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Melodies of the Danube River Cruise with AmaWaterways from Budapest

Embark on a breathtaking river cruise adventure through the heart of Central Europe, discovering captivating destinations in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, and Slovakia. Follow the magnificent Danube and uncover the region's rich history, traditions and culture.

Melodies of the Danube River Cruise with AmaWaterways from Budapest

DEPARTURE DATE: October 19, 2024
Countries Visited: Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
Departure Port:Budapest, Hungary

OVERVIEW

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.

Travel Dates & Pricing

TRAVEL DATEPRICETYPE
October 19, 2024from $4,973 CADPer Person

What's Included

  • 7 night river cruise from Budapest Hungary to Vilshofen Germany
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances
  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
  • Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Guided hikes
  • Special Interest Tours
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Taxes and port charges

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Sat Oct 19Budapest
2Sun Oct 20Budapest
3Tue May 21Bratislava
4Tue Oct 22Vienna
5Wed Oct 23Weissenkirchen
6Thu Oct 24Linz - Cesky Krumlov
7Fri Oct 25Passau
8Sat Oct 26Vilshofen

DAY 1 – Budapest

EMBARKATION

Arrive in Budapest and board your luxurious river cruise ship. (D)

DAY 2 – Budapest

Buda city tour

OR Castle Hill hike

Pest city tour

Today you have the opportunity to visit both the Buda (hilly) and Pest (flat) sides of the Danube River. Start on the Buda side, following your guide through the city’s Castle District where you will marvel at the fairytale turrets of Fisherman’s Bastion, gaze upon the breathtaking panorama below and see Matthias Church, renowned for its striking tower and colorful mosaic roof. For a more active tour, hike to Budapest’s Castle Hill. In the afternoon, explore the treasures of Pest, admiring the colossal Hungarian Parliament Building, Heroes’ Square and the moving “Shoes on the Danube Bank” memorial. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 – Bratislava

Scenic cruising
“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. (B,L,D)

DAY 4 – Vienna

“Imperial Vienna” tour
OR Vienna city tour by bike

Free time

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. (B,L,D)

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
Scenic Cruising
Strudengau Valley
Grein
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. (B,L,D)

DAY 6 – Linz

Full-day Salzburg excursion*

Cesky Krumlov

OR Český Krumlov excursion*

Linz

OR “UNESCO City of Media Arts” walking tour
OR “Cultural Mile” bike tour

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. You may also choose to join a full-day excursion to the charming Czech mountain town of Cesky Krumlov, where you can stroll its cobblestone streets; marvel at the city’s picturesque Baroque and Renaissance-style buildings; and tour Krumlov Castle, one of Europe’s largest castle complexes. Following these full-day excursions, you may also choose to take a brief walking tour in Linz. Alternatively, join a 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. (B,L,D)

*Note: Not combinable with other tours on this day.

DAY 7 – Passau

“City of Three Rivers” walking tour
OR Passau Castle hike
OR Passau River Inn bike tour
Vilshofen

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. (B,L,D)

DAY 8 – Vilshofen

DISEMBARKATION
Bid farewell to Vilshofen and prepare for your flight home. (B)

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