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Daily Overview

Day Destination Activities
1 Budapest Hotel check-in
2 Budapest City tour, including Castle Hill
3 Budapest EMBARKATION

Evening Illuminations Cruise

4 Bratislava Walking tour
5 Vienna See Vienna’s landmarks, including the Opera House

Free time to explore Vienna

6 Dünstein

Melk

Choose a walking tour, tasting, OR hike to fortress

Optional excursion to Melk’s Benedictine Abbey

7 Linz

Passau

Morning spent cruising to Linz

Walking, biking, OR hiking excursion in Passau

8 Regensburg Optional walking tour of Regensburg’s landmarks

Optional Walhalla bike tour OR Bavarian tasting

9 Nuremberg Optional tour of Nuremberg’s medieval monuments

Optional WWII city tour OR Franconian tasting

10 Nuremberg

Pilzen

Prague

DISEMBARKATION

Free time in Pilzen, known for its Pilsner beer

Hotel check-in

11 Prague Optional city tour featuring Old Town Square

Optional hike to Prague Castle

12 Prague Day is yours to explore Prague
13 Prague Prepare for your onward journey

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1 / BUDAPEST 

Arrive in Budapest, Hungary and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to start exploring the landmarks and monuments of this colourful European capital.

 

DAY 2 / BUDAPEST 

Your morning excursion includes sightseeing in the cities of Buda, on the west bank of the river, and Pest, on the east bank. You will see the famed Heroes’ Square and UNESCO-listed Castle Hill. Home to Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church, Castle Hill also boasts spectacular views of the Danube.

 

DAY 3 / BUDAPEST / EMBARKATION 

Check out of your hotel, and enjoy a morning spent exploring Budapest at your leisure. *After boarding the ship, settle into your cabin and meet your fellow travellers at a welcome dinner. Tonight you’ll be treated to a special Illuminations Cruise past the city’s glittering riverfront before you set sail for Bratislava, Slovakia.

 

DAY 4 / BRATISLAVA / VIENNA 

This afternoon, arrive in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Enjoy a walking tour of the city’s major sites, including the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. Spend your evening in Bratislava before the ship cruises overnight to magnificent Vienna.

 

DAY 5 / VIENNA 

This morning, experience the Baroque elegance of Vienna on a panoramic tour, which will guide you past the majestic Opera House, the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburg Emperors, Parliament, Town Hall, and Vienna University. Afterwards, you’ll visit Vienna’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Graben, and the world-famous Spanish Riding School.

In the afternoon, explore Vienna at your leisure, making sure to sample some Viennese coffee and pastries.

 

DAY 6 / DÜRNSTEIN / MELK 

After arriving in the Wachau Valley in the early morning, choose from three tour options: a walking tour along Dürnstein’s cobblestone streets followed by a wine tasting, a hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held for ransom, or a tasting of regional apricots and sweets.

After lunch, relax on board during a scenic cruise through the verdant Wachau Valley, or join a guided bike tour along the Danube to Melk. In the late afternoon your ship arrives in Melk, one of Europe’s most renowned spiritual and cultural heritage sites, where you will tour the magnificent 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest Baroque monasteries and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, see the famous library that inspired novelist Umberto Eco to write The Name of the Rose. Afterwards, you’ll have free time to explore Melk’s streets at your leisure.

 

DAY 7 / PASSAU 

Arrive in picturesque Passau. A fairy-tale city founded more than two millennia ago, Passau is known for its fortifications and town squares, including Rathaus, Domplatz and Residenzplatz, as well as St. Stephen’s Cathedral, home to Europe’s largest pipe organ. Explore this fascinating city on a walking tour, guided bike ride or on a hike up to the Veste Oberhaus Fortress. The ship cruises overnight.

 

DAY 8 / REGENSBURG 

This afternoon, the ship arrives in Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, choose between one of three tours. Your first option is a guided walking tour of the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Your second option is an opportunity to sample some of the city’s most renowned specialties—sausage, beer, and pretzels. Finally, your third option is a guided bike tour from Regensburg to Walhalla, featuring breathtaking views of the Danube Valley.

 

DAY 9 / NUREMBERG 

Enjoy spectacular scenery as the ship crosses the Continental Divide via the Main-Danube Canal, floating through the Altmühl Valley. Upon arrival in Nuremberg, choose between three activities. Take a tour of the city’s medieval highlights, including Nuremberg Castle, the 900-year-old ramparts surrounding the city, Town Hall, Notre Dame, and the house of artist Albrecht Dürer. Or, join a WWII tour and see the Coliseum, Nazi Parade Grounds, and the Justice Palace courtroom where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. Alternatively, you might choose to savour traditional flavors on a tasting featuring Franconian Specialties such as the famous Nuremburger Bratwurst, Rotbier, and Lebkuchen. Mooring overnight in Nuremberg.

 

DAY 10 / NUREMBERG / DISEMBARKATION / PILZEN / PRAGUE 

Bid farewell to your ship in Nuremberg after breakfast* and continue via motorcoach, enjoying a stop in Pilzen, a city best known for its Pilsner beer, a pale gold-hued lager. You’ll have free time to explore this charming town before eating lunch on your own and continuing on to Prague, where you’ll check in to your hotel.

 

DAY 11 / PRAGUE 

This morning, choose between a city tour and a hike, both of which will reveal why Prague is considered one of Europe’s most attractive cities, with a historic city centre that has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll see Rudolfinum, the National Museum, Wenceslas Square and the Hundertwasser Dancing House. Next, visit the thousand-year-old Prague Castle and the Gothic-style St. Vitus Cathedral before walking over the romantic Charles Bridge to the Old Market Square, where you’ll find the capital’s famous Astronomical Clock, Tyn Church, and the statue of Jan Husek. The rest of the day is yours to discover this storied city.

 

DAY 12 / PRAGUE 

Spend a day at your leisure in the historical capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia—stroll through one of Prague’s many museums or galleries, wander along the banks of the Vltava River, visit a local artisan market to shop for handicrafts, or tour one of the city’s famous breweries and sample the beer.

 

DAY 13 / PRAGUE 

Bid farewell to Prague as you prepare for the next step of your journey.

*Note: For cruise-only guests, the program begins with embarkation in Budapest and ends following disembarkation in Nuremberg.

Dates & Prices

 Itinerary Start Date Embark Date  Ship name  Route (Start/Embark/End Locations) # of Nights (Cruise, Cruise + Land) Category – Cruise & Land Pricing PP
E D C B A A+ Suite
11/04/2017 13/04/2017 MS AmaDante Budapest/Budapest/Prague 10, 12 $5,460 $5,840 $6,590 $6,840 $6,960 $8,210 $8,460
06/06/2017 08/06/2017 MS AmaDante Budapest/Budapest/Prague 10, 12 $6,090 $6,460 $7,210 $7,460 $7,590 $8,840 $9,090
15/08/2017 17/08/2017 MS AmaDante Budapest/Budapest/Prague 10, 12 $6,090 $6,460 $7,210 $7,460 $7,590 $8,840 $9,090
12/09/2017 14/09/2017 MS AmaDante Budapest/Budapest/Prague 10, 12 $6,340 $6,710 $7,460 $7,710 $7,840 $9,090 $9,340
10/10/2017 12/10/2017 MS AmaDante Budapest/Budapest/Prague 10, 12 $6,090 $6,460 $7,210 $7,460 $7,590 $8,840 $9,090

 

Itinerary Code (Name of Itinerary)  Itinerary Start Date Embark Date  Ship name  Route (Start/Embark/End Locations) # of Nights (Cruise, Cruise + Land) Category – Cruise & Land Pricing PP
E D C BB BA AB AA AA+ Suite
RREU-19
(Blue Danube)
13/05/2017 15/05/2017 MS AmaCerto Budapest/Budapest/Prague 10, 12 $6,090 $6,460 $7,210 $7,840 $8,090 $8,340 $8,590 $9,340 $10,090
20/05/2017 22/05/2017 MS AmaSerena Budapest/Budapest/Prague 10, 12 $6,090 $6,460 $7,210 $7,840 $8,090 $8,340 $8,590 $9,340 $10,090
10/06/2017 12/06/2017 MS AmaCerto Budapest/Budapest/Prague 10, 12 $6,090 $6,460 $7,210 $7,840 $8,090 $8,340 $8,590 $9,340 $10,090
29/07/2017 31/07/2017 MS AmaSerena Budapest/Budapest/Prague 10, 12 $5,960 $6,340 $7,090 $7,710 $7,960 $8,210 $8,460 $9,210 $9,960
26/08/2017 28/08/2017 MS AmaSerena Budapest/Budapest/Prague 10, 12 $6,210 $6,590 $7,340 $7,960 $8,210 $8,460 $8,710 $9,460 $10,210
07/10/2017 09/10/2017 MS AmaSerena Budapest/Budapest/Prague 10, 12 $6,210 $6,590 $7,340 $7,960 $8,210 $8,460 $8,710 $9,460 $10,210

RREU-19 Single Supplement:

  • Cruise Portion: 50% of twin price; A+, AA+ and Suites are 100% of twin price
  • Land Portion: $1,000 PP

Inclusions

  • 2 nights hotel in Budapest at the Sofitel Chain Bridge (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • Transfer from the hotel to the ship in Budapest
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom – most staterooms offer French balconies or revolutionary twin balconies
  • Shore excursions in every port with personal headset included
  • Limited Edition Tours
  • Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library and English language TV stations
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
  • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Multiple dining venues
  • Unlimited red and white wines from Europe’s great wine regions, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Transfer from ship to hotel in Prague
  • 3 nights hotel in Prague at the InterContinental or Hilton Old Town (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
  • Bicycles to explore on your own and guided bicycle tours
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from AmaWaterways
  • All local taxes

Ship Details

MS AmaSerena

BuiltLengthDecksCabinsPassengersCabin Size
2015135m48216419.5 - 28m²More Details

MS AmaDante

BuiltLengthDecksCabinsPassengersCabin Size
2008110m47414616 - 24m²More Details

MS AmaCerto

BuiltLengthDecksCabinsPassengersCabin Size
2012135m48216419.5 - 28m²More Details

Travel Tips

The Danube

Travel Documents / Visas

1. Passport

Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the last date of travel to enter European Union (EU) countries which include all destinations on this itinerary.

Citizens of other countries should consult with their travel agent or our office.

2. Visa

No visa is required for citizens of Canada travelling to any country on the Danube itinerary.

 

Packing List

A handy checklist of what to bring on your trip can be downloaded here.

 

Insurance

We very strongly recommend the purchase of appropriate travel insurance for any trip outside of Canada. Information on travel insurance options can be found here.

           

Smoking

Not permitted anywhere indoors. There are designated areas on the outside decks.

 

Weather

The weather will vary somewhat depending what part of the Danube you are travelling on.

In the early spring (March-April), the weather will likely be in the 10s but some cooler evenings may be expected. Occasional rain is normal.

In May, June and September, temperatures will typically be in the low 20s during the day and in the high 10s during the night time.

In July and August, temperatures are usually in the mid 20s but could range up to the high 20s or low 30s. Evenings typically in the low 20s.

In November and December the temperatures will typically be in the low 10s during the day and in the 0s (but usually above freezing) during the night.

 

 

Arrival / Departure

Upon booking, we will provide detail instructions on how to meet your ship on embarkation day. If you have not made any pre or post tour arrangements with us, you will have to arrange your own transportation to and from the port of embarkation. We are happy to provide advice or to assist in arranging transfers.

The ship will not be ready for check-in before mid-afternoon. If you have luggage that you need to deposit so you can enjoy some free time in port, the purser may be able to accommodate you provided we know in advance.

The cruise will finish in the morning (usually around 9am) on the final day. It is necessary to have settled your onboard account and to have disembarked by this time as instructed by the cruise director on the day before.

 

Money

The currency in Germany, Slovakia and Austria is the EURO. In Czech Republic, the Czech Crown or Kronor is used (CZK), although many shops will accept Euros. In Hungary the local currency is the Hungarian Forint (HUF) and similarly, many shops will accept Euros.

Credit cards are acceptable for larger purchases in retail shops, but often not in restaurants or cafés.

ATM’s accepting most international debit and credit cards can be found in abundance.

Gratuities (Tipping)

Gratuities suggested by the cruise line are:

EUR 3.00 per guest per day for the cruise director

EUR 12.00 per guest per day to be divided amongst the entire crew.

Laundry

Laundry service is available onboard at a nominal additional cost. Unfortunately dry cleaning services are not available.

 

Excursions

Most of our programs include a full complement of excursions. Some additional excursions may be available on board at an extra cost. Please check with us or consult the purser onboard for additional information.

Excursions will usually involve a lot of walking, often on cobblestone streets. If you have difficulty walking any distance, please let us know in advance and we will advise how best we can accommodate you.

Regrettably, most of our excursions are not suitable for those in a wheelchair.

 

Activity Level / Strenuousness

Light – At most, participation in the shore excursions requires the ability to walk reasonable distances and some stairs.

Food

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included in your cruise fare so you shouldn’t be too hungry. It is worthwhile to sample the local cuisine, though.

In Prague, depending on the time of year, local kiosks on the main squares will offer delights such as ‘Trdelnik’, a tube-shaped sweet pastry with various fillings. You may also wish to give the Prague Ham a try, which is a very tasty variation of black forest ham. If you do get the chance for a full meal, roast duck, red cabbage and dumplings is probably one of the most typical Czech meals.

In Germany, particularly in Nuremberg, try the ‘Lebkuchen’ (gingerbread) which is absolutely delicious. A fast food favourite in the whole country is the famous ‘Currywurst’ which is a sausage served with a curry mustard sauce.

Austria is of course famous for its pastries, particularly in the coffee shops of Vienna. You can’t not try a ‘Sachertorte’ (chocolate cake with apricot jam). The home of the ‘Wiener Schnitzel’ is also here with the original version being a breaded veal cutlet and the more common version being made with pork.

Hungary is known for its delectable ‘Gulasch’ soup, made usually with beef chunks. ‘Letscho’, a zesty red sauce with sweet peppers is another favourite, often served with shishkebabs and on a bed of rice.

Language

Your shipboard staff all speak English of course, but when you are wandering through the shops in small villages, the local folk may not speak so much English, particularly in the former eastern European states (i.e. Hungary, Czech Republic, Croatia, Serbia etc.) A phrasebook or translation app would come in very handy.

Medical Facilities

There are no medical personnel onboard the ship. However, the purser can contact onshore medical people for emergency and non-emergency situations and rapid evacuation can easily be facilitated in the most urgent cases.

Phone & Internet

There is a phone in each cabin. As is typical, the charges for overseas calls are relatively high.

Free Wi-Fi is available in the main public areas of the ship but not necessarily in all cabins. As internet is provided through a mobile network, bandwidth (speed) will vary depending on the number of concurrent users, the proximity to a cell tower and other factors.

If you would like to have regular data and phone connection, we suggest either arranging an overseas roaming plan with your mobile operator, or pick up a local SIM card if you have an unlocked phone.

 

Health / Vaccinations

There are no vaccinations required to travel to the EU. As always, we recommend being in good health prior to any long distance travel. Consult your physician with any specific concerns in regard to this program.

Safety & Security

Despite recent events in Europe, these countries are all extremely safe. Particularly the small cities and towns on this voyage, you should have nothing to be concerned about. This being said, being constantly aware of your surroundings and not taking unnecessary valuables with you is always recommended. Leave your passport, extra money and any other belongings you do not need during the day in the safe in your cabin.

You can access current information about the security situation in Europe by referring to the Canadian government travel advisory site at https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/

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