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    The ‘Venice of Bavaria’

A Tale of Three Rivers

The Danube


Enjoy a scenic voyage along the Rhine, Main and Danube

This scenic, 11-night cruise from Amsterdam to Vienna reveals the historic towns and cities that sprang up alongside this important trading route through Holland, Germany and Austria.


32 meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 11 dinners


  • Historic Nuremberg

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Day 1 UK to Amsterdam

The canals of Amsterdam

Fly from the UK to Amsterdam and embark Amadeus Royal. Look forward to a welcome drink reception and dinner on board this evening. The ship will remain moored in Amsterdam overnight.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

Day 2 Amsterdam


Amadeus Royal remains in Amsterdam for the morning giving you the opportunity to join an optional coach tour and canal cruise that highlights the vivid history of the city. You sail from Amsterdam around midday and cruise south along the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal, through the flat polder landscape – reclaimed land – of South Holland, reaching the Rhine overnight en route for Cologne.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

Day 3 Cologne


Spend the early morning cruising south, arriving in Cologne with the afternoon to explore. Perhaps visit the mighty Gothic cathedral, one of Germany's most visited landmarks. Sail from Cologne later this evening and continue south overnight along the Rhine, passing Bonn en route to Koblenz.

Cologne North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 4 Koblenz to Rüdesheim


You have a couple of hours in Koblenz to discover the charming old town and perhaps visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress on an optional excursion. Depart for Rüdesheim along what is probably the most famous and scenic stretch of the Rhine Valley. You will pass the pretty town of Boppard, the ‘Enemy Brothers’ castles, the ruined fortress of Rheinfels, and wine town of St Goar. Have your camera ready as you round the 132-metre Lorelei Rock, the inspiration for a famous poem about a siren said to have lured sailors on to the rocks to drown. Later you’ll pass Pfalz bei Kaub, a fortress and toll house on an island in the river. Arrive in Rüdesheim, with its charming old town, later this afternoon.the evening. Perhaps go ashore to the atmospheric Drosselgasse, a narrow street lined with taverns, for a glass of local wine or beer. You could join an optional guided tour of a local winery or an optional visit to the eccentric Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music. Your ship departs again later this evening.

Rüdesheim Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

Day 5 Miltenberg


Enjoy a leisurely morning on board as you cruise to Miltenberg, arriving this afternoon. Explore this ancient town which includes a 13th-century castle, timber-framed houses and old wine taverns. Perhaps enjoy a flagon of ale at an inn or chart the town's history with a visit to the local museum. You leave here this evening and spend the night cruising through the thickly wooded region of Baden-Württemberg.

Miltenberg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 6 Würzburg


Around lunchtime you’ll arrive in the historic city of Würzburg, an important city in the Middle Ages. Now though its charm is due to the prince-bishops of the Schönborn family, who commissioned many wonderful baroque buildings in the 17th and 18th centuries. The highlight is the impressive Residenz Palace, designed in the 18th century by Balthasar Neumann who developed and refined his very own style of baroque architecture. You may like to join an optional excursion to the Residenz Palace before Amadeus Royal sails from Würzburg early this evening.

Würzburg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 7 Bamburg


Today you pass from the Main into the Main-Danube Canal. Completed in 1992, this vast civil engineering project includes no fewer than 16 locks. Arrive in Bamberg after lunch with the afternoon to explore the old town and perhaps join an optional walking tour to visit the imperial cathedral and Altenburg Castle. Depart again this evening and cruise towards Nuremberg.


Day 8 Nuremberg


Arrive in Nuremberg early this morning. An included sightseeing tour reveals the elegant architecture and major sights of this historic Bavarian city, from its medieval beginnings to the present. Once famous for the manufacture of toys, it achieved infamy in the 20th century as the setting for the notorious Nazi rallies, and later for the war crimes trials of 1945-46. You sail from Nuremberg late afternoon and continue towards Regensburg.

Nuremberg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 9 Kelheim to Regensburg


Amadeus Royal will pause briefly in Kelheim to allow passengers to disembark for an optional excursion to Weltenburg Abbey, a masterpiece of German baroque architecture overlooking the Danube Gorge. Alternatively, remain aboard the ship as she continues to Regensburg, and enjoy the afternoon exploring the lovely old town on an optional walking tour. Excursion participants will rejoin the ship in Regensburg. Set off again this evening for Passau.

Regensburg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 10 Passau


This morning you’ll arrive in Passau, the most easterly city in Bavaria whose wealthy past is reflected in its fine buildings. Located at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube rivers, it is often referred to as the ‘Venice of Bavaria’. The oldest part of the town stands on a narrow strip of land between the Inn and the Danube, with most of the main sights close to the Danube so it’s easy to explore independently. Alternatively, take a short optional walking tour with a local guide. Alternatively you may wish to join a full-day optional excursion to Salzburg in Austria. Amadeus Royal leaves Passau early this evening and crosses the border into Austria too.

Passau Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 11 Melk to Dürnstein


Spend the morning exploring Melk, famous for its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, a baroque masterpiece which you can visit on an optional excursion. Cruise to medieval Dürnstein, arriving in the afternoon. It’s one of the most picturesque towns on the Danube and also where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in Kuenringer Castle – now in ruins – in the late 12th century. Depart late this evening and cruise overnight towards Vienna.

Dürnstein Austria Europe

Day 12 Vienna to UK

Fly Home

Arrive in Vienna in the early hours. After breakfast, travel to the airport for your return flight home.

Please note

Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.

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