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AMA Waterways Melodies of the Danube

Melodies of the Danbue

Enjoy a fascinating cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen & spend 3 nights in Munich (or Prague)

11 Days – Travel to Budapest & return from Munich (or Prague)

OVERVIEW

Travel on the beautiful Danube through four European countries. Experience the sights and sounds that have long inspired musicians, poets and artists. Begin your cruise in Budapest, continuing on to Bratislava and Vienna, the romantic birthplace of the waltz. Cruise through the scenic wine-growing region of the Wachau Valley, visit the spectacular Benedictine Abbey in Melk, and explore charming medieval towns. Conclude your journey with a three night stay in Munich or Prague.

Day 1

ARRIVE IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - EMBARKATION

Arrive in Budapest and embark your luxurious river cruise ship. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner. (D)

Day 2

BUDAPEST

This morning, your sightseeing tour takes you to historic Buda Castle, where you will enjoy a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest. Your tour also includes Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Heroes’ Square and more. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. (B,L,D)

Day 3

BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA - VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Wake up this morning in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. You have your choice of two tours today. The first option is a walking tour of the city’s top sights, including the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral. As an alternative, choose the “Communist History” tour that includes landmarks such as the Radio Building, Liberty Square and the Soviet War Memorial. 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

Savor the Baroque elegance of romantic Vienna during your panoramic city tour, which will include the Opera House, the Ringstrasse and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The remainder of the day is at your leisure, perhaps to stroll along the boutique-lined Kärntnerstrasse, sample Vienna’s famous pastries or visit a museum. Or, if you prefer, join an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace. This evening, you will have an opportunity to attend an optional Mozart and Strauss concert. (B,L,D)

Day 5

WEISSENKIRCHEN–EMMERSDORF–GREIN

We arrive in Weissenkirchen this morning, from where you will depart for a walking tour along Dürnstein’s cobblestone streets. You’ll see the magnificent blue tower of the local Stiftskirche (abbey church) and you will also have a chance to see castle ruins high on a hill where Richard the Lionheart was once held for ransom. 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. 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

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 St. Stephan’s Cathedral. This afternoon, the ship cruises to the medieval town of Vilshofen,where you will enjoy a festive “Oktoberfest” celebration with local food, beer and Bavarian folk music and dancing. (B,L,D)

Day 8

VILSHOFEN - DISEMBARKATION - REGENSBURG - MUNICH

This morning, disembark in Vilshofen and depart for Munich. Stop in Regensburg for a walking tour of one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. You will have some free time afterwards to explore Regensburg’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before continuing your transfer to Munich. Enjoy the scenic countryside en route to your hotel in Germany’s third-largest city. With a history that dates back to the Middle Ages, Munich is an important industrial, educational and cultural center, renowned for its breweries, beer gardens and boisterous Oktoberfest celebrations. (B)

Day 9

MUNICH

This morning, enjoy a panoramic tour of Munich followed by a walking tour of the Old Town. You will see such iconic sights as the famous Glockenspiel at Munich’s New Town Hall and the Frauenkirche, the “Cathedral of Our Lady.” The afternoon is free for you to explore Munich on your own. (B)

Day 10

MUNICH

Today, you will visit the stunning Neuschwanstein Castle, inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. This postcard perfect castle, set amidst the Bavarian Alps, was built in the 19th century by “Mad” King Ludwig II of Bavaria as an elaborate homage to composer Richard Wagner. After a tour of the castle, arrive in Füssen, where you will have free time for lunch on your own before returning to Munich. (B)

Day 11

DEPART MUNICH

Bid farewell to Munich and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

INCLUDED FEATURES

·         7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom

·         Most staterooms offer French balconies or revolutionary Twin Balconies

·         Life enriching tours and excursions daily

·         Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library and English language TV stations

·         Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board

·         Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding

·         Fine 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

·         Transfer from the ship Vilshofen to Munich

·         3 nights hotel in Munich at the Le Méridien (or similar) or in Prague at the InterContinental Prague or Old Town Hilton (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast

·         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)

·         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

·         All local taxes

Cruise and Land From $3499.00 USD per person

Experience Information

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