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Discover a wealth of art, history, and cultural treasures as you cruise from Budapest, a haven for musicians, writers, and artists, to Vienna, Bratislava, Passau, Regensburg, and Nuremberg. Along the way, visit magnificent cathedrals and baroque abbeys. Explore the charming Wachau Valley and traverse Europe’s Continental Divide, made possible through the engineering marvel of the Main-Danube Canal. Take an optional excursion to Salzburg and celebrate the heritage of Mozart, one of the world’s greatest composers.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Budapest, Hungary | Embark
Day 2 : Bratislava, Slovakia
Day 3 : Vienna, Austria
Day 4 : Dürnstein | Melk
Day 5 : Linz | Passau, Germany
Day 6 : Regensburg
Day 7 : Nuremberg
Day 8 : Nuremberg | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy Bratislava’s major sites, including the Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral
  • Join a scenic cruise through the beautiful Wachau Valley
  • Hike up to the breathtaking Veste Oberhaus Fortress in Passau
  • Discover one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities - Regensburg

Ship

MS Amasonata

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Budapest, Hungary | Embark

Board your cruise in Budapest. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Bratislava.

Day 2 Bratislava, Slovakia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This afternoon arrive in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. Enjoy a walking tour of the city’s major sites, including the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace, and Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. Spend your evening in Bratislava before the ship cruises to magnificent Vienna later tonight. 

Day 3 Vienna, Austria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A panoramic tour of Vienna guides you past the majestic Opera House, the former Imperial Palace of the Hapsburg 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. You are free to explore on your own this afternoon, so be sure to sample some Viennese coffee and pastries. 

Day 4 Dürnstein | Melk

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After reaching the Wachau Valley early this morning, 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. Later, relax on board during a scenic cruise through the beautiful Wachau Valley or join a guided bike tour along the Danube to Melk. Your ship arrives late this afternoon in Melk, one of Europe’s most renowned spiritual and cultural heritage sites, where you can tour its spectacular Benedictine Abbey. Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore the charming town of Melk on your own. 

Day 5 Linz | Passau, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Passau, a 2,000-year-old city noted for its Gothic and Baroque architecture. You can explore this charming city on a walking tour, guided bike ride, or on a hike up to the Veste Oberhaus Fortress. The ship cruises overnight. 

Day 6 Regensburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This afternoon, the ship arrives in Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You have your choice of one of three tours this afternoon. Your first option is a guided walking tour of the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria, the gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 A.D. Your second option is an opportunity to sample the city’s most renowned specialties – sausage, beer, and pretzels. Your third option is a guided bike tour from Regensburg to Walhalla through the spectacular scenery of the Danube Valley.

Day 7 Nuremberg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a scenic morning cruise as the ship crosses the Continental Divide via the Main-Danube Canal and leisurely cruises through the beautiful Altmühl Valley. This afternoon, you have a choice of three activities in Nuremberg. 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. Alternatively, savor traditional flavors on a Franconian Specialties tasting as you sample the famous Nuremburger Bratwurst, Rot bier, and Lebkuchen. The ship moors here overnight. 

Day 8 Nuremberg | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning, depart the ship after breakfast. 

MS Amasonata

Per person starting at
$3,099
Amasonata E cabin
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Cat. E
Piano Deck. Fixed Windows, 160 sq. ft.
Amasonata D cabin
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Cat. D
Piano Deck. Fixed Windows, 160 sq. ft.
Amasonata C
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Cat. C
Violin & Cello Deck. French Balcony, 170 sq. ft.
Amasonata BB cabin
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Cat. BB
Cello Deck. French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 210 sq. ft
Amasonata BA cabin
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Cat BA
Violin Deck. French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 210 sq. ft.
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Cat AB
Cello Deck. French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 235 sq. ft
Amasonata AA cabin
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Cat. AA
Violin Deck. French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 235 sq. ft.
Amasonata AA+ cabin
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Cat. AA+
Violin Deck. French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 250 sq. ft.
Amasonata Suite
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Suite
Violin Deck. French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 350 sq. ft.

Notes

Single supplement is 50%, except for Suites which are 100%.

Please note: Cruise fare does not include port charges.

Included Features:
- 7 Nights Deluxe cruise accommodation in an Outside Stateroom - 82% of the staterooms with 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 lLibrary, 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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