Magnificent Europe (15 Days)

Cruise Line: AmaWaterways
Ship: Varies by Departure
Budapest, Hungary to Amsterdam, Netherlands
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DAY 1
Budapest, Hungary

Arrive in Budapest and board your luxury cruise ship. Spend the evening onboard cruising around the famed Parliament Building as the city turns on all her dazzling lights. (D)

DAY 2
Budapest, Hungary

Home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Buda Castle quarter in Castle Hill and Heroes' Square, Budapest offers an unmatched combination of culture, tradition, and even a secret labyrinth of caves and caverns under the city. Your city tour begins with a visit to the vibrant Great Market Hall brimming with vendors selling everything from food to souvenirs. The remainder of this tour takes you to both the Buda (hilly) and the Pest (flat) sides of the river. (B)

DAY 3
Bratislava, Slovakia

Host to the crowning ceremonies of 19 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 culinary host to sample traditional Slovakian specialties, as well as learn how to prepare stuffed potato ravioli with an opportunity to taste your own creation. For a more active adventure, hike up to Bratislava Castle, offering magnificent views of the city. (B,L,D)

DAY 4
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. Or, 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 5
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 6
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 7
Regensburg, Germany

Explore Regensburg, one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 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 8
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 9
Bamberg, Germany

Explore enchanting Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in one of three ways. Join a guided walking tour of this medieval gem to see its cathedral, Old Town Hall, and elegant old mansions. Or taste your way through the city with tastings of smoked beer, licorice root, and Hörnla pastry. And for a more active adventure, join a guided bike tour. (B,L,D)

DAY 10
Würzburg, Germany

Nestled along the "Romantic Road" lies Würzburg. Join a walking tour of this beautiful city, or visit its crown jewel, the Baroque Residenz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get more active with a hike up to the Marienberg Fortress, the most prominent landmark on the left bank of the Main River in Würzburg. (B,L,D)

DAY 11
Wertheim, Germany
Miltenberg, Germany

Enjoy a walking tour of Wertheim, which has one of the most beautiful city centers in Germany. Those wishing to learn more about the art of pretzel making can join a demonstration and tasting, and for the more actively inclined, go on a guided bike tour. Later visit Miltenberg, with its fairytale half-timbered houses, Crooked House, and Royal Inn. While on your walking tour of Miltenberg, discover why this medieval town seems to leap from the pages of a fairytale; or if you prefer to explore Miltenberg more actively, go on a hike. (B,L,D)

DAY 12
Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany

Rüdesheim is the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley. With a history stemming from Roman times, Rüdesheim is known for its winemaking, the medieval lane of Drosselgasse, Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Museum, and Rüdesheimer Kaffee. You have a variety of ways to explore, depending on your interest. Drink up the stunning views by soaring high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue. Prefer to indulge in a bit of whimsy, then visit Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum with its remarkable collection of self-playing musical instruments. You also have the choice to taste one of the town's special delights, Rüdesheimer Kaffee, ceremoniously made with warm brandy. (B,L,D)

DAY 13
Rhine Gorge, Germany
Cologne, Germany

Cruise through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river, en route to Cologne, home to one of Germany's most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral. Join a guided tour through the Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral. Continue to the Cologne Rathaus, Germany's oldest town hall, the Overstolzenhaus, and the Festival Hall. For a different view of the city, visit a local tavern to taste its famous Kölsch beer, only made in Cologne, and Reibekuchen, potato pancakes typically served with apple sauce. Active adventurists will want to join a guided bike ride along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten. (B,L,D)

DAY 14
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Discover Amsterdam's iconic canals and leaning houses with a scenic canal cruise. Continue with a walk to the Begijnhof and be charmed by its historic buildings dating back to the Middle Ages. Later in the day, set sail. (B,L,D)

DAY 15
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Disembark the ship and prepare for your flight home. (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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Cancellation Policy: For any cruise/land booking, whether under deposit, partially paid, or paid in full, including air packages, the following travel agent or guest-requested situations are considered cancellations and penalties will apply as noted below: changes to departure date; substitutions of itinerary; substitution of another person for original booked guest(s); or changing to a promotional fare. All cancellations must be in writing. For all air-inclusive packages cancelled after issuance of an airline ticket, the air portion of the refund, if any, will be processed only after the return of airline ticket. The following cancellation charges will be assessed for all written cancellations received prior to departure up to the scheduled time of departure.

Cancellation received | Following charges will apply: (Broken out by days before departure) 121 days or more is $200 per person | 120-90 days is $400 per person | 89-60 days is 35% of full fare | 59-30 days is 50% of full fare | 29-7 days is 80% of full fare | 6 days prior to sailing is 100% cancellation. Full Fare is defined as the full cost of any cruise, land or air component purchased from AmaWaterways. All air purchased through AmaWaterways has a cancellation penalty of $350 per person for Economy and $600 per person for Business class. In the event you purchase a non-refundable ticket, the full fare is under penalty.

*Certain airline tickets, including all intra-Asia Flights within 90 days of departure and published price tickets, are 100% non-refundable. Penalty rates shown are for flight arrangements deposited/booked from July 1, 2014 onward. Except as otherwise provided in your Passenger Ticket Contract, after travel begins, there is no refund for unused services, or unused portions of cruise, cruise/tour or airfare.

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