Melodies of the Danube (Wine Themed) : 2017 - Budapest to Vilshofen : ms AmaStella (Cruise Only)
Travel on the beautiful Danube through four European countries. Experience the sights and sounds that have long inspired musicians, poets and artists. Begin your cruise in magnificent Budapest, continuing on to legendary Vienna, the birthplace of the waltz. Cruise through the scenic wine-growing region of the Wachau Valley. Visit a spectacular Benedictine Abbey and explore fairy-tale cities founded more than 2,000 years ago. Conclude your journey with three nights in magnificent Prague.
Day 1 : ARRIVE IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - EMBARKATION
Arrive in Budapest and embark on your luxurious river cruise ship. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Aboard Wine Toast. (D)
Day 2 : BUDAPEST
Your morning sightseeing tour takes you to historic Buda Castle, which offers a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest on both sides of the river. Your tour also features the Fisherman's Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen's Basilica, Heroes' Square and more. Departing Budapest in the afternoon, you will cruise through the Danube Bend and also enjoy an onboard lecture and sample various wines prior to dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 3 : VIENNA, AUSTRIA
This morning, enjoy an onboard wine lecture before arriving in Vienna. Your afternoon guided city tour will include the opulent Opera House, the Ringstrasse, and St. Stephen's Cathedral. The rest of the afternoon is free 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 rustic wine tavern to listen to folk music and sample newly pressed locally grown wine. (B,L,D)
Day 4 : VIENNA - KREMS
Spend a free morning in Vienna or choose to take an optional tour of Schonbrunn Palace before enjoying a scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley en route to Krems, wine capital of this region. Later this evening, you will discover that Krems offers a rich array of wine-related history and culture. After a light buffet dinner on board, head to a Wachau winery for drinks and hors d'oeuvres. The ship overnights in Krems. (B,L,D)
Day 5 : WEISSENKIRCHEN - EMMERSDORF - GREIN
We arrive in Weissenkirchen this morning, from where you will depart for a walking tour along Durnstein's cobblestone streets. You'll see the magnificent blue tower of the local Stiftskirche (abbey church) and you will also have a chance to see castle ruins high on a hill where Richard the Lionheart was once held for ransom. Return to the ship and continue onwards cruising through the gorgeous scenery of the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon you will visit the spectacular Benedictine Abbey in Melk, one of Europe's largest and most revered monasteries and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will 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 a visit to a local vineyard for an introduction to the famous wines of the Wachau. (B,L,D)
Day 6 : LINZ
We arrive this morning in Linz, the second largest city in Austria. Upon arrival, you may take a walking tour of Linz and enjoy some free time. Alternatively, take an excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a wonderfully preserved medieval town nestled in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border. As a third option, enjoy an excursion to Salzburg, where you will have a walking tour of the historic center, famous as the birthplace of Mozart and the setting for the "Sound of Music." Enjoy free time on your own before rejoining the ship in Linz. This evening, the Gala Captain's Dinner takes place on board. The ship departs for Passau. (B,L,D)
Day 7 : PASSAU, GERMANY - VILSHOFEN
Arrive this morning in Passau and take a walking tour through this fairytale city, where you will see Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, ancient city fortifications and St. Stephan's Cathedral. Midday depart for Vilshofen, a quaint 1200-year-old Bavarian town. This evening, enjoy a special "Oktoberfest" presented by the townspeople of Vilshofen, with Bavarian folk music, songs, dancing, local beer and traditional pretzels. The Mayor and Beer Queen will be on hand to lead the festivities as the cruise portion of your journey comes to an end. The ship moors overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 8 : VILSHOFEN - DISEMBARKATION
This morning, disembark your ship in Vilshofen. (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 & 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.