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zMelodies of the Danube Celebration of Wine L&C 2013

11 days

11 Day Tour and Cruise

Our Exclusive In Celebration of Wine Discoveries:

  • A delightful afternoon of cruising through the scenic Danube Bend is enriched by our special onboard lecture and a tasting of fine Hungarian wines.
  • Enjoy a special evening excursion to the old Austrian wine villages of Grinzing and Neustift on the outskirts of Vienna.
  • Step ashore in historic Krems to learn about its rich wine-related history. At a charming local cellar, our special Wine Fest showcases fine vintages and traditional regional dishes.
  • Sit down to a special onboard dinner featuring fine Austrian cuisine and specially-paired wines.
  • Learn about Austrian wines from our shipboard expert as you cruise through the vineyard-laced Wachau Valley en route to Linz, Austria’s second largest city.
  • Celebrate a special Oktoberfest created exclusively for AmaWaterways guests by the 1200-year-old Bavarian town of Vilshofen!

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Day 1: Arrive in Budapest, Hungary - Embarkation

Arrive in Budapest and transfer to your luxurious river cruise ship. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at the Welcome Cocktail Reception followed by dinner. Meals D


Day 2: Budapest

This morning, your sightseeing tour takes you to historic Buda Castle from where you can enjoy a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest spread over both banks of the River. Your tour also features the distinctive Fisherman's Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen's Basilica, Heroes’ Square and more. Departing Budapest in the afternoon, you will cruise through the Danube Bend and also enjoy an onboard lecture and wine tasting featuring Hungarian wines prior to dinner. Meals B,L,D


Day 3: Vienna

This morning, enjoy an onboard wine lecture before arriving in vibrant Vienna. Your guided city tour of Vienna will include the impressive Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse, and the historic St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The afternoon is free to stroll along the Kärtnerstrasse or sample Vienna's famous pastries in the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An early dinner will be served on board before this evening’s very unique Viennese options: You can either enjoy a Mozart and Strauss concert or join your fellow wine enthusiasts on a “Heuriger” excursion to the old wine villages of Grinzing and Neustift on the outskirts of Vienna. These charming wine taverns are licensed to serve the year’s new wine from their own vineyards. Experience a cozy evening and the Austrian concept of Gemütlichkeit, a fitting introduction for your first night in Austria! Musicians will enliven the evening with traditional songs on guitar and accordion. Meals B,L,D


Day 4: Krems

Depart Vienna this morning and enjoy an onboard wine lecture about Austrian wines and its famous Wachau Valley as you cruise to Krems, wine capital of this region. Arriving in the early afternoon, you will discover that Krems offers a rich array of wine-related history, culture and tasting opportunities! The town’s thriving wine culture includes venerable old harvest estates, young wine-growers and co-operatives, a renowned wine school and famous Lower Austria Wine Fair. Learn first-hand about Krems’ role as a center of Austrian wine during an afternoon tour of the Krems Wine Museum. After a light buffet dinner on board, an outing this evening will include a Wine Fest in a colorful local wine cellar, Winzer Krems, accompanied by traditional regional dishes. Meals B,L,D


Day 5: Durnstein - Melk

This morning arrive in Dürnstein, where a walking tour through medieval cobblestone streets reveals 16th century town houses and wine taverns. Marvel at the magnificent blue façade of the baroque Stiftskirche and the ancient terraced vineyards that surround Dürnstein. Above the town you'll spot the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionheart, King of England, was imprisoned in 1192. As an alternative to a walking tour, explore the majestic Wachau Valley on a guided bike tour from Dürnstein to Melk (capacity controlled). The ship arrives in Melk this afternoon, site of the spectacular Melk Abbey. Located atop a granite cliff overlooking the Danube, the 900-year-old Abbey is one of the largest Baroque monasteries in Europe. You will tour the Abbey this afternoon. Later, a visit to a local vineyard, Spitz-Grotisch, will introduce you to the famous wines of the Wachau. This evening, savor the delicious flavors of Austria at dinner on board, accompanied by a selection of specially-paired wines. The ship moors overnight at Melk. Meals B,L,D


Day 6: Linz

This morning, you will cruise the scenic Wachau Valley while listening to a wine lecture on board. Arrive at mid-day in Linz, the second largest city in Austria. Upon arrival, you will have your choice of an excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a wonderfully preserved medieval town, nestled in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border. Best known for the art and architecture of its old town, Cesky Krumlov also boasts Bohemia’s second largest castle. In the alternative, an excursion to Salzburg is available. Your excursion begins with a drive from Linz towards Salzburg, where you will take a walking tour of the historic center, famous as the birthplace of Mozart and the setting for the “Sound of Music.” The tour includes a visit to the Mirabell Gardens, Salzburg Cathedral, Mozart’s Square, and much more. Enjoy free time on your own before your return transfer to the ship. This evening, the gala Captain’s Dinner takes place on board. Meals B,L,D


Day 7: Passau, Germany - Vilshofen

This morning, enjoy a scenic Strudengau Cruise while listening to a wine lecture on board. Arrive mid-day in Passau, Germany, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. You have a choice of two different excursions in Passau. The first option is to take a walking tour through this 2,000-year-old fairy tale city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture. Walk the cobblestone streets of the Old Town where you will see the city fortifications and St. Stephan’s Cathedral, which is home to the largest cathedral organ in the world. As an alternative to a walking tour of Passau, experience this majestic city on a guided bike tour (capacity controlled). You will have free time this afternoon before departing Passau for Vilshofen, a charming 1200-year-old Bavarian town on the confluence of the river Vils and the Danube. This evening, enjoy a very special “Oktoberfest” specially created for AmaWaterways passengers by the town of Vilshofen. Bavarian folk music, song and dance set a lively scene as you gather at long tables to sample Vilshofen’s distinctive local beer and some regional delicacies. The Mayor and Beer Queen will be on hand to lead the festivities as the cruise portion of your journey comes to an end. Meals B,L,D


Day 8: Vilshofen - Disembarkation - Regensburg - Munich

This morning, disembark your ship in Vilshofen, and depart for Munich. Stop in Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities, where you will enjoy a walking tour. Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore Regensburg’s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before continuing your motor coach transfer to Munich, the capital of Bavaria. Located north of the Bavarian Alps on the river Isar, Munich is Germany’s third-largest city. With a history that dates back to the middle Ages, Munich is an important industrial, educational and cultural center. It is also famous for its breweries, beer gardens and attractions such as Oktoberfest. Meals B


Day 9: Munich

This morning, enjoy a panoramic tour of Munich followed by a walking tour of the Old Town. Begin at the town center where you can see the famous Glockenspiel at Munich’s New Town Hall and the Frauenkirche, the “Cathedral of Our Lady.” The afternoon is free for you to explore Munich on your own. Meals B


Day 10: Munich

Your excursion begins with a scenic drive through the Bavarian Alps to the famous Neuschwanstein Castle, inspiration for the “Sleeping Beauty” Castle. The palace was built in the 19th century by “Mad” King Ludwig II of Bavaria, as an homage to the grandiose operas of composer Richard Wagner. After a tour of the castle, visit Fussen, Bavaria’s highest town, known for St. Mang’s Abbey, where you will have free time for lunch before returning to Munich. Meals B


Day 11: Depart Munich

Bid farewell to Munich and transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. Meals B


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

Port charges: $147 per person

Single Supplement for Cruise & Land: $390 per person
Single Supplement for Cruise Only: 50% of twin price; Jr. Suites: 100% of twin price

Munich Hotel Accommodation: Le Méridien (or similar)

Prices are per person in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom with window.