River Cruises/EUROPE (Central)

Magnificent Europe

15-DAYS

CRUISE FROM : Amsterdam to Budapest
Follow the route of emperors and kings on a "Magnificent" European journey along three great rivers through five fascinating countries! Begin in Amsterdam, then travel on the Rhine to Cologne, a historic university town with a breathtaking Cathedral. Cruise through the beautiful Rhine Gorge and then onto the Main River. Marvel at the Main-Danube Canal – an engineering masterpiece – as you traverse Europe's Continental Divide from the comfort of your ship. Discover the culture and traditions of such grand old capitals as Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. Along the way, you'll see perfectly preserved medieval towns and Europe's loveliest countryside, filled with ancient abbeys and fairytale castles.

COUNTRIES: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Slovakia
RIVERS: Danube, Main, Rhine




ITINERARY

Day 1 : ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – EMBARKATION
Welcome to Amsterdam, a modern city with a rich and fascinating history. Explore its unique architecture, vibrant cafés and markets. This evening, meet your fellow travelers on board at the Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2 : AMSTERDAM
After breakfast, admire the city's beautiful centuries-old homes and picturesque churches on a guided canal boat tour. Later, enjoy a panoramic city tour of Amsterdam's most iconic sights and a photo stop at a Dutch windmill before making your to the ship, which departs early this afternoon and cruises overnight to Germany. (B,L,D)
Day 3 : COLOGNE, GERMANY – KOBLENZ
This morning, arrive in Cologne for a guided walking tour through the old part of the city and visit its medieval Gothic cathedral and surrounding square. After lunch the ship will depart for Koblenz, one of Germany's oldest and most beautiful towns, arriving this evening. Feel free to go ashore and enjoy an evening walk with your Cruise Manager. The ship moors overnight in Koblenz. (B,L,D)
Day 4 : RÜDESHEIM
Cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge this morning, the most beautiful stretch of the river with vineyards, castles, fortresses and picturesque hamlets lining its banks. Look for the Lorelei Rock at the narrowest part of the river, the inspiration for many German legends. After lunch, arrive in the winemaking town of Rüdesheim and take a mini train to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum to see its incredible collection. Explore the Drosselgasse, a narrow alley lined with shops and wine taverns, as well as other sights during your free time. Or, take a gondola ride above the town to see the Niederwalddenkmal Statue or join us for some Rüdesheimer Coffee. Late this afternoon, the ship departs for Miltenberg. (B,L,D)
Day 5 : MILTENBERG – WERTHEIM
Arrive in Miltenberg in the late morning and head off on a walking tour of this delightful old town, with its narrow cobblestone streets and steeply gabled houses. During lunch today, the ship will cruise to Freudenberg where a motor coach will take you to Wertheim for either a walking tour to see the historic city center or to a local bakery for a pretzel-making demonstration and tasting. Those seeking something more active may choose to join a guided bike ride from Freudenberg to Wertheim. Afterwards, you will rejoin the ship and cruise overnight en route to Würzburg. (B,L,D)
Day 6 : WÜRZBURG – KITZINGEN
This morning's guided tour of Würzburg will show you all of the city's major sights, or you may prefer to visit the Residenz Palace and gardens, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The next stop is Kitzingen this afternoon where the town's Historic Court Council and honorary Wine Queen will escort you to one of Germany’s oldest wine cellar to sample regional wines. You may either cruise to Kitzingen, or get there via a guided bike ride through the Franconian countryside. Later tonight, the ship sails towards Bamberg. (B,L,D)
Day 7 : BAMBERG
Arrive this afternoon in enchanting Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you will have one of three ways to explore. The first is a guided walking tour of this medieval gem to see its cathedral, Old Town Hall and elegant old mansions, as well as sample some of Bamberg’s famous smoked beer. The second is a guided bike tour along the Main River, and the third is a Bamberg Specialties tasting where you will enjoy smoked beer, licorice root and Hornla, a local favorite whose recipe dates back to 1427. This evening, we continue cruising towards Nuremberg. (B,L,D)
Day 8 : NUREMBERG
This morning, you have a choice of two activities in Nuremberg. Take a tour of the city's medieval highlights, including Nuremberg Castle, the 900-year-old ramparts surrounding the city, Town Hall, Notre Dame and the house of artist Albrecht Dürer, or join a WWII tour and see the Coliseum, Nazi Parade Ground and Justice Palace. Alternatively, savor traditional flavors on a Franconian Specialties tasting as you sample the famous Nuremburger Bratwurst, Rot bier and Lebkuchen. After lunch, the ship passes through the Main-Danube Canal and across Europe's Continental Divide. We will continue cruising overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 9 : REGENSBURG
You have your choice of one of three tours this morning. Your first option is 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. Your second option is a guided bike tour from Regensburg to Walhalla through the spectacular scenery of the Danube Valley. Your third option is an opportunity to sample the city's most renowned specialties – sausage, beer and pretzels. The ship departs this evening for Austria. (B,L,D)
Day 10 : PASSAU, AUSTRIA – LINZ
After breakfast, arrive in picturesque Passau. You will have a choice of a walking tour of Passau's Old Town, past the old city fortifications, Rathaus, Domplatz and Residenzplatz town squares, as well as St. Stephen's Cathedral, or more active guests may join a guided bike tour from Passau to Erlau or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus fortress overlooking Passau. (B,L,D)
Day 11 : MELK – DÜRNSTEIN
We reach the lovely Wachau Valley early this morning. You have a choice between a guided tour of Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe's largest and most revered monasteries, or a guided bike tour along the Danube from Melk to Dürnstein. Later, you will have the opportunity to explore the cobblestone streets of this charming town, where you will also enjoy a wine tasting. The ship moors in Dürnstein until the early hours of the morning. (B,L,D)
Day 12 : 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 13 : VIENNA – BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
Enjoy a scenic morning cruise to Bratislava, where you will have three choices of excursions. The first is a walking tour that includes the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and St. Martin's Cathedral. The second is a Slovakian Specialties tasting where you will enjoy a welcome glass of sparkling wine, sample a creamy soup made from sheep's cheese and learn how to prepare stuffed potato ravioli. Finally, you can also join a hike up to Bratislava Castle, which includes visits to the Castle Upper Terrace and Court of Honor. The remainder of the day is free to explore on your own. (B,L,D)
Day 14 : BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
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. Alternatively, you may also opt to join a hike up to Castle Hill on which you will see Buda Castle, Fisherman's Bastion and Parliament Square. After dinner, the ship will sail a special Illuminations Cruise past the glittering riverfront of Budapest. (B,L,D)
Day 15 : DISEMBARKATION – DEPART BUDAPEST
Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
(B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner)

INCLUDED IN THE TOUR

SPACIOUS STATEROOMS

  • 14 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 USD 294 for 2012

TOUR PRICES & DEPARTURE DATES:

2017 SAILINGS
EMBARK DATE EMBARKATION CITY DISEMBARKATION CITY SHIP NAME PRICES
May 1AmsterdamBudapestAmaCerto$6,399
May 18AmsterdamBudapestAmaPrima$6,099
Jun 1BudapestAmsterdamAmaPrima$6,599
Aug 24AmsterdamBudapestAmaPrima$6,599
Sep 7BudapestAmsterdamAmaPrima$6,799
CABIN UPGRADES PER PERSON
CATEGORY DECK STATEROOM ADDITIONAL
EPianoFixed WindowsBase Price
DPianoFixed Windows+$598
CViolin & CelloFrench Balcony+$1,798
BBCelloFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$2,798
BAViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$3,198
ABCelloFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$3,598
AAViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$3,998
AA+ViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$5,198
SuiteViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$6,398

Note:

  • Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
  • Port Charges: $336 per person.
  • Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; AA+ & Suites 100% of twin price. Please see terms below for details.
  • 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).

  • * Where available additional AMA pre- and/or post cruise programs can be booked

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
May 27AmsterdamBudapestAmaSonata$5,899
Jun 9AmsterdamBudapestAmaPrima$5,899
Jun 23BudapestAmsterdamAmaPrima$5,899
Aug 11BudapestAmsterdamAmaPrima$5,699
CABIN UPGRADES PER PERSON
CATEGORY DECK STATEROOM ADDITIONAL
EPianoFixed WindowsBase Price
DPianoFixed Windows+$598
CViolin & CelloFrench Balcony+$1,798
BBCelloFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$2,798
BAViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$3,198
ABCelloFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$3,598
AAViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$3,998
AA+ViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$5,198
SuiteViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$6,598

Note:

  • Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
  • Port Charges: $336 per person.
  • Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; AA+ & Suites 100% of twin price. Please see terms below for details.
  • 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).

  • * Where available additional AMA pre- and/or post cruise programs can be booked

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 brand new fleet of AMA-WATERWAYS   ships are setting new standards in European river cruising and offer a number of features not found on other European river cruise ships. Clients will enjoy the luxury of more space, 2 panorama lounges, Fitness Center, Massage  and Beauty Salon. There are 25 bicycles on board for you to explore the small towns and to ride on the many bicycle paths along the various rivers. The ships operate  for the English speaking market only.