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Travel on the beautiful Danube through four European countries on an exciting European river cruise. Experience the sights and sounds that have long inspired musicians, poets, and artists. Begin your cruise in Budapest, continuing on to Bratislava and Vienna, the romantic birthplace of the waltz. Cruise through the scenic wine-growing region of the Wachau Valley, visit the spectacular Benedictine Abbey in Melk, and explore charming medieval towns.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Budapest, Hungary | Embarkation
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

  • Take a guided walking tour of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia
  • Sightsee in Budapest and enjoy spectacular views of the Danube
  • Visit Vienna’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Tour Linz, the second largest city in Austria

Ship

MS Amaserena

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Parliament Building at night. Saint Stephens Cathedral in Vienna Enjoy this beautiful basilica while traveling through Europe Night in Vienna. Visit charming Passau

Day 1 Budapest, Hungary | Embarkation

Arrive in Budapest and board your luxurious river cruise ship. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner. Tonight, enjoy 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, you have 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, choose between 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, choose between three different excursions. The first option is an excursion to Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace, where you may 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. 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. 

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Notes

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

Please note: Cruise fares do 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

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  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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