Project Description

Overview

“MELODIES OF THE DANUBE” River Cruise

AUSTRIA, GERMANY, HUNGARY, SLOVAKIA

 

with 2 Pre-Nights in Budapest, Hungary & 3 Post-Nights Prague, Czech Republic

 

 14 Day Tour – 7 Night Luxury River Cruise

 

August 19 – Sept 1, 2020

 

AmaWaterways – AmaLea

 

 

 

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Only a firsthand voyage along this storied river will reveal the inspiration that has shaped generations of artists, poets and musicians.  Timeless architecture, four magnificent capitals; Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna & Prague, and the enchanting Strudengau Valley are just a few highlights on this regal journey through time.

The AmaLea is a new addition to the Ama Waterways family. Built in 2018 with a maximum passenger capacity of 156, it is luxury river cruising at its finest.

Experience this amazing journey in style!

Itinerary Details

DATE LOCATION
Aug 19 Depart Home, Overnight flight to Budapest, Hungary
Aug 20 Arrive Budapest, Hungary (Overnight)
Aug 21 Budapest, Hungary (Overnight)

Budapest is one of Europe’s most regal and storied cities—and many of its most iconic sights are just off the banks of the Danube. Today’s tour takes you to the Jewish Quarter and its treasures. The Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe and the second largest in the world, is the heart of the quarter. Other prominent attractions include the Holocaust Memorial, a weeping willow tree with the names of Hungary’s Jewish Holocaust victims inscribed on each leaf; and the Shoes on the Danube, a memorial to the Budapest Jewish community.

Aug 22 Budapest, Hungary – Embarkation

During the evening, be treated to a special Illuminations cruise past the capital’s glittering riverfront.

Aug 23 Depart Budapest, Hungary

Budapest offers an unmatched combination of culture, tradition and even a secret labyrinth of caves under the city. Your city tour begins with a visit to the Great Market Hall before going to both the Buda (hilly) and the Pest (flat) sides of the river. You’ll see Heroes’ Square and Castle Hill, home to the Fisherman’s Bastion and Mattias Church.

Aug 24 Bratislava, Slovakia – Arrive Vienna, Austria late evening

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.

Aug 25 Vienna, Austria

The “City of Waltzes” offers a wealth 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 and then visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral. For a more active exploration of the area, take a guided bike ride that includes opportunities to see all the sites listed above as well as the majestic Ringstrasse, Vienna’s famed ring road, lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks. During the afternoon, enjoy leisure time to further explore this iconic city.

 

Aug 26 Weissenkirchen, Austria (Ybbs & Grein)

After reaching Weissenkirchen, you’ll be treated to several choices of excursions. Take a walking tour of Weissenkirchen followed by an abbey visit. If you prefer a more active adventure, join a guided bike tour from Melk to Pochlarn. For a more culinary-focused experience, join a walking tour in Dürnstein, then enjoy a wine tasting hosted by a local vintner and sample special apricot treats from a local boutique or hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held. Later in the day, sail through the Strudengau Valley to medieval Grein for an exclusive visit to the more than 500-year-old Greinburg Castle, looming regally from above. While here, enjoy a folklore show and wine reception.

Continued…

Aug 27 Linz, Austria

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 Basilica St. Michael. Or go on a bike tour of the city’s famed “Cultural Mile” and the Danube. During the afternoon, you have three more options. Choose a half-day excursion to Salzburg or take a scenic drive through the Austrian Lake District with a stop in St. Wolfgang. You can also choose to visit charming Český Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border.

Aug 28 Passau, Germany, sail to Vilshofen late day

Discover the 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. Or choose between a guided bike tour along the Danube River, or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus fortress. Later, cruise to Vilshofen, where you will be treated to a festive Oktoberfest celebration— an AmaWaterways exclusive

Aug 29 Arrive Vishofen, Germany – Disembarkation

Depart the ship and drive through the countryside to Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities, which you’ll discover on a guided walking tour showcasing the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria. After touring Regensburg, continue your journey on to Prague.

Land Transfer to Prague, Czech Republic (Overnight)

Aug 30 Prague, Czech Republic (Overnight)

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 National Museum, Wenceslas Square, the 1,000 year-old Prague Castle and Old Market Square, where you will find the famous Astronomical Clock.

Aug 31 Prague, Czech Republic (Overnight)

Beer has a long and illustrious history in the Czech Republic with the first brewery known to have existed in 993. Pilsner Urquell was created in 1842, being the first pilsner ever made, whilst Budweiser came into being in the city of Budweis. Beer is a core part of the country’s national identity, so much so the Czechs are the biggest consumers of beer in the world. The country is home to more than 100 breweries with a combination of big names and micro establishments offering a huge range of styles, so join a Czech beer tasting and discover for yourself what makes the Czech’s beer some of the very best in the world.

Sept 1 Transfer to Airport for Return flights to Canada

Flight Home

Inclusions and Costs

Inclusions

  • International Air to Budapest, Return from Prague
  • 8 Day / 7-Night Cruise Aboard the Luxurious AmaLea
  • 2 Pre-Cruise Nights’ Accommodations; Budapest, Hungary                                                                          Download the Details on this Getaway    
  • 3 Post Cruise -Nights’ Accommodations: Prague, Czech Republic
  • Breakfast Daily in Budapest & Prague
  • Included Tours in Budapest & Prague
  • All Meals on River Cruise
  • Aboard the Cruise on the AmaLea:

Complimentary Wi-Fi access,

Included sightseeing excursions & tours,

Complimentary bicycles available for time on shore,

Sip & Sail daily cocktail hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks

  • All Transfers
  • All Port Charges
  • All Taxes
  • Jolly Tour Director

 

Cost Per Person Price, Based on Double Occupancy                                                                                       

 

EBB – Book by September 30, 2019 and save $ 600 Per Person

After September 

30, 2019

Category, D

$7,999

$8,599

Category, CA

$8,869

$9,469

Category, BB

$9,469

$10,069

Category, AB

$9,959

$10,559

 

 

 

HST Incl. $   19.67      Per Person

Deposit $ 800  pp upon registration

Single Occupancy Available

Additional Category Options Available Upon Request

Please Contact Jolly Tours for Details

AmaLea Deck Plan