Melodies of the Danube : 2017 - Budapest to Prague : ms AmaViola (Cruise & Land)

OVERVIEW

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 Budapest, continuing on to Bratislava and Vienna, the romantic birthplace of the waltz. Cruise through the scenic wine-growing region of the Wachau Valley, visit the spectacular Benedictine Abbey in Melk, and explore charming medieval towns. Conclude your journey with a three night stay in majestic Prague.

INCLUDED FEATURES

  • 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
  • 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
  • Transfer from the ship Vilshofen to Munich
  • 3 nights hotel in Munich at the Le Meridien (or similar) or in Prague at the InterContinental Prague or Old Town Hilton (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • 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 AmaWaterways
  • All local taxes

    DETAILED ITINERARY

    Day 1 : ARRIVE IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - EMBARKATION
    Arrive in Budapest and embark your luxurious river cruise ship. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner. (D)

    Day 2 : BUDAPEST
    This morning, your sightseeing tour takes you to historic Buda Castle, where you will enjoy a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest. Your tour also includes Fisherman's Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen's Basilica, Heroes' Square and more. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. (B,L,D)

    Day 3 : BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA - VIENNA, AUSTRIA
    Wake up this morning in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. You have your choice of two tours today. The first option is a walking tour of the city's top sights, including the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and St. Martin's Cathedral. As an alternative, choose the "Communist History" tour that includes landmarks such as the Radio Building, Liberty Square and the Soviet War Memorial. Later, you will have some free time before the ship cruises to Vienna, the music capital of the world. After dinner, experience a traditional "Viennese Wine and Music" evening in a rustic wine tavern outside the city, where you can enjoy a glass of newly pressed, locally grown wine and Austrian music and hospitality. (B,L,D)

    Day 4 : VIENNA
    Savor the Baroque elegance of romantic Vienna during your panoramic city tour, which will include the Opera House, the Ringstrasse and St. Stephen's Cathedral. The remainder of the day is at your leisure, perhaps to stroll along the boutique-lined Karntnerstrasse, sample Vienna's famous pastries or visit a museum. Or, if you prefer, join an optional excursion to Schonbrunn Palace. This evening, you will have an opportunity to attend an optional Mozart and Strauss concert. (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 some free time to explore this charming town. (B,L,D)

    Day 6 : LINZ
    The ship arrives this morning in Linz. Enjoy a walking tour of the second largest city in Austria. Later, you will have a choice of three different excursions. The first option is a visit to the Austrian Lake District, the scenic Salzkammergut region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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 choice is an excursion to Salzburg, Mozart's birthplace, where you will take a walking tour of the historic center made famous by the "Sound of Music." (B,L,D)

    Day 7 : PASSAU, GERMANY - VILSHOFEN
    Early this morning, cruise through Upper Austria to Passau in Germany, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. Enjoy a walking tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, cobblestone streets and St. Stephan's Cathedral. This afternoon, the ship cruises to the medieval town of Vilshofen,where you will enjoy a festive "Oktoberfest" celebration with local food, beer and Bavarian folk music and dancing. (B,L,D)

    Day 8 : VILSHOFEN - DISEMBARKATION - REGENSBURG - PRAGUE
    This morning, disembark your ship in Vilshofen and depart for Prague. Stop in Regensburg, one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities, where you will have a walking tour and free time to explore the city's historic district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue on to Prague, taking in the scenic beauty of the countryside before arriving at your hotel in the late afternoon. (B)

    Day 9 : PRAGUE
    Your morning's sightseeing tour reveals why Prague is considered one of Europe's most attractive cities, with a historic city center that's recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the 1,000 year-old Prague Castle and St. Vitus before walking over the Charles Bridge to the Old Market Square. The rest of the day is at your leisure, perhaps to visit Wenceslas Square or enjoy yourself in one of the city's many charming cafes. This evening, an optional "Folklore Dinner Show" provides an opportunity to learn about Czech music, dance and traditions (B)

    Day 10 : PRAGUE
    Spend a day at your leisure, perhaps to stroll through a museum or gallery, wander along the banks of the Vltava River, relax at an outdoor cafe, or shop for local handicrafts. If you prefer, participate in an optional excursion to Terezin, the infamous WWII concentration camp that is now a memorial to those who perished. (B)

    Day 11 : DEPART PRAGUE
    Bid farewell to Prague and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

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    Cruise Line
    AmaWaterways
    Duration
    11 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms AmaViola

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Budapest  
    Day 2Budapest  
    Day 3Bratislava  
    Day 4Vienna  
    Day 5Weissenkirchen  
    Day 6Linz  
    Day 7Passau  
    Day 8Vilshofen  
    Day 9Prague  
    Day 10Prague  
    Day 11Prague  
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    11/01/2017$3,779.00* (USD) / Cruise & LandQuote
    12/13/2017$3,679.00* (USD) / Cruise & LandQuote
    12/27/2017$3,679.00* (USD) / Cruise & LandQuote
    Disclaimer

    Notes:

    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).

    Itinerary Change: Please note that due to local closures, we will not visit Bratislava during cruises departing in November or December. Guests will instead spend this time in Vienna and the Wachau Valley.

    *Early booking discount is per stateroom based on double occupancy. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Early booking discount is not combinable with group discounts. Early booking discount is applicable to 2017 departures only. Early booking discounts are not combinable.

      
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