Diane and Gene Strandberg recommend:
"Legendary Danube" River Cruise/Tour
aboard the "AMA Sonata"
This cruise/tour starts with three nights in Prague. Then delve into Europe’s history starting from Nuremberg and concluding in Budapest. In between, cruise through the man-made marvel, the Main-Danube Canal, across the Continental Divide and through the Wachau Valley. Explore perfectly preserved medieval cities, such as Nuremberg and Regensburg, and visit Vienna where imperial dynasties built a harmonious blend of architectural wonders. Throughout your journey, get a feel for the land by biking and hiking, and sampling delicate wines and hearty beers.
The new 164 passenger AMA Sonata features the most advanced design
of any river cruise vessel currently in operation. Our exclusive Twin
Balconies are available in most staterooms,which measure a spacious
210-235 square feet, with four suites measuring 300 square feet.
Passengers will enjoy gourmet dining with free-flowing wines at
multiple on-board dining venues; a heated sun deck swimming pool
with a "swim-up" bar; fitness center and spa; complimentary ship
wide and in-room internet and Infotainment; and a fleet of bicycles
carried on-board for passengers to enjoy on their own or on guided
bike tours. The AMA Sonata was just built in 2014 .
The Itinerary (Ten Nights):
Thursday - ARRIVE IN PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC: Arrive in Prague and transfer to your hotel.
Friday - 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, the National Museum, Wenceslas Square 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)
Saturday - PRAGUE: Spend a day at your leisure. Wander through the city admiring its diversity of architectural styles: Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Art Nouveau. Meander through its colorful local markets or simply relax in a café to enjoy the many famous Czech beers. (B)
Sunday - PRAGUE – PILZEN, GERMANY – EMBARKATION – NUREMBERG: Depart from Prague via motorcoach and enjoy a stop in Pilzen. After a local highlights tour, drive to Nuremberg where you will board your ship. (B,D)
Monday - NUREMBERG: You have two choices of excursions while in Nuremberg: one focusing on the medieval highlights and another focusing WWII. Enjoy a guided tour through this beautiful medieval city, showcasing the Imperial Castle, famous town wall and the legendary fountain of the Market Square. Or turn back the pages of a darker history with a guided tour of the city’s most important WWII sites, including the enormous Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds. You’ll also visit the Nuremberg Trials Memoriam, and Courtroom 600 if the courtroom is not in session. En route to Regensburg, you’ll cruise through the manmade marvel, the Main-Danube Canal. (B,L,D)
Tuesday - REGENSBURG: Explore one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities Regensburg on a guided walking tour showcasing the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria. Alternatively, sample some Bavarian specialties—beer, sausage and pretzels, and for those who wish to be more active, join a bike tour to Walhalla where you will see the Neoclassical white marble temple inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. (B,L,D)
Wednesday - PASSAU – LINZ, AUSTRIA: Enjoy a walking tour along Passau's cobblestone streets admiring the Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. For guests looking for a more active morning, you can choose between a guided bike tour along the Danube River, or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus Fortress for panoramic views overlooking three rivers. Later in the day, set sail for Linz. (B,L,D)
Thursday - MELK – VIENNA: Cruise to Melk, known for its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s largest and most revered monasteries. Alternatively, you can join a guided bike tour that takes you through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley; or go on a walking tour along Dürnstein's cobblestone streets to the Baroque Stiftskirche, famed church tower. Later in the day, set sail through the vineyard-rich Wachau Valley. (B,L,D)
Friday - VIENNA: The “City of Waltzes” offers a treasure trove of gems and you have two ways to discover them. Join a city tour showcasing its regal splendors, including the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and then visiting St. Stephen’s Cathedral. For a more active exploration of the area, take a guided bike ride along the Danube. During the afternoon, you can enjoy leisure time or pedal your way to Klosterneuburg Monastery on a guided cycling tour. (B,L,D)
Saturday - BUDAPEST, HUNGARY: You cannot help but fall in love with Budapest, known as the “Queen of the Danube.” Your city tour begins with visit to the vibrant Great Market Hall brimming with vendors selling everything from food to souvenirs. The remainder of this tour takes you to both the Buda (hilly) and the Pest (flat) sides of the river. As an alternative choice, hike up to Castle Hill for breathtaking views of the city below. Spend your last evening on board cruising around the famed Parliament Building as the city turns on all her dazzling lights. (B,L,D)
Sunday - BUDAPEST – DISEMBARKATION: Bid farewell to Budapest as you prepare for your flight home. (B)
The 2018 Prices (per person double occupancy):
Suite Stateroom, Category SS: $7,428 plus $168 tax = $7,596 per person
French and Outside Balcony Stateroom, Category BB: $5,528 + $168 tax = $5,696 per person
French Balcony Stateroom, Category C: $5,028 + $168 tax = $5,196 per person
Window Stateroom, Category E: $4,129 + $168 tax = $4,297 per person
This deluxe river cruise includes:
Seven nights accommodations aboard the new AMA Sonata
Three nights accomodations in Prague
Gourmet dining with all meals included aboard ship
Free flowing wines, beer, and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
Infotainement System in your room featuring complimentary internet, TV, and movies
Unlimited complimentary bottled water in you room replenished daily
Lectures, cooking demonstrations, and music performances on board
Bicycles to explore on your own and guided bicycle tours
And of course life enriching tours and excursions at least once daily