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Celebrate the beauty and history of the Danube, Europe’s second largest river. Journey from Nuremberg on the Main-Danube Canal across the Continental Divide, and along the way, visit charming towns and marvel at beautiful vistas. Enter Austria and cruise through the lush Wachau wine region. Then, conclude your European river cruise vacation with two grand old capitals, magnificent Vienna and vibrant Budapest.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embarkation | Nuremberg, Germany
Day 2 : Nuremberg
Day 3 : Regensburg
Day 4 : Passau | Linz, Austria
Day 5 : Melk | Vienna
Day 6 : Vienna
Day 7 : Budapest, Hungary
Day 8 : Budapest | Disembarkation


  • Tour Nuremberg's medieval highlights, including Nuremberg Castle
  • Discover the architectural history of towns along the Danube River
  • Enjoy optional excursions, such as wine tastings and guided tours
  • Explore Vienna's highlights in a panoramic tour


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Baroque elegance in romantic Vienna Parliament Building at night. European city on the river. Castle surrounded by vineyards. Walk through the vineyards of Europe

Day 1 Embarkation | Nuremberg, Germany

Embark your ship in Nuremberg. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner. The ship moors overnight in Nuremberg. 

Day 2 Nuremberg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You have two excursion options today. Take a tour of the city’s medieval highlights, including Nuremberg Castle, the 900-year-old ramparts surrounding the city, Town Hall, Notre Dame and the house of artist Albrecht Dürer, or join a WWII tour and see the Coliseum, Nazi Parade Ground and Justice Palace. Later, the ship cruises the Main-Danube Canal to Regensburg. 

Day 3 Regensburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning’s scenic cruising brings you into the final stretch of the Main-Danube Canal en route to Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. A guided walking tour shows you the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 A.D. 

Day 4 Passau | Linz, Austria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, arrive in picturesque Passau, where the Inn and Ilz rivers flow into the Danube. You have a choice of a walking tour of Passau’s Old Town, past the old city fortifications, Rathaus, Domplatz and Residenzplatz squares, as well as St. Stephen’s Cathedral, or more active guests may join either a guided bike tour along the Danube from Passau to Erlau or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus fortress overlooking Passau. Return to the ship this afternoon for a scenic cruise to Linz, Austria’s third largest city and a major river port. 

Day 5 Melk | Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early this morning, cruise to Melk. You have a choice between a guided tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s largest and most revered monasteries, or a guided bike tour along the Danube. Return to the ship for lunch before cruising on through the scenic Wachau Valley. Arrive in Vienna after dinner and explore the magnificent Austrian capital on your own. 

Day 6 Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, 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, 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.

Day 7 Budapest, Hungary

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your morning excursion includes sightseeing in the cities of Buda and Pest spread over both banks of the river. See famed Heroes’ Square and Castle Hill, home to Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church and spectacular views of the Danube. After dinner, the ship sails a special Illuminations Cruise past the city’s glittering riverfront. 

Day 8 Budapest | Disembarkation

  • 1 Breakfast
Bid farewell to Budapest as you prepare for your homeward flight.

MS Amacerto

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Cabins Category D and E
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Cat E
Piano Deck, Fixed Window. 148 sq.ft.
Cabins Category D and E
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Cat D
Piano Deck, Fixed Windows. 148 sq.ft.
Cabin Category C
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Cat C
Violin & Cello Deck, French Balcony. 170 sq.ft.
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Cat BB
Cello Deck, French & Outside Balcony. 210 sq.ft.
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Cat BA
Violin Deck. French & Outside Balcony. 210 sq.ft.
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Cat AB
Cello Deck. French & Outside Balcony. 235 sq.ft.
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Cat AA
Violin Deck. French & Outside Balcony. 235 sq.ft.
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Cat AA+
Violin Deck. French & Outside Balcony. 290 sq.ft.
Cabin Category Suite
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Violin Deck. French & Outside Balcony. 350 sq.ft.


Included Features:
- 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms offer French balconies or revolutionary twin balconies
- Shore excursions in every port with personal headset included
- Limited Edition Tours
- 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
- Unlimited red and white wines from Europe’s great wine regions, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
- Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
- Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain's Gala Dinner
- Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music
- Bicycles to explore on your own and 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


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