Ultimate River Cruise : 2017 - Paris to Budapest : ms AmaDante (Cruise & Land)

OVERVIEW

This cruise along the legendary rivers of Europe showcases a number of cultural and scenic highlights in France, Luxembourg, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany. Begin your river cruise vacation in beautiful Paris, the timeless "City of Light." You will experience three grand old capitals - Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna - interspersed with charming towns, steeply terraced hillside vineyards, ancient fortresses and spectacular vistas. Sail through the lush Mosel River Valley, discover the most scenic portion of the Rhine, famous for its historic castles and incredible wine, and gaze upon medieval cities that line the Main and Danube rivers. Conclude your journey in Budapest.

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
  • 14 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom, most with French 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
  • 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 Luxembourg, followed by high-speed TGV?train to Paris
  • 3 nights hotel in Paris at the Pullman Paris Montparnasse (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 PARIS, FRANCE
    Arrive in Paris and check-in to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

    Day 2 : PARIS
    Enjoy the city's most famous sights during your guided tour this morning. You will visit Notre Dame Cathedral and see the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, Opera, La Madeleine, the Champs Elysees and much more. The remainder of the day is yours to explore on your own. In the evening, an optional Parisian Cabaret Dinner Show is available, one of the most popular entertainments the city offers. (B)

    Day 3 : PARIS
    Enjoy a free day to explore the romantic "City of Light." Stroll along the Champs Elysees, lined with boutiques and cafes, or go to the top of the Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 World's Fair. Tonight, an optional "Montmartre & Illuminations" is also available to give you a sense of Paris after dark. (B)

    Day 4 : PARIS - LUXEMBOURG - EMBARKATION
    Bid "au revoir" to Paris as you board your TGV high-speed train to Metz. You will then transfer to Luxembourg, one of Europe's last independent duchies. You will have a guided tour of Luxembourg before transferring to the ship. Tonight, gather on board for a Welcome Dinner. The ship departs late tonight for Trier. (B,D)

    Day 5 : TRIER, GERMANY - BERNKASTEL
    Early this morning, the ship arrives in the charming village of Trier, Germany's oldest city. You will have a guided tour that will introduce you to the city's rich Roman past, with stops at the Roman amphitheater, Roman Baths, Basilica of Constantine and Porta Nigra - an ancient Roman gate that dates back to 180 A.D. Continue on to Bernkastel, a town in the Mosel wine-growing region that has been making wine for over 500 years. After arriving this evening, you will visit a vineyard and sample several wines, and also take a guided walking tour through the old town center with its many medieval and Renaissance buildings. The ship departs later this evening. (B,L,D)

    Day 6 : COCHEM - KOBLENZ - RHINE CASTLES - RUDESHEIM
    Today, enjoy a guided tour of Cochem that takes you to the spectacular hilltop Reichsburg Castle, offering fantastic views of the river valley below. Or, opt to take a walking tour of Koblenz and explore it's charming town square and quaint shops. Return to the ship for a scenic afternoon cruise along the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine, with castle ruins, fortresses and the legendary Lorelei Rock. We arrive in Rudesheim this evening and visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. The ship moors overnight in Rudesheim. (B,L,D)

    Day 7 : RUDESHEIM - MAINZ
    The ship arrives after noon today in beautiful Mainz, where you will visit the famous Gutenberg Museum, home of the world's first printed bible. Alternatively, join an excursion to Heidelberg, Germany's oldest university town, where you can visit the red-walled Castle, enjoy gorgeous views of the Neckar Valley, and see the Great Vat, a 49,000-gallon 18th-century wine cask. Later this afternoon, the ship leaves Mainz and cruises to Wertheim. (B,L,D)

    Day 8 : WERTHEIM
    Arrive in charming Wertheim early this afternoon, where you will have a guided walking tour and free time to explore on your own. Later this evening, your ship sets sail for an overnight cruise to Wurzburg. (B,L,D)

    Day 9 : WURZBURG - KITZINGEN
    This morning, take a guided tour of Wurzburg's major sights or visit the Residenz Palace and gardens, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe's best examples of Baroque architecture. This afternoon, you may take an optional excursion to medieval Rothenburg for a walking tour and free time to explore on your own. A famous shop completely dedicated to Christmas is located here, offering handmade ornaments, nutcrackers and other seasonal wares. If you prefer to relax this afternoon, remain on board as the ship cruises to Kitzingen, arriving this evening. The town's Historic Court Council and honorary Wine Queen will escort you to Germany's oldest wine cellar to sample regional wines. Later tonight, the ship sails to Bamberg. (B,L,D)

    Day 10 : BAMBERG
    Arrive this afternoon in enchanting Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guided walking tour of this medieval gem includes the town's breathtaking cathedral, the Old Town Hall that straddles the river, serpentine streets, and gracious 18th-century mansions. You will also sample some of Bamberg's famous smoked beer. This evening, the ship cruises to Nuremberg. (B,L,D)

    Day 11 : NUREMBERG-MUNICH
    Today, you will travel by train from Nuremberg to Munich, the capital of Bavaria and one of Germany's largest cities. Your guide will offer suggestions on what to see during your free time in town and will take you to lunch in a local restaurant. Back on board the ship tonight, you will meet newly arrived travelers embarking from Prague. (B,L,D)

    Day 12 : NUREMBERG
    This morning, you will have an opportunity to explore the medieval history of Nuremberg. You will see the 900-year-old city ramparts, the Imperial Castle, and the Old Town Hall. As an alternative, opt for the "WWII" tour that includes the infamous Zeppelin field Hitler used to stage his Nazi party rallies and the Justice Palace courtroom where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946 (available when court is not in session). The ship departs early afternoon for Regensburg. (B,L,D)

    Day 13 : REGENSBURG
    This morning's scenic cruising takes you through the final stretch of the Main-Danube Canal en route to Regensburg, one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities. A guided tour will show you the city's architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria - the gate to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. This afternoon, you are welcome to join an optional excursion to beautiful Weltenburg Abbey and see the dramatic Danube Gorge (if conditions permit). We leave Regensburg later this evening and cruise towards Passau. (B,L,D)

    Day 14 : PASSAU - LINZ, AUSTRIA
    After breakfast, the ship will arrive in the picturesque city of Passau, where the Inn and Ilz rivers join the Danube. You have your choice of two tours today. The first is a walking tour of Passau, a 2,000-year-old city noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture. You will stroll the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, see the city's fortifications, and stop at St. Stephan's Cathedral, home to the largest pipe organ in the world. If you prefer, take an optional excursion to Salzburg, famous as the setting for "The Sound of Music" and as the birthplace of Mozart. Enjoy free time in this lovely Alpine city on your own, then return to the ship now docked in Linz. After dinner, enjoy a leisurely walk through this delightful town. The ship departs around midnight for Melk. (B,L,D)

    Day 15 : MELK - VIENNA
    Cruise through the narrow Strudengau and reach the Wachau Valley early this morning. Your guided tour takes you to Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey, which has a medieval library that inspired Umberto Eco's novel The Name of the Rose. Return to the ship for lunch and enjoy the views as the ship cruises through the romantic Wachau Valley. Arrive in Vienna this evening and either explore the magnificent Austrian capital on your own or enjoy an optional evening Mozart and Strauss concert. The ship moors in Vienna overnight. (B,L,D)

    Day 16 : VIENNA
    Savor Vienna's Baroque elegance on your guided city tour, which includes the world famous Vienna Opera House, the Ringstrasse, St. Stephen's Cathedral and more. The tour is followed by free time in the city center to shop for souvenirs or sample some of Vienna's famous pastries (such as the sinfully rich sachertorte). As an alternative, join an optional tour to Schonbrunn Palace, former summer home of the Hapsburgs and a fine example of Baroque architecture. The ship leaves this evening and cruises to Budapest. (B,L,D)

    Day 17 : BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
    This morning, a sightseeing tour takes you to historic Buda Castle, which offers a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest. Your tour also features the Fisherman's Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen's Basilica, Heroes' square and more. After dinner, the ship will sail a special "Illuminations Cruise" past the stunning river front of Budapest. The ship moors overnight in Budapest. (B,L,D)

    Day 18 : BUDAPEST - DISEMBARKATION
    This morning, transfer from the ship to your hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring the city on your own. An optional excursion to Puszta is also available. (B)

    Day 19 : BUDAPEST
    The day is yours to explore beautiful Budapest. You may choose to visit one of the city's famous museums, enjoy a stroll down Andrassy Avenue, visit the colossal Central Market Hall, or take a trip to the Ecseri Flea Market. (B)

    Day 20 : DEPART BUDAPEST
    Bid farewell to Budapest and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

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    Cruise Line
    AmaWaterways
    Duration
    20 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms AmaDante

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Paris  
    Day 2Paris  
    Day 3Paris  
    Day 4Paris  
    Day 5Trier  
    Day 6Alken  
    Day 7Mainz  
    Day 8Wertheim  
    Day 9Wurzburg  
    Day 10Bamberg  
    Day 11Nuremberg  
    Day 12Nuremberg  
    Day 13Regensburg  
    Day 14Passau  
    Day 15Melk  
    Day 16Vienna  
    Day 17Budapest  
    Day 18Budapest  
    Day 19Budapest  
    Day 20Budapest  
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    10/23/2017$7,838.00* (USD) / Cruise & LandQuote
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    Notes:

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

    Port Charges: $336 per person.

    Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; 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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