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8 Day AmaWaterways River Cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen 2022
River Cruise DescriptionJourney along the Danube and see firsthand why this storied river has inspired generations of artists, poets and musicians. Indulge your passion for timeless architecture and art in four magnificent capitals: Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna and Prague. Let the hills come alive with the sounds of music in Salzburg and the Austrian Lake District. Cruise through the enchanting Strudengau Valley and let the melodies of the Danube carry you from one gem to another on a regal journey through time.
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|Departure Date||Ship||Priced From|
|Nov 13, 2022||AmaMagna||$2,949||Call Us!|
River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 BudapestBoard the ultra-luxurious AmaMagna and settle into your stateroom. (B,D)
Day 2 Scenic Cruising — EsztergomSail out of Budapest, passing through the scenic Danube Bend where you’ll see some of Hungary’s oldest settlements, including Esztergom, Visegrád and Szentendre.Budapest offers an unmatched combination of culture and tradition. Budapest offers an unmatched combination of culture and tradition. Visit 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, hike up to Castle Hill for breathtaking views of the city. Or, be treated with breathtaking panoramic views and a guided visit inside the Basilica of Esztergom, the largest church and tallest building in all of Hungary. (B,L,D)
Day 3 ViennaVienna 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, you can enjoy leisure time, exploring Vienna on your own; or you can visit the UNESCO-designated Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens, the main summer residence of the Habsburg rulers. Built in the 18th century as an imperial summer residence, this magnificent 1,441-room Baroque palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural and historical monuments in Austria. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Krems — Scenic Cruising — SpitzKrems, gateway to the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley, is your starting point for a visit to the lovely Baroque village of Dürnstein. Stroll along Dürnstein’s cobblestone streets to the Baroque Stiftskirche, with its famed church tower on a walking tour. For a more culinary-focused experience in Dürnstein, enjoy an apricot liqueur and brandy tasting and special apricot treats from a local boutique. Those who wish a more active adventure of the area can hike to Dürnstein Fortress or cycle from Krems to Spitz and back for lunch. During the afternoon, cruise through the vineyard-rich Wachau Valley—one of the most beautiful river valleys in Europe, where some of Austria’s finest white wines are produced—to Spitz. Once in Spitz, you can visit the 900-year-old Melk Abbey situated high atop the granite cliffs of the Danube; or get active with either a Spitz-Melk-Spitz bike tour or hiking adventure. During the evening, be treated to an exclusive wine festival where you’ll enjoy some of the region’s famous wines. (B,L,D)
Day 5 GreinVisit the historic Castle Greinburg, Austria’s oldest residential castle which overlooks the Danube River. Meander through the beautifully decorated “Rooms of the Ducal Family,” which house numerous priceless works of art collected over the centuries by the many rulers who called this castle their home. You will also have the opportunity to see the mysterious “Sala Terrena,” a theater within the castle, decorated floor to ceiling with a pebble mosaic dating back to 1625. While nestled deep within this majestic and historic setting, enjoy the opportunity to sample a few local vintages. Wines from this region tend to have a pronounced freshness, spiciness, finesse and complexity. (B,L,D)
Day 6 LinzJoin a walking tour through the old city center of Linz and by the Mozart House; or bike along the city’s famed “Cultural Mile” and the Danube. For those who love The Sound of Music, enjoy a full-day excursion to Salzburg and 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, where the famous wedding scene in the movie was filmed. In the afternoon, you can visit the charming Czech mountain town of Český Krumlov. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Passau — VilshofenJoin a walking tour and marvel at Passau's Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen’s Cathedral, with its immense pipe organ. For the more active cruiser, take a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus fortress, or ride through Passau to Wernstein on a guided bike tour. Later in the day, sail to the charming town of Vilshofen, where you will be treated to a festive Bavarian Oktoberfest celebration complete with music, beer and pretzels. (B,L,D)
Day 8 VilshofenBid farewell to the ship and prepare for your flight home. (B)
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