Melodies of the Danube Cruise Land Forward
Melodies of the Danube Cruise Land Forward
Starts: Budapest, Hungary on Thu, Apr 15, 2021
Ends: Prague, Czech Republic on Tue, Apr 27, 2021
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$100 per person Military Service Member Savings
$100 per person Military Service Member Savings
Military discount is $100 [C$120] off per person, applicable to cruise only, and is valid on new bookings only. Must be active military or retired with valid military ID. Offer is combinable with other promotions and discounts available at the time of booking. Offer is limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.
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River Cruise Itinerary
2 nights Budapest, 7-night cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen and 3 nights in Prague
Day 1 (Thu, Apr 15, 2021):BUDAPEST, HUNGARY. Arrive in Budapest and transfer to your hotel.
Day 2 (Fri, Apr 16, 2021):BUDAPEST. Budapest is one of Europe'''s most regal and storied cities'''and many of its most iconic sights are just off the banks of the Danube. Often described as the '''Queen of the Danube,''' Budapest is well-known for Fisherman'''s Bastion, Buda Hill and its magnificent Hungarian Parliament building. However, this sprawling city is full of rich history and culture and offers many '''hidden''' treasures as you venture further past its river banks. During this excursion, your guide will take you deeper into the city to discover fascinating sites lesser-known to the average traveler. (B)
Day 3 (Sat, Apr 17, 2021):BUDAPEST ''' EMBARKATION. Check out of your hotel to board your luxurious ship. (B,D)
Day 4 (Sun, Apr 18, 2021):BUDAPEST. Budapest offers an unmatched combination of culture and tradition. Your city tour begins with a visit to the Great Market Hall before going to both the Buda (hilly) and the Pest (flat) sides of the river. You'''ll see Heroes''' Square and Castle Hill, home to the Fisherman'''s Bastion and Mattias Church. As an alternative, you can hike up to Castle Hill for breathtaking views of the city below. (B,L,D)
Day 5 (Mon, Apr 19, 2021):BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA. Host to the crowning ceremonies of 11 Hungarian kings and queens between 1536 and 1830, Bratislava certainly has earned the title '''Coronation City of Kings,''' as you'''ll discover during your walking tour. Or join a special '''Tastes of Slovakia''' tour. For a more active adventure, hike up to Bratislava Castle, offering magnificent views of the city. (B,L,D)
Day 6 (Tue, Apr 20, 2021):VIENNA, AUSTRIA. The '''City of Waltzes''' offers a wealth of gems and your city tour showcases its regal splendors, including the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs. Conclude your tour in Vienna'''s historic city center and then visit St. Stephen'''s Cathedral, or discover Vienna by bike. During the afternoon, enjoy leisure time to further explore this iconic city. (B,L,D)
Day 7 (Wed, Apr 21, 2021):WEISSENKIRCHEN ''' GREIN. After reaching Weissenkirchen, you'''ll be treated to several choices of excursions. Take a walking tour of D''rnstein before visiting the UNESCO-designated Melk Abbey. For a more culinary-focused experience, join a walking tour in D''rnstein, then enjoy a wine tasting hosted by a local vintner and sample special apricot treats from a local boutique. If you prefer a more active adventure, hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held or join a guided bike tour to Melk. Later in the day, sail through the Strudengau Valley to medieval Grein for an exclusive visit to the more than 500-year-old Greinburg Castle, looming regally from above. While here, enjoy a folklore show and wine reception. (B,L,D)
Day 8 (Thu, Apr 22, 2021):LINZ, AUSTRIA. The ship arrives in Linz where you'''ll have several choices of excursions. Opt for a full-day excursion to Salzburg where you'''ll tour the historic center, Mirabell Gardens, Residenz Square and the Old Market. En route to Salzburg, stop at Mondsee, home of the Basilica St. Michael. Or join a morning walking tour through the old city center of Linz and by the Mozart House; or go on a bike tour of the city'''s famed '''Cultural Mile''' and the Danube. In the afternoon, you can also choose to visit charming ''esk'' Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border. (B,L,D). . *Note: Not available with full-day Salzburg excursion
Day 9 (Fri, Apr 23, 2021):PASSAU, GERMANY ''' VILSHOFEN. Discover the city of Passau in one of three ways. Enjoy a walking tour and marvel at Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen'''s Cathedral. Alternately, choose between a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus fortress or a guided bike tour along the Danube River. Later, cruise to Vilshofen, where you will be treated to a festive Oktoberfest celebration''' an AmaWaterways exclusive. (B,L,D)
Day 10 (Sat, Apr 24, 2021):VILSHOFEN ''' DISEMBARKATION ''' REGENSBURG ''' PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC. Depart the ship and drive to Regensburg, one of Germany'''s best preserved medieval cities, which you'''ll discover on a guided walking tour. After touring Regensburg, continue on to Prague. (B)
Day 11 (Sun, Apr 25, 2021):PRAGUE. Experience the wonders of Prague and its historic city center that is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site on your city tour or you can hike to the grand castle. See Rudolfinum and the Hundertwasser Dancing House. Visit the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle and St. Vitus before walking over the romantic Charles Bridge to the Old Market Square, where you will find the capital'''s famous Astronomical Clock. (B)
Day 12 (Mon, Apr 26, 2021):PRAGUE. Beer has a long and illustrious history in the Czech Republic with the first brewery known to have existed in 993. Pilsner Urquell was created in 1842, being the first pilsner ever made, whilst Budweiser came into being in the city of Budweis. Beer is a core part of the country'''s national identity, so much so the Czechs are the biggest consumers of beer in the world. The country is home to more than 100 breweries with a combination of big names and micro establishments offering a huge range of styles, so join a Czech beer tasting and discover for yourself what makes the Czech'''s beer some of the very best in the world. (B)
Day 13 (Tue, Apr 27, 2021):DEPART PRAGUE. Bid farewell to Prague and prepare for your flight home. (B)
- SPACIOUS STATEROOMS
- 7 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 Activities 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
- Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
- Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
- 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 Budapest at the Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge (or similar), including tour and daily breakfast; and transfer to ship
- Transfer from the ship in Vilshofen to Regensburgwith city tour and then on to Prague
- 3 nights hotel in Prague at the Marriott (or similar),including city tour, Czech beer tasting and dailybreakfast
Life on Board
Questions & Answers
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We booked the cruise and extensions which was 24 days. Evidentially, this trip could have been booked in segments which we were not aware of as the coming and going of various groups was very strange throughout. We started in Prague, always a great adventure. We were to go to Nuremberg, but due to low water were bused to the ship departure, Vilshofen, with options to hit the first two ports we missed by bus as excursions. Other folks joined from Vienna, a large group came onboard, and we were nearly at max going down the river. All but 18 people left at Budapest, including the Cruise Director. At that point we found out the second portion was a Wine Cruise with a different name, new director, and new passengers came aboard bringing us to capacity once again. So this became two cruises, actually, with totally different passengers on each except the original 18. As we continued for the extension, there were 40 of us until the end in Bucharest. One can see how this was rather disfunctional and more like a train ride with customers joining and departing continuously. Never knew who would be at dinner the next night. This may work from a business point, but very confusing to those that just purchased a single cruise with extensions and enjoyed meeting folks as we sailed down the river. Had I known there would be such a revolving door would have researched better and re-evaluated my choice. AMA, as always did a superb job, but the logistics of this whole adventure must have been a nightmare and stressful for the staff. Vacations need continuity.
All the arrangements were made through Affordable Tours and everything went as planned.
The trip was outstanding. Very professional staff and excellent accommodations.
River cruise with AmaWaterways was great. No problems. It was a great cruise.
Everything was included in the price of this tour including the off shore excursions. There were so many excursions that the week went by very quick.
It was freezing cold and yet still a fantastic vacation!