Grand Danube

From Prague to Istanbul Aboard the AmaPrima

Grand Danube route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $5398  
Length: 22 days
Arrive: Prague, Czech Republic (or Istanbul, Turkey)
Depart: Istanbul, Turkey (or Prague, Czech Republic)
Lodging: 7 nights hotels, 14 nights aboard 164-passenger premium river vessel
Meals: All meals included aboard ship and with the group ashore, including house wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Walking, River Cruising
Trip Level: 15-day cruise, cultural explorations and walking tours

Choosing the Right Trip

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Travel to legendary destinations, beginning with a 3-night stay in majestic Prague. After embarking upon your cruise, you will savor Wachau Valley wines, experience the beauty and history of Vienna and Budapest, traverse the narrow Iron Gates, and cruise along the Romanian-Bulgarian border to Bucharest, capital of Romania. Disembark your cruise and continue overland to Veliko Tarnovo, the ancient capital of Bulgaria, before arriving in Plovdiv. Your sojourn concludes with 3 nights in exotic Istanbul.


Days 1-2
Fly to Prague, Czech Republic

Fly to Prague, Czech Republic. Upon arrival on Day 2, transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is free to start exploring this beautiful city.

Day 3

Your morning sightseeing tour brings you to Prague’s historic city center, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city before visiting the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle. Afterwards, walk over Charles Bridge to the Old Town Square. This evening, an optional “Folklore Dinner Show” provides an opportunity to learn about Czech music, dance and cultural traditions. Overnight at hotel.

Day 4

Spend the day at your leisure or take an optional excursion to Terezin, the infamous WWII concentration camp that is now a memorial to those who perished. Or choose an optional excursion to Lobkowicz Palace. Overnight at hotel.

Day 5
Prague / Regensburg / Vilshofen / Embarkation

Depart Prague this morning and stop in Regensburg for a guided walking tour of one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch on your own, continue on to the charming 1,200-year-old Bavarian town of Vilshofen and board your luxurious ship. Later this afternoon, join your fellow passengers at a private “Oktoberfest” celebration in Vilshofen, with traditional beers and Bavarian folk music and dancing. Later, enjoy a festive Welcome Dinner aboard the ship.

Day 6
Vilshofen / Passau, Germany

This morning you are free to explore Vilshofen’s beautiful old town before cruising to Passau. This afternoon you will have a walking tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, cobblestone streets, and St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to one of the world’s largest pipe organs.

Day 7
Linz, Austria

The ship arrives this morning in Linz, the second largest city in Austria. You will have a choice of three different excursions. The first option is a walking tour of Linz, guiding you along the Landstrasse, the main downtown shopping district and pedestrian thoroughfare, to the city’s Main Square. You will enjoy some free time after to explore on your own, wander into a café or do a little shopping. The second option is an excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a wonderfully preserved medieval town nestled in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border. The third choice is an excursion to Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace, where you will take a walking tour of the historic center made famous by the “Sound of Music.” Enjoy free time on your own before returning to the ship.

Day 8
Melk / Krems

Cruise through the narrow Strudengau this morning en route to Melk. A guided tour will take you through Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest and most famous monastic sites, home to religious relics and a library filled with medieval manuscripts. From here, continue cruising the beautiful Wachau Valley to Krems, where you will take a motor coach ride to Dürnstein. On your walking tour of this picturesque old town, you’ll see the magnificent blue façade of the local abbey church and the ruins of a castle where Richard the Lionheart was once imprisoned. Tonight, after dinner on board, enjoy a wine tasting at a winery.

Day 9

During your morning city tour of Vienna, you will see the famous Opera House, the Ringstrasse, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The afternoon is free to stroll through the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or take an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace. This evening, you will have the opportunity to attend an optional Mozart and Strauss concert. The ship moors in Vienna overnight.

Day 10
Bratislava, Slovakia

Enjoy a scenic morning cruise to Bratislava, where you will have a walking tour that includes the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace, and St. Martin’s Cathedral. The remainder of the day is free to explore on your own.

Day 11
Budapest, Hungary

This morning, your sightseeing tour takes you to the historic Buda Castle, which offers a splendid view of the river and the twin cities of Buda and Pest. Your tour also features the Fisherman’s Bastion, Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica, and Heroes’ Square. The afternoon is free for you to explore on your own. After dinner, the ship will sail a special “Illuminations Cruise” past the glittering river front of Budapest.

Day 12

After breakfast this morning, you will have an excursion to Puszta, the great Hungarian plain that stretches to the eastern border of the country. This area is home to Hungarian cowboys who still wear traditional dress and practice the skills of their Magyar ancestors. After touring a typical csarda (farm), you will see an amazing performance of Hungarian horsemanship. You’ll also enjoy warm Hungarian hospitality and a traditional lunch of goulash before returning to the ship in Budapest.

Day 13
Mohacs / Pécs, Hungary

Arrive in Mohács during breakfast, then depart for your excursion to Pécs. Founded more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans, Pécs was an important cultural base during many centuries of Ottoman rule. You will visit the Mosque Church, the largest structure surviving from the Ottoman period, as well as the underground burial chambers that date back to the 4th century. You will also see St. Peter’s Basilica, the city’s main Catholic cathedral, as well as the restored Synagogue, before returning to the ship in Mohács. After lunch, enjoy a wine-tasting excursion to sample aromatic, spicy wines from the vineyards of Villány.

Day 14
Vukovar, Croatia / Novi Sad

This morning, your “Yugoslav Civil War” tour of Vukovar will show you the Ovcara Memorial, the monumental cross that serves as a memorial to those who lost their lives during Croatia’s struggle for independence. You may also choose a wine tasting excursion to the town of Ilok instead. Enjoy lunch on board as you cruise to Novi Sad, Serbia, one of Europe’s greatest historical treasures. On your afternoon walking tour of the city, you will see the Petrovaradin fortress, a mighty stronghold no enemy has ever breached, now home to a hotel, museum and artists’ studios. Some guests will also see the Novi Sad Synagogue, a beautiful structure located in the Old Town District.

Day 15
Belgrade, Serbia

Wake up in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, and enjoy a panoramic tour of the city that includes the Kalemegdan Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St. Sava. As an alternative, take the “Tito’s Memorial” tour, which includes a visit to the House of Flowers where the tomb of Josip Tito is located. You will also see some of the many gifts Tito received during his presidency. After your tour, you will have free time in the city center to stroll along Prince Michael Street, the city’s main shopping area.

Day 16
Cruising / Iron Gates

Today, enjoy a full day of cruising through one of Europe’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders, the Iron Gates. Here the Danube narrows as it winds through a series of magnificent gorges between Serbia and Romania. The banks of the river along this natural border are lined with sheer-faced rocks that stretch high overhead, a sight that will be an unforgettable highlight of your cruise.

Day 17
Vidin, Bulgaria

Today you will visit Belogradchik, a beautifully restored castle dating back to the Dark Ages, located in a stunning landscape of unusual rock formations. Continue on to the Baba Vida Fortress, the only entirely preserved medieval castle in the country. Standing guard over the Danube at the Bulgarian frontier town of Vidin, this massive medieval castle has thick walls and four imposing towers, a stark contrast to the peaceful park that surrounds it. Inside, you’ll be treated to a fascinating historical re-enactment, a performance held exclusively for AmaWaterways guests. The ship departs early afternoon.

Day 18
Giurgiu / Bucharest, Romania

Enjoy a full-day excursion to Bucharest, the “Paris of the East.” Begin your day with a city tour that features a visit to the Palace of the Parliament or the Open Air Museum, dedicated to preserving the traditional architecture of rural Romania. After lunch, you will have a guided tour of the newly renovated Lipscani district, the historical city center of Bucharest. The evening is yours to enjoy in Bucharest.

Day 19
Rousse / Disembarkation / Veliko Tarnovo / Plovdiv

Disembark the ship in Rousse and continue your tour by motor coach. Your first stop is the ancient capital of Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo, where you will see a traditional market known as Samovodska Charshia. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional Bulgarian lunch before continuing on to Plovdiv. This evening, take a walking tour to see traces of ancient Roman ruins found throughout Plovdiv’s Old Town area, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 20
Plovdiv, Bulgaria / Istanbul

After breakfast, continue on to exotic Istanbul for the grand three-night conclusion of your journey. You will stop for lunch in Erdine before continuing on to Istanbul and checking in to your hotel. The rest of the evening is free to explore on your own.

Day 21

A comprehensive city tour will take you through Istanbul’s Old City, with its numerous Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman monuments. Admire the mighty defensive walls, the Roman aqueduct, and the hippodrome. See the Galata Tower and visit the beautiful and historic Blue Mosque, so named for the blue tiles adorning its interior. This afternoon is free to explore the town on your own or join the optional “Turkish Delight” tour, an in-depth look at some of Istanbul’s most unique sights.

Day 22

Today, your guided sightseeing tour will take you to the spectacular Ottoman Sultans’ Grand Palace of Topkapi, home to every Sultan from the 15th-19th centuries. During your tour, admire the private chambers of the Sultans, the Harem (women’s quarters) and the Imperial Treasury’s vast collection, including the jewel-encrusted Topkapi Dagger and the stunning 86-carat Spoonmaker’s Diamond. This afternoon, enjoy an optional Bosphorus cruise to Istanbul’s chic, trendy neighborhood of Ortaköy, or spend the remainder of the day shopping for souvenirs or relaxing at a tea house or café.

Day 23
Depart Istanbul

Transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.

Note: This cruise is not an exclusive Wilderness Travel departure. 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).

PragueApr 3-24, 2015AmaPrimaVilshofenApr 6$5,398$7,178
IstanbulApr 16-May 7, 2015AmaPrimaRousseApr 20$6,098$7,878
PragueMay 1-22, 2015AmaPrimaVilshofenMay 4$6,598$8,378
IstanbulMay 14-Jun 4, 2015AmaPrimaRousseMay 18$6,698$8,478
PragueMay 29-Jun 19, 2015AmaPrimaVilshofenJun 1$6,698$8,478
IstanbulJun 11-Jul 2, 2015AmaPrimaRousseJun 15$6,498$7,677
PragueJun 26-Jul 17, 2015AmaPrimaVilshofenJun 29$6,498$8,278
IstanbulJul 9-30, 2015AmaPrimaRousseJul 13$6,498$8,278
PragueJul 24-Aug 14, 2015AmaPrimaVilshofenJul 27$6,498$8,278
IstanbulAug 6-27, 2015AmaPrimaRousseAug 10$6,598$8,378
PragueAug 21-Sep 11, 2015AmaPrimaVilshofenAug 24$6,798$8,578
IstanbulSep 3-24, 2015AmaPrimaRousseSep 7$7,098$8,878
PragueSep 18-Oct 9, 2015AmaPrimaVilshofenSep 21$7,098$8,878
IstanbulOct 1-22, 2015AmaPrimaRousseOct 5$6,898$8,678
PragueOct 16-Nov 6, 2015AmaPrimaVilshofenOct 19$6,198$7,978
IstanbulOct 29-Nov 19, 2015AmaPrimaRousseNov 2$5,698$7,478

Price above is per person in Category E, a deluxe stateroom with a fixed window. Cabin upgrades are available at additional cost (see below).


Category Deck Stateroom Price
D Piano Fixed Windows add $598
C Violin & Cello French Balcony add $1598
BB Cello French Balcony & Outside Balcony add $2598
BA Violin French Balcony & Outside Balcony add $2998
AB Cello French Balcony & Outside Balcony add $3398
AA Violin French Balcony & Outside Balcony add $3798
AA+ One French Balcony & Outside Balcony add $4998
Suite Three French Balcony & Outside Balcony add $5998

Single Supplement: 50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price.

Port Charges: $336 per person

Single Supplement for Land: $980 per person

Istanbul Hotel: InterContinental Ceylon (or similar)

Plovdiv Hotel: Dedeman (or similar)

Prague Hotel: InterContinental or Hilton Old Town (or similar)

Bedding: Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The choices are: Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

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.

Deck Plan

Trip Cost Includes:

  • 14 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom (most staterooms offer French balconies)
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Prague at the InterContinental or Hilton Old Town (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Istanbul at The Ritz-Carlton (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Plovdiv at the Dedeman (or similar), including Buffet Breakfast
  • Life enriching tours and excursions daily with personal headset
  • 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
  • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Unlimited red and white wines from Europe's great wine regions, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Transfer from Prague to the ship in Vilshofen
  • Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • All transfers with the purchase of cruise, land, and air package
  • Transfer from the hotel in Prague to the ship in VIlshofen
  • Fully escorted motor coach tour from the ship in Rousse to hotel in Istanbul
  • Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours
  • 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.


The 164-guest AmaPrima provides a most distinctive river cruise experience. A magnificent glass elevator is one of the unique design elements found onboard, as well as our exclusive “Twin Balconies.” The beautifully decorated accommodations range in size up to 350 square feet. Relax in a heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a “swim-up” bar, or enjoy Chaîne des Rôtisseurs culinary creations. The ship carries a fleet of bicycles and safety helmets free for you to use. The bicycles let you venture out and explore the riverside bikeways or meander through quaint cobblestone streets. The bikes are set up and ready for use as soon as the ship docks. Thanks to the computer provided in your stateroom and high-speed Internet access plus Wi-Fi, you can stay connected with friends and family back home. The exclusive movies-on-demand system offers Hollywood’s current releases, a selection of classic films, or entertaining travel videos chosen to coincide with your itinerary. You’ll also enjoy a variety of English-language news, sports and satellite TV stations, as well as a selection of music channels. It’s all available on your flat-panel TV, and it’s completely complimentary.