2023 : Majestic Capitals of the Danube : 5-Night Cruise with 3-Nights Pre-Cruise, 2 Nights Post-Cruise : Krakow to Salzburg : ms AmaSonata


Majestic Capitals of the Danube

5-Night Cruise

CRUISE FROM : Budapest to ViennaDelight in the Old-World grandeur of Europe's most spectacular capital cities along the Danube River during this special 5-night journey. From Budapest, Hungary to Vienna, Austria, follow the paths of kings and queens (Habsburg royalty among them) on up to five included excursions each day. Enjoy guided hikes to hilltop castles such as Bratislava's gleaming fortress, bike tours to beautiful sites like Klosterneuburg Abbey and tastings of local delights, such as the cake that started a national holiday in Austria: sachertorte. Plus, enjoy the local nightlife as each capital and its architectural wonders illuminate after sunset. Whether you are sailing the Danube River for the first time or returning to venture deeper into the cities that inspired you most, we invite you to celebrate this spectacular journey with us as we treat you like the royalty you are.

COUNTRIES: Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland

RIVERS: Danube

Majestic Capitals of the Danube

At A GlanceOn our river cruises, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In many cases, you will have a choice of excursions, such as standard tours, bike tours, hikes and Special Interest Tours. We always include a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.

Included Features


  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
  • Computer for internet access
  • 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


  • 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
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances


  • 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 Chaine des Rotisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • La Chaine des Rotisseurs 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


  • 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

    Land Program

  • 3 nights hotel in Krakow, including city tour, Auschwitz visit and daily breakfast; and transfer to ship
  • Transfer from the ship in Vienna with a scenic drive to Salzburg
  • 2 nights hotel in Salzburg, including city tour, Sound of Music or Red Bull Hangar tour, and daily breakfast; and transfer to Munich for return flight home

    Detailed Itinerary

    Day 1 : Krakow, Poland
    Arrive in Krakow and transfer to your hotel.

    Day 2 : Krakow
    Get acquainted with your surroundings and take a deeper dive into the fascinating history of Krakow with a comprehensive city tour. Visit the Wawel Royal Castle - the world's very first designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and Poland's largest castle, located in the center of its Old Town. The Wawel Hill it stands upon features a limestone cave renowned for its connection to the legendary Wawel Dragon of Polish folklore, which you will learn more about during your tour. You will also venture into Krakow's historic Jewish Quarter and see the factory of Oskar Schindler, who was credited with saving 1,200 Jewish lives during World War II, and who was famously honored in the award-winning film Schindler's List. You will also be treated to a live performance of the Polish anthem by a trumpeter on the highest tower of Saint Mary's Church, otherwise known as St. Mary's Trumpet Call, a tradition since the 19th century. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure to explore more of the city. (B)

    Day 3 : Krakow
    Prepare yourself for an emotional day as together, we explore a darker period in Poland's history with a visit to Auschwitz, the largest and most tragically infamous of Europe's labor and death camps. The main gate, barbed wire fences, buildings and barracks look much the same today as they did during the Holocaust, when 1.1 million lives were taken within the camp. It was liberated from January 17-21, 1945, saving 58,000 from further horrors. Though not for the feint of heart, this once-in-a-lifetime excursion will honor the memory of those who perished and promises to be one you won't soon forget. (B)

    Day 4 : Krakow - Budapest - Embarkation
    Depart from Krakow and enjoy a stop in Banska Bystrica before transferring to Budapest. Later in the day, board your luxurious river cruise ship. (B,D)

    Day 5 : Budapest
    Budapest offers an unmatched combination of culture and tradition. Your city tour begins with a visit to the Great Market Hall before going to both the Buda (hilly) and the Pest (flat) sides of the river. You'll see Heroes' Square and Castle Hill, home to the Fisherman's Bastion and Mattias Church. If you prefer venturing off the beaten path or are returning to the city for a repeat visit, join our "Hidden Budapest" tour to discover some fascinating sites lesser-known to the average traveler. As an alternative, you can hike up to Castle Hill for breathtaking views of the city below. In the afternoon, spend free time at your leisure to explore the city. (B,L,D)

    Day 6 : Bratislava, Slovakia
    Take in the breathtaking scenery as we glide along the Danube River into Bratislava. 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 or enjoy a guided biking tour. In the evening, end your day with an exclusive Slovakian experience at the Primate's Palace, a striking neoclassical building heart of the old town. (B,L,D)

    Day 7 : Bratislava - Vienna, Austria
    Enjoy a scenic morning cruise in Bratislava before sailing to Vienna. The "City of Waltzes" offers a wealth of gems and your city tour showcases its regal splendors, including the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs. Conclude your tour in Vienna's historic city center and then visit St. Stephen's Cathedral, or discover Vienna by bike. Alternatively, visit a traditional Viennese cafe to experience a true Vienna specialty, the Sacher Torte, and savor this treat with a piping hot Viennese Coffee. (B,L,D)

    Day 8 : Vienna
    Visit the UNESCO-designated Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens, the main summer residence of the Habsburg rulers. Built in the 18th century as an imperial summer residence, this magnificent 1,441-room Baroque palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural and historical monuments in Austria. Pedal along the scenic Danube River and through charming neighborhoods to the nearby town of Klosterneuberg and its majestic 12th-century Augustinian monastery overlooking the Danube River. During the afternoon, enjoy leisure time to further explore this iconic city. (B,L,D)

    Day 9 : Vienna - Disembarkation - Salzburg
    Depart the ship and enjoy a scenic drive to Salzburg where you'll have panoramic view of the breathtaking Austrian Lake District and Mondsee. (B)

    Day 10 : Salzburg
    Enjoy a walking tour in Salzburg where you'll tour the historic center, Residenz Square and the Old Market. Or visit lovely Mirabell Gardens, St. Peter's cemetery and other sites in the city made famous in the movie, "The Sound of Music." For those seeking a thrilling experience, venture to Salzburg Airport for a visit to the Red Bull Hangar 7, known for its exceptional collection of historical Flying Bulls aircraft fleet and a collection of Formula 1 race cars. (B)

    Day 11 : Depart Salzburg
    Bid farewell to Salzburg and transfer to Munich Airport for your return flight home.

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    Cruise Line
    Offer valid through 12/31/2021
    11 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms AmaSonata

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    Day 1Krakow  
    Day 2Krakow  
    Day 3Krakow  
    Day 4Budapest  
    Day 5Budapest  
    Day 6Bratislava  
    Day 7Vienna  
    Day 8Vienna  
    Day 9Salzburg  
    Day 10Salzburg  
    Day 11Salzburg  

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    ImportantDates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

    Port Charges (included in cruise price)C$277 per person.

    Single Supplement for Cruise50% of twin price; AA+ and Suite 100% of twin price.

    Single Supplement for LandA single supplement charge will be applied to pre- and post-cruise hotel extensions. Please call for pricing details.

    BeddingPlease select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The Options are: Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).


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