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AMADEUS
8 Day Danube Discovery
Seven Included Shore Excursions


All seven tours include use of the wireless audio "Quitevox" system which will enable you to easily hear your guide.

BUDAPEST CITY TOUR
You'll enjoy a half day tour of the city. Budapest — "Queen of the Danube” — ranks among Europe’s most beautiful cities. The Danube runs through the heart of the city, dividing it into the hilly Buda and the flat Pest. During the city tour through Pest you will see the Millennium Monument on Hero's Square which took 30 years of construction to be completed in the form as you can see today. On the way to Buda and Castle Hill, the tour leads past the Opera House and the neo-gothic Parliament, one of the landmarks of the city. From the top of castle hill you have a beautiful view of the Chain bridge, parliament buildings, the Danube and Pest. On Castle Hill, you will tour the interior of Matthias Church with its Romanic roots and its Neo-Gothic facade as well as Fisherman's Bastion (subject to being open for public viewing on that day).

SZENTENDRE TOUR
Szentendre is a riverside town in Pest County, near the capital city Budapest. The city has been the home of many generations of Hungarian artists since the early 20th century. There are many museums and contemporary galleries representing the rich traditions of the visual art. One of the most visited museums of the whole country, the Margit Kovács Museum, is also located here. Especially well worth seeing is the main place Foetér, surrounded by impressive buildings from the time of rococo and baroque. A culinary highlight is perhaps the marzipan museum — "Szabo.” If you’d like to know the exact time, just read the possibly oldest still working sundial. You find it in front of the parish church, which was built in the 13th and 14th century and was dedicated to John, the Baptist. Half day tour.

BRATISLAVA TOUR
On this tour you'll have the chance to get to know the capital of the young Slovakian Republic. Passing by the home of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the old city walls and the summer residence of the archbishop, the current residence of the president of Slovakia, a coach will bring you to the castle of Bratislava high above the city. From the hilltop you can enjoy a beautiful view onto the castle facility. Afterwards, you have the opportunity to participate in a guided walking tour through the restored old town. From Michael's Gate you will leisurely stroll through the historic city centre where you can admire sights such as the Primatial Palace, St. Martin Cathedral, a former coronation cathedral of Hungarian kings, as well as the Academia Ostropolitana, the oldest university of the city which dates back to the 15th century. In addition to numerous palaces, you will also walk past the main square with the old City Hall, the Opera House and Ganymede's Fountain.

VIENNA CITY TOUR
It may take days or maybe weeks to fully discover Vienna. On this tour you will get an overall impression of the most important sights Vienna has to offer. The tour takes you along the Ringstrasse, Schwarzenbergplatz, passing by Charles church (Karlskirche) as well as the stunning opera house. At this time you stop and take a guided tour through the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Later you continue to the famous Hundertwasser House. There you have some free time to visit the building or to do some souvenir shopping. Last stop is the well known and one of kind, St. Stephan’s cathedral, which you can admire from the inside. To round up this excursion you will head back to the vessel along the Danube canal.

MELK ABBEY AND WACHAU VALLEY WITH WINE TASTING EXCURSION
Melk Abbey is an Austrian Benedictine abbey, and one of the world's most famous monastic sites. Today's impressive Baroque abbey was built between 1702and 1736. Particularly noteworthy is the abbey’s church and the impressive library with countless medieval manuscripts and frescos. A guided tour takes you through the abbot’s chambers, along the imperator’s walk, through the marble hall, the balconies and the library. Then, depending on the time of day, there might be an opportunity to hear an organ recital in the abbey church. Continue your tour to Duernstein, one of the best-known wine villages in the Wachau. Situated in the heart of the magnificent valley, on the banks of the mighty river Danube, the charming town offers the unique combination of a breathtaking scenery, traditional architecture, and places of historic interest. A walk through it allows you to appreciate its glorious position. At the end of the tour we invite you for a glass of wine in a local restaurant.

REGENSBURG WALKING TOUR
Regensburg is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Germany, and its historic buildings (about 1,400) are most impressive. The castle-like residences of the wealthy, patrician families with their high towers dominated the townscape of the Middle Ages and still testify the same status today. Among this architectural treasures are cathedrals, churches, monasteries, the town hall, and one of Europe’s oldest bridges that has spanned the Danube since the 12th century. During this walk you will recognize the former power and wealth of this city, which once controlled the trade route to the Orient. During a visit of the Regensburg Cathedral, dedicated to St. Peter, you can admire the emblem of Gothic architecture in southern Germany (visit subject to being open to the public during your tour).

WELTENBURG MONASTERY
A coach will take you to Weltenburg, with a brief detour to the “Hall of Liberation.” It is an historical classical monument upon Mount Michelsberg above the city of Kelheim. It is an impressive marble building fashioned after the Parthenon in Athens. It towers high above the Danube and can be seen from far across the plains.

Afterwards, board an excursion boat, which will take you past the former city of the Wittelsbacher through the nature reserve "Weltenburger Enge” to the Benedictine abbey of Weltenburg. The monastery, founded by Irish or Scottish monks in about 620 AD, is the oldest monastery in Bavaria. After a short tour of the abbey church you can taste the famous dark beer of Weltenburg, which is brewed here in the oldest monastery brewery in the world.

NOTE: Due to local conditions and other factors the above excursions may change or not be offered when you are on your vacation.