Blue Danube Discovery

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Operator: AMA Waterways
Destination: Austria
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Overview

Discover a wealth of art, history and cultural treasures as you cruise to some of Europes most famous destinations. From Budapest, journey to Vienna, Passau and the 2,000-year-old town of Regensburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along the way, visit magnificent cathedrals and Baroque abbeys, sample Viennas sinfully rich sachertorte cake, experience the breathtaking scenery of the Wachau Valley winemaking region and traverse Europes Continental Divide.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Budapest

Board the ship for your Blue Danube Discovery cruise. (D)

Day 2 – Bratislava

Host to the crowning ceremonies of 11 Hungarian kings and queens between 1536 and 1830, Bratislava certainly has earned the title Coronation City of Kings, as youll discover during your walking tour. Or join a special Tastes of Slovakia tour. For a more active adventure, hike up to Bratislava Castle, offering magnificent views of the city. (B,L,D)

Day 3 – Vienna

The City of Waltzes offers a treasure trove of gems and your city tour showcases its regal splendors, including the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs. Conclude your tour in Viennas historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and then visit St. Stephens Cathedral. For a more active exploration of the area, take a guided bike ride. During the afternoon, enjoy leisure time exploring this iconic city even more. (B,L,D)

Day 4 – Durnstein, Scenic cruising the Wachau Valley & Melk

After reaching the Wachau Valley in the morning, youll have a choice of three excursions in Drnstein. Partake in a walking tour along cobblestone streets to the luminous blue faade of the Baroque Stiftskirche, with 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 youll be treated to the regions finest apricot products. After your morning excursions, you have the 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

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. Stephens 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

Explore Regensburg, one of Germanys best preserved medieval cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a guided walking tour showcasing the citys architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 A.D. As an alternate option, sample some of Bavarias specialtiesbeer, sausage and pretzels; or bike to Walhalla where youll see the neoclassical white marble temple inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. (B,L,D)

Day 7 – Nuremburg

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 Drers home and Market Square with its legendary fountain. Or you can take a guided tour of the citys 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, Rot bier (red beer) and Lebkuchen (gingerbread). (B,L,D)

Day 8 – Nuremburg

Bid farewell to Nuremberg and prepare for your flight home. (B)

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