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Melodies of the Danube

From £1,810 pp

Journey along the Danube and see first hand why this storied river has inspired generations of artists, poets and musicians. Indulge your passion for timeless architecture and art in three magnificent capitals: Budapest, Bratislava, and Vienna. Let the hills come alive with the sounds of music in Salzburg and the Austrian Lake District. Cruise through the enchanting Strudengau Valley and let the melodies of the Danube carry you from one gem to another on a regal journey through time.

What’s Included:

  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with outside balconies)
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Award-winning onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
  • Sip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • 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
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances
  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
  • Guided hikes, Special Interest Tours
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
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Day 1 - Embarkation Budapest, Hungary

Arrive in Budapest and board your luxurious river cruise ship. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner. Tonight, the ship will sail a special Illuminations Cruise past the capital’s glittering river front

Day 1 - Embarkation Budapest, Hungary

Dinner

Day 2 - Budapest

You cannot help but fall in love with Budapest, known as the “Queen of the Danube” with her distinct blend of medieval and modern beauty. Get to know the city with a tour that begins at the vibrant Great Market Hall packed from floor to ceiling with vendors selling all types of items from food to souvenirs. You’ll then visit the UNESCO-listed Castle Hill district, where you can admire dramatic vistas from 19th-century Fisherman’s Bastion, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Heroes Square, Houses of Parliament and the famous Chain Bridge

Day 2 - Budapest

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Vienna, Austria

Cruise to the “Coronation City of Kings,” where you can join a walking tour or choose to taste local Slovakian specialties and learn how to prepare stuffed potato ravioli. Alternatively, hike up to Bratislava Castle. Later in the day, set sail for Vienna. *Please note: Due to local closures, we will not visit Bratislava during the cruises departing in late October through December. Instead of visiting Bratislava, guests will enjoy visiting the charming winemaking town of Krems.  

Day 3 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Vienna, Austria

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Vienna

The “City of Waltzes” offers a treasure trove of gems and you have two ways to discover them. Join a city tour showcasing its regal splendours, including the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna’s historic city centre and then visiting St. Stephen’s Cathedral. For a more active exploration, take a guided bike ride along the Danube. During the afternoon, you can enjoy leisure time or pedal your way to Klosterneuburg Monastery on a guided cycling tour. Ring in the New Year with AmaWaterways aboard this special cruise. On the night of the 31st celebrate with a lavish dinner, festive decorations, a champagne toast and dancing in the ship’s lounge. Join us for the festivities.

Day 4 - Vienna

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Weissenkirchen - Grein

After reaching Weissenkirchen in the heart of the Wachau Valley, you’ll be treated to several choices of excursions. Discover the best of both Dürnstein and Melk with a walking tour in Dürnstein before visiting the UNESCO-designated Melk Abbey. You can also opt for a walking tour of Weissenkirchen followed by a visit to the abbey. For those who would like a more culinary-focused experience, join a walking tour in Dürnstein and then be treated to a wine tasting hosted by a local vintner as well as a visit to a local boutique where you’ll enjoy a tasting of special apricot treats.  

Day 5 - Weissenkirchen - Grein

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Linz

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 famed Basilica St. Michael and site of the wedding scene in “The Sound of Music.” Alternatively, you can join a morning walking tour through the old city centre and by the Mozart House; or go on a guided bike tour along the city’s famed “Culture Mile” and the Danube.    

Day 6 - Linz

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Passau, Germany - Vilshofen

Discover the 2,000-year-old 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. Guests looking for a more active morning can choose between a guided bike tour along the Danube River, or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus Fortress. Later, the ship cruises to Vilshofen, where you will be treated to a festive Oktoberfest celebration with local beer, Bavarian folk music and dancing—an AmaWaterways exclusive Spend your last evening on board cruising around the famed Parliament Building as the city turns on all her dazzling lights.

Day 7 - Passau, Germany - Vilshofen

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Disembarkation - Depart Vilshofen

Disembark the ship and prepare for your homeward flight.

Breakfast

AmaViola, built in 2016, provides a distinctive river cruise experience, with design inspired by classic ocean yachts, AMAWaterways’ revolutionary Concerto Class vessels provide the most delightful river cruise experience. Accommodating 156 passengers in spacious staterooms, select staterooms can become adjoining by request, and some offer triple occupancy to accommodate the needs of families. many incorporating the exclusive Twin Balcony concept.

Relax in comfortable and inviting public areas or take a dip in the heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a swim-up bar; enjoy Chaine des Rôtisseurs culinary creations in five dining venues.

The ships also features a Fitness Center, Massage, Hair and Beauty salon; complimentary Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies; plus a fleet of bicycles to enhance your river cruise experience.

AMAViola Dining Room

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Multiple outdoor decks offering unimpeded panoramic views
  • Sundecks with lounge chairs and retractable roof
  • Varied fine dining venues
  • Main Lounge with bar, piano and dance floor
  • Wine Bar
  • Heated pool with swim up bar and whirlpool
  • 24-hour specialty coffee and tea station
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the vessel
  • Fitness Room
  • Massage and Hair Salon*
  • Gift Shop and Fireside Library
  • Glass Elevator
  • Walking track
  • Laundry service*
  • * Payable locally.

Accommodation & Amenities

78 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms range in size from 155-235 sq. ft. or indulge even more in one of the 4 suites at 350 sq. ft. Select staterooms can become adjoining by request, and some offer triple occupancy to accommodate the needs of families. Most accommodations have twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.

Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area with sofa and two chairs, and an stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads.

Suite

350 ft² – Violin (Upper) Deck

  • Exclusive Twin Balcony comprising French Balcony & Outside Balcony
  • Expansive bathroom with a bathtub and separate shower with multi-jet showerheads
  • Enhanced sitting area features a sofa and two chairs
  • Mini-bar
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen Televisions with local and satellite channels
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
AmaWaterways AmaViola Suite

Cat. AA + Cat. AB Staterooms

235 ft² -Violin & Cello(Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Exclusive Twin Balcony comprising French Balcony & Outside Balcony
  • Triple occupance available in selected staterooms
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Cat. BA & Cat. BB Staterooms

210 ft² – Violin & Cello (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Exclusive Twin Balcony comprising French Balcony & Outside Balcony
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
AmaStella Cat CB Stateroom

Cat. CA  & Cat. CB Staterooms

CA 170 ft² – Violin & Cello (Upper & Middle) Deck

CB 155 ft² Violin (Upper) Deck

  • Floor to Ceiling French Balcony
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen Televisions with local and satellite channels
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

 

Cat. D & Cat. E Staterooms

160 ft² – Piano (Lower) Deck – Fixed Window

  • Fixed window with river views
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen Televisions with local and satellite channels
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
AmaWaterways AmaViola Cat D
AmaWaterways AmaViola Deck Plan

With design inspired by classic ocean yachts, AMA Waterways’ revolutionary Concerto Class vessels provide the most delightful river cruise experience.  Accommodating 162 passengers in spacious staterooms, many incorporating the exclusive Twin Balcony concept.

Relax in comfortable and inviting public areas or take a dip in the heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a swim-up bar; enjoy Chaîne des Rôtisseurs culinary creations in five dining venues.

The ships also features a Fitness Center, Massage, Hair and Beauty salon; complimentary Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies; plus a fleet of bicycles to enhance your river cruise experience.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Multiple outdoor decks offering unimpeded panoramic views
  • Sundecks with lounge chairs and retractable roof
  • Varied fine dining venues
  • Main Lounge with bar, piano and dance floor
  • Wine Bar
  • Heated pool with swim up bar and whirlpool
  • 24-hour speciality coffee and tea station
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the vessel
  • Fitness Room
  • Massage and Hair Salon*
  • Gift Shop and Fireside Library
  • Glass Elevator
  • Walking track
  • Laundry service*

*Payable locally

Accommodation & Amenities

81 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms and suites range in size from 160-290 sq. ft. or indulge even more in one of the 3 suites at 300 sq. ft. Most accommodations have twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.

Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area with sofa and two chairs, and an stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads.

 

Suite

300 ft² – Violin (Upper) Deck

  • Exclusive Twin Balcony comprising French Balcony & Outside Balcony
  • Expansive bathroom with a bathtub and separate shower with multi-jet showerheads
  • Enhanced sitting area features a sofa and two chairs
  • Mini bar fridge
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
AmaWaterways AmaSonata Suite
AmaWaterways AmaSonata Cat AA

Cat. AA + Cat. AB Staterooms

235 ft² -Violin & Cello (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Exclusive Twin Balcony comprising French Balcony & Outside Balcony
  • Expansive bathroom with a separate shower with multi-jet showerheads
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Cat. BA & Cat. BB Staterooms

210 ft² – Violin & Cello (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Exclusive Twin Balcony comprising French Balcony & Outside Balcony
  • Spacious bathrooms with a separate shower with multi-jet showerheads
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen Televisions with local and satellite channels
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
AmaWaterways AmaSonata Cat BA
AmaWaterways AmaSonata Cat C

Cat. C  Staterooms

170 ft² – Violin & Cello (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Floor to Ceiling French Balcony
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

 

Cat. D & Cat. E Staterooms

160 ft² – Piano (Lower) Deck – Fixed Window

  • Fixed window with river views
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
AmaWaterways AmaSonata Cat D
AmaWaterways AmaSonata Deck Plan
DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Dec 27AmaSonataBudapest£2021SAVE £500Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck160 ft², Fixed WindowsSold  
Cat DLower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£2021 Was £2521 
Cat CMiddle Deck170 ft², French Balcony£2443 Was £2943 
Cat BBMiddle Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£2795 Was £3295 
Cat BAUpper Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£2936 Was £3436 
Cat ABMiddle Deck235 ft², Twin BalconySold  
Cat AAUpper Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£3218 Was £3718 
SuiteUpper Deck300 ft², Twin Balcony£4133 Was £4633 
Dec 29AmaViolaBudapest£2021SAVE £500Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck160 ft², Fixed WindowsSold  
Cat DLower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£2021 Was £2521 
Cat CBMiddle Deck155 ft², French Balcony£2232 Was £2732 
Cat CAMiddle Deck170 ft², French Balcony£2443 Was £2943 
Cat BBMiddle Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£2795 Was £3295 
Cat BAUpper Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£2936 Was £3436 
Cat ABMiddle Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£3077 Was £3577 
Cat AAUpper Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£3218 Was £3718 
SuiteUpper Deck350 ft², Twin Balcony£4133 Was £4633 
DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Dec 25AmaSonataBudapest£1584SAVE £1000Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£1584 Was £2584  
Cat DLower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£1805 Was £2805  
Cat CMiddle Deck170 ft², French Balcony£2324 Was £3324  
Cat BBMiddle Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£2694 Was £3694  
Cat BAUpper Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£2843 Was £3843  
Cat ABMiddle Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£2991 Was £3991  
Cat AAUpper Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£3139 Was £4139  
SuiteUpper Deck300 ft², Twin Balcony£4102 Was £5102  
Dec 26AmaLeaBudapest£1584SAVE £1000Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£1584 Was £2584  
Cat DLower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£1805 Was £2805  
Cat CBMiddle Deck155 ft², French Balcony£2102 Was £3102  
Cat CAMiddle Deck170 ft², French Balcony£2324 Was £3324  
Cat BBMiddle Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£2694 Was £3694  
Cat BAUpper Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£2843 Was £3843  
Cat ABMiddle Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£2991 Was £3991  
Cat AAUpper Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£3139 Was £4139  
SuiteUpper Deck350 ft², Twin Balcony£4102 Was £5102  
Dec 27AmaCertoBudapest£1584SAVE £1000Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£1584 Was £2584  
Cat DLower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£1805 Was £2805  
Cat CMiddle Deck170 ft², French Balcony£2324 Was £3324  
Cat BBMiddle Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£2694 Was £3694  
Cat BAUpper Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£2843 Was £3843  
Cat ABMiddle Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£2991 Was £3991  
Cat AAUpper Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£3139 Was £4139  
SuiteUpper Deck300 ft², Twin Balcony£4102 Was £5102  
Dec 27AmaPrimaBudapest£1584SAVE £1000Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£1584 Was £2584  
Cat DLower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£1805 Was £2805  
Cat CMiddle Deck170 ft², French Balcony£1732 Was £2732  
Cat BBMiddle Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£2694 Was £3694  
Cat BAUpper Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£2843 Was £3843  
Cat ABMiddle Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£2991 Was £3991  
Cat AAUpper Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£3139 Was £4139  
SuiteUpper Deck300 ft², Twin Balcony£4102 Was £5102  
Dec 28AmaViolaBudapest£1584SAVE £1000Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£1584 Was £2584  
Cat DLower Deck160 ft², Fixed Windows£1805 Was £2805  
Cat CBMiddle Deck155 ft², French Balcony£2102 Was £3102  
Cat CAMiddle Deck170 ft², French Balcony£2324 Was £3324  
Cat BBMiddle Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£2694 Was £3694  
Cat BAUpper Deck210 ft², Twin Balcony£2843 Was £3843  
Cat ABMiddle Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£2991 Was £3991  
Cat AAUpper Deck235 ft², Twin Balcony£3139 Was £4139  
SuiteUpper Deck350 ft², Twin Balcony£4102 Was £5102  


Enquire now about this cruise & speak to one of our friendly river cruising team on 0800 471 4754.

Why Choose This Cruise?

AMAWaterways are rated as having the 10 best ships on the rivers by Berlitz river cruise guide. AMA’s included excursions go beyond the ordinary with small group tours exploring the culture and traditions of the places you visit as well as the main sights.  Real destination enrichment and deeper understanding is already included in  the cost of your cruise. A high standard of cuisine is guaranteed due to their membership of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs – a prestigious international culinary society.  Relaxed private dining on board is also available to book during your cruise.

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