Framed by rolling hillsides, lush vineyards, and medieval castles, the Danube River has captivated musicians, artists and poets throughout the centuries. Travel to legendary destinations on a 7-night cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest. Explore a 2,000 year-old city, savour Wachau Valley wines, and experience the timeless beauty and fascinating history of Vienna and Budapest.
Embark your cruise in Vilshofen. This evening meet your fellow guests on board.
Day 2 - Vilshofen to 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.
Day 3 - Linz, Austria
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 centre, 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 Linz’s 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. During the afternoon, you have three more options of excursions. Choose a half-day in Salzburg or take a scenic drive through the beautiful Austrian Lake District with a stop in St. Wolfgang. You can also choose to visit the charming mountain town, Český Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border
Day 4 - Weissenkirchen
Cruise to Weissenkirchen, gateway to Dürnstein located in the heart of the Wachau Valley. Once here, you can choose to join a walking tour in Dürnstein along its cobblestone streets to the Baroque Stiftskirche, Dürnstein’s famed church tower, 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. 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 Grüner Veltliner in Weissenkirchen.
Day 5 - Vienna
The “City of Waltzes” offers a treasure trove of gems and you have three ways to discover them. Join a city tour showcasing its regal splendours, including the majestic Opera House, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna’s historic city centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For a more active exploration of the area, 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
Day 6 - 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 culinary host to sample traditional Slovakian specialties, as well as learn how to prepare stuffed potato ravioli with an opportunity to taste your own creation. For a more active adventure, hike up to Bratislava Castle, offering magnificent views of the city.
*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. *Please Note: Wine Cruise itineraries are modified and will not visit Bratislava. Instead of visiting Bratislava, guests will enjoy visiting the charming winemaking town of Gobelsberg.
Day 7 - Budapest, Hungary
Experience Budapest in one of two ways: on a city tour or a hike. Your city tour begins with a visit to the vibrant Great Market Hall brimming with vendors selling everything from food to souvenirs. The remainder of this tour takes you to both the Buda (hilly) and Pest (flat) sides of the river. As an alternative choice, hike up to Castle Hill for breathtaking views of the city below. Spend your last evening on board cruising around the famed Parliament Building as the city turns on all her dazzling lights.
Day 8 - Disembarkation - Depart Budapest
Disembark the ship and prepare for your homeward flight.
Discover one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities, Regensburg on a guided walking tour. Continue your journey to Prague, where you will enjoy a city tour or a castle hike. Both will reveal why Prague is considered one of Europe’s most attractive cities, with a historic centre that’s recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beer has a long and illustrious history in the Czech Republic, so end your European journey with a tasting of some the very best beer in the world. Transfer from Prague to Regensburg for a city tour before travelling on to Vilshofen to embark your cruise.
Intercontinental Hotel (or similar) on Bed & Breakfast Basis Prices from £592 per person
Explore Munich, the Capital of Bavaria and one of Germany’s largest cities. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town, ending at the famous Glockenspiel, with its 43 bells and 32 life size figures that portray historic scenes, such as a wedding celebration. You will also discover Frauenkirche, the “Cathedral of our Dear Lady”. Later in the day, do like the Bavarians do and go to the Hofbrauhaus for the famous beer and pretzels. This is the cradle of Bavarian culture, and the origin of tradition, “gemutlichkeit” and hospitality.
You will stay in the 5* Hotel Bayerischer Hof on Bed & Breakfast. Prices from £521 per person.
AmaLea, launching in 2018 and like her sister ship, the 156 passenger AmaKristina, is inspired by luxury yachts and designed specifically to maximize the enjoyment of every guest by providing a distinctive river cruise experience. AmaLea offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a massage and hair salon, gift shop and specialty coffee station. Enjoy a dip in the heated pool on the Sun Deck, as well as a drink from the swim-up bar. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you’ll be treated to exceptional, locally-inspired cuisine always paired with unlimited wine, as well as beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. You’ll also relish a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table speciality restaurant, featuring an exquisite tasting menu prepared right before your eyes. With a walking track on the Sun Deck, a fitness room and a fleet of onboard bicycles to use on your own or on one of the many guided bike tours, as well as healthy menu choices, you’ll have everything needed to stay active and healthy while sailing Europe’s great rivers.
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.
The AmaMagna was launched in May 2019 and sails on The Danube. As imagined by AmaWaterways co-owner and president, Rudi Schreiner, the “godfather of river cruising,” the AmaMagna which has been years in the making and represents a new concept specifically designed to elevate river cruising to a new level.
AmaMagna offers the luxury of more space than ever before, double the width of a normal European river cruise ship, which means enticing new ways for every traveller to enjoy the journey, including water sports. Both a sun deck pool and whirlpool give guests the option of taking a refreshing dip or a soothing one while enjoying the views.
There are lots of things included and to do on the AmaMagna. With a complimentary fleet of bicycles—and helmets—on board, guests have the opportunity to explore on guided bike tours, or discover a new path all on their own. Guided hiking tours also offer active ways to see grand cities and villages from a different perspective. Savour fresh, locally inspired and masterfully prepared cuisine. Choose from an al fresco dining area, wine bar and alternative restaurant in addition to The Chef’s Table and two-level main dining room. Delight in AmaWaterways’ already popular nightly performances that highlight local musicians and dancers, bringing the culture and flavor of Europe to life—plus, choose from even more enticing ways to enjoy your evening after the sun sets. The AmaMagna is truly a unique river ship sailing on the Danube.
The AmaMagna features 98 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms and suites range in size from 205-710 sq. ft. Select staterooms can become adjoining by request, and some offer triple and quad occupancy to accommodate the needs of families. 16 Cabins are available as interconnecting also. 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.
|Dec 25||AmaSerena||Vilshofen||Cabin Upgrades|
|Cat E||Lower Deck||160 ft², Fixed Windows||£2584|
|Cat D||Lower Deck||160 ft², Fixed Windows||£2805|
|Cat C||Middle Deck||170 ft², French Balcony||£3324|
|Cat BB||Middle Deck||210 ft², Twin Balcony||£3694|
|Cat BA||Upper Deck||210 ft², Twin Balcony||£3843|
|Cat AB||Middle Deck||235 ft², Twin Balcony||£3991|
|Cat AA||Upper Deck||235 ft², Twin Balcony||£4139|
|Suite||Upper Deck||300 ft², Twin Balcony||£5102|
|Dec 27||AmaMagna||Vilshofen||Cabin Upgrades|
|Cat E||Lower Deck||205 ft², Fixed Windows||£2732|
|Cat D||Lower Deck||205 ft², Fixed Windows||£3102|
|Cat AB||Middle Deck||252 ft², Outside Balcony||£4139|
|Cat AA||Upper Deck||252 ft², Outside Balcony||£4287|
|Cat SB||Middle Deck||355 ft², Outside Balcony||£4953|
|Cat SA||Upper Deck||355 ft², Outside Balcony||£5250|
|Cat GS||Upper Deck||474 ft², Outside Balcony||£7916|
|Cat OS||Upper Deck||710 ft², Outside Balcony||£10139|
Enquire now about this cruise & speak to one of our friendly river cruising team on 0800 471 4754.
AmaWaterways offer a 3 night extension in Prague or Munich to complement this cruise. Extensions are offered in centrally located hotels on a B & B basis and include tours and transfers to the ship. Please call for further details.