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16-day Budapest-Amsterdam River Cruise 2020 - Including Flights!

SAVE up to $3000 per couple!

Travel Budapest-Amsterdam (or vice versa) on one of Europe's most celebrated river itineraries! Book your 2020 cruise by 26 Sep 2019 to save on this iconic adventure.

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14 nights
  • Accommodation
  • Selected entry fees
  • Selected drinks
  • Selected meals
  • Shore excursions
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Flights

About this holiday

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This package is also available with flights. Please contact us for availability and fares.
  • 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


River Cruise Package Includes
  • Flights Sydney-Budapest, Amsterdam-Sydney or vice versa - Other departure cities available - Call for prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 14 nights outside cabin aboard the Deluxe Monarch Empress, First Class Monarch Princess, Monarch Duchess
  • 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 Features & Amenities
  • Captain's 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 centre
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • Cruise Director & Activities Host throughout
  • Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English by licensed guides
  • Accommodation

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    Upgraded trips available on the deluxe Monarch Empress. Please contact us to learn more.

    Your ship will vary depending on departure date. Please contact us for more information.

    • Monarch Express (Deluxe)
    • Monarch Princess (First Class)
    • Monarch Duchess

    Travel dates

    * Book your 2020 river cruise by 26 Sep 2019 for the following prices:

    Twin share - Usually $8,049 pp NOW from $6,549 per person*

    • 28 April 2020 sailing from Amsterdam onboard Monarch Empress

    Twin share - Usually $7,929 pp NOW from $6,429 per person*

    • 06 June 2020 sailing from Budapest onboard Monarch Duchess

    Twin share - Usually $7,599 pp NOW from $6,099 per person*

    • 04 July 2020 sailing from Amsterdam onboard Monarch Princess

    Prices listed are based on Cabin E category. Upgrades available starting from $610 pp twin share basis.

    Solo traveller rates available on request. Please call 1300 414 198 for details. Why not extend your stay in Europe - we can also book your flights, accommodation and assist with travel insurance.


    Itinerary based on 4 July 2020 departure.Note: your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart. Click a day above to see what is included.

    DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for the Netherlands
    Depart for the Netherlands

    DAY 2, Sunday - 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 a gala welcome dinner as it sets the mood for your delightful river cruise 
    Overnight: River Cruise 
    Meals: Dinner

    DAY 3, Monday - 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 4, Tuesday - 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 5, Wednesday - 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 6, Thursday - 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 7, Friday - 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 8, Saturday - 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 centre 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 9, Sunday - 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 10, Monday - 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 11, Tuesday - 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 12, Wednesday - 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 optional concert 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 13, Thursday - Vienna City Tour
    This sparkling city on the Danube has captivated travellers 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 14, Friday - 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 centre; 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 colourful 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 15, Saturday - 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 16, Sunday - Depart Hungary
    This morning, disembark and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 am 
    Meals: Breakfast


    Not Included:
    Optional shore excursions.

    Additional Information:
    Land/Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers. Embarkation will begin at 2:00 pm however early arrivals may rest in the lounge if their assigned cabin is not ready upon check-in. Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. Kindly refer to our Terms for additional information.

    Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

    European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavour to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

    Note: Gratuities for tour manager and coach driver are included.

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    Fine print

    Travel at 60 booking conditions apply. Please contact us to learn more.

    *Promotion code must be supplied at the time of making a new reservation to obtain the discount. Applicable discount tier is calculated on full booking value (including airfare, tours, optional tours & transfers), with one promo code per reservation. Valid only on new bookings with deposit paid between 19 August – 26 September, 2019, for travel in 2019, 2020 & 2021. Can be used in conjunction with advance ‘Book By’ rates, but not combinable with other offers or travel credits. Discount is valid for escorted tours, river cruises, sea cruises and independent packages. Passengers sharing one room must book on the same reservation number. Advertised pricing is based on twin occupancy. If booking as a single, a single supplement may apply. If booking online, the discount will be applied after entering the promotion code during the reservation process.For full Sale conditions please call 1300 653 618

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