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Ultimate River Cruise
(Budapest to Paris)

20 days with AmaWaterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Arrive in Budapest and check-in to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax or begin exploring this beautiful city.
Your morning excursion includes sightseeing in Buda and Pest. From historic Buda Castle, enjoy a spectacular view of the twin cities spread over both banks of the river. Your tour also includes the Fisherman’s Bastion, Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica, and Heroes’ Square. (B)
After checking out of your hotel, you will have a free morning to explore Budapest on your own before boarding your luxurious ship. As an alternative, you can take an optional excursion to Puszta, the great Hungarian Plain that stretches across to the East. The excursion includes a lunch that features Hungary’s beloved national dish, goulash. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner. Later, the ship cruises overnight to Bratislava. (B,D)
This afternoon, arrive in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. You have your choice of two tours today. The first option is a walking tour of the city’s major sites, including the Old Town Hall, the stunning Mirbach Palace, and St. Martin’s Cathedral. As an alternative, choose a “Communist History” tour that includes such architectural landmarks as the Radio Building, Liberty Square and the Soviet War Memorial. The ship departs late tonight for Vienna. (B,L,D)
You will have a guided tour this morning of romantic Vienna, with highlights that includes the Opera House, the Ringstrasse and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Alternatively, join an optional excursion this afternoon to Schönbrunn Palace. This evening you may also enjoy an optional Mozart and Strauss concert in one of Vienna’s great formal concert halls. The ship departs late tonight. (B,L,D)
Early this morning, you will arrive in the Wachau Valley and have a walking tour of Dürnstein, one of the prettiest towns along the Danube. As you wander down medieval cobblestoned streets, you will see 16th-century town houses, wine taverns, and the magnificent blue facade of the Baroque Stiftskirche. High above the town, look for the ruins of a castle where Richard the Lionhearted was once imprisoned and held for ransom. Your tour will also include a wine tasting at a local tavern. The ship arrives in Melk late this afternoon, where you will tour the city’s spectacular Abbey, one of Europe’s largest Baroque monasteries and the inspiration for Umberto Eco’s novel The Name of the Rose. We depart for Linz late tonight. (B,L,D)
This morning the ship arrives in Linz, where you will have the choice of two different excursions. The first is an optional excursion to Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace, where you will take a walking tour of the historic center now known to millions as the setting for the “Sound of Music.” Alternatively, remain on the ship and cruise through scenic Upper Austria to Passau. Located where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube, this 2,000-year-old city is noted for its gothic and Italian baroque architecture. A late afternoon walking tour of Passau will take you along the cobblestone streets of Old Town where you will see the city fortifications and St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to the largest pipe organ in Europe. The ship cruises overnight. (B,L,D)
In the early afternoon arrive in Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will have your choice of two different tours here. The first is a guided walking tour of the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 A.D. Alternatively, visit the Audi Factory in Ingolstadt, where a member of the Audi team will take you on a guided tour of the Audi Museum or the fabled production line (subject to availability).The ship departs after dinner. (B,L,D)
Enjoy a morning of scenic cruising through the Main-Danube Canal and the beautiful Altmühl Valley. This afternoon, you will learn about the medieval history of Nuremberg and see the 900-year-old ramparts that surround the city, as well as the Imperial Castle and Old Town Hall. As an alternative, choose the “World War II History” tour that focuses on Nuremberg’s role as the former headquarters of the Third Reich. You will see the infamous Zeppelin field once used to hold Nazi rallies and the Justice Palace courtroom (when open to the public) where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. The ship moors overnight in Nuremberg. (B,L,D)
Today, you will travel by train to Munich, the capital of Bavaria and one of Germany’s largest cities. Your Cruise Manager will offer suggestions on what to see while in town and will take you to lunch in a local restaurant. Tonight, you will meet additional fellow travelers who started their river cruise vacation in Prague. The ship cruises overnight. (B,L,D)
This morning you will arrive in the medieval town of Bamberg, where you will enjoy a walking tour of this picturesque town that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the cathedral, the Old Town Hall that straddles the river, and serpentine streets lined with charming houses. Sample some of Bamberg’s famous smoked beer at lunchtime. This afternoon, we continue down the Main River en route to Schweinfurt, arriving this evening. The ship will cruise overnight. (B,L,D)
On your morning walking tour of Kitzingen, you’ll see the town’s famous 13th-century Leaning Tower, the Old Main Bridge, Kitzingen Church and the Renaissance Town Hall. Later, the Aulic Council and Wine Queen will welcome you to Germany’s oldest wine cellar where you will taste several different wines and learn about region’s wine-making history. This afternoon, take a guided tour of Würzburg showing you all of the major sights or visit the Residenz Palace and gardens, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s best examples of Baroque architecture. As an alternative, r choose an optional tour to medieval Rothenburg, a beautiful walled city situated on the Romantic Road. Rejoin the ship in Wurzberg and continue cruising overnight. (B,L,D)
This morning, you will have a guided walking tour Wertheim, a quaint German town known for intricate glassworks and charming medieval architecture. After lunch, the ship will cruise towards Mainz. (B,L,D)
Arrive in Mainz after breakfast and decide between two different excursions. One is a walking tour of the city, where you will visit the famous Gutenberg Museum and see one of the world’s first printed Bibles. Early this afternoon, arrive in Rüdesheim and visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, which houses a great collection of robotic and self-playing musical instruments from the 18th-20th centuries. As an alternative, take an excursion to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town, where you will visit Heidelberg Castle and its Great Vat, and also have a walking tour of Old Heidelberg. Later, enjoy a scenic cruise through the Rhine River Gorge, passing by dramatic castle ruins and the infamous Lorelei Rock en route to Koblenz. After arriving this evening, enjoy a walking tour of Koblenz. The ship will depart again around midnight. (B,L,D)
Today, visit the fairytale village of Cochem, a scenic wine village nestled in the Mosel Valley. Walk along narrow cobblestone streets lined with medieval houses before taking a guided tour of hilltop Reichsburg Castle, which offers spectacular views of the river below. This evening, the ship continues on to Zell, where the town’s Mayor and Wine Queen await you with a welcoming wine festival. The ship moors overnight in Zell. (B,L,D)
After a free morning in Zell, the ship will cruise to Trier, Germany’s oldest city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, arriving mid-afternoon. Your guided tour will reveal the area’s rich Roman history, with stops at the old Roman amphitheater, Roman Baths, Basilica of Constantine and the Porta Nigra gate, dating back to 180 A.D. This evening, the ship cruises to Luxembourg and moors overnight. (B,L,D)
This morning, bid farewell to your luxurious river cruise ship. If you are continuing on to Paris you will have a panoramic tour of this Grand Duchy as you are transferred to its capital, and stop en route to see the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial, final resting place of U.S. General Patton. In Luxembourg, you will have a guided walking tour and free time for lunch on your own before boarding a TGV high-speed train to Paris. Arrive mid-afternoon and check in to your hotel. An optional Montmartre & Illuminations tour. (B)
Day 18 PARIS
Enjoy some of Paris’ most famous sights during this morning’s guided tour, including the Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde, Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral. The remainder of the day is yours to explore this beautiful city on your own. Enjoy an optional “Parisian Cabaret at Paradis Latin” dinner show this evening. (B)
Day 19 PARIS
Enjoy a free day to explore the romantic “City of Light.” Stroll along the Champs Elysées, lined with boutiques and cafes, or go to the top of the Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 World’s Fair. (B)
Bid adieu to Paris and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
Tour Map
All This Included
This cruise along the legendary rivers of Europe showcases a number of cultural and scenic highlights in France, Luxembourg, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany. Begin your river cruise vacation in beautiful Paris, the timeless “City of Light.” You will experience three grand old capitals – Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna – interspersed with charming towns, steeply terraced hillside vineyards, ancient fortresses and spectacular vistas. Sail through the lush Mosel River Valley, discover the most scenic portion of the Rhine, famous for its historic castles and incredible wine, and gaze upon medieval cities that line the Main and Danube rivers. Conclude your journey in Budapest.
  • 2 nights hotel in Budapest at the Sofitel Chain Bridge (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • Transfer from the hotel to the ship in Budapest
  • 14 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom, most with French balconies
  • Life enriching tours and excursions daily
  • Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library and English language TV stations
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding
  • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe's great wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Transfer from Luxembourg, followed by high-speed TGV?train to Paris
  • 3 nights hotel in Paris at the Pullman Paris Montparnasse (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • Special highlights including lectures, 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)
  • Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from AmaWaterways
  • All local taxes
Accommodations on this Tour
Budapest: Sofitel Chain Bridge (or similar)
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS AmaDante
Paris: Pullman Paris Montparnasse (or similar)
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
  • Port Charges: $336 per person.
  • Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price.
  • Single Supplement for Land: $800 per person.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.

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