The Romantic Danube

From Prague to Budapest aboard a Premier River Vessel

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $2699  
Length: 11 days
Arrive: Prague, Czech Republic
Depart: Budapest, Hungary
Lodging: 3 nights hotel, 7 nights aboard a premium river vessel
Meals: All meals included aboard ship
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Walking, River Cruising
Trip Level: Cultural exploration and walking tours
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Highlights

  • Glorious Prague, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Stunning medieval towns including Regensburg, Vilshofen, and Passau
  • Cultural and architectural heritage of Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest
  • Delightful cuisine and wines, optional guided bike tours


There is a lot to be said in favor of cruising! Less unpacking and repacking, slower pace, lovely accommodations. The Sonata is a beautiful boat, sparkling new, with attentive staff and good food.Jane F.—Naples, FL

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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

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Special Offer!

Single Supplement waivedin select categories for all 2016 departures.

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Framed by forested hillsides, lush vineyards, picturesque villages, and medieval castles, the beautiful Danube has captivated musicians, artists, and poets for centuries. In the comfort of our carefully selected vessels, custom designed for cruising Europe’s rivers, we explore an array of impossibly romantic destinations, beginning with a three-day stay in unforgettable Prague, followed by a seven-night river cruise along the legendary Danube. As we meander down one of the most beautiful stretches of this 1,600-mile-long river, we enjoy walking tours, optional guided bike rides, and discover a host of fairytale settings, from the tiny Bavarian town of Vilshofen, with its Italian Baroque architecture, to delightful Budapest, celebrated for its stunning location straddling the Danube as well as its architecture, wine culture, and tasty Magyar cuisine.

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Prague, Czech Republic

Arrive in Prague and transfer on your own to the hotel. The balance of the day is free to start exploring this beautiful city.

Days 2-3
Prague

Your morning’s sightseeing tour reveals why Prague is considered one of Europe’s most attractive cities. Explore Wenceslas Square, Prague Castle, and walk across Charles Bridge to the Old Town Square. Enjoy Day 3 at leisure or join an optional tour to Terezin, a former Nazi concentration camp, now a memorial.

Day 4
Regensburg, Bavaria / Vilshofen / Embark

A walking tour brings you through elegant Regensburg, one of Bavaria’s finest medieval cities, and you'll explore the tiny riverside town of Vilshofen, including celebrating "Oktoberfest" just off the ship's gangway, then embark with an overnight on board.

Days 5-6
Vilshofen / Passau / Linz, Austria

After a morning stroll in Vilshofen’s beautiful Old Town, cruise to Passau for a walk through this 2,000-year-old city of Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture. An alternative option is a guided bike tour along the Inn River. In Linz, Austria, after your walking tour, enjoy afternoon options to visit the medieval Czech town of Cesky Krumlov or Salzburg, city of Mozart.

Day 7
Melk / Krems

Cruise through the narrow Strudengau to Melk, home to the most magnificent Baroque monastery in Austria, then through the Wachau Valley to tiny Krems. Options include a walking tour of medieval Durnstein or a guided bike tour.

Day 8
Vienna

The Vienna Opera House, majestic Ringstrasse, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral are among your explorations of this enchanting city of High Baroque churches and aristocratic mansions. Evening choices include a Mozart or Strauss concert.

Day 9
Bratislava, Slovakia

Cruise to Bratislava, where your morning visit to the city includes the Rococo-style Mirbach Palace, built in 1768. As an alternative, enjoy a Communist History Tour with landmarks such as the Soviet War Memorial.

Days 10-11
Budapest, Hungary / Disembark

From Buda Castle, enjoy a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest. After your explorations today, the vessel will take a night cruise past the illuminated river front. Disembark and depart on Day 11.

2016 Cruise Collection

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What the Trip is Like

The trip is rated Level 1, Easiest, and is appropriate for anyone in good health who is physically active. Cruising days provide ample opportunities to relax on board, while shore excursions require a moderate amount of walking, often along uneven cobblestone streets and up and down stairs. To better accommodate our guests and their individual fitness levels, three levels of walking tours are offered whenever possible: "Regular Walkers" go at an average pace, "Gentle Walkers" proceed in a more relaxed manner, and "Active Walkers" move at a faster pace, which allows them some extra free time. Whenever possible, a "Late Starters" group is offered for guests who prefer to sleep in a bit.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures and Trip Cost

Price is per person in Category E, a deluxe stateroom with a window. Cabin upgrades are available at additional cost per person (listed below this chart).

DATES START
CITY
SHIP
NAME
EMBARK
CITY
EMBARK
DATE
CRUISE
ONLY
CRUISE
& LAND
Apr 1-11, 2016 Prague AmaSonata Vilshofen Apr 4 $2,699 $3,479
‡ Apr 11-21, 2016 Prague AmaDante Vilshofen Apr 14 $2,899 $3,679
Apr 15-25, 2016 Prague AmaSonata Vilshofen Apr 18 $2,999 $3,779
Apr 25-May 5, 2016 Prague AmaDante Vilshofen Apr 28 $3,199 $3,979
May 13-23, 2016 Prague AmaSonata Vilshofen May 16 $3,399 $4,179
May 19-29, 2016 Prague AmaSerena Vilshofen May 22 $3,399 $4,179
Jun 2-12, 2016 Prague AmaSerena Vilshofen Jun 5 $3,399 $4,179
Jun 10-20, 2016 Prague AmaPrima Vilshofen Jun 13 $3,399 $4,179
Jun 13-23, 2016 Prague AmaViola Vilshofen Jun 16 $3,399 $4,179
Jun 27-Jul 7, 2016 Prague AmaViola Vilshofen Jun 30 $3,399 $4,179
Jun 30-Jul 10, 2016 Prague AmaSerena Vilshofen Jul 3 $3,299 $4,079
Jul 8-18, 2016 Prague AmaSonata Vilshofen Jul 11 $3,299 $4,079
Jul 11-21, 2016 Prague AmaViola Vilshofen Jul 14 $3,299 $4,079
Jul 14-24, 2016 Prague AmaSerena Vilshofen Jul 17 $3,299 $4,079
Jul 25-Aug 4, 2016 Prague AmaViola Vilshofen Jul 28 $3,299 $4,079
Jul 28-Aug 7, 2016 Prague AmaSerena Vilshofen Jul 31 $3,299 $4,079
Aug 5-15, 2016 Prague AmaSonata Vilshofen Aug 8 $3,299 $4,079
Aug 8-18, 2016 Prague AmaViola Vilshofen Aug 11 $3,299 $4,079
Aug 11-21, 2016 Prague AmaSerena Vilshofen Aug 14 $3,299 $4,079
Aug 22-Sep 1, 2016 Prague AmaViola Vilshofen Aug 25 $3,499 $4,279
Sep 2-12, 2016 Prague AmaPrima Vilshofen Sep 5 $3,599 $4,379
Sep 5-15, 2016 Prague AmaViola Vilshofen Sep 8 $3,599 $4,379
Sep 8-18, 2016 Prague AmaSerena Vilshofen Sep 11 $3,599 $4,379
Sep 19-29, 2016 Prague AmaViola Vilshofen Sep 22 $3,599 $4,379
Sep 22-Oct 2, 2016 Prague AmaSerena Vilshofen Sep 25 $3,599 $4,379
Sep 30-Oct 10, 2016 Prague AmaSonata Vilshofen Oct 3 $3,599 $4,379
Oct 3-13, 2016 Prague AmaViola Vilshofen Oct 6 $3,599 $4,379
Oct 6-16, 2016 Prague AmaSerena Vilshofen Oct 9 $3,499 $4,279
Oct 17-27, 2016 Prague AmaViola Vilshofen Oct 20 $3,199 $3,979
Oct 20-30, 2016 Prague AmaSerena Vilshofen Oct 23 $3,199 $3,979
‡ Oct 28-Nov 7, 2016 Prague AmaSonata Vilshofen Oct 31 $3,099 $3,879
‡ Oct 31-Nov 10, 2016 Prague AmaViola Vilshofen Nov 3 $2,999 $3,779
‡ Nov 3-13, 2016 Prague AmaSerena Vilshofen Nov 6 $2,899 $3,679
‡ Nov 11-21, 2016 Prague AmaSonata Vilshofen Nov 14 $2,799 $3,579
‡ Nov 14-24, 2016 Prague AmaViola Vilshofen Nov 17 $2,799 $3,579
‡ Nov 17-27, 2016 Prague AmaSerena Vilshofen Nov 20 $2,799 $3,579
Dec 26, '16-Jan 5, '17 Prague AmaViola Vilshofen Dec 29 $2,899 $3,679

‡ “In Celebration of Wine” cruise.
** Jewish Heritage cruise.

Price above is per person in Category E, a deluxe stateroom with a window. Cabin upgrades are available at additional cost per person (see below).

AmaDante Cabin Upgrade Pricing Per Person

Category Deck Stateroom 2016
D Piano Window add $299
C Violin/Cello French Balcony add $899
B Violin/Cello French Balcony add $1099
A Violin French Balcony add $1199
A+ Violin French Balcony add $2199
S Violin French Balcony add $2399

AmaPrima, AmaSonata, AmaSerena, and AmaViola Cabin Upgrade Pricing Per Person

Category Deck Stateroom 2016
D Piano Window add $299
C Violin/Cello French Balcony add $899
BB Cello French Balcony/Outside Balcony add $1399
BA Violin French Balcony/Outside Balcony add $1599
AB Violin/Cello French Balcony/Outside Balcony add $1799
AA Violin French Balcony/Outside Balcony add $1999
AA+ Violin French Balcony/Outside Balcony add $2599
SS Violin French Balcony/Outside Balcony add $3199

Single Supplement: 50% of Cruise Cost, additional $450 for Land Cost. 100% of Cruise and Land Cost for A+, AA+ & Suites.

Port Charges: $168 per person

Important: Dates, prices and itineraries for sailings are subject to change.

Bedding: Please 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).

Ask at time of booking for Special Offers!

Round trip airfare packages are available. Call for details.

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.

Trip Payment Schedule*

At time of reservation: $400
100 days prior to departure: Balance

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

Minimum fee: $200 per person
90-120 days prior to departure: $400 per person
60-89 days prior to departure: 35% of trip cost
30-59 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
7-29 days prior to departure: 80% of trip cost
6 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Trip Cost Includes:

  • 3 nights hotel in Prague at the InterContinental (or similar), including daily Buffet Breakfast
  • Transfer from Prague to the ship in Vilshofen
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom
  • Most staterooms offer French balconies or revolutionary Twin Balconies
  • Life enriching tours and excursions daily
  • “Culinary Delights – Bites & Sights” excursions
  • State-of-the-art Infotainment System in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library & English language TV stations
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Multiple dining venues on select vessels
  • Every lunch and dinner on board includes free-flowing regional wines as well as complimentary beer and soft drinks. In Europe, complimentary sparkling wine is also served with breakfast. Bottled water, specialty teas and coffees are always available free of charge
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Special highlights including cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music
  • Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • All local taxes

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

Airfare; arrival/departure transfers; taxes or government fees; passports or visa fees baggage fees; travel, health, accident or other insurance vaccinations; laundry; any meals or beverages not specified in itinerary; optional excursions; gratuities or other items of services of a personal nature.

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation to the arrival and from the departure cities listed below. For more detailed information, including transfers, please call our office at 1-800-368-2794.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

2016 Departures

Arrival & Meeting Place
Prague, Czech Republic
Hotel InterContinental (or similar)
Date: Day 1
Suggested arrival time: anytime

Suggested Arrival Airport
Prague (airport city code PRG)

Embarkation
Vilshofen, Germany
Date: Day 4

A transfer to the ship is provided for Cruise & Land participants.
Cruise-Only passengers join the trip on Day 4. (Cruise-Only participants can transfer on their own or purchase a Transfer Package. Call for details.)
Disembarkation
Budapest, Hungary
Date: Day 11

Departure
Suggested Airport for Departure
Budapest (airport city code BUD)
Date: Day 11

Expedition Details

PASSPORT

A valid passport is required for traveling on this trip. Be sure to check the expiration date. Your passport must be valid for six months after the conclusion of your trip. It is a good idea to carry photocopies of your passport photo page in case your passport is lost or as an additional piece of identification, as well as two extra passport photos.

VISAS

No visa is required for US Citizens traveling to Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Slovakia or Hungary.

MEDICAL

We recommend checking the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov should you have any international health concerns.

INOCULATIONS

No inoculations are currently required for Europe.

<em>AmaSonata</em>

AmaSonata

Days 5 to 11 (7 nights)

The 164-passenger AmaSonata, set to debut in 2014, features the most advanced design of any river cruise vessel currently in operation. ...
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<em>AmaVerde</em>

AmaVerde

Days 5 to 11 (7 nights)

Making her debut in 2011, the 161-passenger AmaVerde shares the distinction of having the largest average stateroom size (214 sq. ft.) in Europe ...
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<em>AmaDolce</em>

AmaDolce

Days 5 to 11 (7 nights)

The 146-guest AmaDolce made its debut in 2009. It features luxurious staterooms, most with French balconies, and includes spacious marble-appointed ...
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<em>AmaBella</em>

AmaBella

Days 5 to 11 (7 nights)

The 161-guest AmaBella features a combination of amenities and design details with an impressive range of stateroom categories and public lounges, ...
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<em>AmaCerto</em>

AmaCerto

Days 5 to 11 (7 nights)

The 164-guest AmaCerto is Inspired by classic ocean yachts, and provides the most distinctive river cruise experience. A magnificent glass elevator ...
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<em>AmaPrima</em>

AmaPrima

Days 5 to 11 (7 nights)

The 164-guest AmaPrima provides a most distinctive river cruise experience. A magnificent glass elevator is one of the unique design elements found ...
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<em>AmaLyra</em>

AmaLyra

Days 5 to 11 (7 nights)

The 146-guest AmaLyra, introduced in 2009, quickly earned a "Best New River Cruise Ship" distinction. Striking contemporary artwork is a hallmark of ...
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<em>AmaSerena</em>

AmaSerena

Days 5 to 11 (7 nights)

A sister ship to the AmaPrima, the 164-passenger AmaSerena features the most advanced design of any river cruise vessel currently ...
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<em>AmaViola</em>

AmaViola

Days 5 to 15 (11 nights)

The AmaViola – set to debut in 2016 – is a sister ship to the AmaSerena and features the most advanced design of any river cruise ...
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<em>AmaDante</em>

AmaDante

Days 5 to 11 (7 nights)

The custom-designed AmaDante features spacious staterooms ranging in size from 170-255 sq ft, most with French balconies. All staterooms include ...
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Client Comments

There is a lot to be said in favor of cruising! Less unpacking and repacking, slower pace, lovely accommodations. The Sonata is a beautiful boat, sparkling new, with attentive staff and good food. Jane F., Naples, FL This was my first time on a riverboat cruise...it was a lot of fun (this comment is coming from someone who is not a boat tourist!). Phil F., Naples, FL Our cruise manager was a highlight of the trip, as he was engaging, humorous, and always helpful. Linda S., Seattle, WA
This was one of the best trips we have ever taken! Ginger H., Mercer Island, WA Everyone aboard the ship was great, and the guides for the off-ship tours were very informative and knowledgeable. Ronald F., Half Moon Bay, CA