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Combine the highlights of the legendary Main and Danube with the picturesque Rhine and Mosel and experience a luxury Europe river cruise of cultural and scenic diversity through the five countries of Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, and Luxembourg. Cruise through the lush and scenic Mosel Valley, famous for its many historical castles and the steepest vineyards in the world, and be close to the heart of the people living in the medieval cities along the Rhine and Main River. Continue your river cruise on the Main-Danube Canal across the Continental Divide, and visit charming towns with beautiful vistas. Conclude your European small ship cruise with two grand old capitals, vibrant Budapest and magnificent Vienna.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embarkation | Luxembourg
Day 2 : Trier, Germany | Bernkastel
Day 3 : Koblenz | Rhine River Gorge | Rüdesheim
Day 4 : Mainz | Heidelberg
Day 5 : Wertheim
Day 6 : Würzburg | Kitzingen
Day 7 : Bamberg
Day 8 : Nuremberg, Germany | Munich
Day 9 : Nuremberg | Continental Divide
Day 10 : Regensburg
Day 11 : Passau | Linz, Austria
Day 12 : Melk | Vienna
Day 13 : Vienna
Day 14 : Budapest, Hungary
Day 15 : Budapest | Disembarkation

Highlights

  • View Regensburg's architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall
  • Tour Melk's Benedictine Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit Heidelberg's red-walled castle with its Great Vat
  • Tour Würzburg's Residenz Palace and gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Take optional excursions, including wine tasting, biking, and guided tours
  • Explore romantic Vienna, including the Opera House and Vienna University
  • Sightsee in Budapest, and see famed Heroes’ Square and Castle Hill

Ship

MS Amadante

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

German town on the river. A building ruin amongst a green Slovakia landscape. Parliament Building at night. A castle overlooks the green countryside European city on the river.

Day 1 Embarkation | Luxembourg

Board your cruise in Luxembourg. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner. 

Day 2 Trier, Germany | Bernkastel

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast enjoy a guided walking tour of Trier, Germany’s oldest city with a rich Roman past. See Trier Cathedral, the Basilica of Constantine, and the Porta Nigra gate that dates back to 179 A.D. Continue on to Bernkastel, strategically located in the middle of the Mosel Valley’s wine-producing region, an area that’s been cultivating wine for over 500 years. A guided walking tour through the old town center this afternoon takes you past many medieval and Renaissance buildings. Enjoy a winery visit and sample several regional vintages. Your ship departs later this evening and cruises overnight.

Day 3 Koblenz | Rhine River Gorge | Rüdesheim

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, enjoy a guided tour of Cochem that takes you to the spectacular hilltop Reichsburg Castle, offering fantastic views of the river valley below. Or, opt to take a walking tour of Koblenz and explore its charming town square and quaint shops. Return to the ship for a scenic afternoon cruise along the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine, with castle ruins, fortresses, and the legendary Lorelei Rock. Arrive in Rüdesheim this evening and visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, or you may choose to enjoy some Rüdesheimer Coffee. The ship moors overnight in Rüdesheim. 

Day 4 Mainz | Heidelberg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, depart Rüdesheim and cruise to beautiful Mainz, arriving after lunch. Your guided walking tour includes a visit to the Gutenberg Museum, home to two copies of the world’s first printed Bible as well as centuries-old manuscripts and printing presses. You may also choose to see the famed Chagall windows, which depict scriptural scenes in stunning blue. As an alternative to Mainz, you can travel by motor coach to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town, where you may take a tour of the old town, visit the red-walled castle with its Great Vat (a 49,000-gallon wine cask) and enjoy beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and the city below. Later this afternoon, the ship departs Mainz and cruises overnight to Wertheim. 

Day 5 Wertheim

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Welcome to Wertheim, a quaint German town known for its intricate glassworks and charming medieval architecture. You have your choice of one of three excursions today. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the historic city center, a scenic guided bike tour along the Main River, or a visit to local bakery for a pretzel-making demonstration and tasting. Your ship cruises to Würzburg this evening. 

Day 6 Würzburg | Kitzingen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning’s guided tour of Würzburg shows you all of the city’s major sites, or you may prefer to visit the Residenz Palace and gardens, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The next stop is Kitzingen this afternoon where the town’s Historic Court Council and honorary Wine Queen escorts you to one of Germany’s oldest wine cellars to sample regional wines. You may either cruise to Kitzingen, or get there via a guided bike ride through the Franconian countryside. Later tonight, the ship sails towards Bamberg. 

Day 7 Bamberg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive this afternoon in enchanting Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you may choose one of three ways to explore. The first is a guided walking tour of this medieval gem to see its cathedral, Old Town Hall and elegant old mansions, as well as sample some of Bamberg’s famous smoked beer. The second is a guided bike tour along the Main River and the third is a Bamberg Specialties tasting where you can enjoy smoked beer, licorice root, and Hornla, a local favorite whose recipe dates back to 1427. This evening, continue cruising towards Nuremberg. 

Day 8 Nuremberg, Germany | Munich

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today travel by train from Nuremberg to Munich, the capital of Bavaria and one of Germany's largest cities. Take an orientation walk upon arrival, and then your guide offers suggestions on what to see during your free time in town and takes you to lunch in a local restaurant. Afterwards, enjoy a panoramic tour of this vibrant city. Back on board the ship tonight, meet new guests arriving from Prague. 

Day 9 Nuremberg | Continental Divide

  • 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 10 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 11 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 may take a walking tour of Passau’s Old Town, past the old city fortifications, Rathaus, Domplatz and Residenzplatz town squares, as well as St. Stephen’s Cathedral, or more active guests may join either a guided bike tour 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 12 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 13 Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, take the 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, 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 14 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. Alternatively, you may join a guided hike up to Budapest Castle Hill. After dinner, the ship sails a special Illuminations Cruise past the city’s glittering riverfront. 

Day 15 Budapest | Disembarkation

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning, bid farewell to your cruise ship. 

MS Amadante

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170 sq. feet. 6 cabins on Piano Deck. Picture window, sitting area, Infotainment system, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, A/C, ample closet space. #108-113.
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170 sq. feet. 6 cabins on Cello Deck. French balcony, sitting area, Infotainment system, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, A/C, ample closet space. #225-230.
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170 sq. feet. 24 cabins on Cello Deck. French balcony, sitting area, Infotainment system, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, A/C, ample closet space. #201-224.
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170 sq. feet. 28 cabins on Violin Deck. French balcony, sitting area, Infotainment system, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, A/C, ample closet space. #305-332.
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255 sq. feet. 4 cabins on Violin Deck. French balcony, sitting area, bathtub and shower, Infotainment system, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes, A/C, ample closet space. #310-304.

Notes

Included Features:
- 14 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms offer French 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
- 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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  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners
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