Embark on an 8-day river cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest aboard the MS AmaMagna. Immerse yourself in captivating architecture, classical music, stunning scenery, and delectable cuisine. From apricot brandy tastings in Dürnstein to an exclusive wine festival in Spitz, indulge in epicurean delights. Explore Vienna's Baroque treasures, including the Schönbrunn Palace, for a glimpse into its rich history. Experience the dynamic fusion of cultures in Budapest and Bratislava. Enjoy ample daytime scenic sailing, making the most of AmaMagna's offerings, from outdoor dining to panoramic spinning.
Explore Passau's Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and marvel at St. Stephen's Cathedral
Discover the historic center of Salzburg, the Mirabell Gardens, and the Old Market
Experience the 900-year-old Melk Abbey, perched high atop the Danube's granite cliffs
Visit Vienna's regal splendors, including the Opera House and the Palace of Schönbrunn
Join a walking tour and marvel at Passau's Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Or take a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus fortress. You can also ride to Wernstein on a guided bike tour.
For those who love The Sound of Music, enjoy a full-day excursion to Salzburg and tour the historic center, Mirabell Gardens, Residenz Square, and the Old Market. En route to Salzburg, stop at Mondsee, home of the Basilica St. Michael, where the famous wedding scene in the movie was filmed. You may also choose to join a full-day excursion to the charming Czech mountain town of Český Krumlov, where you can stroll its cobblestone streets, marvel at the city’s picturesque Baroque and Renaissance-style buildings, and tour Krumlov Castle, one of Europe’s largest castle complexes. Following these full-day excursions, you may also choose to take a brief walking tour in Linz. Alternatively, join a walking tour through the old city center of Linz and by the Mozart House, or bike along the city’s famed "Cultural Mile" and the Danube. Later in the day, visit Greinburg Castle, the oldest residential castle in Austria.
In the morning, you can visit the 900-year-old Melk Abbey, situated high atop the granite cliffs of the Danube, or get active with a bike to Marbach before returning to Melk and the ship for lunch. During the afternoon, journey to Spitz and take a guided excursion to Dürnstein to stroll along the cobblestone streets to the Baroque Stiftskirche, with its famed church tower, on a walking tour. Those who wish for a more active adventure in the area can hike to the historic Dürnstein Fortress, cycle through Spitz, or hike around Spitz up to Rotes Tor. In the evening, be treated to an exclusive wine festival where you can enjoy some of the region’s famous wines.
Vienna offers a wealth of gems, and your city tour showcases its regal splendors, including the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs. Conclude your tour in Vienna’s historic city center, and then visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral or discover Vienna by bike. During the afternoon, visit the Palace of Schönbrunn, an exquisite example of Baroque architecture and opulence. Built as the summer residence of the Habsburg Emperors and spanning an astounding 1,441 rooms, this Rococo palace soon became one of their favorite homes. Your visit will include a guided tour of the Imperial apartments, the carriage museum, and the equally impressive gardens.
Host to the crowning ceremonies of 11 Hungarian kings and queens between 1536 and 1830, Bratislava certainly has earned the title "Coronation City of Kings," as you discover during your walking tour. Or join a special "Tastes of Slovakia" tour. For a more active adventure, hike to its gleaming castle.
During the morning, sail toward Budapest, passing through the scenic Danube Bend, where you can see some of Hungary’s oldest settlements, including Esztergom, Visegrád, and Szentendre. Budapest offers an unmatched combination of culture and tradition. Visit the Great Market Hall before going to both the Buda (hilly) and the Pest (flat) sides of the river. You can see Heroes’ Square and Castle Hill, home to the Fisherman’s Bastion and Mattias Church. As an alternative, hike up to Castle Hill for breathtaking views of the city.
Day 8: Budapest | Disembark
Disembark the ship as you prepare for your flight home.
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.