Vilshofen / EmbarkArrive in Vilshofen, a charming 200-year-old Bavarian town, and embark on the AmaBella. Remain in town to celebrate Oktoberfest and enjoy traditional beers, Bavarian folk music, song, and dance. Return to the ship in the evening and set sail.
Vilshofen / PassauSpend a free morning exploring Vilshofen's beautiful old town before cruising to Passau. Arrive in the afternoon and take a walking tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, cobblestoned streets, and St. Stephan’s Cathedral.
Arrive in Linz in the early morning, the second largest city in Austria. Take a walking tour along the Landstrasse to the city’s Main Square to see St. Mary’s Cathedral, the Marian Column, the Landes Theatre and St. Martin’s Church. Return to the ship for brunch.
In the afternoon, pick one of three different excursions. Your first option is a visit to the scenic "Salzkammergut" region, the Austrian Lake District. Your second option is to join an excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov. This is a wonderfully preserved medieval town, nestled in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border. Your third option is an excursion to Salzburg. Take a walking tour of the historic center which is famous as the setting for the "Sound of Music". Enjoy some free time on your own before returning to the ship.
Melk - KremsCruise through the narrow Strudengau morning en route to Melk. Upon arrival, a guided tour takes 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. Continue cruising the beautiful Wachau Valley to Krems. From Krems, transfer to Dürnstein and enjoy a walking tour of the town’s medieval streets. In the evening, enjoy a wine tasting at a local winery.
ViennaArrive in Vienna. Take a morning city tour of the city to view the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse, and the historic St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Spend the afternoon exploring the city at your leisure, or take an optional excursion to the Schönbrunn Palace. In the evening, enjoy an optional Mozart and Strauss concert in the "Music Capital of the World." The ship moors in Vienna overnight.
Bratislava, SlovakiaSpend the morning afloat as you cruise to Bratislava. Upon arrival, take a walking tour to visit the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace, and Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral.
Budapest, HungaryArrive in Budapest in the moring and take a sightseeing tour to the historic Buda Castle, offering splendid views of the river and the twin cities of Buda and Pest. Also visit the Fisherman's Bastion, Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica and Heroes’ Square. After dinner, take a special "Illuminations Cruise" past the glittering riverfront of Budapest.
DisembarkEnjoy one last breakfast on board before disembarking the ship. Transfer to the airport for your independent continued journeys.