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Vilshofen, Germany

Romantic Danube on AmaMagna

8-day river cruise from £2,535 pp incl. flights

Special offer: Special Fly-Cruise Fares

Summary

Short description

City greats and river towns showcased in consummate luxury

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Highlights

  • Sail on the luxurious, brand-new AmaMagna
  • Take in the great cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest
  • Explore with excursions included throughout, from food tastings to bike tours
  • Wash down fine meals with included fine wines
  • Pause for monastery wonders, castle hikes and old-town walks

In Brief

  • 1 Night Vilshofen
  • 1 Night Passau
  • 1 Night Linz
  • 1 Night Weissenkirchen
  • 1 Night Vienna
  • 1 Night Bratislava
  • 1 Night Budapest

About

Recommended for:
History & culture | River cruise

Sailing on the much-anticipated AmaMagna, you’ll enjoy all the luxuries of a ship twice as wide as its peers. Along with spa treatments and studio fitness classes, you can expect a full-board spread of gourmet dining options paired with included fine wines and beers. You’ll also be sailing one of the world’s greatest rivers, pausing at imperious Vienna, Sound-of-Music Salzburg and Český Krumlov’s Baroque charm. Although it all ends among Budapest’s Gothic grandeur, you’ll also pause everywhere from Bavarian towns to Austrian villages and imposing castles. Throughout, it’s all brought to life by such all-inclusive excursions as wine tastings, bike rides and guided walks.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK to Vilshofen, Germany

After enjoying complimentary airport lounge access, you’ll fly out to Vilshofen – a pretty Bavarian town. You’ll be brought aboard your luxury river ship, settling in to enjoy the daily complimentary cocktail hour before the first of your included meals. Expect everything from the Chef’s Table tasting menus to al-fresco delights and wine-bar specialities. It’s all washed down with complimentary fine wines and beer. Then, perhaps after a nightcap, return to your stateroom where you’ll be treated to picture-window views, on-demand entertainment and complimentary WiFi. There’s also plenty of other amenities, from the spa to the sun-deck pool and walking There’s even a water-sports platform, where a sundowner boat is launched for complimentary sailings.

Stay: AmaMagna (Deluxe)

Meals: D

Day 2
Vilshofen to Passau, Germany

This morning, you’ll have a chance to explore Vilshofen’s quaint old town, where the streets are cobbled and the church steeple is the tallest building. You’ll then sail along through the Bavarian countryside to Passau. Positioned at the confluence of three rivers, its rich trading heritage lives on today in grand cathedrals, churches and town halls, all built with Italianate flair. You’ll also begin your included programme of shore excursions, with a walking tour of Passau’s twisting laneways or a guided hike up to Passau Castle. Dating to the 13th century, it’s a grand vision of terracotta turrets and whitewashed walls.

Stay: AmaMagna (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 3
Linz, Austria

Sailing on to Austria and Linz, your guided touring will see you explore its baroque beauty and daring art installations by walking or bike tour. A visit to Mozart’s 16th-century Renaissance house is a special highlight. This afternoon, you’ll also be able to visit Salzburg’s Sound-of-Music sights, from its manicured parks to its formidable clifftop fortress and Baroque old town. Alternatively, enjoy a scenic drive through the Austrian Lake District, stopping at cutesy villages, or hop over the border to the Czech Republic’s Český Krumlov. It’s often lauded as one of Europe’s most picturesque towns for its spectacular spread of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture.

Stay: AmaMagna (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 4
Weissenkirchen, Austria

Cruising through the Strudengau and Wachau valleys, you’ll arrive into Weissenkirchen, a pretty village surrounded by rolling-green farmlands. From here, you’ll be brought on a walking tour of next-door Dürnstein, ambling along its cobblestone streets to the Stiftskirche – the town’s famous Baroque church. Then, it’s time for a true trip highlight – Melk’s magnificent Benedictine abbey. All sweeping frescoes and ornate towers, it gazes out commandingly over the Danube. Otherwise, you might want to visit a local apricot grower or hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held. Whatever you choose, you’ll finish with a wine tasting of the world-renowned Riesling varietal.

Stay: AmaMagna (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Vienna, Austria

You’ll arrive into the Austrian capital today, where you’ll again have a choice of excursions. Perhaps take in the city’s regal splendours with a visit to the majestic Opera House, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the impossibly grand Imperial Palace before ending with Vienna’s historic centre – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For something more active, take a guided bike ride along the Danube or pedal your way to Klosterneuburg. This 12th-century monastery is capped in sweeping domes, which in turn house grand interiors of golden colonnades and elaborate paintings.

Stay: AmaMagna (Deluxe)

Day 6
Bratislava, Slovakia

Sailing on, you’ll be welcomed into Slovakia with Bratislava. Here, a hilltop castle looks out over a pastel-hued old town and the green-fringed banks of the Danube lead between 18th-century squares. It’s all brought to life by your guided walking tour, focusing on how the city became the host for the coronations of 11 Hungarian kings and queens between 1536 and 1830. Alternatively, opt for a tasting tour of the Slovakian culinary arts, or stretch your legs with the hike up to Bratislava Castle. You’ll be rewarded with spectacular views and an intriguing history that dates back over 1,000 years.

Stay: AmaMagna (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 7
Budapest, Hungary

You’ll end in style with the Hungarian capital. And, your city tour here begins with the Budapest’s Great Market Hall, where you’ll discover a wealth of delicious food and last-minute shopping opportunities. You’ll also take in both Buda’s medieval severity and Pest’s grand bathhouses, connected by that 19th-century icon – the Széchenyi Chain Bridge. Otherwise, there’s the usual hill hike to the city’s castle on offer, to take in its beautiful spread of Baroque and Middle Ages architecture. It’s all capped with a special sailing past the Gothic Parliament Building as the city lights up under nightfall.

Stay: AmaMagna (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Depart for UK

On your final day, you’ll be brought to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: B

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Pricing

Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Prices

8-day river cruise on board AmaMagna (AmaWaterways Cruises) from £2,535 incl. flights

Departure:

Category E: £2,535

Special Fly-Cruise Fares

Fares Include:

  • Flights and overseas transfers
  • 7-nights deluxe cruise accommodation onboard AmaMagna
  • Fine dining in multiple venues; 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 7 Dinners, including unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Sip & Sail cocktail hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Choice of 21 immersive shore excursions with knowledgeable local guides, throughout the cruise
  • Wellness programme with an onboard Host, providing a variety of exercise classes
  • Complimentary bicycles for active discovery
  • Complimentary unlimited Internet and Wi-Fi access

Fares based on a Window Stateroom departing 17 November 2019.

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