7-Nights Danube River Cruise - Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary (East Tour Start)
Adventures by Disney®, sailing with AmaWaterways™, is proud to announce their newest way to travel - one of the grandest, most immersive adventures they’ve ever offered! You can enjoy the excitement and ease of family river cruising to eight unforgettable destinations in four countries - Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. These 8-day/7-night, active vacations are Adventures by Disney® exclusive sailings with AmaWaterways™, a leader in luxury river cruising.
7 nights from $4789 per person
Supplier: Adventures by Disney®
Vienna is dominated by imperial castles and places: Schonbrunn, the magnificent summer residence, the Imperial Coach Collection, the Palm House, the Butterfly House, Belvedere Palace, magnificent state rooms in Hofburg, and the imperial crown in the Treasury. Stop by Ringstraße - the showplace of the monarchy built where Emperor Franz Joseph ordered the demolition of city walls. Important buildings include the State Opera, the Museums of Fine Arts and Natural History, Parliament, City Hall and Vienna University. The world capital of music. A long line of great composers Johann Strauss, Haydn and Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, Mahler and Schonberg all worked here. A city with splendid concert halls, such as the Golden Hall, from which the Philharmonic's New Year's Day concert is broadcast annually. International stars love to appear here in the State Opera, Volksoper, Konzerthaus, and at festivals like the Vienna Festival, the Klangbogen concerts during the Musical Summer, the Jazz Festval and the Haydn, Mozart and Schubert festivals.
Caught between eastern and western Europe, Budapest has a character uniquely its own. It's also the last cheap, civilised city in Europe. Budapest can seem like one big sight, with each phase in its history, from the Ottoman period until the Communist days and from renaissance to revolution, leaving its mark on the city. For the tourist, a trip to Hungary's capital is dominated by the majestic sights of Buda. In the summer, there are open-air festivals at Szeged, Diosgyor Castle in Miskolc, Gyor and Pecs. Visit the former Royal Palace complex, the Matyas templom and the Belvaros. Margaret Island is a giant recreational park and feels pleasantly separated from the city bustle. Hungarian National Gallery houses Hungarian art since the birth of the nation. Although Esztergom is Hungary's most sacred city, home of the Archbishop and the nation's biggest church, it has a real-life edge. The first-time visitor to Szeged is invariably struck by its space and grandeur. One's immediate impressions of Hungary's third largest provincial city are of greenery and plazas, of broad.
Gateway to the Wachau valley, Melk is world renowned for its magnificent Abbey. One of the most splendid examples of Baroque architecture in Europe, the Abbey dominates the town from high above the Danube river. Admire the splendour of the famous Melk Cross, the Abbey library and the Collegiate Church.
In the third millennium, Passau was considerably enlarged by the prince bishops of Passau, who made it their royal residence and capital of the largest Danube diocese. The wonderful Baroque buildings dominating the city today were built after a fire of 1662. One of the most striking is cathedral of St. Stephan, with the world's biggest church organ. One of the best ways to enjoy the magic of Passau is with a sightseeing tour. Other sights to see include: Neue Residenz - an Episcopal palace; Veste Oberhaus - Citadel of the prince bishops with the best view of the Old Town and confluence of the three rivers; Town Hall, which is lavishly decorated halls with monumental paintings; Niedernburg Abbey - tomb of Gisela, first queen of Hungary; Maria Hilf - an abbey and place of pilgrimage overlooking the town center; Dreiflusse-Eck - the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz; and St. Nikolai - a University church with Romanesque crypt.
Bratislava is Slovakia's capital and largest city. The Carpathian Mountains, which begin at the Iron Gate of Romania, finally come to an end here. Vineyards on the slopes of the Little Carpathian Mountains meet the Danube River. The Austrian border is almost within sight of the city and Hungary is less than 15 miles away. Many beautiful monuments survive in the old town to tell of its past under Hungarian rule, and Bratislava's numerous museums are surprisingly rich. Franz Lizst visited Bratislava 15 times, and the opera productions of Slovak National Theatre rival anything in Europe. The old city, which is packed with museums and palaces, and the castle are the best parts of Bratislava - the rest of the city is pretty drab. Climb up the castle for great views and to check out the very interesting Museum of Folk Music within. The Slovak National Museum and the Slovak National Gallery on the river are also worth a visit. Hviezdoslavovo námestie (square) is a convenient orientation point, with the old town to the north, the Danube to the south, and Bratislava Castle to the west.
This Roman-built capital city is an important trade town along the Danube. For people interested in its past, it has an impressive list of important historical figures who have passed through or made Linz their home. Friedrich III, the Hapsburg Emperor, spent his last days in Linz, and for a time it was the most important city in the empire. Adolph Hitler went to school here for a brief period of time before moving on. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote his Symphony No. 36 in Linz, and today it is called the Linz Symphony. Sights to see include the Dreifaltigkeitssäule - a monument constructed in memorial of the people who died in the plague epidemics. There are several museums and castles in the area as well. Once in Linz, you'll understand why it was such a place of historical significance.
Vilshofen is a small town on the banks of the Danube, and it has a welcome blend of modernity and history along its city streets. The old city center with its tower and St. John cathedral, antiquated narrow streets, monuments, and Baroque architecture. In the old tower, view rotating art exhibitations at the City Gallery, or visit the African Museum within the Benedectine Abbey Schweiklberg, as well as other sculpture parks that give Vilshofen its modern flare. Nearby, for exploring the region's outdoors, hike and bike through Vilsengtal, a nature reserve.
Danube River Cruising
A Danube River cruise is the best way to experience the lovely landscapes, cultural heritage and centuries-old architecture of Old World Europe. On a Danube River cruise, you'll discover Europe's vineyard-lined valleys and beautifully preserved medieval towns in countries such as Germany, Austria, Hungary, Serbia and Romania. There are several different intineraries to choose from, but cruises generally include gourmet cuisine, panoramic views, and folklore performances.
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- Deluxe Cruise accommodations in an Outside Stateroom
- Fine dining with all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) on-board the ship
- Most meals during trip: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
- Unlimited local wine, beer, and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on-board
- Select meals off the ship for added experiences with regional cuisine
- Cocktail reception, special welcome dinner, and Captain's Gala Dinner
- Bottled water in all Staterooms replenished daily
- All entertainment on-board the ship such as a nightly piano lounge, baking class for kids, karaoke nights and more
- Your choice of multiple excursions daily
- Services of Adventure Guides, on-board Cruise Director, on-board staff, and many local experts
- Junior Adventurer activities
- Complimentary bicycles
- All gratuities
- Wachau Valley Bike Excursion Pedal your way through the pastoral countryside of Austria on a bike tour that takes you from Melk, known for its 11th-century Melk Abbey, to Krems, a quaint town on the Danube. On the way, you'll ride through the storybook village of Dürnstein, as well as the many vineyards that populate the Wachau Valley
- Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg Stroll through the grounds of the world-famous Mirabell Gardens, a stunning display of Baroque beauty that features 17-century tributes to Roman gods like Diana, Hercules, Hermes and Apollo throughout the sprawling landscape. If it seems familiar, that's because the gardens served as the backdrop to scenes from the classic film, The Sound of Music
- Salt Mines of Hallein in Austria Descend deep underground and discover the world of Austria's salt miners, who spent their lives mining the "white gold" found in the mines. You'll travel by mine train, cross the salt lake on a raft and zip through the mines on the slides before heading back up to the surface
- Lazar Equestrian Park in Hungary Explore the vast green pastures and horse stables that make up the Lazar Equestrian Park. Take a carriage ride, enjoy an entertaining horse show and petting zoo and see the famous "csikósok"—Hungarian cowboys. There's something for the entire family at this must-see Budapest destination
- Devin Castle in Slovakia Take aim with a medieval bow and arrow on the archery range or try your hand at metal work, where Guests can strike their own souvenir coin. There is much to do and see at Devin Castle, a National Heritage Site perched high atop a cliff. Once blown up by Napolean's army, this Brataslavia landmark offers beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, as well as a wonderful museum
- Schönbrunn Palace in Austria Go for Baroque as you tour this magnificent 1,441-room 17th-century palace and the lush gardens that stretch out for almost a mile around it. You'll enjoy a private tour of the lavish rooms of the Imperial Family, see a marionette show and get a hands-on demonstration in strudel-making
Note on Accommodations: Staterooms & Deck Plans: Enjoy all the comforts of the AmaViola - the newest, most sophisticated river ship in AmaWaterways' fleet. Discover the innovative design of Twin Balconies, available in most staterooms, consisting of a French Balcony plus a separate Outside Balcony for your private enjoyment. Staterooms subject to availability: Parties of one or two Guests are accommodated in one stateroom with one queen bed or two twin beds. Parties of three are accommodated in one stateroom with one queen bed or two twin beds plus a fold out chair bed. Parties of four booked as a quad: quads are accommodated in one suite with one queen bed or two twin beds plus a queen-sized sofa bed. Parties of four booked as two doubles: quads are accommodated in two staterooms each with one queen bed or two twin beds. Connecting rooms may be requested, but are not guaranteed.
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