AmaWaterways River Cruises
11 Days | Melodies of the Danube with Munich
BUDAPEST TO MUNICH
Day 1 | Budapest, Hungary. Embark. Arrive in Budapest and embark your luxurious river cruise ship. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2 | Budapest. This morning, your sightseeing tour takes you to historic Buda Castle, where you will enjoy a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest. Your tour also includes Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Heroes’ Square and more. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. (B,L,D)
Day 3 | Bratislava, Slovakia. Vienna, Austria. Wake up this morning in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. You have your choice of two tours today. The first option is a walking tour of the city’s top sights, including the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral. As an alternative, choose the “Communist History” tour that includes landmarks such as the Radio Building, Liberty Square and the Soviet War Memorial. Later, you will have some free time before the ship cruises to Vienna, the music capital of the world. After dinner, experience a traditional “Viennese Wine and Music” evening in a rustic wine tavern outside the city, where you can enjoy a glass of newly pressed, locally grown wine and Austrian music and hospitality. (B,L,D)
Day 4 | Vienna. Savor the Baroque elegance of romantic Vienna during your panoramic city tour, which will include the Opera House, the Ringstrasse and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The remainder of the day is at your leisure, perhaps to stroll along the boutique-lined Kärntnerstrasse, sample Vienna’s famous pastries or visit a museum. Or, if you prefer, join an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace. This evening, you will have an opportunity to attend an optional Mozart and Strauss concert. (B,L,D)
Day 5 | Durnstein. Melk. We arrive in Dürnstein this morning, where you will have a walking tour along the town’s cobblestone streets and see the magnificent blue tower of the local Stiftskirche (abbey church). Look for the castle ruins high on a hill where Richard the Lionheart was once held for ransom. Return to the ship and continue onwards to Melk via the gorgeous scenery of the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After the ship arrives in Melk this afternoon, you will visit the spectacular Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest and most revered monasteries and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will see jewel-encrusted crosses containing religious relics, frescoes and richly embroidered vestments, as well as the abbey’s priceless collection of medieval manuscripts. (B,L,D)
Day 6 | Linz. The ship arrives this morning in Linz. Enjoy a walking tour of the second largest city in Austria. Later, you will have a choice of three different excursions. The first option is a visit to the Austrian Lake District, the scenic Salzkammergut region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The second option is an excursion to the Czech town of 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, Mozart’s birthplace, where you will take a walking tour of the historic center made famous by the “Sound of Music.” (B,L,D)
Day 7 | Passau, Germany. Vilshofen. Early this morning, cruise through Upper Austria to Passau in Germany, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. Enjoy a walking tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, cobblestone streets and St. Stephan’s Cathedral. This afternoon, the ship cruises to the medieval town of Vilshofen,where you will enjoy a festive “Oktoberfest” celebration with local food, beer and Bavarian folk music and dancing. (B,L,D)
Day 8 | Vilshofen. Regensburg. Munich. This morning, disembark in Vilshofen and depart for Munich. Stop in Regensburg for a walking tour of one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. You will have some free time afterwards to explore Regensburg’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before continuing your transfer to Munich. Enjoy the scenic countryside en route to your hotel in Germany’s third-largest city. With a history that dates back to the Middle Ages, Munich is an important industrial, educational and cultural center, renowned for its breweries, beer gardens and boisterous Oktoberfest celebrations. (B)
Day 9 | Munich. This morning, enjoy a panoramic tour of Munich followed by a walking tour of the Old Town. You will see such iconic sights as 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 Munich on your own. (B)
Day 10 | Munich. Today, you will visit the stunning Neuschwanstein Castle, inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. This postcard perfect castle, set amidst the Bavarian Alps, was built in the 19th century by “Mad” King Ludwig II of Bavaria as an elaborate homage to composer Richard Wagner. After a tour of the castle, arrive in Füssen, where you will have free time for lunch on your own before returning to Munich. (B)
Day 11 | Munich. Bid farewell to Munich and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change without notice. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the itinerary schedule you receive with your final documents.
11 DAYS | BUDAPEST TO MUNICH
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