Explore historic cities, charming river towns, and the scenic landscapes of the Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers on this new cruise. Enjoy plenty of opportunity to customize your journey with a choice of cultural and active excursions in most ports while you take delight in the first-class amenities aboard Amadeus Silver II.

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 Hilltop medieval castle overlooking the Rhine River near Oberwesel  Bikes along the canal, Amsterdam  Vermeer's <i>The Milkmaid</i> in Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum. Credit: Frans Lemmens/Alamy  Traditional Dutch landscape of countryside, windmills, and bicycles  City of Cologne, showcasing the High Gothic cathedral   The idyllic Rhine River, near Kaub  The picturesque town of Bamberg  The beautiful rococo design of St. Stephan's Cathedral in Passau  Interior of Melk Abbey, the renowned Benedictine monastery overlooking the Danube  The village of Durnstein, along the Wachau Valley, Austria  The Parliament Building and Chain Bridge in Budapest, Hungary  Fisherman's Bastion, found on the Buda side of Budapest

Voyage Through Europe

From Amsterdam to Budapest Featuring the Rhine, Main & Danube Rivers Aboard the Amadeus Silver II

16 days from $4,990

Explore historic cities, charming river towns, and the scenic landscapes of the Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers on this new cruise. Enjoy plenty of opportunity to customize your journey with a choice of cultural and active excursions in most ports while you take delight in the first-class amenities aboard Amadeus Silver II.

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Overview

Explore historic cities, charming river towns, and the scenic landscapes of the Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers. This innovative cruise allows you to customize your journey with a choice of cultural and active excursions in most ports while you enjoy the first-class amenities aboard Amadeus Silver II

Highlights Include

  • Amsterdam: Enjoy a narrated cruise through lovely tree-lined canals, then choose from three other interesting excursions.
  • Cologne and Koblenz: Take walking tours of these fascinating cities, the latter situated at the confluence of the Mosel and Rhine Rivers.
  • Miltenberg, Würzburg, and Bamberg: Explore these charming towns during walking tours that showcase historic palaces, cathedrals, town halls, and market squares.
  • Passau, Melk, Wachau Valley, and Dürnstein: Enjoy listening to music played on the famous organ in Passaus's St. Stephen's Church; visit the impressive Benedictine Abbey at Melk, a World Heritage site; and cruise along the scenic Danube River through the Wachau Valley to Dürnstein where you can choose from excursions that appeal to lovers of history, bicycling, or wine. 
  • Vienna: Select from excursions that showcase imperial palaces, art, and music in this city rich in World Heritage sites.
  • Bratislava: Explore Slovakia's history, musical heritage, and cuisine on a choice of excursions.
  • Budapest: Choose from various excursions that feature this city's history and enjoy your final night in beautiful Budapest, situated along the banks of the Danube. 

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Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 — Depart the U.S., Arrive Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Depart the U.S. for Amsterdam. After arrival in the early morning at Schiphol International Airport, transfer to the Amadeus Silver II docked near Amsterdam's Centraal Station. Each traveler will receive a special welcome kit including general information about the cruise route and a river map. After settling in, the balance of the day offers “quiet time” free of planned activities. Begin the evening by boarding a canal cruise for a one-hour narrated cruise through Amsterdam’s lovely tree-lined canals. Dinner will be served in the dining room after returning to the ship. (D)

Day 3 — Amsterdam

Begin the day with a talk on contemporary Holland and its place in today’s Europe. This morning, choose from a variety of interesting shore tours.

Choice #1 - Amsterdam Sightseeing and the Rijksmuseum: Amsterdam is one of the largest historic centers in Europe. There is much to take in as you tour the city. Admire lovely 17th-century architecture as you pass historic landmarks like the Royal Palace, the Mint Tower, the unique Skinny Bridge, and the Portuguese Synagogue. Then tour the magnificent Rijksmuseum, showcasing a collection of Dutch Masters, including Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Frans Hals.

Choice #2 - Waterland Bicycle Ride: Travel to “Waterland” for a guided bike ride in a rural setting. Waterland is located north of the city and nearly half its acreage is fen, a marshy wetland important to local bird and wildlife. There are also small villages and many officially registered historic sites. After the ride, there’s time for refreshments in the village of Broek.

Choice #3 - Canal District Walking Tour: The best way to see the historic Canal District is on foot. Join a walking tour of one of the most beautiful canals in Amsterdam: the Herengracht. Explore the history of the district at Herengracht Museum with fantastic 3D animation, models, projection, and an interactive multimedia exhibition. The museum was opened in 2011 after Amsterdam's canal district was listed as a World Heritage Site.

A buffet lunch will be served aboard ship. The balance of the afternoon is free of planned activities. At 4:00 pm the ship will depart Amsterdam for Cologne. This evening, enjoy a Smithsonian Journeys welcome cocktail reception followed by dinner. (B,L,R,D)

Day 4 — Cologne, Germany

Attend a presentation by the Smithsonian Journeys Expert. After lunch, set off for a walking tour of Cologne, a medieval city that showcases lovely patrician houses and quaint cobblestone streets. Discover the Kölner Dom, the world-famous cathedral that survived the ravages of World War II. It is one of the largest Gothic structures in the world, which UNESCO has designated a World Heritage site. At 10:00 pm the ship leaves Cologne and sails for Koblenz. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Koblenz

This morning explore the city of Koblenz, situated at the confluence of the Mosel and Rhine Rivers and once a Roman outpost, during a fascinating walking tour. You’ll pass through the town’s narrow streets and see the Town Hall, the famous Schängel Fountain, the Church of Our Lady, and the Old Castle of the Electors of Trier, which today houses the Municipal Archives and Library. Continue to the Old Merchant’s Hall, home to the Middle Rhineland Museum, and see the German Corner with the monument to Emperor Wilhelm II.

In late morning, the ship will depart for Miltenberg. Enjoy the balance of the day cruising through the most beautiful part of the Rhine River. Pass through the Rhine Gorge and be on the lookout for ancient hilltop castles. Marvel at remarkable scenery and the Lorelei Rock made famous in a German fable. Get together in the Smithsonian Journeys traveler’s corner with your Smithsonian Expert for an informal discussion about recent travel experiences. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Miltenberg

Spend the morning at leisure cruising toward Miltenberg. After lunch, join a walking tour of this charming river town. Pass the Market Square and a 16th-century fountain and half-timbered houses that make this one of the most photographed villages in Germany. See the old Town Hall and the oldest inn in Germany, built in 1590. Visit St. Kilian’s winery and sample the local “Franken” wines in the old vaulted cellar. In late afternoon, the ship will sail on the Main River toward Würzburg. As you cruise, admire the rolling hills, thick forests, and lovely riverside villages. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Würzburg

After breakfast join a tour to explore the Würzburg Residence, one of Europe’s finest baroque palaces. Continue with a walking tour of the historic city center where you’ll see St. Kilian’s Cathedral, the Old Town Hall, the university, and the bustling marketplace. After lunch, enjoy free time before the ship departs for Bamberg. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Bamberg

Join your Smithsonian Journeys expert for a fascinating presentation this morning. After lunch, the ship will arrive in Bamberg, a World Heritage Site, where there will be a choice of shore excursions.

Choice #1 - Bamberg: A walking tour showcases remarkable Gothic and baroque architectural masterpieces. Explore the Rococo arch of the Obere Brücke and admire the red-roofed fishermen’s houses and  baroque mansions of this town that is evocative of a German fairytale.

Choice #2 - Culinary Delights: For those interested in local food specialties, join this special culinary tour and visit the town’s bakery, butcher, deli, and candy store. Along the way, learn about and sample local Franconian specialties such as the famous Bamberger Hörnle, a variation of the croissant; the Bamberger Weck, a type of roll with sausage; the famous local licorice and unique smoked beer!

This evening, the ship will depart for Nuremberg. (B,L,D)

Day 9 — Nuremberg

Arrive early morning in Nuremberg, a city known for its many associations with World War II. Here, choose from variety of interesting shore excursions.

Choice #1 - Nuremberg Sightseeing: During your tour, see the courthouse where the Nazi War Trials were held between 1945 and 1949. Continue on a walking tour visiting Nuremberg’s renowned hilltop castle courtyard. Visit the center of town and the Hauptmarkt, dominated by the Schoener Brunnen, a beautiful 14th-century Gothic fountain, one of Nuremberg's most famous attractions. See Our Lady's Church, then St. Lorenz Church, built in the 15th century.

Choice #2 - Historical Tour: Join a World War II historical tour of Nuremberg that includes a visit to the Documentation Center, which showcases the tragic ramifications of the National Socialist Party regime.

Choice #3 - Rural Life: Enjoy an exclusive visit to a Franconian farm to learn about rural life, then continue to nearby countryside villages. After lunch, a shuttle will provide bus service to and from Nuremberg. 

Join your Smithsonian Journeys Expert in the Smithsonian traveler’s corner for lively discussion. Dinner will be served aboard ship. (B,L,D)

Day 10 — Regensburg

Attend an engaging morning presentation by your Smithsonian Journeys Expert. After lunch, the ship will arrive at historic Regensburg, a city that is wonderfully preserved and designated a World Heritage Site. Join a walking tour that will showcase the old Roman Tower and the Roman Gate, the 12th-century Stone Bridge (a great example of medieval engineering), and the Gothic Old Town Hall and St. Peter’s Cathedral with its remarkable stained-glass windows. Next, visit the Thurn and Taxis Castle, a former monastery and royal residence. After dinner, the ship will depart for Passau. (B,L,D)

Day 11 — Passau

After an early arrival, depart the ship for a walking tour of Passau. Explore the15th-century St. Stephen’s Cathedral, known for the world’s largest church organ. See the Residenzplatz with its old patrician homes, the Gothic Town Hall, the residences of the Prince-Bishops, the Niedernburg Abbey, and the Holy Cross Church. The tour ends back at St. Stephen’s Church to listen to music played on the famous organ. This afternoon, join fellow travelers in the Smithsonian Journeys traveler's corner. (B,L,D)

Day 12 — Melk and Dürnstein, Austria

Get an early start this morning with a visit to Melk Abbey, a World Heritage Site and Austria’s most beautiful and impressive Benedictine Abbey. From the terrace, there are remarkable views of the Danube River. Later, spend some time exploring the historic town of Melk.

The ship departs Melk and sails through the beautiful Wachau Valley, a 25-mile valley shaped by the Danube River. It is thought the valley was home to prehistoric people; today it displays remarkable vineyards, villages, monasteries, and castles. After lunch, the ship will arrive in Dürnstein, where a choice of afternoon tours is offered.

Choice #1 - Dürnstein Walking Tour: In the 12th century, Richard the Lionheart was held prisoner here in Dürnstein on his return to England from the Crusades. Spend some time in town and see the lovely baroque Stiftskirche with its blue and white decoration. Dürnstein is often called the Pearl of the Wachau Valley.

Choice #2 - Bicycling the Danube: Join a two-hour bicycle tour (about 10 miles) along the Danube and enjoy a wine and snack break along the way in Weissenkirchen.

Choice #3 - Winery Visit: Visit a local winery where you'll sample some of the wines produced in the Wachau Valley.

The ship departs in late afternoon for Vienna. (B,L,D)

Day 13 — Vienna

After breakfast, gather for a talk on “Timeless Vienna.” Later, there’s a choice of shore excursions in this elegant and historic city.

Choice #1 - Imperial Vienna: The historic city center of Vienna is designated a World Heritage Site. Visit the Imperial Apartments of the opulent Hofburg Palace. Then drive along the Ringstrasse, one of the most famous avenues in Europe. During your coach tour, see the university, one of the oldest in Europe; the City Hall; the Burgtheater; Houses of Parliament and the State Museums. Continue past monuments to Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; the Musikverein, home to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; and the Stadtsoper, one of the most revered opera houses in the world.

Choice #2 - Art and Wine: Take a tour of the Klosterneuburg Monastery, which showcases great medieval and baroque art treasures as well as fascinating artifacts in the monastery’s treasury. Following the tour, enjoy a sampling of wine produced at the monastery. Afterwards, there is a short walking tour in the center of Vienna.

Choice #3 - Schönbrunn Palace: Tour the Schönbrunn Palace, a World Heritage Site that was once the lavish summer residence of the Habsburgs. Visit its magnificent State Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors, and remarkable Formal Gardens.

After sightseeing, return to the ship for lunch and a leisurely afternoon. Shuttle buses will operate between the ship and the city center throughout the afternoon and evening. After dinner, there’s a charming waltz performance and lesson accompanied by a classical trio. (B,L,D)

Day 14 — Bratislava, Slovakia

Join your Smithsonian Journeys Expert for a fascinating presentation this morning. Then enjoy a leisurely morning of sailing on the Danube toward Bratislava, Slovakia, where there will be a choice of shore tours. Join an engaging afternoon talk about Slovakia’s Velvet Revolution.

Choice #1: Bratislava & Pastry Tasting  Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is a vibrant showcase of medieval architecture. See the National Theater; St. Martin's Cathedral; the Old Town Hall; St. Michael's Gate, the only remaining portion of Bratislava's medieval fortifications; and the 16th-century Primate’s Palace, former winter residence of the Bishops of Esztergom. Stop in a famous café and see 17th-century frescoes depicting scenes from the city’s rich past. See how their pastry is made and sample one with coffee.

Choice #2: Walking Tour & Concert – Bratislava is a city with a formidable musical heritage. It’s here that Hummel was born, Liszt began his career, Bartok attended school, Beethoven taught, and Haydn composed. This special tour of the quaint Old Town directs focus to the venues associated with these famous musicians. Next travelers will visit a Rococo Palace, now the City Gallery. A musical performance is planned featuring a young local talent.

Choice #3: Castle Hill & Beer Tasting – Explore former "Pressburg," as Bratislava was once known, with a tour of the Castle, the former Royal Residence, which features breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Visit the Old Town center with its charm and great architecture. At the end of the tour, experience the rich local brewing tradition and enjoy the best Slovak beers during a tasting at a typical pub in the Old Town.

This evening, join Smithsonian Journeys fellow travelers at a farewell reception. (B,L,R,D)

Day 15 — Budapest, Hungary

Arrive in Budapest this morning and enjoy a choice of shore excursions and activities.

Choice #1 - Budapest City Sightseeing: Budapest is beautifully situated along both banks of the Danube. This panoramic coach tour includes both the Buda and Pest sections of the city. See Heroes Square, the Opera House, and the iconic Gothic Parliament Building. Then cross the river to see the old Castle District, with its Matthias Church and the turreted Fisherman's Bastion.

Choice #2 - Living Local: Join a local guide for a visit to the Grand Market and then stop at a coffee house to watch and learn how strudel is made. Enjoy a piece of delicious strudel with coffee or tea, and end your excursion with a taste of the local schnapps, called Palinka.

Choice #3 - Jewish Interest Tour: Take an extraordinary walking tour through the old Jewish Quarter. View the architecture of The Great Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Europe, which features a Moorish design with Byzantine, Romantic, and Gothic elements; and see the memorial “Tree of Life.” Continue to the “Glass House,” which served as a hiding place for thousands of Jews sheltered by Carl Lutz, the Consul of Switzerland in late 1944, and later was the center of the underground Zionist organization in Hungary. After viewing the remarkably poignant “Shoes Memorial,” you'll then visit the Páva Street Synagogue, home to the Holocaust Memorial Center.

This afternoon, enjoy time at leisure to explore on your own. The ship will remain in Budapest overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 16 — Return to the U.S.

After breakfast, depart the ship and transfer to Budapest's Ferenc Liszt International Airport for return flights to the U.S.  (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)