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Melodies of the Danube

Enjoy a fascinating cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen & spend 3 nights in Munich (or Prague)
11 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
1BudapestEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
"Illuminations Cruise"
2BudapestCity tour
3BratislavaWalking tour
ViennaViennese Wine & Music Evening
4ViennaCity tour
Optional Schönbrunn Palace excursion
Optional Mozart & Strauss concert
5DürnsteinWalking tour & wine tasting
MelkBenedictine Abbey tour
6LinzLinz walking tour
Austrian Lake District tour
OR Cesky Krumlov excursion
OR Salzburg excursion
7PassauWalking tour
Vilshofen"Oktoberfest"
8VilshofenDISEMBARKATION
RegensburgWalking tour
Transfer to Munich
MunichHotel check-in
9MunichCity tour
10MunichNeuschwanstein Castle
11MunichReturn flight home
DayDestinationActivities
1BudapestEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
"Illuminations Cruise"
2BudapestCity tour
3BratislavaWalking tour
ViennaViennese Wine & Music Evening
4ViennaCity tour
Optional Schönbrunn Palace excursion
Optional Mozart & Strauss concert
5DürnsteinWalking tour & wine tasting
MelkBenedictine Abbey tour
6LinzLinz walking tour
Austrian Lake District tour
OR Cesky Krumlov excursion
OR Salzburg excursion
7PassauWalking tour
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
  • Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library and 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 similar) 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)
  • Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from AmaWaterways
  • All local taxes

DETAILED ITINERARY


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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 Baroque elegance of romantic Vienna during your panoramic city tour, which will include the Opera House, the Ringstrasse and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The remainder of the day is at your leisure, perhaps to stroll along the boutique-lined Kärntnerstrasse, sample Vienna’s famous pastries or visit a museum. Or, if you prefer, join an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace. This evening, you will have an opportunity to attend an optional Mozart and Strauss concert. (B,L,D)
Day 5DÜRNSTEIN - MELK
We arrive in Dürnstein this morning, where you will have a walking tour along the town’s cobblestone streets and see the magnificent blue tower of the local Stiftskirche (abbey church). Look for the castle ruins high on a hill where Richard the Lionheart was once held for ransom. Return to the ship and continue onwards to Melk via the gorgeous scenery of the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After the ship arrives in Melk this afternoon, you will visit the spectacular Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest and most revered monasteries and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will see jewel-encrusted crosses containing religious relics, frescoes and richly embroidered vestments, as well as the abbey’s priceless collection of medieval manuscripts. (B,L,D)
Day 6LINZ
The ship arrives this morning in Linz. Enjoy a walking tour of the second largest city in Austria. Later, you will have a choice of three different excursions. The first option is a visit to the Austrian Lake District, the scenic Salzkammergut region, 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.” (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. Enjoy a walking tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, cobblestone streets and St. Stephan’s Cathedral. This afternoon, the ship cruises to the medieval town of Vilshofen,where you will enjoy a festive “Oktoberfest” celebration with local food, beer and Bavarian folk music and dancing. (B,L,D)
Day 8VILSHOFEN - DISEMBARKATION - REGENSBURG - MUNICH
This morning, disembark 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 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 9MUNICH
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 10MUNICH
Today, you will visit the stunning Neuschwanstein Castle, inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. This postcard perfect castle, set amidst the Bavarian Alps, was built in the 19th century by “Mad” King Ludwig II of Bavaria as an elaborate homage to composer Richard Wagner. After a tour of the castle, arrive in Füssen, where you will have free time for lunch on your own before returning to Munich. (B)
Day 11DEPART 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 Baroque elegance of romantic Vienna during your panoramic city tour, which will include the Opera House, the Ringstrasse and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The remainder of the day is at your leisure, perhaps to stroll along the boutique-lined Kärntnerstrasse, sample Vienna’s famous pastries or visit a museum. Or, if you prefer, join an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace. This evening, you will have an opportunity to attend an optional Mozart and Strauss concert. (B,L,D)
Day 5DÜRNSTEIN - MELK
We arrive in Dürnstein this morning, where you will have a walking tour along the town’s cobblestone streets and see the magnificent blue tower of the local Stiftskirche (abbey church). Look for the castle ruins high on a hill where Richard the Lionheart was once held for ransom. Return to the ship and continue onwards to Melk via the gorgeous scenery of the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After the ship arrives in Melk this afternoon, you will visit the spectacular Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest and most revered monasteries and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will see jewel-encrusted crosses containing religious relics, frescoes and richly embroidered vestments, as well as the abbey’s priceless collection of medieval manuscripts. (B,L,D)
Day 6LINZ
The ship arrives this morning in Linz. Enjoy a walking tour of the second largest city in Austria. Later, you will have a choice of three different excursions. The first option is a visit to the Austrian Lake District, the scenic Salzkammergut region, 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.” (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. Enjoy a walking tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, cobblestone streets and St. Stephan’s Cathedral. This afternoon, the ship cruises to the medieval town of Vilshofen,where you will enjoy a festive “Oktoberfest” celebration 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 2015 sailings are subject to change.

Port Charges:  $168 per person.

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

Single Supplement for Land:  $420 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.

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.

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.

AmaSerena

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.

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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