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The Classical Danube - Cruise # 217
 7 Nights/ 8 Days
Passau - Budapest
 
Through
Germany, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia



This cruise begins in Passau and then downstream along the Danube to Budapest, Hungary's exuberant capital. Highlights are sightseeing visits to Regensburg, Passau, Salzburg, Vienna and Bratislava. A visit to the Benedictine abbey of Melk and a drive through the picturesque Wachau district are also memorable. On this journey you get to know much about the heart of Europe - its countries, peoples and cultures.
 
DAY 1 PASSAU   Welcome DinnerThis afternoon embark the vessel and get settled into your cabin. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially-prepared Welcome Dinner. 

DAY 2 REGENSBURG   Bavarian evening on boardBegin your cruise with a visit to Regensburg. This UNESCO site boasts architecture from many centuries, reflective of its varied history throughout the centuries. The stone bridge, built in 1135-1146, the Church of St James, and the Schloss of Thurn and Taxis are a few of the highlights of this beautiful city.  Back onboard this evening, experience a Bavarian evening with lively traditional music and a dinner of local specialties. Depending on river levels a stop in Regensburg may be by bus from Passau.  

DAY 3 PASSAU > LINZ   Visit to Salzburg, the city of Mozart and the "Sound of Music"Today, those interested in excursions have all of three options. A morning walking tour through the Baroque center of Passau will provide insight into the history of the town. Alternatively, you can take part in a full day excursion in a comfortable tour bus, which will visit the Mozart town of Salzburg and the lake district of the Salzkammergut. Both excursions end in Linz, where you will return to your ship. The guests who do not take the bus to Salzburg can spend the afternoon on their own or take a guided tour through this Upper Austrian town before the ship weighs anchor in the evening. 

DAY 4 MELK/EMMERSDORF > WEISSENKIRCHEN > VIENNA   Famous Abbey of Melk & wine tastingThis morning presents an opportunity to visit the famous Benedictine Abbey of Melk which stands over the Danube or continue with the vessel to the town of Weissenkirchen. Here, sample some of the region’s famous Riesling wines or enjoy a leisurely stroll through the cobbled streets. Everyone will rejoin the ship in the early afternoon to continue on to Vienna. 

DAY 5 VIENNA   Walk through the gardens of Schönbrunn PalaceThere is much to see in Imperial Vienna:  its Imperial palaces, Museums Quarter with historic and contemporary buildings displaying works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and other artists, the impressive buildings along the Ringstrasse, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the famous Vienna State Opera among many others. This afternoon perhaps venture to Schönbrunn Palace, the sumptuous summer palace and gardens of Empress Maria Theresia and the Habsburg empire. In the evening opt for the “Sound of Vienna” and listen to the “Alt Wien” orchestra play popular pieces from Vienna’s classical era. The vessel departs Vienna in the early hours. 

DAY 6 BRATISLAVA   Captain’s Gala DinnerDuring the night, your AMADEUS ship will travel downriver towards Bratislava, arriving in the Slovakian capital at breakfast time. In the morning, you can go exploring on your own or as part of a guided city tour. In the afternoon, it is worth visiting the Imperial Festschloss Hof, which was once the country residence of Empress Maria Theresia and which is situated in Austria, not far from the Slovakian border. After the exclusive Captain’s Gala Dinner, the ship will set sail for Hungary. 

DAY 7 ESZTERGOM > BUDAPEST   Evening cruise along the illuminated skyline of BudapestRelax onboard as the vessel makes its way to Budapest, Hungary. For those interested in exploring the Hungarian countryside, spend the morning visiting Esztergom and its Basilica dedicated to Saint Mary, and Slenderer, known for its art galleries and museums. After lunch, explore the beautiful Hungarian capital of Budapest. Uniquely straddling the Danube river, the Buda side with its Fisherman’s Bastion and the Pest Side with its famous Hungarian Parliament building, are connected by the beautiful Chain Bridge. An evening cruise onboard your AMADEUS vessel along the illuminated skyline, accompanied by a folklore show of music and dance, is a perfect ending to your visit. 

DAY 8 BUDAPEST   FarewellAfter breakfast we bid you farewell. We hope to welcome you again soon! 

Price Per Person in Euro  Excursions  

Included
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Outside river-view stateroom of your choice  
 - Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for all excursions
 - Services of an experienced, multilingual Cruise Director
 - Gourmet dining with all meals included (buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack) in the       elegant Panorama-Restaurant, which accommodates all guests in one seating

 - Quality red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions with every dinner on board
 - Coffee and tea after lunch and dinner
·        24-hour complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water
 - Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner

 - Special onboard entertainment including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and nightly music by the Amadeus Duo in the Panorama Bar
 - Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
 - Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted on the Sun Deck)
 - All port taxes and local taxes
 Transfers

BUDAPEST (HU)
Airport – Port € 43
Budapest City Center – Port € 19
Train Station – Port € 24
 PASSAU (D)
Train station – Port € 21
Airport Munich – Port € 61 Ships

The MS Amadeus Queen follows the award-winning model of the AMADEUS Silver ships but offers even further innovative developments. The popular concept of spaciousness has been maintained. This includes not only generous public areas but also spacious cabins: 12 large suites impress with an outdoor balcony and a cozy reading corner whilst the 69 standard cabins mainly have panoramic window fronts which can be automatically lowered and luxurious bathrooms. A new on-board highlight is the indoor pool, the roof of which can be opened in fine weather. In the evenings, this area may also be used for informative talks, functions and cinema showings.

Built: 2018Registry: GermanyLength x Width: 135 x 11.4 m / 443 x 37.5 ftDecks: 4Staterooms/Suites: 69/12Max. passengers: 162 The MS Amadeus Brilliant was built in the year 2011 and offers you travel comfort at a premium level: at 110 meters in length and three floors, there are spacious suites and cabins that accommodate up to 150 passengers. The cabins are mostly equipped with French balconies, which offer a fantastic view of the beauties of the passing shore landscape. For your physical well-being, the ship's panoramic restaurant is well cared for, and the overlying Panorama Bar and Lounge is an excellent place to relax and enjoy. The rest of the facilities are also fully in line with the usual high Amadeus level: a generous sun deck with a lido bar invites you to linger, and if you want to retire with a good book, you can relax in the quiet, situated Amadeus club. Whatever you choose, you will feel at home with us on board! Commissioning: 2011 Flag: Germany length x Width: 110 x 11.4 m Cabins/suites: 68/8 Maximum passengers: 150