Europe & Baltic Cruises
Explore Central and Eastern Europe on this unique voyage that starts in Vienna and goes Enjoy an interesting and comfortable trip along the Danube from the Alps to the Danube Delta and back again. This voyage of discovery takes you through eight countries in 15 days, showing you a great diversity of landscapes and the fine Danube cities of Vienna, Budapest and Belgrade along the route. It also passes through the Iron Gate, the unique fauna and flora of the Danube Delta and the picturesque cultivation of Austria’s Wachau district. A collection of optional group shore excursions can be added to your itinerary pricing upon request.
Cruise Departure Dates:
2013: Jul 14, Aug 1
2014: Jul 21, Aug 7, Oct 14
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
The Hotel Excelsior (4*) is centrally located and only 150 metres away from the central railway station. Right in front of the hotel, you can catch the public transit such as the underground "U-Bahn", busses, etc. It will only take you a 10 minute walk through the pedestrian area to get to Marienplatz, to the city hall with its chimes, the "Glockenspiel", and to Viktualienmarkt. Although it is located in the middle of town, the hotel feels rather like a peaceful country site, which is both due to the traditional ambience and to the friendly service of this personally managed hotel. As soon as you step outside the door, you can experience the hurly-burly of the city.
Enjoy a city tour with private vehicle and guide. Start your tour with the Old town. Visit Olympiaturm and enjoy the landscape. The view of Munich, its surroundings and, if the weather is good, the Alps from the Salzkammergut to the Allgaeu Alps is just as unique as the Olympic tower itself. On April 5, 2005 the Olympic tower has even grown by 1.75 meters. A Russian specialist helicopter under Swiss flag has been used to lift off the antenna’s top end and put up a new antenna piece by piece, which from now on will provide six million TV viewers in Munich and the south of Bavaria with digital TV broadcasting. The new height of the Olympic tower is now 291.28 meters. Up here on one of the highest towers in Europe you can get away from the bustle of the city. Take a deep breath, forget everything and then relax. From the viewing platforms of the tower at a height of 190 metres, the shiny silver tent roof silhouette of the Olympic park is a brilliant example of exceptional architecture. Entrance fees are included.
Continue your tour with BMW Museum and its distinctive architecture in the shape of a futuristic silver bowl, which is among the most attractive museums in Munich. Entrance fees are included in the tour cost.
Enjoy your transfer today from Munich City Centre to Passau. It will take approximately 2 hours.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in your stateroom and explore the length of your ship. You'll set sail on your voyage shortly.
The new Amadeus line of ships have set new standards in European river cruising. Whether it be the Amadeus Elegant, Amadeus Diamond, or Amadeus Princess, these ships are nothing other than a floating luxury hotel, impressing passengers from the moment they step on board. Allow these grand vessels to lure you away from normality - perhaps by inducing you to read an absorbing book in a chaise lounge on the sundeck, or to sample a relaxing massage. Get to see fascinating countries and meet interesting people over a convivial cup of coffee in the Amadeus Club or, while practicing your golf on the putting green on the sundeck. Each ship accommodates around 110 guests, and employing a crew of 40, never losing that intimate ambience that makes the experience all the more special.
Vienna is a port and the capital city of the Republic of Austria. Evidence of continuous habitation has been found since 500 BC, when the site of Vienna on the Danube River was settled by the Celts. Vienna is host to many major international organizations, such as the United Nations and OPEC. In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[
Optional Excursion:(ask about including in your itinerary pricing)You can see Vienna’s most important sights on a group sightseeing tour. The tour takes you along the Ringstrasse, into the Schwarzenbergplatz, passing by the Karlskirche and Vienna’s stunning opera house. Last stop is the city’s famous St. Stephan’s cathedral, where there will be time to see round inside. The vessel leaves Vienna in the evening and cruises east towards Hungary overnight.
Esztergom, is a city in northern Hungary, 46 km north-west of the capital Budapest. It lies in Komárom-Esztergom county, on the right bank of the river Danube, which forms the border with Slovakia there. Esztergom was the capital of Hungary from the 10th till the mid-13th century when King Béla IV of Hungary moved the royal seat to Buda. The city has the Keresztény Múzeum, the largest ecclesiastical collection in Hungary. Its cathedral, Esztergom Basilica is the largest church in Hungary.
Optional Excursion:(ask about including in your itinerary pricing)A shared Esztergom-Szentendre excursion starts here. Esztergom, the former residence of the kings of Hungary and seat of the Archbishop, is one of the highlights of this excursion. After visiting its impressive cathedral (Hungary’s largest place of worship) we drive up to the imposing ruined fortress of Visegrad, from which there’s a magnificent view of the "knee" of the Danube. You then drive along the bank of the Danube to the artists’ village of Szentendre. After a stroll through this picturesque place, the excursion continues to Budapest where you rejoin the ship at midday.
Budapest is a port and the capital city of Hungary. It became a single city occupying both banks of the Danube River with a unification in 1873 of west-bank Buda and Óbuda with east-bank Pest. The Celts were the first to settle in the territory of Budapest, followed by the Romans, and later several other civilizations, creating a layered cultural past. Budapest's Castle Hill, the River Danube embankments and the whole of Andrássy út have been officially recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Optional Excursion:(ask about including in your itinerary pricing)This afternoon you can join a city tour of Budapest. Budapest is a city made up of two parts: Buda and Pest, built on opposite banks of the Danube. Buda, with its cobbled streets and medieval architecture, is the older and more graceful part while Pest, with its wide avenues and impressive 19th-century public buildings, is the administrative and commercial centre. East meets West in this fascinating city, which has an amazing variety of shops and restaurants.
In the evening there’ll be an included cruise, passing the magnificently floodlit buildings on both sides of the river and under the illuminated chain bridge. A gypsy band will be playing and there will also be a performance by a Hungarian folklore group on board before the vessel leaves Budapest in the evening and sails downstream overnight through Hungary.
Vukovar is a city in eastern Croatia, and the biggest river port in Croatia located at the confluence of the Vuka river and the Danube. Vukovar is the center of the Vukovar-Syrmia County. It is located 20 km (12 mi) northeast of Vinkovci, 36 km (22 mi) southeast of Osijek with the elevation of 108 m (354 ft).
Optional Excursion:(ask about including in your itinerary pricing)
This town often hit the headlines in 1991 owing to the savage and bitter fighting that took place when the city was besieged for three months during the Yugoslavian Civil War. There’ll be an optional excursion starting with Vukovar itself, continuing to the town of Osijek and also visiting the "Kopacki rit" nature reserve.
Belgrade, meaning 'White City' – is the capital of the Republic of Serbia. Various styles of architecture dominate the city, while its recent resurgence as the leading hub in south-eastern Europe make it a must see destination. It lies on the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. The city has a long history, dating back to the 4th century BC, when the area was settled by Celtic tribes. Later on, it became the Roman city of Singidunum, and relics of that era can still be seen in the city, particularly at Kalemegdan Fortress. After the First World War, Belgrade became the seat of Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes later known as Yugoslavia, until its collapse, and it saw violence again in 1999 with NATO's bombing campaign in response to Serbia's actions in the province of Kosovo. This often violent history and outside influence has colored much of Belgrade's evolution, which is evident in its culture and architecture. Often caught between the hammer and anvil of clashing empires, the city has taken on a unique character, reminiscent of both Austrian and Turkish influences, with a unique set of Communist elements thrown in as Yugoslavia was expelled from the Eastern Bloc in 1948. Yet, the city has its own spirit, and in it can be found some not only very unique features, but also a healthy joie de vivre in its café culture, nightlife and often Mediterranean flavor in its view of life. Among the most visited sights are the well known St Sava Church - the biggest Eastern Orthodox Church in the world, Knez Mihajlova - one of the most popular pedestrian-only streets in Belgrade.
Optional Excursion:(ask about including in your itinerary pricing)Three shared shore excursions are offered throughout the day, including a city tour of Belgrade and its 2,000 years of history, an excursion to the picturesque countryside with Topola & Oplenac, and an evening excursion to Skadarlija, a well-known artists' quarter.
This morning you cruise along a particularly scenic stretch of the river as the Danube passes through the Carpathians and the foothills of the Balkans to the "Iron Gates". In ancient times the Iron Gates were a hazardous part of the journey along the Danube, as ships had to steer carefully through a narrow gorge with high cliffs on either side. Today, the water level has been raised and the hazards removed, but this stretch of the journey is still very interesting and you can observe the complicated manoeuvres as the ship passes through the two locks beside the Djerdap power station. Further on, the ship enters the narrow Kazan Gorge, where there is a rock on which rests a tablet with a Latin inscription commemorating the Roman Emperor Trajan.
The Iron Gates is a gorge on the Danube River. It forms part of the boundary between Romania and Serbia. At this point, the river separates the southern Carpathian Mountains from the northwestern foothills of the Balkan Mountains. The Romanian side of the gorge constitutes the Iron Gates Natural Park.
Optional Excursion:(ask about including in your itinerary pricing)Early this morning the ship reaches the small Bulgarian port of Svistov and stops to allow passengers to join an excursion to Veliko Tarnovo. This involves a comfortable bus ride to your destination, which is picturesquely located on two steep banks of the river Jantram at the foot of the Balkans. The bus continues to Giurgiu for those who have been on the Veliko Tarnovo excursion to rejoin the ship, which has meanwhile proceeded there from Svistov. You set off again in the afternoon and continue downstream towards the Danube Delta.
Today the vessel reaches the Danube Delta, which covers an area of about 4,340 square kilometres. It is renowned for the diversity of its wildlife, which includes 20 pairs of white-tailed eagles and 3,000 meadow vipers. In total, 5,140 species of flora and fauna reside in the delta, including 300 species of birds and 30 species of fish. You continue along St. Gheorge’s Channel to mile 0 of the Danube, almost to the point where it meets the Black Sea. There’ll be some time to take a walk at St. Gheorge.
Optional Excursion:(ask about including in your itinerary pricing)This morning you reach the Danube port of Chiciu, the starting point for a shared city tour of Bucharest. The city is also known as the Little Paris of the East. First thing to do in Bucharest is a photo stop at the parliament, before you're taken for lunch in a typical Romanian restaurant. The tour continues along the cities magnificent boulevards lined with impressive buildings, which give the city a certain Gallic flair. Afterwards you will have a guided walk through the newly designed pedestrian area and you will visit a Romanian Orthodox Church as well. After the tour you will rejoin the ship at Giurgiu, a busy industrial town directly opposite the Bulgarian city of Rousse. Giurgui takes its name from an old castle of St George that was built by Genoese merchants in the Middle Ages.
A day spent at leisure, cruising back through the scenic stretch of the Iron Gates (retracing the route taken 4 days earlier). In the afternoon your ship passes through more lovely countryside where the Danube flows through the Carpathians and into the foothills of the Balkans.
Your ship stops in Belgrade again just long enough to let passengers joining the optional city tour excursion to Novi Sad and Sremski Karlovci do so.
Optional Excursion:(ask about including in your itinerary pricing)By midday you're back in Belgrade, where there is an opportunity to take the "Novi Sad and Sremski Karlovci" excursion. A stroll through the city of Novi Sad recalls the era of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. The tour passes the catholic St. Mary's church, the orthodox church of St. George, and the home of Albert Einstein. On the road to Sremski Karlovci we pass the 18th century Peterwardein fortress, which was built by the French architect Vauban as one of Europe's largest defensive positions. There’ll be a tour of Sremski Karlovci, which offers a series of cultural and historical monuments and includes a visit to the cathedral in the old Baroque town as well as the Patriarch’s Palace and the school of theology. You rejoin the vessel at Novi Sad and the cruise continues back towards Hungary.
Novi Sad is the capital of the northern Serbian province of Vojvodina. The number of tourists visiting Novi Sad each year has steadily risen since 2000. Every year, in the beginning of July, during the annual EXIT music festival, the city is full of young people from all over Europe. There is also a tourist port near Varadin Bridge in the city centre welcoming various river cruise vessels from across Europe who cruise on Danube river. The most recognized structure in Novi Sad is Petrovaradin Fortress, which dominates the city and with scenic views of the city. Besides the fortress, there is also historic neighborhood of Stari Grad, with many monuments, museums, cafes, restaurants and shops.
Mohács is a town in Baranya county, Hungary on the right bank of the Danube. Two famous battles took place in 1526 and 1687 and represented the beginning and the end of the Ottoman domination in Hungary. In the medieval Kingdom of Hungary, Mohács was part of the historical Baranya county, and during Ottoman rule it was the administrative seat of the Sanjak of Mohács, an Ottoman administrative unit. After the Habsburgs took the area from the Ottomans, Mohács was included in the restored Baranya county.
Optional Excursion:(ask about including in your itinerary pricing)The Puszta group excursion today takes you through part of the Great Plain of Hungary to a Csarda for a memorable display of superb Hungarian horsemanship. After tasting some regional wines, the tour continues past some of the region’s famous red pepper fields. You can also obtain an insight into the sanctuary of sciences while taking a look around in the Patachich Hall of the magnificent Italian Baroque style Archiepiscopal Palace. Before rejoining the ship you can visit the world’s only ‘paprika’ museum and a folklore museum selling, among other things, traditional knitwear.
Bratislava is a port and capital city located in southwestern Slovakia, on both banks of the Danube River. Bordering Austria and Hungary, it is the only national capital that borders two independent countries. The history of the city has been strongly influenced by people of different nations and religions, namely by Austrians, Czechs, Germans, Hungarians, Slovaks, and Jews. One of the most prominent structures in the city is Bratislava Castle, on a plateau 85 metres above the Danube.
Optional Excursion:(ask about including in your itinerary pricing)Before lunch the vessel docks at the ‘divided’ town of Komarno, which is Slovakian north of the Danube and Hungarian south of it. Passengers may disembark here to jointhe coach excursion to Bratislava, which includes a guided tour of the city. Those on this excursion will rejoin the ship in Bratislava.
Optional Excursion:(ask about including in your itinerary pricing)This morning the ship moors at Dürnstein, from which an interesting excursion through the Wachau district is planned. It starts with a walk through Dürnstein, one of the Wachau’s best-known wine villages in a glorious setting. Then you drive through the district’s picturesque scenery to the 900-year old Benedictine abbey of Melk. In the course of the guided tour you see the bishops’ rooms, the Emperor’s gallery, the marble hall, the altars and the library. Sometimes there will also be a short organ recital in the abbey church. At the end of the tour you're invited to have a glass of wine at a local restaurant before rejoining the ship at Melk / Emmersdorf, where it has meanwhile arrived.
Melk is a port and city of Austria, in the federal state of Lower Austria, next to the Wachau valley along the Danube River. In a very small area, Melk presents a great deal of architectural variety from many centuries. The city is best known as the site of a massive baroque Benedictine monastery named Stift Melk.
You'll disembark your ship this morning in Passau, bidding farewell to your fellow cruisemates.
Meet your driver for a private transfer to Prague.
Discover Prague on a private half day city tour. Your guide and driver will show you the town's famous sights providing you with insight knowledge and information about this old city. View the Golden Prague's historic monuments - the State Opera, the National Museum, Wenceslas Square, Charles Square, and Prague Castle. Take a walk around the castle’s courtyards to view the grand St. Vitus Cathedral. Your private guide will take you across the Vltava River to the Old Town, St. Nicholas Church, the Týn Cathedral, and the Old Town Hall with its astronomical clock and apostles.
The Hotel Roma (4*) is situated in the very historical centre of Prague in Malá Strana (Lesser Town). The hotel has benefited from a demanding reconstruction. It is ready to comply with all comfort requirements, providing you with an unforgettable atmosphere when visiting Prague.
Enjoy a half day tour with a private guide and driver to Karlstejn Castle which was built in the 14th century by the Czech King and Roman Emperor, Charles IV. At the time, the castle held the treasure of the Holy Roman Empire, including the imperial coronation jewels.
A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
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