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Day 1 and 2 – Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is among the favorite city destinations in Europe. Once the capital of the Roman Empire, Prague was founded more than 1,100 years ago and it features many historic attractions and buildings which survived destruction during the World Wars. Prague is a multi-cultural city full of art and unique architecture including the imposing Prague Castle, the unique Astronomical Clock, the historic Charles Bridge, the innovative Dancing House, Stiassny's Jubilee Synagogue, and many more. It is also home for a touching testimony of Jewish history and culture. Prague's history is fascinating and it's culture vibrant. These and more reasons attract more than 4 million tourists to Prague each year. We will explore this exciting capital city during our stay.
Day 3 - Prague / Nuremburg
We travel overland this morning to the historic city of Nuremberg. Founded more than 1000 years ago, the city was the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire for centuries and the preferred residence of the German kings, attracting scholars and artists alike. Martin Luther claimed that “Nuremberg shines throughout Germany like a sun among the moon and stars,” and by the 19th century the city had become an industrial powerhouse. Infamous during WWII as the site of Hitler’s vast party rallies, the city was reduced to rubble by an Allied bombing campaign. Following the Nuremburg Trials, painstaking reconstruction began, using the original stone, and today many of the city’s main buildings, including the castle and old churches in the Alstadt, have been rebuilt. Just as importantly, over the years, Nuremberg has regained its lively Bavarian cheer. If you have time while we’re here, set out and sample a slice of the city’s acclaimed nightlife, or visit a tavern for a tankard of fresh-brewed beer. Explore Nüremberg during a walking tour of this beautiful city, followed by lunch in a local restaurant before embarking your ship.
Day 4 - Kelheim & Regenburg, Germany
This morning we arrive in Kelheim. Boasting more than 1,000 years of brewing tradition, this is a beer-lover’s paradise — in fact, the world’s oldest operating brewery/monastery is located here. We’ll end our guided tour of Kelheim with a visit to Weltenberg Monastery, where you can judge their brewing expertise.
Next we cruise on to another charming Danube port of call, Regensburg. The first capital of Bavaria, home of dukes, kings, and bishops, Regensburg has been a busy trading center since Roman times — as attested to by the numerous Roman, Romanesque, and Gothic sites that complement the town’s essentially medieval character. On a guided walking tour, your guide will point out many of the highlights, including the remains of the emperor’s old Roman Wall and Porta Praetoria, the 12th-century Old Bridge, the Dom St. Peter, one of Bavaria’s grandest Gothic cathedrals, and stroll through medieval Old Town, with its narrow lanes, elegant patrician houses, charming churches, and stone towers.
With some time to explore on your own, you’ll find the city and its environs a delightfully easy — and rewarding — place to explore on your own.
Day 5 - Passau, Germany & Linz, Austria
Located at the confluence of three rivers—the Danube, Inn, and Ilz—Passau has been an important center of European trade for more than 2,500 years. From here, we will set off on our full day excursion to Mozart’s lovely alpine city of Salzburg. Explore this beautiful city and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant prior to rejoining the ship which has positioned itself in the Austrian city of Linz.
Day 6 - Melk, Wachau Valley, Durnstein & Vienna
In the early morning we arrive in the town of Emmersdorf for a visit to Melk. If you were a fan of Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose, you are in for a very special treat today — a visit to the 900-year-old Benedictine abbey that inspired the novel. On our guided tour we’ll see the Marble Hall, with its allegorical painted ceiling, the Imperial Rooms, and the famous library, housing more than 80,000 priceless volumes.
Back on-board you will cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley, a UNESCO-designated landscape of rolling vineyards, fairy-tale castles, and ancient hilltop ruins and monasteries. This afternoon we will arrive in the picturesque village of Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionheart was held captive in a castle above the village, by Leopold V, Duke of Austria during the Third Crusade. After exploring this town on foot, an exclusive Amras experience is dinner at a local restaurant with beautiful views of the Wachau Valley accompanie by the local regional wines.
Day 7 - Vienna, Austria
This morning you awake in Vienna. After breakfast on-board, start off on a guided city tour featuring all the highlights. We’ll travel the Ringstrasse, past one baroque masterpiece after another, take a walk through the gardens of royalty in the Hofburg, and stroll along Austria’s “5th Avenue,” the Kaernterstrasse, to see St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Afterwards, you may return to the ship for lunch or stay in town to sample Austria’s Imperial capital for yourself.
This afternoon, join a guided tour of Schonbrunn Palace, the stunning former summer palace and gardens of the Habsburg’s, former Habsburg’s 1,441-room Rococo “summer home” that which has been preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Top off your visit to this imperial city with a ‘Sound of Vienna’ evening concert with the sounds of Mozart echoing the concert hall.
Day 8 - Bratislava, Slovakia
Welcome to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, an Eastern European gem of a city set between the Danube and the legendary Carpathian Mountains. On our city tour we’ll take in centuries of wonderfully-preserved architecture, from the 13th-century Old Town Hall to Habsburg-era palaces and the city’s famous modern art spaces. Following lunch, we’ll set off on a trip to the outskirts of town to visit Schloss Hof, the far-from-humble country estate of Prince Eugene of Savoy, Austria’s great general and patron of the arts, who later in life hosted hunting parties here.
If perhaps, you’ve had your fill of palatial treasures, you might want to wander the old town center of Bratislava on your own, or take out one of the ship’s bicycles to set off on one of the city’s numerous cycle paths. Tonight, we gather for the Captain’s gala dinner.
Day 9 - Budapest, Hungary
From Slovakia we travel next into Hungary, Europe’s hidden jewel. With its exotic culture and cuisine, abundance of thermal hot springs and spas, and wealth of architectural marvels, Hungary is a traveller’s idyll. We arrive in Budapest this morning, our final destination and Hungary's capital city. Of all the gracious cities that line the Danube, it is Budapest that truly has the river at her heart, separating the two halves of Buda and Pest, which you’ll see on our city tour that takes in the highlights. This morning we visit the Buda side of the city stopping at St. Matthias Church in the famous UNESCO-designated Castle Hill District.
After we lunch on-board, we continue our tour of Hungary’s capital city of Budapest. We will visit St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Dohány Street Synagogue, the Opera House and more. After dinner tonight, enjoy an evening cruise along Budapest, illuminated in all her glory, followed by a traditional Hungarian folklore show.
Day 10 - Budapest, Hungary
After breakfast this morning, transfer to the airport for your return flight home, with so much to see and do in Budapest, you might consider our three-day independent Finale featuring a centrally-located hotel with a transfer to the Budapest airport at the end of your stay.