THE ROMANTIC DANUBE- 7 NIGHT CRUISE - Various departure dates!
Framed by rolling hillsides, lush vineyards, and medieval castles, the Danube River has captivated musicians, artists and poets throughout the centuries. We highly recommend flying into Prague a few days before your cruise so you can explore this wonderful city. You will cruise from nearby Vilshofen to Budapest in 8 days. Explore a 2,000 year-old city, savor Wachau Valley wines, and experience the timeless beauty and fascinating history of Vienna and Budapest!
When you travel with AmaWaterways, you do more than simply visit a destination – you experience it in a truly authentic and in-depth way. With no need to navigate from place to place, you’ll find a sense of adventure and a sense of home all in one vacation!
The AmaViola - the brand new ship from Ama Waterways just launched in April 2016 - features the most advanced design of any river cruise vessel currently in operation. With their exclusive Twin Balconies, available in most staterooms, which measure a spacious 210-235 sq. feet (this is considered large on a river cruise) they also have four suites measuring 350 sq. feet as well as entry level window cabins.
As a passengers you will enjoy:
- Gourmet dining with free-flowing fine wines at multiple onboard dining venues
- Heated sun deck swimming pool with a ‘swim-up’ bar
- Fitness center and spa
- Complimentary ship-wide Wi-Fi and in-room Internet and entertainment on demand
- A fleet of bicycles carried onboard for passengers to enjoy on their own or on guided bike tours
- And much more!
BB Category Room on the Cello Deck
C Category with French Balcony
Window Category Room on the Main Deck
Day 1 ARRIVE IN PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC Arrive in Prague and check-in to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to start exploring this beautiful city.
Day 2 PRAGUE This morning, choose between a standard city tour and a hike. Both will reveal 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. You will see Rudolfinum, the National Museum, Wenceslas Square, the Hundertwasser Dancing House, Prague Castle, St. Vitus, Charles Bridge and Old Market Square. The rest of the day is at your leisure, perhaps to enjoy yourself in one of the city’s many charming cafés. (B)
Day 3 PRAGUE 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. (B)
Day 4 PRAGUE - 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 5 VILSHOFEN - 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 6 LINZ, 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 7 WEISSENKIRCHEN Cruise through the narrow Strudengau this morning en route to Weissenkirchen. 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 on to the enchanting town of 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 local winery. (B,L,D)
Day 8 VIENNA 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 9 BRATISLAVA, 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 10 BUDAPEST, 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, the 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 11 DISEMBARKATION - DEPART BUDAPEST Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
We would be happy to help you arrange a pre and post cruise land stay in Europe, as well as with your flights and insurance! We are your one stop shop and we are proudly part of the world’s most luxurious travel network, Virtuoso- this means our clients get access to VIP perks, hotel upgrades, complimentary amenities and much more!
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