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Budapest to Amsterdam by Riverboat
(Northbound)

15 days with Tauck  Rating: Deluxe

Tauck Offers for this River Cruise


  • Receive one pre-or post-tour hotel night on this trip. Expires May 27. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Single travelers pay no supplement on river cruises in Category 1 cabins. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Single travelers receive $1,000 per person off the single supplement of select river cruises in certain cabin categories. Click here for eligible departures.

Offers subject to change or withdrawal, availability is limited. Some offers are not combinable.

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Budapest
Your Budapest to Amsterdam river cruise starts at 4:00 PM in Budapest. A transfer is included from Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport or Budapest Keleti Railway Station directly to your riverboat, docked right in the heart... (D)

Day 2 Both sides of Budapest on the Danube
Standing on opposite banks of the Danube, Budapest’s two distinct sections – Buda and Pest – were once independent cities that were linked together in the mid-19th century by the construction of the Chain Bridge to become a single city, today Hungary’s capital. Explore both sides of the city on a guided tour featuring a mix of architectural masterpieces and monuments including Heroes’ Square, dominated by statues of leaders from Hungarian history and surrounded by museums and stately embassy buildings; the Gothic-Revival home of the Hungarian Parliament, an iconic feature of the Budapest skyline along the Danube; Fishermen’s Bastion, standing watch over the river; and the bustling Covered Market, a showcase of Hungarian specialties, from food to crafts. Spend the afternoon cruising past picturesque landscapes along the Danube en route to Slovakia and join us tonight for a welcome reception followed by dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Bratislava & an Imperial Viennese Evening
An ancient city with a modern pulse, Slovakia’s dynamic capital is home to an Old Town brimming with life – and devoid of cars – along with one of the youngest populations of any city in Europe today. Our local expert shares insider anecdotes about Bratislava before you join a walking tour of the cobblestoned city center, the perfect place for ambling. Seventeen centuries of Slovak history are eloquently chronicled in its 13th-century Old Town Hall, Baroque Habsburg-era palaces, the Opera House, Slovak Philharmonic Hall, and St. Martin’s Cathedral, site of the coronation of many Hungarian royals. Cruise this afternoon to Vienna, enjoying the passing scenery and shipboard activities. Tonight, nothing quite compares to the royal treatment and pageantry you’ll experience at our private Imperial Evening in the Palais Ferstel, a Baroque palace in the heart of the city dating to the 18th century. Welcome champagne and dinner precede an elegant spectacle of finery and a musical performance. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Schönbrunn Palace or the Hofburg
Wake up in Vienna, evoking quintessential images of Old World Europe. Sightseeing today includes your choice of guided visits to the Habsburgs’ illustrious Schönbrunn Palace, an architectural masterpiece and Austrian cultural treasure, or a tour of the Hofburg, another former Habsburg royal palace that today is Austria’s official presidential residence. Spend the remainder of the day as you please in Vienna. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Discover the Wachau Valley & Melk Abbey
Go ashore in Dürnstein this morning for an orientation walk, with an optional hike up to the hilltop ruins of Kuenringerburg – the castle where England’s King Richard the Lionhearted was held for ransom during the Crusades. Cruise into the heart of Austria’s vineyard-covered Wachau Valley, having lunch as you view the passing scenery. An enjoyable afternoon in Melk includes a guided visit to its famous 900-year-old Benedictine abbey, where both its Baroque architecture and river views impress. Return to your riverboat late afternoon. Following dinner tonight, you’ll be entertained by a talented musical trio. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Baroque in Passau & cruising the Danube
After crossing the border from Austria to Germany, dock in the Bavarian town of Passau on the Danube and Inn rivers, whose history dates back to the days of the Roman empire. A walking tour reveals the Baroque treasures of this lovely riverside town, known for its stained glass and its many churches; visit St. Stephan's Cathedral, home to the largest pipe organ outside of the U.S., and the biggest cathedral organ in the world (may not be available on all departures). Your Budapest to Amsterdam river cruise continues to Regensburg. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Regensburg, a Mix of Old and New
With its roots as a Roman encampment on the Danube, the quintessential Bavarian town of Regensburg is home to more than 1,400 original historic buildings. Walking here is a delight and is the only way to view the sights up-close. A local guide will lead the way as you see the town’s 12th-century Steinerne Brücke (Germany’s oldest surviving stone bridge), the 15th-century Altes Rathaus (Town Hall, once the seat of the Imperial Diet), towering Dom St. Peter, and the remains of the Roman wall. Visit the palatial house of Thurn and Taxis, where 1,000 years of history in the complex of buildings include a palace, a Benedictine monastery and a well-preserved gothic cloister. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Main-Danube Canal & historic Nürnberg
Today, your Budapest to Amsterdam river cruise negotiates the Main-Danube Canal, which ultimately links the North Sea with the Black Sea; learn about the canal's history from a local expert during your transit. The idea goes back as far as Charlemagne, but wasn't realized until the canal's completion in the 1990s; pass through 16 locks as the waterway traverses the mountains. After lunch on the riverboat, arrive in historic Nürnberg; take a walking tour through Nürnberg’s medieval ramparts to the Imperial Castle and the old city, or visit sites associated with World War II and its aftermath – including the Courthouse (which is still active, so your visit is subject to availability), the Zeppelinfeld rally grounds and the Documentation Center. You'll have some free time in the city before the riverboat charts its course once again. (B, L, D)

Day 9 A walking tour of Bamberg's Old Town
Perched atop seven hills, Bamberg is home to a magnificent, four-towered Romanesque cathedral from the 13th century; see it, along with more of this charming medieval city’s unique architecture and colorful gardens, during a walking tour of Old Town... and take some time to explore as you please. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Würzburg or Rothenburg & a wine tasting
Arrive this morning in charming Würzburg; you have two choices of sightseeing today. Accompanied by a local guide, explore Würzburg – see the ornate Alte Mainbrücke, a bridge over the River Main, and visit the town's 18th-century Residenz, a lavish palace where the town's prince bishops lived in the 18th century; today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, depart for Rothenburg – nestled on Germany’s “Romantic Road,” it lives up to its reputation as Europe’s “most perfect fairy-tale town;” view its Gothic cathedral, towered walls and gabled houses on a walking tour, followed by time at leisure. Everyone will get a taste of life in the palace in Würzburg when you sample some excellent Franconian wines in the wine cellar of the Residenz, a Baroque masterpiece. Spend the evening aboard the riverboat following an early evening departure. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Pleasures of a day cruising the Main...
It is no wonder that river cruising was the favored pastime of royalty throughout the centuries... and you'll revel in the experience on a full day cruise along the picturesque Main. Fortified towns with towering cathedrals dot the lush landscapes along the riverbank... and you'll take pleasure in all that you'll see, learn and savor today. Perhaps you'll visit the spa... or the fitness center... practice your putting on the putting green... or savor a little quiet time in the plunge pool... (B, L, D)

Day 12 Rüdesheim for musical magic & more
Relax and enjoy your riverboat’s amenities as you cruise along the Main River, as it transforms into the Rhine River, to the wine-making town of Rüdesheim, part of the Rhine Gorge UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Siegfried’s Mechanisches Musikkabinett, an eclectic museum displaying one of the world’s largest collections of mechanical musical instruments in a centuries-old castle. You have the option this afternoon of walking back to the riverboat or riding the mini train. This afternoon, your Budapest to Amsterdam river cruise meanders through the scenic Lorelei Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, en route to Köln (Cologne). (B, L, D)

Day 13 Köln, a.k.a. Cologne
First up today – a morning visit to Köln (Cologne). Originally founded by the Romans, it is one of the oldest settlements in Germany. Visit the great Gothic cathedral, Kölner Dom, with a local guide then spend some time exploring as you please; Köln is a blend of sophistication and tradition. Return to the riverboat to sail to Amsterdam; your day concludes with a gala onboard dinner in the Compass Rose. (B, L, D)

Day 14 Canal cruise, art & more in Amsterdam
Amsterdam... the name itself conjures up images of the Dutch capital’s myriad cultural treasures, from gabled houses, markets and cafés to awe-inspiring museums housing a treasure trove of world-famous art – and it’s all yours to enjoy today. Your guided tour of the famed Rijksmuseum is really inspiring – a firsthand look at Rembrandt’s masterpiece The Night Watch is like meeting the artist himself, and you’ll love seeing acclaimed works by other well-known “Old Dutch Masters” including Vermeer and Hals. See the city’s network of concentric, tree-lined 17th-century canals and view of Amsterdam’s blend of architectural styles – they date all the way back to medieval times – on a private sightseeing cruise by canal boat; you'll get a unique taste of daily life in this easygoing city today. A farewell dinner makes your last night on the riverboat memorable. (B, L, D)

Day 15 Journey home
Your Budapest to Amsterdam river cruise ends in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Disembark in Amsterdam; a transfer is included from the riverboat to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport or Central Station. Allow 3 hours for departure flight check-in.... (B)

Tour Map
All This Included

This two-week Danube, Main and Rhine river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam takes you on an amazing journey past grand cathedrals, medieval monasteries, castles and vineyards. Pass through five countries including the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary, and explore legendary cities such as Amsterdam, Vienna, Köln, Nürnberg, Bratislava and Budapest. Tauck's all-included private shore excursions take you to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the historic districts of Budapest, Vienna, and Bamberg, and the Wachau and Rhine valleys. In Vienna, take your choice of visits to Schönbrunn Palace or the Hofburg's Imperial Sisi Museum, and attend a grand Imperial Evening in a traditional palace. In Amsterdam, tour the famed Rijksmuseum. Visit Köln Cathedral and Melk Abbey; medieval Regensburg; romantic Rothenburg or Würzburg; Budapest's Heroes' Square and much more!

  • Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director
  • All private Tauck shore excursions – $2,466 Value!
  • A private Imperial Evening at a traditional palace in Vienna featuring dinner and Viennese performers
  • In Amsterdam, a guided tour of the famed Rijksmuseum, home to many masterpieces
  • Day exploring Nürnberg, the walled medieval town whose history is forever intertwined with World War II
  • Choice of sightseeing in Vienna – a visit to the Sisi Museum and the Imperial Apartments in the Hofburg or to Schönbrunn Palace
  • Memorable visits to Melk Abbey, Kölner Dom, and Siegfrieds Mechanisches Musikkabinett in Rüdesheim
  • Guided sightseeing in the historic European capitals of Bratislava, Slovakia, and Budapest
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks.
  • Airport and train station transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • All meals included – 41 (14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners); select meals in local restaurants, wine with dinner on the riverboat
  • Service charges, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges
Accommodations on this Tour
Cabin onboard ms Swiss Jewel, ms Esprit or ms Treasures
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice. Museums and attractions may be subject to closure due to state, local or religious holidays.  
  • Tour of September 23 will enjoy the Imperial Evening on day 4 instead of day 3 at Palais Pallavicini; tours of September 30 & October 2 will enjoy the Imperial Evening on day 4 at Palais Ferstel. This cruise includes a fair amount of walking.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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