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The Romantic Danube

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

OVERVIEW

Framed by rolling hillsides, lush vineyards, and medieval castles, the Danube River has captivated musicians, artists and poets throughout the centuries. Travel to legendary destinations, beginning with a 3-night stay in majestic Prague followed by 7 nights cruising from Vilshofen to Budapest. Explore a 2,000 year-old city, visit Europe’s largest pipe organ, savor Wachau Valley wines, and experience the timeless beauty and fascinating history of Vienna and Budapest.


  • SELECT DIRECTION:
DayDestinationActivities
1Overnight flight to Czech Republic
2PragueHotel check-in
3PragueCity tour
Optional Folklore Dinner Show
4PragueFree time
OR optional Terezin excursion
OR optional Lobkowicz Palace excursion
5PragueTransfer to Regensburg
RegensburgWalking tour
VilshofenEMBARKATION
"Oktoberfest"
Welcome Dinner
6VilshofenFree Time
PassauWalking tour
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
7LinzGmunden excursion
OR Cesky Krumlov excursion
OR Salzburg excursion
8MelkBenedictine Abbey tour
KremsWalking Tour
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
Wine tasting at local winery
9ViennaCity tour
Optional Schönbrunn Palace excursion
Optional evening Mozart & Strauss concert
10BratislavaWalking tour
OR "Communist History" tour
11BudapestCity tour
Illuminations Cruise
12BudapestDISEMBARKATION
DayDestinationActivities
1Overnight flight to Hungary
2BudapestEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
3BudapestCity tour
4BratislavaWalking tour
OR “Communist History” tour
ViennaOptional Schönbrunn Palace excursion
Optional Mozart & Strauss evening concert
5ViennaCity tour
Viennese Wine and Music Evening
6DürnsteinWalking tour
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
MelkBenedictine Abbey visit
7LinzGmunden excursion
OR Cesky Krumlov excursion
OR Salzburg excursion
8PassauWalking tour
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
Vilshofen"Oktoberfest"
9VilshofenDISEMBARKATION
RegensburgWalking tour
Transfer to Prague
PragueHotel check-in
10PragueCity tour
Optional Folklore Dinner Show
11PragueOptional Terezin tour
OR optional Lobkowicz Palace tour
12PragueReturn flight home
DayDestinationActivities
1VilshofenEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
2VilshofenFree Time
PassauWalking tour
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
3LinzGmunden excursion
OR Cesky Krumlov excursion
OR Salzburg excursion
4MelkBenedictine Abbey tour
KremsWalking Tour
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
Wine tasting at local winery
5ViennaCity tour
Optional Schönbrunn Palace excursion
Optional evening Mozart & Strauss concert
6BratislavaWalking tour
OR "Communist History" tour
7BudapestCity tour
Illuminations Cruise
8BudapestDISEMBARKATION
DayDestinationActivities
1BudapestEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
2BudapestCity tour
3BratislavaWalking tour
OR “Communist History” tour
ViennaOptional Schönbrunn Palace excursion
Optional Mozart & Strauss evening concert
4ViennaCity tour
Viennese Wine and Music Evening
5DürnsteinWalking tour
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
MelkBenedictine Abbey visit
6LinzGmunden excursion
OR Cesky Krumlov excursion
OR Salzburg excursion
7PassauWalking tour
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
Vilshofen"Oktoberfest"
8VilshofenDISEMBARKATION

INCLUDED FEATURES

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


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Day 1DEPART USA/CANADA
Board your overnight flight to Prague, Czech Republic.
Day 2ARRIVE IN PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Arrive in Prague and check-in to your hotel. The balance of the day is free to start exploring this beautiful city.
Day 3PRAGUE
Your morning sightseeing tour takes you to Prague’s historic city center, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city before visiting the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle. Afterwards, walk over Charles Bridge to the Old Town Square. This evening, an optional “Folklore Dinner Show” provides an opportunity to learn about Czech music, dance and traditions. (B)
Day 4PRAGUE
Spend the day at your leisure or take an optional excursion to Terezin, the infamous Nazi WWII concentration camp that is now a memorial to those who perished. Or choose an optional excursion to Lobkowicz Palace. (B)
Day 5PRAGUE – REGENSBURG, GERMANY – EMBARKATION – VILSHOFEN
Depart Prague this morning and stop in Regensburg for a guided walking tour of one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch on your own, continue on to the charming 1,200-year-old Bavarian town of Vilshofen and board your luxurious ship. Later this afternoon, join your fellow passengers at a private “Oktoberfest” celebration in Vilshofen, with traditional beers and Bavarian folk music and dancing. Later, enjoy a festive Welcome Dinner aboard the ship. (B,D)
Day 6VILSHOFEN - PASSAU
This morning you are free to explore Vilshofen’s beautiful old town before cruising to Passau. This afternoon you have a choice of two tours. The first option is a walking tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, cobblestoned streets, and St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to one of the world’s largest pipe organs. Another option is a guided bike tour along the Inn River to Weinstein (capacity controlled). (B,L,D)
Day 7LINZ, AUSTRIA - GMUNDEN
The ship arrives this morning in Linz, the second largest city in Austria. You will have a choice of three different excursions. The first option is a visit to the historic town of Gmunden in the scenic “Salzkammergut” region, the Austrian Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The second option is an excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a wonderfully preserved medieval town nestled in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border. The third choice is an excursion to Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace, where you will take a walking tour of the historic center made famous by the “Sound of Music.” Enjoy free time on your own before returning to the ship. (B,L,D)
Day 8MELK – KREMS
Cruise through the narrow Strudengau this morning en route to Melk. A guided tour will take you to Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest Baroque monasteries and the inspiration for the novel The Name of the Rose. From here, continue cruising the beautiful Wachau valley to Krems. You will have the choice of two excursions this afternoon. The first is a walking tour of Krems. As an alternative, enjoy a guided bike tour from Krems to Dürnstein and back (capacity controlled). After a delicious dinner on board tonight, enjoy a wine tasting at a local winery. (B,L,D)
Day 9VIENNA
During your morning city tour of Vienna, you will see the famous Opera House, the Ringstrasse, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The afternoon is free to stroll through the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or take an optional excursion to Schonbrunn Palace. This evening, you will have the opportunity to enjoy an optional Mozart and Strauss concert. The ship moors in Vienna overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 10BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
Enjoy a scenic morning cruise to Bratislava, where you will have a walking tour that includes the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral. As an alternative, take a “Communist” tour that includes such architectural landmarks as the Radio Building, Liberty Square and Soviet War Memorial. The remainder of the day is free to explore on your own. (B,L,D)
Day 11BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
This morning, your sightseeing tour takes you to the historic Buda Castle, which offers a splendid view of the river and the twin cities of Buda and Pest. Your tour also features the Fisherman’s Bastion, Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica, and Heroes’ Square. After dinner, the ship will sail a special “Illuminations Cruise” past the illuminated river front of Budapest. (B,L,D)
Day 12DISEMBARKATION - DEPART BUDAPEST
Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
Day 1Depart USA/CANADA
Board your overnight flight to Budapest, Hungary.
Day 2ARRIVE IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - EMBARKATION
Arrive in Budapest and embark upon your luxurious river cruise ship. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at a festive Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 3BUDAPEST
Your morning sightseeing tour takes you to historic Buda Castle, which offers a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest spread over both banks of the river below. Your tour also features the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Heroes’ Square and more. Your afternoon is free to explore on your own. (B,L,D)
Day 4BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA - VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Arrive 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 major sights, including the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral. As an alternative, choose a “Communist History” tour that includes architectural landmarks such as the Radio Building, Liberty Square and the Soviet War Memorial. Later, you will have some free time before the ship departs for Vienna, the music capital of the world. After arriving in Vienna, you may enjoy an optional tour of Schönbrunn Palace and an optional Mozart & Strauss concert. (B,L,D)
Day 5VIENNA
Savor the Baroque elegance of romantic Vienna during your guided sightseeing tour, which will include the Opera House, the Ringstrasse and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. After dinner, experience a traditional “Viennese Wine and Music” evening in a rustic wine tavern just outside the city. Enjoy newly pressed vintages surrounded by folk music and warm Austrian hospitality. (B,L,D)
Day 6DÜRNSTEIN - MELK
Arrive in Dürnstein early this morning and take a walking tour along the town’s medieval cobblestone streets. You will see 16th-century town houses, wine taverns, the striking blue façade of the baroque Stiftskirche, and the ruins of a hilltop castle where Richard the Lionhearted was once held captive. As an alternative, explore the majestic Wachau Valley on a guided bike tour from Dürnstein to Melk (capacity controlled). The ship arrives in Melk later this afternoon, where you will tour the spectacular Melk Abbey, one of Europe’s largest Baroque monasteries. The library here inspired Umberto Eco’s 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 first option is a visit to the scenic “Salzkammergut” (Lake District) region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you will have an opportunity to explore the historic town of Gmunden. The second option is an excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a wonderfully preserved medieval town nestled in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border. The third choice is an excursion to Salzburg, where you will have a walking tour of the city’s historic center, famous as the setting for the “Sound of Music” and as the birthplace of Mozart. Enjoy free time here on your own before returning to the ship. (B,L,D)
Day 8PASSAU, GERMANY - VILSHOFEN
This morning, enjoy a scenic cruise through Upper Austria to Passau in Germany. Your city tour takes you on an exploration of this 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city. 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). After lunch, the ship cruises to Vilshofen, a charming 1200-year-old Bavarian town where you’ll be treated to an “Oktoberfest” celebration held exclusively for AmaWaterways guests. Relax at long tables and benches, sampling local food and beer and enjoying Bavarian folk music and dancing. (B,L,D)
Day 9VILSHOFEN - DISEMBARKATION - REGENSBURG - PRAGUE
This morning, disembark your ship in Vilshofen and depart for Prague. Stop in Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities, where you will have a walking tour and free time to explore the city’s historic district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue on to Prague, taking in the scenic beauty of the countryside before arriving at your hotel in the late afternoon. (B)
Day 10PRAGUE
Your morning sightseeing tour reveals why Prague is considered one of Europe's most attractive cities, with a historic city center that’s been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the 1,000 year-old Prague Castle and St. Vitus, then walk over the Charles Bridge to the Old Town Square. The balance of the day is at your leisure; perhaps visit the Wenceslas Square or enjoy yourself in one of the city’s charming cafes. This evening, an optional “Folklore Dinner Show” provides a delightful opportunity to learn about Czech music, dance and colorful folk traditions. (B)
Day 11PRAGUE
Spend a day at your leisure – relax in a cafe, stroll through a museum or gallery, wander along the banks of the Vltava River, or shop for local handicrafts and artwork. This afternoon, you may join an optional tour to Terezin, the infamous Nazi WWII concentration camp that is now a memorial to those who perished. An optional tour of Lobkowicz Palace is also available. (B)
Day 12DEPART PRAGUE
Bid farewell to Prague and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
Day 1VILSHOFEN - EMBARKATION
This evening meet your fellow passengers on board for the Welcome Reception and Dinner.
Day 2VILSHOFEN - PASSAU
This morning you are free to explore Vilshofen’s beautiful old town before cruising to Passau. This afternoon you have a choice of two tours. The first option is a walking tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, cobblestoned streets, and St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to one of the world’s largest pipe organs. Another option is a guided bike tour along the Inn River to Weinstein (capacity controlled). (B,L,D)
Day 3LINZ, AUSTRIA - GMUNDEN
The ship arrives this morning in Linz, the second largest city in Austria. You will have a choice of three different excursions. The first option is a visit to the historic town of Gmunden in the scenic “Salzkammergut” region, the Austrian Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The second option is an excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a wonderfully preserved medieval town nestled in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border. The third choice is an excursion to Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace, where you will take a walking tour of the historic center made famous by the “Sound of Music.” Enjoy free time on your own before returning to the ship. (B,L,D)
Day 4MELK – KREMS
Cruise through the narrow Strudengau this morning en route to Melk. A guided tour will take you to Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest Baroque monasteries and the inspiration for the novel The Name of the Rose. From here, continue cruising the beautiful Wachau valley to Krems. You will have the choice of two excursions this afternoon. The first is a walking tour of Krems. As an alternative, enjoy a guided bike tour from Krems to Dürnstein and back (capacity controlled). After a delicious dinner on board tonight, enjoy a wine tasting at a local winery. (B,L,D)
Day 5VIENNA
During your morning city tour of Vienna, you will see the famous Opera House, the Ringstrasse, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The afternoon is free to stroll through the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or take an optional excursion to Schonbrunn Palace. This evening, you will have the opportunity to enjoy an optional Mozart and Strauss concert. The ship moors in Vienna overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 6BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
Enjoy a scenic morning cruise to Bratislava, where you will have a walking tour that includes the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral. As an alternative, take a “Communist” tour that includes such architectural landmarks as the Radio Building, Liberty Square and Soviet War Memorial. The remainder of the day is free to explore on your own. (B,L,D)
Day 7BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
This morning, your sightseeing tour takes you to the historic Buda Castle, which offers a splendid view of the river and the twin cities of Buda and Pest. Your tour also features the Fisherman’s Bastion, Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica, and Heroes’ Square. After dinner, the ship will sail a special “Illuminations Cruise” past the illuminated river front of Budapest. (B,L,D)
Day 8DISEMBARKATION - DEPART BUDAPEST
Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
Day 1ARRIVE IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - EMBARKATION
Arrive in Budapest and embark upon your luxurious river cruise ship. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at a festive Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2BUDAPEST
Your morning sightseeing tour takes you to historic Buda Castle, which offers a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest spread over both banks of the river below. Your tour also features the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Heroes’ Square and more. Your afternoon is free to explore on your own. (B,L,D)
Day 3BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA - VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Arrive 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 major sights, including the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral. As an alternative, choose a “Communist History” tour that includes architectural landmarks such as the Radio Building, Liberty Square and the Soviet War Memorial. Later, you will have some free time before the ship departs for Vienna, the music capital of the world. After arriving in Vienna, you may enjoy an optional tour of Schönbrunn Palace and an optional Mozart & Strauss concert. (B,L,D)
Day 4VIENNA
Savor the Baroque elegance of romantic Vienna during your guided sightseeing tour, which will include the Opera House, the Ringstrasse and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. After dinner, experience a traditional “Viennese Wine and Music” evening in a rustic wine tavern just outside the city. Enjoy newly pressed vintages surrounded by folk music and warm Austrian hospitality. (B,L,D)
Day 5DÜRNSTEIN - MELK
Arrive in Dürnstein early this morning and take a walking tour along the town’s medieval cobblestone streets. You will see 16th-century town houses, wine taverns, the striking blue façade of the baroque Stiftskirche, and the ruins of a hilltop castle where Richard the Lionhearted was once held captive. As an alternative, explore the majestic Wachau Valley on a guided bike tour from Dürnstein to Melk (capacity controlled). The ship arrives in Melk later this afternoon, where you will tour the spectacular Melk Abbey, one of Europe’s largest Baroque monasteries. The library here inspired Umberto Eco’s 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 first option is a visit to the scenic “Salzkammergut” (Lake District) region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you will have an opportunity to explore the historic town of Gmunden. The second option is an excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a wonderfully preserved medieval town nestled in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border. The third choice is an excursion to Salzburg, where you will have a walking tour of the city’s historic center, famous as the setting for the “Sound of Music” and as the birthplace of Mozart. Enjoy free time here on your own before returning to the ship. (B,L,D)
Day 7PASSAU, GERMANY - VILSHOFEN
This morning, enjoy a scenic cruise through Upper Austria to Passau in Germany. Your city tour takes you on an exploration of this 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city. 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). After lunch, the ship cruises to Vilshofen, a charming 1200-year-old Bavarian town where you’ll be treated to an “Oktoberfest” celebration held exclusively for AmaWaterways guests. Relax at long tables and benches, sampling local food and beer and enjoying Bavarian folk music and dancing. (B,L,D)
Day 8VILSHOFEN - DISEMBARKATION
This morning, disembark your ship in Vilshofen.

 

 

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:  $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)

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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