Danube River Cruise | Munich - Budapest - Firebird Tours ®

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Trip Overview

Start your journey in Munich, and admire the gem of the Bavarian Alps, Neuschwanstein Castle together with your private guide. Then join a truly amazing cruise on the Danube River going down from Passau all the way to Budapest. With a small group of travelers, discover major European capitals such as Vienna or Bratislava and quaint places with their unique history. Relax and enjoy the stunning views of Danube Valley, while we take care of your spotless vacation. 

Tour type:
Cruise
Tour rating:
4.97 / 5, Based on
  • PERSONALIZED SERVICE
  • Your dedicated travel specialist
    Private guides and drivers before and after the cruise
    Exceptional local guides
    Emergency line
  • BEST SHIPS
  • Modern Amadeus ships
    Only outside with stunning river views
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 1 private guided walking city tour
    2 private guided day-tours outside cities
    5 group tours
  • MEALS
  • 10 breakfasts
    6 lunches & 7 dinners
    Beer and wine tastings
    Drinks on board

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in Munich

Welcome to Munich! Upon arrival meet your private driver at the arrivals hall and head for your centrally-located hotel for check-in. The rest of the evening is free for you to enjoy Munich on your own.

No meals included.

Day 2
Day Tour to Neuschwanstein

Experience a truly royal day tour of the majestic Castle Neuschwanstein in the Bavarian Alps! Together with your guide-driver you enjoy a hassle-free day without queuing and rushing.

Today Neuschwanstein is one of the most popular of all the palaces and castles in Europe. Every year 1.4 million people visit "the castle of the fairy-tale king". In the summer around 6,000 visitors a day stream through rooms that were intended for a single inhabitant. During your guided tour of the castle, you learn about the eccentric Fairy Tale King Ludwig II, the builder of this imposing landmark, his complicated life in Bavaria at the start of the Second Reich and his life-long friendship with the composer Richard Wagner.

After the tour, return back to Munich and have the evening at your leisure.

Breakfast is included.

Day 3
Munich City Tour and Embarkation

After breakfast, you meet your private guide and go on a fascinating 3-hour tour of Munich's beautiful old town to take a look at the city's turbulent 850-year history.

With its exuberant atmosphere and vitality, Munich is one of Europe's great cultural centers. Enjoy your city tour around Marien Square, Church of Our Lady and Residenz Palace. In the ancient part of town the world-famous Hofbrauhaus, the medieval town gates and the colorful open-air market Viktualienmarkt are waiting for you. Munich’s elegant Maximilian Street offers views at the Bavarian Parliament, Deutsches Museum, Royal Palace and the Opera House. You pass by Theatiner Church, Hall of Generals (Feldherrnhalle), and House of Arts, the Bavarian National Museum and the Angel of Peace.

After the tour, you have a private transfer to Passau to embark the ship and start the cruise.

In the evening you have a welcome reception and welcome dinner. After dinner, your ship departs from Passau.

Breakfast, dinner, and drinks are included.

Day 4
Exploring Regensburg & Weltenburg Abbey

Following breakfast together with your group guide, you go on a 2-hour tour of Regensburg, one of Germany's oldest towns, founded by the Romans in 179 AD.

You see one of Europe’s oldest bridges that has spanned the Danube since the 12th century and visit the Regensburg Cathedral.

Next on your agenda is a 5-hour group trip to the Weltenburg Abbey. You take a coach ride to this hidden Bavarian gem, and along the way make a stop in Michelsberg to see the Hall of Liberation. As a highlight of the day you take an excursion boat to the scenic nature reserve. Upon arrival, you go to the Weltenburg Abbey, which is the oldest monastery in Bavaria. Here you have a tour of the abbey church followed by a tasting of the famous dark beer of Weltenburg, which is brewed here in the oldest monastery brewery in the world.

After the tour, you return to your ship and continue cruising. Onboard you enjoy a Bavarian evening with traditional music and local specialities for dinner.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks are included.

Day 5
Touring Salzburg & Salzkammergut

After breakfast prepare for a full-day group tour to Salzburg, which you reach by bus.

During the tour, you discover the countless architectural and historical artistic highlights of the enchanting baroque city of Salzburg. You see the Getreidegasse and Mozart’s birthplace as well as the marvelous old part of the city. You also see the Mirabell Palace, the Garden of Dwarfs and the Garden of Roses, stroll along the narrow streets and enjoy the flair of this old city.

Following lunch, you continue to the picturesque village of Mondsee, best known as a film location for the famous movie "The Sound of Music", where you have the chance to take in the beautiful scenery.

After the tour, you return to the ship and continue cruising.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks are included.

Day 6
Day Tour to Melk Abbey and Wine Tasting

Following breakfast, you arrive in Emmersdorf from where you start a group tour to Melk Abbey and Durstein city.

In the Abbey, your group guide takes you through the abbot’s chambers, along the imperator’s walk, through the marble hall, the balconies and the library. The abbey’s church and the impressive library with countless medieval manuscripts and frescos are particularly noteworthy.

Continue to Durstein and have time to walk around the charming and beautiful city center. Upon return to Emmersdorf, you enjoy a glass of a local wine.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks are included.

Day 7
City tour of Vienna

Today your ship arrives in Vienna, the European capital of music!

Together with your guide, you get to explore the main sights of the city in 3.5 hours. Among the places you see today during the panoramic drive are the State Opera House, the Parliament building and the stunning city hall.

During the walking tour, you see the Hofburg Imperial Palace, the former winter residence of the Habsburgs, walk along the Kohl market and see the St. Stephen Cathedral. You also have some free time to enjoy the old town on your own.

After the tour, you are taken back to the ship to continue your cruise.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks are included.

Day 8
Bratislava Guided Tour

Following breakfast, your ship arrives in the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava. Today together with your group guide you set off on a 3-hour exploration of the must-visit sites of the city on a walking and bus tour and enjoy the historic center of Bratislava, rich in castles and baroque palaces.

You see the Gothic St. Martin's Cathedral built in the period from 13th to16th centuries, and the Grassalkovich Palace, which is now the Slovak president’s residence. Enjoy great views of the city from a top-hill observation point. During the tour, you also see the Primatial Palace, the 15th-century university Academia Istropolitana, the old City Hall, the Opera House and Maximilian Fountain.

After the tour, you return to your ship and in the evening enjoy the Captain’s Gala Dinner.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks are included.

Day 9
City Tour of Budapest

Today you get to discover the most beautiful places in the capital of Hungary, Budapest, divided into two parts, Buda and Pest, by the Danube River.

In 3.5-hour group tour, you see main sights including the Great Market Hall, the imposing Neo-Renaissance Hungarian State Opera and the symbol of the city - the striking Parliament building. Then you make a photo stop on the Heroes' Square, cross one of the seven bridges into Buda and go up to Castle Hill, where you visit St. Matthew's Church and the famous Fisherman's Bastion.

After the tour, you are taken back to your vessel.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks are included.

Day 10
Eger Sightseeing & Wine Tasting

Early in the morning, you meet your private guide and driver and start your 8-hour tour. In about 1.5 hours, you arrive at magical Eger, a historical town in Eastern Hungary.

During the city tour, you visit the fortress of Eger - an important symbol of the heroism of Hungarian defenders who successfully beat back the overwhelming Ottoman army in the 16th century. After the tour of Eger you proceed to a nearby 'Valley of the Beautiful Women', which keeps more than 600 years old tradition of making the delicious red wines. You learn about the wine-making process and experience a 5-tier wine tasting in one of the 200 family run wine cellars located there.

After the tour, you return to your hotel in Budapest.

Breakfast is included.

Day 11
Departure from Budapest

This is the final day of your tour. Today your driver takes you to the airport for your flight back home. We hope you enjoyed your European tour and the charming cities you have explored!

  • Optional extension: You can extend your trip to Warsaw. Contact your travel specialist for more information. 

Breakfast is included.


Included

3 nights at centrally located 4-star hotels, 7 nights aboard MS Amadeus

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

Always included:

  • Outside cabins with river views
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included
  • Free WiFi onboard

What's Included

Firebird signature land program:

  • Accommodation in centrally located 4-star hotels in Munich (2 nights) and Budapest (1 night); 
  • Delicious breakfasts at hotels;
  • Private professional licensed English-speaking local guides and guide-drivers in Munich and Budapest; 
  • Airport and port transfer, and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;


Cruise program:

  • 7* nights on board MS Amadeus Silver II or Amadeus Brilliant, MS Amadeus Queen, MS Amadeus Star, MS Amadeus Provence, accommodation in an outside river-view stateroom;
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included during the cruise (buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack) in the elegant Panorama-Restaurant, which accommodates all guests in one seating;
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner onboard;
  • 24-hour coffee station and bottled water in cabins; 
  • 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;
  • Services of an experienced, multilingual Cruise Director;
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard;
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles;
  • English-speaking professional guides and rich sightseeing programs;
  • State-of-the-art audio headsets for all excursions;
  • All port taxes and local taxes;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.


Not included: flights, visas, optional tours, gratuities and all personal expenses.
Note: Smoking on the cruise ship is permitted on the Sun Deck only.

Tour Highlights
  • Fully tailor-made program extensions according to your interest;
  • Full flexibility of hotel options;
  • Private arrival and departure transfers and private transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Cruising the Danube River aboard the modern MS Amadeus Silver II or Amadeus Brilliant, MS Amadeus Queen, MS Amadeus Star;
  • Rich group sightseeing program while cruising;
  • Sightseeing program with private guides during the extensions before and after the cruise;
  • Local beer and wine tastings;
What to Know
  • It's always best to withdraw some cash in local currency before your departure. You will need Hungarian Forints for your time in Hungary, and Euros for Austria and Germany;
  • Tipping in all of the capitals is commonly expected. Visitors are often expected to tip at least 5-15%.
  • You will be walking quite a bit during your sightseeing tours, so make sure to bring comfortable shoes.

Dates & Rates

Dates Cabin A category Cabin B category Cabin C category Suite Cabin
May 30 - Jun 09, 2018
$5,997
deposit
$1,200
$5,632
deposit
$1,127
$5,051
deposit
$1,011
$6,528
deposit
$1,306
Jun 14 - Jun 24, 2018
$6,356
reverse
deposit
$1,272
$5,988
reverse
deposit
$1,198
$5,343
reverse
deposit
$1,069
$6,935
reverse
deposit
$1,387
Jun 20 - Jun 30, 2018
$5,997
deposit
$1,200
$5,632
deposit
$1,127
$5,051
deposit
$1,011
$6,528
deposit
$1,306
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Dates Cabin A category Cabin B category Cabin C category Suite Cabin
May 30 - Jun 09, 2018
$5,997
$5,632
$5,051
$6,528
Jun 14 - Jun 24, 2018
$6,356
reverse
$5,988
reverse
$5,343
reverse
$6,935
reverse
Jun 20 - Jun 30, 2018
$5,997
$5,632
$5,051
$6,528
Jun 28 - Jul 08, 2018
$5,997
reverse
$5,632
reverse
$5,051
reverse
$6,528
reverse
Oct 5 - Oct 15, 2018
$5,997
$5,632
$5,051
$6,528
Oct 22 - Nov 01, 2018
$5,677
$5,338
$4,789
$6,158
Oct 29 - Nov 09, 2018
$5,677
reverse
$5,338
reverse
$4,789
reverse
$6,158
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