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Melodies of the Danube

Enjoy a fascinating cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen & spend 3 nights in Munich (or Prague)
12 Days – Travel to Budapest & return from Munich (or Prague)

OVERVIEW

Travel on the beautiful Danube through four European countries. Experience the sights and sounds that have long inspired musicians, poets and artists. Begin your cruise in Budapest, continuing on to Bratislava and Vienna, the romantic birthplace of the waltz. Cruise through the scenic wine-growing region of the Wachau Valley, visit the spectacular Benedictine Abbey in Melk, and explore charming medieval towns. Conclude your journey with a three night stay in Munich or Prague.


  • SELECT DIRECTION:
DayDestinationActivities
1Overnight flight to Hungary
2BudapestEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
3BudapestCity tour
4BratislavaWalking tour
OR "Communist History" tour
ViennaViennese Wine & Music Evening
5ViennaCity tour
Optional Schönbrunn Palace excursion
Optional Mozart & Strauss concert
6DürnsteinWalking tour & wine tasting
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
MelkBenedictine Abbey tour
7LinzGmunden excursion
Cesky KrumlovOR Cesky Krumlov excursion
LinzOR Salzburg excursion
8PassauWalking tour
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
Vilshofen"Oktoberfest"
9VilshofenDISEMBARKATION
RegensburgWalking tour
Transfer to Munich
10MunichCity tour
11MunichNeuschwanstein
Bavarian Alps
12MunichReturn flight home
DayDestinationActivities
1BudapestEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
2BudapestCity tour
3BratislavaWalking tour
OR "Communist History" tour
ViennaViennese Wine & Music Evening
4ViennaCity tour
Optional Schönbrunn Palace excursion
Optional Mozart & Strauss concert
5DürnsteinWalking tour & wine tasting
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
MelkBenedictine Abbey tour
6LinzGmunden excursion
Cesky KrumlovOR Cesky Krumlov excursion
LinzOR Salzburg excursion
7PassauWalking tour
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
Vilshofen"Oktoberfest"
8VilshofenDISEMBARKATION

INCLUDED FEATURES

  • 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 the ship Vilshofen to Munich
  • 3 nights hotel in Munich at the Le Méridien or in Prague at the Old Town Hilton (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 Budapest, Hungary.
Day 2ARRIVE IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - EMBARKATION
Arrive in Budapest and embark your luxurious river cruise ship. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 3BUDAPEST
This morning, your sightseeing tour takes you to historic Buda Castle, where you will enjoy a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest. Your tour also includes Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Heroes’ Square and more. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. (B,L,D)
Day 4BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA - VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Wake up this morning in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. You have your choice of two tours today. The first option is a walking tour of the city’s top sights, including the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral. As an alternative, choose the “Communist History” tour that includes landmarks such as the Radio Building, Liberty Square and the Soviet War Memorial. Later, you will have some free time before the ship cruises to Vienna, the music capital of the world. After dinner, experience a traditional “Viennese Wine and Music” evening in a rustic wine tavern outside the city, where you can enjoy a glass of newly pressed, locally grown wine and Austrian music and hospitality. (B,L,D)
Day 5VIENNA
Savor the sights of romantic Vienna during your guided tour, which will include the Opera House, the Ringstrasse and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. An optional tour of Schonbrunn Palace and Mozart & Strauss concert in one of the city’s great formal concert houses is also available. (B,L,D)
Day 6DÜRNSTEIN - MELK
This morning arrive in Dürnstein, where you will take a walking tour along the town’s medieval cobblestoned streets. You will see the magnificent blue façade of the local Stiftskirche and the ruined castle, high on a hill, where Richard the Lionhearted was once imprisoned. Your tour will include a tasting of local wines. As an alternative, take a scenic guided bike tour from Durnstein to Melk (capacity controlled). The ship arrives in Melk this afternoon, where you will tour the spectacular Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest Baroque-style monasteries and the inspiration for the novel The Name of the Rose. The ship moors overnight in Melk. (B,L,D)
Day 7LINZ - GMUNDEN
This morning the ship arrives in Linz, the second largest city in Austria. You will have the choice of three different excursions: the scenic “Salzkammergut” region (Austrian Lake District), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you will explore the historic town of Gmunden; the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a wonderfully preserved medieval town in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border; or Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace, where you will take a walking tour of the historic center, famous as the setting for the “Sound of Music.” Enjoy free time on your own before returning to the ship. The ship sails overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 8PASSAU, GERMANY - VILSHOFEN
Early this morning, cruise through Upper Austria to Passau in Germany, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. Your city tour takes you around this charming city founded more than 2,000 years ago. Highlights include St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to the largest pipe organ in the world. As an alternative, explore the city on a guided bike tour (capacity controlled). This afternoon, the ship cruises to the medieval town of Vilshofen, where you’ll enjoy a mini “Oktoberfest” with local food, beer and Bavarian folk music and dancing. (B,L,D)
Day 9VILSHOFEN - DISEMBARKATION - REGENSBURG - MUNICH
This morning, disembark your ship in Vilshofen and depart for Munich. Stop in Regensburg for a walking tour of one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. You will have some free time afterwards to explore Regensburg’s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before continuing your transfer to Munich. Enjoy the scenic countryside en route to your hotel in Munich, Germany’s third-largest city. With a history that dates back to the middle ages, Munich is an important industrial, educational and cultural center, renowned for its breweries, beer gardens and boisterous Oktoberfest celebrations. (B)
Day 10MUNICH
This morning, enjoy a panoramic tour of Munich followed by a walking tour of the Old Town. You will see such iconic sights as the famous Glockenspiel at Munich’s New Town Hall and the Frauenkirche, the “Cathedral of Our Lady.” The afternoon is free for you to explore Munich on your own. (B)
Day 11MUNICH
Today, you will visit the stunning Neuschwanstein Castle, inspiration for Walt Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty Castle.” The palace was built in the 19th century by “Mad” King Ludwig II of Bavaria as an homage to composer Richard Wagner. After a tour of the castle, arrive in Fussen, where you will have free time for lunch on your own before returning to Munich. (B)
Day 12DEPART MUNICH
Bid farewell to Munich and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
Day 1ARRIVE IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - EMBARKATION
Arrive in Budapest and embark your luxurious river cruise ship. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2BUDAPEST
This morning, your sightseeing tour takes you to historic Buda Castle, where you will enjoy a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest. Your tour also includes Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Heroes’ Square and more. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. (B,L,D)
Day 3BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA - VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Wake up this morning in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. You have your choice of two tours today. The first option is a walking tour of the city’s top sights, including the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral. As an alternative, choose the “Communist History” tour that includes landmarks such as the Radio Building, Liberty Square and the Soviet War Memorial. Later, you will have some free time before the ship cruises to Vienna, the music capital of the world. After dinner, experience a traditional “Viennese Wine and Music” evening in a rustic wine tavern outside the city, where you can enjoy a glass of newly pressed, locally grown wine and Austrian music and hospitality. (B,L,D)
Day 4VIENNA
Savor the sights of romantic Vienna during your guided tour, which will include the Opera House, the Ringstrasse and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. An optional tour of Schonbrunn Palace and Mozart & Strauss concert in one of the city’s great formal concert houses is also available. (B,L,D)
Day 5DÜRNSTEIN - MELK
This morning arrive in Dürnstein, where you will take a walking tour along the town’s medieval cobblestoned streets. You will see the magnificent blue façade of the local Stiftskirche and the ruined castle, high on a hill, where Richard the Lionhearted was once imprisoned. Your tour will include a tasting of local wines. As an alternative, take a scenic guided bike tour from Durnstein to Melk (capacity controlled). The ship arrives in Melk this afternoon, where you will tour the spectacular Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest Baroque-style monasteries and the inspiration for the novel The Name of the Rose. The ship moors overnight in Melk. (B,L,D)
Day 6LINZ - GMUNDEN
This morning the ship arrives in Linz, the second largest city in Austria. You will have the choice of three different excursions: the scenic “Salzkammergut” region (Austrian Lake District), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you will explore the historic town of Gmunden; the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a wonderfully preserved medieval town in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border; or Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace, where you will take a walking tour of the historic center, famous as the setting for the “Sound of Music.” Enjoy free time on your own before returning to the ship. The ship sails overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 7PASSAU, GERMANY - VILSHOFEN
Early this morning, cruise through Upper Austria to Passau in Germany, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. Your city tour takes you around this charming city founded more than 2,000 years ago. Highlights include St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to the largest pipe organ in the world. As an alternative, explore the city on a guided bike tour (capacity controlled). This afternoon, the ship cruises to the medieval town of Vilshofen, where you’ll enjoy a mini “Oktoberfest” with local food, beer and Bavarian folk music and dancing. (B,L,D)
Day 8VILSHOFEN - DISEMBARKATION
This morning, disembark your ship in Vilshofen. (B)

 

 

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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:  $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).

Alternate Extension:  3 nights in Prague available in lieu of Munich; ask for details.

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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