LUFTNER RIVER CRUISES
Danube Rhapsody
Passau return CRUISE ONLY: Elegant ships with no pretence. Value for Money. Freedom to do as much ashore, or as little, as you wish.

Special Inclusions

7-Nights accommodation aboard Amadeus Classic
Fascinating river cruise in our outside river-view stateroom
Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for all excursions
Services of an experienced, multilingual Cruise Director
Gourmet dining with all meals included (buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack) in the elegant Panorama-Restaurant, which accommodates all guests in one seating
Free-flowing quality red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions with every dinner on board
Coffee and tea after lunch and dinner
24-hour complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water
Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
Special onboard entertainment including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and nightly music by the Amadeus Duo in the Panorama Bar
Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted on the Sun Deck)
All port taxes and local taxes

TERMS & CONDITIONS: YOUR PAYMENTS TO OUR WORLD ARE PROTECTED BY THE TAANZ BONDING. Prices are Cruise only and include Port Taxes & Govt Fees. Price shown includes 15% early booking discount, and is not a further reduction. Gratuities additional and paid onboard at approx. EUR5-7 per person per day. Based on sailing dates 31 Oct 2019, Category C4 for Classical Rhine, and 14 Apr 2019, Category C1 for Danube Rhapsody. Other dates on request and price will vary. Must be booked by 30 November 2018. Offer is strictly subject to availability, space is already limited on some departures. Prices are in NZ dollars and subject to currency fluctuations and are for payment by cash, eftpos or cheque only – credit card prices on application. May not be available on all services and cabin categories, and capacity restrictions may apply. Amendment and cancellation fees do apply, please contact Our Cruise for details. Prices were correct as of 25 June 2018 and are subject to change without notification and other conditions may apply.

Cruise Description

7 Night Cruise sailing from Passau roundtrip aboard Amadeus Classic.

This fascinating journey takes you along the most beautiful stretches of the Danube, into the heart of the once-illustrious Habsburg monarchy. From the Bavarian “Three-Rivers City” of Passau, cruise to Budapest, the “Queen of the Danube”.

Visit four of Europe’s most important countries and three world-famous capital cities (Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava). Cruise through diverse landscapes such as the “Schlögener Schlinge”, the picturesque, myth-enshrouded Wachau region, and the Danube-knee at Visegrad. Admire imposing architectural buildings along the banks, such as Melk Abbey and the Esztergom Basilica. The cruise is also a journey through the art and cultural landscape of Europe’s several thousand year history.

Highlights of this cruise:

Passau
Passau is a town in Lower Bavaria, Germany. It is also known as the Dreiflüssestadt or "City of Three Rivers," because the Danube is joined at Passau by the Inn from the south and the Ilz from the north.

Tourism in Passau focuses mainly on the three rivers, the St. Stephen's Cathedral and the "Old City". With 17,774 pipes and 233 registers, the organ is the second largest in the world. Organ concerts are held daily between May and September.

Passau is also known for its gothic and baroque architecture. The town is dominated by the Veste Oberhaus and the former fortress of the Bishop, on the mountain crest between the Danube and the Ilz rivers. Right beside the town hall is the Scharfrichterhaus, an important jazz and cabaret stage on which political cabaret is performed.

Budapest
Budapest is the capital of Hungary. As the largest city of Hungary, it is the country's principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial, and transportation centre. Cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, its extensive World Heritage Sites includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes' Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second oldest in the world. Other highlights include a total of 80 geothermal springs, the world's largest thermal water cave system, second largest synagogue, and third largest Parliament building.

Most of Budapest's famous sights are concentrated on Castle Hill on the Buda side, in downtown Pest and along the riverside walkways. The main sights on Castle Hill are the Royal Palace, the National Gallery, the Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church. In downtown Pest the main sights are the Parliament Building, St Stephen’s Basilica, the Great Synagogue and the Jewish Museum and the Eötvös Loránd University.

Budapest is also known for its many hot and thermal springs. Budapest has 118 hot springs that supply the city’s many bathhouses and spas with warm therapeutic spring water. Such was the reputation of its springs that in 1934, the Budapest was declared the “City of Springs.”

Melk
Melk is a city of Austria, in the federal state of Lower Austria, next to the Wachau valley along the Danube. It is best known as the site of a massive baroque Benedictine monastery named Melk Abbey.

The Abbey is built on a bluff overlooking the Danube River to the northwest and the town center to the south. Most of the design of the present abbey (a reconstruction started in 1702) was by the architect Jakob Prandtauer. The Kaisergang (Imperial Corridor and Abbey Museum), 650 ft long, is decorated with portraits of Austrian rulers. The Marmorsaal (Marble Hall), contains pilasters coated in red marble; a richly painted allegorical picture on the ceiling is the work of Paul Troger. The Library, rising two floors, again with a Troger ceiling, contains some 80,000 volumes.

Pricing (per person)

Cabin Price
NZ $2199
NZ $2798

Cruise Itinerary

Date Activity Arrive Depart
14/04 Passau, Germany 05:00 PM
15/04 Melk , Austria 09:00 AM 01:00 PM
15/04 Vienna, Austria 07:15 PM overnight
16/04 Vienna, Austria 07:00 PM
17/04 Budapest, Hungary 11:30 AM overnight
18/04 Budapest, Hungary 01:00 PM
18/04 Esztergom, Hungary 07:00 PM 07:15 PM
19/04 Bratislava, Slovakia 08:00 AM 01:00 PM
20/04 Linz, Austria 02:00 PM 10:00 PM
21/04 Passau, Germany 07:30 AM
Itinerary may vary by sailing date and itineraries may be changed at the cruise lines discretion. Please check itinerary details at time of booking and before booking other travel services such as airline tickets.