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01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Across Europe

Journey from Amsterdam to Budapest along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, passing stunning castles, picturesque vineyards and lively cities

Fly Cruise
14 nights from £3059pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Bamberg
  • Amsterdam
  • Bratislava
  • Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest
  • Cologne
  • Melk Abbey
  • Vienna
  • Nuremberg

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Save 15% on 2021 departures! Prices shown include discounts. Book by 31 Jan 2021

Across Europe Special Offer

Cruise through the heart of Europe, along three great rivers through five fascinating countries. Begin in relaxed style in Amsterdam then travel on the Rhine to the cathedral city of Cologne.

Enjoy the panoramic trip down the Upper Middle Rhine Valley with its breathtaking castles, travel through the wine-growing region around Wurzburg and marvel at the engineering wonders of the Main-Danube Canal as you traverse Europe's Continental Divide by ship.

Discover the culture and architecture of grand old capitals such as Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. Along the way, enjoy Europe's picturesque countryside, filled with quaint villages and fairy-tale castles.

L135 Operated by Amadeus River Cruises


Across Europe Itinerary

Day 1 - Amsterdam (Holland) - UK

Fly from the UK and embark your ship in Amsterdam. Enjoy a welcome cocktail with fellow guests before dinner this evening.

Day 2 - Amsterdam - Utrecht

This morning there is the option to explore Amsterdam on a city tour, followed by a canal trip to enjoy the most famous sights of the 'Venice of the North' then continuing by coach to Utrecht (forward itinerary only). On the reverse itinerary there is an optional North Holland exursion and an optional city tour of Amsterdam with canal trip and visit to a flower market. Rejoin the ship in Utrecht at midday and set sail for Cologne. Why not enjoy the passing scenery from a vantage point on the sun deck.

Day 3 - Cologne (Germany)

This morning, arrive in Cologne. Join the optional tour around the historic Old Town and iconic twin-spired cathedral in the morning. Later, perhaps learn about flora and fauna on a trip to the beautiful Siebengebirge National Park, which includes a visit to Drachenfels Castle.

Day 4 - Oberwesel

Enjoy scenic cruising through the picturesque Upper Middle Rhine Valley past the famous Lorelei Rock, before docking in Oberwesel, where there is the oportunity to take an optional guided walking tour.

Day 5 - Miltenberg - Wertheim

Miltenberg is the first stop today - join the optional guided tour around the medieval town then drive to neighbouring Wertheim with its famous glass museum. From Wertheim the ship sails to Wurzburg.

Day 6 - Wurzburg

The scenery around the Bavarian city of Wurzburg suggests its wine-growing influences, so why not join the optional walking tour of the city followed by wine tasting at Wurzburg Residenz Palace's historic wine cellar? After lunch there is the optional excursion to Rothenburg ob der Tauber (only available on reverse itinerary) and its perfectly preserved historic town centre.

Day 7 - Bamberg

Relax on board this morning and enjoy the beautiful views as the ship drifts along the river to Bamberg. In the afternoon take the optional tour of the UNESCO World Heritage city; highlights include the New Residence, the unique Town Hall built on a bridge and the Imperial Cathedral. Afterwards the ship travels through the Main-Danube canal and there is an evening talk about this important waterway.

Day 8 - Nuremberg

Explore the architecture of Nuremberg with an optional city tour followed by a visit to the romantic Old Town. Later, there is a second optional excursion to the Documentation Centre at the Nazi Party Rally Grounds where you can learn about the Nazi Regime and World II. Rejoin the ship and begin crossing the European watershed which separates the main and Danube Rivers.

Day 9 - Regensburg

This afternoon, join the optional guided tour of Regensburg, one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its stunning architecture. Highlights include the stone bridge and the Schloss of Thurn and Taxis. Enjoy an authentic Bavarian evening on board while the vessel continues to Passau.

Day 10 - Passau

Lying at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, Passau is the next port of call. An optional guided walk will explore the colourful history of the city. Admire St Stephen's Cathedral, home to one of the world's largest pipe organs, and discover the soaring fortress Veste Oberhaus which dominates the town. Rejoin the ship and cruise towards the Wachau Valley.

Day 11 - Melk/Emmersdorf - Durnstein

The ship docks in the early morning in the heart of the UNESCO-protected cultural heritage landscape of Wachau. This is the starting point for the optional excursion to the magnificent Melk Abbey, one of the most impressive monastery buildings in the world with an amazing view over the Danube valley. The ship continues on to reach Durnstein in the afternoon. This is the most famous wine-growing town in the region and the optional excursion takes in a walk round the town as well as a wine-tasting session. The ship arrives in Vienna early evening and there is an optional "Sound of Vienna" concert.

Day 12 - Vienna

The elegant city of Vienna is one of the jewels of Central Europe. There are two optional tours today - a morning city tour exploring the most well known monuments and magnificent buildings and an afternoon excursion to the majestic Schonbrunn Palace with its impressive gardens.

Day 13 - Bratislava (Slovakia)

Visit some of the main sights of Bratislava on an optional city tour that includes St Martin's Cathedral, the baroque city palaces and the magnificent Bratislava Castle. After lunching on board why not try the optional excursion to the Imperial Schlosshof Palace, Austria's largest rural castle. Rounding off the day in style, there is the exclusive Captain's Gala Dinner on board this evening.

Day 14 - Budapest (Hungary)

The Hungarian capital of Budapest provides the grand finale to the trip. This morning, perhaps take the optional city tour showcasing the city's impressive buildings, including the Hungarian Parliament and Fisherman's Bastion. This afternoon, there is an optional excursion to the Royal Palace of Godollo. On board this evening, there is a Hungarian folklore show and a romantic evening cruise through the 'Paris of the East'.

Day 15 - Budapest - UK

Disembarkation follows breakfast then transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. Please note 3 May departure is a special 'Rhine in Flames' theme cruise - there will be slight changes to the itinerary and excursion packages, please contact us for details

Price Includes

  • 14-night full board cruise
  • Return flights from the UK and overseas transfers
  • Complimentary wine, draft beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • Tea and coffee available all day
  • Complimentary bottled water in cabin replenished daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Wireless AMADEUS Audio System for all excursions
  • Cocktail reception, welcome dinner and gala dinner
  • Complimentary bicycles on board
  • Port taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Excursions
  • Travel insurance

Additional Information

  • Optional excursions:
  • City tour of Amsterdam with canal cruise - 2020: £50pp 2021: £53pp
  • City walk round Cologne - 2020: £20pp 2021: £21pp
  • Excursion to the National Park Siebengebirge with Dragon Rock - 2020: £53pp 2021: £55pp
  • Walking tour of Oberwesel - 2020: £15pp 2021: £16pp
  • City walk round Miltenberg and Wertheim - 2020: £32pp 2021: £33pp
  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber (reverse itinerary only) -2020: £29pp 2021: £30pp
  • City walk round Wurzburg including wine tasting - 2020: £45pp 2021: £47pp
  • City walk round Bamberg - 2020: £22pp 2021: £23pp
  • City tour of Nuremberg - 2020: £34pp 2021: £35pp
  • Visit to Nuremberg Documentation Centre (WWII) - 2020: £22pp 2021: £44pp
  • City walk round Regensburg - 2020: £15pp 2021: £16pp
  • City walk round Passau - 2020: £15pp 2021: £16pp
  • Excursion to Melk Abbey - 2020: £40pp 2021: £41pp
  • City walk round Durnstein with wine tasting - 2020: £21pp 2021: £22pp
  • City tour of Vienna - 2020: £30pp 2021: £31pp
  • Visit to Schonbrunn Castle - 2020: £40pp 2021: £43pp
  • Sound of Vienna concert - 2020: £49pp 2021: £50pp
  • City tour of Bratislava - 2020: £29pp 2021: £30pp
  • Imperial Schlosshof Palace - 2020: £40pp 2021: £46pp
  • City tour of Budapest - 2020: £29pp 2021: £30pp
  • Excursion to Castle Godollo - 2020: £40pp 2021: £40pp
  • Save 15% on excursion packages - £230pp

2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • May
    • May 4th - Amsterdam to Budapest - Sailing on: Amadeus Queen From: £3059
      C-4 Window Cabin C-1 Window Cabin B-4 French Balcony B-1 French Balcony A-1 French Balcony Suite Balcony Cabin
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  • August
    • Aug 26th - Budapest to Amsterdam - Sailing on: Amadeus Cara From: £3059
      Cat C-4 Cat C-1 Cat B-4 Cat B-1 Cat A-1 Suite
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Price Information

  • Single supplements are also available on request
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