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The Melodies of the Danube - Cruise Only

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Experience a beautiful luxury cruise on the Danube River through four European countries, experiencing first-hand why its surroundings have long inspired musicians, poets and artists. Begin your cruise in magnificent Budapest, continuing on to historic Bratislava and legendary Vienna, the birthplace of the waltz. Your luxury river cruise will take you through the scenic wine-growing region of the Wachau Valley, visit a spectacular Benedictine Abbey; explore the Austrian Lake District and fairy-tale cities founded more than 2,000 years ago. Conclude your luxury cruise with three nights in magnificent Munich.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embarkation | Budapest, Hungary
Day 2 : Budapest
Day 3 : Bratislava, Slovakia | Vienna, Austria
Day 4 : Vienna
Day 5 : Weissenkirchen | Emmersdorf | Grein
Day 6 : Linz
Day 7 : Passau, Germany | Vilshofen
Day 8 : Vilshofen | Disembarkation

Highlights

  • Enjoy wines from Austria's rich and scenic Wachau Valley
  • Cruise along Budapest's glittering riverfront for an Illuminations sail
  • Take optional excursions, such as guided hikes and bike tours
  • See the Benedictine Abbey in Melk, one of Europe's largest monasteries
  • Celebrate Oktoberfest in Vilshofen, with local beer and Bavarian dancing

Ship

MS Amacerto

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

European city on the river. Parliament Building Saint Stephens Cathedral in Vienna Parliament Building at night. Baroque elegance in romantic Vienna

Day 1 Embarkation | Budapest, Hungary

Arrive in Budapest and board your luxurious river cruise ship. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner. Tonight, the ship sails a special Illuminations Cruise past the capital’s glittering riverfront.

Day 2 Budapest

  • 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. 

Day 3 Bratislava, Slovakia | Vienna, Austria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake up this morning in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Enjoy a walking tour of the city’s top sights, including the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral. Later, take 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.

Day 4 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 5 Weissenkirchen | Emmersdorf | Grein

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After reaching the Wachau Valley early this morning, you have three tour options: A walking tour along Dürnstein’s cobblestone streets followed by a wine tasting, a hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held for ransom, or an Apricots and Sweets tasting. Return to the ship and continue onwards cruising through the gorgeous scenery of the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon visit the spectacular Benedictine Abbey in Melk, one of Europe’s largest and most revered monasteries and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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. 

Day 6 Linz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The ship arrives this morning in Linz. Enjoy a walking tour of the second largest city in Austria or choose a guided bike tour that shows you around the Old City Center, along the Danube River, and past the ultra-modern Ars Electronica Center. Later, you have a choice of three different excursions. The first option is an excursion to Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace, where you can take a walking tour of the historic center made famous by "The Sound of Music.” 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 option is a visit to the Austrian Lake District, the scenic Salzkammergut region. All three options are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

Day 7 Passau, Germany | Vilshofen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 squares like Rathaus, Domplatz and Residenzplatz, as well as St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Guests looking for a more active morning can choose between a guided bike tour along the Danube from Passau to Erlau, or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus fortress overlooking Passau. This afternoon, the ship cruises to the medieval town of Vilshofen, where you can enjoy a festive Oktoberfest celebration with local beer and Bavarian folk music and dancing. 

Day 8 Vilshofen | Disembarkation

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning, disembark your ship in Vilshofen. 

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.
Cabin Category BA and BB
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Cat BB
Cello Deck, French & Outside Balcony. 210 sq.ft.
Cabin Category BA and BB
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Cat BA
Violin Deck. French & Outside Balcony. 210 sq.ft.
Cabin Category AB and AA
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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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Suite
Violin Deck. French & Outside Balcony. 350 sq.ft.

Notes

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
- 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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  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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