15 Day Classic European River Cruise

Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise

River Cruise Highlights
  • See magnificent panoramic views of Budapest from atop Fisherman's Bastion
  • Tour romantic Vienna with its legendary opulence and elegance
  • In Melk, join a guided tour of the historic Benedictine Abbey
  • Marvel at the beautiful churches and ancient stone bridges in Regensburg
  • Cruise the Main-Danube Canal, considered a marvel of modern engineering
  • Walk in Bamberg's medieval center with its 11th century Romanesque cathedral
  • View the mighty Lorelei Rock named for the siren "Lorelei" rising vertically from the waters
  • Sail on the legendary Rhine to Cologne, capital of the Rhineland
  • In Amsterdam, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals

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River Cruise Package Inlcudes:

  • 14 nights outside cabin aboard the Deluxe Monarch Empress, First Class River Ship
  • River port charges of $380 per person
  • Cruise porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 41 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners
  • Cruise director & activities host throughout cruise
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions



River Cruise Package Inlcudes:

  • Gala Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Wine and beer with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
  • Late night snack
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in public areas
  • Self-serve coffee and tea station
  • Lounge serving premium spirits
  • Daily entertainment including an on-board musician
  • Fitness center
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English by licensed guides

River Cruise Highlights



  • See magnificent panoramic views of Budapest from atop Fisherman's Bastion
  • Tour romantic Vienna with its legendary opulence and elegance
  • In Melk, join a guided tour of the historic Benedictine Abbey
  • Marvel at the beautiful churches and ancient stone bridges in Regensburg
  • Cruise the Main-Danube Canal, considered a marvel of modern engineering
  • Walk in Bamberg's medieval center with its 11th century Romanesque cathedral
  • View the mighty Lorelei Rock named for the siren "Lorelei" rising vertically from the waters
  • Sail on the legendary Rhine to Cologne, capital of the Rhineland
  • In Amsterdam, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals
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Day to Day Itinerary

DAY 1, Wednesday - Arrive in Amsterdam
Welcome to Amsterdam, Holland's sophisticated and modern capital. After arrival formalities, rest and relax on board, or begin your discovery of the many cultural sites this city has to offer. This evening, meet your Cruise Director and enjoy the Captain's Welcome Cocktail and Dinner as it sets the mood for your delightful river cruise
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Dinner

DAY 2, Thursday - Amsterdam City Tour
Today's panoramic tour of 700-year-old Amsterdam introduces you to both the old and the new sections of this city. View the Royal Palace on Amsterdam's Dam Square, the Queen's official home-away-from-home. On to the Dutch National Monument dedicated by Queen Juliana as a memorial to the victims of WWII and to the unusual Skinny Bridge, once so narrow that pedestrians could not pass each other. Then, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals for an up-close view of the stately historic homes, 16th-century warehouses and charming churches with striking bell towers. Continue exploring
Amsterdam on your own this afternoon. Rejoin the ship for dinner and set sail this evening
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Friday - Cologne City Tour
Today join a walking tour of Cologne, highlighted by the soaring twin-steeple Gothic cathedral that is the geographical and spiritual heart of the city. Known for its vibrant art scene, Cologne abounds with cafes, galleries, shops and taverns. After dinner on board, time to explore Cologne's vibrant night life before setting sail
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Saturday - Morning in Koblenz & Afternoon Cruising
The ship docks this morning in Koblenz, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Join an orientation walk this morning and free time to explore the Romanesque architecture and imposing defensive towers of this 2000-year old city. Or, join the optional tour to the dramatic Marksburg Castle, the only hill castle on the Rhine that's never been destroyed and has been continuously occupied for over 700 years. During lunch, set sail and enjoy a relaxing afternoon on board, taking in the spectacular vistas as the ship sails past castles perched on lofty cliffs, terraced vineyards and tiny villages. Pass the mighty Lorelei Rock on the eastern bank of the Rhine rising vertically from the waters, named for the siren "Lorelei" who bewitched sailors passing by
Optional: Marksburg Castle Tour
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Sunday - Miltenberg & Wertheim Walking Tours
After a leisurely morning on board, arrive in the picturesque Bavarian village of Miltenberg, a jewel on the banks of the Main River. Discover the Market Square with its Renaissance-era fountain, the Merchant Hall with its stunning Gothic architecture and the unique 14th and 15th century half-timbered houses. Continue to Wertheim by coach, a charming German town well known for its glassworks and Franconian wine. Rejoin the ship just before dinner and set sail for Wurzburg
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Monday - Wurzburg City Tour
Discovery Wurzburg, named the "Pearl of the Romantic Road," with its dramatic Marienberg fortress, 15th century bridge and lush vineyards. Your tour takes you to the ornate Bishops' Residenz Palace, a stunning example of Baroque architecture, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon, relax on aboard as the ship cruises, or join the optional tour along Germany's "Romantic Road" to Rothenburg, with its turreted city wall and impressive Gothic architecture
Optional: Rothenburg City Tour
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday - Bamberg City Tour
Today, dock in historic Bamberg, former residence of one of Germany's most powerful imperial dynasties and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin your walk in the medieval city center with its impressive 11th century Romanesque cathedral and gorgeous Rose Garden. After, view the very unusual City Hall built on a tiny island in the middle of the Regnitz River and Little Venice, an area of colorful fishermen's houses. This afternoon is free to explore Bamberg independently, before setting sail this evening while you dine on board
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - Nuremberg City Tour
Today explore Nuremberg, an energetic city with a visible history of almost one thousand years. The guided excursion visits the historic Palace of Justice where the War Crimes Tribunal met in 1946 and continues to the vibrant Market Square. After lunch on board the ship, the afternoon is free to further discover this wonderful city on your own. Stroll through the shops that fill the Old Town or walk along the fortified walls of Nuremberg Castle. In the late afternoon set sail for Regensburg
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday - Regensburg City Tour
This morning relax on board as the ship cruises the Danube River. Arrive to Regensburg in the early afternoon, one of Germany's largest and best preserved medieval cities, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The guided walking tour highlights the city's stunning architecture as you view the Old Town Hall, Dom St. Peter and the Porta Praetoria, gateway to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Marvel at beautiful churches and one of the oldest stone bridges crossing the Danube. Return to the boat or spend the afternoon at leisure discovering the delights of Regensburg on your own. Tonight, after dinner, the boat sets sail for Passau
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Friday - Morning in Passau
Dock this morning in 2500-year-old Passau, known for its pastel patrician houses, cafes, cobblestone lanes and riverfront promenade. Passau is a Bavarian town with a mix of Roman, Italian Baroque and Gothic architecture. Explore Passau on a guided walking tour in the morning, or join the optional full day tour to picturesque Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and setting for the Sound of Music. The walking tour will include some of Salzburg's most historic sites including the Mirabell Palace, the Abbey, Salzburg Cathedral, and St. Peter's Cemetery. After lunch at a local restaurant, there will be time to discover Salzburg on your own before returning to the ship. If you choose to remain onboard the ship, continue sailing during lunch and relax this afternoon. In the early evening, all passengers will rejoin the ship and continue sailing for Melk
Optional: Full Day Tour of Salzburg
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Saturday - Melk Abbey
Disembark in Melk this morning for a guided tour of the historic Benedictine Abbey, considered one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. View the Abbot's chambers, the Kaiser's walk and the lavish library. Then, return to the ship and continue cruising through the scenic Wachau Valley on the way to Vienna, the Imperial city legendary for its opulence and elegance. Tonight, perhaps take the opportunity to attend an evening of Viennese culture in the "City of Music" at an optionalconcert performance of the classical masterpieces of Mozart and Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens
Optional: Classical Viennese Concert (PM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Sunday - Vienna City Tour
This sparkling city on the Danube has captivated travelers for years with its elegant shops, world-class museums, and beautiful gardens. Drive along the famed Ringstrasse, Vienna's main boulevard lined with magnificent Baroque palaces, parks and monuments, the impressive Vienna Opera House or the Parliament building. On the walking part of the tour view the lavish Hofburg Palace, and finish at the majestic St. Stephen's Cathedral. Enjoy the afternoon at a café sampling the famous Viennese Sacher Torte, or, join the optional afternoon tour to the Imperial Schonbrunn Palace, once summer residence of the Hapsburgs. Visit the opulent baroque apartments and stroll through the world-famous manicured gardens. Set sail for Budapest this evening
Optional: Schonbrunn Palace Tour (PM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Monday - Bratislava City Tour
This morning, enjoy the tranquil scenery as you sail along the scenic Danube. At noon, arrive in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, a mix of modern and Baroque architecture. This capital city is among the youngest in Europe, yet retains a rich history dating back more than 2000 years. Walk along the cobblestone lanes of the historic town center; view St. Martin's Cathedral, coronation site of the kings of Hungary, the 13th century Old Town Hall and the Franciscan church. Time to explore this colorful city on your own before returning to the ship for dinner as you sail for stunning Budapest
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Tuesday - Budapest City Tour
During your morning tour of the city you will visit the Buda side with its castle district, as well as the Pest side with the Parliament, the City Park and the Heroes Square. Explore the city's wonderful shops and cafes this afternoon on your own. Tonight, enjoy a lavish gala dinner on board
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15, Wednesday - Depart Hungary
This morning, disembark and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 am
Meals: Breakfast

"Outstanding value!"

Mrs Petkovski

The only complaint we had was we did not have enough time to take everything in, thanks to over 3000 photos we can retrace what we did on each day.

- Jan

Thank you for all the help and advice that you gave me.
All the staff from the captain through to all the other crew members of the ms Serenity were so helpful, nothing was to much for them.

- Warren

The BEST ship, crew, entertainment, cabin EVER!!!

Lower Deck Category E Cabin

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$3,998 per person twin share

The Standard Lower Deck Cabins are on the lower deck and feature two small viewing windows.
Outside Cabin with Windows - 172 sq ft.
Flat screen TV, direct dial telephone, built-in safe, individual climate control, hairdryer


Middle Deck Category D  Cabin

$4,768 per person twin share

The Superior Category D Cabins are on the middle deck and feature panoramic and feature large sliding windows.
Outside Cabin with French Balcony - 172 sq ft.
Flat screen TV, direct dial telephone, built-in safe, individual climate control, hairdryer

Middle Deck Category C  Cabin

$5,048 per person twin share

The Deluxe Cabins are on the upper "Panorama Deck' and are the highest standard rooms aboard. These cabins offer a French balcony, wth excellent river views.
Outside Cabin with French Balcony - 172 sq ft.
Flat screen TV, direct dial telephone, built-in safe, individual climate control, hairdryer

Upper Deck Category B  Cabin

$5,610 per person twin share

The Deluxe Cabins are on the upper "Royal Deck' and are the highest standard rooms aboard the. These cabins offer a French balcony, wth excellent river views.
Outside Cabin with French Balcony - 172 sq ft.
Flat screen TV, direct dial telephone, built-in safe, individual climate control, hairdryer

Upper Deck Category A  Cabin

$5,889 per person twin share

The Deluxe Cabins are on the upper "Royal Deck' and are the highest standard rooms aboard the. These cabins offer a French balcony, wth excellent river views.
Outside Cabin with French Balcony - 172 sq ft.
Flat screen TV, direct dial telephone, built-in safe, individual climate control, hairdryer

Upper Deck Royal Suite

$6,449 per person twin share

The Royal Suites are on the upper "Royal Deck' and are the highest standard rooms aboard the. These cabins offer a French balcony, wth excellent river views.
Outside Cabin with French Balcony - 172 sq ft.
Flat screen TV, direct dial telephone, built-in safe, individual climate control, hairdryer

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Departure Dates
26 April 2020*
29 April 2020
10 May 2020
24 May 2020*
07 Jun 2020
07 Jun 2020*
21 Jun 2020
21 Jun 2020*
05 Jul 2020
05 Jul 2020*
19 Jul 2020
19 Jul 2020*
30 Aug 2020*
30 Aug 2020
27 Sep 2020
27 Sep 2020*
11 Oct 2020
11 Oct 2020*
25 Oct 2020
25 Oct 2020*
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All prices are in AUD and based on twin share - single supplements apply
*  These departures operate Budapest to Amsterdam

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