Celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of musical legend Ludwig van Beethoven, by joining us on an iconic cruise along the Danube. Our carefully curated program features music of Beethoven along with other extraordinary musical geniuses. A select repertoire of pieces from top classical composers throughout history promises a rich music experience sure to stir powerful emotions, evoke memories and may even surprise you.
Onboard exclusive performances, recitals in unique venues such as the Melk Abbey - one of the finest baroque buildings in the world, the beautiful Duna Palace in Budapest and in the Brahms Hall in Vienna will envelop you in the world of Classical Music. Reserve your spot for exclusive encounters, with internationally acclaimed artists in intimate settings. The relaxing ambience on board is a perfect backdrop for this unique opportunity to explore the world of Classical Music in the year of Ludwig van Beethoven.
Your classical music cruise begins and ends in the “City of Three Rivers”, Passau. After embarking and settling in to your cabin, the cruise director invites you to a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a delicious Welcome Dinner. The music of Beethoven and Haydn are featured this evening in private onboard concert, a perfect way to start this special cruise.
Beethoven: String quartet in F Major, Opus 18 No.1
Haydn: Concerto for Violin in C Major, Hoboken VII/1
During breakfast your ship arrives in Emmersdorf, situated in the UNESCO world heritage Wachau region. This morning‘s included excursion is a highlight of the cruise — a visit to the famous Melk Abbey. Visit the impressive 900 year old abbey to view its treasures, then enjoy a special concert in the famous hall of St Koloman, featuring music of Austria’s native son — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
SLOVAK SYMPHONIC QUINTET
Mozart: Divertimento in F major KV 138
Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A Major, KV 581
Return to the vessel for lunch before it departs for the Imperial city of Vienna. This evening‘s optional music choice features attending a concert of the Vienna Mozart Orchestra in the Brahms Hall of the Musikverein, which was inaugurated by Emperor Franz Joseph in 1870. The Brahms Hall in Musikverein the ideal frame for the perfect music enjoyment featuring excellent, world-famous acoustics. Created by the Danish-Austrian architect Theophil von Hansen (1813 – 1891), it was restored after the original plans and now displays its‘ beauty in full splendor.
The Austrian capital offers a kaleidoscope of opportunity for music lovers, as well as a multitude of world-famous sights, which you can explore during the course of a morning city tour. This afternoon you have the option to explore the city on your own, or join the optional excursion to the sumptuous former summer palace of Schönbrunn and its extensive grounds. End your day in style, returning to the ship for a private concert. A quartet from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra will perform pieces from Mozart and Haydn. Later tonight, your cruise ship departs Vienna and continues along the Danube River.
Mozart: Divertimento in D major KV 136
Haydn: String Quartet in C Major, Opus 76 Nr. 3
Viewing the monumental buildings along the banks of the Danube, you will understand why Budapest is also known as the “Queen of the Danube”. The city is split by the Danube river into Buda and Pest. This morning, you can take part in an optional tour through the Buda side of the city with its Fisherman‘s Bastion, or explore on your own. This evening, enjoy lively Hungarian folklore show with traditional dancing followed by a romantic cruise through the illuminated city of Budapest.
Spend the morning exploring the Pest site of the city during a guided tour, showcasing the Hero‘s Square , the famous Parliament Building and a visit to a unique architectonic and acoustic master piece: the Opera House. Take in one of Budapest’s most impressive 19th century Hungarian monuments, built between 1875 and 1884 by famed architect Miklós Ybl. Over 130 years passed since the opening night of this neo-renaissance palace which remained virtually unchanged and continues to attract admirers of opera and ballet alike.
The morning continues with a private concert of the Slovak Quartet in the Duna Palace with strains of Mozart and Dvořák. The small size of the audience and venue leads to an intimacy that engenders a rare intensity of musical communication.
Mozart: String quartet in G Major, KV 156
Dvorak: String quartet No. 12 in F Major, Opus 96
This morning your vessel reaches the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. After breakfast, explore the beautiful sights of this romantic city during the course of a city tour. This evening’s highlight is a celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth through an onboard piano concert by Martin Ivanov performing Beethoven’s works.
Beethoven: Piano sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Opus 27 "Moonlight"
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Opus 53 "Waldstein"
This evening, the captain requests the pleasure of your company at a festive Gala Dinner.
In the afternoon, your ship reaches the erstwhile cultural capital of Linz. Explore the city during a walking Tour and see how the way the Danube river bends and changes direction, this being the reason for which the Roman name of it was „Lentia”. Celebrate the last evening of this musical cruise with an onboard concert by the Salzburg Soloists with compositions of famous Austrian composer Mozart.
Mozart: Opera Ouverture "Le Nozze di Figaro" KV 492
Mozart: Violin concert in B flat Major, KV 207,Strinf quintet in G minor, KV 516
After breakfast, the entire AMADEUS team wishes you a safe journey home. We hope to welcome you again soon!
Owing to the variety of available excursions it‘s often difficult to choose between them - so on this cruise we offer you tailor-made and carefully composed sets of excursions that you can book in advance with 15% discount. All excursions can of course also be booked individually at regular rates on board.
|Cruise Highlights||Unit Price|
|Excursion to Melk Abbey incl. concert||included|
|Concert of the Vienna Mozart Orchestra in the Brahms Hall||$A 227.00|
|City tour of Vienna||included|
|Guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace||$A 82.00|
|City tour Budapest - The Buda Side||$A 58.00|
|Concert at the Duna Palace and city tour of Pest Side||included|
|City tour of Bratislava (included)||included|
|Linz walking tour (incl.)||included|
|Onboard Booking Price|
|Prices for packages booked in advance|