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Blue Danube Discovery

Spend 2 nights in Budapest, enjoy an unforgettable 7-night cruise to Nuremberg, then explore Prague for 3 nights
14 Days – Travel to Budapest & return from Prague

OVERVIEW

Discover a wealth of art, history and cultural treasures as you explore some of Europe’s most renowned destinations. From Budapest, a haven for musicians, writers and artists, cruise to Bratislava, Vienna, Passau and Regensburg. Along the way, visit magnificent cathedrals and Baroque abbeys, explore the stunningly beautiful Wachau Valley, and traverse Europe’s Continental Divide via the Main-Danube Canal, a masterpiece of modern engineering.


  • SELECT DIRECTION:
DayDestinationActivities
1Overnight flight to Hungary
2BudapestHotel check-in
3BudapestCity tour
4BudapestFree time
OR Optional Pustza excursion
EMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
"Illuminations Cruise"
5BratislavaWalking tour
6ViennaCity tour
Optional Schönbrunn Palace excursion
Optional Mozart & Strauss concert
7DürnsteinWalking tour
Cruising the Wachau Valley
MelkBenedictine Abbey tour
8LinzOptional Salzburg excursion
PassauOR scenic cruise and walking tour
9RegensburgWalking tour
10Nuremberg"Medieval Nuremberg" tour
OR "World War II" tour
11NurembergDISEMBARKATION
Karlovy VaryFree time
PragueHotel check-in
12PragueCity tour
Optional "Folklore Dinner Show"
13PragueFree time
OR optional Terezin tour
OR optional Lobkowicz Palace
14PragueReturn flight home
DayDestinationActivities
1BudapestEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
"Illuminations Cruise"
2BratislavaWalking tour
3ViennaCity tour
Optional Schönbrunn Palace excursion
Optional Mozart & Strauss concert
4DürnsteinWalking tour
Cruising the Wachau Valley
MelkBenedictine Abbey tour
5LinzOptional Salzburg excursion
PassauOR scenic cruise and walking tour
6RegensburgWalking tour
7Nuremberg"Medieval Nuremberg" tour
OR "World War II" tour
8NurembergDISEMBARKATION

INCLUDED FEATURES

  • 2 nights hotel in Budapest at the Sofitel Chain Bridge (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • Transfer from the hotel to the ship in Budapest
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms offer French Balconies or revolutionary Twin Balconies
  • Life-enriching tours daily with personal headset included
  • “Limited Edition Tours"
  • State-of-the-art Infotainment System in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library & English language TV stations
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
  • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Multiple dining venues
  • Unlimited red & white wines from Europe’s great wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Transfer from ship to hotel in Prague
  • 3 nights hotel in Prague at the InterContinental or Hilton Old Town (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
  • Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • All transfers with the purchase of cruise, land & air package
  • All local taxes

DETAILED ITINERARY


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Day 1DEPART USA/CANADA
Board your overnight flight to Hungary.
Day 2ARRIVE IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Arrive in Budapest and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax or begin exploring this beautiful city.
Day 3BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Your morning excursion includes sightseeing in Buda and Pest. From historic Buda Castle, enjoy a spectacular view of the twin cities spread over both banks of the river. Your tour also features the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica, the massive Heroes’ Square and more. (B)
Day 4BUDAPEST - EMBARKATION
After checking out of your hotel in Budapest, you will have your choice of a free morning to explore Budapest on your own or join an optional excursion to Puszta. This excursion includes a traditional goulash lunch and a horse riding demonstration by Hungarian cowboys. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Bratislava. (B,D)
Day 5BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA - VIENNA, AUSTRIA
This afternoon, arrive in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. Enjoy a walking tour of the city’s major sites, including the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. Spend the evening in Bratislava before the ship cruises to magnificent Vienna later tonight. (B,L,D)
Day 6VIENNA
This morning, enjoy a panoramic tour of Vienna that will include the majestic Opera House, the Ringstrasse and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The afternoon is free to stroll along the Kärtnerstrasse or sample some of Vienna’s famous pastries in the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join an optional excursion this afternoon to Schönbrunn Palace and gardens, a glorious example of Baroque architecture. Tonight, you may attend an optional Mozart and Strauss concert. (B,L,D)
Day 7DÜRNSTEIN - MELK
After reaching the Wachau Valley early this morning, you will have a walking tour of Dürnstein, part of a region designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the prettiest towns along the Danube. Stroll along cobblestone streets past centuries-old houses and wine taverns, marvel at the magnificent blue tower of the town’s Baroque Stiftskirche (abbey church), and see the ruins of the castle where King Richard I of England was once held for ransom. This afternoon, you may enjoy a guided bike tour from Dürnstein to Melk (if weather permits) or relax on board during a scenic cruise through the beautiful Wachau Valley. Your ship arrives late this afternoon in Melk, one of Europe’s most renowned spiritual and cultural heritage sites, where you will tour its spectacular Benedictine Abbey. Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore the charming town of Melk on your own. (B,L,D)
Day 8LINZ - PASSAU, GERMANY
This morning the ship arrives in Linz. Remain on the ship for a scenic cruise through upper Austria to Passau, a 2,000-year-old city noted for its Gothic and Baroque architecture. You will have a walking tour of Passau’s Old Town, past the old city fortifications and St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to Europe’s largest pipe organ. As an alternative, you may join an optional excursion from Linz to Salzburg, where you will have a walking tour of the historic center, the setting for the “Sound of Music” and Mozart’s birthplace. The ship cruises overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 9REGENSBURG
This afternoon, the ship arrives in Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will have a guided walking tour of the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 A.D. (B,L,D)
Day 10NUREMBERG
Enjoy a scenic morning cruise as the ship crosses the Continental Divide via the Main-Danube Canal and leisurely cruises through the beautiful Altmühl Valley. This afternoon, you have a choice of two tours in Nuremberg. “Medieval Nuremberg” will give you a fascinating overview of this former unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire, an ancient city historians consider the epicenter of the German Renaissance. You will see the 900-year-old ramparts, towers and city walls of the Imperial Castle that surround the historic city center, as well as the house where artist Albrecht Dürer once resided. Another sightseeing option is the “World War II” tour that focuses on Nuremberg during the time of the Third Reich. You will visit the Zeppelin Field where Hitler once held Nazi rallies and the Justice Palace courtroom where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946 (when available). The ship moors in Nuremberg overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 11NUREMBERG – DISEMBARKATION – KARLOVY VARY, CZECH REPUBLIC – PRAGUE
Depart the ship after breakfast and drive through the pastoral countryside to Karlovy Vary, better known by its German name, Carlsbad. You will have free time to explore this beautiful Bohemian spa town and have lunch on your own before continuing to Prague and checking into your hotel. (B)
Day 12PRAGUE
Your morning’s sightseeing tour reveals why Prague is considered one of Europe’s most attractive cities, with a historic city center that’s recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the 1,000 year-old Prague Castle and St. Vitus before walking over the Charles Bridge to the Old Market Square. The rest of the day is at your leisure, perhaps to visit Wenceslas Square or enjoy yourself in one of the city’s many charming cafes. This evening, an optional “Folklore Dinner Show” provides an opportunity to learn about Czech music, dance and traditions (B)
Day 13PRAGUE
Spend a day at your leisure, perhaps to stroll through a museum or gallery, wander along the banks of the Vltava River, relax at an outdoor café, or shop for local handicrafts. This afternoon, participate in an optional excursion to Terezin, the infamous WWII concentration camp that is now a memorial to those who perished, or an optional excursion to Lobkowicz Palace. (B)
Day 14DEPART PRAGUE
Bid farewell to Prague and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
Day 1BUDAPEST - EMBARKATION
Board your cruise in Budapest. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Bratislava. (B,D)
Day 2BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA - VIENNA, AUSTRIA
This afternoon, arrive in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. Enjoy a walking tour of the city’s major sites, including the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. Spend the evening in Bratislava before the ship cruises to magnificent Vienna later tonight. (B,L,D)
Day 3VIENNA
This morning, enjoy a panoramic tour of Vienna that will include the majestic Opera House, the Ringstrasse and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The afternoon is free to stroll along the Kärtnerstrasse or sample some of Vienna’s famous pastries in the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join an optional excursion this afternoon to Schönbrunn Palace and gardens, a glorious example of Baroque architecture. Tonight, you may attend an optional Mozart and Strauss concert. (B,L,D)
Day 4DÜRNSTEIN - MELK
After reaching the Wachau Valley early this morning, you will have a walking tour of Dürnstein, part of a region designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the prettiest towns along the Danube. Stroll along cobblestone streets past centuries-old houses and wine taverns, marvel at the magnificent blue tower of the town’s Baroque Stiftskirche (abbey church), and see the ruins of the castle where King Richard I of England was once held for ransom. This afternoon, you may enjoy a guided bike tour from Dürnstein to Melk (if weather permits) or relax on board during a scenic cruise through the beautiful Wachau Valley. Your ship arrives late this afternoon in Melk, one of Europe’s most renowned spiritual and cultural heritage sites, where you will tour its spectacular Benedictine Abbey. Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore the charming town of Melk on your own. (B,L,D)
Day 5LINZ - PASSAU, GERMANY
This morning the ship arrives in Linz. Remain on the ship for a scenic cruise through upper Austria to Passau, a 2,000-year-old city noted for its Gothic and Baroque architecture. You will have a walking tour of Passau’s Old Town, past the old city fortifications and St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to Europe’s largest pipe organ. As an alternative, you may join an optional excursion from Linz to Salzburg, where you will have a walking tour of the historic center, the setting for the “Sound of Music” and Mozart’s birthplace. The ship cruises overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 6REGENSBURG
This afternoon, the ship arrives in Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will have a guided walking tour of the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 A.D. (B,L,D)
Day 7NUREMBERG
Enjoy a scenic morning cruise as the ship crosses the Continental Divide via the Main-Danube Canal and leisurely cruises through the beautiful Altmühl Valley. This afternoon, you have a choice of two tours in Nuremberg. “Medieval Nuremberg” will give you a fascinating overview of this former unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire, an ancient city historians consider the epicenter of the German Renaissance. You will see the 900-year-old ramparts, towers and city walls of the Imperial Castle that surround the historic city center, as well as the house where artist Albrecht Dürer once resided. Another sightseeing option is the “World War II” tour that focuses on Nuremberg during the time of the Third Reich. You will visit the Zeppelin Field where Hitler once held Nazi rallies and the Justice Palace courtroom where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946 (when available). The ship moors in Nuremberg overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 8NUREMBERG - DISEMBARKATION
This morning, depart the ship after breakfast. (B)

 

 

DATES & RATES

Prices are per person in a Cat. E.
Click to view individual sailing stateroom category pricing.


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CANADA
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EMBARK
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EMBARK
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Apr 22BudapestApr 23AmaLyraBudapestApr 25$3,099$4,349Click to view upgrades
May 6BudapestMay 7AmaLyraBudapestMay 9$3,199$4,449Click to view upgrades
Jun 29BudapestJun 30AmaSonataBudapestJul 2$3,099$4,349Click to view upgrades
Jul 25BudapestJul 26AmaDolceBudapestJul 28$3,099$4,349Click to view upgrades
Aug 10BudapestAug 11AmaSonataBudapestAug 13$3,099$4,349Click to view upgrades
Aug 24BudapestAug 25AmaSonataBudapestAug 27$3,299$4,549Click to view upgrades
Sep 19BudapestSep 20AmaDolceBudapestSep 22$3,499$4,749Click to view upgrades
Oct 7BudapestOct 8AmaLyraBudapestOct 10$3,299$4,549Click to view upgrades
Oct 21BudapestOct 22AmaLyraBudapestOct 24$3,099$4,349Click to view upgrades
Nov 15 ** BudapestNov 16AmaPrimaBudapestNov 18$2,699$3,949Click to view upgrades
Nov 16BudapestNov 17AmaSonataBudapestNov 19$2,699$3,949Click to view upgrades

** Jewish Heritage cruise.

Notes:

Important:  Dates, prices & itineraries for 2014 sailings are subject to change.

Port Charges:  $161 per person.

Single Supplement for Cruise:  50% of twin price; A+, AA+ and Suites 100% of twin price.

Single Supplement for Land:  $700 per person.

Bedding:  Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The Options are: Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

SHIP(S)

AmaDolce

The custom-designed AmaDolce was introduced in 2009 and features spacious staterooms, most with French Balconies, Internet/WiFi access, walking track along our Sun Deck and guided bicycle tours at stops along the river.

AmaLyra

The AmaLyra offers spacious 170-255 sq. ft. staterooms, most with French balconies, complimentary high-speed internet and WiFi, a walking track along our Sun deck, and guided bicycle tours at stops along the river.

AmaPrima

This 164-passenger vessel incorporates the most advanced design offering spacious staterooms featuring our exclusive twin balconies, multiple dining venues, heated pool, Internet/WiFi access and more.

AmaSonata

This 164-passenger vessel boasts spacious staterooms with our exclusive Twin Balconies, a choice of dining venues, a heated pool with swim-up bar, in-room Internet access and more.

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