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From the Black Sea to Amsterdam

A 23 night river cruise across Europe aboard the Amadeus Elegant

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

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 Danube, Main and Rhine rivers. You can let the world slip by as you relax on the Sun Deck or in the Lounge and delight in aweinspiring 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 scenic beauty of the Kazan Gorge as we cruise through the spectacular Iron Gates, the grand cities of Budapest and Vienna and the picturesque towns along the Rhine including Miltenberg and Rudesheim.

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  • Itinerary Highlights

    • Danube Delta wetlands
    • City of the Tsars – Veliko Tarnovo
    • Cruising through the Iron Gates
    • Folklore dance display in Belgrade
    • Hungarian horsemanship display at Kalocsa
    • “Queen of the Danube” – Budapest

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Amadeus Elegant

Amadeus Elegant

Built in 2010, she offers comfortable and well-appointed cabins and modern and spacious public areas including a bar and lounge where you can delight in panoramic views and simply watch the world sail by or enjoy a beverage and catch up with new-found friends. The restaurant seats all passengers in one sitting and the experienced chefs serve both regional and international cuisines with a focus on fresh, local ingredients. There is also a large Sun Deck which is a perfect place from which to observe the banks of the majestic Danube River. 

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Day 1 - London to Bucharest to Fetesti, Romania.

Fly by scheduled flight to Bucharest. On arrival transfer to the port of Fetesti (2.5 hours approx.) and embark aboard the Amadeus Elegant. Sail this evening.

Day 2 - Danube Delta

From our mooring in St George we will visit the Danube Delta, one of the most important wetlands left in Europe, for a boat trip to explore the delta with its vast and varied birdlife. This evening enjoy Welcome Drinks and Dinner on board.

Day 3 - Bucharest.

Arrive this morning in the stunning city of Bucharest. We will explore the main sights of the city and see the boulevards with their decidedly French style. After lunch in a local restaurant there will be a choice of afternoon visits. You may choose to visit 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. Alternatively, you may prefer to visit the unique Village Museum, an open-air ethnographic museum located in the Herastrau Park, showcasing traditional Romanian village life. The museum contains 272 authentic peasant farms and houses from all over Romania. Afterwards, rejoin the vessel in Oltenita and sail to Rousse for an overnight mooring.

Day 4 - Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria.

This morning enjoy a tour to the city of 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 and 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 at a local restaurant, visit the museum town of Arbanassi. Rejoin the vessel in Nikopol and sail.

Day 5 - 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 6 - 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 Tito’s memorial. Our time here will end with an optional rendition by a splendid local folklore group, with accompanying local drinks and canapes.

Day 7 - Vukovar, Croatia.

The city is known for the 87 day ‘siege of Vukovar’ between August and November 1991. At the time, it was the fiercest and most protracted battle seen in Europe since 1945 and reminders of the atrocities committed can still be viewed throughout the town including the shelled and disfigured water tower that stands despite the artillery barrages that were targeted against it. During our visit we will learn much about Croatia’s largest river port and also spend time at the inspirational Vukovar Municipal Museum which won the Silletto prize as European Museum of the year in 2016.

Day 8 - Pecs, Hungary.

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 afternoon excursion which departs from Mohacs will feature the sites associated with the city’s Roman Ottoman Hapsburg past.

Day 9 - Kalocsa.

Arrive today 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 Budapest where we will arrive late this evening.

Day 10 - Budapest.

We have the day to explore Hungary’s elegant capital city. Spend the morning on an excursion that will include the old quarter, visiting the Matthias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion. This afternoon will be at leisure to relax on board or to explore Budapest further at your own pace. Moor overnight.

Day 11 - Budapest.

After breakfast today we depart for our visit to Godollo. It was the favoured home of Sissy, the wife of Emperor Franz Josef and in recent years the palace has been restored. Alternatively, spend a full day in Budapest exploring independently the delights of this historic city. After dinner be out on deck to to enjoy a spectacular sailing of ‘Budapest by Night’, a final chance to see this beautiful city’s night lights as we sail on to our next port of call.

Day 12 - Bratislava, Slovak Republic.

Arrive this afternoon 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.

Day 13 - Vienna, Austria.

A morning 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 Amadeus Elegant for lunch after which depart for a visit to the wonderful Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens, the favourite summer residence of Maria Theresa.

Day 14 - Wachau Valley & Melk.

Today, we will enter the stunning Wachau Valley. Our vessel will sail through to Durnstein, where King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned. Here we will have a guided tour, followed by time at leisure. Sail on to Melk where we moor under the shadow of the great Baroque Abbey, situated on a cliff high above the Danube and enjoy a guided tour of the Abbey.

Day 15 - Passau, Germany.

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 Regensburg.

Day 16 - Regensburg.

Today we will bid the Danube River goodbye for the final stretch of our journey. Arriving at the historic town of Regensburg, our guided tour will include 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 17 - Nuremberg.

We continue cruising through the highest point of any commercial waterway in Europe, 1332 feet above sea level to the city of Nuremberg. The long and sometimes troubled history here 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 and discover the city’s spectacular Medieval architecture, including the 900 year-old ramparts that surround the city, the courts of justice and more.

Day 18 - Bamberg.

Located at the Main-Danube Canal, we will arrive into 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 19 - Wurzburg.

Arrive today in historic Wurzburg. Our tour of this lovely town includes the magnificent Prince Bishop’s Residenz Palace whose interiors are considered to be exquisite examples of Baroque/Rococo or Neoclassical architecture and art and includes the grand staircase, with its wonderful frescoes.

Day 20 - Wertheim and Miltenberg.

This morning we will take a walking tour of the picturesque town of Wertheim before returning to the vessel for lunch. This afternoon, visit the pretty Franconian town of Miltenberg, known for its half-timbered Medieval houses and included in our tour will be a tasting of some local beer.

Day 21 - Rudesheim.

Enjoy a morning cruising and arrive this afternoon in Rudesheim, a charming riverside town. Drive to nearby Vollrads Castle and Wine Estate, set in charming countryside. This grand estate has been the Greiffendau residence since the 14th century and the making of wine on this site can be traced back to 1211. We will enjoy a visit to the Vinothek to sample some of their splendid wines. Alternatively, join a tour of Rudesheim itself, including a visit to Siegfried’s Musical Instrument Museum. This afternoon sail onto Koblenz and moor overnight.

Day 22 - Koblenz and Cologne.

Early this morning join a walking tour of Koblenz’s historic commercial centre. Return to the vessel and spend a relaxing afternoon cruising towards Cologne. Arrive this afternoon and moor overnight.

Day 23 - Cologne.

After breakfast join a guided walk along the promenade and through the old town to the magnificent cathedral, the largest in Germany. Sail in the early afternoon to Amsterdam.

Day 24 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands to London.

Disembark after breakfast and join a guided tour to the Rijksmuseum with its splendid collection of old masters. After lunch at a local restaurant transfer to the airport for your return scheduled flight.

Dates and Prices

Prices per person based on double occupancy
22 June 2018 to 15 July 2018
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
D Haydn Deck twin £5495 £4995
C Strauss Deck twin £5795 £5295
B Mozart Deck twin £6295 £5795
A Mozart Deck suite £6895 £6395
D Haydn Deck twin for sole use £5495 £4995
C Strauss Deck twin for sole use £5795 £5295

Tour Reference Code: RCAE220618

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

Not Included: Travel insurance, optional folklore performance in Belgrade.

NB: A number of regional flights are available in conjunction with this tour. Please enquire for further details.

  • Deckplan


Amadeus Elegant

Built in 2010, she offers comfortable and well-appointed cabins and modern and spacious public areas including a bar and lounge where you can delight in panoramic views and simply watch the world sail by or enjoy a beverage and catch up with new-found friends. The restaurant seats all passengers in one sitting and the experienced chefs serve both regional and international cuisines with a focus on fresh, local ingredients. There is also a large Sun Deck which is a perfect place from which to observe the banks of the majestic Danube River. 

  • Amadeus Elegant
    Amadeus Elegant
  • Lobby
  • On Deck
    On Deck
  • Panorama Bar
    Panorama Bar
  • Panorama Restaurant
    Panorama Restaurant
  • Suite Mozart Deck
    Suite Mozart Deck
  • Cabin Mozart, Strauss Deck
    Cabin Mozart, Strauss Deck
  • Life Onboard

    Life Onboard

    The ship is comfortable with a convivial and informal atmosphere on board and a casual dress code. The friendly crew will do their utmost to ensure your stay is enjoyable, informative and agreeable throughout and you will find yourself amongst like-minded people in an English-speaking environment. A daily briefing by the Cruise Director will provide you with information on the next day’s activities and expert local guides will accompany you on the included excursions. In addition, you will be accompanied by a Guest Speaker who will provide entertaining and informative talks. 

  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    Meals are taken in the restaurant which accommodates all passengers in one sitting in an open seating arrangement. The menus feature regional specialties and the onboard team take great pride in producing flavourful dishes. Mornings feature a full buffet breakfast, lunches are a selection of buffet and served items and dinners are a served affair which will 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 and a 24 hour tea and coffee station is available.

  • Your Space

    Your Space

    Spread over four decks, the ship’s public spaces include the delightful Restaurant, the Amadeus Club and the Panorama Bar, all excellent spaces for relaxation and socialising with your fellow travellers. The vessel also features a gift shop, hair salon, fitness and massage room and a lift that services the Haydn, Strauss and Mozart Decks. There is also a spacious Sun Deck with comfortable deck furniture, a lido bar (the bar being open in favourable weather only), an oversized chess board and a golf putting green. 

  • Your Cabin / Suite

    Your Cabin / Suite

    The Amadeus Elegant has 74 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, ample closet space, flat screen television, individual climate control, hairdryer, direct dial telephone, in-room safe and a choice of bed configuration (double or twin). Suites, which are located on the Mozart Deck have floor to ceiling sliding glass door windows with French Balcony and also include a mini-bar and bathrobes. Cabins on the Strauss and Mozart Deck include floor to ceiling glass doors with French Balcony, whereas cabins on the Haydn Deck have smaller panoramic windows that cannot be opened. 

  • Ship Directory

    Ship Directory


    Please find below further details pertaining to the vessel or click on the booklet to download. 

    We are delighted you have chosen the Amadeus Elegant for your upcoming voyage.

    Built in 2010, the vessel accommodates 150 passengers and offers modern and spacious public areas and comfortable, well-appointed cabins. Facilities include an open seating restaurant, Sun Deck with games, a fitness room with massage services and the bright and airy bar and lounge area where you can enjoy a drink, read a book or simply watch the changing scenery. The ship’s experienced staff are friendly and welcoming and you will enjoy impeccable service and hospitality on board.

    We hope this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage. 


    An alarm will be sounded in the event of emergency. Please follow the instructions provided on board for what to do in the event of an emergency.


    Your times for embarkation and disembarkation will be provided by your Cruise Director.


    During your time on board, various announcements will be made by the ship’s crew and our Cruise Director. Please listen out for these announcements as they will be of importance or interest. You will be able to hear these announcements on the ship’s Sun Deck, your cabin and public areas.


    Your bill for drinks consumed throughout your journey should be settled at the end of your journey. Wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner are included in your cruise cost. Self-service complimentary tea/coffee is available 24 hours a day.


    Mozart Deck Suites measure 22m2 and all other cabins measure 15m2 . All cabins on the Mozart and Strauss deck include floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors leading onto a French Balcony. Cabins on the Haydn Deck have non-opening panoramic windows.


    Cabin inclusions are as follows:- toiletries, bathrobes, towels, a hairdryer, flat screen TV, walk-in wardrobe, safe, telephone, individually controlled climate control system and a choice of bed configuration (double or twin).


    All cabins have an individually managed climate control system. We recommend ensuring your windows and doors are shut for optimal performance of the unit.


    A Noble Caledonia Cruise Director will accompany you on your voyage along with a Noble Caledonia Tour Manager.


    The currency on board is the Euro. The ship accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club cards. The ship also accepts cash payments. An itemised bill in Euros will be presented to each passenger prior to their disembarkation for any items purchased during the cruise.


    Each evening the next day’s programme will be delivered to your cabin.


    Comfortable and practical attire is recommended during the day for excursions and something dressier for the evening. More formal dress is required only for Welcome and Captain’s dinner (black tie is not necessary).


    Electricity on board is 220v, 50 Hertz, with 2-pin power outlets. We recommend you take an adaptor with you. For safety reasons, the use of electrical irons is not permitted on board. ELEVATOR An elevator is available for use on board and operates on all floors other than the ship’s Sun Deck.


    Embarkation and Disembarkation times will be provided by your Cruise Director. Please take careful note of these announcements.


    Full details of the ship’s emergency and safety procedures will be provided following your embarkation. Please note there is no Doctor on board the vessel.


    On your cabin door is a deck plan displaying your closest (and all other) emergency exits. Emergency exits are marked in green and fire extinguishers fitted in all corridors.


    A number of crew are fully trained and certified to provide First Aid. Further medical assistance can be sought from one of the hospitals along the river in the event of emergency. Should you require emergency assistance, please call the ship’s reception.


    A fitness room is available for you to use on board the vessel.


    Gratuities have been included in your holiday price, however if you feel that certain individuals deserve a special award, you are of course free to remunerate as you please.


    A small gift shop selling various practical and souvenir items is available by reception.


    A hair salon is provided on board. Please make an appointment with the ship’s reception should you wish to use this facility.


    Your cabin will be cleaned once a day and you will be provided with a ‘turn down’ service at night.


    Each cabin will receive their own cabin key. Before leaving the ship we kindly ask all passengers to swap the cabin key with a shore pass which will be provided to you by the ship’s reception desk. After your return to the ship please return your shore pass back to reception in exchange for your cabin key.


    A laundry service is provided on board at an additional cost. Ironing of clothes can also be arranged at a supplement. No dry cleaning is available on board.


    Lost property can be handed in to the ship’s reception. Please ensure you have all of your belongings with you before you return home. Should you leave items on board the ship we are only able to return them to you at your own cost.


    A massage parlour is available for passenger use on board. Please contact reception for current prices and to arrange an appointment.


    Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are served on board. Breakfast and afternoon tea are buffet-style, lunch is both served and buffet style and dinner is a served, four course affair. Dietary requests can be catered for (on request). Please provide any such requests in writing to Noble Caledonia at the time of your reservation and please reiterate these requests to the ship’s Hotel Manager upon your embarkation.


    Docking space is allocated by the local river authorities. On occasion other river cruise vessels may be required to dock alongside our ship. This may result in restricted cabin views and may also entail us being required to embark and disembark the ship through another vessel’s public area and/or for the other ship’s passengers to do the same.


    Please ensure you take the appropriate precautions to guard against mosquito bites.


    A newspaper will be available daily in the Panorama Bar.


    Despite our meticulous planning efforts, there may be times when changes must be made to the daily programme due to circumstances beyond our control such as heavy river traffic or fluctuating water levels. The ship’s Captain and crew will do their utmost to find the best and safest solution. Any changes to the day’s schedule will be communicated as soon as possible.


    The vessel operates a signed-chit system whereby no payment is immediately required (the vessel only requiring a signature for your purchase) and, only at the end of the cruise will you be presented with your final itemised bill to settle.


    The vessel’s gift shop may sell postcards and stamps for you to purchase (subject to availability) and, items can be posted on your behalf by the ship’s crew (although as they are unable to do so at every port of call, this could take longer than if you were to post yourself). Please note that neither the ship nor Noble Caledonia can be held responsible for items of post that are not successfully delivered on your behalf.


    A questionnaire will be provided to all passengers towards the end of their sailing. We would be grateful for you to complete and return this.


    Noble Caledonia has arranged for all passengers to have access to a ‘Quietvox’ audio system for shore excursions. Further details will be provided to you following your embarkation.


    Reception is staffed 24 hours a day.


    Room service is not available, although should you feel unwell and unable to make it to the ship’s restaurant, special arrangements can be made.


    All cabins are fitted with a safe and we recommend you place your valuables inside the safe whenever you are away from your room. Please remember to remove all items from your safe prior to you departing the vessel at the end of the cruise.


    Please take careful note of all safety instructions provided to you by the Master and crew of the vessel. Full safety instructions and a safety video are available to you in your cabin.


    Smoking within your cabin or any of the vessel’s public areas is strictly prohibited. Designated smoking areas are provided and can be advised by the ship’s reception upon embarkation.


    The ship has a Sun Deck which is available for guests to enjoy with an oversized chess board, putting green and seating areas. There may be times, for example at periods of inclement weather or low bridges, whereby it is necessary to close the Sun Deck. Please listen carefully to the Captain and Crew for instruction. Please also note that the Sun Deck and its steps may become slippery if the weather is cool or dew forms.


    A telephone is provided within each cabin.


    Visitors are not usually permitted aboard the vessel, however with the prior consent of the ship’s reception, this is sometimes possible. Please provide as much notice as possible to the senior staff so that the necessary arrangements can be made. The ship’s operators reserve the right to deny boarding to any visitors.


    Complimentary water is available during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bottled water can be purchased at an additional cost on board. Water in your cabin is drinkable, however as this is stored in tanks, we recommend you purchase water from the ship’s bar.


    Wireless internet connection is available for all guests throughout the duration of the journey. Please note that wireless connection can be variable during the journey.


    The above information is accurate and correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Noble Caledonia accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions and none of the facilities or features of the vessel described herein which are not specifically described in our advertisements and on your holiday invoice as being included in your holiday price will be deemed to be included in your holiday package. If you would like further information about the vessel or about any of your holiday arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Deck plans
    • Deckplan


Itinerary Highlights

• Danube Delta wetlands
• City of the Tsars – Veliko Tarnovo
• Cruising through the Iron Gates
• Folklore dance display in Belgrade
• Hungarian horsemanship display at Kalocsa
• “Queen of the Danube” – Budapest

Travelling with You

  • Nicholas Merchant

    Nicholas Merchant

    Nicholas Merchant’s career has mirrored his abiding interest in antiques. He has worked for some of the major auction houses in London as well as running his own book business devoted to the decorative and fine arts. While his particular interest is English 18th century furniture and Country Houses, he has broad interests and likes to discuss many objects, not just for themselves but in their historical context.

    Nicholas is much in demand as a lecturer which has taken him recently to the United States, South Africa, Europe and all over the United Kingdom, including the V&A in London. Since joining NADFAS he has given over 500 lectures all around the world. Nicholas is the West Yorkshire representative of the ArtFund. He is the proprietor of Aspect Events, a company which arranges cultural breaks and short trips for collectors and art lovers. 

    Nicholas Merchant will be on the following tour dates: 22 June 2018 to 15 July 2018

Tour Extensions

    • 19th to 22nd June 2018

      Bucharest, in southern Romania, is known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, glorious Belle Epoque 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 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 four-star Park Inn by Radisson, a comfortable and centrally located hotel which is ideal for our tours and also for individual exploration.

      Day 1 London to Bucharest, Romania. Fly from London to Bucharest, arriving in the afternoon. Transfer to the hotel for a three night stay and enjoy a welcome drink and dinner this evening in a local restaurant.

      Day 2 Bucharest. This morning take a panoramic 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. We complete the morning with a walking tour of the Old Town including a visit to Stravropoleos Church, Lipscani Lane, Manuc’s Inn and the Old Princely Court. Afterwards 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. After lunch depart for the Primaverii Palace, the former private residence of the Ceausescu family. Each room of the house received lavish attention to detail and during our tour we will learn more about the life of this most infamous Romanian dictator.

      Day 3 Bucharest - Snagov - Mogosoaia (100 Km). This morning we will depart for our visit to Snagov Monastery which 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 have been buried here by the monks in 1476. After lunch in a local restaurant we will continue on to visit Mogosoaia Palace, built in the 17th century in the Romanian Renaissance style. Return to Bucharest for an evening at leisure.

      Day 4 Bucharest to Fetesti. After breakfast at the hotel and some time at leisure we will transfer to Fetesti (approx. 2.5 hours) with lunch en route. Embark the Amadeus Elegant this evening.

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      Twin £495
      Single £645

      Price includes: Three nights accommodation at the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel on bed & breakfast basis, dinner & welcome drink on day 1, lunch on days 2, 3 and 4, drinks with included meals (wine/beer/soft drinks), all sightseeing and entrances as described, services of an English speaking guide throughout, gratuities, transfers.

      Not Included: Travel insurance, lunch on day 1, dinner on days 2 and 3.

      NB. Minimum numbers apply.

River Guides

  • To see our current selection of tours for the river Danube click here.
    • 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.

  • To see our current selection of tours for the river Main click here.
    • 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.

  • To see our current selection of tours for the river Rhine click here.
    • 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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Across Europe by River 2018

A Journey from Amsterdam to the Black Sea aboard the MS Royal Crown

Royal Crown
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Cologne, Germany
  • Koblenz / Rudesheim
  • Mainz
  • Miltenberg / Wertheim
  • Wurzburg
  • Bamberg
  • Nuremberg
  • Regensburg
  • Passau.
  • Melk / Wachau Valley / Vienna, Austria
  • Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Kalocsa
  • Pecs
  • Belgrade, Serbia
  • Iron Gates
  • Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
  • Constanta, Romania
  • Tulcea
  • Bucharest
Across Europe by River 2018
23 nights from £6395
Next Departure 3 June 2018
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From Budapest to the Black Sea

A journey along the majestic Danube aboard the Amadeus Elegant

Amadeus Elegant
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Kalocsa
  • Pecs / Villany
  • Vukovar, Croatia
  • Novi Sad, Serbia
  • Belgrade
  • Iron Gates
  • Belogradchik / Vidin, Bulgaria
  • Veliko Tarnovo
  • Rousse.
  • Constanta, Romania
  • Tulcea
  • Bucharest
From Budapest to the Black Sea
14 nights from £3395
Next Departure 8 June 2018
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