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The Legendary Danube

Spend 3 nights in Prague, then enjoy a fascinating cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest
12 Days – Travel to Prague & return from Budapest

OVERVIEW

Start your voyage with a visit to historic Prague, “the city of a hundred spires.” Celebrate the beauty and history of the Danube, Europe’s second largest river, as you cruise from Nuremberg through the Main-Danube Canal across the Continental Divide. Visit centuries-old towns and marvel at the beautiful riverside vistas passing by you. Enter Austria and cruise through the lush Wachau wine region. Conclude your European river cruise vacation with two grand capitals, Vienna and Budapest.


  • SELECT DIRECTION:
DayDestinationActivities
1Overnight flight to Czech Republic
2PragueHotel check-in
3PragueCity tour
Optional Folklore Dinner Show
4PragueOptional Terezin excursion
OR optional Lobkowicz Palace excursion
5PragueTransfer to Karlovy Vary
Karlovy VaryFree time
NurembergEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
6NurembergMedieval Nuremberg
OR World War II tour
Cruise Main-Danube Canal
Lecture on canal project
7RegensburgWalking tour
OR Audi factory tour (when available)
Optional Weltenburg Abbey (seasonal)
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
8PassauWalking tour
OR optional Salzburg excursion
LinzFree evening
9MelkBenedictine Abbey tour
Cruise Wachau Valley
ViennaOptional evening Mozart & Strauss concert
10ViennaCity tour
Optional Schonbrunn Palace
11BudapestCity tour
Illuminations Cruise
12BudapestDISEMBARKATION
DayDestinationActivities
1NurembergEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
2NurembergMedieval Nuremberg
OR World War II tour
Cruise Main-Danube Canal
Lecture on canal project
3RegensburgWalking tour
OR Audi factory tour (when available)
Optional Weltenburg Abbey (seasonal)
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
4PassauWalking tour
OR optional Salzburg excursion
LinzFree evening
5MelkBenedictine Abbey tour
Cruise Wachau Valley
ViennaOptional evening Mozart & Strauss concert
6ViennaCity tour
Optional Schonbrunn Palace
7BudapestCity tour
Illuminations Cruise
8BudapestDISEMBARKATION

INCLUDED FEATURES

  • 3 nights hotel in Prague at the InterContinental (or similar), including daily Buffet Breakfast
  • Transfer Prague to the ship in Nuremberg
  • 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
  • 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


Select Direction:       or  

Day 1DEPART USA/CANADA
Board your overnight flight to Prague, Czech Republic.
Day 2ARRIVE IN PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Arrive in Prague and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is free to start exploring this beautiful city.
Day 3PRAGUE
Your morning sightseeing tour reveals why Prague is considered one of Europe’s most attractive cities, with a historic city center that is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will take a panoramic tour of the city before arriving at the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle for a visit. Afterwards, walk over Charles Bridge to the Old Market Square and see the Church of Tyn and the famous Astronomical Clock. This evening, an optional “Folklore Dinner Show” provides an opportunity to learn about Czech music, dance and traditions. (B)
Day 4PRAGUE
Spend a day at your leisure or participate in an optional excursion to Terezin, the infamous Nazi WWII concentration camp that is now a memorial to those who perished. Alternatively, take an optional excursion to Lobkowicz Palace. (B)
Day 5PRAGUE - KARLOVY VARY - EMBARKATION - NUREMBERG, GERMANY
Depart from Prague after breakfast via motor coach. Enjoy a stop in Karlovy Vary, better known by its German name, Carlsbad, a town famous for its Bohemian spas. After lunch, drive through the pastoral countryside to Nuremberg. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner. The ship will moor overnight in Nuremberg. (B,D)
Day 6NUREMBERG – CONTINENTAL DIVIDE
Today, take the “Medieval Nuremberg” tour and see the 900-year-old ramparts, towers and old city walls that surround this historic city and the Imperial Castle. Another option is the “World War II” tour, which focuses on Nuremberg during the time of the Third Reich. Designated the City of the Reichsparteitage (Nazi Party Rallies), you will visit the Zeppelin Field where Hitler once held his Nazi rallies, the Coliseum, and the Justice Palace courtroom where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946 (when available). Later, you may attend an onboard presentation about the construction of the Mani-Danube Canal as the ship cruises to Regensburg. (B,L,D)
Day 7REGENSBURG
This morning’s scenic cruising takes you through the final stretch of the Main-Danube Canal and arrives in Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. A guided walking tour will show you the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Alternatively, visit the Audi Factory in Ingolstadt, where a member of the Audi team will take you on a guided tour of the Audi Car Museum or the production line (subject to availability). In the afternoon, you are free to join the optional excursion to beautiful Weltenburg Abbey and see the scenic Danube Gorge (seasonal), or take a guided bike tour to Walhalla Temple, which honors distinguished Germans throughout history. (B,L,D)
Day 8PASSAU - LINZ, AUSTRIA
After breakfast, arrive in picturesque Passau, where the Inn and Ilz rivers join the Danube. You have your choice of two tours today: a Passau walking tour or an optional excursion to Salzburg. Passau is a 2,000-year-old city noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture. Walk the cobblestone streets of the Old Town where you will see the fortifications and St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to the largest pipe organ in the world. If you choose the optional Salzburg excursion, you will begin your walking tour of the historic center, famous as the setting for the “Sound of Music” and as the birthplace of Mozart. Then enjoy free time on your own before returning to the ship, now docked in Linz. After dinner, you may wish to take a walk through this delightful town, Austria’s third largest city and a major river port. (B,L,D)
Day 9MELK - VIENNA
Reach the Wachau Valley early this morning and arrive in Melk. Your guided tour takes you to Melk’s magnificent 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey, the inspiration for the novel The Name of the Rose. Return to the ship for lunch before the ship continues cruising through the romantic Wachau Valley. Arrive in Vienna after dinner and explore the magnificent Austrian capital on your own, or enjoy an optional evening Mozart and Strauss concert. (B,L,D)
Day 10VIENNA
Savor Vienna’s Baroque elegance on a guided city tour that includes the world famous Opera House, the Ringstrasse, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and more. The tour is followed by free time in the city center to shop for souvenirs or sample some of Vienna’s famous pastries. Alternatively, join an optional tour to the Imperial Schonbrunn Palace, which is a fine example of Baroque architecture. Tonight, the ship continues down the Danube en route to Hungary. (B,L,D)
Day 11BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
This morning, a sightseeing tour takes you to historic Buda Castle, where you can enjoy a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest. Your tour also features the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Heroes’ Square and more. After dinner, the ship will sail a special “Illuminations Cruise” past the city’s riverfront. (B,L,D)
Day 12BUDAPEST – DISEMBARKATION
Bid farewell to Budapest as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
Day 1EMBARKATION - NUREMBERG, GERMANY
Board your cruise in Nuremberg. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner. The ship will moor overnight in Nuremberg. (D)
Day 2NUREMBERG – CONTINENTAL DIVIDE
Today, take the “Medieval Nuremberg” tour and see the 900-year-old ramparts, towers and old city walls that surround this historic city and the Imperial Castle. Another option is the “World War II” tour, which focuses on Nuremberg during the time of the Third Reich. Designated the City of the Reichsparteitage (Nazi Party Rallies), you will visit the Zeppelin Field where Hitler once held his Nazi rallies, the Coliseum, and the Justice Palace courtroom where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946 (when available). Later, you may attend an onboard presentation about the construction of the Mani-Danube Canal as the ship cruises to Regensburg. (B,L,D)
Day 3REGENSBURG
This morning’s scenic cruising takes you through the final stretch of the Main-Danube Canal and arrives in Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. A guided walking tour will show you the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Alternatively, visit the Audi Factory in Ingolstadt, where a member of the Audi team will take you on a guided tour of the Audi Car Museum or the production line (subject to availability). In the afternoon, you are free to join the optional excursion to beautiful Weltenburg Abbey and see the scenic Danube Gorge (seasonal), or take a guided bike tour to Walhalla Temple, which honors distinguished Germans throughout history. (B,L,D)
Day 4PASSAU - LINZ, AUSTRIA
After breakfast, arrive in picturesque Passau, where the Inn and Ilz rivers join the Danube. You have your choice of two tours today: a Passau walking tour or an optional excursion to Salzburg. Passau is a 2,000-year-old city noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture. Walk the cobblestone streets of the Old Town where you will see the fortifications and St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to the largest pipe organ in the world. If you choose the optional Salzburg excursion, you will begin your walking tour of the historic center, famous as the setting for the “Sound of Music” and as the birthplace of Mozart. Then enjoy free time on your own before returning to the ship, now docked in Linz. After dinner, you may wish to take a walk through this delightful town, Austria’s third largest city and a major river port. (B,L,D)
Day 5MELK - VIENNA
Reach the Wachau Valley early this morning and arrive in Melk. Your guided tour takes you to Melk’s magnificent 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey, the inspiration for the novel The Name of the Rose. Return to the ship for lunch before the ship continues cruising through the romantic Wachau Valley. Arrive in Vienna after dinner and explore the magnificent Austrian capital on your own, or enjoy an optional evening Mozart and Strauss concert. (B,L,D)
Day 6VIENNA
Savor Vienna’s Baroque elegance on a guided city tour that includes the world famous Opera House, the Ringstrasse, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and more. The tour is followed by free time in the city center to shop for souvenirs or sample some of Vienna’s famous pastries. Alternatively, join an optional tour to the Imperial Schonbrunn Palace, which is a fine example of Baroque architecture. Tonight, the ship continues down the Danube en route to Hungary. (B,L,D)
Day 7BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
This morning, a sightseeing tour takes you to historic Buda Castle, where you can enjoy a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest. Your tour also features the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Heroes’ Square and more. After dinner, the ship will sail a special “Illuminations Cruise” past the city’s riverfront. (B,L,D)
Day 8BUDAPEST – DISEMBARKATION
Bid farewell to Budapest as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

 

 

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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:  $390 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)

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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