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Great Capitals & Vintages of the Danube (Wine Themed)

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

OVERVIEW

Special Wine Hosts:

April 13 - Gary and Marcy Eberle of Eberle Winery in Paso Robles, CA

November 6 - Eric Glomski, owner of Page Springs Cellars and Sam Pilsbury, owner of Pillsbury Wine Company

November 9 - Bob and Jodi Dickinson are event chairs for Camillus House

November 11 - Stephanie and Michael Honig of Honig Vineyard & Winery in Napa

November 13 - Christopher Silva, President & CEO of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

November 16 - Barry Wiss, Certified Wine Educator, VP of Communications & Trade Relations for Trinchero Family Estates

November 18 - Vic Poulos of Zin Valle Vineyards in El Paso, Texas

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




  • SELECT DIRECTION:
DayDestinationActivities
1Overnight flight to Czech Republic
2PragueHotel check-in
3PragueCity tour
4PragueFree time
Optional Terezin excursion
5PragueTransfer to Regensburg
RegensburgWalking tour
VilshofenEMBARKATION
"Oktoberfest"
Welcome Aboard Wine Toast
6VilshofenFree Time
PassauWalking tour
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
Onboard wine tasting
7LinzOnboard wine lecture & tasting
Cesky Krumlov excursion
OR Salzburg excursion
Chaîne Des Rôtisseurs Dinner with wine pairing
8LinzOnboard wine lecture & tasting
MelkBenedictine Abbey tour
Vineyard visit with wine tasting
Captain’s Gala Dinner with wine pairing
9DürnsteinWalking tour
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
KremsWine Museum Visit
Winery visit with hors d’oeurves
10ViennaCity tour
Optional Schönbrunn Palace tour
Viennese Wine and Music evening
OR optional Mozart & Strauss concert
11BudapestOnboard wine lecture & tasting
City tour
Farewell Dinner with Hungarian folk music
Illuminations Cruise
12BudapestDISEMBARKATION
DayDestinationActivities
1Overnight flight to Hungary
2BudapestEMBARKATION
Welcome Aboard Wine Toast
3BudapestCity tour
Onboard wine lecture & tasting
4ViennaOnboard wine lecture & tasting
City tour
Viennese Wine and Music evening
OR optional Mozart & Strauss concert
5KremsCruising the Wachau Valley
City tour
Winery visit with hors d’oeurves
6DürnsteinWalking tour
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
MelkBenedictine Abbey tour
Vineyard visit with wine tasting
Chaîne Des Rôtisseurs Dinner with wine pairing
7LinzSalzburg excursion
OR Czesky Krumlov excursion
Captain’s Gala Dinner
8LinzOnboard wine lecture & tasting
PassauWalking tour
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
Vilshofen"Oktoberfest"
9VilshofenDISEMBARKATION
Transfer to Regensburg
RegensburgWalking tour
Transfer to Prague
PragueHotel check-in
10PragueCity tour
Optional Folklore Dinner Show
11PragueFree day
Optional Terezin tour
12PragueReturn flight home
DayDestinationActivities
1VilshofenEMBARKATION
“Oktoberfest”
Welcome Aboard Wine Toast
2VilshofenFree Time
PassauWalking tour
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
Onboard wine tasting
3LinzOnboard wine lecture & tasting
Cesky Krumlov excursion
OR Salzburg excursion
Chaîne Des Rôtisseurs Dinner with wine pairing
4LinzOnboard wine lecture & tasting
MelkBenedictine Abbey tour
Vineyard visit with wine tasting
Captain’s Gala Dinner with wine pairing
5DürnsteinWalking tour
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
KremsWine Museum Visit
Winery visit with hors d’oeurves
6ViennaCity tour
Optional Schönbrunn Palace tour
Viennese Wine and Music evening
OR optional Mozart & Strauss concert
7BudapestOnboard wine lecture & tasting
City tour
Farewell Dinner with Hungarian folk music
Illuminations Cruise
8BudapestDISEMBARKATION
DayDestinationActivities
1BudapestEMBARKATION
Welcome Aboard Wine Toast
2BudapestCity tour
Onboard wine lecture & tasting
3ViennaOnboard wine lecture & tasting
City tour
Viennese Wine and Music evening
OR optional Mozart & Strauss concert
4KremsCruising the Wachau Valley
City tour
Winery visit with hors d’oeurves
5DürnsteinWalking tour
OR guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled)
MelkBenedictine Abbey tour
Vineyard visit with wine tasting
Chaîne Des Rôtisseurs Dinner with wine pairing
6LinzSalzburg excursion
OR Czesky Krumlov excursion
Captain’s Gala Dinner
7LinzOnboard wine lecture & tasting
PassauWalking 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 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 reveals why Prague is considered one of Europe's most attractive cities. Your tour begins with a scenic drive. You will see the Dancing House and the Metronome overlooking the Vltava River before visiting the thousand-year-old Hradcany Castle. Afterwards, walk over Charles Bridge to the Old Market Square and the historic city center that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The balance of the day is free to mingle with the locals at Wenceslas Square or experience one of the city’s charming cafés or restaurants. 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 to stroll through a museum or gallery, wander along the banks of the Vltava River, relax at an outdoor restaurant or shop for local handicrafts and artwork. You may also join an optional tour, such as an excursion to Terezin, the infamous Nazi WWII concentration camp, now a memorial to those who perished. (B)
Day 5PRAGUE - REGENSBURG - EMBARKATION - VILSHOFEN
This morning, depart Prague after breakfast, taking in the scenic beauty of the countryside of Franconia and Bohemia by motor coach. Stop in Regensburg for a guided walking tour of one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities; its Old Town a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch on your own, your transfer continues to the quaint 1200-year old Bavarian town of Vilshofen, on the confluence of the Vils and Danube rivers. You will board your luxurious ship here and meet your fellow passengers at an evening Welcome Aboard Wine Toast. The evening has a special treat in store: an “Oktoberfest” presented by the town of Vilshofen. Bavarian folk music, songs and dances set a lively scene as you gather at long tables to sample Vilshofen’s distinctive local beer and traditional pretzels. The Mayor and Beer Queen will be on hand to greet you and wish you a successful journey along the Danube. (B,D)
Day 6VILSHOFEN - PASSAU
This morning, feel free to explore Vilshofen’s beautiful Old Town on your own, and take in the view of the imposing double-towers of the Benedictine Abbey Schweiklberg. During lunch you will cruise to Passau, known as “The Town of the Three Rivers,” where you will have your choice of two afternoon excursions. The first option is a walking tour through this 2,000-year-old fairy tale city, where you will see Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, cobblestone streets, the city fortifications and St. Stephan’s Cathedral (home to the largest pipe organ in the world). As an alternative, experience the city on a guided bike tour (capacity controlled). Prior to dinner, there will be an onboard wine tasting. (B,L,D)
Day 7PASSAU - LINZ, AUSTRIA
This morning, enjoy a wine lecture and tasting as the ship cruises to Linz, the second largest city in Austria. Upon arrival, you will have your choice of an excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a wonderfully preserved medieval town nestled in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border, and home to Bohemia’s second largest castle. After your tour, enjoy some free time on your own exploring the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As an alternative, take an excursion to Salzburg, where you will take a walking tour of the historic center, famous as the setting for the “Sound of Music” and as the birthplace of Mozart. The tour includes a visit to the Mirabell Gardens, Salzburg Cathedral, Mozart’s Square, and much more. Enjoy free time on your own, before returning to the ship with a scenic drive through the majestic countryside of Austria’s Lake District and Salzkammergut. Onboard this evening, enjoy a sumptuous Chaîne Des Rôtisseries Dinner paired with specially-selected wines. (B,L,D)
Day 8LINZ - MELK
Enjoy a morning wine tasting and lecture about the Wachau Valley, Austria’s most important wine region, as your ship cruises to Melk and its famous Benedictine Abbey. Located atop a granite cliff overlooking the Danube, the 900-year-old Abbey is one of the largest Baroque monasteries in Europe. You will tour the Abbey this afternoon, followed by a visit to a local vineyard for an introduction to the famous wines of the Wachau. This evening, specially-selected wines will accompany a delectable menu at the Captain’s Gala Dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 9MELK - DÜRNSTEIN - KREMS
Today you will cruise the renowned Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of incomparable beauty, historic and agricultural significance. You will arrive in Dürnstein in mid-morning and take a walking tour along cobblestone streets lined with quaint 16th-century town houses and wine taverns. One of Austria’s smallest towns, with only 1,000 inhabitants, Dürnstein is regarded as the most romantic place in the Wachau. Marvel at the magnificent blue facade of the Baroque Stiftskirche and the ancient terraced vineyards that surround the town. Looming overhead are the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionheart, King of England, was imprisoned in 1192. As an alternative, take a guided bike tour from Krems to Dürnstein and back (capacity controlled). The ship will cruise to Krems after lunch, arriving in the early afternoon. Krems offers a rich array of wine-related history, culture and tasting opportunities. Learn about the town’s thriving wine culture during an afternoon visit to a wine museum. After a light buffet dinner on board, head to a Wachau winery for drinks and hors d’oeuvres. (B,L,D)
Day 10VIENNA
Arrive this morning in vibrant Vienna. Your guided city tour includes the opulent Vienna Opera House, the Ringstrasse, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. An optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace is available in the afternoon or enjoy free time to stroll along the Kärtnerstrasse or sample Vienna's famous pastries in the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An early dinner will be served on board before this evening’s exciting options: an optional Mozart and Strauss concert or an excursion to a charming Viennese wine village to listen to folk music and sample newly pressed local wine. (B,L,D)
Day 11BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
This morning, enjoy an onboard wine lecture and tasting as you cruise the scenic Danube Bend en route to Budapest. After lunch, enjoy a wine tasting on board. Arriving mid-afternoon in Budapest, you will have a guided sightseeing tour that includes the historic Buda Castle, Fisherman's Bastion, the Royal Palace and St. Stephen's Basilica. This evening, enjoy a farewell wine dinner with Hungarian folk music. The ship will also sail a special “Illuminations Cruise” along Budapest’s river front. (B,L,D)
Day 12BUDAPEST – DISEMBARKATION
Your magnificent Wine 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 on your luxurious river cruise ship. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Aboard Wine Toast. (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 on both sides of the river. Your tour also features the Fisherman's Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen's Basilica, Heroes’ Square and more. Departing Budapest in the afternoon, you will cruise through the Danube Bend and also enjoy an onboard lecture and sample various wines prior to dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 4VIENNA, AUSTRIA
This morning, enjoy an onboard wine lecture before arriving in Vienna. Your afternoon guided city tour will include the opulent Opera House, the Ringstrasse, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The rest of the afternoon is free to stroll along the Kärtnerstrasse or sample Vienna's famous pastries in the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An early dinner will be served on board before this evening’s exciting options: an optional Mozart and Strauss concert or an excursion to a rustic wine tavern to listen to folk music and sample newly pressed locally grown wine. (B,L,D)
Day 5KREMS
Depart Vienna this morning and enjoy a scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley en route to Krems, wine capital of this region. Arriving early afternoon, you will discover that Krems offers a rich array of wine-related history, culture and tasting opportunities. Learn more about the town’s thriving wine culture during a city tour and visit to a wine museum. After a light buffet dinner on board, head to a Wachau winery for drinks and hors d’oeuvres. The ship overnights in Krems. (B,L,D)
Day 6DÜRNSTEIN - MELK
This morning you will arrive in Dürnstein and take a walking tour along medieval cobblestone streets lined with 16th-century townhouses and wine taverns. One of Austria’s smallest towns, home to only 1,000 inhabitants, Regarded as the most romantic place in the Wachau, you’ll marvel at the magnificent blue façade of the Baroque Stiftskirche and the ancient vineyards that surround the town. Looming overhead are the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionhearted was imprisoned in 1192. As an alternative to a walking tour, take a guided bike tour from Dürnstein to Melk (capacity controlled). The ship arrives in Melk this afternoon, site of a spectacular 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey atop a granite cliff overlooking the Danube. You will tour the Abbey this afternoon, followed by a visit to a local vineyard for an introduction to the famous wines of the Wachau. This evening, savor a sumptuous Chaîne Des Rôstisseries Dinner with a selection of specially-paired wines. The ship moors overnight in Melk. (B,L,D)
Day 7LINZ
We arrive this morning in Linz, the second largest city in Austria. Upon arrival, you may take an excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a wonderfully preserved medieval town nestled in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border. As an alternative, enjoy an excursion to Salzburg, where you will have a walking tour of the historic center, famous as the birthplace of Mozart and the setting for the “Sound of Music.” The tour includes a visit to the Mirabell Gardens, Salzburg Cathedral, Mozart’s Square, and much more. Enjoy free time on your own before rejoining the ship in Linz. This evening, the Gala Captain’s Dinner takes place on board. The ship moors overnight in Linz. (B,L,D)
Day 8LINZ - PASSAU, GERMANY - VILSHOFEN
This morning, enjoy a scenic cruise and an onboard wine lecture and tasting. Arrive after lunch in Passau, where you have a choice of two afternoon excursions. The first option is a walking tour through this fairytale city, where you will see Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, ancient city fortifications and St. Stephan’s Cathedral (home to the largest pipe organ in the world). As an alternative, experience the city on a guided bike tour (capacity controlled). You will have free time this afternoon before departing for Vilshofen, a quaint 1200-year-old Bavarian town. This evening, enjoy a special “Oktoberfest” presented by the townspeople of Vilshofen, with Bavarian folk music, songs, dancing, local beer and traditional pretzels. The Mayor and Beer Queen will be on hand to lead the festivities as the cruise portion of your journey comes to an end. The ship moors overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 9VILSHOFEN – DISEMBARKATION – REGENSBURG – PRAGUE
This morning, passengers with a Prague extension will depart Vilshofen for the Czech Republic. Stop in Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities, for a walking tour and some free time to explore Regensburg’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, your motor coach transfer to Prague offers a scenic journey through the countryside of Franconia and Bohemia before arriving at your hotel in the late afternoon. (B)
Day 10PRAGUE
Your morning sightseeing tour of Prague begins with a scenic drive past the Dancing House and the Metronome overlooking the Vltava River. Visit the 1,000 year-old Prague Castle, then walk over Charles Bridge to the Old Town Square and the historic city center (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The balance of the day is free to spend as you wish. This evening, an optional Folklore Dinner Show provides an opportunity to learn about Czech music, dance and traditions. (B)
Day 11PRAGUE
Today is a free day to visit a museum or a gallery, wander along the banks of the Vltava River, relax at an outdoor restaurant or shop for local handicrafts and artwork. You can also take an optional excursion to Terezin, the infamous Nazi WWII concentration camp, now a memorial to those who perished. (B)
Day 12DEPART PRAGUE
Bid farewell to Prague as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
Day 1VILSHOFEN - EMBARKATION
This evening meet your fellow passengers on board for the Welcome Aboard Wine Toast. The evening has a special treat in store: an “Oktoberfest” presented by the town of Vilshofen. Bavarian folk music, songs and dances set a lively scene as you gather at long tables to sample Vilshofen’s distinctive local beer and traditional pretzels. The Mayor and Beer Queen will be on hand to greet you and wish you a successful journey along the Danube. (D)
Day 2VILSHOFEN - PASSAU
This morning, feel free to explore Vilshofen’s beautiful Old Town on your own, and take in the view of the imposing double-towers of the Benedictine Abbey Schweiklberg. During lunch you will cruise to Passau, known as “The Town of the Three Rivers,” where you will have your choice of two afternoon excursions. The first option is a walking tour through this 2,000-year-old fairy tale city, where you will see Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, cobblestone streets, the city fortifications and St. Stephan’s Cathedral (home to the largest pipe organ in the world). As an alternative, experience the city on a guided bike tour (capacity controlled). Prior to dinner, there will be an onboard wine tasting. (B,L,D)
Day 3PASSAU - LINZ, AUSTRIA
This morning, enjoy a wine lecture and tasting as the ship cruises to Linz, the second largest city in Austria. Upon arrival, you will have your choice of an excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a wonderfully preserved medieval town nestled in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border, and home to Bohemia’s second largest castle. After your tour, enjoy some free time on your own exploring the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As an alternative, take an excursion to Salzburg, where you will take a walking tour of the historic center, famous as the setting for the “Sound of Music” and as the birthplace of Mozart. The tour includes a visit to the Mirabell Gardens, Salzburg Cathedral, Mozart’s Square, and much more. Enjoy free time on your own, before returning to the ship with a scenic drive through the majestic countryside of Austria’s Lake District and Salzkammergut. Onboard this evening, enjoy a sumptuous Chaîne Des Rôtisseries Dinner paired with specially-selected wines. (B,L,D)
Day 4LINZ - MELK
Enjoy a morning wine tasting and lecture about the Wachau Valley, Austria’s most important wine region, as your ship cruises to Melk and its famous Benedictine Abbey. Located atop a granite cliff overlooking the Danube, the 900-year-old Abbey is one of the largest Baroque monasteries in Europe. You will tour the Abbey this afternoon, followed by a visit to a local vineyard for an introduction to the famous wines of the Wachau. This evening, specially-selected wines will accompany a delectable menu at the Captain’s Gala Dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 5MELK - DÜRNSTEIN - KREMS
Today you will cruise the renowned Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of incomparable beauty, historic and agricultural significance. You will arrive in Dürnstein in mid-morning and take a walking tour along cobblestone streets lined with quaint 16th-century town houses and wine taverns. One of Austria’s smallest towns, with only 1,000 inhabitants, Dürnstein is regarded as the most romantic place in the Wachau. Marvel at the magnificent blue facade of the Baroque Stiftskirche and the ancient terraced vineyards that surround the town. Looming overhead are the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionheart, King of England, was imprisoned in 1192. As an alternative, take a guided bike tour from Krems to Dürnstein and back (capacity controlled). The ship will cruise to Krems after lunch, arriving in the early afternoon. Krems offers a rich array of wine-related history, culture and tasting opportunities. Learn about the town’s thriving wine culture during an afternoon visit to a wine museum. After a light buffet dinner on board, head to a Wachau winery for drinks and hors d’oeuvres. (B,L,D)
Day 6VIENNA
Arrive this morning in vibrant Vienna. Your guided city tour includes the opulent Vienna Opera House, the Ringstrasse, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. An optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace is available in the afternoon or enjoy free time to stroll along the Kärtnerstrasse or sample Vienna's famous pastries in the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An early dinner will be served on board before this evening’s exciting options: an optional Mozart and Strauss concert or an excursion to a charming Viennese wine village to listen to folk music and sample newly pressed local wine. (B,L,D)
Day 7BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
This morning, enjoy an onboard wine lecture and tasting as you cruise the scenic Danube Bend en route to Budapest. After lunch, enjoy a wine tasting on board. Arriving mid-afternoon in Budapest, you will have a guided sightseeing tour that includes the historic Buda Castle, Fisherman's Bastion, the Royal Palace and St. Stephen's Basilica. This evening, enjoy a farewell wine dinner with Hungarian folk music. The ship will also sail a special “Illuminations Cruise” along Budapest’s river front. (B,L,D)
Day 8BUDAPEST – DISEMBARKATION
Your magnificent Wine Cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
Day 1ARRIVE IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - EMBARKATION
Arrive in Budapest and embark on your luxurious river cruise ship. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Aboard Wine Toast. (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 on both sides of the river. Your tour also features the Fisherman's Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen's Basilica, Heroes’ Square and more. Departing Budapest in the afternoon, you will cruise through the Danube Bend and also enjoy an onboard lecture and sample various wines prior to dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 3VIENNA, AUSTRIA
This morning, enjoy an onboard wine lecture before arriving in Vienna. Your afternoon guided city tour will include the opulent Opera House, the Ringstrasse, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The rest of the afternoon is free to stroll along the Kärtnerstrasse or sample Vienna's famous pastries in the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An early dinner will be served on board before this evening’s exciting options: an optional Mozart and Strauss concert or an excursion to a rustic wine tavern to listen to folk music and sample newly pressed locally grown wine. (B,L,D)
Day 4KREMS
Depart Vienna this morning and enjoy a scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley en route to Krems, wine capital of this region. Arriving early afternoon, you will discover that Krems offers a rich array of wine-related history, culture and tasting opportunities. Learn more about the town’s thriving wine culture during a city tour and visit to a wine museum. After a light buffet dinner on board, head to a Wachau winery for drinks and hors d’oeuvres. The ship overnights in Krems. (B,L,D)
Day 5DÜRNSTEIN - MELK
This morning you will arrive in Dürnstein and take a walking tour along medieval cobblestone streets lined with 16th-century townhouses and wine taverns. One of Austria’s smallest towns, home to only 1,000 inhabitants, Regarded as the most romantic place in the Wachau, you’ll marvel at the magnificent blue façade of the Baroque Stiftskirche and the ancient vineyards that surround the town. Looming overhead are the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionhearted was imprisoned in 1192. As an alternative to a walking tour, take a guided bike tour from Dürnstein to Melk (capacity controlled). The ship arrives in Melk this afternoon, site of a spectacular 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey atop a granite cliff overlooking the Danube. You will tour the Abbey this afternoon, followed by a visit to a local vineyard for an introduction to the famous wines of the Wachau. This evening, savor a sumptuous Chaîne Des Rôstisseries Dinner with a selection of specially-paired wines. The ship moors overnight in Melk. (B,L,D)
Day 6LINZ
We arrive this morning in Linz, the second largest city in Austria. Upon arrival, you may take an excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a wonderfully preserved medieval town nestled in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border. As an alternative, enjoy an excursion to Salzburg, where you will have a walking tour of the historic center, famous as the birthplace of Mozart and the setting for the “Sound of Music.” The tour includes a visit to the Mirabell Gardens, Salzburg Cathedral, Mozart’s Square, and much more. Enjoy free time on your own before rejoining the ship in Linz. This evening, the Gala Captain’s Dinner takes place on board. The ship moors overnight in Linz. (B,L,D)
Day 7LINZ - PASSAU, GERMANY - VILSHOFEN
This morning, enjoy a scenic cruise and an onboard wine lecture and tasting. Arrive after lunch in Passau, where you have a choice of two afternoon excursions. The first option is a walking tour through this fairytale city, where you will see Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, ancient city fortifications and St. Stephan’s Cathedral (home to the largest pipe organ in the world). As an alternative, experience the city on a guided bike tour (capacity controlled). You will have free time this afternoon before departing for Vilshofen, a quaint 1200-year-old Bavarian town. This evening, enjoy a special “Oktoberfest” presented by the townspeople of Vilshofen, with Bavarian folk music, songs, dancing, local beer and traditional pretzels. The Mayor and Beer Queen will be on hand to lead the festivities as the cruise portion of your journey comes to an end. The ship moors overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 8VILSHOFEN - DISEMBARKATION
This morning, disembark your ship in Vilshofen.

 

 

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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)

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.

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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