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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 stunning Wachau Valley, and traverse Europe’s Continental Divide via the Main-Danube Canal, a masterpiece of engineering. Take an optional excursion to Salzburg and celebrate the musical heritage of Mozart, one of the world’s greatest composers.


  • SELECT DIRECTION:
DayDestinationActivities
1Overnight flight to Hungary
2BudapestHotel check-in
3BudapestCity tour
4BudapestEMBARKATION
Optional Pustza excursion
Welcome Dinner
5BratislavaWalking tour
OR Communist History tour
6ViennaCity tour
Optional Schönbrunn Palace excursion
Optional evening concert
7DürnsteinWalking tour & wine tasting
Wachau Valley cruise
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
MelkBenedictine Abbey tour
8LinzOptional Salzburg excursion
PassauWalking tour
9RegensburgWalking tour
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
OR Audi factory tour (when available)
10NurembergMedieval Nuremberg tour
OR World War II tour
11NurembergDISEMBARKATION
Karlovy VaryFree time; transfer to Prague
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
2BratislavaWalking tour
OR Communist History tour
3ViennaCity tour
Optional Schönbrunn Palace excursion
Optional evening concert
4DürnsteinWalking tour & wine tasting
Wachau Valley cruise
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
MelkBenedictine Abbey tour
5LinzOptional Salzburg excursion
PassauWalking tour
6RegensburgWalking tour
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
OR Audi factory tour (when available)
7NurembergMedieval 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 and excursions daily
  • “Culinary Delights – Bites & Sights” excursions
  • 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
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Multiple dining venues on select vessels
  • Free-flowing 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 similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and 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, the great Hungarian Plain which stretches across eastern Hungary. This excursion includes a savory traditional lunch with delicious Hungarian goulash. 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. You have your choice of two tours today: a walking tour of the city’s major sites, including the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral; or a “Communist History” tour that includes architectural landmarks such as the Radio Building, Liberty Square and the Soviet War Memorial. Spend the evening in Bratislava before the ship cruises to magnificent Vienna later tonight. (B,L,D)
Day 6VIENNA
This morning enjoy a guided tour of romantic 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 tour this afternoon to the Imperial Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens, a glorious example of Baroque architecture. Tonight, enjoy an optional Mozart and Strauss concert. (B,L,D)
Day 7DÜRNSTEIN - MELK
Reach the Wachau Valley early this morning for your walking tour of Dürnstein, one of the prettiest towns along the Danube, filled with cobblestone streets, 16th-century town houses and wine taverns. Marvel at the magnificent blue facade of the Baroque Stiftskirche and see the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionhearted, King of England, was held for ransom in 1192. This afternoon, you can enjoy a guided bike tour from Dürnstein to Melk (capacity controlled) or relax onboard as you cruise the beautiful Wachau Valley. Your ship arrives in Melk late this afternoon, where you will tour the spectacular Benedictine Abbey that inspired the novel The Name of the Rose. Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore Melk, one of Europe’s great cultural heritage sites. (B,L,D)
Day 8LINZ - PASSAU, GERMANY
This morning the ship arrives in Linz, where you will have a choice of two excursions. The first is an optional excursion to Salzburg, where you will take a walking tour of the historic center, the setting for the “Sound of Music” and Mozart’s birthplace. As an alternative, remain on the ship and cruise through scenic Upper Austria to Passau, a 2,000-year-old city noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture. A walking tour of Passau will take you along the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, where you will see the city fortifications and St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to Europe’s largest pipe organ. (B,L,D)
Day 9REGENSBURG
In the afternoon the ship arrives in Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will have your choice of three tours: a guided walking tour, in which you will see 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.; an afternoon bike ride to the Walhalla Temple, which honors distinguished Germans throughout history (capacity controlled); or a trip to the Audi Factory in Ingolstadt, where you will take a guided tour of the Audi Car Museum or production line (subject to availability, capacity controlled). (B,L,D)
Day 10NUREMBERG
Enjoy a scenic morning 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 excursions in Nuremberg: a “Medieval History” tour that will show you the 900-year-old ramparts that surround the city, the Imperial Castle and Old Town Hall; or a “WWII Tour” that focuses on the city’s role during the Third Reich. You will visit the infamous Zeppelin field Hitler used to hold 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 balance of 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. 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 Nazi 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, you will meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner. (B,D)
Day 2BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA - VIENNA, AUSTRIA
This afternoon, arrive in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. You have your choice of two tours today: a walking tour of the city’s major sites, including the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral; or a “Communist History” tour that includes architectural landmarks such as the Radio Building, Liberty Square and the Soviet War Memorial. Spend the evening in Bratislava before the ship cruises to magnificent Vienna later tonight. (B,L,D)
Day 3VIENNA
This morning enjoy a guided tour of romantic 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 tour this afternoon to the Imperial Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens, a glorious example of Baroque architecture. Tonight, enjoy an optional Mozart and Strauss concert. (B,L,D)
Day 4DÜRNSTEIN - MELK
Reach the Wachau Valley early this morning for your walking tour of Dürnstein, one of the prettiest towns along the Danube, filled with cobblestone streets, 16th-century town houses and wine taverns. Marvel at the magnificent blue facade of the Baroque Stiftskirche and see the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionhearted, King of England, was held for ransom in 1192. This afternoon, you can enjoy a guided bike tour from Dürnstein to Melk (capacity controlled) or relax onboard as you cruise the beautiful Wachau Valley. Your ship arrives in Melk late this afternoon, where you will tour the spectacular Benedictine Abbey that inspired the novel The Name of the Rose. Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore Melk, one of Europe’s great cultural heritage sites. (B,L,D)
Day 5LINZ - PASSAU, GERMANY
This morning the ship arrives in Linz, where you will have a choice of two excursions. The first is an optional excursion to Salzburg, where you will take a walking tour of the historic center, the setting for the “Sound of Music” and Mozart’s birthplace. As an alternative, remain on the ship and cruise through scenic Upper Austria to Passau, a 2,000-year-old city noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture. A walking tour of Passau will take you along the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, where you will see the city fortifications and St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to Europe’s largest pipe organ. (B,L,D)
Day 6REGENSBURG
In the afternoon the ship arrives in Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will have your choice of three tours: a guided walking tour, in which you will see 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.; an afternoon bike ride to the Walhalla Temple, which honors distinguished Germans throughout history (capacity controlled); or a trip to the Audi Factory in Ingolstadt, where you will take a guided tour of the Audi Car Museum or production line (subject to availability, capacity controlled). (B,L,D)
Day 7NUREMBERG
Enjoy a scenic morning 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 excursions in Nuremberg: a “Medieval History” tour that will show you the 900-year-old ramparts that surround the city, the Imperial Castle and Old Town Hall; or a “WWII Tour” that focuses on the city’s role during the Third Reich. You will visit the infamous Zeppelin field Hitler used to hold 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

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Notes:

Important:  Dates, prices & itineraries for 2013 sailings are subject to change.

Port Charges:  $147 per person.

Single Supplement for Cruise:  50% of twin price; Jr. Suites & Suites 100% of twin price.

Single Supplement for Land:  $650 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)

AmaBella

The AmaBella offers the ultimate in custom-designed luxury. This 161-passenger vessel features a combination of amenities and design details never before seen on the great waterways of Europe.

AmaCerto

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.

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.

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