Magnificent Europe (Amsterdam to Budapest) 2019

Magnificent Europe (Amsterdam to Budapest) 2019

Operator: AmaWaterways
Ship: AmaStella
Starts: Amsterdam, Netherlands on Fri, Aug 23, 2019
Ends: Budapest, Hungary on Sun, Sep 08, 2019

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Austria, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Slovakia

Rivers Visited

Danube, Main, Rhine

River Cruise Itinerary

2 nights in Amsterdam & 14-night cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest through the heart of Europe and across the continental divide

Day 1 (Fri, Aug 23, 2019):

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS. Arrive in Amsterdam and check into your hotel.

Day 2 (Sat, Aug 24, 2019):

AMSTERDAM. Get acquainted with the Netherlands''' largest city, Amsterdam, boasting history,art, architecture, bridges, canals, cobblestone streets, world-class museums, bicycles and narrow alleys on a citytour. Afterwards, enjoy leisure time exploring the city even more; perhaps visit one of its many prestigious museums, such as the Rijksmuseum, home to Rembrandt'''s The Night Watch and Vermeer'''s The Kitchen Maid. (B)

Day 3 (Sun, Aug 25, 2019):

AMSTERDAM ''' EMBARKATION. Check out of your hotel and before transferring to your ship, visit Zaanse Schans, where you can observe life as it used to be lived in the Netherlands. Authentic windmills, houses, and shops were relocated to this picturesque area, creating a typical 17th- to 18th-century village. (B,D)

Day 4 (Mon, Aug 26, 2019):

AMSTERDAM. There are 165 canals in Amsterdam, and you'''ll get to enjoy some of them on your canal cruise. Later in the day, set sail out of Amsterdam. (B,L,D)

Day 5 (Tue, Aug 27, 2019):

COLOGNE, GERMANY. Enjoy cruising to Cologne, home to one of Germany'''s most revered Gothicmasterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral. Join a guided tour through the Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral. For a different view of the city, visit a local tavern to taste its famous K''lsch beer, onlymade in Cologne, and reibekuchen mit apfelmus, potato pancakes typically served with applesauce. Activeadventurers will want to join a guided bike ride along the Rhine. (B,L,D)

Day 6 (Wed, Aug 28, 2019):

RHINE GORGE ''' R''DESHEIM. Cruise through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, themost stunningly beautiful stretch of the river, before reaching R''desheim. Wine connoisseurs will want togo on a walking tour through the vineyards where you'''ll stop to sample wines at three different tasting stations.Or choose to drink up the stunning views by soaring high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to theNiederwalddenkmal Statue. For a more active adventure, join a guided bike tour along the scenic Rhine River. Later in the day, let Siegfried'''s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum charm you, or taste one of the town'''s special delights, R''desheimer coffee. (B,L,D)

Day 7 (Thu, Aug 29, 2019):

MILTENBERG ''' WERTHEIM. Enjoy a scenic cruise to Miltenberg, the '''Pearl of the Main River.''' While on your walking tour, you'''ll discover why this medieval town seems to leap from the pages of a fairytale with its 14th- and 15th-century half-timbered, gabled houses; the famed Crooked House; and the venerable Royal Inn. For those who would like a more active adventure, hike to the Miltenberg Castle, offering majestic views ofthe town and river; or go on a guided bike ride along the Main River. Later in the day, set sail for Wertheim, considered to have one of Germany'''s most beautiful city centers. While here, join a walking tour or go to apretzel bakery for a delicious tasting. (B,L,D)

Day 8 (Fri, Aug 30, 2019):

W''RZBURG. You have several choices of excursions. Join a walking tour of W''rzburg nestled alongthe '''Romantic Road,''' or visit its crown jewel, the Baroque Residenz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you prefer to get more active, hike up to the Marienberg Fortress, the most prominent landmark on the left bank of the Main River in W''rzburg. Alternatively, go to Rothenburg, the best-preserved medieval town in Germany. The town is so pretty that the imagery of Walt Disney'''s Pinocchio was very much influenced by sketches of Rothenburg. (B,L,D)

Day 9 (Sat, Aug 31, 2019):

BAMBERG. Explore enchanting Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in one of three ways.Join a guided walking tour of this medieval gem to see its cathedral, Old Town Hall and elegant old mansions.Or taste your way through the city sampling smoked beer, licorice root and Hornla, a pastry. And for a more active adventure, join a guided bike tour. (B,L,D)

Day 10 (Sun, Sep 01, 2019):

NUREMBERG. You have three choices of excursions while in Nuremberg. Enjoy a guided tourthrough this well-preserved medieval city, showcasing the Imperial Castle, famous town wall and the legendaryfountain of the Market Square. Or turn back the pages of a darker history with a guided tour of the city'''s mostimportant WWII sites, including the coliseum. You'''ll also visit the Nuremberg Trials Memoriam and Courtroom600, if the courtroom is not in session. Alternatively, partake in a traditional Franconian specialties tasting offamous Nuremburger bratwurst, rotbier (red beer) and lebkuchen (gingerbread). Later in the day, cruise throughthe man-made marvel, the Main-Danube Canal. (B,L,D)

Day 11 (Mon, Sep 02, 2019):

REGENSBURG. Explore one of Germany'''s best preserved medieval cities, Regensburg, on a guidedwalking tour showcasing the city'''s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria. As an alternate option, sample some of Bavaria'''s specialties'''beer, sausage and pretzels. And for a more activeadventure, bike to Walhalla where you will see the neoclassical white marble temple. (B,L,D)

Day 12 (Tue, Sep 03, 2019):

PASSAU. Discover Passau in one of three ways. Enjoy a walking tour and marvel at Gothic and ItalianBaroque architecture and St. Stephen'''s Cathedral. Guests looking for a more active morning can choose between aguided bike tour along the Danube, or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus Fortress. (B,L,D)

Day 13 (Wed, Sep 04, 2019):

MELK, AUSTRIA ''' D''RNSTEIN. Cruise to Melk, known for its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can also join a guided bike tour along the Danube, and if you would like, you can bike later in the day further along the Danube through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley that will takeyou to D''rnstein. For those not biking, you'''ll cruise through the Wachau Valley to D''rnstein. Once here, youhave a choice of excursions. Partake in a walking tour along cobblestone streets to the Baroque Stiftskirchebefore enjoying a local wine tasting. For a more active adventure, hike up to the fortress where Richard theLionheart was once held. You may also choose to visit a local apricot grower, where you'''ll be treated to the finestapricot products in the region. (B,L,D)

Day 14 (Thu, Sep 05, 2019):

VIENNA. The heart of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Vienna, remains as renowned today as it hasthroughout history. The entire city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site awash with Baroque treasures. Yourcity tour showcases its regal splendors, including the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace ofthe Habsburgs. Conclude in Vienna'''s historic city center and then visit the majestic St. Stephen'''s Cathedral, whichhas stood watch over Vienna for 700 years and is one of the most important and beloved landmarks in Austria.Or, if you prefer to go on a more active adventure, then join a guided bike tour to Klosterneuburg Abbey. Duringthe afternoon, enjoy leisure time exploring this iconic city even more. (B,L,D)

Day 15 (Fri, Sep 06, 2019):

VIENNA ''' BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA. Sail to the '''Coronation City of Kings,''' where you can join a walking tour or choose instead to enjoy a '''Tastes of Slovakia''' tour. For those who wish a more active exploration, hike up to Bratislava Castle for magnificent views of the city. (B,L,D)

Day 16 (Sat, Sep 07, 2019):

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY. Discover the '''Queen of the Danube''' on your city tour beginning with a visit to the Great Market Hall followed by a panoramic tour of both the Buda and the Pest sides of the river. As an alternative choice, hike up to Castle Hill. Spend your last evening on board cruising around the famed Parliament Building as the city turns on all her dazzling lights. (B,L,D)

Day 17 (Sun, Sep 08, 2019):

DISEMBARKATION ''' DEPART BUDAPEST. Bid adieu to Budapest and prepare for your flight home. (B)

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Inclusions

  • SPACIOUS STATEROOMS
  • 14 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
  • Computer for internet access
  • Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
  • Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
  • Wellness Program with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
  • 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
  • Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Cha''ne des R''tisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • La Cha''ne des R''tisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • 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
  • Special Interest Tours
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways
  • Land Program
  • 2 nights hotel in Amsterdam at the BarbizonPalace or Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky (or similar),including walking tour, Zaanse Schans visit anddaily breakfast

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Ship Information

AmaStella


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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.


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