2024 : Majestic Capitals of the Danube : 5- Night Cruise With 3-Nights Pre-Cruise, 3 Nights Post-Cruise : Budapest to Vienna : ms AmaViola

CRUISE FROM : Budapest to Vienna

Delight in the Old-World grandeur of Europe's most spectacular capital cities along the Danube River during this special 5-night journey. From Budapest, Hungary to Vienna, Austria, follow the paths of kings and queens (Habsburg royalty among them) on up to five included excursions each day. Enjoy guided hikes to hilltop castles such as Bratislava's gleaming fortress, bike tours to beautiful sites like Klosterneuburg Abbey and tastings of local delights, such as the cake that started a national holiday in Austria: sachertorte. Plus, enjoy the local nightlife as each capital and its architectural wonders illuminate after sunset. Whether you are sailing the Danube River for the first time or returning to venture deeper into the cities that inspired you most, we invite you to celebrate this spectacular journey with us as we treat you like the royalty you are.

COUNTRIES: Austria, Hungary, Slovakia

RIVERS: Danube

Majestic Capitals of the Danube (Christmas)

At A Glance

On our river cruises, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In many cases, you will have a choice of excursions, such as standard tours, bike tours, hikes and Special Interest Tours. We always include a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.

Included Features

SPACIOUS STATEROOMS

  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
  • Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
  • Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily

    AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES

  • Wellness Activities with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
  • 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
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • 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
  • Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaine des Rotisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • La Chaine des Rotisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge

    A WORLD OF EXPLORATION

  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
  • Bike tours and hikes
  • Special Interest Tours
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways

    Land Program

  • 3 nights hotel in Krakow, including city tour, Auschwitz visit and daily breakfast; and transfer to ship
  • Transfer from the ship in Vienna with a scenic drive to Salzburg
  • 2 nights hotel in Salzburg, including city tour, Sound of Music or Red Bull Hangar tour, and daily breakfast; and transfer to Munich for return flight home

    Detailed Itinerary

    Day 1 : KRAKOW, POLAND
    Arrive in Krakow and transfer to your hotel.

    Day 2 : KRAKOW
    Get acquainted with your surroundings and take a deeper dive into the fascinating history of Krakow with a comprehensive city tour. Visit the Wawel Royal Castle - the world's very first designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and Poland's largest castle, located in the center of its Old Town. The Wawel Hill it stands upon features a limestone cave renowned for its connection to the legendary Wawel Dragon of Polish folklore, which you will learn more about during your tour. You will also venture into Krakow's historic Jewish Quarter and see the factory of Oskar Schindler, who was credited with saving 1,200 Jewish lives during World War II, and who was famously honored in the award-winning film Schindler's List. You will also be treated to a live performance of the Polish anthem by a trumpeter on the highest tower of Saint Mary's Church, otherwise known as St. Mary's Trumpet Call, a tradition since the 19th century. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure to explore more of the city. (B)

    Day 3 : KRAKOW
    Prepare yourself for an emotional day as together, we explore a darker period in Poland's history with a visit to Auschwitz, the largest and most tragically infamous of Europe's labor and death camps. The main gate, barbed wire fences, buildings and barracks look much the same today as they did during the Holocaust, when 1.1 million lives were taken within the camp. It was liberated from January 17-21, 1945, saving 58,000 from further horrors. Though not for the feint of heart, this once-in-a-lifetime excursion will honor the memory of those who perished and promises to be one you won't soon forget. (B)

    Day 4 : KRAKOW - EMBARKATION
    Depart from Krakow and enjoy a stop in Banska Bystrica before transferring to Budapest. Later in the day, board your luxurious river cruise ship. (B,D)

    Day 5 : BUDAPEST
    Budapest offers an unmatched combination of culture and tradition. Your city tour begins with a visit to the Great Market Hall before going to both the Buda (hilly) and the Pest (flat) sides of the river. You'll see Heroes' Square and Castle Hill, home to the Fisherman's Bastion and Mattias Church. If you prefer venturing off the beaten path or are returning to the city for a repeat visit, join our 'Hidden Budapest' tour to discover some fascinating sites lesser-known to the average traveler. As an alternative, you can hike up to Castle Hill for breathtaking views of the city below. In the afternoon, spend free time at your leisure to explore the city. Later in the day, visit Vorosmarty Square, the oldest, richest and the most spectacular of all the Christmas Markets in Budapest, where you can shop for one-of-kind handcrafted gifts. (B,L,D)

    Day 6 : BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
    Take in the breathtaking scenery as we glide along the Danube River into Bratislava. 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 special 'Tastes of Slovakia' tour. For a more active adventure, hike up to Bratislava Castle, offering magnificent views of the city or enjoy a guided biking tour. In the evening, end your day with an exclusive Slovakian experience at the Primate's Palace, a striking neoclassical building heart of the old town. (B,L,D)

    Day 7 : BRATISLAVA - VIENNA, AUSTRIA
    Enjoy a scenic morning cruise in Bratislava before sailing to Vienna. The 'City of Waltzes' offers a wealth of gems and your city tour showcases its regal splendors, including the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs. Conclude your tour in Vienna's historic city center and then visit St. Stephen's Cathedral, or discover Vienna by bike. You'll also have the opportunity to enjoy the festivities of the Christmas Markets. Alternatively, visit a traditional Viennese cafe to experience a true Vienna specialty, the Sacher Torte, and savor this treat with a piping hot Viennese Coffee. Spend your evening at the 'Vienna by Night' Christmas Markets at the beautifully decorated Rathaus Christmas Market, Vienna's largest Christmas Market. (B,L,D)

    Day 8 : VIENNA
    Visit the UNESCO-designated Schönbrunn Palace for a visit to its magnificent Christmas Market, with a giant Christmas tree surrounded by stalls selling a great variety artisanal handicrafts, providing a spectacular festive atmosphere with the scent of mulled wine and gingerbread. Or pedal along the scenic Danube River and through charming neighborhoods to the nearby town of Klosterneuberg and its majestic 12th-century Augustinian monastery overlooking the Danube River. During the afternoon, enjoy leisure time to further explore this iconic city. (B,L,D)

    Day 9 : VIENNA - DISEMBARKATION - PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
    Depart the ship and continue via motorcoach to Prague where you will check into your hotel. (B)

    Day 10 : PRAGUE
    Discover Prague with a choice of a city tour or a castle hike. Both will reveal why Prague is considered one of Europe's most attractive cities, with a historic city center that's recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See all the key highlights, including the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle and Old Market Square, where you will find the famous Astronomical Clock. (B)

    Day 11 : PRAGUE
    Beer has a long and illustrious history in the Czech Republic, so join a tasting and discover some of the very best beer in the world. (B)

    Day 12 : DEPART PRAGUE
    Bid farewell to Prague and prepare for your flight home. (B)

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    Cruise Line
    AmaWaterways
    Offer
    Offer valid through 3/31/2023
    Duration
    12 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms AmaViola

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Krakow  
    Day 2Krakow  
    Day 3Krakow  
    Day 4Krakow  
    Day 5Budapest  
    Day 6Bratislava  
    Day 7Vienna  
    Day 8Vienna  
    Day 9Prague  
    Day 10Prague  
    Day 11Prague  
    Day 12Prague  
    Dates/Pricing

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    12/25/2024$3,899.00* (USD)Quote
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    ImportantDates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

    Port Charges not included in cruise price$224 per person.

    Single Supplement for Cruise50% of twin price; AA+ and Suite 100% of twin price.

    Single Supplement for LandA single supplement charge will be applied to pre- and post-cruise hotel extensions. Please call for pricing details.

    BeddingPlease select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The Options are: Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

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    All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare are not included in cruise price. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

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