The Ultimate Rhine & Danube Cruise 2019

River Rhine | Germany, Europe

15 days
per person
  • River Danube
  • Wurzburg
  • Cologne
  • Rudesheim
  • Bamberg
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Note that there may be small differences between our general Itinerary for this cruise and a specific departure. To view departure specific itineraries please go to the Dates and Prices tab and click "View Itinerary" on a specific departure.

The Ultimate Rhine & Danube Cruise

Join us for a voyage of discovery as we follow the course of the Dutch Waterways, Rhine, the Main, the Main-Danube canal and the Danube on an incredible journey from Amsterdam to Budapest. Cruising through five countries, we witness some of Europe’s greatest sights at a leisurely pace, from the spectacular natural landscape of the Rhine Gorge and the Wachau valley to the fascinating cities of Amsterdam, Cologne, Würzburg, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. Optional excursions are available so you can make the most of your time ashore, while our floating hotel is the perfect base to relax and admire the passing scenery.

Day 1: UK – Amsterdam
We travel to Amsterdam, the vibrant capital of the Netherlands, and enjoy a relaxing evening onboard our ship.

Day 2: Amsterdam – Cologne
This morning you are free to explore Amsterdam. Famous for its canal network, take a relaxing boat trip to see the best views of the city. Visit one of the many museums on offer including the Anne Frank House or browse the vintage-themed shops. In the afternoon we set sail for Cologne.

Day 3: Cologne
Relax on the sun deck as we cruise along to the largest city on the Rhine, Cologne. You are then free to enjoy the remainder of the day in this beautiful city which is dominated by its huge gothic cathedral. We sail towards Rüdesheim this evening.

Day 4: Rüdesheim
Enjoy breakfast whilst we pass the legendary Lorelei and relax on the sun deck as we cruise along the Rhine, which leads us through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. We stop at the quaint wine town of Rüdesheim where you can enjoy many highlights on our optional excursion, including a cable car ride for panoramic views across the Rhine valley. Join our evening optional excursion visiting a traditional wine cellar to sample some of the region’s delicious wine.

Day 5: Mainz
Mainz, is a fascinating city heralded as the wine capital of Germany. Here you have the morning free to explore or join our optional coach excursion visiting the majestic city of Heidelberg, home of Germany’s oldest university. Later today we set sail for Miltenberg.

Day 6: Miltenberg
This morning you can enjoy free time to explore historic Miltenberg, the pearl of the river Main. The half-timbered houses fill the Old Market Place. The oldest part of the town sits between the Main River and the mountain Greinberg. This afternoon we set sail for Würzburg

Day 7: Würzburg
This morning you are free to explore the city of Würzburg, which served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for centuries. Join our optional excursion to visit Würzburg Palace – one of the finest pieces of baroque art in the world, its 8th century church and the Fortress Marienberg.

Day 8: Bamberg
We arrive in Bamberg in the afternoon, which is located at the start of the Main-Danube canal. Surrounded by seven hills, it boasts the most intact centre in Germany with the old town listed as a world heritage site because of its authentic medieval appearance. Join our city tour to enjoy the main sights including the cathedral, Altenburg Castle, the Old Town Hall and the former Benedictine Monastery. This evening we cruise along the Main-Danube canal towards Nuremberg.

Day 9: Nuremberg
Nuremberg is Bavaria’s second largest city after Munich. The majority of the city walls still stand and inside you can enjoy a wonderful atmosphere, which combines medieval and modern life in an area filled with gothic churches, aristocratic houses, fountains, memorials and romantic corners, all dominated by the Kaiser Castle. Our optional excursion is a great way to make the most of our visit, before we join the Danube and cruise towards Regensburg.

Day 10: Regensburg
We arrive in Regensburg around breakfast time, which lies at the northernmost point of the Danube. Our optional city tour takes you around the beautifully preserved medieval centre to admire the many sights. Later this afternoon we cruise towards Passau.

Day 11: Passau - Linz
Passau is known as the ‘three rivers city’ due to its unique location where the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers meet. Join us on an optional trip to Mozart’s famed birthplace, Salzburg, we return to the ship in Linz. We reach Linz in the evening where we berth for the evening.

Day 12: Melk & Wachau Valley – Vienna
This morning we arrive in the Austrian town of Melk, which is filled with cobbled streets and attractive buildings. It is also overlooked by one of the most splendid monastic houses in Austria – the Benedictine Abbey, which you can visit on our optional excursion. In the afternoon you can relax on deck as we cruise through the Wachau valley, which stretches 24 miles through stunning scenery, with many charming towns, terraced vineyards, castles and monasteries. We reach Vienna in the evening where we berth overnight.

Day 13: Vienna - Bratislava
Spend the morning experiencing the delights of Vienna, capital of Austria and birthplace of classical music. More than 150 grand palaces, over 27 baroque castles, impressive squares and striking monuments are just some of the key features of this magnificent city, whose historic centre is inscribed on the world heritage list. In the morning you can join our optional city tour. We cruise over the border into Slovakia, stopping at Bratislava, where you can join our miniature train and castle tour or spend time exploring the old town which is centred on two squares, with winding streets, a hill top castle and many remarkable buildings.

Day 14: Budapest
We cruise this morning to Budapest, described as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Join our optional city tour which introduces you to the highlights on both sides of the river, including the 700-year-old Matthias Church, Parliament building – a magnificent example of neo-gothic architecture, and Buda Castle, which rises 48 metres above the river.

Day 15: Budapest – Munich (Rail) / UK (Air)
This morning we bid farewell to our captain and crew and disembark our ship. Passengers travelling by air will be transferred to the airport for the return flight. Passengers travelling by rail travel to Munich, where we check into our overnight hotel.

Day 16: Munich – UK (Rail)
After breakfast we continue our return journey back to the UK. Please note: Due to low bridges the sun deck may be closed on some days


• Travel through the Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary

• Spend time in Germany’s most visited building, the cathedral in Cologne

• Sail through the World Heritage Rhine Gorge

• Discover why Frankfurt is known as ‘Mainhattan’

• Admire stunning Gothic architecture along your travels including the Kilian Chapel in Wertheim

• See one of the finest pieces of Baroque art in the world in the city of Würzburg

• Visit Bamberg and its authentic looking medieval old town

• Explore Nüremberg, Bavaria’s second largest city

• Travel to the northernmost point of the Danube

• Sail through the stunning Wachau Valley, with its many charming towns, terraced vineyards, castles and monasteries

• Enjoy spectacular views of Vienna


We offer a number of flexible travel options for you to join your cruise, whether you want to travel to the port of departure or directly to the ship. Please see below:

Eurostar from London St Pancras

Enjoy the benefits of rail travel – boarding at London St Pancras International, you will be whisked effortlessly along by Eurostar whilst relaxing in your reserved seat. You have the freedom to stretch your legs whenever the mood takes you and purchase drinks and snacks from the buffet carriage.

By Air

Air travel is included as an air inclusive option with flights and return transfers to the ship included.

Meet at your cruise ship

Make your own travel arrangements at your convenience to join your selected cruise, simply board your cruise ship at the embarkation point.

Dates and pricing

The details below show the travel options, pricing and the available departure dates for this itinerary. If you have any questions about this cruise please do not hesitate to call our Holiday Advisors.


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Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!


Rüdesheim highlights


A road train ride transports you to view fascinating examples of early 1900 mechanical music making systems at Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum. We also include a cable car ride to reach the Niederwald monument, with spectacular views along the way.


Budapst by night


See this beautiful city when it lights up against the night sky. First of all you can experience an authentic piece of Hungarian culture at a folklore show and enjoy famous gypsy music and dancing with a glass of schnapps. We then take a tour to admire the night-time views from Gellert Hill.


Heidelberg highlights


Heidelberg is one of the most popular destinations in Germany, situated on the edge of the Denwald Forest where the Neckar river reaches the Rhine Plain. The main attractions are its castle, the Church of the Holy Ghost, and its university – the oldest in Germany. A 15-minute climb or funicular ride leads you to view the restored areas of the castle which are used for public events. The castle’s terrace in particular offers fine views of the city, while at the castle down in the adjacent cellar we encounter the Heidelberg Tun, one of the largest wine vats in the world.


Wurzburg Palace


The residence of the former prince bishops is one of the most important baroque castles in Europe and an absolute must-see for visitors to Würzburg. Our guided tour starts in the opulent Garden Hall and takes you to the grand staircase, through the White Hall, to the Imperial Hall – one of the most magnificent in the history of palace architecture. From there we are shown the stunning imperial rooms.


Bamberg city tour


Bamberg’s brewing industry goes back almost 900 years to the days when monasteries were the first breweries. This guided tour takes you around the old town so you can see the highlights of the old town with buildings from the 11th to 19th centuries including the town hall and the Bamberg Cathedral.


Nuremberg city tour


Our coach takes you through this medieval city. Its old town is almost completely surrounded by the 15th and 16th century city walls and houses the Kaiserberg Castle. You can also enjoy some free time exploring the city on foot.


Regensburg city tour & Danube gorge


This excursion shows you the highlights of Regensburg, a fascinating city with over 1,500 listed buildings. Many of these make up the old town which became a Unesco world heritage site in 2006.




Salzburg is the birthplace of Mozart and home to ‘The Sound of Music’, this enchanting city is set on the banks of the River Salzach, framed by the Kapuzinerberg and Mönchsberg mountain range. We have a guided tour of the famous sights in Salzburg.

Melk Abbey

Melk Abbey


Discover one of the world’s most famous monastic sites – Melk Abbey. Our guided tour shows you highlights such as the magnificent Marble Hall, Emperor’s Gallery and Abbey Church. There is also free time to explore the grounds and the gardens.


Vienna city tour


This is the perfect introduction to Vienna; the city of music. Our tour focuses on the historic centre and its rich architecture, where we learn about the baroque castles and gardens and the 19th-century Ringstrasse, is lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks – all of which are inscribed on the Unesco world heritage list. This tour is part coach and part walking.


Bratislava train & castle


We are taken by miniature train to Bratislava Castle, set on the hill above the old town, which dominates the city. Free time is given to explore this magnificent castle before further free time allows you to explore the charming squares, courtyards and narrow lanes of this Slovakian capital. The old town is filled with all the must-see sites and is a pedestrian zone which makes exploring on foot a safe and relaxing activity.


Budapest city tour


Accompanied by a local guide, we discover the architectural gem of Budapest. Our coach city tour takes in some of the most beautiful areas, including Heroes Square, which is home to the iconic statue complex of the Millennium Memorial.

Package excursions

Excursion Package Price


Don't miss a thing by booking our special excursion package which includes all the listed excursions for this cruise. Not only can you take part in all the exciting trips we have organised, you can enjoy all this at a reduced cost!

At a glance

Length: 15 days

From: Amsterdam

Ends: Budapest

Travel options available:

  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • By Air
  • Meet at your cruise ship
15 days
per person

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Included in the Price

  • Welcome drink, Captain’s get-together & party night
  • Fourteen nights’ cruise on a full board basis
  • Early risers and mid morning tea/coffee
  • Entertainment every night of your cruise
  • Visits to Amsterdam, Cologne, Rüdesheim, Mainz, Miltenberg, Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Linz, Melk, Vienna, Bratislava & Budapest
  • Services of our experienced and friendly Cruise Director and Cruise Manager


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