Melodies of the Danube - Saint John's Abbey Travel Tours (# 2005)

July 30 - August 12, 2021

AmaLea

Friday, July 30, 2021: USA to Budapest, Hungary

Overnight, transatlantic flight (purchased separately). 

 
Saturday, July 31: Arrival in Budapest

Arrive at Budapest International Airport. Gather tonight with your guide for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

 
Sunday, August 1: Budapest

Budapest is one of Europe’s most regal and storied cities—and many of its most iconic sights are just off the banks of the Danube. Today’s half-day tour includes the magnificent Parliament building, one of Budapest's most iconic sights sitting on the banks of the Danube; Freedom Square featuring monuments for World War II and Ronald Reagan; St. Stephen's Basilica, named in honor of the first King of Hungary, Saint Stephen I; and other landmarks not included in the August 9 tour of Budapest. (B)

Budapest
Monday, August 2: Budapest - Embarkation

Check out of your hotel to board your luxurious AmaWaterways' cruise ship, AmaLea. Enjoy a special evening Illuminations cruise. (B,D)

Budapest
Tuesday, August 3: Budapest

Budapest offers an unmatched combination of culture, tradition and even a secret labyrinth of caves under the city. 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. (B,L,D)

Budapest
Wednesday, August 4: Bratislava, Slovakia

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. (B,L,D)

Bratislava Castle
Thursday, August 5: Vienna, Austria

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 if you prefer a more active exploration, take a guided bike ride to the Klosterneuburg Monastery. During the afternoon, enjoy leisure time to further explore this iconic city. (B,L,D)

Vienna
Friday, August 6: Weissenkirchen - Grein

After reaching Weissenkirchen, you’ll be treated to several choices of excursions. Take a walking tour of Dürnstein before visiting the UNESCO-designated Melk Abbey. Or opt for a walking tour of Weissenkirchen followed by an abbey visit. For a more culinary-focused experience, join a walking tour in Dürnstein, then enjoy a wine tasting hosted by a local vintner and sample special apricot treats from a local boutique. If you prefer a more active adventure, join a guided bike tour to Melk. Later in the day, sail through the Strudengau Valley to medieval Grein for an exclusive visit to the more than 500-year-old Greinburg Castle, looming regally from above. While here, enjoy a folklore show and wine reception. (B,L,D)

Durnstein
Saturday, August 7: Linz

The ship arrives in Linz where you’ll have several choices of excursions. Opt for a full-day excursion to Salzburg where you’ll tour the historic center, Mirabell Gardens, Residenz Square and the Old Market. En route to Salzburg, stop at Mondsee, home of the Basilica St. Michael. Or join a morning walking tour through the old city center of Linz and by the Mozart House; or go on a bike tour of the city’s famed “Cultural Mile” and the Danube. During the afternoon, you have three more options. Choose a half-day excursion to Salzburg or take a scenic drive through the Austrian Lake District with a stop in St. Wolfgang. You can also choose to visit charming Český Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border. (B,L,D)

Cesky Krumlov
Sunday, August 8: Passau, Germany - Vilshofen

Discover the city of Passau in one of three ways. Enjoy a walking tour and marvel at Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Or choose between a guided bike tour along the Danube River, or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus fortress. Later, cruise to Vilshofen, where you will be treated to a festive Oktoberfest celebration— an AmaWaterways exclusive. (B,L,D)

Passau
Monday, August 9: Vilshofen - Disembarkation - Regensburg - Prague, Czech Republic

Depart the ship and drive through the countryside to Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities, which you’ll discover on a guided walking tour showcasing the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria. After touring Regensburg, continue your journey on to Prague. (B)

Regensburg
Tuesday, August 10: Prague

Discover Prague with a city tour which reveals 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 National Museum, Wenceslas Square, the 1,000 year-old Prague Castle and Old Market Square, where you will find the famous Astronomical Clock. (B)

Prague
Wednesday, August 11: Prague

Beer has a long and illustrious history in the Czech Republic with the first brewery known to have existed in 993. Pilsner Urquell was created in 1842, being the first pilsner ever made, whilst Budweiser came into being in the city of Budweis. Beer is a core part of the country’s national identity, so much so the Czechs are the biggest consumers of beer in the world. The country is home to more than 100 breweries with a combination of big names and micro establishments offering a huge range of styles, so join a Czech beer tasting and discover for yourself what makes the Czech’s beer some of the very best in the world. Enjoy a farewell dinner tonight. (B,D)

Prague
Thursday, August 12: Departure

Bid farewell to Prague and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

 


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Group Meals: (B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner


Must be Physically Able to Travel

Please note that scooters cannot be accommodated on this tour and handicapped facilities are not available on board the ship or in many places visited during the cruise. If you have mobility issues, you must travel with someone who is physically able to assist you and they will also need to register for the trip. Hosts and Tour Guides are unable to assist individual passengers with mobility issues.


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