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Framed by rolling hillsides, lush vineyards, and medieval castles, the Danube River has captivated musicians, artists and poets throughout the centuries. Travel to legendary destinations on this European river cruise when embarking on an 8-day cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest. Explore a 2,000-year-old city, visit wonderfully preserved medieval towns, savor Europe's wines, and experience the timeless beauty and fascinating history of Vienna and Budapest.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Vilshofen, Germany | Embark
Day 2 : Vilshofen | Passau
Day 3 : Linz, Austria
Day 4 : Weissenkirchen
Day 5 : Vienna OR Krems
Day 6 : Bratislava, Slovakia OR Vienna
Day 7 : Budapest, Hungary
Day 8 : Budapest | Disembark

Highlights

  • Admire palaces, churches, castles, and cathedrals throughout the cities
  • Pick from a variety of excursions throughout your cruise
  • Enjoy food and wine tastings from the rich Wachau region
  • Tour elegant Vienna and see her most famous sites

Ship

MS Amaserena

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Enjoy this beautiful basilica while traveling through Europe Visit unique European towns Saint Stephens Cathedral in Vienna Rathaus in Vienna Visit charming Passau

Day 1 Vilshofen, Germany | Embark

This evening meet your fellow passengers on board for the Welcome Reception and Dinner.

* Wine-themed cruise: This evening meet your fellow passengers at an evening Welcome Aboard Wine Toast. The evening has a special treat in store: an Oktoberfest presented by the town of Vilshofen. Bavarian folk music, songs and dances set a lively scene as you gather at long tables to sample Vilshofen’s distinctive local beer. The Mayor and Beer Queen are on hand to greet you and wish you a successful journey along the Danube. 

Day 2 Vilshofen | Passau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning you are free to explore Vilshofen’s beautiful old town before cruising to Passau. This afternoon you have a walking tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, cobblestone streets, Rathaus, Domplatz and Residenzplatz squares, as well as St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

* Wine-themed cruise: This morning you are free to explore Vilshofen’s beautiful old town before cruising to Passau. In the afternoon join a walking tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, cobblestone streets, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Guests looking for a more active afternoon may join a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus fortress overlooking Passau. Prior to dinner, enjoy an onboard wine tasting.

Day 3 Linz, Austria

  • 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 regions are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

* Wine-themed cruise: 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, have a choice of three different excursions. The first option is an excursion to Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace. 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 regions are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Tonight, savor a fabulous Chaîne Des Rôtisseurs Dinner complete with wine pairing.

Day 4 Weissenkirchen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise through the narrow Strudengau this morning en route to Weissenkirchen. You have three choices of how to explore Dürnstein today. The first is a walking tour along the town’s cobblestone streets followed by a visit to the magnificent Benedictine Abbey at Melk, one of Europe’s largest and most famous monastic sites, home to religious relics and a library filled with medieval manuscripts. Alternatively, you may join a hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held for ransom, or enjoy an apricots and sweets tasting instead. Tonight, after dinner on board, enjoy a wine tasting at a local winery.

* Wine-themed cruise: Cruise through the narrow Strudengau this morning en route to Weissenkirchen. A guided tour takes you through Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest and most famous monastic sites, home to religious relics and a library filled with medieval manuscripts. Take an Abbey tour, followed by a visit to a local vineyard near Dürnstein, for an introduction to the famous wines of the Wachau. 

Day 5 Vienna OR Krems

  • 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 sites 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.

* Wine-themed cruise: This morning, travel to nearby Dürnstein, one of Austria’s smallest towns with only 1,000 inhabitants, and regarded as the most romantic place in the Wachau. Marvel at the magnificent blue facade of the Baroque Stiftskirche and the ancient terraced vineyards that surround the town. Looming overhead are the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionheart, King of England, was imprisoned in 1192. Have the option to take one of three tours: a walking tour along Dürnstein’s cobblestone streets, a hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held for ransom, or a guided bike tour along the Danube. The ship cruises to Krems after lunch, arriving in the early afternoon. Krems offers a rich array of wine-related history, culture, and tasting opportunities. Learn about the town’s thriving wine culture during an afternoon visit to a Wachau winery.

Day 6 Bratislava, Slovakia OR Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a scenic morning cruise to Bratislava, where you have three choices of excursions. The first is a walking tour that includes the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace, and St. Martin’s Cathedral. The second is a Slovakian Specialties tasting where you can enjoy a welcome glass of sparkling wine, sample a creamy soup made from sheep's cheese, and learn how to prepare stuffed potato ravioli. Finally, you can also join a hike up to Bratislava Castle, which includes visits to the Castle Upper Terrace and Court of Honor. The remainder of the day is free to explore on your own.

* Wine-themed cruise: This morning, have a 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 sites like Ankeruhr, a whimsical Art Nouveau clock. Your third option is a guided bike tour along the Danube and through the Donaupark. After dinner be treated to an excursion to a charming Viennese wine tavern to listen to folk music and sample newly pressed local wine. 

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. Alternatively, you may also opt to join a hike up to Castle Hill on which you can see Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion, and Parliament Square. After dinner, the ship sails a special Illuminations Cruise past the glittering riverfront of Budapest. 

Day 8 Budapest | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. 

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Notes

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

2017 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 in all staterooms
- Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
- Multiple dining venues on select vessels
- 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 the expedition company
- All local taxes

2018 Included Features:
- 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in riverview stateroom or suite – most staterooms offer twin balconies
- Fine dining, including unlimited complimentary hand-selected wines, beer and soft drinks withlunch and dinner on board
- Sip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
- Cocktail Reception and Captain’s Gala Dinner
- Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
- Guided shore excursions in every port including Limited Edition Tours
- Live entertainment, cooking demonstration, and more
- Complimentary bicycles
- Services of a professionally trained Cruise Manager throughout your cruise and land stay
- An all English-speaking staff on board
- 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 the expedition company

Wine-themed Included Features:
- Special tours and tastings at local wineries and private cellars
- Learn about winemaking in renowned vineyards
- Onboard wine pairings with award-winning cuisine
- A wine expert that leads tastings and discussions
- 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom
- Most staterooms offer French balconies or revolutionary Twin Balconies
- Life enriching tours and excursions daily
- 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 in all staterooms
- Fine 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 & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
- Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
- Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner
- Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances, and piano music
- Bicycles to explore on your own & 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 the expedition company
- All local taxes

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  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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