Named after its iconic White Church this little town is straight from a postcard.
- Abbey days
See the magnificent abbeys of Melk and Weltenburg during your holiday.
- Breathtaking Budapest
Explore this wonderful city on foot, and using the city’s cog-wheel railway.
- Cruise in style
Cruise the Danube aboard Amadeus Royal.
- Explore Bratislava
Spend time in Slovakia's capital and discover the charms of the city's old quarter, including the Castle.
Discover Vienna, firstly on an included sightseeing excursion then on foot in the afternoon.
- VIP on selected river cruises
- Full board
Walk across the heart of Europe
Step aboard Amadeus Royal for a very special river cruise from Germany to Hungary, with an included programme of scenic walks and included tours of two stately and fascinating capital cities. Your voyage begins in Nuremberg and sails to Kelheim, where you can look forward to your first guided walk around the magnificent Weltenburg Abbey. Cruise on to Passau where a picturesque walk along the banks of the River Ilz awaits you. Save some energy for the following day when you can look forward to two walks – a morning stroll through Melk and into the shadow of its Benedictine Abbey and then a pleasant walk through the vineyards of Weissenkirchen after lunch.
You have more than 24 hours in Vienna during which you can enjoy an included sightseeing tour before another walk boasting incredible views. Sail across the border to Slovakia’s historic capital, Bratislava, where an optional tour is available, and then cruise through the night for Budapest, the grand capital of Hungary, where you can look forward to another included sightseeing excursion before your final walk – a fitting way to round-off your holiday!
20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on the ship
Saga Cruise Host
Plus all this…
- Captain’s dinner and drinks reception
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
- Walking Host and local guide
- Saga Cruise Assistant on board
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
- Return flights and transfers
- Sightseeing tour of Vienna
- Tour of Budapest
- Plus guided walks in Weltenburg, Passau, Melk, Weissenkirchen, Vienna and Budapest
08/04/2021 UK to Nuremberg
Fly to Nuremberg and transfer to the port where you will board Amadeus Royal.
Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board as you remain moored here overnight.
09/04/2021 Nuremberg to Kelheim to Regensburg
Moor in Kelheim at breakfast time then board a boat to the historic Abbey at Weltenburg, passing the famous Danube Gorge en route.
Embark on a walk of around three kilometres around the Abbey, which lies in beautiful countryside on a gorge beside the river. Built between 1715-1734, the abbey is a masterpiece of German baroque architecture and is exquisitely painted. The Benedictine monks who live here are renowned for their award-winning dark ale - Weltenburger Kloster Baroque Dunkel - that they have brewed since the 11th century. After your walk take the boat back to Kelheim and then a coach on to Regensburg where your ship will be moored.
Enjoy dinner on board as you cruise overnight towards Passau.
Arrive in Passau around breakfast time.
The 'Venice of Bavaria' is set at the meeting point of three rivers – the Danube, Inn and Ilz, and is surrounded by wooded hills. Enjoy another morning walk – this time around six kilometres and fairly steep at the beginning – which begins in the city then continues along the Ilz River. A cultured city, Passau’s wealthy past is reflected in its many fine buildings, including the magnificent baroque St Stephen’s Cathedral and old and new Bishop’s Palaces.
You have the afternoon to explore at your leisure then Amadeus Royal departs before dinner ahead of an overnight cruise to Melk.
11/04/2021 Melk to Dürnstein
Arrive in Melk at breakfast and embark on another excursion this morning, this time a three kilometre walk through the village and up to the Benedictine Abbey which sits on a promontory overlooking the Danube. Work on the present monastery began in 1702 and its imposing exterior features an octagonal dome and symmetrical towers.
After returning to your ship, depart Melk during lunch and make the short cruise to spend the rest of the afternoon and evening in Dürnstein, set in the beautiful Wachau valley beneath the ruined Kuenringer Castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned during the late 12th century. From here make the short transfer to Weissenkirchen – White Church – where you will embark on a four kilometre walk through the vineyard-clad slopes of the valley.
Set sail late tonight bound for the Austrian capital.
12/04/2021 Nussdorf (for Vienna)
Moor in the early hours ahead of a whole day in the stately Austrian capital of Vienna, the legendary city of the Habsburgs for 600 hundred years.
This morning you’ll enjoy an included sightseeing tour of the city which will reveal the landmark Romanesque and Gothic St Stephen's Cathedral and the famous late 19th-century Ringstrasse which is lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks. Today’s walk is around five kilometres as you head from Grinzing to Klosterneuburg along the Höhenstrasse Panoramic Route this afternoon. Look forward to seeing forests, vineyards and breathtaking views of the city and the Danube.
The remainder of the day and evening are at leisure as your ship remains moored here overnight.
13/04/2021 Nussdorf to Bratislava
Set sail over breakfast and spend the morning cruising across the border into Slovakia and mooring in the capital, Bratislava, before lunch. You have the afternoon to explore at your leisure, or perhaps step aboard the miniature Bratislava City Train to explore the many highlights of this historic city on an optional excursion.
Set sail again after dinner and cruise overnight, crossing the Hungarian border, bound for Budapest.
After arriving at breakfast time your ship remains moored in Budapest for a full day and overnight stay.
This cosmopolitan city is divided by the Danube into Buda and Pest. An included city tour reveals some of the city's highlights, including the State Opera House and UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buda Castle that sits above the river on the west bank, from where you can see the impressive Hungarian Parliament buildings in Pest on the east bank. Your final walk begins with a train ride. The walking group will be transferred by coach to Fogaskerekű cog-wheel railway then take the train from Városmajor to the Széchenyi hill where the Uttörővasút (children's railway) starts. Take the railway to Janoshegy station then walk for five kilometres up to Szepjuhaszne station.
Take a train ride to till Hűvösvölgy, the final stop on the children's railway, before transferring back to the ship.
15/04/2021 Budapest to UK
Disembark your ship and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Bratislava city tour
Step aboard the miniature Bratislava City Train to explore the many highlights of this historic city. You’ll pass the 18th-century Slovak Philharmonic Hall and impressive National Theatre before your train slowly makes its way around the Old Town, arriving at Bratislava Castle, with its commanding hill-top setting, to admire magnificent views across the city. The train will then continue through Leopold Gate, back to the Old Town where you’ll disembark for a walking tour. A stroll through the narrow, cobbled streets will reveal sights such as the Archbishop’s Palace, St Martin’s Cathedral, the charming Main Square with its fountain and Old Town Hall, and a number of 18th-century palaces. Walking Grade 2
Optional on 7 nights itinerary
The sumptuous Imperial Summer Palace of the Hapsburgs was the centre of royal life in the 18th century. Leopold I commissioned Fischer von Erlach to create it in 1695, after being inspired by the glories of Versailles. It lies in beautiful formal gardens and parkland and the lavish interiors are adorned with priceless treasures. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is bursting with fine examples of the decorative arts. Discover riches such as the Millions Room – panelled in rosewood with Persian miniature watercolours – and the Hall of Mirrors where Mozart played a recital for Maria Theresa. Stroll through the grounds with their vast flowerbeds and perhaps visit the Coach and Carriage Museum. Walking Grade 3
Optional on 7 nights itinerary
Vienna evening concert
A trip to Vienna would not be complete without an after-dinner concert of Viennese music. Travel to Palace Auersperg, or one of Vienna’s other impressive palaces near the famous Ringstrasse and parliament. Relax and enjoy the uplifting music of the Strauss family, and be transported back to 18th-century Vienna as you listen to Mozart. Details of performances are provided on board. Walking Grade 1
Optional on 7 nights itinerary
Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.