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Discover a wealth of art, history and cultural treasures as you cruise to some of Europe’s most famous destinations. From Budapest, journey to Bratislava, Vienna, Passau and the 2,000-year-old town of Regensburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along the way, visit magnificent cathedrals and Baroque abbeys, sample Vienna’s sinfully rich sachertorte cake, experience the breathtaking scenery of the Wachau Valley winemaking region and traverse Europe’s Continental Divide.

Inclusions
  • 7 night river cruise aboard AmaViola
  • CRUISE AMENITIES, DINING AND CUISINE
    • Bottled water replenished daily
    • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
    • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
    • Regionally inspired cuisine
    • Welcome Cocktail and Welcome Dinner
    • La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs 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
    • Internet & WIFI access
    • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Book by Jun 30: Reduced rates! (price reflects discount)
November 16, 2024 Land & Cruise
Riverview $3759
French Balcony $4519
French Balcony & Outside $5789
Taxes & Fees $315
2-night Budapest Pre-Cruise: add from $712 more
3-night Prague Post-Cruise: add from $1144 more

Other dates are available – please contact our travel advisors for more details.
Promotion is subject to change without notice.

Day Ports Arrive Depart
1 BUDAPEST (Embarkation) 9:30 PM
2 BRATISLAVA 2:00 PM 11:30 PM
3 VIENNA 8:00 AM 11:59 PM
4 DÜRNSTEIN 7:30 AM 1:00 PM
MELK 4:00 PM 9:30 PM
5 LINZ 8:00 AM 8:30 AM
PASSAU 4:30 PM 7:30 PM
6 REGENSBURG 1:00 PM 5:30 PM
7 NUREMBERG 2:30 PM
8 NUREMBERG (Disembarkation) 9:00 AM
Day 1: EMBARKATION – BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Board the ship for your Blue Danube Discovery cruise. (D)
Day 2: 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 3: VIENNA, AUSTRIA
The “City of Waltzes” offers a treasure trove 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, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and then visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral. For a more active exploration of the area, take a guided bike ride. During the afternoon, enjoy leisure time exploring this iconic city even more. (B,L,D)

Day 4: DÜRNSTEIN – MELK
After reaching the Wachau Valley in the morning, you’ll have a choice of three excursions in Dürnstein. Partake in a walking tour along cobblestone streets to the luminous blue façade of the Baroque Stiftskirche, with its famed church tower, before enjoying a wine tasting in a local cellar. Visit a local boutique, where you’ll be treated to the region’s finest apricot products. Alternatively, for a beautiful view of the Wachau Valley, hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held. After your morning excursions, you have the choice to cruise through the Wachau Valley to Melk or join a bike tour along the Danube. Upon reaching Melk, take a tour of the UNESCO-designated Melk Abbey. (B,L,D)

Day 5: LINZ, AUSTRIA – PASSAU, GERMANY
For those who love The Sound of Music, disembark in Linz and set off on 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. Those who remain on board will enjoy a scenic morning sailing to the medieval city of Passau. Join a walking tour through this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Guests looking for a more active morning can choose between a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus Fortress overlooking Passau or a guided bike tour along the Inn River. (B,L,D)

*Passau tours not available with full-day Salzburg

Day 6: REGENSBURG
Explore Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a guided walking tour showcasing the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 A.D. As an alternate option, sample some of Bavaria’s specialties—beer, sausage and pretzels; or bike to Walhalla where you’ll see the neoclassical white marble temple inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. (B,L,D)

Day 7: NUREMBERG
Enjoy a scenic morning cruise as the ship crosses the Continental Divide via the Main-Danube Canal to Nuremberg. Explore the medieval city center with a tour that showcases the Imperial Castle and the famous town wall, as well as Albrecht Dürer’s home and Market Square with its legendary fountain. Or you can take a guided tour of the city’s WWII history, including a visit to the infamous Zeppelin Field, a museum built on the site of former Nazi rallies and the site of the Nuremberg Trials when not in session. Alternatively, savor traditional Franconian specialties by sampling famously delicious Nuremburger Bratwurst, Rot bier (red beer) and Lebkuchen (gingerbread). (B,L,D)

Day 8: NUREMBERG – DISEMBARKATION
Bid farewell to Nuremberg and prepare for your flight home. (B)

2 night Pre-Cruise Land Tour in Budapest
Add from $712 per person

DAY 1: Budapest
Hotel check-in
Arrive in Budapest and transfer to your hotel.

DAY 2: Budapest
Today you have the opportunity to visit both the Buda (hilly) and Pest (flat) sides of the Danube River. Start on the Buda side, following your guide through the city’s Castle District where you will marvel at the fairytale turrets of Fisherman’s Bastion, gaze upon the breathtaking panorama below and see Matthias Church, renowned for its striking tower and colorful mosaic roof. For a more active tour, hike to Budapest’s Castle Hill. In the afternoon, explore the treasures of Pest, admiring the colossal Hungarian Parliament Building, Heroes’ Square and the moving “Shoes on the Danube Bank” memorial. (B)

DAY 3: Budapest
EMBARKATION
Check out of your hotel to board your luxurious ship. (B,D)

 

3 night Post-Cruise Land Tour in Prague
Add from $1144 per person

Day 8: NUREMBERG – DISEMBARKATION – PILZEN– PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Depart the ship after breakfast and drive through the countryside to Pilzen, a city perhaps best known for producing Pilsner beer. You will have free time to explore this lovely town and have lunch before continuing to Prague and checking into your hotel. (B)

Day 9: PRAGUE
Discover Prague with a choice of a city tour or a castle 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 1,000-year-old Prague Castle and Old Market Square, where you will find the famous Astronomical Clock. (B)

Day 10: PRAGUE
Beer has a long and illustrious history in the Czech Republic, with the first brewery dating back to 993. Join a Czech beer tasting and discover for yourself what makes Czech beer some of the very best in the world. (B)

Day 11: DEPART PRAGUE
Bid farewell to Prague and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

 

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