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15 DAYS CRUISE
AMSTERDAM TO BUDAPEST | BUDAPEST TO AMSTERDAM

2015 Rates in EUR per person
Vessel 2015 Date
A-1
Mozart
B-1
Strauss
B-4
Strauss
C-1
Haydn
C-EK
Haydn
C-4
Haydn
Suite
Mozart
MS Amadeus Royal
13 - 27 May
€4269 €3884 €3720 €3380
-
€2995 €5085
MS Amadeus Brilliant
09 - 23 July
€4590
€4176
-
€3634
€4179
€3220
€5468
MS Amadeus Silver
12 - 26 July
€5050
€4594
€4400
€3998
-
€3542
€6014
MS Amadeus Princess
14 - 28 August
€4590
€4176
-
€3634
-
€3220
€5468

Rates, additional charges and conditions are subject to change, and to
currency fluctuation, without notice - Errors and Omissions Excepted

Category C-1 C-4
C-EK
B-1
B-4
A-1 Amadeus
Suite
Suite
Deck Haydn Haydn
Haydn
Strauss
Strauss
Mozart Mozart Mozart
Type of bed Twin/Dbl Twin/Dbl
Twin/Dbl
Twin/Dbl
Twin/Dbl
Twin/Dbl Twin/Dbl Twin/Dbl
Facilities Shower/WC Shower/WC
Shower/WC
Shower/WC
Shower/WC
Shower/WC Bath/WC Shower/WC
SUPPLEMENT SINGLE CABIN
Haydn
C-4 / C-1
Strauss
B-4
Strauss
B-1
Mozart
A-1
15% Off cruise rate
30% Off cruise rate
50% Off cruise rate
60% Off cruise rate
NOTE: No single cabin possible in the category Suite. All cabins are outside facing and equipped with shower and have two beds that can be linked together or set up separately, as you wish.

EXCUSIONS / PACKAGES
Optional Excursions Prices
Package
A
Package
B
Package
C
City tour Amsterdam with canal cruise € 48
City walk Cologne € 17  
Excursion to the National Park Siebengebirge
with Konigswinter and Dragon Rock
€ 65
   
City walk Koblenz with Loreley incl. lunch € 77
City walk Ruedesheim incl. Music Museum € 23
City walk Wertheim and Miltenberg € 34
City walk Wuerzburg incl. wine tasting € 49
Excursion Rothenburg ob der Tauber € 31
 
City Walk Bamberg € 24
City tour Nuremberg € 36
Visit Documentation Centre Nuremberg € 46
 
Visit Weltenburg Monastery € 54
City walk Regensburg € 15
 
City walk Passau € 15
City tour Salzburg with Salzkammergut and lunch € 88
 
City walk Linz 18  
Excursion Melk abbey € 43
City Walk Duernstein with wine tasting € 23  
City tour Vienna € 32
Visit Schoenbrunn Castle € 43  
Concert "Sound of Vienna" (Cat. B) € 48    
City tour Bratislava € 31
Imperial Festival Palace - Castle Hof € 44    
City tour Budapest € 31
Excursion Szentendre € 31    
Excursion castle Godollo and horseshow € 55    
Total of the Excursions
€ 294
€ 552 € 869
Package Prices 
€ 249
€ 469 € 738
The Excursions can be booked as a Package in advance
2000 kilometres across Europe, from Amsterdam at the North Sea to Budapest, the "Queen of the Danube" – a journey along Europe’s most important waterways (the Dutch canals and the rivers Rhine, Main and Danube). Its highlights are passing through the Rhine-Main-Danube canal, touring important and famous cities (Amsterdam, Cologne, Wuerzburg, Bamberg, Regensburg, Salzburg, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest), distinctive landscapes such as the Loreley stretch of the Rhine with its wealth of mythological associations, the wildly romantic Altmühltal valley, the Schlögener loops below Passau, the picturesque Wachau district, the "knee" of the Danube at Visegrad (also described as "Hungary’s Wachau") and seeing round imposing buildings on the river banks, such as the Benedictine abbey of Melk at the start of the Wachau and the cathedral of Esztergom high above the Danube. All this encompasses much of the art and culture that bears witness to thousands of years of European history.
Your Amadeus Plus
  • Expert lecture on the history of the canal linking the Rhine, the Main and the Danube
  • Bavarian evening with entertaining live music on board
  • Evening cruise in Budapest with Hungarian folklore program on board
Included Services
  • 15-day river cruise with large, outside river-view staterooms, most with French balconies or walk-out balconies
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for all excursions
  • Services of an experienced Cruise Director
  • Onboard Concierge Service, dedicated to the independent experience seeker
  • 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
  • Free-flowing 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 piano music in the Bar
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • All port taxes and local taxes

ARRIVAL & TRANSFER

You're in good hands with us from the word go: Let us book you a transfer from the airport or train station to the ship port and back. The following prices apply per person per transfer:

AMSTERDAM:

  • Airport-Port: EUR 40 / USD 57
  • Train station-Port: EUR 21 / USD 30

BUDAPEST:

  • Port-Airport: EUR 24 / USD 34.00
  • Port-Budapest City Center: EUR 18 / USD 26
  • Port-Train Station: EUR18 / USD 26

You can book the transfer with your preferred travel agent

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • 121 days or more - 20%
  • 120 - 90 days - 30%
  • 89 - 60 days - 50%
  • 59 - 30 days - 70%
  • 29 - 0 days - 100%
  • Cancellations must be made in writing.
CRUISE MAP
CRUISE ITINERARY
AMSTERDAM TO BUDAPEST

Day 1
You embark on the vessel in the late afternoon. Our tour manager will then welcome you with a cocktail before the welcome dinner on board. The ship remains moored overnight in Amsterdam.

Day 2

In the morning we have a city tour Amsterdam , highlighting its vivid history. On this drive through the capital of the Netherlands you will see its most important buildings and monuments and you will get interesting background information. Also you can enjoy the most popular attraction of The Netherlands – a cruise through the canals of the city. The ship sails from Amsterdam at midday and cruises south along the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal, through the flat polder landscape of Southern Holland to the old Hanseatic city Nijmegen. In the evening you enjoy a typical Dutch folklore show on board.

Day 3

This morning you cruise past the great industrial cities of Duisburg and nearby Essen, docking in Cologne in the early afternoon. There is then a guided city walk of this city, which was founded by the Romans and has long been an important trading centre. It is dominated by its vast Gothic cathedral, started in 1248 as a pilgrimage church to house the relics of the three Magi. The two spires are 157 metres high, and were not completed until 1880. Near the cathedral is the Hohenzollernbrücke, Europe’s busiest railway bridge - crossed on average by a train every two minutes. The vessel sails from Cologne in the evening and continues south along the Rhine.

Day 4
After passing Bonn, capital of West Germany from 1949 until 1999 when Berlin was restored as the reunified country’s capital, the vessel docks in Koblenz very early in the morning. This city stands at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. A walking tour shows you the highlights of the city. The ship continues its journey already at forenoon and sails for Ruedesheim, along what is probably the most famous and scenic stretch of the Rhine Valley. You pass hilltop castles, terraced vineyards and attractive riverside villages for 65 delightful kilometres. Your vessel docks in Ruedesheim in the afternoon. This charming old wine town is popular with tourists, and has a long narrow street, the Drosselgasse, lined on both sides with wine taverns. You may join a walking tour of the town (€ 20), with a visit to Siegfried’s Music Museum, where you can see all kinds of mechanical instruments from barrel organs and music boxes to horn
gramophones. The ship sails from Ruedesheim in the early evening.

Day 5
You’ll arrive in Miltenberg after midday. Miltenberg is a small town on a bend in the river. A walking tour takes you along its narrow cobbled streets with their gabled, half-timbered houses. Miltenberg’s sights include the historic church of Saint Johann Nepomuk, at the south end of the bridge, and the Gasthaus zum Riesen, one of the oldest hotels in Germany. Continue your excursion through Miltenberg and Wertheim with a coach drive to Wertheim. There you can enjoy a walking tour of this charming fairy-tale town situated at the confluence of the Main and Tauber Rivers. Pause to admire the imposing ruined castle that stands on a hill overlooking the town. You will also have the opportunity to visit the famous glass museum. The vessel leaves Miltenberg after lunch and reaches Wertheim in the evening. The vessel sails from Wertheim in the evening.

Day 6

You reach in the historic city of Wuerzburg in the morning. Here starts a walking tour of the town, including a visit to the Residenz, the beautiful Baroque palace built for the prince-bishops by local architect Balthasar Neumann between 1720 to 1744. The palace is famous for its great marble staircase, and for its frescoes by the Venetian master, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. During the city tour you´ll also enjoy a wine tasting in a well-known wine estate. In the afternoon it is possible to join an excursion to the worldwide known town Rothenburg which is mostly famous for its well-preserved medieval old town and of course the Christmas Store from Käthe Wohlfahrt. Your ship sails from Wuerzburg before dinner.

Day 7
In the early afternoon the sip moors in Bamberg. Bamberg is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Germany, and is on the UNESCO World Heritage register, with 2,300 buildings of historic interest. These include the Gothic cathedral, the old and new episcopal palaces and the old town hall, which is a quaint half-timbered structure on an island in the River Regnitz. A guided walking tour (€ 20) of the old city is optional. You are leaving Bamberg in the evening and spend the evening cruising south along the Main-Danube canal towards Nuremberg.

Day 8
In the very early morning you arrive in Nuremberg. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of this historic city. See the storybook 900-year-old ramparts, the Imperial Castle and the Justice Palace where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. The city tour leads you to the major sites and sights of the city, from the medieval beginnings to the present. In the afternoon you can join an optional excursion to the Nazi party rally grounds, that form a site in the southeast of Nuremberg, where the Nazi party rallies were held from 1933 until 1938. To this day, the remains of the buildings with their immense proportions are a vivid testimony to the megalomania of the National Socialist regime. The ship will continue from Nuremberg in the evening.

Day 9
This morning takes you through the final stretch of the fascinating Main-Danube Canal. Embark on an exciting optional boat trip through the lovely "Danube Gorge to Weltenburg Abbey in Kelheim. The monastery, founded by Irish or Scottish monks in about 620 AD, is the oldest monastery in Bavaria. After a short tour of the abbey church you can taste the famous dark beer of Weltenburg, which is brewed here in the oldest monastery brewery in the world. Return to your ship at midday in magnificent Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. A Regensburg sightseeing tour will show you the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Pretoria. In the evening there will be a Bavarian evening on board.

Day 10
After breakfast the ship arrives at Passau, the Bavarian city where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. During our walking tour around the old quarter of Passau our guide will point out many buildings that bear witness to this charming city's historical importance. Visitors are usually particularly impressed by St. Stephen's cathedral (which has the world's largest organ consisting of 17,974 pipes and 233 registers), the new Bishop's residence and the town hall. Alternatively you can visit Salzburg, the city where Mozart was born, by taking an excursion starting here in Passau and ending in Linz (Austria's third-largest city). The old quarter of Salzburg, with its world famous Baroque architecture, is one of the best-preserved city centres north of the Alps and was adopted by UNESCO on its World Cultural Heritage list in 1997. After an included lunch we drive on to St. Gilgen - birthplace of Mozart's mother. This village is close to the Wolfgangsee, the best known and largest lake in Austria's beautiful Salzkammergut region, more of which is seen as we drive on to Linz, where the ship has docked meanwhile. There'll be a guided walking tour through the former cultural capital for those who have not taken the excursion to Salzburg. After dinner the vessel casts off downstream towards the Wachau district.

Day 11
Early in the morning the ship reaches the Wachau district, having cruised through the narrow Strudengau, docking in Melk / Emmersdorf before breakfast. There'll then be an interesting coach excursion through the Wachau , driving first to Durnstein, one of the best-known wine villages in the Wachau and set in a glorious position. Then you drive through the district's picturesque scenery to the 900-year old Benedictine abbey of Melk. In the course of a 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 we invite you to have a glass of wine at a local restaurant. During lunch the ship continues downstream to Vienna (Austria's capital), where it ties up in the evening. After dinner on board you can take our Vienna by night excursion on which you drive through the Wienerwald to the Kahlenberg, Vienna's best viewpoint, with a view of the city over vineyards. You continue to the traditional wine village of Grinzing, where you visit a typical Heurigen (new wine) pub. There is no better way to experience Vienna's relaxed atmosphere as you sample the wine, try various local snacks, and listen to what is known as Heurigen music

Day 12

Our sightseeing tour of Vienna provides you with an overall impression of the city's most important sights, taking you along the Ringstrasse, into the Schwarzenbergplatz, passing by the Karlskirche and Vienna's stunning opera house, where there'll be time to visit the building or shop for souvenirs. Last stop is at the city's famous St. Stephan's cathedral, where there will be time to see round inside. In the afternoon you can take an optional excursion to the Schoenbrunn castle , one of Vienna's most beautiful buildings. After dinner you could attend a performance by The Vienna Mozart Orchestra concert (subject to availability). Internationally renowned singers and soloists - all attired in magnificent historical costumes and wigs - will create a special atmosphere and recreate an authentic Baroque era concert.

Day 13
The vessel continues the cruise downstream to Slovakia during the early hours, docking at Bratislava for the day. A sightseeing tour of Bratislava reveals the city's major sights. From its 13 th - century castle there are breathtaking views over the countryside where three countries - Slovakia, Austria and Hungary - meet. In the afternoon you can take our excursion to the Imperial Festival Palace Castle Hof . This complex of magnificent Baroque buildings was built in the early 18th century and its authenticity and diversity attracts Baroque enthusiasts from all over the world. On this penultimate evening of the cruise the captain will be delighted to welcome you to a special dinner during which the ship's orchestra will, as usual, entertain everyone with its spirited playing.

Day 14

We arrive at Budapest, Hungary's famous capital, in the morning. 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. Our sightseeing tour takes you up to historic Buda Castle, from which there are splendid views of both Buda and Pest astride the Danube. The tour includes the 500-year-old Matthias Church, St. Stephen's Basilica, the distinctive Fishermen's Bastion, the marvellous Royal Palace and much more. In the afternoon you have a choice of two excursions: you can either visit Castle Godollo or discover Szentendre, the little artists village . Castle Godollo is about 30 km from Budapest and was built in the 18th century. During the imperial monarchy the castle was closely associated with Empress Elisabeth, who was nick-named Sisi and much loved by the Hungarians. The excursion continues to a Csarda where there will be a memorable performance of superb Hungarian horsemanship. Szentendre began to be frequented by artists in 1926. Its main little square, the Foeter, surrounded by impressive rococo and Baroque buildings, is well worth seeing. There's also the Szabo, a marzipan museum, and the Margit Kovacs museum, which is one of Hungary's most visited museums. After dinner 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


Day 15
Disembarkation after breakfast in Budapest. End of the program.

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