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From Amsterdam to the Black Sea

A 23 night river cruise across Europe aboard the MS Amadeus Symphony

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Join us aboard the MS Amadeus Symphony on this ultimate European journey, a truly fascinating voyage along the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers all the way from Amsterdam to the Black Sea. Our elegant floating hotel carries you through historical and cultural delights as we traverse eight countries and travel more than 2200 miles over the course of 23 nights.

We have chartered the MS Amadeus Symphony for our voyages which will transport you in considerable comfort between great cities, towns and villages. This is the perfect trip for those who enjoy seeing something new every day as we sail past ever changing landscapes whilst the slow speed of the vessel allows you to absorb the views of town and country.

If you have never experienced a river journey it is difficult to explain the sheer pleasure that comes from travelling across Europe observing everyday life on the banks of the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. You can let the world slip by as you relax on the Sun Deck or in the Lounge and delight in awe-inspiring panoramic views of the passing scenery. Guided excursions with excellent local guides and interesting talks by our Guest Speaker will create an enjoyable, informative and lively atmosphere on board as we sail along the European waterways.

Each port of call has its own unique character waiting to be discovered whilst on one of our guided excursions. From historic locations to iconic buildings, our itinerary is brimming with highlights including the grand cities of Vienna and Budapest, picturesque towns along the Rhine including Miltenberg and Rudesheim and the scenic beauty of the Rhine Gorge as we cruise through the spectacular Iron Gates.

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Amadeus Symphony

Amadeus Symphony

The 144 passenger MS Amadeus Symphony was launched in 2003 and refurbished in 2014. Whilst on board you will be looked after by the crew and our team of experienced staff who will ensure your time is relaxing, enjoyable and informative. Let the world slip by as you relax on the Sun Deck or in the Lounge, delight in panoramic views of the passing scenery or indulge in the delicious cuisine that shall be freshly prepared for you each day. The added inclusion of drinks with lunch and dinner, as well as all gratuities, makes for all-round ease and enjoyment.

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Day 1 - London/Manchester/Birmingham/Bristol/Edinburgh to Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Fly by scheduled flight. On arrival transfer to the MS Amadeus Symphony. Moor overnight in Amsterdam.

Day 2 - Amsterdam.

Enjoy your first morning of this cruise in the delightful city of Amsterdam. There is a choice of two excursions today, either a visit to the famous Van Gogh Museum, which holds the world’s largest collection of the master’s work, or explore this wonderful city by canal cruise, whilst ensuring we visit one of Amsterdam’s magical flower displays. Should you prefer, you are free to explore Amsterdam independently. Later today we will sail to Cologne. Enjoy Welcome Drinks and Dinner on board this evening.

Day 3 - Cologne, Germany.

After spending our morning cruising the Rhine we arrive into Cologne. Our tour of this famous town will include its renowned cathedral and the Wallraf-Richartz Museum, housing a gallery that includes a collection of fine art from the Medieval period to the early 20th century. Sail this evening.

Day 4 - Koblenz and Rudesheim.

Arrive in Koblenz for a walking tour of this historic commercial centre. After lunch continue through the dramatic Rhine Gorge to Rudesheim, passing romantic castles, lush vineyards and the infamous Lorelei rock. In Rudesheim, enjoy a tour of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, housing 350 self-playing musical instruments.

Day 5 - Mannheim to Heidelberg.

From our mooring in Mannheim, we will make our way to Heidelberg. From here we will enjoy a half day tour of this charming town including a visit to its famous castle, whose ruins are arguably some of the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. Return to our vessel and continue sailing.

Day 6 - Miltenberg and Wertheim.

This morning on a walking tour, see the pretty Franconian town of Miltenberg, known for its half-timbered Medieval houses. Included in our tour will be a tasting of some local beer before returning to our vessel and sailing. Once in Wertheim, we will have an afternoon walking tour of this picturesque town. Return to the vessel for dinner.

Day 7 - Wurzburg.

Arrive this morning in historic Wurzburg. Our tour of this lovely town includes the magnificent Prince Bishop’s Residenz Palace. Return to the vessel and set sail for Bamberg.

Day 8 - Bamberg.

This morning, enter the Main-Danube Canal at Bamberg, one of Germany’s most beautiful and historic towns. There will be ample time to tour and explore this Bavarian municipality, whose centre has been awarded UNESCO world heritage status.

Day 9 - Nuremberg.

The city of Nuremberg’s long and sometimes troubled history has left its mark on the city and there will be plenty to discover during our tour. Visit the World War II sites, including the Reich Party Rally Grounds. Discover the city’s spectacular Medieval architecture, including the 900 year-old ramparts that surround the city, the courts of justice and more. On returning to the vessel, continue cruising through the highest point of any commercial waterway in Europe, 1331 feet above sea level.

Day 10 - Regensburg.

Today we enter the Danube River and arrive at the historic town of Regensburg. During our guided tour we will see highlights such as the Old Town Hall, the World Heritage listed city centre and the Romanesque Porta Praetoria. We will then be entertained by the local Domspatzen Quartet with a concert in one of the local churches.

Day 11 - Passau.

Arrive this morning in Passau, where the Inn and Ilz rivers join the Danube. Our guided walking tour will include the old town of this Bavarian city and the breathtaking Cathedral of St Stephan which contains one of the world’s largest church pipe organs. Enjoy an organ recital before returning to the vessel for lunch. The afternoon is at leisure in Passau before we cruise to Austria this evening.

Day 12 - Melk and Wachau Valley to Vienna, Austria.

Today, we will enter the stunning Wachau Valley. Our vessel will moor in Melk under the shadow of the great Baroque Abbey, situated on a cliff high above the Danube. Enjoy a guided tour of the Abbey. We will then join our vessel once again and continue sailing through the Wachau to Durnstein, where King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned. Here we will have a further guided tour, followed by time at leisure. This evening sail to Vienna.

Day 13 - Vienna.

A morning city tour of Austria’s elegant capital will take us around the famous Ringstrasse and the Old Quarter including St Stephan’s Cathedral. Return to the MS Amadeus Symphony for lunch and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Optional evening performances ashore will be arranged at either the Vienna State Opera or Volksopera.
For those attending, an early supper will be arranged on board and a late evening snack offered on your return to the vessel.

Day 14 - Vienna.

This morning depart for a visit to the wonderful Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens, the favourite summer residence of Maria Theresa. This afternoon you will have time at leisure to explore this grand city independently or enjoy free time on board.

Day 15 - Bratislava, Slovakia.

Arrive this morning in the Slovak capital of Bratislava. Join a guided walking tour of the city, previously known as Pressburg, a former capital of Hungary. See the Old Quarter, the ornate Baroque Palace and the ancient city gates. We will then cruise to Budapest, arriving late in the evening. Moor overnight.

Day 16 - Budapest, Hungary.

Today will be devoted to Hungary’s elegant capital. Spend the morning on a guided excursion that will include the Old Quarter, the Matthias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion. This afternoon will be at leisure before we depart from our mooring this evening and sail along Budapest’s riverfront viewing the city in all its illuminated glory.

Day 17 - Kalocsa.

Arrive this morning in charming Kalocsa, renowned for its paprika production. A tour of the Puszta district will include the town, followed by a spectacular display of Hungarian horsemanship at the Bakodpuszta Equestrian Centre. Cruise to Mohacs this afternoon and moor overnight.

Day 18 - Pecs.

Depart on a morning’s excursion to Pecs. Lying between the Danube and Drava Rivers in southern Hungary, the historic city of Pecs enjoys a fine position on the slopes of the Mecsek Hills. Our excursion will feature the sites associated with the city’s Roman Ottoman Hapsburg past. Return to the ship in Mohacs and enjoy an afternoon cruising.

Day 19 - Belgrade, Serbia.

A half day tour highlights the city’s main attractions, including the Kalemegdan fortress as it looms over the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, Saint Sava Cathedral, being the largest Orthodox Church in the world and finally, Tito’s memorial. This evening, enjoy a Folklore performance.

Day 20 - Cruising through the Iron Gates.

Today the scenery becomes truly spectacular as we cruise through the Iron Gates, a narrow Danube gorge between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains.

Day 21 - Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria.

From Svistov, drive to Veliko Tarnovo, the capital of the second Bulgarian Kingdom from 1187 to 1393. The city formed a natural fortress, located on three hills surrounding the Yantra River. A palace, fortifications and churches were built into the terrain. Across the river, ancient stone houses seemingly perched on top of each other rise up the steep riverbank. After lunch in a local restaurant, rejoin the ship in Rousse and sail in the late evening.

Day 22 - Constanta, Romania.

Our vessel will arrive into Cernavoda at the entrance to the Black Sea Canal. Drive to nearby Constanta, a popular resort city. Its colourful history dates back to ancient Greek and Roman times and, on a guided tour, we will see the city’s Museum of National History and Archaeology and its famous Roman mosaic. Return to the vessel and set sail along the snaking Danube as we make our way to the Black Sea.

Day 23 - The Black Sea & Tulcea.

Awake early today to experience sunrise over the Black Sea. Weather conditions permitting, we hope to make a short cruise into the Black Sea proper, with a good chance of spotting birdlife. Later we cruise to Tulcea, situated at the entrance to the Danube Delta and enjoy an afternoon boat trip into the delta wetlands. Tonight join your fellow travellers for the Gala Farewell Dinner.

Day 24 - Bucharest to London/Manchester/Birmingham/Bristol/ Edinburgh.

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport (approximately 3 hours drive) for your return scheduled flight to the UK.

Dates and Prices

Prices per person based on double occupancy
10 June 2017 to 3 July 2017 • 28 August 2017 to 20 September 2017
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
Category C £5595 £5195
Category B £5895 £5495
Category A £6395 £5995
Amadeus Suite £6995 £6595
Category C – for sole use £5595 £5195
Category B – for sole use £5895 £5495

Tour Reference Code: RCAS100617/RCAS280817

Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 23 nights aboard the MS Amadeus Symphony on full board basis, house wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, shore excursions as described, gratuities, Guest Speaker, Cruise Director, Tour Manager, transfers, port taxes, airport taxes.

Not Included: Travel Insurance, optional evening performance in Vienna.


Amadeus Symphony

The 144 passenger MS Amadeus Symphony was launched in 2003 and refurbished in 2014. Whilst on board you will be looked after by the crew and our team of experienced staff who will ensure your time is relaxing, enjoyable and informative. Let the world slip by as you relax on the Sun Deck or in the Lounge, delight in panoramic views of the passing scenery or indulge in the delicious cuisine that shall be freshly prepared for you each day. The added inclusion of drinks with lunch and dinner, as well as all gratuities, makes for all-round ease and enjoyment.

  • MS Amadeus Symphony
    MS Amadeus Symphony
  • Sun Deck
    Sun Deck
  • Club
  • Bar
  • Mozart Deck stateroom
    Mozart Deck stateroom
  • Your Cabin / Suite

    The MS Amadeus Symphony has 72 cabins which range in size from 15 square metres for the Stateroom cabins to 22 square metres for the Suites. Cabins are fitted with all the mod-cons one would expect to ensure a relaxing and comfortable voyage throughout; en-suite facilities with a shower and hairdryer, individual climate control, flat screen television, generous closet space and choice of bed configuration. The Suites also feature a mini-bar, bathtubs and bathrobes. Cabins on the Mozart Deck include floor to ceiling glass doors leading on to a French Balcony and Staterooms on the Strauss and Haydn Decks have panoramic windows.

  • Your Space

    Spread over four decks, the ship’s public spaces are comfortable and elegantly decorated. There is a delightful dining room which accommodates all guests in one sitting. The Amadeus Club and Panorama Bar are excellent spaces for relaxation and there is also gift shop, hair salon and fitness room on board. In favourable weather, the Sun Deck and Lido Bar are the perfect place to observe the banks of the majestic rivers and for those in need of a little pampering, you can arrange a visit to the ship’s massage room for some further relaxation and respite.

  • Your Dining

    Meals are taken in the MS Amadeus Symphony’s single sitting restaurant located on the Mozart Deck. The restaurant seats all passengers in an open seat arrangement and the experienced chefs serve fresh, local ingredients, focusing on both international and local specialties. Mornings feature a full buffet breakfast whilst lunches are part served and part buffet. Dinners are served and will likely include a choice of fresh fish and meats. Vegetarian dishes are of course available and special dietary needs can be met with advance notice. Complimentary wine, beers and soft drinks are included at lunch and dinner.

  • Life Onboard

    The ship is comfortable with a convivial and informal atmosphere on board. The friendly crew will do their utmost to ensure your stay is enjoyable, informative and agreeable throughout. A daily briefing by the Cruise Director will provide you with information on the next day’s activities and expert English speaking guides will accompany you on the excursions. In addition, you will be accompanied by a Guest Speaker who will provide entertaining and informative talks.

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Onboard Team

  • Martyn Rady

    Prof Martyn Rady

    Martyn Rady is Professor of Central European History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, a part of University College London. He has written books on German, Hungarian and Romanian history, and has edited and translated some of the leading texts for the history of Hungary – most recently the earliest Hungarian chronicle, written in Latin about the year 1200, and an eye-witness account of the Mongol invasion of Hungary in 1241. He has broadcast extensively on television and radio, discussing subjects ranging from contemporary politics in Central Europe to vampirism and the history of the Habsburg Monarchy.  

    Prof Martyn Rady will be on the following tour dates: 10 June 2017 to 3 July 2017
  • Caroline Biggs

    Caroline Biggs

    Caroline, who is based in Bournemouth, has been working in travel most of her life. After several years as a Chief Purser for Swan Hellenic she joined the Excursion Team escorting excursions and land tours worldwide.

    During her time at sea she has sailed with Windstar Cruises, Swan Hellenic and Hebridean Island Cruises.  More recently she has broadened her experience as a Tour Manager on European River Cruises. Caroline joined the team of Noble Caledonian Tour Managers in September 2015.

    When she is not working on cruise ships Caroline is involved in charity work, escorting small groups on expeditions.  This highlights Caroline’s passion for experiencing new and exciting destinations and cultures. Her most recent voluntary expedition was escorting a school group to Uganda, assisting at local schools for underprivileged children.

    Amongst her favourite destinations are Machu Picchu, the Philippines and Vietnam.

    Caroline Biggs will be on the following tour dates: 28 August 2017 to 20 September 2017

Tour Extensions

    • 03-06 July and 20-23 September 2017

      Bucharest, in southern Romania, is known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, glorious Belle Époque buildings and a reputation for the high life (which in the 1900s earned its nickname of "Little Paris"). During our stay in this dynamic and fascinating capital, we will visit its most iconic structure, the massive, communist-era Parliament Palace, which has 1,100 rooms, as well as other highlights such as “Old Bucharest” in the nearby historic Lipscani district. We will also spend a day outside of the city to visit the mysterious Snagov Monastery – situated north of Bucharest on an island in the middle of Snagov Lake, and said to be the burial place of the Prince of Wallachia, Vlad Tepes III, a folk hero in Romania - revered for his leadership and fierce protection of his subjects in the north and south of the Danube. It is believed that Vlad's decapitated body was found in the woods around Bucharest by the monks of the Snagov monastery and brought here to be buried.  We will also visit Mogosoaia Palace, with its notable architectural influences from the Venetian and Ottoman eras.  Your accommodation will be at the 4-star Park Inn by Radisson, a comfortable and centrally located hotel which is ideal for our tours and individual exploration.

      Romanian Athenaeum, Bucharest Romanian Athenaeum, Bucharest

      Day 1     Cernavoda–Bucharest

      Disembark the ship in Cernavoda and transfer to Bucharest (approx. 3 hours). On arrival there will be a panoramic city tour of the city’s highlights, including the National Theatre, the University Square, the Romanian Athenaeum, the National Art Museum, the Opera House, the Military Academy, the Arch of Triumph, Victory Avenue, and the Free Press House. Afterwards we will relax over lunch at the Phoenicia Restaurant.  Continue on to your 4 star hotel, the Park Inn by Radisson for a 3 night stay on bed & breakfast basis. Relax this afternoon and tonight join your fellow travellers in the hotel restaurant for a welcome drink and dinner.

      Day 2     Discover Bucharest

      After breakfast at your hotel we set off for a visit to the Parliament Palace, the second largest administrative building in the world at 3.77 million square feet. This gargantuan construction is Ceausescu’s most infamous creation, and makes for a fascinating tour.  After our tour we will have lunch in “Carul cu Bere”, Bucharest’s oldest beer house, with its colourful belle epoque interior, stained-glass windows and classic Romanian fare. This afternoon enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town, including a visit to Stravropoleos Church, Lipscani Lane, Manuc’s Inn and the Old Princely Court. The remainder of the day and evening will be at leisure, and dinner is under your own arrangements this evening.

      Day 3     Bucharest - Snagov - Mogosoaia (100 Km)

      After breakfast at your hotel, depart for our visit to Snagov Monastery.  This monastery was founded in 1408 by Mircea the Elder, Vlad Dracul’s grandfather.  Vlad, also known as Vlad Tepes is the historical character on whom Bram Stoker's book Dracula is based, and is said to be buried here by the monks in 1476.  Afterwards lunch will be in a local restaurant, and this afternoon we continue on to visit Mogosoaia Palace, built in the 17th century in the Romanian Renaissance style. Return to Bucharest for an evening at leisure. Dinner will be under your own arrangements tonight.

      Day 4     Bucharest to London / UK

      Breakfast at your hotel, after which you will have free time to relax, sightsee or shop at leisure before you depart this afternoon back to the UK.

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      Twin £395
      Single £495

      Included:  3 nights accommodation at the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel on bed & breakfast basis, dinner & welcome drink on Day 1, lunch on Days 2 & 3, drinks with included meals (wine/beer/soft drinks), all sightseeing and entrances as described, transfers, services of a local English speaking guide throughout. 

      Not included:  dinners on Days 2 and 3, lunch on Day 4, travel insurance, items of a personal nature (laundry, drinks etc).

      NB: Minimum numbers required to operate.

Tour Highlights

Visit the wonderful Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam
See beautiful chocolate box towns and villages along the river
Visit the grand cities of Vienna and Budapest
Organ recital in Passau
Beautiful evening sailing of Budapest
Spectacular sailing through the Iron Gates
Travelling through eight countries, 2200 miles and unpack only once

River Guides

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    • Dutch Waterways

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    • Danube

    More than any other river in the world, the Danube will always conjure thoughts of music. The Danube rises in the Black Forest of Germany and reaches its end in the Black Sea, passing through four capital cities on its way (more than any other river in the world) and ten countries – Romania, Hungary, Serbia, Austria, Germany, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Croatia, Ukraine and Moldova. It has many tributaries, some important rivers themselves. The Danube is all about high culture and the historic cities that appear in close succession along its banks.

    Vienna, for instance, is a jewel. Its Ring created by Franz Joseph in the 1860s is a parade of imperial magnificence, opera house after university, palace after cathedral, interspersed with shaded gardens designed for outdoor summer concerts. Yet this is a city centre small enough to walk around easily – though you can take a tour in a horse-drawn carriage. Must-sees include the Hofburg and the Schonbrunn but if you might want to try a must-do, go to the Music House where you can virtually conduct the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on screen – if you get to the end, the orchestra stands up and applauds you!

    Bratislava is a tiny city dominated by its castle on the hill and a historic gem. The Old Town is completely pedestrianized which makes for pleasant walking. Besides the Gothic Cathedral and an exquisitely pretty Old Town Hall, look out for the humorous statues – the Good Soldier Schweik’s head emerging from a manhole on the street for instance. Budapest is a city of two halves. Buda is hilly and wooded with Gothic houses and cobbled streets. Pest is all grand boulevards and Baroque buildings including a jewel of an opera house. For music lovers, there are museums to Liszt and Bartok and plenty of concerts on offer. And for everyone there are breath-taking views from the Fisherman’s Bastion perched high above the city where, in the sunshine, the Danube turns a perfect blue.

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    • River Main

    The Main is one of the most important tributaries of the River Rhine and is formed by the joining of its two headstreams, the Red Main and the White Main near Kulmbach. The former rises in the Jura Mountains, the latter in the Fichtelgebirge mountains. The Main then flows through the German states of Bavaria, Baden-Wurttemberg and Hesse and it is navigable from Mainz to Bamberg. It is connected to the Danube via the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal and this waterway, some 2200 miles (3500km) long connects the North Sea to the Black Sea. It is often seen as the dividing line between northern and southern Germany, with the Catholic part of the country extending from its southern banks.

    Along the Main’s river banks are vineyards and farms and forested mountain ranges. This is a river that flows, too, through several important cities including Frankfurt, Wurzburg, Karlstadt, as well as many pretty smaller towns with red-roofed houses and graceful bridges. Wurzburg is a centre of the German wine trade and its architecture has been restored so beautifully that its Baroque bishop’s palace, with its gardens and squares and frescoes by Tiepolo, has become a UNESCO World Heritage site. Aschaffenburg is a typical Bavarian town surrounded by the forests of the Spessart mountains with a Renaissance castle and just 20 miles (30km) from Frankfurt. One of Germany’s most ancient cities, Frankfurt is now an important commercial centre – this was where the Rothschild family built its banking empire. It is also, of course, the place you’ll find those excellent sausages known as frankfurters.

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    • Castle Katz in the Rhine Valley

    Together with the Danube, the Rhine was the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire and was then an important commercial waterway. It has remained so throughout history and is now the busiest river in Europe. It is also one of the longest rivers in the world – 766 miles (1232km). It has a dual source in Switzerland – Vorderrhein (or Anterior Rhine) from Lake Toma and Hinterrhein (or Posterior Rhine) from the Paradies Glacier near the Rheinwaldhorn. From Switzerland, it flows through Liechtenstein and into Austria as the Alpenhein (or Alpine Rhine). This section of the river empties into lake Constance and through the Rhine Falls (the second largest waterfall in Europe), after which it is swollen to double its previous size by the River Aar. It continues into Germany and is joined by such major tributaries as the Main and Moselle. The Middle Rhine flows through the Rhine Gorge – a UNESCO world heritage site, noted for its beautiful castles, picturesque towns and vineyards. The Lower Rhine passes through a number of important cities including Cologne, Dusseldorf and the Ruhr area – the largest conurbation in Germany.

    The Rhine turns west into the Netherlands and splits into three – the Waal, Nederrjin and Ijssel. It eventually merges with two more rivers to form the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta emptying at various points into the North Sea. Canals connect the Rhine with cities and waterways across Europe. The Rhine was of major strategic importance to the Romans who stationed garrisons along its banks. The river was throughout history a natural border between countries and remains so today. It is also a river that is surrounded by legend, an inspiration to writers and composers – most notably, perhaps, Wagner’s Das Rheingold in the Ring Cycle. It is still hauntingly beautiful with fairy-tale castles, picturesque medieval towns and ancient vineyards lining its banks.

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