Classic Danube

Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Emmersdorf, Wachau Valley, Linz, Passau, Regensburg, Munich, Fussen, Ettal, Oberammergau

On a cruise of the Danube River, make your way along fairy-tale cities, medieval villages, and stunning vistas. Enjoy two nights in the quaint Bavarian town of Füssen. Visit Linderhof Palace, the "Royal Villa" of King Ludwig. Behold Munich's many charms including its world-famous Glockenspiel. On a relaxing a 7-night journey, see the seaside wonders of Germany, Austria and Hungary. Take a walking tour of Passau, a 2,000-year-old city. Drift along through the Wachau Valley, dotted with castles and small riverside towns. Discover Slovakia's remarkable capital, Bratislava. Immerse yourself in the historic opulence and captivating energy of the river valley.

Our prices start from

$ 3,649 LAND ONLY

11 Days • GUIDED • 24 Meals

Operated Tour

The Details

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • On some dates alternate hotels may be used
  • Services of a tour manager
  • All on-tour transportation and related fees
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • Round trip home to airport sedan provided when you purchase airfare through Member Choice Vacations. One transfer per person, per reservation. (Restrictions apply)
  • 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 dinners


Engaging Experiences These special places and experiences are considered tour highlights. Look for them in the daily itineraries.

Day 1 - Overnight Flight

Overnight Flight

Your tour opens with an overnight flight to Europe.

Day 2 - Budapest, Hungary - Board Cruise Ship

Board a cruise to view Budapest's stunning night skyline.

MS Amadeus Brilliant

Dinner Included

Unpack for a relaxing 7-night Danube River cruise aboard your lovely ship. This vessel offers the newest technology, a panoramic deck, panorama bar, excellent cuisine, outstanding service and unlimited wine and beer with every dinner onboard. After a welcome aboard cocktail reception and dinner, take in the essence of the region during an evening cruise to view Budapest's stunning night skyline followed by a fun-filled folklore show.

Day 3 - Budapest

MS Amadeus Brilliant

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Embark on a tour of Budapest, Hungary's lovely capital, featuring the historic Buda Castle area, Fisherman's Bastion and the 500-year-old St. Matthias Church. Enjoy splendid views of the twin cities of Buda and Pest, nestled on opposing banks of the river.

Day 4 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Vienna, Austria

Discover Slovakia's remarkable capital, Bratislava.

MS Amadeus Brilliant

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Tour Slovakia's remarkable capital, Bratislava, and discover the city's most celebrated sites including the 13th-century castle, Old Town, St. Martin's Cathedral, Michael's Gate, and the Archbishop's palace. This afternoon, sail toward Vienna, Austria's beautiful capital city.

Day 5 - Vienna

MS Amadeus Brilliant

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Join a local expert exploring Vienna's Imperial architecture including the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse, and the awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Vienna's Baroque elegance, stroll along the Kartner Strasse, or sample some of Vienna's famous pastries. If you wish, you may join an optional excursion to the opulent Schönbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of the Habsburg dynasty.

Day 6 - Emmersdorf - Wachau Valley

MS Amadeus Brilliant

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

View the picturesque landscape as you cruise to the charming town of Emmersdorf. Relax and enjoy the scenery. This afternoon you continue cruising through the romantic Wachau Valley, dotted with magnificent castles and small riverside towns.

Day 7 - Linz - Passau, Germany

Attend the Captain's Gala Dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

This morning, enjoy a walking tour of the charming riverside town of Linz. Next, continue on to Passau which is set at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers. Enjoy a leisurely paced walking tour of this 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city, exploring the ornate Baroque architecture, the quaint cobblestone streets, and St. Stephen's Cathedral, home to Europe's largest church organ. Tonight, you are invited to attend the Captain's Gala Dinner with your fellow passengers.

Day 8 - Regensburg

Explore Regensburg, home of the first stone bridge built over the Danube.

MS Amadeus Brilliant

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

A guided walking tour of magnificent Regensburg reveals one of Germany's grand medieval cities with nearly 1,400 historic buildings. Some of the architectural highlights you may view include the first stone bridge built over the Danube, a 1,400-foot-long span built in the 12th century; the old Town Hall; and the Porta Praetoria, one of only two remaining Roman gates in Germany, built in A.D. 179. This afternoon, take a stroll through Old Town. Tonight, partake in a delightful Bavarian evening onboard.

Day 9 - Passau - Disembark Ship - Munich - Füssen

Take a city tour of Munich, featuring the world-famous Glockenspiel.

Luitpoldpark Hotel, Fussen

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Today, disembark your cruise ship and journey to Munich. Feel the energy of this lively and fascinating city during a tour that highlights Olympic Park, the world-famous Glockenspiel,* and Marienplatz, a beautiful square surrounded by shops, restaurants and cafés. After some free time, continue on to the quaint Bavarian town of Füssen.

*Due to unforeseen schedule changes, witnessing the performance of the Glockenspiel might not be possible.

Day 10 - Füssen - Ettal - Oberammergau - Füssen

Visit King Ludwig II's ornate Linderhof Palace.

Luitpoldpark Hotel, Fussen

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Travel to Ettal, home of Linderhof Palace. This artistic "Royal Villa" was the only palace King Ludwig II of Bavaria was able to complete in his lifetime. Behind its Baroque façade you will find a world rich in Rococo ornamentation, with many sculptural elements that showcase an incomparable artistry. Later, spend time exploring Oberammergau, renowned for wood carvings and the Passion Play which takes place every ten years.

Day 11 - Füssen - Tour Ends

Breakfast Included

Today your tour comes to an end.

2021 Tour Dates

3, 15

Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land and cruise only, based on August 1, 2021 travel date. Single supplement from $2,150. International airfare is additional. Call AAA for current airfare rates and availability. Itinerary featured is for August 2021 – April 2022 tour departures. Departures prior will vary. On some dates alternate hotels may be used. Reverse itinerary pricing featured..

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