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zMelodies of the Danube – Cruise & Tour

11 days

11 Day Small Group Escorted 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 & Tour itinerary. Click here for a Cruise Only program.

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Day
1

Welcome aboard in Budapest, Hungary

Your luxury Danube river cruising vacation begins as you step aboard our elegant ship and settle in to your spacious outside stateroom. This evening, get to know your fellow travelers at the Welcome Cocktail Reception and Dinner. Meals D

Day
2

Guided sightseeing in 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 Danube. Your tour also features the distinctive Fisherman's Bastion, the Royal Palace, historic St. Stephen's Basilica, the impressive Heroes’ Square and more. Your afternoon is at leisure to explore, shop and relax as you wish. Meals B,L,D

Day
3

Tour Bratislava, Slovakia and continue to Vienna, Austria

Awake this morning here in Bratislava, the handsome and vibrant capital of Slovakia. Step ashore and enjoy the included sightseeing tour of your choice. You can join a guided walking tour of the city’s major sights, including Old Town Hall, the stunning Mirbach Palace and historic St. Martin’s Cathedral. In the alternative, our Communist-Era Tour showcases architectural landmarks such as the Radio Building, Liberty Square and the Soviet War Memorial. You’ll have some free time to explore on your own before your ship sets sail for Vienna. After dinner, you can join an optional concert excursion featuring the music of Mozart and Strauss. It’s a delightful opportunity to enjoy outstanding music in one of Vienna’s famed concert venues. Meals B,L,D

Day
4

Sightseeing in Vienna

Savor the Baroque elegance of romantic Vienna during this morning’s city tour, which will include the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse and historic St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. After dinner, experience a traditional “Viennese Wine and Music” evening in a wine village near Vienna. Enjoy the year’s newest vintages, surrounded by music and hospitality. Meals B,L,D

Day
5

Ashore in Dürnstein and Melk

Step ashore in Dürnstein this morning for a walking tour along the town’s medieval cobblestone streets. Marvel at its splendidly preserved 16th-century town houses and inviting wine taverns, and admire the magnificent Baroque façade of the Stiftskirche. Your tour will also include a wine tasting at a local vintner, where you will enjoy several different wines, presented along with savory fresh-baked bread, knowledgeable hosts, and plenty of laughter. As an alternative, you might choose to explore the majestic Wachau Valley on a guided bike tour from Dürnstein to Melk (capacity controlled). The ship arrives in Melk this afternoon, where you will tour the spectacular Melk Abbey, one of Europe’s largest Baroque monasteries. The ship moors overnight in Melk. Meals B,L,D

Day
6

Ashore in Linz, Austria

This morning the ship arrives in Linz, the second largest city in Austria. Your walking tour guides you along the Landstrasse to the city’s Main Square where you will see St. Mary’s Cathedral, the Marian Column, the Landes Theatre and St. Martin’s Church, the oldest church in Austria. Following lunch onboard, you’ll be able to choose your afternoon excursion from among three delightful offerings: The first option is a visit to the scenic “Salzkammergut” region, the Austrian Lake District, including the historic town of Gmunden, set on the shores of beautiful Lake Traunsee. The second option is an excursion to Cesky Krumlov, a wonderfully preserved medieval town, nestled in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border. The third choice is an excursion to Salzburg, famous as the birthplace of Amadeus Mozart and the setting for the classic film, The Sound of Music. Meals B,L,D

Day
7

From Passau, Germany to Vilshofen

Early this morning, cruise through Upper Austria and into Germany to the town of Passau, situated where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. Your guided walking tour takes you on an exploration of this fairytale city founded more than 2,000 years ago. Highlights here in Passau include the city’s ancient defensive walls and historic St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to the largest cathedral organ in the world. As an alternative, explore the city on a guided bike tour (capacity controlled). This afternoon, the ship cruises to Vilshofen, a charming 1,200-year-old Bavarian town. Go ashore here to enjoy “Oktoberfest in Vilshofen.” Relax at traditional communal-style tables and enjoy convivial camaraderie, local food and fine regional beer accompanied by Bavarian folk music, song and dance. Meals B,L,D

Day
8

Disembark and travel to Munich

After breakfast this morning, disembark your ship here in Vilshofen and travel to Regensburg, for a guided tour of one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. After lunch on your own, continue to Munich, the capital of Bavaria, and check in to your hotel. Located north of the Bavarian Alps on the river Issar, Munich is Germany’s third-largest city, with a rich history that dates back to the Middle Ages. Meals B [Note: For guests on our 8-day Cruise Only program, our services end this morning upon disembarkation in Vilshofen.]

Day
9

Explore Munich

This morning, enjoy a panoramic tour of Munich followed by a guided walking tour through 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 more of Munich on your own Meals B

Day
10

Excursion into the Bavarian Alps and Neuschwanstein

Today’s unforgettable excursion begins with a scenic drive through the Bavarian Alps to world-famous Neuschwanstein Castle, built in the 19th century by King Ludwig II of Bavaria as an homage to the grandiose operas of composer Richard Wagner. After a tour of the castle, visit the charming Alpine town of Fussen and then return to Munich where the balance of your day is at leisure. Meals B

Day
11

Farewell, Munich

Your European small ship cruise & tour finishes this morning after breakfast. Meals B

Private Tour Add-Ons

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

Warsaw

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

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In Celebration of Wine Cruises  

These special sailings feature renowned hosts and include complimentary lectures, wine tastings and excursions to historic vineyards and cellars. Passengers will learn about the regions' centuries-old wine traditions and sample award-winning vintages, and enjoy exclusive wine-themed excursions. AmaWaterways executives will accompany each cruise, in addition to celebrity wine hosts from some of the top wineries in the U.S.
3 Departures in 2015

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
AA+ – Violin Deck - French Balcony & Outside Balcony – $2499
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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