Cruise the Heart of Europe Aboard Amadeus Imperial

Cruise the Heart of Europe Aboard Amadeus Imperial

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Experience the heart of Europe through the great rivers that shaped its borders and traditions. Unpack once and explore five countries, three storied rivers, and unforgettable cities on your exclusively chartered, first-class ship! Tour medieval Cologne, Mosel and Miltenberg. Explore a palatial residence in Würzburg, visit timeless Vienna and more on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure! No single supplement!

 

Pricing from
$5,495

No single supplement!

Trip Type
Individual Travel Tour, International River Voyages
Departure Dates
Sep 21, 2021 - Oct 6, 2021

SHIP

The stylish 82-cabin MS Amadeus Imperial, evocative of a grand European hotel, débuted in 2020 as the newest flagship in the innovative Amadeus fleet. Travelers can relax on the River Terrace, or gather in the Amadeus-Club or Panorama-Bar for entertainment. Savor European specialties at the restaurant’s breakfast and luncheon buffets. Dinner menus offer regional cuisine, and local wines complement both lunch and dinner. Shipboard amenities include a sun deck, fitness center and massage room. Wi-Fi is complimentary.

HEALTH PROTECTION MEASURES

TERMS & CONDITIONS

CANCELLATION-Cancellations for any reason from date of booking to 76 days prior to trip departure will be subject to a $300 per person administrative fee. The withheld administrative fee may be applied to a future AHI Travel program that will operate in the current calendar year or year following cancellation. The credit will be applied to the final billing and may not be used as part of the initial deposit. It is non-transferable and is not valid toward the purchase of an AHI Cruises independent cruise. Cancellations from 75 to 60 days prior to departure will result in forfeiture of 25% of the entire cost of the trip per person; 59-30 days, 50% of the trip cost per person; cancellations from 29 days up to the time of departure will result in 100% forfeiture of the entire cost of the trip. TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE IS AVAILABLE. AN APPLICATION WILL BE SENT AFTER YOU RESERVE. All cancellations must be submitted in writing to AHI Travel. CANCELLATION OF TRIP OPTIONS-Purchases of optional excursions, trip extensions and additional hotel nights become fully non-refundable 45 days prior to departure. Air transportation and private transfer purchases are subject only to penalties assessed by the airlines and transfer suppliers.

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ITINERARY

  • day 1

    Depart US

    Depart for Budapest, Hungary. Please check your luggage from your gateway city to your arrival city. Your claim checks should have the following airport code: BUD.

    If you have purchased only the Land Program, please book flights that arrive on Day 2, the first day of the Land Program. The date is listed at the top of your Reservation Confirmation.

  • day 2

    Budapest, Hungary

    Arrive at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport. Proceed through immigration to the baggage claim area and retrieve your luggage. After completing customs, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for the group arrival transfer and Cruise Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer should exit the baggage claim area and proceed to the Arrivals Hall, where an AHI Travel representative will meet you.

    Transfer to the pier and embark your first-class ship. Please note, if you arrive before check-in time, your cabin may not be immediately available.

    Free Time: After settling in your cabin, you may wish to become acquainted with the ship or explore Budapest at leisure.

    Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception and Dinner.

    The ship remains docked in Budapest overnight.

  • day 3

    Budapest, Hungary

    Personalize Your Journey | Choose one of the following excursions.
    • Budapest.
    Activity level: Moderate

    This capital was once two cities — Buda and Pest — on opposite sides of the Danube, which flows through the center of the visually spectacular and united city. See Heroes’ Square, the Opera House and the Gothic-style Parliament Building. Enjoy stunning panoramic views from Fisherman’s Bastion.
    • Living Local.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Take a guided tour of Budapest’s bustling Great Market Hall, built in the 19th century. Rain or shine, peruse the food and craft stalls that span three floors of this historic structure. Continue to a local coffee house to learn how pastry chefs craft the flakiest, tastiest strudels. Enjoy a piece of strudel with coffee or tea and a sampling of palinka, an Eastern European schnapps.
    • Budapest’s Jewish Quarter.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Enjoy exploring Budapest’s Jewish Quarter today. Begin with a visit to the 19th-century Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe and home to the Emanuel Tree Holocaust memorial. Continue to the Holocaust Memorial Center, which occupies the renovated Pava Street Synagogue. Take a tour of this poignant memorial before witnessing Shoes on the Danube, a moving tribute to the Jews who were shot on the banks of the Danube by the local militia in the mid-1940s.

    Free Time: Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Budapest.

    Discovery: Budapest by Night.
    Activity level: Mild

    Tonight, the ship sails through Budapest, and you’ll be treated to the amazing sight of the city at night. See the Parliament building and the Buda Castle, which are even more spectacular when they are illuminated. Cruise under the Chain Bridge and see the reflections of the lights, which sparkle like jewels. What a special way to begin your voyage!

  • day 4

    Bratislava, Slovakia

    Enjoy a morning of cruising.

    Enrichment: The Velvet Revolution and the Making of Slovakia.
    Learn about the Velvet Revolution, a pivotal event that led to the end of communism in Czechoslovakia and preceded the country’s split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and the development of Slovakia as an independent nation.

    Personalize Your Journey | Choose one of the following excursions.
    • Old Town & Café.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Enjoy enchanting Bratislava, a medieval town with a rich past. Marvel at St. Martin’s Cathedral, once the site of Hungarian coronations. See the Slovak National Theatre and St. Michael’s Gate, the only remaining gate of the city’s medieval fortifications. Continue to Primate’s Palace, where Hungarian archbishops spend their winters. Then, visit an impressive café filled with art for a pastry and coffee.
    • Old Town & Music.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Once the stage for Mozart, Beethoven, Hummel and more, Bratislava has a storied musical history. Explore Old Town, focusing on the venues associated with these renowned composers, then enjoy a performance by a talented young musician.
    • Castle & Beer Tasting.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Discover Pressburg, as Bratislava once was called. See the imposing Bratislava Castle, from which you can view Austria and Hungary on a clear day. Once the royal residence, the castle now serves as the venue for the Slovak Parliament. Afterward, tour Old Town, filled with charm and impressive architecture, then experience the region’s rich brewing tradition with a visit to a local pub for a tasting of Slovak beers.

    The ship departs for Vienna, Austria, tonight.

  • day 5

    Vienna, Austria

    This morning, wake up in beautiful Vienna.

    Enrichment: Timeless Vienna. Discover the history of Vienna, one of the world’s most elegant and timeless cities.

    Personalize Your Journey | Choose one of the following excursions.
    • Imperial Vienna.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Explore the Imperial Apartments of Hofburg Palace and admire their sumptuous appointments, then drive along the Ringstrasse, one of the most magnificent boulevards in the world. See the University, the oldest in the German-speaking countries, the Houses of Parliament, the Opera House and monuments to Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
    • Art & Wine.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Journey north of Vienna to nearby Klosterneuburg. Overlooking the Danube is its 12th-century monastery, home to the gilded copper Verdun Altar and a wine estate, the oldest in Austria. Explore Klosterneuburg Monastery’s impressive art collection, then visit its winding wine cellar as you learn about the craft of winemaking, then enjoy a tasting.
    • Schönbrunn Palace.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Visit the beautiful Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This opulent royal residence was the summer home of the Habsburgs from the 18th century through the early 20th century. See the lavish State Apartments, Hall of Mirrors and manicured gardens. Marvel at the baroque architecture of the residence as well as the statues in the gardens. This magnificent estate, built at the height of the Habsburg dynasty, sits on a site of a modest hunting lodge and summer home that was destroyed by Ottoman forces in 1683. Starting from scratch, architects were able to embrace the newest trend, baroque art and architecture.

    Return to the ship for lunch.

    Free Time: The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Take advantage of shuttle buses that will run between the ship and the city center throughout the afternoon and evening.

    Discovery: The Viennese Waltz.
    Tonight, gather for a special performance of the Viennese waltz by professional dancers accompanied by a musical trio. Then take to the floor yourself to learn the steps of this classic, graceful dance.

  • day 6

    Dürnstein | Melk

    Arrive in Dürnstein this morning.

    Personalize Your Journey | Choose one of the following excursions.
    • Dürnstein Walking Tour.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Take a stroll through Dürnstein, where King Richard the Lionheart of England was held captive during the Crusades. It is considered one of the most beautiful towns in the Wachau Valley. Tour baroque architecture, pass by gorgeous scenery, see vineyards that produce award-winning wine and visit the magnificent Stiftskirche, known for its blue tower.
    • Wachau Cycling.
    Activity level: Active

    Considered one of the most beautiful towns in the Wachau Valley, Dürnstein offers an ideal setting for a bike ride. During this two-hour adventure, explore parts of the 745-mile (1,200-kilometer) Danube Bicycle Trail, which runs from Germany to Hungary. Along the way, see quaint villages set against the Danube and lush vineyards of the Wachau Valley with an expert guide. Enjoy a snack stop along the way.
    • Wachau Winery.
    Activity level: Mild

    Stop in at a winery for a tour and tasting of flavorful Wachau Valley wines.

    The ship departs Dürnstein for Melk. Enjoy daytime sailing through the picturesque Wachau Valley, singled out by the UNESCO World Heritage Center for the structured development of architecture, city planning and agriculture here since prehistoric times. Admire the historic towns, villages, monasteries and castles along the way.

    Discovery: Melk Abbey.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Visit Melk’s Benedictine abbey, an architectural jewel with impressive interiors that also is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The baroque building dates from 1736, and an amazing view of the mighty Danube awaits at the abbey’s terrace. After the tour, walk through the town back to the ship or take the motor coach.

    The ship departs for Passau, Germany, this evening.

  • day 7

    Passau, Germany

    Relax during a morning of cruising before the ship’s arrival in Passau.

    Discovery: Picturesque Passau.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Nestled at the confluence of the Danube, Ilz and Inn rivers, Passau has been called “one of the most beautifully situated towns in the world.” See the many highlights of this delightful village, including the medieval Veste Oberhaus, Rathaus, Niedernburg Abbey and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Later, see Holy Cross Church. Visit St. Stephen’s Basilica, which is the home of the world’s largest cathedral organ.

    This afternoon, the ship sails for Regensburg.

  • day 8

    Regensburg

    This morning, wake up on the Danube River. Enjoy a morning of beautiful scenery and relaxing on deck as you make your way to Regensburg.

    Discovery: Historic Regensburg.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Regensburg is one of the most charming towns in Germany. See the old Roman tower and gateway, 12th-century Stone Bridge, old town hall and the stunning stained-glass windows of St. Peter’s Cathedral. Visit the Palace of St. Emmeram, formerly a Benedictine monastery and royal residence of the Thurn and Taxis dynasty.

    Set sail from Regensburg this evening and enter the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal.

  • day 9

    Nuremberg

    Arrive in Nuremberg this morning.

    Personalize Your Journey | Choose one of the following excursions.
    • Nuremberg Sightseeing.
    Activity level: Moderate

    See the courthouse where the World War II trials were held. Visit the city’s renowned hilltop castle courtyard, and stroll to the Hauptmarkt, an open square dominated by the Schoener Brunnen, a 14th-century Gothic fountain that is the city’s most famous attraction.
    • Documentation Center Museum.
    Activity level: Moderate

    During the years leading up to World War II and through the war, Nuremberg was connected to the Nazi party. The city often played host to Nazi demonstrations, organized as a display of power, at the massive Documentation Centre Nazi Party Rally Grounds. Explore the center, home to the Fascination and Terror exhibit that examines the National Socialist Party’s reign, and see the courthouse where the World War II trials were held.
    • Rural Life.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Visit a family-run Franconian farm, enjoying stops in idyllic villages along the way. Upon arrival, discuss the local lifestyle and traditions with the family.

    Return to the ship for lunch.

    Free Time: A shuttle is available for those who wish to go back into Nuremberg to explore on their own.

  • day 10

    Bamberg

    The ship arrives in Bamberg this morning.

    Personalize Your Journey | Choose one of the following excursions.
    • Walking Tour.
    Activity level: Moderate

    During a guided walking tour of Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage site, wander under the grand rococo archway of the Obere Brücke and enjoy the view of the red-roofed fishermen’s houses and baroque mansions that highlight this fairy-tale town.
    • Culinary Delights.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Enjoy a culinary tour of Bamberg, where Franconian and Bavarian influences are evident. Visit a local bakery, a butcher shop, a deli and a candy store. Along the way, learn about and sample specialties such as the flaky Bamberger Hörnla, the savory Bamberger Weck and the region’s famous licorice.

    Return to the ship for lunch.

    Enjoy an afternoon and evening of cruising as you make your way to Würzburg. Relax in a deck chair and admire the passing scenery.

  • day 11

    Würzburg

    Arrive in Würzburg this morning.

    Personalize Your Journey | Choose one of the following excursions.
    • Würzburg Residenz & City Walk.
    Activity level: Moderate

    See one of Europe’s finest baroque palaces, followed by a walk to see highlights of the historic city center.
    • The Romantic Road.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Witness whimsical villages steeped in medieval charm while traveling along Germany’s Romantic Road.

    Free Time: Enjoy some time at leisure in Würzburg.

  • day 12

    Miltenberg

    This morning, enjoy breathtaking views of the rolling hills, thick forests and picture-perfect villages that adorn the banks of the Main River.

    Discovery: Miltenberg.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Enjoy a walking tour of this medieval city, which is home to a 13th-century castle that presides over the town. See local shops and half-timbered houses along its main street, as well as a 16th-century fountain. See the Town Hall and the oldest inn in Germany. Visit St. Kilian Kellerei, a wine shop that sits over a 15th-century vaulted ice cellar. Today, ice is no longer stored there, but it is a charming spot to enjoy a tasting of Franconian brandies.

    The ship departs Miltenberg this afternoon.

  • day 13

    Koblenz

    Cruise one of the most gorgeous areas of Germany this morning. Make your way through the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. See the famous Loreley Rock and other inspiring views of castles and vineyards along the steep hills.

    Discovery: Frühschoppen.
    Activity level: Mild

    An age-old German tradition awaits you on the sun deck this morning. Sip a beer and enjoy a snack of pretzels and sausages, which you can try with a variety of mustards.

    Arrive in Koblenz this afternoon.

    Discovery: Koblenz.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Enjoy a walk through Koblenz this morning. More than 2,000 years ago, the Romans established a settlement at the confluence of the Mosel and Rhine rivers. Today, the beautiful town of Koblenz occupies that same strategic location. See the Town Hall; the medieval Liebfrauenkirche, the Church of Our Lady; the Alte Burg, the Old Castle; the Altes Kaufhaus, the Old Merchants’ Hall; and the Deutsches Eck, the German Corner, where the Rhine and Mosel rivers meet.

    Free Time: Spend the remainder of the afternoon and evening at leisure in Koblenz, a charming town known for its weinstube, wine taverns.

    The ship departs Kolbenz this evening.

  • day 14

    Cologne

    Wake up this morning in Cologne.

    Discovery: Cologne Walking Tour and Cathedral.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Tour the medieval quarter, and visit Kölner Dom, the famous 12th-century cathedral that also is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The church was badly damaged by bomb blasts during World War II, but it was one of the few structures in Cologne that survived.

    The ship departs Cologne this afternoon. Enjoy the scenery along the Rhine as you continue to Amsterdam.

    Tonight, celebrate your exciting journey with a special Farewell Reception and Dinner on board.

  • day 15

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    The ship arrives in Amsterdam this morning.

    Enrichment: Contemporary Holland.
    Review the current state of affairs in the Netherlands, a constitutional monarchy, and discuss its future as a member of the European Union with a local expert.

    Personalize Your Journey | Choose one of the following excursions.
    • Rijksmuseum.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Join an audio tour of the Rijksmuseum, home to masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer and other renowned artists. After the tour, enjoy free time to explore the museum on your own, linger in front of your favorite paintings or maybe stop for refreshments in the museum’s café.
    • Waterland Bicycle Ride.
    Activity level: Active

    Thrill to a guided bike tour of scenic Waterland, an iconic wetland north of Amsterdam that is composed of nine villages and boasts stunning views as well as hundreds of official monuments. Also pass through the towns of Zunderdorp, Ransdorp, and Durgerdam. Enjoy a stop for pastry and coffee along the way.
    • Canal District Walking Tour.
    Activity level: Active

    Take a closer look at Amsterdam’s canals during a walking tour of the Herengracht. The city’s canals have a history that spans more than 400 years and form an integral part of Amsterdam’s heritage. Finish at the Museum of the Canals, featuring exhibits and activities.

    Return to the ship for lunch.

    Free Time: Enjoy some time at leisure in Amsterdam.

    Discovery: Canals of Amsterdam.
    Activity level: Mild

    Board a canal cruiser for a unique tour of Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands and the center of the country’s culture and commerce. Named after the city’s origin as a dam in the river Amstel, today Amsterdam is known the world over for its more than 60 miles of tree-lined canals and waterways that make this romantic city truly unforgettable. The three main canals were dug during the Golden Age of the 17th century, and that central area is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire some of the city’s 1,500 bridges, dozens of islands, charming Dutch homes and the architectural gems of the bustling city harbor during a guided cruise with a local expert.

  • day 16

    Depart for home

    After breakfast, disembark the ship. AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for a group transfer and Cruise Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer depart for Amsterdam Airport Schiphol for your return flights home. Your Travel Director will provide the details.

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