Melodies of the Danube Wine Cruise AMAWaterways Aug 3-10-2018

Melodies of the Danube Wine Cruise

August 3-10,2018 aboard AmaSerena
CRUISE FROM : BUDAPEST TO VILSHOFEN
COUNTRIES: AUSTRIA, GERMANY, HUNGARY

From $2549.00 plus port tax, per person based on double occ.

Immerse yourself in the many flavors of Europe on one of our unique Wine Cruises, which let you add a unique, epicurean dimension to one of our European itineraries. Like our standard river cruises, guests have the opportunity to join tours that highlight the famous sights in each port of call. These special itineraries, however, offer guests a perfect blend of wine-related experiences and excursions in grand capitals and charming towns. You’ll taste local cuisine, discover how wine is made and, of course, partake in tastings — all at no additional cost. Whether you have a seasoned appreciation for fine wine, or simply indulge in a sip here and there, this is a wonderful way to uncork the traditions of the local culture and learn about the region you’re visiting.

Included:
Spacious Staterooms

  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom
    (most with twin balconies)
  • Computer for internet access
  • Entertainment on Demand system featuring, movies, TV shows,
    news and music
  • Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily

An Array of Amenities

  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager
    during both cruise and land programs
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
  • Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances

Award-Winning Dining

  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
  • La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge

Itinerary:

Day 1 EMBARKATION – BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Day 2 BUDAPEST
Day 3 VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Day 4 VIENNA-KREMS
Day 5 WEISSENKIRCHEN – EMMERSDORF – GREIN
Day 6 LINZ
Day 7 PASSAU, GERMANY – VILSHOFEN
Day 8 VILSHOFEN – DISEMBARKATION

DAY 1 ARRIVE IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – EMBARKATION

Arrive in Budapest and board your luxurious river cruise ship. You will meet your fellow passengers at an evening Welcome Aboard Wine Toast. (D)

DAY 2 BUDAPEST
Your morning excursion includes sightseeing in the cities of Buda and Pest spread over both banks of the river. You will see famed Heroes’ Square and Castle Hill, home to Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church and spectacular views of the Danube. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 VIENNA, AUSTRIA
This morning, you will have a chance to savor the Baroque elegance of romantic Vienna through your choice of one of three different excursions. The first option is a panoramic tour of Vienna that guides you past the majestic Opera House, the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburg Emperors, Parliament, Town Hall and Vienna University. Afterwards, you will visit Vienna’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Graben and the world famous Spanish Riding School. The second option is a walking tour of Vienna’s hidden treasures that takes you to secret places and sights like Ankeruhr, a whimsical Art Nouveau clock. Your third option is a guided bike tour along the Danube and through the Donaupark.
After dinner enjoy an excursion to a rustic wine tavern to listen to folk music and sample newly pressed locally grown wine. (B,L,D)

DAY 4 VIENNA – KREMS
Spend a free morning in Vienna before enjoying a scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley en route to Krems, wine capital of this region. During your scenic cruise you will be treated to an onboard wine lecture and tasting. Later this evening, you will discover that Krems offers a rich array of wine-related history and culture. After a light buffet dinner on board, head to a
Wachau winery for drinks and hors d’oeuvres. The ship overnights in Krems. (B,L,D)

DAY 5 WEISSENKIRCHEN – EMMERSDORF – GREIN
After reaching the Wachau Valley early this morning, you will have three tour options: A walking tour along Dürnstein’s
cobblestone streets followed by a wine tasting, a hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held for
ransom, or an Apricots and Sweets tasting. Return to the ship and continue onwards cruising through the gorgeous scenery of the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon you will visit the spectacular Benedictine Abbey in Melk, 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. Tonight the ship arrives in Grein, where you may enjoy some free time to explore this charming town. (B,L,D)

DAY 6 LINZ
The ship arrives this morning in Linz. Enjoy a walking tour of the second largest city in Austria or choose a guided bike tour that will show you around the Old City Center, along the Danube River, and past the ultra-modern Ars Electronica Center. Later, you will have a choice of three different excursions. The first option 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.” 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
option is a visit to the Austrian Lake District, the scenic Salzkammergut region. All three options are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Tonight, you’ll savor a fabulous Chaîne Des Rôtisseurs Dinner complete with wine pairing. (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 squares like Rathaus, Domplatz and Residenzplatz, as well as St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Guests looking for a more active morning can choose between a guided bike tour along the Danube from Passau to Erlau, or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus
fortress overlooking Passau. This afternoon, the ship cruises to the medieval town of Vilshofen, where you will enjoy a festive Oktoberfest celebration with local beer and Bavarian folk music and dancing. (B,L,D)

DAY 8 VILSHOFEN – DISEMBARKATION
This morning, disembark your ship in Vilshofen. (B)

Deposit due at time of booking: $400 per person | Balance due May 5, 2018