Classical Danube Cruise

8 days itinerary from Budapest to Passau

This classic cruise brings together glorious cities along one of the world‘s most beautiful stretches of rivers on a trip through the heart of Old World Europe.

This quintessential cruise along the beautiful Danube begins with an overnight in the “Queen of the Danube“ — the capital city of Budapest, which straddles the river with its hilly ‘Buda‘ featuring Fisherman‘s Bastion & castle district over to the flat ‘Pest‘ side with its iconic Parliament building, to the “Three Rivers City“ of Passau at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube rivers.

Along the way travel through four of Europe‘s most important countries — Hungary, Slovakia, Austria & Germany. Explore years of history and culture in the Imperial cities of Budapest, Vienna & Bratislava as well as the UNESCO protected Austrian Wachau Valley — blanketed with rolling hills, flourishing vineyards and picturesque villages. Experience the beauty along the Danube River.

Your Cruise Itinerary

Day 1: Budapest

Your journey starts in Budapest. This evening, join us for a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially-prepared Welcome Dinner. A romantic evening cruise through beautifully illuminated Budapest, as well as a Hungarian folklore show, make for a perfect beginning!

Stay Budapest – Over Night

Optional Excursions: Evening cruise with folklore show on board


Discover the beautiful sights and attractions of Budapest. This morning, explore the city which straddles the Danube, with its Fisherman‘s Bastion on the Buda side, overlooking the river, and the Pest side with its grand, Neo Gothic style Parliament House. Depart from Budapest after lunch by coach on an excursion to the Hungarian countryside to explore the artists‘ town of Szentendre, and the former capital of Hungary, Esztergom.
Should you choose to remain on board, enjoy an afternoon relaxing on deck, before arriving in Esztergom for dinner, where your fellow passengers rejoin the vessel.

Stay Budapest -Departure at 1:30pm

Optional Excursions – Budapest – Castle Hill & Historic Wonders, Esztergom, Visegrád castle and Szentendre

Stay Esztergom 6:30pm – 8:00pm


In the morning, we call at our next capital city — Bratislava. Explore the city during a walking tour, or on your own. See the home of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the old city walls, the summer residence of the archbishop and the current residence of the president of Slovakia. Just a stone‘s throw away from Bratislava lies a true gem of Baroque architecture – Schloss Hof. This afternoon, take the opportunity to step into a bygone era of opulence and grandeur and visit its aristocratic palace, terraced gardens and tranquil estate farm that seems to have sprung from the pages of a fairytale. Enjoy dinner on board before the vessel departs from Slovakia late this evening.

Stay Bratislava 8:00am – 11:00pm

Optional Excursions: Bratislava – Beauty on the Danube, Schloss Hof – Baroque Palace and Estate


There is much to see in Imperial Vienna: Palaces, a Museum Quarter displaying works by artists Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, the historic buildings along the Ringstrasse, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the famous Vienna State Opera among others. This afternoon, choose to venture to Schönbrunn Palace, the sumptuous summer palace and gardens of Empress Maria Theresia and the Habsburg Empire. This evening take the chance to attend the “Sound of Vienna“ and listen to the “Alt Vienna“ orchestra play popular pieces from Vienna’s classical era — a perfect end to your Vienna experience.

Stay Vienna 7:00am – 11:59pm

Optional Excursions; Vienna – Imperial discovery tour, Visit to Schönbrunn Palace or “Sound of Vienna” classical concert (Cat. B)


The romantic Wachau Valley is one of the most beautiful landscapes of Austria. In the morning your ship docks in Dürnstein, with its blue medieval abbey on the edge of the Danube river. Wander through this quaint village or join a walking tour featuring a visit to the Dürnstein Abbey. Alternatively, if you wish to explore the wines of the Wachau, a visit to the Krems winery estate to learn about the history and enjoy a tasting is a must. During lunch on board, your cruise continues to Emmersdorf.

Spend the afternoon discovering this typical small town in Lower Austria or opt to travel across the river to nearby Melk and its glorious Benedictine abbey — the largest in Austria. In the evening, your ship leaves the Wachau and heads for Linz.

Stay Duernstein 8:00am – 12:00pm

Option Excursions Dürnstein walking tour & Abbey OR Winzer Krems vineyard and winery

Stay Emmersdorf 3:00pm – 7:00pm

Option Excursions Melk Abbey – A Baroque Jewel

Image by michaelecker from Pixabay


Arrive in the erstwhile cultural capital of Linz, where your vessel makes a short stop for the departure of today‘s excursions — the walking tour of Linz with a scenic drive to Aschach to rejoin the vessel for lunch, or a full day tour to the Mozart town of Salzburg with lunch at a local restaurant. Late in the afternoon, the ship arrives at the confluence of the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz Rivers, in the three-rivers city of Passau, which you can explore on a commented walking tour. This evening, celebrate at the Captain’s Gala Dinner.

Stay Linz 7:00am – 8:30am

Optional Excursions; Linz walking tour with Linzer Torte tasting OR Full-day Salzburg with lunch

Stay Aschach 11:00am – 11:30am

Stay Passau 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Optional Excursions: Passau walking tour


After a leisurely breakfast, arrive in Regensburg, which is one of the most beautiful old towns in Germany. This UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts architecture from many centuries, reflective of its varied history. The stone bridge, built in 1135—1146 and the Cathedral of St. Peter are a few of the highlights seen on the guided walking tour. This afternoon, offers two options — an excursion to the Danube Gorge and Weltenburg Abbey or a visit to the Thurn and Taxis Palace — both excursions offer the opportunity to sample the local brew. A traditional Bavarian dinner is served as your ship departs.

Stay Regensburg 10:00am – 8:00pm

Optional Excursions : Regensburg walking tour, Danube Gorge, Weltenburg Abbey & beer tasting OR Thurn & Taxis Palace with brewery and tasting, Bavarian evening on board

Pic by Leonhard_Niederwimmer
Image by Erich Westendarp from Pixabay

 Day 8: PASSAU

After breakfast, we bid you farewell. We hope to welcome you again soon!

Stay Passau Arrival at 8:00am

Please note that itineraries can vary by the Company. Be sure to check with your chosen cruise provider for the most up-to-date information, including specific port arrival and departure times, as well as any optional shore excursions available during your cruise.


Suites & Staterooms

  • Luxury accommodation in an outside river-view stateroom of your choice: Spacious Mozart Suites with a walk-out balcony, stateroom cabins on Mozart and Strauss Decks with drop-down Panorama Retractable Windows offering a wide-open view (except Amadeus Brilliant)
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe 
  • Choice of bed configuration in all categories (double or twin bedding)
  • Bottled water in every stateroom  

Gourmet Dining

  • Gourmet dining featuring breakfast, multi-course lunches and dinners with menu choices (including vegetarian options), afternoon tea and late-night snack
  • Free-flowing hand-selected wines from the best wine regions, draft beer, soda as well as coffee and tea with every lunch and dinner 
  • Coffee and tea available 24 hours a day in the Amadeus Club
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner

An Array of Amenities 

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Onboard fitness center open 24 hours a day
  • All gratuities on board are included in your cruise fare

Voyage of Discovery

  • Personalized service of an experienced, multilingual AMADEUS Cruise Director 
  • AMADEUS digital audio system for all guided excursions 
  • Variety of enriching onboard programs, including fascinating lectures, cooking demonstrations, local cultural performances, and music by our onboard musicians 
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles for independent exploration 
  • All port taxes, embarkation, disembarkation and lock fees included in your cruise fare 


AMADEUS Riva embodies the spirit of adventure, cruising far and wide across countries and cultures. Discover the fine art of choice, both onboard and onshore, beginning with your cruise preference. From exclusive golf cruises to New Year’s revelry among friends, this vessel is your personal luxury window to the world.

This vessel represents our commitment to a new generation of luxury cruising, showcasing our innovative and green designs that focus on sustainability, renewal, and wellbeing. You’ll find plenty of room to roam, from the River Terrace bar to the generous sun deck. Enjoy an afternoon on your private balcony or dance late into the night at the Panorama-Bar.

How will your day unfold on the AMADEUS Riva? The choice is yours.






Length x Width:

442.9ft x 37.4ft







Max. Passangers:


Crew members:

approx. 46


25 km/h


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