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Passau Roundtrip - Example 11 Day Cruise aboard MS Symphonie
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Spend 11 days cruising along the beautiful Danube River through four countries of Central Europe, enjoying stunning landscapes and experiencing the rich culture, art, traditions, and history of this spectacular region. Visit captivating destinations beginning in Passau and followed by visits to Bratislava, the gorgeous and elegant city of Vienna, Melk, and Budapest, the stunning capital of Hungary.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Passau, Germany | Embark
Day 2 : Passau | Melk | Vienna
Day 3 : Vienna | Esztergom
Day 4 : Esztergom | Budapest
Day 5 : Budapest
Day 6 : Budapest
Day 7 : Budapest
Day 8 : Bratislava | Vienna
Day 9 : Vienna
Day 10 : Melk | Passau
Day 11 : Passau, Germany | Disembark


  • Experience a passionate encounter with history, tradition and culture
  • Discover some of the Danube's most beautiful and breathtaking sites
  • Enjoy the Baroque palaces, churches, and pleasant squares of Bratislava
  • Drop anchor and tour the illuminated sites of Vienna


MS Symphonie

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  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

Passau at sunset, Germany Melk Abbey, Lower Austria Night in Vienna. Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest, Hungary Morning view on Bratislava city

Day 1 Passau, Germany | Embark

Board the ship at in the early afternoon and enjoy some time to settle comfortably in your cabins before meeting the crew. Set off cruising along the Danube towards the border between Austria and Germany through the attractive region of Engelhartszell. A welcome cocktail reception is organized on board. 

*Passengers will choose either the Classic or Discovery package to participate in for the duration of the voyage.

Day 2 Passau | Melk | Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today visit the Melk Abbey. Return to the ship and cruise on to Dürnstein. Enjoy some free time exploring this picturesque village, and its Baroque-style church - the most famous in the Wachau region thanks to the legend of King Richard the Lionheart. Return on board in the afternoon before cruising on to Vienna. After your arrival, tour the illuminated sights of Vienna by night.

Day 3 Vienna | Esztergom

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today visit Schönbrunn Palace. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore this marvelous city at your own pace or take part on an optional excursion (not included in packages): Horse-drawn carriage ride through Vienna. Return to the ship and cruise to Budapest, passing Bratislava on the way.

Day 4 Esztergom | Budapest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy some time on your own exploring Esztergom, the former capital of Hungary. Then spend the afternoon cruising to Budapest. The Hungarian capital lies along the banks of the Danube and is one of the most attractive cities in Europe. Enjoy some free time sightseeing the city before returning to the ship. After dinner, join us for an tour of Budapest at night.

Day 5 Budapest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a day on your own or join the proposed excursions:

Classic: Guided tour of the city.

Discovery: Budapest by bike. Discover all the wonders of this charming city biking across its emblematic spots.

In the afternoon, take part in an excursion to discover the Gellert Baths and Spa (not included in the packages). After dinner, enjoy another free evening on your own or join the crew for an evening of traditional dancing in the city.

Day 6 Budapest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today either having the day for yourselves (lunch not included) or, leave on a day excursion for both packages: a trip to Puszta. Return to the ship early evening.

Day 7 Budapest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning enjoy a leisure in Budapest or tour to Gödöllö Royal Palace. Back on board and cruising in the afternoon towards Bratislava. Entertaining evening on board.

Day 8 Bratislava | Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Bratislava in the early morning proposed excursions:

Classic: Guided tour of Bratislava. The charm of the Slovakian capital lies in its old city: splendid Baroque palaces, churches and pleasant squares.

Discovery: Hiking in Bratislava: The Little Carpathians. From Devin Castle, we'll take in the splendid view of Bratislava.

The ship cruises to Vienna. Enjoy a free evening or join one of the excursions proposed:

Classic: Vienna by night.

Discovery: Onboard waltzing lessons.

Day 9 Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Free morning for individual sightseeing around Vienna. Enjoy a guided visit of Vienna and the Capuchin Crypt. In the afternoon visit the former palace of the Habsburgs and admire the crown jewels and splendid imperial apartments. After dinner, optional proposed excursions:

Classic: Concert of Viennese music (optional and subject to availability).

Discovery: An evening in Grinzing one of the most popular destinations offering a panoramic view of the entire city of Vienna.

The ship cruises on after midnight.

Day 10 Melk | Passau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning cruise along the most beautiful stretch of the Wachau region to arrive in Melk in the morning. Enjoy free time ashore and return to the ship, in the afternoon. Take an excursion to Arstetten Castle, last residence of Archduke Franz-Ferdinand and his wife. Return to the ship before cruising off towards Passau. Tonight is your exclusive gala evening on board.

Day 11 Passau, Germany | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark this morning after breakfast. 

MS Symphonie

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Cabins on the MS Symphonie
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Main Deck
51 cabins (35 twins, 9 double cabins, 2 single cabins, 4 triple cabins, 1 suite), equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
Cabins on the MS Symphonie
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Upper Deck
28 cabins (23 twins, 5 double cabins), equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.


20% discount on children between 2-10 years
30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin

For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary. 

This offer includes :
-Your cruise with all meals from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day (except for lunch on D6)
drinks including water, wine, beer, fruit juices and coffee served during meals on board, drinks served at the bar (excluding champagne and wines on the wine list)
-Double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
-Excursions for the Classic or Discovery package. Passengers will need to choose one package to participate in for the duration of the voyage.
-Onboard entertainment
-Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
-Welcome cocktail
-Gala dinner and evening
-Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
-All port fees.

This offer does not include :
-Drinks on the wine list, champagne at the bar, drinks served during excursions or transfers
-Cancellation and baggage insurance - the supplement for the discovery package
-Lunch on day 6
-Optional concert of Viennese music or Grinzing evening
-Airport taxes
-Personal expenses.

For US Citizens, a valid Passport is required for your travel. Non US Citizens but Resident in the US, please contact the local Embassies or Consulates for proper paperwork required before traveling
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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