Blue Danube Discovery : 2017 - Budapest to Nuremberg : ms AmaSerena (Cruise Only)

OVERVIEW

Discover a wealth of art, history and cultural treasures as you explore some of Europe's most renowned destinations. From Budapest, a haven for musicians, writers and artists, cruise to Bratislava, Vienna, Passau and Regensburg. Along the way, visit magnificent cathedrals and Baroque abbeys, explore the stunningly beautiful Wachau Valley, and traverse Europe's Continental Divide via the Main-Danube Canal, a masterpiece of modern engineering.

INCLUDED FEATURES

  • 2 nights hotel in Budapest at the Sofitel Chain Bridge (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • Transfer from the hotel to the ship in Budapest
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms offer French Balconies or revolutionary Twin Balconies
  • Life-enriching tours daily with personal headset included
  • "Limited Edition Tours"
  • 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 in all staterooms
  • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Multiple dining venues
  • Unlimited 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 ship to hotel in Prague
  • 3 nights hotel in Prague at the InterContinental or Hilton Old Town (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening 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 : BUDAPEST - EMBARKATION
    Board your cruise in Budapest. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises to Bratislava. (B,D)

    Day 2 : BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA - VIENNA, AUSTRIA
    This afternoon, arrive in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. Enjoy a walking tour of the city's major sites, including the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and Gothic St. Martin's Cathedral. Spend the evening in Bratislava before the ship cruises to magnificent Vienna later tonight. (B,L,D)

    Day 3 : VIENNA
    This morning, enjoy a panoramic tour of Vienna that will include the majestic Opera House, the Ringstrasse and St. Stephen's Cathedral. The afternoon is free to stroll along the Kartnerstrasse or sample some of Vienna's famous pastries in the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join an optional excursion this afternoon to Schonbrunn Palace and gardens, a glorious example of Baroque architecture. Tonight, you may attend an optional Mozart and Strauss concert. (B,L,D)

    Day 4 : DURNSTEIN - MELK
    After reaching the Wachau Valley early this morning, you will have a walking tour of Durnstein, part of a region designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the prettiest towns along the Danube. Stroll along cobblestone streets past centuries-old houses and wine taverns, marvel at the magnificent blue tower of the town's Baroque Stiftskirche (abbey church), and see the ruins of the castle where King Richard I of England was once held for ransom. This afternoon, you may enjoy a guided bike tour from Durnstein to Melk (if weather permits) or relax on board during a scenic cruise through the beautiful Wachau Valley. Your ship arrives late this afternoon in Melk, one of Europe's most renowned spiritual and cultural heritage sites, where you will tour its spectacular Benedictine Abbey. Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore the charming town of Melk on your own. (B,L,D)

    Day 5 : LINZ - PASSAU, GERMANY
    This morning the ship arrives in Linz. Remain on the ship for a scenic cruise through upper Austria to Passau, a 2,000-year-old city noted for its Gothic and Baroque architecture. You will have a walking tour of Passau's Old Town, past the old city fortifications and St. Stephan's Cathedral. As an alternative, you may join an optional excursion from Linz to Salzburg, where you will have a walking tour of the historic center, the setting for the "Sound of Music" and Mozart's birthplace. The ship cruises overnight. (B,L,D)

    Day 6 : REGENSBURG
    This afternoon, the ship arrives in Regensburg, one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will have a guided walking tour of the city's architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 A.D. (B,L,D)

    Day 7 : NUREMBERG
    Enjoy a scenic morning cruise as the ship crosses the Continental Divide via the Main-Danube Canal and leisurely cruises through the beautiful Altmuhl Valley. This afternoon, you have a choice of two tours in Nuremberg. "Medieval Nuremberg" will give you a fascinating overview of this former unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire, an ancient city historians consider the epicenter of the German Renaissance. You will see the 900-year-old ramparts, towers and city walls of the Imperial Castle that surround the historic city center, as well as the house where artist Albrecht Durer once resided. Another sightseeing option is the "World War II tour" that focuses on Nuremberg during the time of the Third Reich. You will visit the Zeppelin Field where Hitler once held Nazi rallies and the Justice Palace courtroom where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946 (when available). The ship moors in Nuremberg overnight. (B,L,D)

    Day 8 : NUREMBERG - DISEMBARKATION
    This morning, depart the ship after breakfast. (B)

  • Call (520) 445-6812 for more information or to book today! Mention code 12596433

    Cruise Line
    AmaWaterways
    Duration
    8 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms AmaSerena

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Budapest  
    Day 2Bratislava  
    Day 3Vienna  
    Day 4Durnstein  
    Day 5Linz  
    Day 6Regensburg  
    Day 7Nuremberg  
    Day 8Nuremberg  
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    Notes:

    Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

    Port Charges: $168 per person.

    Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; A+, AA+ and Suites 100% of twin price.

    Single Supplement for Land: $800 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).

    *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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