16 - 23 JULY 2022

Richard Thompson has been described as ‘the finest rock songwriter after Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix’. We don’t disagree, except to say that his work on acoustic guitar is also sensational.

His latest album, 13 Rivers, has rapidly garnered critical acclaim with many reviewers regarding it as one of Thompson’s best albums in recent years. His influence can’t be overstated. Everybody, from Robert Plant to Don Henley and from Elvis Costello to R.E.M., has covered his music.

Also performing on this cruise are two other outstanding acts.

Judith Owen is a performer whose stylistic range spans rock, pop, classical, jazz, blues, and musical theatre, Owen is also a comedic actress and master storyteller. Born into an overtly musical Welsh family, Judith Owen grew up in London surrounded by classical music, ballet, theatre, and the fine arts.  Owen was also exposed to many jazz icons and Broadway musicals that her parents loved (the mixture would become her signature sound). Pre lockdown, Judith wrapped up a tour in Europe and the U.K. to adoring fans, during which time she joined Richard Thompson as a featured guest (along with a cavalcade of British rock and folk royalty) at his 70th birthday celebration at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Show of Hands have unequivocally become one of the leading forces in British folk. Steve Knightley and Phil Beer are respectively recognised as one of the UK’s best singer songwriters and one of its finest multi instrumentalists. Without frills or fanfares they have carved a unique niche built on a carefully constructed cottage industry and become one of the most in-demand bands on the circuit. An alchemist couldn’t have come up with a more potent, magical mix than that of Phil Beer, who can, as The Scotsman observed, “play nearly every stringed instrument known to man” and the inspired Steve Knightley, described by broadcaster Mike Harding as “one of England’s greatest singer songwriters”.

On this magical cruise you will explore the beautiful River Danube aboard the newest addition to the Amadeus Fleet, the MS Amadeus Cara, your luxurious floating home from home. With only 150 guests on board, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for fans to enjoy, ‘up close and personal’, the songs and music of Richard Thompson & his special guest Judith Owen as well as Show Of Hands.

If you're not ready to book but have further questions then please feel free to email us at and we'll be happy to help

What's included
  • Large, outside river-view staterooms, most with French balconies or walk-out balconies
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board.
  • Gourmet dining every night.
  • Entertainment every night including 3 concerts from Richard Thompson on board.
  • Services of an experienced English-speaking onboard Cruise Director.
  • 24-hour coffee station.
  • 5 nights of programmed entertainment (First and last night will be impromptu)
  • Bottled water in every stateroom.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard.
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles.
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for optional excursions.
  • All local taxes & port charges included.
  • Optional Excursion Package available (please ask for details)
  • Airport transfer to / from ship on 16.07.22 and 23.07.22 (additional transfer cost for extended stays if required)
  • Choice of bed configuration – King or Twin bed.
  • Cabins on Haydn deck feature a connecting door – on request.
  • Mini bar in all cabins (except C1 & C4)

Dress Code throughout will be smart casual / no formal nights. Flights to Budapest and back from Munich are not included. This gives you the flexibility to extend your stay pre / post cruise if you wish and travel to / from the airport of your choice. We are happy to assist with flight bookings as well as pre / post cruise stays, please contact us to discuss your personal requirements.



Richard Thompson has been described as “the finest rock songwriter after Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix”. We don’t disagree, except to say that his work on acoustic guitar is also sensational.

His latest album, 13 Rivers, has rapidly garnered critical acclaim. Many reviewers regarded it as one of Thompson’s best albums in recent years. His influence cannot be overstated. Everybody, from Robert Plant to Don Henley and from Elvis Costello to R.E.M., has covered his music. Of 13 Rivers, Thompson says: “I wrote the songs as a group to hang together…they belong together in some way and seem to possess a commonality since they were written in the same time and space”.

To capture this vision, he retreated to the famed Boulevard Recording Studio in Los Angeles. Known previously as “The Producer’s Workshop” and once owned by Liberace and his manager, the locale served as the site for seminal classics by Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Ringo Starr and Joan Baez. It also hosted the mixing sessions for Pink Floyd’s The Wall. Notably, this marked the first time Thompson self produced in over a decade and he opted to record the basic tracks to analogue. Engineered by Clay Blair (The War on Drugs), Richard was joined by the usual suspects from his band tours, Michael Jerome [drums, percussion], Taras Prodaniuk [bass], and Bobby Eichorn [guitar].

Richard holds a coveted spot in Rolling Stone’s “Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and counts Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the Americana Music Association and the BBC among his many accolades. In 2011, he was awarded an OBE for services to music.
 We could not be happier that Richard is joining us on this cruise.

Richard Thompson will perform three shows on board during the week on the following days: Wednesday 20 July, Thursday 21 July and Friday 22 July


Joining Richard and Show Of Hands on the cruise will be acclaimed Welsh born singer-songwriter and pianist, Judith Owen. Expect re-worked jazz versions of rock classics like Soundgarden's 'Black Hole Sun', Deep Purple's 'Smoke on the Water' and even a fresh take on Survivor's arena rock anthem, 'Eye of the Tiger' as well as plenty of self-penned material bringing a singular sense of humour and raw emotionalism that is both poignant and funny.

Judith will perform three shows on board during the week on the following days: Sunday 17 July, Tuesday 19 July and Wednesday 21 July


The original duo of singer-songwriter Steve Knightley and multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer have become a major force in British folk music, having first got together 30 years ago.

Over the years the band has moved on from their folk duo image and evolved into a hard hitting acoustic band, selling out UK and European tours and headlining some of the biggest festivals across the world.

Their accolades include being voted Best Live Act at the 2004 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, the only category voted for by the public. They went on to win the Best Duo and Best Original Song in the 2010 Awards. They’ve also been voted the Greatest Devonians in a county poll.

Show of Hands is undeniably one of the strongest current forces in acoustic music - unreservedly England's finest.

Show Of Hands will perform two shows on board during the week on the following days: Saturday 16 July and Monday 18 July



Welcome to your Danube cruise. Your journey begins in Budapest, with an afternoon embarkation from 14:00. In the evening, join us for a welcome cocktail, followed by a delicious welcome dinner. A stunning evening cruise through beautifully illuminated Budapest, as well as a Hungarian folklore show, make for a perfect beginning to this very special week. The ship will stay overnight in Budapset


Depart Budapest 13:30 Relax onboard as we make our way to Esztergom.

Arrive Esztergom 18:30 Depart 19:00

Today's Excursions

City Tour of Budapest
Or Excursion to Esxtergom and Szentendre


Arrive Bratislava 08:00 Depart 23:00

In the morning, we call at our next capital city, Bratislava. Explore the city during a guided walking tour, or on your own. It is worth visiting the Imperial Festschloss Hof in the afternoon, which was once the country residence of Empress Maria Theresia. Situated in Austria, not far from the Slovakian border. Wine lovers might want to explore the wine country of Slovakia in the foothills of the Carpathian mountains, on the Small Carpathian wine route. Enjoy dinner on board before we sail from Slovakia late this evening and cross into Austria.

Today's Excursions

City tour of Bratislava
Guided tour of the Imperial Palace Hof

Day 4 – VIENNA

Arrive Vienna 07:00

There is much to see in Vienna: its Imperial palaces, Museums Quarter with historic and contemporary buildings displaying works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and other artists. The impressive buildings along the Ringstrasse, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the famous Vienna State Opera among many others. This afternoon perhaps venture to Schönbrunn Palace, the sumptuous summer palace and gardens of Empress Maria Theresia and the Habsburg empire. In the evening opt for the “Sound of Vienna” and listen to the “Alt Wien” orchestra play popular pieces from Vienna’s classical era. The vessel departs Vienna in the early hours.

Today's Excursions

City tour of Vienna
Guided tour of the Schönbrunn Palace
Sound of Vienna Classical Concert


Depart Vienna 02:00 Arrive Durnstein 08:00 Depart midday

The romantic Wachau Valley is one of the most beautiful landscapes of Austria. In the morning we dock in Dürnstein, with its picturesque blue medieval abbey on the edge of the Danube river. Wander through this quaint village or join a walking tour featuring a visit to Dürnstein Abbey. lternatively, if you wish to explore the wines of the Wachau, a visit to the Krems winery estate to learn about the history and enjoy a tasting is a must. During lunch on board, we head to Emmersdorf. Spend the afternoon discovering this typical small town in Lower Austria or opt to travel across the river to nearby Melk and its magnificent Benedictine abbey, the largest in Austria. In the evening, we leave the Wachau and head for Linz.

Today's Excursions

Excursion to Melk Abbey
Winzer Krems Vinyard and Winery
Durnstein walking tour with visit to Durnstein Abbey

Day 6 – LINZ

Arrive Linz 07:00 Depart 08:30

Arrive in the erstwhile cultural capital of Linz, where we make a short stop for the departure of the day’s excursions.

A morning walking tour through the Baroque centre of Passau will provide insight into the history of the town. Alternatively, you can take part in a full day excursion in a comfortable tour bus, which will visit the Mozart town of Salzburg and the lake district of the Salzkammergut. Both excursions end in Linz, where you will return to your ship. The guests who do not take the bus to Salzburg can spend the afternoon on their own or take a guided tour through this Upper Austrian town before the ship weighs anchor in the evening. Enjoy another delicious dinner on board followed by music in the lounge.

Today's Excursions

Linz walking tour
Full-day excursion to Salzburg with Salzkammergut and Lunch
Passau walking tour


Arrive Regensburg 10:00 Depart 20:00

After a leisurely breakfast, arrive in the Bavarian city of Regensburg, which is one of the most beautiful old towns in Germany. This UNESCO site boasts architecture from many centuries, reflective of its varied history throughout the centuries. The stone bridge, built in 1135-1146, the Church of St James, and the Schloss of Thurn and Taxis are a few of the highlights of this beautiful city. Back on board this evening, experience a traditional Bavarian dinner as we depart for Passau.

Today's Excursions

Regensburg walking tour
Excursion to Weltenburg Abbey
Excursion to Thurn and Taxis Castle with brewery and tasting

Day 8 - PASSAU

AArrive Passau 08:00

After breakfast we bid you farewell and a safe onward journey Transfers to the airport will commence after breakfast. For those, leaving later in the day you will be permitted to leave your luggage onboard whilst you explore the city. Or if you are planning on extending your stay, taxis can be arranged by the crew for you to your chosen hotel or the train station.


    Prices are per person and do not include flights. Please contact us if you require assistance with your travel arrangements.

    Please note: a deposit of £200 per person is required to secure your booking.

    Cabin GradeDeckPrice per person
    Suite - dual occupancyMozart Deck£2,999
    A1 - dual occupancyMozart Deck£2,699
    B1 - dual occupancyStraus Deck£2,499
    B1 - solo occupancyStraus Deck£2,989
    B4 - dual occupancyStraus Deck£2,099
    C1 - dual occupancyHaydn Deck£1,799
    C1 - solo occupancyHaydn Deck£2,399
    C4 - dual occupancyHaydn Deck£1,499


    MS Cara, the newest new ship to join the Amadeus fleet, offers a total of 73 spacious deluxe cabins and 12 AMADEUS Suites. The cabins on the Mozart and Strauss Deck also feature electronically lowerable panoramic windows, which extend across the entire cabin front and have been specially designed for the AMADEUS ships.

    All the deluxe cabins and suites on board offer comfortable, spacious bathrooms, infotainment systems, flat screen television, telephone, cabin safe, minibar and air conditioning which can be individually regulated. Furthermore, the suites feature a comfortable corner sofa, luxurious bathroom and walk-out external balcony.


    Q: Are flights included?
    No, you are responsible for your own travel arrangements to and from the ship.  However, we are happy to assist with booking flights on your behalf.  Please contact us for details if you require assistance.

    Q: Which airport do I need to fly into / home from?
    The ship overnights in Budapest on 16 July so your arrival airport will be Budapest (BUD).
    The cruise ends in Passau on 23 July, the closest international airport is Munich (MUC)

    Q: Are airport transfers included?
    Transfers are included from Budapest Airport to the ship on 16 July and from the ship to Munich Airport on 23 July.
    The last transfer time from the airport to the ship in Passau will be 16:00 on 23 July. 

    Should you opt to extend your stay either at the start or at the end of your cruise, there will be an additional charge for transfers.

    Q: What time can I board the ship on Embarkation day?
    You can normally board from 1pm but your cabin may not be available until after 3pm.
    You will be able to enjoy the ship’s facilities until your room is ready to be occupied.

    Q: What time is disembarkation from?
    As the ship has a quick turnaround, you will be required to vacate your cabin after breakfast on the day of departure.  If you have a late flight or transfer you may be able to store your luggage on board until later in the day, depending on the ship’s itinerary.  The crew on board will be happy to assist.

    Q: Is there WiFi on board?
    A: Yes, WiFi is provided in all public areas of the ship.  However, during the trip the signal may be weaker in certain sections of the route.

    Q: Is there an elevator on board?
    All AMADEUS ships have a guest elevator, which operates between the Mozart and Haydn decks.
    The sun deck is not accessible by elevator.

    Q: What is the dress code on board?
    A: We want to you feel comfortable on board, the dress code is casual during the day and in the evening smart casual.  Think what would I wear for a meal out in a restaurant at home?

    Q: Where will the entertainment take place?
    After dinner in the Panorama Lounge.  The normal lounge layout may by changed during this sailing for the evening performances, to allow better sightlines for the audience.

    Q: What is the electrical current on board?
    A: The voltage in hotels and onboard ship is 230V, European standard.  To use any electrical product that is not dual voltage (e.g. from the US, Canada, Australia or the UK), you will need a plug adaptor and some devices will require an electrical converter.  Many electronic devices have built-in electrical converters, however, please check the manufacturer’s specifications for details.  A two-pole adaptor is also available at reception.

    Q: Mooring and Docking
    A: Local river authorities allocate docking space around ship arrivals and departures in port. Occasionally port conditions require ships to tie up alongside each other, in which case guests may be required to walk through another ship to access their own ship.  This is part of the river cruise experience and is perfectly normal and beyond our control.  Guests may experience obstructed views from staterooms when the ship is docked.

    Q: What is the currency on board the ship?
    A: The currency on board all AMADEUS ships is EURO However, you may also settle your account in (GBP) Sterling or (USD) American Dollars.

    Q: What is the difference between the Category C4 & C1 cabins on Haydn Deck and the B4 & B1 cabins on Strauss deck?

    A:  The last four cabins on both Haydn Deck & Strauss Deck can occasionally be subject to propellor noise in low water conditions.  Therefore, these cabins are sold at a lower price than the other cabins on those decks.  Otherwise, cabin layout and size are identical.
    All categories feature an in room mini-bar with the exception of C1 & C4 cabins.

    Q: What about gratuities?
    A: Gratuities for the ship’s staff and crew are not included in your cruise price.  You may pre-pay gratuities through our office with a suggested amount of USD 12.00 / EUR 11.00 per person per day. Alternatively, you may wish to tip onboard in cash or add a gratuity to your onboard account.

    Gratuities for drivers and guides for optional excursions are not included in the excursion price. A suggested amount is 1-2 EUR per person for half day excursion & 2-3 EUR per person for the full day excursion given directly to the guide and driver.

    Q: Is this cruise suitable for someone with a mobility disability?
    As the lift on board does not operate to the sun deck level, all passengers would need to be mobile enough to access the sun-deck via the steps.

    Occasionally the ship may have to moor up alongside another ship and guests may be required to disembark via the sun deck. Effectively, walking across the sundeck on MS Cara and across the sun deck of the neighbouring ship to the gang plank on the opposite side by the mooring.  Ability to climb the steps on both sides will be necessary.

    What to pack:
    The following items are essential for any destination: sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, and maybe an umbrella.  It is recommended that you bring duplicates of prescription eye wear, copies of prescriptions for any medications (generic equivalents are usually easier to obtain), copies of credit card information, and copies of your passport information pages.

    An adaptor/transformer may be necessary (the on-board power supply is 230V AC/50 Hz) if you bring any electronic devices with you.

    Comfortable, casual clothing is appropriate both onshore and onboard and we suggest lightweight clothing that can be layered.  Shorts are appropriate for most tours; however long pants may be required for inside visits on some excursions.  Your cruise manager will advise when and if this is required.  You may find a significant amount of walking over uneven terrain during your time ashore.
    We recommend comfortable walking shoes with good ankle support.  Sturdy sandals are another good option.

    Don’t forget to pack a lightweight, waterproof jacket (preferably hooded) or even a heavier-weight wind-breaker for cooler temperatures.  Also, keep in mind that the ship, coaches, and other venues visited on our itinerary are air conditioned and may be quite cool.  We recommend that you pack a lightweight sweater or long sleeve shirts and carry them with you on excursions.



    River Danube Itinerary and route