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zBlue Danube Discovery - Cruise Only

8 days

8 Day European River Cruise & Tour

Note: Shore excursions and sightseeing tours on this program are offered by Ama Waterways and are not limited to 16 guests.
This is a Cruise Only itinerary. Click here for a Cruise & Tour program.

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Day
1

Welcome aboard in Budapest c, Hungary

Your elegant river ship awaits you here in Budapest - “The Queen of the Danube.” This evening, gather with your fellow passengers for a Welcome Dinner as your ship cruises through the night to Bratislava. Meals D

Day
2

Your choice of sightseeing in Bratislava

Relax onboard this morning as your luxury Danube cruise carries you towards Bratislava. Arriving in the capital of the Slovak Republic, you’ll have your choice of an afternoon sightseeing tour. Our fascinating “Communist Tour” explores 20th-century architectural landmarks such as the Radio Building, Liberty Square and the Soviet War Memorial. In the alternative, our walking tour of the city's major sights includes the Old Town Hall, the stunning Mirbach Palace and Gothic St. Martin's Cathedral. Late tonight, your ship sets sail for magnificent Vienna. Meals B,L,D

Day
3

City sightseeing in Vienna, Austria

This morning’s guided city tour takes you along the majestic Ringstrasse to admire Vienna’s most famous landmarks including the impressive Opera House and historic St. Stephen’s Cathedral. In the afternoon, spend your free time strolling along the main shopping street, Kärntnerstrasse, or sampling some of Vienna’s famous pastries. In the alternative, join an optional tour to the Imperial Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens, the city’s most famous Baroque treasure. Tonight, explore the vibrant Austrian capital on your own or come along for an optional concert featuring the music of Mozart and Strauss. Meals B,L,D

Day
4

Through the Wachau Valley to Dürnstein and Melk

Your European river cruise vacation continues this morning as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Dürnstein, known as one of the prettiest towns along the Danube. During your walking tour, you’ll marvel at the magnificent blue facade of the Baroque Stiftskirche and see the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionhearted, King of England, was imprisoned in 1192. Your guided stroll through medieval cobblestone streets reveals handsome 16th-century town houses and inviting wine taverns and also includes a wine tasting at a local vintner. After lunch, enjoy your scenic cruise to Melk. Here, you will tour the magnificent Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe's largest Baroque monasteries. Another option is a guided bicycle tour from Dürnstein to Melk (capacity controlled). Meals B,L,D

Day
5

Onward to Passau, Germany

Upon arrival in Linz, Austria this morning, you’ll be able to choose how this memorable day will unfold for you. The first choice is an optional excursion to Salzburg, where you enjoy a walking tour of the historic center, famous as the setting for the “Sound of Music” and as the birthplace of Mozart. This tour also includes the Mirabelle Gardens, Salzburg Cathedral, Mozart’s Square, and much more. In the alternative, remain on the ship and cruise through scenic Upper Austria to Passau. Located where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube, this 2,000-year-old German city is noted for its Gothic and Baroque architecture. A walking tour of Passau will take you along the cobblestone streets of Old Town to see the city’s ancient fortifications and historic St. Stephan’s Cathedral. Meals B,L,D

Day
6

Ashore in Regensburg

Your ship arrives early this afternoon in Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities and recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Here you will have your choice of three different tours. The first is 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. The second tour you might select is an afternoon bike ride to Walhalla where you will visit the Walhalla Temple, built to honor distinguished Germans throughout history (capacity controlled). Your third choice is a trip to the Audi Factory in nearby Ingolstadt, where a member of the Audi team will take you on a tour of the Audi Car Museum or the Factory Floor (subject to availability). Known for its distinctive architecture, the Audi Museum features unique, high-tech exhibits on the history of the car combined with a fascinating look back at the 20th century. The tour is capacity controlled. Meals B,L,D

Day
7

A choice of sightseeing in Nuremberg

Enjoy a leisurely morning of scenic cruising through the Main-Danube Canal and relax as your luxury ship continues through the beautiful Altmühl Valley. In the afternoon, you’ll have a choice of guided tours in Nuremberg, the capital of Franconia. You can explore the medieval history of Nuremberg and see the Old Town Hall, Imperial Castle and the 900-year-old ramparts that surround this historic city. Or, join a fascinating tour centered on the modern role the city played in the 20th-century and see the Zeppelin field and the Justice Palace where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946 (when available). Your ship is docked overnight here in Nuremberg. Meals B,L,D

Day
8

Disembark in Nuremberg

Your river journey comes to an end this morning when you disembark following breakfast. Meals B

Private Tour Add-Ons

Prague

Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package with a choice of fine hotels, daily breakfast, chauffeured airport transfers, and in-depth private car sightseeing with our experienced resident guide at your side.

Budapest

Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package includes a choice of fine hotels, daily breakfast, chauffeured airport transfers and city sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide

Berlin

Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package includes a choice of fine hotels, daily breakfast, chauffeured airport transfers and city sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide

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Note: Shore excursions and sightseeing tours on this program are offered by AmaWaterways and are not limited to 16 guests.

2016 Port charges: $168 per person
2015 Port charges: $168 per person

Single supplement for Cruise Only: 50% of twin price; Jr. Suites: 100% of twin price

2016 Prices are per person double occupancy in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom with window. To upgrade to a higher Category, add per person

Cat – Deck – Stateroom – Price
D – Piano Deck – Window – $299
C – Cello Deck – French Balcony – $899
B – Cello Deck – French Balcony – $1,099
A – Violin Deck – French Balcony – $1,199
BB - Cello (AmaCerto/Amaverde) - French/Outside Balcony - $1,399
BA - Violin - French/Outside Balcony - $1,599
AB - Violin - French/Outside Balcony - $1,799
AA - Violin - French/Outside Balcony - $1,999
A+ – Violin Deck – French Balcony – $2,199
AA+ – Violin Deck – French Balcony – $2,599
S – Violin Deck – French Balcony – $2,399
SS - Violin - French/Outside Balcony - $3,199

2015 Prices are per person double occupancy in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom with window. To upgrade to a higher Category, add per person

Cat – Deck – Stateroom – Price
D – Piano Deck – Window – $299
C – Cello Deck – French Balcony – $799
B – Cello Deck – French Balcony – $999
A – Violin Deck – French Balcony – $1099
BB - Cello - French/Outside Balcony - $1299
BA - Violin - French/Outside Balcony - $1499
AB - Violin - French/Outside Balcony - $1699
AA - Violin - French/Outside Balcony - $1899
A+ – Violin Deck – French Balcony – $2099
S – Violin Deck – French Balcony – $2299
SS - Violin - French/Outside Balcony - $2999

Note: Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The choices are: Choice A: Two twin beds; Choice B: One large bed (larger than queen size)

Ask about international air service on Lufthansa. See your travel agent or call us for current international airfare associated with this program. We offer both economy and business class fares. Prices are in U.S. currency and are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.

Family + Friends

Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
  • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
  • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
  • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
  • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!

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