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What You Can Experience Sailing the Danube River Onboard AmaWaterways

Join award-winning AmaWaterways for the trip of a lifetime as you set sail along the legendary Danube River for an unforgettable river cruise.
5 minute read | Oct 6, 2023

The Danube River, Europe’s second-longest river, flows through the heart of the continent, spanning approximately 2,850 kilometers from its source in the Black Forest of Germany. This iconic waterway is accompanied by scenic beauty that spans along the banks with multiple cities, castles, and natural wonders ready to be discovered. One of the best ways to explore this breathtaking waterway and its stunning landscapes is on a dreamy AmaWaterways river cruise.

Named "Best River Cruise Line for Luxury" (Travelage West Wave Awards 2023), AmaWaterways delivers exceptional onboard service, world-class dining, and luxurious amenities. Shore excursions along the Danube River are designed by activity level (gentle, general, or active), so guests can select tours based on their own comfort level.

Discover what you can experience on an upcoming 7-night AmaWaterways cruise along the Danube River.

Contact a Travel Advisor in the Avoya Travel NetworkTM or browse here to see everything AmaWaterways has to offer for your next vacation.

Gems of Southeast Europe

Discover the wonders of Southeast Europe onboard AmaVerde, a 161-guest river cruise ship featuring a chic modern aesthetic, twin-balcony cabins, and spacious accommodations.

While onboard, enjoy fine dining at one of AmaWaterways' onboard restaurants. Selected as one of "The Best 10 Cruises for Food" by Food & Wine's 2023 Global Tastemakers List, AmaWaterways delivers award-winning cuisine throughout the voyage with regional-focused dishes and expertly paired wines at each dinner course.

Start your journey in Giurgiu, Romania. From here, visit Veliko Tarnovo, the ancient capital of Bulgaria, known for its medieval fortress and orthodox churches. Or venture to Rousse, home to Neo-Baroque and Neo-Rococo architecture. Afterward, visit the UNESCO-designated Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo, monolithic churches made from solid rock. Next, see the sights of Vidin, along with a stop at Baba Vida Fortress, a well-preserved Medieval castle. Culinary enthusiasts will enjoy a pastry- and yogurt-tasting tour and demonstration.

Travel onward through the Iron Gates, a series of naturally formed gorges on the Danube, before stopping in Belgrade, Serbia's capital. Join a city tour or hike to Belgrade Fortress. If you’re a wine connoisseur, enjoy a wine-tasting tour in neighboring Croatia, sample regional wines, and tour the Old Cellars.

As the cruise glides along the river, stop at Pécs, founded by the Romans over 2,000 years ago. Explore the UNESCO-designated Christian Necropolis and Széchenyi Square. Your river cruise concludes the next day in Budapest.

Magna on the Danube

Set sail on this 7-night Danube River cruise onboard AmaMagna, the flagship of AmaWaterways' river fleet. This vessel features four dining venues, including The Chef's Table, a one-of-a-kind restaurant experience. Enjoy the comfort of spacious suites with full balconies. Connecting staterooms are perfect for families and friend groups traveling together. 

Your cruise embarks from Budapest after a day of excursions. Here you can head to the top of Castle Hill for breathtaking views of the city. Later, visit the Great Market Hall, walk around the Parliament Building, or take a dip in one of Budapest's thermal baths.

Step back onboard and sail onward to Bratislava. Expand your culinary palate on the "Tastes of Slovakia" tour or hike to Bratislava Castle. On day four, arrive in Vienna. Visit the impressive Opera House and other historical sites or pedal your way through Vienna on a bike tour. Later in the day, wander the grounds at the majestic Schönbrunn Palace.

As your cruise continues, you’ll find yourself at the next port stop in Dürnstein where you can stroll along cobblestone streets in the Baroque village or join a culinary tour and sample regional specialties like apricot liqueur. For something more active, hike to a historic fortress. Later, enjoy scenic cruising through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley.

Next, take a full day to see the historic sites of Salzburg, Austria, or visit a Czech mountain town known for its Baroque and Renaissance architecture and stop at Krumlov Castle before returning to the ship. Your journey continues, taking you onward to Passau, Germany. Immerse yourself in Bavarian culture with an AmaWaterways exclusive Oktoberfest event. Your river cruise concludes the next day in Vilshofen.

Take time to enjoy onboard amenities between ports. Work up a sweat at the fitness center or unwind with a massage at the Zen Wellness Studio. Play pickleball with new friends on the Sun Deck or let your cares drift away as you relax in the whirlpool and enjoy the breathtaking views.

Iconic Christmas Markets

Set sail on an enchanting 7-night Christmas Market cruise along the Danube onboard AmaViola, a 156-guest river cruise ship featuring twin balconies in most staterooms, a heated swimming pool, and spacious lounges. Enjoy award-winning cuisine at the Main Restaurant. After a day of sightseeing, enjoy live entertainment, including local musicians and singers, before retiring for the night.

Your tour begins in Budapest, one of the main port stops along the Danube River. Visit the impressive Buda Castle and surrounding sites like Fisherman's Bastion and Heroes' Square. Head to the Vörösmarty Square Christmas Market to find special gifts to bring home for loved ones.

The following day, the ship arrives in Vienna. Join the "Imperial Vienna" tour or visit the grand Schönbrunn Palace. Before the day ends, stop at Vienna's own Christmas market, Rathaus Market, at Town Hall. See the city where Mozart was born with an optional day trip to Salzburg, complete with a walking tour of Old Town and its own Christmas markets.

Expand your culinary palate and sample local beer, sausages, and pretzels on Regensburg's "Tastes of Bavaria" tour. Later, watch artisans perfect their crafts at Thurn and Taxis Christmas Markets.

Before disembarking in Nuremberg, see sites from World War II and the Imperial Castle or sample regional fare on a specialty tour. Try local favorites like bratwurst, rootbeer (red beer), and lebkuchen (gingerbread). Cap your festive cruise with a visit to Nuremberg's Christkindlesmarkt, one of the largest Christmas markets in the world.

Set Sail Onboard a Danube River Cruise with Avoya Travel

Ready to experience the wonders of the Danube River on one of these dreamy AmaWaterways river cruises?

Connect with one of Avoya Travel's Independent Travel Advisors who will be happy to guide you through the booking process from start to finish and ensure you get the best deal available on a breathtaking river cruise along the Danube River. 

Call the number at the top of this page to be connected with a Travel Advisor in the Avoya Travel NetworkTM who can help you get the best price and answer any questions you have about AmaWaterways.

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