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The Legendary Danube

8 Day Sample Cruise aboard MS Amasonata
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Celebrate the beauty and history of the Danube, Europe’s second largest river. Journey from Nuremberg on the Main-Danube Canal across the Continental Divide, and along the way, visit charming towns and marvel at beautiful vistas. Enter Austria and cruise through the lush Wachau wine region. Then, conclude your European river cruise vacation with two grand old capitals, magnificent Vienna and vibrant Budapest.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Nuremberg, Germany / Embark
Day 2 : Nuremberg / Crossing the Continental Divide / Dietfurt
Day 3 : Regensburg
Day 4 : Passau / Linz, Austria
Day 5 : Melk / Vienna
Day 6 : Exploring Vienna
Day 7 : Budapest, Hungary
Day 8 : Depart Budapest / Return Home

Ship

MS Amasonata

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Saint Stephens Cathedral in Vienna European city on the river. Parliament Building Visit the unique European towns An Allied Battle Tank from WWII

Day 1 Nuremberg, Germany / Embark

Arrive Nuremberg, the capital of Franconia, and embark on your luxury river vessel. Tonight, gather on board for a Gala Welcome Dinner. The ship will moor overnight in Nuremberg. (B,D)

Day 2 Nuremberg / Crossing the Continental Divide / Dietfurt

Today, take the “Medieval Nuremberg” tour and see the 900-year-old ramparts, towers and old city walls that surround this historic city and the Imperial Castle. Another option is the “World War II” tour, which focuses on Nuremberg during the time of the Third Reich. Designated the City of the Reichsparteitage (Nazi Party Rallies), you will visit the Zeppelin Field where Hitler once held his Nazi rallies, the Coliseum, and the Justice Palace courtroom where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946 (when available). Later, you may attend an onboard presentation about the construction of the Mani-Danube Canal as the ship cruises to Regensburg. (B,L,D)

Day 3 Regensburg

This morning’s scenic cruising takes you through the final stretch of the Main-Danube Canal and arrives in Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. A guided walking tour will show you the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Alternatively, visit the Audi Factory in Ingolstadt, where a member of the Audi team will take you on a guided tour of the Audi Car Museum or the production line (subject to availability). In the afternoon, you are free to join the optional excursion to beautiful Weltenburg Abbey and see the scenic Danube Gorge (seasonal), or take a guided bike tour to Walhalla Temple, which honors distinguished Germans throughout history. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Passau / Linz, Austria

After breakfast, arrive in picturesque Passau, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. During your walking tour, gaze at this fairy-tale city founded more than 2,000 years ago. Or, take an optional full day tour to Salzburg, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and location of the Sound of Music. See the main sights including a visit to Mozart's birth house. For those staying on board, enjoy a scenic cruise from Passau into Austria and on to Linz. After dinner, take a walk through this delightful town, Austria's third largest city and a major river port. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Melk / Vienna

Reach the Wachau Valley early this morning and arrive in Melk. Your guided tour takes you to Melk’s magnificent 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey, the inspiration for the novel The Name of the Rose. Return to the ship for lunch before the ship continues cruising through the romantic Wachau Valley. Arrive in Vienna after dinner and explore the magnificent Austrian capital on your own, or enjoy an optional evening Mozart and Strauss concert. (B,L,D)

Day 6 Exploring Vienna

Savor Vienna’s Baroque elegance on a guided city tour that includes the world famous Opera House, the Ringstrasse, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and more. The tour is followed by free time in the city center to shop for souvenirs or sample some of Vienna’s famous pastries. Alternatively, join an optional tour to the Imperial Schonbrunn Palace, which is a fine example of Baroque architecture. Tonight, the ship continues down the Danube en route to Hungary. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Budapest, Hungary

This morning, a sightseeing tour takes you to historic Buda Castle, where you can enjoy a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest. Your tour also features the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Heroes’ Square and more. After dinner, the ship will sail a special “Illuminations Cruise” past the city’s riverfront. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Depart Budapest / Return Home

Bid farewell to Budapest as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

MS Amasonata

Per person starting at
Cabins Category D and E
Cat. E
$0
Piano Deck. Fixed Windows, 160 sq. ft.
Cabins Category D and E
Cat. D
$0
Piano Deck. Fixed Windows, 160 sq. ft.
Cabin Category C
Cat. C
$0
Violin & Cello Deck. French Balcony, 170 sq. ft.
Cabin Category BA and BB
Cat. BB
$0
Cello Deck. French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 210 sq. ft
Cabin Category BA and BB
Cat BA
$0
Violin Deck. French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 210 sq. ft.
Cabins AB and AA
Cat AB
$0
Cello Deck. French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 235 sq. ft
Cabin Category AB and AA
Cat. AA
$0
Violin Deck. French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 235 sq. ft.
Cabin Category Suite
Cat. AA+
$0
Violin Deck. French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 250 sq. ft.
Stay in a luxurious suite while touring Eastern Europe aboard the AmaBella.
Suite
$0
Violin Deck. French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 350 sq. ft.

Notes

This Add-on is available only for our travelers extending or customizing their itinerary.

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 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 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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