CRUISE FROM : BUDAPEST TO VILSHOFEN
Journey along the Danube and see firsthand why this storied river has inspired generations of artists, poets and musicians. Indulge your passion for timeless architecture and art in three magnificent capitals: Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna. Let the hills come alive with the sounds of music in Salzburg and the Austrian Lake District. Cruise through the enchanting Strudengau Valley and let the melodies of the Danube carry you from one gem to another on a regal journey through time.
|April 1, 2024||from $4,960 CAD - Compared to $6,128 CAD||Per Person|
|1||Mon Apr 1||Budapest, Hungary|
|2||Tue Apr 2||Budapest, Hungary|
|3||Wed Apr 3||Bratislava|
|4||Thu Apr 4||Vienna|
|5||Fri Apr 5||Weissenkirchen|
|6||Sat Apr 6||Linz|
|7||Sun Apr 7||Passau|
|8||Mon Apr 8||Vilshofen|
DAY 1 – Budapest
Arrive in Budapest and board your luxurious river cruise ship.
DAY 2 – Budapest
“Queen of the Danube” tour
OR Castle Hill hike
Budapest offers an unmatched combination of culture and tradition. Your city tour begins with a visit to the Great Market Hall before going to both the Buda (hilly) and the Pest (flat) sides of the river. You’ll see Heroes’ Square and Castle Hill, home to the Fisherman’s Bastion and Mattias Church. As an alternative, you can hike up to Castle Hill for breathtaking views of the city below.
DAY 3 – Bratislava
“Coronation City” walking tour
OR Tastes of Slovakia
OR Bratislava Castle hike
Host to the crowning ceremonies of 11 Hungarian kings and queens between 1536 and 1830, Bratislava certainly has earned the title “Coronation City of Kings,” as you’ll discover during your walking tour. Or join a special “Tastes of Slovakia” tour. For a more active adventure, hike up to Bratislava Castle, offering magnificent views of the city.
DAY 4 – Vienna
“Imperial Vienna” tour
OR Vienna city tour by bike
The “City of Waltzes” offers a wealth of gems and your city tour showcases its regal splendors, including the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs. Conclude your tour in Vienna’s historic city center and then visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral, or discover Vienna by bike. During the afternoon, enjoy leisure time to further explore this iconic city.
DAY 5 – Weissenkirchen
Highlights of Dürnstein and Melk Abbey visit
OR Dürnstein with wine and apricots
OR Dürnstein fortress hike
OR Weissenkirchen to Melk bike tour
Exclusive Greinburg Castle visit
After reaching Weissenkirchen, you’ll be treated to several choices of excursions. Take a walking tour of Dürnstein before visiting the UNESCO-designated Melk Abbey. For a more culinary-focused experience, join a walking tour in Dürnstein, then enjoy a wine tasting hosted by a local vintner and sample special apricot treats from a local boutique. If you prefer a more active adventure, hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held or join a guided bike tour to Melk. Later in the day, sail through the Strudengau Valley to medieval Grein for an exclusive visit to the more than 500-year-old Greinburg Castle, looming regally from above.
DAY 6 – Linz
Full-day Salzburg excursion
OR “UNESCO City of Media Arts” walking tour
OR “Cultural Mile” bike tour
Český Krumlov excursion*
The ship arrives in Linz where you’ll have several choices of excursions. Opt for a full-day excursion to Salzburg where you’ll tour the historic center, Mirabell Gardens, Residenz Square and the Old Market. En route to Salzburg, stop at Mondsee, home of the Basilica St. Michael. Or join a morning walking tour through the old city center of Linz and by the Mozart House; or go on a bike tour of the city’s famed “Cultural Mile” and the Danube. During the afternoon, you can also choose to visit charming Český Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border.
*Note: Not available with full-day Salzburg excursion
DAY 7 – Passau
“City of Three Rivers” walking tour
OR Passau Castle hike
OR Passau River Inn bike tour
Exclusive Oktoberfest celebration
Discover the city of Passau in one of three ways. Enjoy a walking tour and marvel at Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Alternately, choose between a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus fortress or a guided bike tour along the River Inn. Later, cruise to Vilshofen, where you will be treated to a festive Oktoberfest celebration— an AmaWaterways exclusive.
DAY 8 – Vilshofen
Bid farewell to Vilshofen and prepare for your flight home.
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