Begin in Amsterdam, then travel on the Rhine to Cologne, a historic university town with a breathtaking Cathedral. Cruise through the beautiful Rhine Gorge and then onto the Main River. Marvel at the Main-Danube Canal – an engineering masterpiece – as you traverse Europe’s Continental Divide from the comfort of your ship. Discover the culture and traditions of such grand old capitals as Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest.
Stretching from the Black Forest to the Black Sea, allows cruisers to have a glimpse of the heartland of central Europe. It flows through 1,800 miles along the riverbanks of Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Romania. The Danube played a vital role in the settlement and political evolution of central and southeastern Europe. Its banks, lined with castles and fortresses, formed the boundary between great empires, and its waters served as a vital commercial highway between nations. The river’s majesty has long been celebrated in music. The famous waltz An der schönen, blauen Donau (1867; The Blue Danube), by Johann Strauss the Younger, became the symbol of imperial Vienna. In the 21st century the river has continued its role as an important trade artery. It has been harnessed for hydroelectric power, particularly along the upper courses, including the national capitals of Vienna (Austria), Budapest(Hungary), and Belgrade.
Celebrate the magic of the holiday season, starting with two nights in Prague. Embark upon your cruise in Nuremberg, stopping to visit some of the charming towns where many beloved Christmas traditions originated. Wander the stalls of Europe’s most traditional and enchanting Christmas Markets, shopping for handcrafted toys and gifts, sipping hot mulled wine and inhaling the fragrance of gingerbread and roasted chestnuts.
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AMA Waterways Danube Cruises
Whether you want to take an 8 day river cruise or a Grand European Tour the Danube is an excellent choice. See a few of the options below and call for available dates and additional itinerary options.
Gems of Southeast Europe - 8-14 Days - Vienna : Istandbul
Begin your vacation in Vienna (or in Budapest), one of the world’s most celebrated cities, renowned for its music, architecture and dance. Transfer to Budapest and embark upon your Danube river cruise. Traverse the dramatic narrow gorge known as the Iron Gates, then cruise along the Romanian-Bulgarian border. Visit Vidin, Belogradchik and Bucharest, the capital and largest city in Romania. Disembark and continue by land to Veliko Tarnovo, the ancient capital of Bulgaria, before arriving in Plovdiv. Conclude your journey in Istanbul, a truly exotic and fascinating cultural crossroads.
The Romantic Danube - 8 - 11 Days - Prague : Budapest
Framed by rolling hillsides, lush vineyards, and medieval castles, the Danube River has captivated musicians, artists and poets throughout the centuries. Travel to legendary destinations, beginning with a 3-night stay in majestic Prague followed by 7 nights cruising from Vilshofen to Budapest. Explore a 2,000 year-old city, savor Wachau Valley wines, and experience the timeless beauty and fascinating history of Vienna and Budapest.