Danube River Cruise
First Supply 2018 WOO Diamond Program
Journey along the Danube and see first-hand 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 Munich. 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.
Budapest, Hungary to Munich, Germany
October 20-28, 2018
Spacious State Rooms. An Array of Amenities. Award-Winning Dining. A World of Exploration
7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in riverview stateroom or suite – most staterooms offer twin balconies
Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
Fine dining, including unlimited complimentary hand-selected wines, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
Multiple dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant featuring our unique tasting menu
NEW FOR 2018 – Sip & Sail daily cocktail hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain’s Cocktail and Gala Dinner
Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
Guided shore excursions in every port, including
Special Interest Tours, hiking and biking tours
Onboard live entertainment, theme dinners, cooking demonstration and more
Complimentary bicycles, helmets and Nordic walking sticks
Services of a professionally trained Cruise. Manager throughout your cruise and land stay
Transfer from the ship in Vilshofen to Munich
Melodies of the Danube
Enjoy an enchanting 8 day and 7 night cruise from Budapest to Munich.
Daily Program Features
Budapest Embarkation – Illuminations cruise
Budapest City tour; Free time
Bratislava Walking tour
OR Castle hike
OR Slovakian specialties tasting
Vienna City tour
OR Alte Donau bike tour,
Klosterneuburg bike tour
OR Free time
Weissenkirchen Highlights of Dürnstein and Melk Abbey
OR Weissenkirchen to Melk bike tour
OR Weissenkirchen walking tour
and Melk Abbey
OR Dürnstein excursion with wine and apricots tastings
Ybbs Scenic cruising of Strudengau Valley
Grein Exclusive castle visit with folklore show & sparkling wine reception
Linz Walking tour
OR Full-day Salzburg
OR Castle and "Culture Mile" bike tour
OR Český Krumlov, Czech Republic
OR Austrian Lake District
Passau Walking tour
OR Passau bike tour
OR Passau Castle hike
Vilshofen Exclusive Oktoberfest evening
DAY 1 – EMBARKATION – Budapest, Hungary
Arrive in Budapest and board your luxurious river cruise ship. During the evening, be treated to a special Illuminations cruise past the capital’s glittering river front.
DAY 2 – Budapest
You cannot help but fall in love with Budapest, known as the “Queen of the Danube” with her distinct blend of medieval and modern beauty. Get to know the city with a tour that begins at the vibrant Great Market Hall packed from floor to ceiling with vendors selling all types of items from food to souvenirs. You’ll then visit the UNESCO-listed Castle Hill district, where you can admire dramatic vistas from 19th-century Fisherman’s Bastion, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Heroes Square, Houses of Parliament and the famous Chain Bridge.
DAY 3 – Bratislava, Slovakia – Vienna, Austria
Cruise to the “Coronation City of Kings,” where you can join a walking tour or choose to taste local Slovakian specialties and learn how to prepare stuffed potato ravioli. Alternatively, hike up to Bratislava Castle. Later in the day, set sail for Vienna.
DAY 4 – Vienna
The “City of Waltzes” offers a treasure trove of gems and you have two ways to discover them. Join a city tour showcasing its regal splendors, including the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna’s historic city center and then visiting St. Stephen’s Cathedral. For a more active exploration, take a guided bike ride along the Danube. During the afternoon, you can enjoy leisure time or pedal your way to Klosterneuburg Monastery on a guided cycling tour.
DAY 5 – Weissenkirchen – Grein
After reaching Weissenkirchen in the heart of the Wachau Valley, you’ll be treated to several choices of excursions. Discover the best of both Dürnstein and Melk with a walking tour in Dürnstein before visiting the UNESCOdesignated Melk Abbey. You can also opt for a walking tour of Weissenkirchen followed by a visit to the abbey. For those who would like a more culinary-focused experience, join a walking tour in Dürnstein and then be treated to a wine tasting hosted by a local vintner as well as a visit to a local boutique where you'll enjoy a tasting of special apricot treats. Prefer more active adventures? Join a guided bike tour to Melk. Later in the day, set sail through the scenic Strudengau Valley to the medieval riverside town of Grein. Be treated to an exclusive visit to the more than 500-year-old Greinburg Castle, looming regally above the village. While here, enjoy a folklore show along with a sparkling wine reception.
DAY 6 – Linz
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 famed Basilica St. Michael and site of the wedding scene in “The Sound of Music.” Alternatively, you can join a morning walking tour through the old city center and by the Mozart House; or go on a guided bike tour along the city’s 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, Český Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border.
DAY 7 – Passau, Germany – Vilshofen
Discover the 2,000-year-old 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. Guests looking for a more active morning can choose between a guided bike tour along the Danube River, or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus Fortress. Later, the ship cruises to Vilshofen, where you will be treated to a festive Oktoberfest celebration with local beer, Bavarian folk music and dancing—an AmaWaterways exclusive.
DAY 8 – Vilshofen – DISEMBARKATION
Bid farewell to Vilshofen and prepare for your flight home.