As the days turn cooler and the summer crowds fade, come explore the cultural landscapes of four countries situated along three legendary rivers—the Rhine, Maine, and the Danube—on this special cruise featuring a choice of excursions and many World Heritage sites. 

Starting at: $6,090 * Price includes special offer Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Budapest, one of Europe's most beautiful cities, situated along the Danube River  Fisherman's Bastion, found on the Buda side of Budapest  View of the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna Austria  The beautiful Strauss memorial in Vienna  The village of Durnstein, along the Wachau Valley, Austria  Interior of Melk Abbey, the renowned Benedictine monastery overlooking the Danube  The beautiful rococo design of St. Stephan's Cathedral in Passau  Hilltop medieval castle overlooking the Rhine River near Oberwesel  The idyllic Rhine River, near Kaub  The picturesque town of Bamberg

Voyage Through Europe

Featuring the Rhine, Main & Danube Rivers

14 days from $6,090

As the days turn cooler and the summer crowds fade, come explore the cultural landscapes of four countries situated along three legendary rivers—the Rhine, Maine, and the Danube—on this special cruise featuring a choice of excursions and many World Heritage sites. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Activity Level

Activity Level 2: Moderate

Expectations: River cruise that pulls into a pier for disembarkation. Morning, afternoon, or full-day excursions at a moderate pace. Standing and walking for long periods of time during city tours, museum visits, and/or outdoor activities. Walking over sometimes difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, the absence of elevators); some longer walks to get to city centers where coaches are prohibited. Choice of excursions with varying activity expectations offered on some days.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with long days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).

Tour Extensions

Optional Budapest Pre-Cruise Extension    3 Days, 2 Nights

Day 1 – Depart the U.S. for Budapest

Smithsonian Journeys Travelers depart the U.S. on their transatlantic flights to Budapest, Hungary.

Day 2 – Arrive Budapest

Upon arrival, clear brief arrival formalities and transfer to the upscale InterContinental Budapest centrally located on the magnificent Danube River. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Your Smithsonian Journeys Travel Director will be available for sightseeing suggestions, museums, shopping, and restaurant information. This evening, gather for an exclusive welcome reception in the hotel(R)

InterContinental Budapest Hotel 

Day 3 – Budapest

Depart Budapest and drive along the Danube River to the small baroque city of Szentendre built on medieval ruins and situated near the Danube Bend. The town is considered to be an artist's enclave. Due to its Mediterranean atmosphere and proximity to Budapest, it is a popular place to visit among locals and visitors alike. Stroll through the historical center and admire the narrow cobblestoned streets, baroque houses, and churches. Visit museums like the Margit Kovács Ceramic Museum and the Confectionery Museum with its marzipan figures. Later, take time to explore the town on your own. After lunch at a local restaurant, return to the hotel where the evening will be at leisure. (B,L)

InterContinental Budapest Hotel 

Day 4 – Budapest

After breakfast, there is free time prior to your transfer to the Amadeus Silver III and commence the Main Program. (B)

The InterContinental Budapest

The InterContinental Budapest is located at one of the most prestigious areas of Hungary’s capital beside the landmark Chain Bridge along the charming Danube Promenade. With dazzling views over the Royal Palace and the magnificent Budapest river-scape, the hotel boasts one of the city’s most sought-after locations. Discover the fine art of hospitality in stylish, modern guest rooms featuring state-of-the-art technology and a full array of convenient amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi. Travelers will enjoy sweeping views of Budapest from elegantly appointed rooms.

Optional Weisbaden Post-Cruise Extension  3 Days, 2 Nights

Day 1 — Depart Ship / Mainz / Wiesbaden

This morning, disembark the ship in Mainz for a half-day tour through Mainz, the capital and largest city of Rhineland-Palatinate, located just opposite Wiesbaden on the Rhine River. Visit the Gutenberg Museum located in the heart of the Old Quarter of Mainz. Gutenberg is believed to have been born in Mainz. The museum showcases Gutenberg’s technical and artistic achievements in many fascinating exhibits. Continue with a walk through the Old Quarter passing traditional wine bars and open squares and see the famed Mainz CathedralContinue to Wiesbaden and the deluxe Hotel Nassauer Hof where accommodations have been reserved. The remainder of the day is at leisure.  Your AHI Travel Director will be available at the hospitality desk for suggestions on sightseeing, shopping, and meal reservations. (B) 

Day 2 – Wiesbaden 

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy the day at leisure in Wiesbaden. Perhaps enjoy the spa or visit a local winery to taste the area’s renowned Riesling wine. Your AHI Travel Director will be available at the hospitality desk for suggestions on sightseeing, shopping, and meal reservations. (B) 

Day 3 – Wiesbaden – Return to gateway city 

After breakfast, transfer to Frankfurt am Main International airport for your return flight to your U.S. gateway city. (B) 

Hotel Nassauer Hof 

Wiesbaden is famous for its natural thermal springs, which over the years have attracted notable historic figures such as Goethe, Wagner, and Brahms. The deluxe Hotel Nassauer Hof was built in 1813 and still maintains its original character and charm. The Naussauer Hof Spa, set on the expansive 16,000-square-foot rooftop terrace, is truly unique. It offers an indoor swimming pool filled with thermal water from the hotel’s own spring, a modern fitness center, saunas, and the Artemis Beauty Spa. Continuously Michelin-starred since 1979, the Enté Restaurant offers classic European cuisine and an extensive wine list. Guest rooms are welcoming and decorated in a traditional European style with thoughtful touches and modern facilities and amenities. Wi-Fi is complimentary. 

Special Air Rates/Services

FlexAir is designed to provide you with the flexibility and choice you need to personalize your air travel experience. Explore a wide range of flight options in consultation with our experienced travel professionals to select the flights, routing, class of service, and dates of travel that most fit your needs. Our partner tour operator has negotiated contracts with a wide variety of carriers that allow them to hold flight reservations and then issue your ticket close to departure without additional fees. This protects you from the need to purchase published-fare tickets, which must be ticketed within 24 hours of purchase. FlexAir reservations provide the flexibility to adjust reservations without penalty and to accommodate extensions and upgrades right up until ticketing time, usually around 45 days before departure. We look forward to providing you with more choice and the best possible itinerary for your air travel plans.

Program Includes:

  • Guaranteed transfers between the airport and your overseas accommodations upon arrival and departure (in most cases). We will provide you with all of the details you need to guarantee your transfer.
  • Air schedule change and delay assistance. Book FlexAir to ensure assistance should schedule changes or delays impact your air travel plans.
  • Flight insurance worth up to $250,000, subject to policy terms, is automatically included.
  • Confirmed airline seat assignments at the time of booking (in most cases).
River Cruising

Guidance on water levels and itinerary modifications

Your ship is designed with state-of-the-art flexibility in navigating rivers. On rare occasions, river cruising is subject to challenges due to unannounced river lock maintenance and/or weather-related increases or decreases in river depth. Extreme conditions may render a portion of a river itinerary unnavigable.

Should your river cruise be affected: 

  • You will receive a revised schedule outlining any changes prior to your departure either by regular mail or email. 
  • Any additional transportation, hotel accommodations, meals or special events, as a result, changes to the published itinerary will not increase the price of your trip. 
  • All ports of call and trip highlights contained in your original itinerary will be included in your revised schedule.  Under these extreme circumstances, additional motor coach travel, ship changes and/or hotel nights may be required to ensure participants experience the trip safely and as advertised.
Ship

Amadeus Silver III

Amadeus Silver III, along with sister ships in the Amadeus fleet, reflects the elegance and romance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s music. The meticulous crafting of these deluxe ships sets new standards in design and technology and feature the comforts of a floating five-star hotel.

Public facilities are spacious and typically include the Panorama Bar, Lido Bar, Amadeus-Club with Internet station, library, beauty salon, boutique, fitness studio with massage services and early morning exercise classes. Guests will also appreciate the complimentary audio headset available to all passengers for listening enhancement during shore excursions. Laundry service is available.

Staterooms

Each exclusively chartered ship offers up to 84 river-view, air-conditioned, stylishly appointed suites (284 square feet) and staterooms (from 172 square feet), among the most spacious of any European river ship. Most accommodations feature a French balcony with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with iron railing. Each stateroom has two twin beds (convertible to one queen-size bed), a private bathroom with shower, individual climate control, satellite telephone and television, writing desk, safe, and hair dryer.

 Cuisine

Freshly prepared continental meals featuring local ingredients are served in single, unassigned seatings in the delightfully scenic Panorama Restaurant and include early-risers’ coffee, buffet breakfast and lunch, afternoon tea, five‑ course dinner, and late-evening snack. Complimentary wine and beer served with lunch and dinner.

Ship Staff

The English-speaking, international crew provides warm hospitality. The Amadeus Silver III meets the highest safety standards and is the only fleet of European river ships to have been awarded the “Green Certificate” of environmental preservation.

Amadeus Silver III

Amadeus Silver III, along with sister ships in the Amadeus fleet, reflects the elegance and romance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s music. The meticulous crafting of these deluxe ships sets new standards in design and technology and feature the comforts of a floating five-star hotel.

Public facilities are spacious and typically include the Panorama Bar, Lido Bar, Amadeus-Club with Internet station, library, beauty salon, boutique, fitness studio with massage services and early morning exercise classes. Guests will also appreciate the complimentary audio headset available to all passengers for listening enhancement during shore excursions. Laundry service is available.

Staterooms

Each exclusively chartered ship offers up to 84 river-view, air-conditioned, stylishly appointed suites (284 square feet) and staterooms (from 172 square feet), among the most spacious of any European river ship. Most accommodations feature a French balcony with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with iron railing. Each stateroom has two twin beds (convertible to one queen-size bed), a private bathroom with shower, individual climate control, satellite telephone and television, writing desk, safe, and hair dryer.

 Cuisine

Freshly prepared continental meals featuring local ingredients are served in single, unassigned seatings in the delightfully scenic Panorama Restaurant and include early-risers’ coffee, buffet breakfast and lunch, afternoon tea, five‑ course dinner, and late-evening snack. Complimentary wine and beer served with lunch and dinner.

Ship Staff

The English-speaking, international crew provides warm hospitality. The Amadeus Silver III meets the highest safety standards and is the only fleet of European river ships to have been awarded the “Green Certificate” of environmental preservation.

Reading List

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Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City
By: Russell Shorto
An endlessly entertaining portrait of the city of Amsterdam and the ideas that make it unique, by the author of the acclaimed Island at the Center of the World Tourists know Amsterdam as a picturesque city of low-slung brick houses lining tidy canals; student travelers know it for its legal brothels and hash bars; art lovers know it for Rembrandt's glorious portraits. But the deeper history of Amsterdam, what makes it one of the most fascinating places on earth, is bound up in its unique geography-the constant battle of its citizens to keep the sea at bay and the democratic philosophy that this enduring struggle fostered. Amsterdam is the font of liberalism, in both its senses. Tolerance for free thinking and free love make it a place where, in the words of one of its mayors, "craziness is a value." But the city also fostered the deeper meaning of liberalism, one that profoundly influenced America: political and economic freedom. Amsterdam was home not only to religious dissidents and radical thinkers but to the world's first great global corporation. In this effortlessly erudite account, Russell Shorto traces the idiosyncratic evolution of Amsterdam, showing how such disparate elements as herring anatomy, naked Anabaptists parading through the streets, and an intimate gathering in a sixteenth-century wine-tasting room had a profound effect on Dutch-and world-history. Weaving in his own experiences of his adopted home, Shorto provides an ever-surprising, intellectually engaging story of Amsterdam.
A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople: From the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube (New York Review Books Classics)
By: Patrick Leigh Fermor, Jan Morris
At the age of eighteen, Patrick Leigh Fermor set off from the heart of London on an epic journey—to walk to Constantinople. A Time of Gifts is the rich account of his adventures as far as Hungary, after which Between the Woods and the Water continues the story to the Iron Gates that divide the Carpathian and Balkan mountains. Acclaimed for its sweep and intelligence, Leigh Fermor’s book explores a remarkable moment in time. Hitler has just come to power but war is still ahead, as he walks through a Europe soon to be forever changed—through the Lowlands to Mitteleuropa, to Teutonic and Slav heartlands, through the baroque remains of the Holy Roman Empire; up the Rhine, and down to the Danube. At once a memoir of coming-of-age, an account of a journey, and a dazzling exposition of the English language, A Time of Gifts is also a portrait of a continent already showing ominous signs of the holocaust to come.
Insight Guides Germany (Travel Guide with Free eBook)
By: Guides, Insight

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The Danube: A Journey Upriver from the Black Sea to the Black Forest
By: Nick Thorpe
The author takes us on an unexpected journey up the Danube, where we encounter a remarkable and unfamiliar world The magnificent Danube both cuts across and connects central Europe, flowing through and alongside ten countries: Romania, Ukraine, Moldova, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany. Travelling its full length from east to west, against the river’s flow, Nick Thorpe embarks on an inspiring year-long journey that leads to a new perspective on Europe today. Thorpe’s account is personal, conversational, funny, immediate, and uniquely observant—everything a reader expects in the best travel writing. Immersing himself in the Danube’s waters during daily morning swims, Thorpe likewise becomes immersed in the histories of the lands linked by the river. He observes the river’s ecological conditions, some discouraging and others hopeful, and encounters archaeological remains that whisper of human communities sustained by the river over eight millennia. Most fascinating of all are the ordinary and extraordinary people along the way—the ferrymen and fishermen, workers in the fields, shopkeepers, beekeepers, waitresses, smugglers and border policemen, legal and illegal immigrants, and many more. For readers who anticipate their own journeys on the Danube, as well as those who only dream of seeing the great river, this book will be a unique and treasured guide.
The Improbable Voyage
By: Tristan Jones
The Improbable Voyage is the astonishing account of TRistan Jones' 2,307 mile voyage across Europe in Outward Leg. Continuing his round-the-world journey, Tristan traveled from the North Sea to the Black Sea via the rivers Rhine and Danube. Tristan welcomed each difficulty as a challenge to be met and overcome. Battling ice and cold, life-threatening rapids and narrow defiles, German bureaucrats and Romanian frontier police, Tristan made his way through eight countries and emerged triumphant, if battered, bruised and penniless, at the Black Sea. Tristan gives us a vivid glimpse of the quality of life along Europe's oldest water routes and behind the Iron Curtain.
The Blue Flower: A Novel
By: Penelope Fitzgerald
“An astonishing book . . . Fitzgerald’s greatest triumph.” —New York Times Book ReviewThe Blue Flower is set in the age of Goethe, in the small towns and great universities of late eighteenth-century Germany. It tells the true story of Friedrich von Hardenberg, a passionate, impetuous student of philosophy who will later gain fame as the Romantic poet Novalis. Fritz seeks his father’s permission to wed his “heart's heart,” his “spirit's guide”—a plain, simple child named Sophie von Kühn. It is an attachment that shocks his family and friends. Their brilliant young Fritz, betrothed to a twelve-year-old dullard? How can this be?The irrationality of love, the transfiguration of the commonplace, the clarity of purpose that comes with knowing one’s own fate—these are the themes of this beguiling novel, themes treated with a mix of wit, grace, and mischievous humor unique to the art of Penelope Fitzgerald.“An extraordinary imagining . . . an original masterpiece.” —Hermione Lee, Financial Times
The Tin Drum
By: Günter Grass
The Tin Drum, one of the great novels of the twentieth century, was published in Ralph Manheim's outstanding translation in 1959. It became a runaway bestseller and catapulted its young author to the forefront of world literature. To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the original publication, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, along with Grass’s publishers all over the world, is bringing out a new translation of this classic novel. Breon Mitchell, acclaimed translator and scholar, has drawn from many sources: from a wealth of detailed scholarship; from a wide range of newly-available reference works; and from the author himself. The result is a translation that is more faithful to Grass’s style and rhythm, restores omissions, and reflects more fully the complexity of the original work. After fifty years, THE TIN DRUM has, if anything, gained in power and relevance. All of Grass’s amazing evocations are still there, and still amazing: Oskar Matzerath, the indomitable drummer; his grandmother, Anna Koljaiczek; his mother, Agnes; Alfred Matzerath and Jan Bronski, his presumptive fathers; Oskar’s midget friends—Bebra, the great circus master and Roswitha Raguna, the famous somnambulist; Sister Scholastica and Sister Agatha, the Right Reverend Father Wiehnke; the Greffs, the Schefflers, Herr Fajngold, all Kashubians, Poles, Germans, and Jews—waiting to be discovered and re-discovered.
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