The Romantic Danube

From Prague to Budapest aboard a Premier River Vessel

The Romantic Danube route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $2399  
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 Cruises
Trip Level: Cultural exploration and walking tours
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Highlights

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


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

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

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Visa Requirements

US citizens do not need a visa for the countries visited on this trip.

Special Offers!

Early Booking Discount: Save 5% off the cruise price of 2015 sailings of this trip when you book by July 31, 2014! 

Offer valid for new bookings only, expires July 31, 2014.

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.

Itinerary

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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

Our morning’s sightseeing tour reveals why Prague is considered one of Europe’s most attractive cities. We 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 us through elegant Regensburg, one of Bavaria’s finest medieval cities, and we explore the tiny riverside town of Vilshofen, including celebrating "Oktoberfest" just off teh 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, we 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 our walking tour, we have afternoon options to visit the medieval Czech town of Cesky Krumlov or Salzburg, city of Mozart.

Day 7
Melk / Krems

We 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 our explorations of this enchanting city of High Baroque churches and aristocratic mansions. Evening choices include a Mozart or Strauss concert.

Day 9
Bratislava, Slovakia

We cruise to Bratislava, where our 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, we enjoy a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest. After our explorations today, our vessel will take a night cruise past the illuminated river front. Disembark and depart on Day 11.

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Note: These cruises are not exclusive Wilderness Travel departures. The itinerary, lecturers, and other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the ship operator.

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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 (listed below this chart).

START
CITY
DATESSHIP
NAME
EMBARK
CITY
EMBARK
DATE
CRUISE
ONLY
CRUISE
& LAND
Prague Mar 28-Apr 7, 2014 ‡ AmaCerto Vilshofen Mar 31 $2,499 $3,249
Prague Apr 1-Apr 11, 2014 AmaLyra Vilshofen Apr 4 $2,599 $3,349
Prague Apr 2-12, 2014 ** AmaVerde Vilshofen Apr 5 $2,699 $3,449
Prague Apr 11-21, 2014 AmaCerto Vilshofen Apr 14 $2,799 $3,549
Prague Apr 15-25, 2014 AmaLyra Vilshofen Apr 18 $2,899 $3,649
Prague Apr 25-May 5, 2014 AmaCerto Vilshofen Apr 28 $3,099 $3,849
Prague May 23-Jun 2, 2014 AmaCerto Vilshofen May 26 $3,299 $4,049
Prague May 24-Jun 3, 2014 AmaPrima Vilshofen May 27 $3,299 $4,049
Prague Jun 8-18, 2014 AmaSonata Vilshofen Jun 11 $3,299 $4,049
Prague Jun 21-Jul 1, 2014 AmaPrima Vilshofen Jun 24 $3,099 $3,849
Prague Jun 22-Jul 2, 2014 AmaSonata Vilshofen Jun 25 $3,099 $3,849
Prague Jul 5-15, 2014 AmaPrima Vilshofen Jul 8 $3,099 $3,849
Prague Jul 18-28, 2014 AmaCerto Vilshofen Jul 21 $3,099 $3,849
Prague Jul 19-29, 2014 AmaPrima Vilshofen Jul 22 $3,099 $3,849
Prague Jul 20-30, 2014 AmaSonata Vilshofen Jul 23 $3,099 $3,849
Prague Aug 3-13, 2014 AmaSonata Vilshofen Aug 6 $3,099 $3,849
Prague Aug 16-26, 2014 AmaPrima Vilshofen Aug 19 $3,199 $3,949
Prague Aug 30-Sep 9, 2014 AmaPrima Vilshofen Sep 2 $3,499 $4,249
Prague Sep 12-22, 2014 AmaCerto Vilshofen Sep 15 $3,499 $4,249
Prague Sep 13-23, 2014 AmaPrima Vilshofen Sep 16 $3,499 $4,249
Prague Sep 14-24, 2013 AmaSonata Vilshofen Sep 17 $3,499 $4,249
Prague Sep 28-Oct 8, 2014 AmaSonata Vilshofen Oct 1 $3,499 $4,249
Prague Oct 11-21, 2014 AmaPrima Vilshofen Oct 14 $3,299 $4,049
Prague Oct 12-22, 2014 AmaSonata Vilshofen Oct 15 $3,199 $3,949
Prague Oct 25-Nov 4, 2014 AmaPrima Vilshofen Oct 28 $2,999 $3,749
Prague Oct 26-Nov 5, 2014 AmaSonata Vilshofen Oct 29 $2,999 $3,749
Prague Nov 8-18, 2014‡ AmaPrima Vilshofen Nov 11 $2,699 $3,449
Prague Nov 9-19, 2014 ‡ AmaSonata Vilshofen Nov 12 $2,699 $3,449
Prague Nov 12-22, 2014 AmaBella Vilshofen Nov 15 $2,699 $3,449
Prague Dec 24, '14-Jan 3, '15 AmaBella Vilshofen Dec 27 $2,799 $3,549
Prague Apr 3-13, 2015 AmaPrima Vilshofen Apr 6$2,699$3,479
Prague Apr 18-28, 2015 AmaDolce Vilshofen Apr 21$3,099$3,879
Prague May 1-11, 2015 AmaPrima Vilshofen May 4$3,299$4,079
Prague May 24-Jun 3, 2015 AmaSerena Vilshofen May 27$3,399$4,179
Prague May 29-Jun 8, 2015 AmaPrima Vilshofen Jun 1$3,399$4,179
Prague Jun 7-17, 2015 AmaSerena Vilshofen Jun 10$3,299$4,079
Prague Jun 21-Jul 1, 2015 AmaSerena Vilshofen Jun 24$3,299$4,079
Prague Jun 26-Jul 6, 2015 AmaPrima Vilshofen Jun 29$3,299$4,079
Prague Jun 28-Jul 8, 2015 AmaSonata Vilshofen Jul 1$3,299$4,079
Prague Jul 24-Aug 3, 2015 AmaPrima Vilshofen Jul 27$3,299$4,079
Prague Jul 26-Aug 5, 2015 AmaSonata Vilshofen Jul 29$3,299$4,079
Prague Aug 2-12, 2015 AmaSerena Vilshofen Aug 5$3,299$4,079
Prague Aug 9-19, 2015 AmaSonata Vilshofen Aug 12$3,299$4,079
Prague Aug 16-26, 2015 AmaSerena Vilshofen Aug 19$3,399$4,179
Prague Aug 21-31, 2015 AmaPrima Vilshofen Aug 24$3,399$4,179
Prague Aug 23-Sep 2, 2015 AmaSonata Vilshofen Aug 26$3,499$4,279
Prague Aug 30-Sep 9, 2015 AmaSerena Vilshofen Sep 2$3,599$4,379
Prague Sep 6-16, 2015 AmaSonata Vilshofen Sep 9$3,599$4,379
Prague Sep 13-23, 2015 AmaSerena Vilshofen Sep 16$3,599$4,379
Prague Sep 18-28, 2015 AmaPrima Vilshofen Sep 21$3,599$4,379
Prague Sep 27-Oct 7, 2015 AmaSerena Vilshofen Sep 30$3,599$4,379
Prague Oct 11-21, 2015 AmaSerena Vilshofen Oct 14$3,299$4,079
Prague Oct 18-28, 2015 AmaSonata Vilshofen Oct 21$3,199$3,979
Prague Nov 1-11, 2015 AmaSonata Vilshofen Nov 4$2,899$3,679
Prague Nov 13-23, 2015‡ AmaPrima Vilshofen Nov 16$2,799$3,579
Prague Nov 15-25, 2015‡ AmaSonata Vilshofen Nov 18$2,799$3,579
Prague Nov 18-28, 2015‡ AmaBella Vilshofen Nov 21$2,799$3,579
Prague Dec 27, '15-Jan 6, '16 AmaSonata Vilshofen Dec 30$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 (see below).

AmaDolce and AmaLyra Cabin Upgrade Pricing

Category Deck Stateroom 2014 2015
D Piano Window add $249 add $299
C Violin/Cello French Balcony add $649 add $799
B Violin/Cello French Balcony add $849 add $999
A Violin French Balcony add $979 add $1099
A+ Violin French Balcony add $1699 add $2099
S Violin French Balcony add $1999 add $2299

AmaPrima, AmaCerto, AmaBella, AmaSonata, AmaSerena Cabin Upgrade Pricing

Category Deck Stateroom 2014 2015
D Piano Window add $249 add $299
C Violin/Cello French Balcony add $649 add $799
BB Cello French Balcony/Outside Balcony add $1149 add $1299
BA Violin French Balcony/Outside Balcony add $1249 add $1499
AB Violin/Cello French Balcony/Outside Balcony add $1449 add $1699
AA Violin French Balcony/Outside Balcony add $1649 add $1899
AA+ Violin French Balcony/Outside Balcony add $1999 add $2499
SS Violin French Balcony/Outside Balcony add $2649 add $2999

Single Supplement: 50% of Cruise Cost, additional $390 (2014) or $420 (2015) for Land Cost. 100% of Cruise and Land Cost for Junior Suites.

Port Charges: $161 (2014) or $168 (2015) per person

Important: Dates, prices and itineraries for 2015 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: These cruises are not exclusive Wilderness Travel departures. The itinerary, lecturers, and other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the ship operator.

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.

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*

More than 121 days prior to departure: $200 per person
120-90 days prior: $400
89-60 days prior: 35% of cruise or trip price
59-30 days prior: 50% of cruise or trip price
29-7 days prior: 80% of cruise or trip price
6 days or fewer days prior: 100% of cruise or trip price

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

Arrival & Departure Information

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

 

INTERNATIONAL AIR TRAVEL

You are responsible for making your own arrangements for flights to and from the cruise.  You will find the lowest airfares by searching travel sites such as kayak.com or going to the airlines’ websites.  Round trip airfare packages from New York are available through the cruise operator. Please contact Wilderness Travel for details.

Airlines with the most convenient schedules for this trip include:

Austrian Airlines
800-843-0002
www.aua.com/us/eng

British Airways
800-247-9297
www.ba.com

Lufthansa
800-399-5838
www.lufthansa.com

Air France
800-237-2747
www.airfrance.com

American Airlines
800-433-7300
www.aa.com

Delta Airlines
800-241-4141
www.delta.com

 

Depending on your routing, it is necessary to depart from the U.S. one or possibly two days prior to Day 1 of the trip itinerary. The name on your airline ticket must match the name on your passport exactly, and your passport must be valid for at least six months after your date of return to the U.S.

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 so we can reserve your airport transfers. It is your responsibility to ensure your flight times coordinate with the arrival and departure logistics for this trip.

We recommend at least a two-hour connection time at the gateway city for the international flight. Although shorter connecting times are legal, you want to allow some time in case your domestic flight is delayed.

Flight Reconfirmations
Reconfirm your international flights 72 hours prior to departure to verify check-in and departure times and to learn of any last minute changes. We suggest you check your luggage all the way through from your hometown to your final destination.

Late Arrival
If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact the airlines immediately to rearrange your flight schedule. Once rescheduled, please contact our office at (800) 368-2794 or (510) 558-2488 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Pacific Time, or leave a message after hours). Detailed information with local contacts will be included in your Final Documents.

 

EMERGENCY CONTACT

Should you wish to give family and friends an emergency contact number, please have them call our office. As it may be difficult, expensive, or even impossible to contact you for short periods (especially when you are traveling in remote regions), this should only be used in cases requiring your early return or an immediate phone call.

Wilderness Travel: (800) 368-2794 or (510) 558-2488.

 

<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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