Melodies of the Danube, 7-Day AMA Waterways Cruise aboard the AmaCerto 

An amazing 7-Day AMA Waterways cruise FAM aboard the AmaCerto, December 25,2017- January 1, 2018.  This is an incredible opportunity to experience the advanced features of the AmaCerto while experiencing a variety of land excursions. 

There are only 20 spots.  
This FAM is open to ASTA/NACTA Agents and their guests.

Pre or Post FAM: AmaWaterways
has requested that if you are interested in a pre or post FAM that you do not contact them and that you contact Don McGahee at don@asta.org  or dmcgahee@nacta.com.

Ground Transportation:
Ground transportation is available on the day of embarkation or debarkation at the following per person rates:
               Budapest – Budapest airport to ship $35
               Munich – Ship to Munich airport $35

Air transportation: While not offered by NACTA it is offered by AmaWaterways. If interested contact Don McGahee at don@asta.org, do not contact AmaWaterways.

Passports must also be valid for travel 6 months after the end of the FAM.

Reserve your spot on 7-Day AmaWaterways Cruise FAM

 

Itinerary



Date

Activities

Destination

Meals

Day 1
(December, 25 2017)

Embarkation – Budapest, Hungary

Arrive in Budapest and board your luxurious river cruise ship. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner. Tonight, the ship will sail a special Illuminations Cruise past the capital’s glittering river front

Budapest, Hungary

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Day 2
(December 26 , 2017)

Your morning excursion includes sightseeing in the cities of Buda and Pest spread over both banks of the river. You will see famed Heroes’ Square and Castle Hill, home to Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church and spectacular views of the Danube.

Budapest

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Day 3
(December 27, 2017)

Wake up this morning in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Enjoy a walking tour of the city’s top sights, including the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral. Later, you will have some free time before the ship cruises to Vienna, the music capital of the world. After dinner, experience a traditional “Viennese Wine and Music” evening in a rustic wine tavern outside the city, where you can enjoy a glass of newly pressed, locally grown wine and Austrian music and hospitality

Bratislava, Slovakia – Vienna, Austria

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Day 4 
(December 28, 2017)

A panoramic tour of Vienna that guides you past the majestic Opera House.
      OR A guided bike tour along the Danube and through the Donaupark. 

This morning, you will have a chance to savor the Baroque elegance of romantic Vienna through your choice of one of two different excursions. The first option is a panoramic tour of Vienna that guides you past the majestic Opera House, the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburg Emperors, Parliament, Town Hall and Vienna University. Afterwards, you will visit Vienna’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Graben and the world famous Spanish Riding School. The second option is a guided bike tour along the Danube and through the Donaupark. This afternoon, you can join a guided bike ride to Klosterneuburg Monastery, or explore at your leisure. Be sure to sample some Viennese coffee and pastries

Vienna



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Day 5
(December  29, 2017)

A walking tour in Weissenkirchen, along with a visit to the spectacular Benedictine Abbey in Melk.
     OR A bike ride from Weissenkirchen to Melk through the Wachau Valley. 
     OR A hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held in Dürnstein.
     OR A local vineyard in Dürnstein followed by a tasting of the region’s finest apricot products.

After reaching Weissenkirchen early in the morning, you’ll have a choice of several excursions. Partake in a walking tour in Weissenkirchen, along with a visit to the spectacular Benedictine Abbey in Melk; or go to Dürnstein, known for its Baroque Stiftskirche, its famed blue church tower and then go to the Melk Abbey. For a more active option, you can bike from Weissenkirchen to Melk through the Wachau Valley or hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held in Dürnstein. As an alternative excursion, visit a local vineyard in Dürnstein followed by a tasting of the region’s finest apricot products. Later in the morning, set sail through the Strudengau Valley to Grein, which will enchant you with its nostalgic charm. That evening be treated to an exclusive excursion to Castle Greinburg, Austria’s oldest residential castle which overlooks the Danube River. Tour the castle followed by a sparkling wine reception and folklore performance.

Weissenkirchen – Ybbs – Grein

 




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Day 6
(December 30, 2017)

A walking tour of the second largest city in Austria.
     OR A guided bike tour that will show you around the Old City Center, along the Danube River, and past the ultra-modern Ars Electronica                 Center.

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An excursion to Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace.
     OR An excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov.
     OR A visit to the Austrian Lake District.

The ship arrives this morning in Linz. Enjoy a walking tour of the second largest city in Austria or choose a guided bike tour that will show you around the Old City Center, along the Danube River, and past the ultra-modern Ars Electronica Center. Later, you will have a choice of three different excursions. The first option is an excursion to Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace, where you will take a walking tour of the historic center made famous by "The Sound of Music.” The second option is an excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a wonderfully preserved medieval town nestled in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border. The third option is a visit to the Austrian Lake District, the scenic Salzkammergut region. All three options are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Linz

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Day 7
(December 31, 2017)

A walking tour of Passau in Germany.
     OR A guided bike tour along the Danube from Passau to Erlau.
     OR A guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus fortress overlooking Passaus.         

Early this morning, cruise through Upper Austria to Passau in Germany, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. Enjoy a walking tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, cobblestone streets and squares like Rathaus, Domplatz and Residenzplatz, as well as St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Guests looking for a more active morning can choose between a guided bike tour along the Danube from Passau to Erlau, or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus fortress overlooking Passau. This afternoon, the ship cruises to the medieval town of Vilshofen, where you will enjoy a festive Oktoberfest celebration with local beer and Bavarian folk music and dancing.

Passau, Germany – Vilshofen

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Day 8
(January 1, 2018)

Vilshofen – Disembarkation
This morning, disembark your ship in Vilshofen.

Vilshofen 

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Rates, Fees and Terms
This FAM is non-refundable unless canceled by NACTA.
All participants are bound by NACTA terms and conditions and rules of conduct.