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The Romantic Danube

8 Day Sample Cruise aboard MS Amabella
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Framed by rolling hillsides, lush vineyards, and medieval castles, the Danube River has captivated musicians, artists and poets throughout the centuries. Travel to legendary destinations on this European river cruise when embarking on a 7 night cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest. Explore a 2,000 year-old city, visit Europe's largest pipe organ, savor Wachau Valley wines, and experience the timeless beauty and fascinating history of Vienna and Budapest.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark / Vilshofen, Germany
Day 2 : Passau
Day 3 : Linz / Gmunden
Day 4 : Melk / Dürnstein
Day 5 : Vienna
Day 6 : Bratislava, Slovakia
Day 7 : Budapest, Hungary
Day 8 : Budapest

Ship

MS Amabella

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

European city on the river. Enjoy this beautiful basilica while traveling through Europe Visit the unique European towns Parliament Building Saint Stephens Cathedral in Vienna

Day 1 Embark / Vilshofen, Germany

This evening meet your fellow passengers on board for the Welcome Reception and Dinner.

Day 2 Passau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning you are free to explore Vilshofen's beautiful old town before you cruise to Passau, where this afternoon you will have your choice of two different excursions. The first option is to take a walking tour through this 2,000-year-old fairy tale city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture. Walk the cobblestone streets of the Old Town where you will see the city fortifications and St. Stephan's Cathedral, which is home to the largest cathedral organ in the world. As an alternative, experience this majestic city on a guided bike tour along the Inn River to Weinstein (capacity controlled).

Day 3 Linz / Gmunden

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning the ship arrives in Linz, the second largest city in Austria. Your walking tour guides you along the Landstrasse, to the city’s Main Square where you will see St. Mary's Cathedral, the Marian Column, the Landes Theatre and St. Martin's Church, the oldest church in Austria. Return to the ship for brunch. This afternoon you have the choice of three different excursions. The first option is a visit to the scenic 'Salzkammergut' region, the Austrian Lake District, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the historic town of Gmunden, on the shore of Lake Traunsee. The 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. The third choice is an excursion to Salzburg, where you will take a walking tour of the historic center, famous as the setting for the 'Sound of Music' and as the birthplace of Mozart. Enjoy free time on your own, before returning to the ship.

Day 4 Melk / Dürnstein

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise through the narrow Strudengau this morning to Melk. A guided tour will take you to Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe's largest Baroque monasteries. From here, continue cruising the beautiful Wachau valley to Krems. You will have the choice of two excursions this afternoon. The first is a motor coach ride to Durnstein, where you will take a walking tour of the town's medieval cobblestone streets, passing by 16th-century town houses and wine taverns. Marvel at the magnificent blue facade of the Baroque Stiftskirche high above town. As an alternative, enjoy a guided bike tour from Krems to Durnstein and back (capacity controlled). Tonight, after dinner on board, enjoy wine tasting at a local winery. Enjoy several different wines, presented along with bread, knowledgeable hosts, and plenty of laughter.

Day 5 Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise through the narrow Strudengau this morning to Melk. A guided tour will take you to Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe's largest Baroque monasteries. From here, continue cruising the beautiful Wachau valley to Krems. You will have the choice of two excursions this afternoon. The first is a motor coach ride to Dürnstein, where you will take a walking tour of the town's medieval cobblestone streets, passing by 16th-century town houses and wine taverns. During your morning city tour of Vienna, you will see the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse, and the historic St. Stephen's Cathedral. The afternoon is free to stroll through the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or take an optional tour to the Schonbrunn Palace. Tonight, you will have the opportunity to enjoy an optional Mozart and Strauss concert in the 'Music Capital of the World.' The ship moors in Vienna overnight.

Day 6 Bratislava, Slovakia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, enjoy a scenic cruise to Bratislava, where you can choose from a walking tour which includes the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and Gothic St. Martin's Cathedral. Alternatively, you can take a 'Communist History Tour' of Bratislava, which includes architectural landmarks such as the Radio Building, Liberty Square and Soviet War Memorial. The remainder of the day is free to explore on your own.

Day 7 Budapest, Hungary

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, your sightseeing tour takes you to historic Buda Castle from where you can enjoy a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest spread over both banks of the River. Your tour also features the distinctive Fisherman's Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen's Basilica, the famous Heroes' Square and much more. After dinner, the ship will sail a special 'Illuminations Cruise' past the illuminated river front of Budapest.

Day 8 Budapest

  • 1 Breakfast
Your cruise comes to an end as you transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

MS Amabella

Per person starting at
$2,799
Cabins Category D and E
Category E
$2,799
Piano Deck, Fixed window, private facilities, 170 sq. ft.
Cabins Category D and E
Category D
$3,098
Piano Deck, Fixed window, private facilities, 170 sq. ft.
Cabin Category C
Category C
$3,698
Cello Deck, French Balcony, private facilities, 170 sq. ft.
Cabin Category BA and BB
Category BB
$4,198
Cello Deck, French Balcony & Outside Balcony, private facilities, 210 sq. ft.
Cabin Category BA and BB
Category BA
$4,398
Violin Deck, French Balcony & Outside Balcony, private facilities, 210 sq. ft.
Cabins AB and AA
Category AB
$4,598
Cello Deck, French Balcony & Outside Balcony, private facilities, 235 sq. ft.
Cabin Category AA and AB
Category AA
$4,798
Violin Deck, French Balcony & Outside Balcony, private facilities, 235 sq. ft.
Stay in a luxurious suite while touring Eastern Europe aboard the AmaBella.
Suite
$5,998
Violin Deck, French Balcony & Outside Balcony, private facilities, 350 sq. ft.

Notes

Please note: Cruise fare does not include port charges.

Included Features:
- 7 Nights Deluxe Cruise Accommodation in an Outside Stateroom - 82% of the Staterooms have large French Balconies (Twin Balconies on select vessels)
- Daily Sightseeing Program as outlined in the Itinerary
- Infotainment System in all Staterooms with Free Internet, Hit Movies, Music Library and English Language TV Stations
- Terry Bathrobes and White-on-white plush Bedding in all Staterooms
- Superb 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 and soft drinks with every Dinner on board the Ship
- Bottled Water in every stateroom replenished daily
- Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner
- Special Highlights including Lectures, Theme Dinners, Cooking Demonstration, onboard Music Performances and afternoon & evening Piano Music
- Use of Bicycles to explore on your own
- Services of Professional Cruise Manager
- All English Language on board in a non-smoking Environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
- All local Taxes

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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