Blue Danube Discovery (8 Days)

Cruise Line: AmaWaterways
Ship: Varies by Departure
Budapest, Hungary to Nürnberg, Germany
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DAY 1
Budapest, Hungary

Board your cruise in Budapest. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers as the ship cruises to Bratislava. (D)

DAY 2
Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava certainly has earned the title "Coronation City of Kings" as you'll discover during your walking tour that includes the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace, and St. Martin's Cathedral. Or for more adventure, go high above the city by hiking up to Bratislava Castle. (B,L,D)

DAY 3
Vienna, Austria

The "City of Waltzes" offers a treasure trove of gems and you have two ways to discover them. Join a city tour showcasing its regal splendors, including the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna's historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and then visiting St. Stephen's Cathedral. For a more active exploration of the area, take a guided bike ride along the Danube. During the afternoon, you can enjoy leisure time or pedal your way to Klosterneuburg Monastery on a guided cycling tour. (B,L,D)

DAY 4
Dürnstein, Austria
Melk, Austria

After reaching the Wachau Valley in the morning, you'll have a choice of three excursions in Dürnstein. Partake in a walking tour along cobblestone streets to the luminous blue façade of the Baroque Stiftskirche and its famed church tower, before enjoying a wine tasting in a local cellar. For a beautiful view of the Wachau Valley, hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held. Alternatively, visit a local boutique, where you'll be treated to the region's finest apricot products. After your morning excursions, you have a choice to cruise through the Wachau Valley to Melk or join a bike tour along the Danube. Upon reaching Melk, take a tour of the UNESCO-designated Melk Abbey. (B,L,D)

DAY 5
Passau, Germany

Enjoy a scenic morning sailing to the medieval city of Passau. Join a walking tour through this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephan's Cathedral. Guests looking for a more active morning can choose between a guided bike tour along the Danube, or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus Fortress overlooking Passau. (B,L,D)

DAY 6
Regensburg, Germany

Explore Regensburg, one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities, on a guided walking tour showcasing the city's architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria, a gate to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. As an alternate option, sample some of Bavaria's specialties—beer, sausage, and pretzels; or bike to Walhalla where you'll see the Neo-classical white-marble temple inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. (B,L,D)

DAY 7
Nürnberg, Germany

Enjoy a scenic morning cruise as the ship crosses the Continental Divide via the Main-Danube Canal to Nuremberg. Explore the medieval city center with a tour that showcases the Imperial Castle and the famous town wall, as well as Albrecht Dürer's home and Market Square with its legendary fountain. Or you can take a guided tour of the city's WWII history, including a visit to the infamous Zeppelin Field, a museum built on the site of former Nazi rallies and the site of the Nuremberg Trials when not in session. Alternatively, savor traditional Franconian specialties by sampling famously delicious Nuremburger Bratwurst, Rotbier (red beer), and Lebkuchen (gingerbread). (B,L,D)

DAY 8
Nürnberg, Germany

This morning, depart the ship after breakfast. (B)

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About Us

At AmaWaterways, we love what we do - providing our guests with the best travel experiences possible. In fact, "Ama" is derived from the Latin word for "love." It is a concept that permeates every aspect of our river cruises, from the design of our ships to the development of our itineraries to the high levels of service we deliver to our guests. Experience more ways to discover, more ways to indulge and more onboard amenities. With an award-winning fleet in Europe, Vietnam, Cambodia and Africa, critically acclaimed dining and unique tour options, you will have the trip of a lifetime on our cruises.

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AmaWaterways is proud to be the only river cruise line inducted into La Chaine des Rotisseurs, one of the world's most prestigious culinary organizations.

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