The Romantic Danube (Wine Themed) : 2017 - Vilshofen to Budapest : ms AmaStella (Cruise Only)
Framed by rolling hillsides, lush vineyards, and medieval castles, the Danube River has captivated musicians, artists and poets throughout the centuries. Travel to romantic destinations, beginning with a 3-night stay in majestic Prague followed by 7 nights on the Danube River cruising from Vilshofen to Budapest. Explore a 2,000-year-old city and visit Europe's largest pipe organ; savor local wines throughout the Wachau Valley and have your senses heightened with the timeless beauty and rich history of Vienna and Budapest.
Day 1 : VILSHOFEN - EMBARKATION
This evening meet your fellow passengers on board for the 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 and traditional pretzels. The Mayor and Beer Queen will be on hand to greet you and wish you a successful journey along the Danube. (D)
Day 2 : VILSHOFEN - PASSAU
This morning, feel free to explore Vilshofen's beautiful Old Town on your own, and take in the view of the imposing double-towers of the Benedictine Abbey Schweiklberg. During lunch you will cruise to Passau, known as "The Town of the Three Rivers." Enjoy a walking tour through this 2,000-year-old fairy tale city, where you will see Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, cobblestone streets, the city fortifications and St. Stephan's Cathedral. Prior to dinner, there will be an onboard wine tasting. (B,L,D)
Day 3 : PASSAU - LINZ, AUSTRIA
This morning, choose to participate in a walking tour of Linz, the second largest city in Austria, followed by some free time. Alternatively, you will have an excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a wonderfully preserved medieval town nestled in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border, and home to Bohemia's second largest castle. After your tour, enjoy some free time on your own exploring the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your third option is to take an excursion to Salzburg, where you will take a walking tour of the historic center, famous as the setting for the "Sound of Music" and as the birthplace of Mozart. Enjoy free time on your own, before returning to the ship with a scenic drive through the majestic countryside of Austria's Lake District and Salzkammergut. Onboard this evening, enjoy a sumptuous Captain's Dinner paired with specially-selected wines. (B,L,D)
Day 4 : WEISSENKIRCHEN
Cruise through the narrow Strudengau this morning en route to Weissenkirchen. This morning, a guided tour will take 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. Your Abbey tour will be followed by a visit to a local vineyard near Durnstein for an introduction to the famous wines of the Wachau. Onboard this evening, enjoy a sumptuous Captain's Dinner paired with specially selected wines. (B,L,D)
Day 5 : WEISSENKIRCHEN - KREMS
This morning, travel to nearby Durnstein for a walking tour along cobblestone streets lined with quaint 16th-century town houses and wine taverns. One of Austria's smallest towns, with only 1,000 inhabitants, Durnstein is 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. The ship will cruise 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. This evening enjoy another insightful wine lecture on board. (B,L,D)
Day 6 : VIENNA
Arrive this morning in vibrant Vienna. Your guided city tour includes the opulent Vienna Opera House, the Ringstrasse, and St. Stephen's Cathedral. An optional excursion to Schonbrunn Palace is available in the afternoon or enjoy free time to stroll along the Kartnerstrasse or sample Vienna's famous pastries in the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An early dinner will be served on board before this evening's exciting options: an optional Mozart and Strauss concert or an excursion to a charming Viennese wine tavern to listen to folk music and sample newly pressed local wine. (B,L,D)
Day 7 : BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
This morning, enjoy an onboard wine lecture and tasting as you cruise the scenic Danube Bend en route to Budapest. Arriving mid-afternoon in Budapest, you will have a guided sightseeing tour that includes the historic Buda Castle, Fisherman's Bastion, the Royal Palace and St. Stephen's Basilica. This evening, enjoy a farewell wine dinner with Hungarian folk music. The ship will also sail a special "Illuminations Cruise" along Budapest's river front. (B,L,D)
Day 8 : BUDAPEST - DISEMBARKATION
Your magnificent Wine Cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
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- 8 Days
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- ms AmaStella
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Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
Port Charges: $168 per person.
Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; A+, AA+ & Suites 100% of twin price.
Single Supplement for Land: $480 per person.
Bedding: Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The Options are: Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).
Terms & Conditions: All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom, unless stated otherwise. Total savings are per stateroom based on double occupancy and are applicable to cruise only fare; not combinable with any other offer or discount. Other restrictions apply. Offer is capacity-controlled and subject to modification, reduction or withdrawal without notice. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.