Join us on this 9 day Romantic Danube Cruise aboard the AmaWaterways, MS AmaSonata with Guest Speaker the Rev. Dr. Russell Levenson. Departing on October 24, 2019, with prices starting at $2,898* per person based on double occupancy.
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount.
- Beverages with All Meals
- Meals on Ship
- Select Shore Excursions
Day 1 DEPART USA
Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Munich.
Day 2 VILSHOFEN EMBARKATION
Embark your cruise in Vilshofen and attend an exclusive Oktoberfest celebration with traditional beer and Bavarian folk music and dancing. Afterwards enjoy a welcome aboard wine toast with your fellow passengers. (D)
Day 3 VILSHOFEN PASSAU
Explore Vilshofens beautiful old town before cruising to Passau, known as the City of Three Rivers. Join a walking tour or if you prefer to be more active, hike high into the hills for a visit to the Veste Oberhaus, Passaus Castle Hill. (B,L,D)
Day 4 LINZ, AUSTRIA
The ship arrives in Linz where youll have several choices of excursions. Opt for a full-day excursion to Salzburg where youll tour the historic center, Mirabell Gardens, Residenz Square and the Old Market. En route to Salzburg, stop at Mondsee, home of the famed Basilica St. Michael and site of the wedding scene in The Sound of Music. Alternatively, you can join a morning walking tour through Linzs old city center and by the Mozart House; or go on a guided bike tour along the citys famed Culture Mile and the Danube. During the afternoon, you have three more options of excursions. Choose a half-day in Salzburg or take a scenic drive through the beautiful Austrian Lake District with a stop in St. Wolfgang. You can also choose to visit the charming mountain town, eský Krumlov, located just over the Czech- Austrian border. (B,L,D)
Day 5 WEISSENKIRCHEN
Cruise to Weissenkirchen, gateway to Dürnstein located in the heart of the Wachau Valley. Once here, you can choose to join a walking tour in Dürnstein along its cobblestone streets to the Baroque Stiftskirche, Dürnsteins famed church tower, and savor a tasting of the regions renowned wines. Or for the more active adventurer, hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held. (B,L,D)
Day 6 SECOND DAY IN WEISSENKIRCHEN
Journey to Melk to tour its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overlooking the Danube River, Melk Abbey is one of Europe’s largest and most revered monasteries with stunning Baroque architectural details and numerous frescoes and religious artifacts. Alternatively, take a bike tour along the Danube River, soaking in views of the serene Wachau Valley. Later in the evening, be treated to a special cellar tour and wine tasting of locally grown, world-renowned Riesling and Grüner Veltliner at the acclaimed Schloss Gobelsburg, which has a documented viticulture history dating back to the 12th century. (B,L,D)
Day 7 VIENNA
Experience the regal elegance of Vienna with one of three different excursions. Join a city tour that takes you by the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburg Emperors. Afterwards, visit Vienna’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the world famous Spanish Riding School. Alternatively, join an exclusive tour to a famous Viennese café for a taste of sachetorte, a sinfully rich chocolate cake, and sekt, an Austrian sparkling wine. For those who prefer to get more active, you can cycle along the Danube and through the Donaupark. During the afternoon, enjoy free time or bike to the majestic twelfth-century Klosterneuburg Monastery. (B,L,D)
Day 8 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Experience Budapest in one of two ways: on a city tour or a hike. Your city tour begins with a visit to the vibrant Great Market Hall brimming with vendors selling everything from food to souvenirs. The remainder of this tour takes you to both the Buda (hilly) and Pest (flat) sides of the river. As an alternative choice, hike up to Castle Hill for breathtaking views of the city below. 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 9 BUDAPEST DISEMBARKATION
Disembark the ship as you prepare for your flight home. (B)
B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner
Enhance Your Journey
PRAGUE PRE TOUR $840
Board your overnight flight to Prague.
ARRIVE IN PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Arrive in Prague and check-in to your hotel.
Discover fairytale Prague via a city tour or a hike. Both will reveal why Prague is considered one of Europe’s most attractive cities, with a historic city center that’s recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See all the key highlights, including the National Museum, Wenceslas Square, the 1,000 year-old Prague Castle and Old Market Square, home to the Astronomical Clock. (B)
Spend a day at leisure. Wander through the city admiring its diversity of architectural styles: Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Art Nouveau. Meander through its colorful local markets or simply relax in a café to enjoy the many famous Czech beers. (B)
PRAGUE – REGENSBURG, GERMANY – EMBARKATION – VILSHOFEN
Check out of your hotel and depart Prague, stopping in Regensburg for a guided walking tour of one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Continue on to Vilshofen to board your cruise ship.
Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Munich.
Arrive in Munich and check-in to your hotel.
This morning you will tour Munich, the capital of Bavaria and one of Germany’s largest cities, as well as the undisputed beer capital of the world. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town through the city ending at the famous Glockenspiel, with its 43 bells and 32 life-size figures that portray historic scenes, such as a wedding celebration. You will also see Frauenkirche, the "Cathedral of Our Dear Lady." The afternoon is free for you to explore Munich on your own or to visit some of the city’s many beer gardens, like the Hofbräuhaus. (B)
Check out of your hotel and transfer to Vilshofen where you will board your luxury ship. Later in the day, attend an exclusive Oktoberfest celebration with traditional beer and Bavarian folk music and dancing. (B,D)
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount B = Breakfast D = Dinner
Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.
October 24, 2019