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River Cruise
River Cruise

Across Europe aboard MS Serenade

The Rhine, Main and Danube

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

Trace the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers across the heart of Europe

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


41 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners


  • Tour of Budapest
  • Sightseeing tour of Vienna
  • Historic Nuremberg

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25/07/2020 UK to Budapest

Budapest, Hungary

Fly to Hungary’s capital, Budapest, where you embark your ship. Look forward to a welcome dinner on board this evening as MS Serenade remains moored overnight in Budapest.

Budapest Hungary Europe

26/07/2020 Budapest

Buda Castle, Budapest

Budapest is a city made up of two parts: Buda and Pest, built on opposite banks of the Danube and very different in character. East meets west in this fascinating city, and this can be seen in the variety of shops and restaurants. This morning an included city sightseeing tour reveals the capital's highlights, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buda Castle, Matthias Church and Fisherman's Bastion.

Early this afternoon, your ship departs, cruising towards Bratislava.

Budapest Hungary Europe

27/07/2020 Bratislava to Vienna


Spend the morning exploring the capital of Slovakia. The old town is easily explored on foot. Stroll through ancient cobbled streets to Bratislava Castle for a bird’s-eye view of the city and see the Gothic-style cathedral, where 11 Kings of Hungary were crowned. Alternatively perhaps join an optional guided walking tour of the city. Sail from Bratislava around midday and arrive in Vienna during dinner, with the chance to attend a concert on an optional excursion this evening.

Vienna Austria Europe

28/07/2020 Vienna to Dürnstein


Vienna is the artistic capital of Austria: home to the waltz, coffee houses, the Prater amusement park and one of the world's finest opera houses. It is the city where Marie-Antoinette grew up and where Mozart died, and for 600 years was the centre of the Hapsburg Empire. An included tour reveals the highlights including the Ringstrasse and Opera House. Sail to Dürnstein this afternoon and moor overnight.

Dürnstein Austria Europe

29/07/2020 Dürnstein to Melk


Durnstein is one of the most picturesque towns on the Danube River and Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned here in Kuenringer Castle during the late 12th century. You may like to take a morning stroll and view the castle ruins towering over the town before your ship sets sail again late morning. Cruise through the scenic Wachau Valley to Melk and perhaps visit the impressive Benedictine Abbey on an optional excursion this afternoon.

Depart early this evening.

Melk Austria Europe

30/07/2020 Passau


This afternoon you arrive in elegant Passau, a frontier city at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube rivers. The oldest part of the town stands on a narrow tongue of land between the Inn and the Danube. During the Middle Ages, its prince-bishops had authority over Vienna and the entire Austrian Danube valley. Perhaps join an optional guided city walk.

Depart later and sail overnight to Regensburg.

Passau Bavaria Germany Europe

31/07/2020 Regensburg to Kelheim


Spend the morning in the lovely old city of Regensburg. Explore independently or join a brief walking tour and discover its 2,000-year history. An optional excursion this afternoon visits Weltenburg Abbey. MS Serenade remains moored in Regensburg until after lunch when she continues west, joining the River Altmühl and the Main-Danube Canal at Kelheim, where she'll pause to collect excursion participants, before cruising towards Nuremberg.

Kelheim Bavaria Germany Europe

01/08/2020 Nuremberg

Nuremberg's main market

Your ship moors in Nuremberg for the day. Disembark for join an included excursion to see the major sights of this historic Bavarian city that span its medieval beginnings through to the present. Long famous for the manufacture of toys, Nuremberg achieved infamy in the 20th century as the setting for the notorious Nazi rallies, and later, for the war crimes trials of 1945-46. Depart Nuremberg early this evening and cruise towards Bamberg.

Nuremberg Bavaria Germany Europe

02/08/2020 Bamberg


Moor in Bamberg early this morning. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed city is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Germany, with quaint streets full of delightful old buildings. Take in the highlights on an optional tour. Leave Bamberg this evening and cruise the River Main through the night to Würzburg.

Bamberg Bavaria Germany Europe

03/08/2020 Würzburg

Beautiful Wurzburg in Bavaria

Spend the afternoon in the centre of Franconia's wine industry. An optional guided tour uncovers the impressive Residenz Palace. Depart here early this evening.

Würzburg Bavaria Germany Europe

04/08/2020 Miltenberg

Miltenberg, Bavaria

This ancient town has an attractive location on the banks of the Main. Explore Miltenberg's old town with its 13th-century castle, timber-framed houses and wine taverns this afternoon or perhaps join an optional brewery visit before departing late this afternoon.

Miltenberg Bavaria Germany Europe

05/08/2020 Rüdesheim to Koblenz


An optional excursion this morning visits Siegfried's Museum of Mechanical Music in Rüdesheim, or you could take the opportunity to enjoy a wine tasting at a local winery. Otherwise take a look around this picturesque town in the heart of the Rhineland's wine-producing region independently.

Arrive in Koblenz late this afternoon and depart late tonight.

Koblenz Rhineland-Palatinate Rhineland Germany Europe

06/08/2020 Cologne

Cologne Cathedral

Spend the morning in Cologne and perhaps explore the oldest part of the city, including the Impressive Gothic cathedral. Depart for Amsterdam during lunch.

Cologne North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland Germany Europe

07/08/2020 Amsterdam

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

During a full day in the city, admire Amsterdam's network of historic canals, see the house where Anne Frank and her family hid, and take in the bustling cafe culture of this colourful capital. Or join an optional morning coach tour and canal cruise or an afternoon excursion visiting Volendam, Edam and Katwoude Cheese Farm. Enjoy a farewell dinner on board this evening.

Amsterdam Holland Netherlands Europe

08/08/2020 Amsterdam to UK


Disembark after breakfast for your return flight to the UK.

Please note

Some departures follow a reverse itinerary, ports of call and timings may vary slightly. Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.

Across Europe aboard MS Serenade

The Rhine, Main and Danube

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The Rhine, Main and Danube