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River Cruise
River Cruise

Across Europe aboard MS Serenade: Amsterdam to Budapest

The Danube

  • VIP travel service included on selected European tours VIP on selected river cruises
  • Full Board Full board

Explore some of Europe's most vibrant cities on this exciting cruise

A succession of enchanting waterside towns and cities will be revealed as you follow the historic lifelines of Continental Europe – The Rhine, Main and Danube rivers – on this exclusive Saga river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. Marvel at such cultural treasures as the wine town of Würzburg, medieval Regensburg and the stunning Wachau Valley, plus enjoy included city tours of Nuremberg, Vienna and Budapest.


41 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners


  • Visit to historic Nuremberg
  • Sightseeing tour of Vienna
  • Tour of Budapest

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08/08/2020 UK to Amsterdam


Fly to Holland’s capital, Amsterdam, where you embark MS Serenade.

Enjoy a welcome drink reception and dinner on board as your ship remains moored here overnight.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

09/08/2020 Amsterdam

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Admire Amsterdam's famous network of historic canals and pretty bridges, see the house where Anne Frank and her family hid, and take in the bustling cafe culture of this colourful capital city. Alternatively, join an optional morning tour. 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

10/08/2020 Cologne

Cologne Cathedral

Enjoy the afternoon and evening at leisure in Cologne. Perhaps explore the oldest part of the city including the cathedral, built in the High Gothic style, and home to relics of the Three Magi of the Nativity. Your cruise continues south from Cologne later this evening along the Rhine towards Koblenz.

Cologne North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

11/08/2020 Koblenz to Rüdesheim


Spend a couple of hours in the pretty wine town of Koblenz, set beneath the enormous Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, before sailing along what is probably the most scenic stretch of the Rhine Valley. Late this afternoon you will arrive in the old wine town of Rüdesheim, which has a long street, the Drosselgasse, which is lined on both sides with wine taverns. An optional excursion is available to Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Music, or you can join an optional wine tasting. Sail overnight towards Miltenberg.

Rüdesheim Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

12/08/2020 Miltenberg

Miltenberg, Bavaria

The ancient town of Miltenberg occupies an attractive location on the banks of the Main. Discover the old town with its 13th-century castle, timber-framed houses and old taverns or perhaps join an optional brewery visit before departing this evening and cruising overnight.

Miltenberg Bavaria Germany Europe

13/08/2020 Würzburg

Beautiful Wurzburg in Bavaria

Spend the afternoon in Würzburg, the centre of Franconia's wine industry. An optional guided tour uncovers the impressive Residenz Palace.

Würzburg Bavaria Germany Europe

14/08/2020 Bamberg


Arrive in Bamberg after lunch. This UNESCO World Heritage city is characterised by quaint streets full of delightful old buildings. Take in the town's well-preserved medieval treasures on an optional tour, including the breathtaking cathedral and the quirky historic town hall, set in the centre of a bridge.

Bamberg Bavaria Germany Europe

15/08/2020 Nuremberg

Nuremberg's main market

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

16/08/2020 Kelheim to Regensburg


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

17/08/2020 Passau


Spend the early morning cruising east along the Danube, arriving early in elegant Passau with its cobbled streets and arcades, set at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz Rivers. Spend the day here, an optional tour will help you discover how Passau’s wealthy past is reflected in its many fine buildings. Alternatively, join a full-day optional excursion to Salzburg. Depart Passau this evening.

Passau Bavaria Germany Europe

18/08/2020 Melk to Dürnstein


Melk is best known for its great baroque abbey, which has a magnificent church and a famous library with over 70,000 books. An optional tour of Melk Abbey will be available this morning. During lunch cruise through the scenic Wachau Valley to Dürnstein, one of the most picturesque towns on the Danube River. Its ruined Kuenringer Castle is where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned during the late 12th century. Set sail again later this evening.

Dürnstein Austria Europe

19/08/2020 Vienna


Having arrived in the early hours, you get to spend a full day in Vienna. This morning you can join an included sightseeing tour of the highlights, including the Ringstrasse and Opera House. After lunch, you may like to go exploring the capital of Austria independently, or join an optional excursion to the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace. You also have the option to attend a concert on an excursion this evening before setting sail again late tonight.

Vienna Austria Europe

20/08/2020 Bratislava


Continue your cruise to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. Stroll through ancient cobbled streets to Bratislava Castle for a bird’s-eye view of the city; the old town is easily explored on foot too. See the Gothic-style cathedral, where 11 Kings of Hungary were crowned while Turks occupied their capital. Or take an optional guided tour of the city. Cruise overnight to Budapest.

Bratislava Slovakia Europe

21/08/2020 Budapest

Buda Castle, Budapest

An included excursion this morning shows you the capital's highlights which include the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buda Castle. After lunch you may like to visit Godollo Palace or Lazar Equestrian Park Horse Farm as half-day optional excursions. Your ship remains moored here overnight.

Budapest Hungary Europe

22/08/2020 Budapest to UK

Budapest, Hungary

Disembark after breakfast for your return flight to the UK.

Across Europe aboard MS Serenade: Amsterdam to Budapest

The Danube

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