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The stunning capital city of Hungary is cut in half by the beautiful blue Danube River. On one side of the river is an area of hills and valleys, known as Buda - on the other side is the flatland of Pest. Together, they form a charming eastern European city where many of our cruises embark or end. For our tours that don't start here, they typically offer some free time for you to enjoy an evening stroll along the tranquil streets or explore it by day on a bike. It is also home to the Baroque Gödöllö Palace, Gellert Baths, Margaret Island, and Castle Hill, earning Budapest a reputation as one of the world's most beautiful cities. From here, you will sail to other Hungarian destinations like Mohacas, Esztergom, & the Puszta prairie. It's a staple part of any cultural exploration of Europe.

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Magnificent Europe (Christmas Cruise) - Cruise Only$2000$559915RelaxedEmbark the Amastella for a 15-day cruise that visits Europe's renowned Christmas Markets on the scenic river route from Budapest to Amsterdam. This comprehensive tour crosses from the top destinations of the Danube River through the Main-Danube Canal into the Rhine River, including optional excursions like bike & walking tours and wine tastings.
Blue Danube Discovery$1000$28998RelaxedOn this 8-day cruise aboard the MS Amadante you'll see the best of Europe's highlights, exploring cities along the magnificent Danube River, including Vienna, Bratislava, Passau, and Regensburg. You'll have chances to try traditional food like beer & pretzels and witness the spectacular Baroque & medieval architecture that defines the region.
Melodies of the Danube - Cruise Only$1000$25998RelaxedEnjoy a fascinating 8-day cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen aboard the MS Amastella as you explore four European countries along the Danube River: Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, & Germany. Try the Wachau Valley's locally grown wine and visit Melk's spectacular Benedictine Abbey, along with other highlights of Bratislava, Vienna, Linz, & Emmersdorf.
Christmas Markets on the Danube - Cruise Only$1000$27998RelaxedCelebrate the magic of the holiday season on this 8-day cruise aboard the MS Amastella as you visit multiple Christmas Markets on the scenic river route from Nuremberg, Germany to Budapest, Hungary. You'll see the picturesque towns adorned in vibrant colors for the holiday season and have opportunities to tour the cities on foot with expert guides.
The Romantic Danube - Cruise Only$1000$24998RelaxedEmbark on a fascinating 8-day cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest aboard the MS Amastella. Medieval castles and scenic beauty highlight the towns of Germany, Austria, and Hungary. You'll visit centuries-old cathedrals, small villages, and big cities that hallmark this region of Europe, including stops in Linz, Vienna, Weissenkirchen, and Bratislava.
The Romantic Danube - Cruise Only$1000$24998RelaxedEnjoy an 8-day Danube River cruise aboard the MS Amaserena, starting in enchanting Vilshofen and sailing to historical Budapest. Along the way you'll have chances to explore these cities independently and on guided tours of the medieval castles, Gothic cathedrals, and Baroque palaces. You might even consider tasting the wine o the Wachau Valley.

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As the capital city of Hungary, you'll find that Budapest captures this country's cultural identity in stunning architecture and scenic beauty. The Danube River cuts the city in two – on one bank is the area known as Buda, and on the other is Pest. Together, they form the capital city, where you can see:
  • Gödöllö Palace – a hallmark of Baroque architecture and the former residence of the royal Grassalkovich family.
  • The Old Town – a part of Buda where well-preserved architecture harkens back to a Hungarian yesteryear.
  • Buda Castle – another model of the Baroque style in Budapest, built in 1265 and serving for centuries as the royal palace.
  • Gellert Baths – thermal baths and swimming pools that will melt your stresses & worries away as you relax into the warm waters.
  • Margaret Island – located in the Danube Canal, it's a great place to enjoy a leisurely stroll or an afternoon bike ride.
  • Castle Hill – a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to Baroque & Gothic architecture, cobblestone paths, and important monuments in the history of Budapest.

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