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Romantic Danube: Munich to Budapest by River Cruise

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 5,006

Discover the romance of Old World Europe on this river cruise from Munich to Budapest. Unlock the beauty of Austria’s Lake District, tour the historical centres of Salzburg and Vienna, enjoy the charms of little-seen Bratislava in Slovakia, and end your tour exploring the imperial landmarks of Budapest.


This 11-day European river cruise takes you along the Danube from Munich to Vienna and Budapest. It features deluxe accommodations, shared tours, and is a great way to explore several Central European cities on one convenient itinerary.

Your journey begins in Munich, one of Germany’s largest cities and the centre of Bavaria. You’ll have one night in Munich to explore the lovely old town with its wooden-trimmed buildings and see the Old and New City Halls of Marienplatz. The next day, you’ll board the AmaSonata and begin your journey down the Danube. The AmaSonata is a 5-star river vessel that provides comfortable accommodations, most with twin balconies. Relax on the sun deck, enjoy cocktails in the main lounge, and dine on multi-course 5-star cuisine in the Chef’s Table restaurant. First stop on your Danube cruise is Vilshofen, where you’ll see the Baroque tower in the centre of town, before you continue on to Passau, the City of Three Rivers. Hike up to the Veste Oberhaus, a massive fortress that overlooks the city, or head on a bike ride along the riverside.

Pass into Austria and spend a full day in Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and one of the world’s foremost musical centres. On your tour, you’ll visit Mirabell Palace, with its opulent gardens, Residenzplatz, the central square, and the old shopping streets. Alternatively, you can tour the city of Linz and visit nearby Cesky Krumlov over the Czech border. Continue along the river and pass through the Strudengau and Wachau Valleys on route to Weissenkirchen, the gateway to Durnstein. You can head on a walking tour of Durnstein to see the Baroque Stiftskirche and visit the Benedictine Abbey of nearby Melk. If you’re feeling active, instead visit the hillside fortress where Richard the Lionheart was held captive during the Middle Ages. That evening, enjoy a wine tasting in Weissenkirchen, trying local vintages of Riesling and Gruner Veltiner.

Reach Vienna, the capital of Austria, and spend a day exploring the treasures of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. You’ll visit the famous Opera House and the former Imperial Palace, and have the chance to go on a bike ride throughout the city. In the afternoon, visit the sites you missed in the morning, paying particular attention to the wealth of good art museums. Connect into nearby Slovakia and reach Bratislava, where 11 of the kings and queens of the Austro-Hungarian Empire were crowned. Head on a walking tour of this small, but lovely capital, either focusing on Slovakian specialties on a food tour or heading up to Bratislava Castle for views over the river.

The final stop on your Danube cruise is Budapest, the capital of Hungary and former co-capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Head on a quick city tour that takes in the Great Market Hall and the centerpieces of both Buda and Pest, including the Chain Bridge that connects the two. You’ll then disembark and spend a couple more nights in Budapest in the centre of Pest, conveniently located near the National Museum and the trendy Jewish Quarter. While in Budapest, you’ll head on a grand city tour by bus, passing by Heroes’ Square, the Royal Palace, and the stunning Hungarian Parliament Building, the largest in Europe. You’ll also have a chance to see Fisherman’s Bastion and visit Gellert Hill in Buda.

At the end of your stay, connect to the airport to return back home.


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 5,006

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Day 1

Munich Airport to Hotels

Duration1 Hour

Hotel Torbraeu

Established in 1490, the Hotel Torbraeu is situated in the heart of Munich. All the main attractions of Munich are within a short walking distance, such as St. Peter's Church, the 15th century Frauenkirche Cathedral and Hofbrauhaus (the world-famous Beer Hall). It is also easy to reach Isator S-Bahn (metro station), which is only 100m away from the hotel. Also nearby are Marienplatz, Viktualienmarkt. and New Town Hall - Glockenspiel. This smoke-free hotel features a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a coffee shop/cafe. Wi-Fi in public areas is free.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Torbraeu

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    Hotel Torbraeu



    Established in 1490, the Hotel Torbraeu is situated in the heart of Munich. All the main attractions of Munich are within a short walking distance, such as St. Peter's Church, the 15th century Frauenkirche Cathedral and Hofbrauhaus (the world-famous Beer Hall). It is also easy ...

    Established in 1490, the Hotel Torbraeu is situated in the heart of Munich. All the main attractions of Munich are within a short walking distance, such as St. Peter's Church, the 15th century Frauenkirche Cathedral and Hofbrauhaus (the world-famous Beer Hall). It is also easy to reach Isator S-Bahn (metro station), which is only 100m away from the hotel. Also nearby are Marienplatz, Viktualienmarkt. and New Town Hall - Glockenspiel. This smoke-free hotel features a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a coffee shop/cafe. Wi-Fi in public areas is free.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Coffee/Tea
    • Concierge
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Lounge Bar
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service Limited Hours
    • Smoke Free Hotel

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Day 2

Embarkation - Vilshofen, Germany

Embark your cruise in Vilshofen. This evening meet your fellow passengers on board

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration7 Nights
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AmaSonata

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    AmaSonata


    Introduced in 2014, the AmaSonata sings her melodious tune down Europe's great rivers. Most accommodations have twin balconies, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish, along with amenities like Entertainment-On-Demand, high-speed Internet access and English-language TV stations. A soft color palette in ...

    Introduced in 2014, the AmaSonata sings her melodious tune down Europe's great rivers. Most accommodations have twin balconies, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish, along with amenities like Entertainment-On-Demand, high-speed Internet access and English-language TV stations. A soft color palette in each stateroom calms the mind for relaxation, but when you're ready to get active, head to the fitness center or up to the Sun Deck to the heated pool. Crisp white tablecloths and napkins grace the tables in the subdued Main Dining Room, while The Chef's Table specialty restaurant highlights its 5-star multi-course cuisine with gold-hued tones and a twinkling overhead centerpiece. With a stunning Main Lounge, tranquil library, Sun Deck walking track, massage and hair salon, and gift shop, you'll never find a dull moment--and will sing AmaSonata's praises while sailing on board.

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Day 3

Vilshofen - Passau

Explore Vilshofen's beautiful old town before cruising to Passau, known as the "City of Three Rivers." Join a walking tour or if you prefer to be more active, hike high into the hills for a visit to the "Veste Oberhaus," Passau's Castle Hill; or go on a Danube bike tour.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Linz, Austria

Opt for a full-day excursion to Salzburg where you'll tour the historic center, Mirabell Gardens, Residenz Square and the Old Market. Stop at Mondsee's Basilica St. Michael, the site of the wedding scene in The Sound of Music. Alternatively, join a morning walking tour through Linz's old city center and by the Mozart House; or bike along the city's famed "Culture Mile" and the Danube. During the afternoon, visit the charming Czech mountain town, Cesky Krumlov.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Weissenkirchen

Cruise through the Strudengau and Wachau valleys to Weissenkirchen, gateway to Durnstein. Once here, you can choose to join a walking tour in Durnstein along its cobblestone streets to the Baroque Stiftskirche, and then visit Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey. For the more active adventurer, you can opt to hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held, or take a bike ride along the Danube through the Wachau Valley. As an alternative excursion, visit a local apricot grower, where you'll enjoy the region's finest apricot treats.

Later in the evening, enjoy a special wine tasting of locally grown, world-renowned Riesling and Gruner Veltliner in Weissenkirchen.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Vienna

The "City of Waltzes" offers a treasure trove of gems and your city tour showcases them, including the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace. Your tour concludes in the historic city center with a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral. Or if you prefer a more active tour, take a guided bike ride through Vienna. During the afternoon, enjoy leisure time to further explore this iconic city.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Bratislava, Slovakia

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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Budapest, Hungary

Your city tour begins at Budapest's Great Market Hall, where you'll discover plenty of delicious food and shopping. Afterwards, you'll visit both the Buda (hilly) and Pest (flat) sides of the Danube River. You'll see the 19th-century Chain Bridge, which connects the Buda district with Pest; and the UNESCO-designated Castle Hill district, which contains some of Budapest's most important medieval monuments and museums. As an alternative choice, you can hike up to Castle Hill for breathtaking views of the city below.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Budapest - Disembarkation

Disembark the ship as you prepare for your flight home.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Budapest Port/Pier to Hotel in Budapest

Duration30 Minutes

Museum Hotel

The property is centrally located, close to the National Museum, Vaci Street, St. Steven's Basilica and the Jewish Synagogue.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Museum Hotel

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    Museum Hotel



    The property is centrally located, close to the National Museum, Vaci Street, St. Steven's Basilica and the Jewish Synagogue.

    The property is centrally located, close to the National Museum, Vaci Street, St. Steven's Basilica and the Jewish Synagogue.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Airport Shuttle (Surcharge)
    • Babysitting Services
    • Bar
    • Car Hire
    • Free WiFi
    • Ironing Service
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Luggage Storage
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Newspapers
    • Non Smoking Rooms
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Sauna
    • Shoeshine

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Day 10

Grand City Tour

Are you ready to discover Budapest? We are prepared to show you the Hungarian capital in 3 hours so get ready to engage by this city. The Heroes Square, the State Opera House, the Hungarian Parliament, the Royal Palace and the Citadel (photostop) cannot wait for you to see them. The buses are air-conditioned and they all have a live guided. During the Grand City Tour you will also go on a walk in the Castle District to enjoy its unique medieval atmosphere. The tour ends in the city center.

Sights Include: Parliament, Margaret-Bridge (Margaret-Island), Royal Castle on the Buda side, Fishermen's Bastion (Castle Walk), Matthias Church, Gellert Hill (Photostop), Heroes' Square, the Opera, and St. Stephen's Basilica.

Duration3 Hours
Day 11

Budapest Hotel to Budapest Airport

Duration30 Minutes

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DEPARTURES:

2020:
AMASonata: Mar 26; May 8, 22; Jun 4, 18; Jul 2, 16, 20; Aug 13, 27; Nov 5, 19
AMACerto: Apr 11; May 9; Jun 6; Aug 29; Sep 26; Oct 24
AMAPrima: Jun 20; Jul 4, 18; Aug 15; Sep 12; Oct 10; Nov 7
AMASerena: May 28; Jun 11, 25; Jul 9, 23; Aug 20; Sep 17; Oct 15; Nov 12; Dec 24

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Transfers between Munich airports and hotels
  • 1 night First Class accommodation is Munich
  • Transfers between pier, Hotel and airport in Budapest
  • 2 nights First Class accommodation in Budapest
  • Half day Grans City tour of Budapest
  • 7 nights AMA river cruise in select stateroom including;
    • Personalized service from a Cruise Manager throughout sailing
    • All meals onboard (breakfast, lunch, dinner) including a Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Cocktail and Gala Dinner
    • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
    • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
    • Sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
    • Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
    • Tapas, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
    • Selection of guided day trips daily
    • Port charges

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Transfer from Munich to Vilshofen
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Food and beverages not mentioned in itinerary
  • Tips and Gratuities and items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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26 Mar 2020
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