DONALD WOODARD

Woodard Luxury Travel

AmaWaterways Danube River Cruise - May 2025

May 16, 2025 to May 26, 2025
Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, and Germany
  AmaWaterways 

DANUBE RIVER CRUISE WITH OPTIONAL 3-NIGHT PRAGUE PRE STAY

 

Experience the legendary Danube River with Woodard Luxury Travel as we embark on the AmaWaterways AmaBella for an epic 7-night journey from Vilshofen, Germany to Budapest, Hungary. Those longing for the romance of Old World Europe will get to travel into the very heart of the continent, where empires were built, kings and queens were crowned and some of the world’s greatest music was composed and performed by the likes of Mozart and Beethoven. Grand European cities like Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest forever remain timeless. Admire the beauty of Salzburg or the Czech Republic’s charming mountain town, Ceský Krumlov. From grand abbeys and fortresses perched high above the Danube to plentiful iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites, be romanced by the Danube with all her regal and romantic splendor. 

 

 

What's included in this trip:

SPACIOUS STATEROOMS

  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
  • Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
  • Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily

AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES

  • Wellness Activities with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
  • Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances

AWARD-WINNING DINING

  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
  • Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge

A WORLD OF EXPLORATION

  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
  • Bike tours and hikes
  • Special Interest Tours
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways
 
What's not included:
  • Travel protection (Highly recommended)
  • Airfare (can be added to the trip)
  • Optional 3-night pre stay in Prague:
    • 3 nights hotel in Prague at the Old Town Hilton (or similar), including city tour, Czech beer tasting and daily breakfast
    • Transfer from the hotel in Prague to Regensburg with city tour and then on to Vilshofen
 

Itinerary:

Optional Pre Stay in Prague:

May 16: Prague, Czech Republic

Arrive in Prague and check-in to your hotel.

May 17: Prague

Experience the wonders of Prague and its historic city center that is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site on your city tour or you can hike to the grand castle. See Rudolfinum and the Hundertwasser Dancing House. Visit the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle and St. Vitus before walking over the romantic Charles Bridge to the Old Market Square, where you will find the capital’s famous Astronomical Clock. (B)

May 18: Prague

Beer has a long and illustrious history in the Czech Republic with the first brewery known to have existed in 993. Pilsner Urquell was created in 1842, being the first pilsner ever made, whilst Budweiser came into being in the city of Budweis. Beer is a core part of the country’s national identity, so much so the Czechs are the biggest consumers of beer in the world. The country is home to more than 100 breweries with a combination of big names and micro establishments offering a huge range of styles, so join a Czech beer tasting and discover for yourself what makes the Czech’s beer some of the very best in the world. (B)

May 19: Prague – Regensburg, Germany – Embarkation – Vilshofen

Depart from Prague via motorcoach and enjoy a stop in Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which you’ll discover on a guided walking tour showcasing the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria. After touring Regensburg, continue your journey on to Vilshofen, where you will board your luxury cruise ship. Cap the day off with an exclusive festive Oktoberfest celebration. (B,D)

May 20: Vilshofen - Passau

Explore Vilshofen’s beautiful old town before cruising to Passau, known as the “City of Three Rivers.” Join a walking tour or if you prefer to be more active, hike high into the hills for a visit to the “Veste Oberhaus,” Passau’s Castle Hill; or go on a River Inn bike tour. (B,L,D)

May 21: Linz, Austria

The ship arrives in Linz where you’ll have several choices of excursions. Opt for a full-day excursion to Salzburg where you’ll tour the historic center, Mirabell Gardens, Residenz Square and the Old Market. En route to Salzburg, stop at Mondsee, home of the famed Basilica St. Michael and site of the wedding scene in The Sound of Music. You may also choose to join a full-day excursion to the charming Czech mountain town of Český Krumlov, where you can stroll its cobblestone streets; marvel at the city’s picturesque Baroque and Renaissance-style buildings; and tour Krumlov Castle, one of Europe’s largest castle complexes. Following these full-day excursions, you may also choose to take a brief walking tour in Linz. Alternatively, join a walking tour through the old city center of Linz and by the Mozart House; or bike along the city’s famed “Cultural Mile” and the Danube. (B,L,D)

May 22: Weissenkirchen 

Cruise through the Strudengau and Wachau valleys to Weissenkirchen, gateway to Dürnstein. Once here, you can choose to join a walking tour in Dürnstein along its cobblestone streets to the Baroque Stiftskirche, and then visit Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey. For the more active adventurer, you can opt to hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held, or take a bike ride along the Danube through the Wachau Valley. As an alternative excursion, visit a local apricot grower, where you’ll enjoy the region’s finest apricot treats. Later in the evening, enjoy a special wine tasting of locally grown, world-renowned Riesling and Grüner Veltliner in Weissenkirchen. (B,L,D)

May 23: Vienna

The “City of Waltzes” offers a treasure trove of gems and your city tour showcases them, including the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace. Your tour concludes in the historic city center with a visit to St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Or if you prefer a more active tour, take a guided bike ride through Vienna. During the afternoon, enjoy leisure time to further explore this iconic city. (B,L,D)

May 24: Bratislava, Slovenia

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 you’ll 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)

May 25: Budapest. Hungary

Today you have the opportunity to visit both the Buda (hilly) and Pest (flat) sides of the Danube River. Start on the Buda side, following your guide through the city’s Castle District where you will marvel at the fairytale turrets of Fisherman’s Bastion, gaze upon the breathtaking panorama below and see Matthias Church, renowned for its striking tower and colorful mosaic roof. For a more active tour, hike to Budapest’s Castle Hill. In the afternoon, explore the treasures of Pest, admiring the colossal Hungarian Parliament Building, Heroes’ Square and the moving “Shoes on the Danube Bank” memorial. (B,L,D)

May 26: Return Flights Home

After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, you will transfer to the airport for return flights home. Be sure to tell everyone how much you enjoyed this trip and get prepared for the next vacation with Woodard Luxury Travel!

 
 

 

Cancellation policy:

All itineraries are subject to the cancellation policy of AmaWaterways or if you purchase trip insurance you are subject to their policy. If you would prefer to purchase trip insurance, please let Woodard Luxury Travel know prior to booking and we will adjust the pricing to include the insurance.

Available Packages

Cabin - Category AB
Available until February 18, 2025

$6,579.00
Deposit: $400.00 per person

French and Outside Balcony combo
Cello Deck
235 sq. ft.
Port charges
Double Occupancy

Cabin - Category C
Available until February 18, 2025

$5,579.00
Deposit: $400.00 per person

French Balcony
Violin and Cello Decks
170 sq. ft.
Port charges
Double Occupancy

Cabin - Category D
Available until February 18, 2025

$4,479.00
Deposit: $400.00 per person

Fixed Windows
Piano Deck
170 sq. ft.
Port charges
Double Occupancy

Extra Options

Optional 3 Night pre-cruise stay in Prague (Per Person, Double Occupancy)
Available until February 18, 2025

$975.00

  • 3 nights hotel in Prague at the Old Town Hilton (or similar), including city tour, Czech beer tasting and daily breakfast
  • Transfer from the hotel in Prague to Regensburg with city tour and then on to Vilshofen
  • Complementary if booked by March 31, 2024

Optional 3 Night pre-cruise stay in Prague (Single Occupancy)
Available until February 18, 2025

$1,395.00

  • 3 nights hotel in Prague at the Old Town Hilton (or similar), including city tour, Czech beer tasting and daily breakfast
  • Transfer from the hotel in Prague to Regensburg with city tour and then on to Vilshofen
  • Complementary if booked by March 31, 2024

Travel Protection
Available until February 18, 2025

$0.00

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Airfare
Available until February 18, 2025

$0.00

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Single Supplement
Available until February 18, 2025

$0.00

More Information:
 
Normally 200% of Double occupancy price.
 
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