Melodies of the Danube : 2018 - Budapest to Prague : ms AmaViola (Cruise & Land)

OVERVIEW

Journey along the Danube through four European countries and see first-hand why this fabled river has inspired generations of artists, poets and musicians. Explore the vibrant streets of Budapest and Bratislava and the elegant avenues of Vienna, known to music lovers as the birthplace of the waltz. Cruise through the scenic Wachau Valley, home to picturesque vineyards, charming hamlets and a spectacular 900-year-old Baroque-style abbey. Conclude your adventure in Prague, also known as the "city of a hundred spires" and rich in history.

INCLUDED FEATURES

  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in riverview stateroom or suite - most staterooms offer twin balconies
  • Fine dining, including unlimited complimentary hand-selected wines, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • "Sip & Sail" Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Cocktail Reception and Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Guided shore excursions in every port including Limited Edition Tours
  • Live entertainment, cooking demonstration and more
  • Complimentary bicycles
  • Services of a professionally trained Cruise Manager throughout your cruise and land stay
  • An all English-speaking staff on board
  • Transfer from the ship in Vilshofen to Regensburg and on to Prague
  • 3 nights hotel in Prague at the InterContinental Prague (or similar), including daily breakfast
  • Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from AmaWaterways

    DETAILED ITINERARY

    Day 1 : EMBARKATION - BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
    Arrive in Budapest and board your luxurious river cruise ship. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner. Tonight, the ship will sail a special Illuminations Cruise past the capital's glittering river front. (D)

    Day 2 : BUDAPEST
    Your morning excursion includes sightseeing in the cities of Buda and Pest spread over both banks of the river. You will see famed Heroes' Square and Castle Hill, home to Fisherman's Bastion, Matthias Church and spectacular views of the Danube. (B,L,D)

    Day 3 : BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA - VIENNA, AUSTRIA
    Wake up this morning in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Enjoy a walking tour of the city's top sights, including the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and St. Martin's Cathedral. Later, you will have some free time before the ship cruises to Vienna, the music capital of the world. After dinner, experience a traditional "Viennese Wine and Music" evening in a rustic wine tavern outside the city, where you can enjoy a glass of newly pressed, locally grown wine and Austrian music and hospitality. (B,L,D)

    Day 4 : VIENNA
    This morning, you will have a chance to savor the Baroque elegance of romantic Vienna through your choice of one of three different excursions. The first option is a panoramic tour of Vienna that guides you past the majestic Opera House, the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburg Emperors, Parliament, Town Hall and Vienna University. Afterwards, you will visit Vienna's historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see St. Stephen's Cathedral, Graben and the world famous Spanish Riding School. The second option is a walking tour of Vienna's hidden treasures that takes you to secret places and sights like Ankeruhr, a whimsical Art Nouveau clock. Your third option is a guided bike tour along the Danube and through the Donaupark. This afternoon, you can join a guided bike ride to Klosterneuburg Monastery, or explore at your leisure. Be sure to sample some Viennese coffee and pastries. (B,L,D)

    Day 5 : WEISSENKIRCHEN - EMMERSDORF - GREIN
    After reaching the Wachau Valley early this morning, you will have three tour options: A walking tour along Dürnstein's cobblestone streets followed by a wine tasting, a hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held for ransom, or an Apricots and Sweets tasting. Return to the ship and continue onwards cruising through the gorgeous scenery of the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon you will visit the spectacular Benedictine Abbey in Melk, one of Europe's largest and most revered monasteries and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will see jewel-encrusted crosses containing religious relics, frescoes and richly embroidered vestments, as well as the abbey's priceless collection of medieval manuscripts. Tonight the ship arrives in Grein, where you may enjoy some free time to explore this charming town. (B,L,D)

    Day 6 : LINZ
    The ship arrives this morning in Linz. Enjoy a walking tour of the second largest city in Austria or choose a guided bike tour that will show you around the Old City Center, along the Danube River, and past the ultra-modern Ars Electronica Center. Later, you will have a choice of three different excursions. The first option 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." 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 option is a visit to the Austrian Lake District, the scenic Salzkammergut region. All three options are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. (B,L,D)

    Day 7 : PASSAU, GERMANY - VILSHOFEN
    Early this morning, cruise through Upper Austria to Passau in Germany, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. Enjoy a walking tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, cobblestone streets and squares like Rathaus, Domplatz and Residenzplatz, as well as St. Stephen's Cathedral. Guests looking for a more active morning can choose between a guided bike tour along the Danube from Passau to Erlau, or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus fortress overlooking Passau. This afternoon, the ship cruises to the medieval town of Vilshofen, where you will enjoy a festive Oktoberfest celebration with local beer and Bavarian folk music and dancing. (B,L,D)

    Day 8 : VILSHOFEN - DISEMBARKATION - REGENSBURG - PRAGUE
    This morning, disembark your ship in Vilshofen and depart for Prague. Stop in Regensburg, one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities, where you will have a walking tour and free time to explore the city's historic district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue on to Prague, taking in the scenic beauty of the countryside before arriving at your hotel in the late afternoon. (B)

    Day 9 : PRAGUE
    Your morning's sightseeing tour reveals 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 and the Hundertwasser Dancing House. Next, visit the 1,000 year-old Prague Castle and St. Vitus before walking over the romantic Charles Bridge to the Old Market Square, where you will find the capital's famous Astronomical Clock, Tyn Church and the statue of Jan Husek. The rest of the day is at your leisure, perhaps to enjoy yourself in one of the city's many charming cafés. (B)

    Day 10 : 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 cafe, or shop for local handicrafts. (B)

    Day 11 : DEPART PRAGUE
    Bid farewell to Prague and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

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    Cruise Line
    AmaWaterways
    Offer
    Offer valid through 9/30/2017
    Duration
    11 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms AmaViola

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Budapest  
    Day 2Budapest  
    Day 3Bratislava  
    Day 4Vienna  
    Day 5Weissenkirchen  
    Day 6Linz  
    Day 7Passau  
    Day 8Vilshofen  
    Day 9Prague  
    Day 10Prague  
    Day 11Prague  
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    03/23/2018$3,279.00* (USD) / Cruise & LandQuote
    04/06/2018$3,579.00* (USD) / Cruise & LandQuote
    04/20/2018$3,879.00* (USD) / Cruise & LandQuote
    05/04/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Cruise & LandQuote
    06/01/2018$4,179.00* (USD) / Cruise & LandQuote
    06/15/2018$4,179.00* (USD) / Cruise & LandQuote
    06/29/2018$4,179.00* (USD) / Cruise & LandQuote
    07/13/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Cruise & LandQuote
    07/27/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Cruise & LandQuote
    08/10/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Cruise & LandQuote
    08/24/2018$4,279.00* (USD) / Cruise & LandQuote
    09/07/2018$4,379.00* (USD) / Cruise & LandQuote
    09/21/2018$4,379.00* (USD) / Cruise & LandQuote
    10/05/2018$4,379.00* (USD) / Cruise & LandQuote
    10/19/2018$4,079.00* (USD) / Cruise & LandQuote
    11/02/2018$3,779.00* (USD) / Cruise & LandQuote
    12/28/2018$3,679.00* (USD) / Cruise & LandQuote
    Disclaimer

    Notes:

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

    Port Charges: $168 per person.

    Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; AA+ and Suite 100% of twin price. Single supplement waived on D & E categories. Please check at time of booking as offer is capacity controlled.

    Single Supplement for Land: $480 per person.

    Cruise & Land Prices: Prices shown are for 3 nights in Prague; please add $540 per person for Munich.

    Itinerary Change: Please note that due to local closures, we will not visit Bratislava during cruises departing in November or December. Guests will instead spend this time in Vienna and the Wachau Valley.

    All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

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