Grand Danube Passage Prague & Sofia Aboard Amadeus Queen

Grand Danube Passage Prague & Sofia Aboard Amadeus Queen

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Experience eight European countries and sail the mighty Danube River on this unforgettable journey! Our carefully curated itinerary introduces fascinating landmarks and epic landscapes, including the fairy-tale Wachau Valley. Plus, bookend your adventure with stays in Sofia, Bulgaria, and Prague, Czech Republic. Awaken each day to new discoveries, including Roman ruins, cathedrals, synagogues, mosques and fortresses — all part of the region’s dynamic history. Feast your eyes on Budapest illuminated at night, explore medieval towns and witness the Iron Gate Gorge, an engineering marvel. Taste delicacies in Croatia’s Slavonia region and enjoy a folk show and Viennese waltz performance. And, enjoy a selection of included excursions selected to immerse you in the destination’s cuisine, architecture, local life or more. This program offers first-class ship accommodations and deluxe hotels and an extensive meal plan featuring wine and beer with lunch and dinner.

 

Pricing from
$5,140

No single supplement!

Trip Type
Individual Travel Tour, International River Voyages
Departure Dates
Jul 9, 2021 - Jul 23, 2021

SHIP

MS Amadeus Queen

Christened in 2018, the state-of-the-art 81-cabin Amadeus Queen radiates an ambience evocative of a grand European hotel. 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 specialties, and local wines complement both lunch and dinner. Shipboard amenities include a sun deck, pool with retractable roof, fitness center and massage room. Wi-Fi service is complimentary.

HOTELS

Sofia Hotel Balkan, A Luxury Collection Hotel

This fashionable, deluxe hotel was built as part of the President’s Palace complex and is centrally located near many of the city’s historic and cultural highlights. Stop for a drink or snack at the elegant Pliska Lobby Bar or dine on continental cuisine and Bulgarian specialties at the Stardust Restaurant. The property’s fitness facility and sauna offer a welcoming atmosphere after a day of sightseeing, and guest rooms are well appointed and decorated in a traditional European style. Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi.

Art Deco Imperial Hotel

The landmark Art Deco Imperial Hotel is located in the center of Prague and is included in Prague’s register of historic buildings. Considered one of the most beautiful restaurants in Prague, the hotel’s richly decorated Imperial Café provides all-day dining and a menu inspired by continental and Czech cuisine. For an aperitif or after-dinner drink, delight in the Prime Bar. The hotel features a health club and spa and guest rooms that are decorated in a traditional European style. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available.

HEALTH PROTECTION MEASURES

AHI Coronavirus Information

A Note About Activity Levels

We want you to have a comfortable and enjoyable experience. That’s why we have rated all of our excursions with activity levels to help you assess this program’s physical expectations. Activity Level ratings indicate each excursion’s physical expectations. To make the best personal choice, please evaluate each excursion’s rating and your ability to meet the tour’s physical demands. Please note excursions on this program require you to: walk on cobblestones, unpaved paths or uneven surfaces; and get on/off motor coaches, boats and trains.
1–Mild: walk under 1 mile on mainly flat terrain; navigate under 50 stairs; stand under 1 hour
2–Moderate: walk 1-3 miles on flat/uneven terrain; navigate 50-100 stairs; stand 1-2 hours
3–Active: walk 2+ miles on flat/uneven terrain, including up and down inclines; navigate 100+ stairs; stand 3+ hours
Depending on the excursion, more leisurely alternatives may be available.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

TOUR MAP

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ITINERARY

  • day 1

    In transit - Depart your gateway city for Prague, Czech Republic.

  • day 2

    Prague, Czech Republic

    Arrive at Prague Ruzyně 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 Land/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 Art Deco Imperial Hotel. Please note, if you arrive before check-in time, your room may not be immediately available.

    Free Time: Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Enjoy a stroll to the Town Square or relax in your hotel.

     

  • day 3

    Prague

    Discovery: Prague Old Town and Charles Bridge.
    Activity level: Active

    Visit the famous Old Town Horologe (Clock Tower), whose 15th-century astronomical clock still works on its original system of construction. Stroll along Charles Bridge, the city’s most familiar landmark. Savor this gem of medieval architecture and after admiring the view you’ll be on the left bank in Hradcany, where many of Prague’s most famous sites are located.

    Free Time: Spend the rest of the day at leisure and make your own discoveries in Prague.

     

  • day 4

    Prague

    Choose one of these excursions:
    •Lobkowicz Palace & Museum. Set within the Prague Castle complex, this 16th-century palace features stunning masterpieces, art, weapons, ceramics and musical instruments from the 12th-20th centuries. During your visit, learn about the legacies of the noble Lobkowicz family.

    •Prague’s Jewish Quarter. Explore the Jewish Quarter and the Prague National Jewish Museum, a showcase of Jewish history and treasures. Housed in the quarter’s synagogues, the exhibits provide fascinating insight into Jewish history.

    •Art Nouveau & Cubism. See Prague’s captivating 20th-century architecture including buildings built in the art nouveau and cubist fashions. Learn to recognize the different elements of these architectural styles, and listen to historical accounts.

    Free Time: Spend your last afternoon in Prague pursuing individual interests.

  • day 5

    Prague | Passau, Germany

    After breakfast, transfer to Passau, Germany. Passau has been called “one of the most beautifully situated towns in the world.” See many highlights, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Veste Oberhaus and Niedernburg Abbey. Embark your first-class river ship, and kick off your Danube cruise during a Welcome Aboard Reception and Dinner.

  • day 6

    Melk, Austria | Dürnstein

    Visit Melk’s Benedictine abbey, an architectural jewel that dates from 1736, and admire spectacular views of the Danube from the abbey’s terrace. This afternoon, enjoy sailing through the Wachau Valley, one of Europe’s finest landscapes.

    Choose one of these excursions:

    •Dürnstein Walking Tour. This picturesque tour is steeped in baroque architecture and gorgeous scenery. Plus, visit the magnificent Stiftskirche, known for its blue tower.

    •Cycling the Danube. Join an expert guide for a leisurely, scenic cycle along the Danube. Admire views of sprawling vineyards, and enjoy a stop for snacks and a tasting of local vintages.

    •Wachau Winery. Travel outside of Dürnstein, passing undulating countryside en route to a local winery. Sample local wines from the cellar, and tour the property.

     

  • day 7

    Vienna

    Choose one of these excursions:

    •Imperial Vienna. Explore the Imperial Apartments of Hofburg Palace, then drive along the Ringstrasse, one of the world’s most magnificent boulevards. See the University, the Houses of Parliament and the Opera House.

    •Klosterneuburg Monastery & Wine. The 12th-century Klosterneuburg Monastery is home to the Verdun Altar. Explore its maze, learn about wine making and taste local vintages before delighting in a Vienna city tour.

    •Schönbrunn Palace. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the imperial family. See the luxurious State Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors, and the estate’s vast gardens.

    Free Time: During leisure time, try Viennese coffee or Sacher Torte, a tasty Austrian cake.

    Discovery: Waltz. Watch professional dancers perform the Viennese waltz. Then learn the steps of this classic dance on the dance floor!

     

  • day 8

    Bratislava, Slovakia

    Choose one of these excursions:

    •Old Town & Café. Discover Bratislava’s rich past. Marvel at St. Martin’s Cathedral, the Slovak National Theatre, St. Michael’s Gate and Primate’s Palace. Then visit a café for a pastry tasting.

    •Old Town & Music. Explore venues associated with Beethoven and other composers who spent time in this city, and enjoy a performance by a talented young musician.

    •Iron Curtain Bike Tour. Enjoy a leisurely bike tour along the Danube to explore the Slovak-Austrian border, once part of the Iron Curtain. Enjoy vistas of the marvelous Bratislava Castle, see a pre-WWII bunker and learn about the area’s urban transformation.

  • day 9

    Budapest, Hungary

    Choose one of these excursions:

    •Highlights of Budapest. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city, passing Heroes’ Square, the Opera House, the Gothic-style Parliament and Fisherman’s Bastion.

    •Living Local. Browse food and craft stalls in the Great Market Hall, enjoy a strudel demonstration, and taste the local schnapps.

    •Jewish Interest Tour. Explore the Jewish Quarter, and see the Great Synagogue, the Glass House and the Shoes on the Danube. Then visit the Holocaust Memorial Center.

     

  • day 10

    Pécs | Osijek, Croatia | Vukovar

    Discovery: Pécs.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Enjoy a walking tour of Pécs, a city known for its Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, which have been turned into churches. Also, discover the flavors of the region during a wine tasting.

    Gather for lunch in a local restaurant.

    Discovery: Osijek and Vukovar.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Begin your outing in Croatia’s Slavonia region with a visit to Rural House in Kopačevo. Watch a short presentation and learn about typical traditions of the area during a video. Then taste typical Slavonian products and delicacies including Ajvar, a roasted red pepper and eggplant relish; Šljivovica (or Slivovitz), a homemade plum brandy; and smoked pork sausage. Continue to Osijek, Croatia’s fourth-largest town. This village, which hugs the River Drava, has seventeen parks and an impressive well-preserved historic neighborhood called Tvrda, or “citadel.” Take a walking tour along Osijek’s cobbled streets and see its collection of baroque buildings, military complexes and university facilities. See the plague column, built in 1729. This monument gives thanks for protection from a plague outbreak, which killed a third of the city’s population.
    Conclude your excursion today with a visit to Vukovar, the “town on the Vuka River.” Vukovar’s infrastructure, including most of its monuments and baroque buildings, was mostly destroyed in 1991 during a three-month siege by the Yugoslav National Army. As a symbol of strength and courage, Vukovar began rebuilding and restoring its treasures in 1997 and today, many buildings have been returned to their former glory. Embark on a panoramic tour of the historical city center. Along the way, see baroque arches along the main street, churches, palaces and many other beautiful buildings.

    Rejoin the ship and sail on to Belgrade, Serbia.

  • day 11

    Belgrade, Serbia

    Choose one of these excursions:

    •Highlights of Belgrade. This fourth-century capital is a hub of architecture and culture. Marvel at the ornate Orthodox cathedral, and step into St. Sava, a shining feature of Belgrade.

    •Eating Like a Local. Take a sensory journey of Serbian gastronomy. From a dose of Turkish coffee to a taste of creamy kajmak, thrill to this fusion of spices and textures. Also, learn about Serbia’s customs and traditions along the way.

    •Science & Scientist Tour. At the Nikola Tesla Museum, discover how this 19th-century inventor left his imprint on wireless technology while exploring interactive exhibits, original documents and short films.

    Free Time: Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. A shuttle will be available. After dinner, delight in a local folk show on the ship.

  • day 12

    Iron Gate Gorge, Romania

    Sail past the dramatic cliffs of the Carpathian Mountains. Enter the Iron Gate Gorge, one of Europe’s most magnificent natural wonders. The gorge is a passage that is only 530 feet (about 160 meters) wide. Watching the Danube thunder through the gap is a truly thrilling experience. This geological wonder is part of the boundary between Romania and Serbia.

    Discovery: Frühschoppen!
    Activity level: Mild

    Laze on deck and join the crew for a fun social event. Eat, drink and be merry as you enjoy the German tradition of drinking beer with Brezeln (pretzels), Weißwurst (sausages) and mustards.

    This evening, join your fellow travelers for a Farewell Aboard Reception on the ship followed by dinner.

     

  • day 13

    Vidin, Bulgaria | sofia

    Following breakfast, disembark the ship.

    Discovery: The Ancient City of Vidin.
    Activity level: Moderate

    One of Bulgaria’s oldest towns, Vidin was settled by the Celts more than 2,000 years ago. During a panoramic tour of the town, see the mosque and library of Osman Pazvantouglu and other highlights. Visit the 17th-century St. Panteleimon Church and the Baba Vida Fortress.

    Discovery: Lunch with a View.
    Activity level: Mild

    Savor a memorable lunch and stunning views of rock formations at The Rocks restaurant in Belogradchik.

    Transfer to Sofia and check in to the Sofia Hotel Balkan.

  • day 14

    Sofia

    Enrichment: A Prologue to the Bulgarian Revival.
    The Middle Ages were ending when Ottoman invaders claimed Bulgaria for their empire in the 14th century. Learn about the conditions and events that led to the Bulgarian Revival of the 19th century when Ottoman forces were defeated and expelled.

    Discovery: Sofia – City with the Name of Wisdom.
    Activity level: Moderate

    From its ancient history to its unique geographical location, Bulgaria’s capital is a fascinating wonder. Today, discover the many landmarks of Bulgaria’s capital. See the ancient ruins of Serdica. Admire St. George Rotunda, Alexander Battenberg Square, home to the former Royal Palace, and the Cathedral of St. Alexander of Neva.

    Free Time: The remainder of the day is free to continue exploring Sofia on your own.

    In the evening, join your fellow travelers for a Farewell Reception and Dinner at your hotel.

     

  • day 15

    In transit

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

     

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