River Cruises/EUROPE (Central)

Melodies of the Danube

8-DAYS

CRUISE FROM : Budapest to Vilshofen
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.

COUNTRIES: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
RIVERS: Danube



ITINERARY

Day 1 : EMBARKATION – BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Arrive in Budapest and board your luxurious river cruise ship. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner. Tonight, the ship will sail a special Illuminations Cruise past the capital’s glittering river front. (D)
Day 2 : BUDAPEST
Your morning excursion includes sightseeing in the cities of Buda and Pest spread over both banks of the river. You will see famed Heroes' Square and Castle Hill, home to Fisherman's Bastion, Matthias Church and spectacular views of the Danube. (B,L,D)
Day 3 : BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA – VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Wake up this morning in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Enjoy a walking tour of the city's top sights, including the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and St. Martin's Cathedral. 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
This morning, you will have a chance to savor the Baroque elegance of romantic Vienna through your choice of one of three different excursions. The first option is a panoramic tour of Vienna that guides you past the majestic Opera House, the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburg Emperors, Parliament, Town Hall and Vienna University. Afterwards, you will visit Vienna's historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Graben and the world famous Spanish Riding School. The second option is a walking tour of Vienna's hidden treasures that takes you to secret places and sights like Ankeruhr, a whimsical Art Nouveau clock. Your third option is a guided bike tour along the Danube and through the Donaupark. This afternoon, you can join a guided bike ride to Klosterneuburg Monastery, or explore at your leisure. Be sure to sample some Viennese coffee and pastries. (B,L,D)
Day 5 : WEISSENKIRCHEN – EMMERSDORF – GREIN
After reaching the Wachau Valley early this morning, you will have three tour options: A walking tour along Dürnstein's cobblestone streets followed by a wine tasting, a hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held for ransom, or an Apricots and Sweets tasting. 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 or choose a guided bike tour that will show you around the Old City Center, along the Danube River, and past the ultra-modern Ars Electronica Center. Later, you will have a choice of three different excursions. The first option 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." 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 option is a visit to the Austrian Lake District, the scenic Salzkammergut region. All three options are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. (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 squares like Rathaus, Domplatz and Residenzplatz, as well as St. Stephen's Cathedral. Guests looking for a more active morning can choose between a guided bike tour along the Danube from Passau to Erlau, or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus fortress overlooking Passau. This afternoon, the ship cruises to the medieval town of Vilshofen, where you will enjoy a festive Oktoberfest celebration with local beer and Bavarian folk music and dancing. (B,L,D)
Day 8 : VILSHOFEN – DISEMBARKATION
This morning, disembark your ship in Vilshofen. (B)
(B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner)

INCLUDED IN THE TOUR

SPACIOUS STATEROOMS

  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
  • Computer for internet access
  • Entertainment on Demand system featuring, movies, TV shows, news and music
  • Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily

AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES

  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
  • Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances

AWARD-WINNING DINING

  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • The Chef's Table specialty restaurant
  • Captain's Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
  • La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge

A WORLD OF EXPLORATION

  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
  • Bike tours and hikes
  • Limited Edition Tours
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways

NOT INCLUDED

  • Gratuities for guides & cruise personnel
  • Transatlantic air-fare (can be arranged by UET from any US city)
  • Items of personal nature & items not listed in the itinerary
  • Optional travel insurance plans:
    Optional travel insurance plans

  • Port charges

TOUR PRICES & DEPARTURE DATES:

2017 SAILINGS
EMBARK DATE EMBARKATION CITY DISEMBARKATION CITY SHIP NAME PRICES
Mar 22BudapestVilshofenAmaViola$2,499
Mar 27BudapestVilshofenAmaSerena$1,749
Mar 29BudapestVilshofenAmaStella$1,849
Apr 5BudapestVilshofenAmaViola$1,949
Apr 10BudapestVilshofenAmaSerena$2,549
Apr 12BudapestVilshofenAmaStella$2,549
Apr 19BudapestVilshofenAmaViola$2,749
Apr 26BudapestVilshofenAmaStella$3,199
May 3BudapestVilshofenAmaViola$2,449
May 8BudapestVilshofenAmaSerena$2,949
May 10BudapestVilshofenAmaStella$3,199
May 17BudapestVilshofenAmaViola$3,399
May 24BudapestVilshofenAmaStella$3,399
May 29BudapestVilshofenAmaCerto$3,149
May 31BudapestVilshofenAmaViola$3,399
Jun 7BudapestVilshofenAmaStella$3,399
Jun 14BudapestVilshofenAmaViola$3,399
Jun 19BudapestVilshofenAmaSerena$2,399
Jun 21BudapestVilshofenAmaStella$3,149
Jun 26BudapestVilshofenAmaCerto$3,399
Jul 5BudapestVilshofenAmaStella$3,049
Jul 19BudapestVilshofenAmaStella$2,299
Jul 24BudapestVilshofenAmaCerto$3,299
Aug 2BudapestVilshofenAmaStella$3,299
Aug 9BudapestVilshofenAmaViola$3,299
Aug 14BudapestVilshofenAmaSerena$2,549
Aug 16BudapestVilshofenAmaStella$2,399
Aug 21BudapestVilshofenAmaCerto$3,399
Aug 23BudapestVilshofenAmaViola$3,149
Aug 30BudapestVilshofenAmaStella$3,499
Sep 6BudapestVilshofenAmaViola$3,599
Sep 11BudapestVilshofenAmaSerena$3,599
Sep 13BudapestVilshofenAmaStella$3,599
Sep 18BudapestVilshofenAmaCerto$3,599
Sep 20BudapestVilshofenAmaViola$3,599
Sep 25BudapestVilshofenAmaSerena$3,349
Sep 27BudapestVilshofenAmaStella$3,349
Oct 2BudapestVilshofenAmaCerto$2,849
Oct 4BudapestVilshofenAmaViola$3,599
Oct 11BudapestVilshofenAmaStella$3,399
Oct 18BudapestVilshofenAmaViola$3,299
Oct 23BudapestVilshofenAmaSerena$2,199
Oct 25BudapestVilshofenAmaStella$2,199
Oct 30BudapestVilshofenAmaCerto$2,099
Nov 1BudapestVilshofenAmaViola$1,999
Nov 6BudapestVilshofenAmaSerena$1,899
Nov 8BudapestVilshofenAmaStella$2,899
Nov 13BudapestVilshofenAmaCerto$2,049
Dec 13BudapestVilshofenAmaViola$2,899
Dec 18BudapestVilshofenAmaSerena$1,599
Dec 25BudapestVilshofenAmaCerto$1,899
Dec 27BudapestVilshofenAmaViola$1,899
CABIN UPGRADES PER PERSON
CATEGORY DECK STATEROOM ADDITIONAL
AmaCerto . AmaSerena
EPianoFixed WindowsBase Price
DPianoFixed Windows+$299
CViolin & CelloFrench Balcony+$899
BBCelloFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,399
BAViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,599
ABCelloFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,799
AAViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,999
AA+ViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$2,599
SuiteViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$3,199
AmaViola . AmaStella
EPianoFixed WindowsBase Price
DPianoFixed Windows+$299
CBViolinFrench Balcony+$599
CAViolin & CelloFrench Balcony+$899
BBCelloFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,399
BAViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,599
ABCelloFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,799
AAViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,999
SuiteViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$3,199

Note:

  • 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. Please see terms below for details.
  • 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.

Terms & Conditions:

    All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. 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. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

2018 SAILINGS
EMBARK DATE EMBARKATION CITY DISEMBARKATION CITY SHIP NAME PRICES
Mar 23BudapestVilshofenAmaViola$1,749
Mar 30BudapestVilshofenAmaSerena$1,849
Apr 6BudapestVilshofenAmaViola$2,549
Apr 13BudapestVilshofenAmaSerena$2,649
Apr 20BudapestVilshofenAmaViola$2,849
Apr 27BudapestVilshofenAmaSerena$2,949
May 11BudapestVilshofenAmaSerena$3,149
May 20BudapestVilshofenAmaLea$3,149
May 25BudapestVilshofenAmaSerena$3,149
Jun 1BudapestVilshofenAmaViola$3,149
Jun 3BudapestVilshofenAmaLea$3,149
Jun 15BudapestVilshofenAmaViola$3,149
Jun 22BudapestVilshofenAmaSerena$3,149
Jun 29BudapestVilshofenAmaViola$3,149
Jul 6BudapestVilshofenAmaSerena$3,049
Jul 13BudapestVilshofenAmaViola$3,049
Jul 20BudapestVilshofenAmaSerena$2,549
Jul 27BudapestVilshofenAmaViola$3,049
Aug 3BudapestVilshofenAmaSerena$2,549
Aug 10BudapestVilshofenAmaViola$3,049
Aug 12BudapestVilshofenAmaLea$3,049
Aug 17BudapestVilshofenAmaSerena$3,149
Aug 24BudapestVilshofenAmaViola$3,249
Aug 26BudapestVilshofenAmaLea$3,249
Aug 31BudapestVilshofenAmaSerena$3,349
Sep 7BudapestVilshofenAmaViola$3,349
Sep 9BudapestVilshofenAmaLea$3,349
Sep 14BudapestVilshofenAmaSerena$3,349
Sep 21BudapestVilshofenAmaViola$3,349
Sep 23BudapestVilshofenAmaLea$3,349
Sep 28BudapestVilshofenAmaSerena$3,349
Oct 5BudapestVilshofenAmaViola$3,349
Oct 7BudapestVilshofenAmaLea$3,249
Oct 12BudapestVilshofenAmaSerena$3,149
Oct 19BudapestVilshofenAmaViola$3,049
Oct 21BudapestVilshofenAmaLea$2,949
Oct 26BudapestVilshofenAmaSerena$2,349
Nov 2BudapestVilshofenAmaViola$2,249
Nov 4BudapestVilshofenAmaLea$2,249
CABIN UPGRADES PER PERSON
CATEGORY DECK STATEROOM ADDITIONAL
AmaViola . AmaLea
EPianoFixed WindowsBase Price
DPianoFixed Windows+$299
CBViolinFrench Balcony+$599
CAViolin & CelloFrench Balcony+$899
BBCelloFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,399
BAViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,599
ABCelloFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,799
AAViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,999
SuiteViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$3,299
AmaSerena
EPianoFixed WindowsBase Price
DPianoFixed Windows+$299
CViolin & CelloFrench Balcony+$899
BBCelloFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,399
BAViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,599
ABCelloFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,799
AAViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,999
AA+ViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$2,599
SuiteViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$3,299

Note:

  • 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. Please see terms below for details.
  • Single Supplement for Land: $480 per person.
  • Cruise & Land Prices: Prices shown are for 3 nights in Prague; please add $540 per person for Munich.
  • 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.

Terms & Conditions:

    All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. 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. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

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The  AMA-Waterway's shipsoperates  for the English speaking market only and offer a long list of amenities, which no other river cruise ship in Europe can match.
    ON-BOARD FACILITIES 
  • Grand View Lounge Bar
  • Elegant Panorama Restaurant 
  • Fitness Center
  • Onboard massage
  • Fun pool
  • Interesting lecture programs 
  • On-board veriety entertainmant
  • 100- meter walking track