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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, 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
7LinzWalking tour
Austrian Lake District tour
OR Cesky Krumlov excursion
OR Salzburg excursion
8MelkBenedictine Abbey tour
KremsDurnstein Walking Tour
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
1VilshofenEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
2VilshofenFree Time
PassauWalking tour
3LinzWalking tour
Austrian Lake District tour
OR Cesky Krumlov excursion
OR Salzburg excursion
4MelkBenedictine Abbey tour
KremsDurnstein Walking Tour
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

INCLUDED FEATURES

  • 3 nights hotel in Prague at the Old Town Hilton (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
  • 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


Select Direction:       or  

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. In the afternoon you will have 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. (B,L,D)
Day 7LINZ, AUSTRIA
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 8MELK - KREMS
Cruise through the narrow Strudengau this morning en route to Melk. A guided tour will take you through Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest and most famous monastic sites, home to religious relics and a library filled with medieval manuscripts. From here, continue cruising the beautiful Wachau Valley to Krems, where you will take a motor coach ride to Dürnstein. On your walking tour of this picturesque old town, you’ll see the magnificent blue façade of the local abbey church and the ruins of a castle where Richard the Lionheart was once imprisoned. Tonight, after dinner on board, enjoy a wine tasting at a winery in Krems. (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 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. In the afternoon you will have 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. (B,L,D)
Day 3LINZ, AUSTRIA
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 4MELK - KREMS
Cruise through the narrow Strudengau this morning en route to Melk. A guided tour will take you through Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest and most famous monastic sites, home to religious relics and a library filled with medieval manuscripts. From here, continue cruising the beautiful Wachau Valley to Krems, where you will take a motor coach ride to Dürnstein. On your walking tour of this picturesque old town, you’ll see the magnificent blue façade of the local abbey church and the ruins of a castle where Richard the Lionheart was once imprisoned. Tonight, after dinner on board, enjoy a wine tasting at a winery in Krems. (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)

 

 

DATES & RATES

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

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CANADA
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CITY
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SHIP
NAME
EMBARK
CITY
EMBARK
DATE
CRUISE
ONLY
CRUISE
& LAND
 REQUEST
A QUOTE
Mar 27 PragueMar 28AmaCertoVilshofenMar 31$2,499$3,249Has Sailed
Mar 31PragueApr 1AmaLyraVilshofenApr 4$2,599$3,349Has Sailed
Apr 1 ** PragueApr 2AmaVerdeVilshofenApr 5$2,699$3,449Has Sailed
Apr 10PragueApr 11AmaCertoVilshofenApr 14$2,799$3,549Has Sailed
Apr 14PragueApr 15AmaLyraVilshofenApr 18$2,899$3,649Has Sailed
Apr 24 †  PragueApr 25AmaCertoVilshofenApr 28$3,099$3,849Has Sailed
May 22PragueMay 23AmaCertoVilshofenMay 26$3,299$4,049Has Sailed
May 23PragueMay 24AmaPrimaVilshofenMay 27$3,299$4,049Has Sailed
Jun 7PragueJun 8AmaSonataVilshofenJun 11$3,299$4,049Has Sailed
Jun 20PragueJun 21AmaPrimaVilshofenJun 24$3,099$3,849Has Sailed
Jun 21PragueJun 22AmaSonataVilshofenJun 25$3,099$3,849Has Sailed
Jul 4PragueJul 5AmaPrimaVilshofenJul 8$3,099$3,849Has Sailed
Jul 17PragueJul 18AmaCertoVilshofenJul 21$3,099$3,849Has Sailed
Jul 18PragueJul 19AmaPrimaVilshofenJul 22$3,099$3,849Has Sailed
Jul 19PragueJul 20AmaSonataVilshofenJul 23$3,099$3,849Has Sailed
Aug 2PragueAug 3AmaSonataVilshofenAug 6$3,099$3,849Has Sailed
Aug 15PragueAug 16AmaPrimaVilshofenAug 19$3,199$3,949Has Sailed
Aug 29PragueAug 30AmaPrimaVilshofenSep 2$3,499$4,249Click to view upgrades
Sep 11PragueSep 12AmaCertoVilshofenSep 15$3,499$4,249Click to view upgrades
Sep 27PragueSep 28AmaSonataVilshofenOct 1$3,499$4,249Click to view upgrades
Oct 10PragueOct 11AmaPrimaVilshofenOct 14$3,299$4,049Click to view upgrades
Oct 11PragueOct 12AmaSonataVilshofenOct 15$3,199$3,949Click to view upgrades
Oct 24PragueOct 25AmaPrimaVilshofenOct 28$2,999$3,749Click to view upgrades
Oct 25PragueOct 26AmaSonataVilshofenOct 29$2,999$3,749Click to view upgrades
Nov 7 PragueNov 8AmaPrimaVilshofenNov 11$2,699$3,449Click to view upgrades
Nov 8 PragueNov 9AmaSonataVilshofenNov 12$2,699$3,449Click to view upgrades
Nov 11PragueNov 12AmaBellaVilshofenNov 15$2,699$3,449Click to view upgrades

"In Celebration of Wine" cruise.
** Jewish Heritage cruise.
†  Chocolate Themed

Notes:

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

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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