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Melodies of the Danube

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

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 Aboard Wine Toast
"Illuminations" cruise
3BudapestCity tour
4BratislavaWalking tour
ViennaViennese Wine & Music Evening
5ViennaCity tour
Optional Schönbrunn Palace tour
Optional Mozart & Strauss evening concert
6DürnsteinWalking tour & wine tasting
MelkBenedictine Abbey tour
7LinzWalking tour
Austrian Lake District tour
OR Cesky Krumlov excursion
OR Salzburg excursion
8PassauWalking tour
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
1BudapestEMBARKATION
Welcome Aboard Wine Toast
"Illuminations" cruise
2BudapestCity tour
3BratislavaWalking tour
ViennaViennese Wine & Music Evening
4ViennaCity tour
Optional Schönbrunn Palace tour
Optional Mozart & Strauss evening concert
5DürnsteinWalking tour & wine tasting
MelkBenedictine Abbey tour
6LinzWalking 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
  • 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 board 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, the capital of Slovakia. Enjoy a walking tour of the city’s top sights, including the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral. 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 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 6DÜRNSTEIN - 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 7LINZ
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 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. 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 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’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 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 11PRAGUE
Spend a day at your leisure, perhaps to 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 WWII concentration camp that is now a memorial to those who perished, or an optional excursion to Lobkowicz Palace. (B)
Day 12DEPART PRAGUE
Bid farewell to Prague and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
Day 1ARRIVE IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - EMBARKATION
Arrive in Budapest and board 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, the capital of Slovakia. Enjoy a walking tour of the city’s top sights, including the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral. 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. 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. 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)

 

 

DATES & RATES

Prices are per person in a Cat. E. Clickto view individual sailing stateroom category pricing.

DEP USA
CANADA
START
CITY
ITIN.
STARTS
SHIP
NAME
EMBARK
CITY
EMBARK
DATE
CRUISE
ONLY
CRUISE
& LAND
 REQUEST
A QUOTE
Mar 23 BudapestMar 24AmaCertoBudapestMar 24$2,399$3,149Has Sailed
Mar 27BudapestMar 28AmaLyraBudapestMar 28$2,499$3,249Has Sailed
Mar 28BudapestMar 29AmaVerdeBudapestMar 29$2,499$3,249Has Sailed
Apr 6BudapestApr 7AmaCertoBudapestApr 7$2,699$3,449Has Sailed
Apr 10BudapestApr 11AmaLyraBudapestApr 11$2,799$3,549Has Sailed
Apr 20BudapestApr 21AmaCertoBudapestApr 21$2,999$3,749Has Sailed
May 18BudapestMay 19AmaCertoBudapestMay 19$3,299$4,049Has Sailed
May 19BudapestMay 20AmaPrimaBudapestMay 20$3,299$4,049Has Sailed
May 20BudapestMay 21AmaSonataBudapestMay 21$3,299$4,049Has Sailed
Jun 3BudapestJun 4AmaSonataBudapestJun 4$3,299$4,049Has Sailed
Jun 16BudapestJun 17AmaPrimaBudapestJun 17$3,199$3,949Has Sailed
Jun 17BudapestJun 18AmaSonataBudapestJun 18$3,199$3,949Has Sailed
Jun 30BudapestJul 1AmaPrimaBudapestJul 1$3,099$3,849Has Sailed
Jul 13BudapestJul 14AmaCertoBudapestJul 14$3,099$3,849Has Sailed
Jul 14BudapestJul 15AmaPrimaBudapestJul 15$3,099$3,849Has Sailed
Jul 15BudapestJul 16AmaSonataBudapestJul 16$3,099$3,849Has Sailed
Jul 29BudapestJul 30AmaSonataBudapestJul 30$3,099$3,849Has Sailed
Aug 11 ** BudapestAug 12AmaPrimaBudapestAug 12$3,099$3,849Has Sailed
Aug 25BudapestAug 26AmaPrimaBudapestAug 26$3,299$4,049Has Sailed
Sep 7BudapestSep 8AmaCertoBudapestSep 8$3,499$4,249Has Sailed
Sep 8BudapestSep 9AmaPrimaBudapestSep 9$3,499$4,249Has Sailed
Sep 9BudapestSep 10AmaSonataBudapestSep 10$3,499$4,249Has Sailed
Sep 23BudapestSep 24AmaSonataBudapestSep 24$3,499$4,249Has Sailed
Oct 6BudapestOct 7AmaPrimaBudapestOct 7$3,399$4,149Has Sailed
Oct 7BudapestOct 8AmaSonataBudapestOct 8$3,399$4,149Has Sailed
Oct 20BudapestOct 21AmaPrimaBudapestOct 21$3,099$3,849Has Sailed
Oct 21BudapestOct 22AmaSonataBudapestOct 22$3,099$3,849Has Sailed
Nov 3 ** BudapestNov 4AmaPrimaBudapestNov 4$2,899$3,649Has Sailed
Nov 4BudapestNov 5AmaSonataBudapestNov 5$2,799$3,549Has Sailed
Nov 7BudapestNov 8AmaBellaBudapestNov 8$2,799$3,549Has Sailed

"In Celebration of Wine" cruise.
** Jewish Heritage cruise.

Notes:

Important:  Dates, prices & itineraries for 2014 sailings are subject to change.

Alternate Extension:  3 nights in Munich may be selected instead of Prague.

Port Charges:  $161 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.

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.

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.

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.

AmaVerde

Providing the ultimate in custom-designed luxury, this 161-passenger vessel offers twin balcony staterooms, a heated swimming pool, fitness center, and much more.

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