Explore historic cities, charming river towns, and the scenic landscapes of the Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers on this delightful Fall cruise. Enjoy plenty of opportunities 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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 The picturesque town of Bamberg  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  Hilltop medieval castle overlooking the Rhine River near Oberwesel  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  Bikes along the canal, Amsterdam

Voyage Through Europe

From Budapest to Amsterdam 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 delightful Fall cruise. Enjoy plenty of opportunities 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

Special Air Rates & Services: As part of our special air program, FlexAir, available with this tour, you can choose from a wide variety of flight options. View Special Air Rates/Services to learn more.

Explore the cultural landscapes of five countries situated along three legendary rivers on this cruise, featuring a choice of excursions and many World Heritage sites.

Highlights Include

  • Hungary: In Budapest, situated along the Danube River, explore the city’s highlights, Jewish heritage, or cuisine.
  • Slovakia: Given Bratislava’s associations with famous composers, choose a tour featuring the city’s musical heritage or its medieval architecture or Castle Hill.
  • Austria: Arriving in elegant Vienna, tour Hofburg Palace, Schönbrunn Palace, or Klosterneuburg Monastery. In Dürnstein, enjoy a walking tour, a bicycle ride along the river, or a tour and tasting at a local winery. Cruise along the beautiful Wachau Valley and stop at the Benedictine abbey at Melk.
  • Germany: Continue along the Danube to lovely Passau and Regensburg, and stop in Nuremberg, known for its associations with World War II. Then cruise the Main River and stop in Bavarian Bamberg and the medieval towns of Würzburg and Miltenberg. Gaze upon hilltop castles as you sail through the breathtaking Rhine Gorge and enjoy walking tours in Koblenz and Cologne.
  • The Netherlands: In charming, canal-laced Amsterdam take a tour of the Rijksmuseum, a walking tour of the Herengracht canal district, or a picturesque bicycle ride north of the city.

Activity Level 2: Moderate

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.

Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 — Depart the U.S. / Arrive in Budapest, Hungary

Depart the U.S. for Budapest, Hungary on overnight transatlantic flights. After an early morning flight arrival at Budapest’s Ferenc Liszt International Airport, transfer to the Amadeus Silver II. Luggage will be expedited to traveler’s cabins. A Smithsonian Journeys Travel Director will be available to assist with information and planning independent activities. After settling in, the balance of the day offers time at leisure. This evening, join the captain for a welcome reception and dinner aboard the ship. (R,D)

Day 3 — Budapest

Personalize your Budapest stay with a choice of tours ashore:

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

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 strudel with coffee or tea, and end the excursion with a taste of the local schnapps called Palinka.

Choice #3 – Jewish Interest Tour: Take an extraordinary walk through the old Jewish Quarter to visit the Great Synagogue and the Tree of Life. Continue to the Glass-House, a remarkable place that served as a hiding place for thousands of Jews sheltered by Carl Lutz, the Consul of Switzerland in late 1944. Later, it was the center of the underground Zionist organization in Hungary. See the exceptionally poignant Shoes Memorial, located on the banks of the Danube. It is a memorial to Jews, shot by Hungarian fascists, who fell into the Danube River in the winter of 1944-45 leaving only their shoes behind. The tour includes a visit to the Páva Street Synagogue and the Holocaust Memorial Center.

Follow your own path, and explore on your own this afternoon. Seeing the lights of Budapest at night is a remarkable travel experience. After dinner, the ship will depart and cruise past the illuminated Parliament Building, Buda Castle, and under Chain Bridge for a memorable departure from Budapest. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Bratislava

Enjoy a leisurely morning cruising to Bratislava. Join your Smithsonian Journeys Expert for an engaging presentation. After lunch, an expert local speaker will talk about Slovakia’s Velvet Revolution. Later, there is a choice of tours ashore.

Choice #1 – Bratislava and Pastry Tasting: Bratislava, the capital of the 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 at a famous café and see 17th-century frescoes depicting scenes from the city’s rich past. Learn how their pastry is made and sample one with coffee.

Choice #2 – Walking Tour and 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 local musical performance is planned, featuring young talent.

Choice #3 – Castle Hill and Beer Tasting: Explore former Pressburg, as Bratislava was once known, with a tour of the Castle, the former Royal Residence and enjoy 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, gather with your Smithsonian Journeys Expert in the Travelers Corner for an informal discussion about the day’s discoveries (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Vienna

Start the day with a talk by a local speaker about the history of Vienna. Choose one of the shore excursions being offered this afternoon.

Choice #1 – Imperial Vienna: The historic city center of Vienna is designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Visit the Imperial Apartments of the opulent Hofburg Palace. Drive along the Ringstrasse, one of the most famous avenues in Europe. See the University, one of the oldest in Europe; the City Hall; the Burgtheater; Houses of Parliament and the State Museums. Drive past monuments to Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. See the Musikverein, home of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Staatsoper, of the most revered opera houses in the world.

Choice #2 – Art and Wine: Of all the Austrian monasteries, the Klosterneuburg Monastery showcases great medieval and baroque art treasures as well as fascinating artifacts in the monastery’s treasury. After 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 UNESCO World Heritage site, and 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 leisure afternoon. Shuttle buses will operate between the ship and the city center throughout the afternoon and evening. After dinner, attend a charming waltz performance and lesson accompanied by a classical trio. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Dürnstein / Melk

Early today, the ship will sail through the magnificent Wachau Valley, a 25-mile valley defined by the Danube River. It is thought the valley was home to prehistoric people and today, you’ll find remarkable vineyards, villages, churches and vintage castles. Today, you’ll have a choice of shore tours.

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 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 along the Danube and enjoy a wine and snack break along the way in Weissenkirchen.

Choice #3 – Winery Visit: Join an excursion to visit a local winery. Sample some of the wines produced in the Wachau Valley.

This afternoon an excursion will take you to explore 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. Later, spend some time exploring the historic town of Melk. In the late afternoon, join fellow travelers and your Smithsonian Journeys Expert for informal conversation in the Travelers Corner. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Passau

After breakfast, attend an educational presentation by your Smithsonian Journeys Expert. In the late morning, depart the ship for a walking tour of Passau. See the Gothic Town Hall, the residences of the Prince-Bishops, the former Niedernburg Abbey, and the Holy Cross Church. The tour ends at the Residenzplatz with its elegant old patrician homes and St. Stephen’s Church where you’ll see the world’s largest church organ. The afternoon is free of planned activities so that you can explore on your own. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Regensburg

The day begins with an engaging presentation by your Smithsonian Journeys Expert. Afterward, there’s a choice of tours ashore.

Choice #1 – Historic Regensburg Walk: The city is wonderfully preserved and is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Join a walking tour that will showcase the old Roman Tower and the Roman Gate. The 12th-century Stone Bridge is a great example of medieval engineering. See 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.

Choice #2 – The Fast Lane: Travel to the Regensburg BMW Factory for a tour of the facility that employs 9,000 workers and produces 1,100 autos per day.

Later, the ship will depart Regensburg and enter the fascinating Main-Danube Canal commissioned by Emperor Charlemagne and finished in 1992. Get together with your Smithsonian Journeys Expert in the Travelers Corner for lively conversation. (B,L,D)

Day 9 — Nuremberg

Early this morning, the ship will arrive in the famous city of Nuremberg where there’s a choice of interesting shore-side excursions.

Choice #1 – Nuremberg Sightseeing: In Nuremberg, 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 WWII historical tour of Nuremberg including a visit to Documentation Center that 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 before continuing to see nearby countryside villages.

After lunch, a shuttle will provide service to and from Nuremberg city center. Dinner will be served aboard the ship. (B,L,D)

Day 10 — Bamberg

Early this morning the 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 the 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 to visit the town’s bakery, butcher, deli, and candy store to 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 the unique smoked beer!

The afternoon will be spent leisurely cruising on the Rhine. Join your Smithsonian Journeys Expert for a fascinating presentation. (B,L,D)

Day 11 — Würzburg

Begin exploring after breakfast with a tour of the Würzburg Residence, one of Europe’s finest Baroque palaces. Later there is 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, there’s free time before the ship departs for Miltenberg. Join fellow travelers and your Smithsonian Journeys Expert in the Travelers Corner for an exchange of ideas and experiences. (B,L,D)

Day 12 — Miltenberg

Spend the morning at leisure cruising toward Miltenberg. After lunch, the ship will dock and you’ll be able to join a walking tour of this charming river town. During the tour, pass the Market Square and a 16th-century fountain and half-timbered houses that make this one of the most photographed places 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 liqueur in the 15th-century vaulted cellar. In the late afternoon, the ship will sail on the Main River toward Koblenz. Admire the rolling hills, thick forests, and lovely riverside villages. (B,L,D)

Day 13 — Koblenz

This morning, the ship will take you through the picturesque Rhine Gorge, so be on deck and on the lookout for ancient hilltop castles, riverside towns, and villages. While cruising, enjoy Frühschoppen, a mid-morning German tradition of drinking beer with pretzels, sausage, and mustard. Marvel at the remarkable scenery and the Lorelei Rock made famous in a German fable. After arrival, there’s a fascinating walking tour of Koblenz. The city was once a Roman outpost located at the strategic confluence of the Mosel and Rhine Rivers. You’ll stroll 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, that today houses the Municipal Archives and Library. Continue to the Old Merchant’s Hall, home to the Middle Rhineland Museum. See the German Corner with its monument to Emperor Wilhelm II. Later, Get together in the Smithsonian Journeys Traveler’s Corner with your Smithsonian Expert for an informal discussion on the day’s activities. (B,L,D)

Day 14 — Cologne

After breakfast, depart the ship for a walking tour of Cologne. This medieval city showcases lovely Patrician Houses and quaint cobblestone streets and alleyways. Discover the World Heritage site of Kölner Dom, the world-famous cathedral that survived the ravages of WWII. It is one of the largest Gothic structures in the world. This evening, you’re invited to a farewell reception and dinner. (B,L,R,D)

Day 15 — Amsterdam

Begin the day with a talk by a local speaker on contemporary Holland and its place in Europe today. This morning there’s a choice of fascinating 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. Tour the magnificent Rijksmuseum showcasing a collection of Dutch Masters including Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Frans Hals.

Choice #2 – Waterland Bicycle Hike: 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. Additionally, there are small villages and many officially registered historic sites. After the ride, there’s time for refreshments in the village of Broek.

Choice #3Canal 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 and 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 the Amsterdam canal district was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Lunch will be served aboard ship and the balance of the afternoon is free of planned activities. This evening, board a sightseeing boat for an early evening cruise through the fabled canals of Amsterdam. Glide under lighted bridges and see picturesque canal houses and the unique architecture that makes Amsterdam a charming favorite. (B,L,D)

Day 16 — Return to the U.S.

After breakfast, depart the ship and transfer to Amsterdam’s Schiphol International Airport for return flights to the U.S. (B)

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