockenspiel in the tower. We also visit St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to a magnificent pipe organ that is one of the world’s largest. Amadeus Queen (B,D)

DAY 6 - The Monastery of Melk, and Wachau Wine Valley

This morning we arrive in the Wachau Valley for a tour of the Benedictine Abbey of Melk, followed by wine tasting. Melk is best known for its massive monastery, which was founded in 1089 in a medieval fortress. After 1,000 years it’s still functioning as an abbey and school. In the 15th century the abbey’s monks played a leading part in central European monastic reform and it took its present magnificent Baroque form after a devastating fire in the early 18th century. The abbey church with its enormous dome and ornate golden-hued bell towers now stands proud on a rocky bluff high over the Danube River. Melk boasts the largest ecclesiastical library in the world, with over 80,000 priceless volumes and a wonderfully frescoed ceiling, while the new museum has many jeweled reliquaries and manuscripts on show. Napoleon used Melk Abbey as his headquarters when campaigning in Austria. Today it is surrounded by landscaped gardens with spectacular views over the Wachau Valley and the Danube. Amadeus Queen (B,L,D)

DAY 7 - A Day in Vienna Today enhance your life with a wonderful tour of Vienna, the legendary home of Strauss, Mozart, the Habsburgs and the waltz! Accompanied by a local expert, learn why Vienna in the 18th century was the musical capital of Europe. Your tour includes a drive around the Ringstrasse, a wide avenue encircling the old city, taking in all its historic buildings. Later, take a guided walking tour. You will have a full day and entire evening to enjoy Vienna. Amadeus Queen (B,L,D)

DAY 8 - A Day in Budapest
Enjoy a fabulous day in Budapest, Hungary, which is split into the sections of Buda and Pest by the Danube River. After disembarking your riverboat our guide will take you on a tour to see the city’s Buda side on a walking tour of Castle Hill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; see Fishermen’s Bastion with its Neo-Romanesque design, and admire the stained glass windows and centuries of history in Matthias Church. Enjoy a wonderful dinner aboard and free evening in this magnificent city. Amadeus Queen (B,L,D)

DAY 9 - Free Morning in Budapest
Enjoy a free day in one of Europe’s most magical cities! Revisit favorite sights, shop till you drop, or enjoy a traditional thermal bath in one of Budapest’s famous bath houses. Amadeus Queen (B,L,D)

DAY 10 - A Day in Bratislava
Let the day unfold slowly as you indulge in a wonderful breakfast and watch the world pass by as we cruise to Bratislava. After lunch, our resident guide will take you inside contemporary Slovakia and Bratislava for a look at politics, the economy, religion, the social order, preservation, the emergence of arts, and much more prior to a walking tour of this cobblestone, vehicle-free city. See 17 centuries of history eloquently chronicled in sites including its 13th- century Old Town Hall, Baroque Habsburg era palaces, the Opera House, Slovak Philharmonic Hall and St. Martin’s Cathedral. Amadeus Queen  (B,L,D)

DAY 11 - Linz and Salzburg, Austria
After a restful night aboard, enjoy a day of cruising to Linz, Austria, or join our day trip to Salzburg. As the birthplace of Mozart and the setting for “The Sound of Music” Salzburg is filled with Baroque architecture and the old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Literally meaning “Salt Castle”, Salburg’s fortunes came from tolls on salt barges plying the Salzach River. In the afternoon, our ship docks in Linz, home of the oldest cake in the world, and a European Cultural Capital City. Amadeus Queen (B,L,D)

DAY 12 - Depart Passau
After a final breakfast aboard, and farewell to shipmates, we transfer to the Munich Airport for flights home (*included with optional air). (B, IFM)

Pricing & Availability

Inclusions

Additional Pricing Information:
Pricing starts at $4249/person double and $5599/person single. See first image in gallery for full pricing information.

Welcome dinner
3 nights in Prague including gorgeous hotel, tour of Prague and daily breakfast
7 nights cruise on the Amadeus Queen river cruise ship
Incredible excursions in Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Melk and Linz
All of your meals on board the ship, including wine with dinner
Wine tasting in Melk (Wachau Valley)
Overnights in Prague,Vienna and Budapest–extended evening in Linz
Deluxe motorcoach transportation
Transfers and luggage handling in Prague and Munich with option air
Fully narrated so you won’t miss a thing!



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