Wanderlust Wednesday: AmaMagna On the Danube

AmaMagna by AmaWaterways

The AmaMagna sailing on the Danube River is an excellent river cruise for anyone to try. The Danube is a great first river cruise and the AmaMagna is the largest River cruise ship currently sailing the European rivers today, and is quite new, but not brand new. Check out these snapshots from the ship:

If you’d love to sail a great choice sailing in 2022 with this ship and itinerary, I do have a special offer on a March 2022 sailing where not only is it a wine cruise, but you also get some onboard credit!

Check out this video in which first time river cruisers comment on this ship and river experience:

First-Time River Cruisers Share Their Experience on AmaWaterways’ AmaMagna

This itinerary and ship generally sails Budapest to Vilshofen, covering Austria, Germany, Hungary and Slovakia on the Danube River. You are able to add on 2-nights pre and/or post cruise in Budapest and/or Prague!

This 2022 itinerary is below (or reverse on select dates):

Day 1: Budapest (Embarkation): Board the ultra-luxurious AmaMagna and settle into your stateroom.

Budapest Photo Courtesy of AmaWaterways

Day 2: Budapest & Scenic Cruising: Budapest offers an unmatched combination of culture and tradition. Visit 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. As an alternative, hike up to Castle Hill for breathtaking views of the city. During the afternoon, sail out of Budapest, passing through the scenic Danube Bend where you’ll see some of Hungary’s oldest settlements, including Esztergom, Visegrád and Szentendre.

Bratislava Photo Courtesy of AmaWaterways

Day 3: 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 to Bratislava’s gleaming castle. 

Vienna Photo Courtesy of AmaWaterways

Day 4: Vienna: Vienna 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. During the afternoon, visit the UNESCO-designated Schönbrunn 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. 

Day 5 Cruise Photo Courtesy of AmaWaterways

Day 5: Krems, Scenic Cruising, Spitz: Krems, gateway to the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley, is your starting point for a visit to the lovely Baroque village of Dürnstein. Stroll along Dürnstein’s cobblestone streets to the Baroque Stiftskirche, with its famed church tower on a walking tour. For a more culinary-focused experience in Dürnstein, enjoy an apricot liqueur and brandy tasting and special apricot treats from a local boutique. Those who wish a more active adventure of the area can hike to historic Dürnstein Fortress or cycle from Krems to Dürnstein and back for lunch. During the afternoon, cruise through the vineyard-rich Wachau Valley—one of the most beautiful river valleys in Europe, where some of Austria’s finest white wines are produced—to Spitz. Once in Spitz, you can visit the 900-year-old Melk Abbey situated high atop the granite cliffs of the Danube; or get active with either a Spitz- Emmersdorf-Spitz bike tour or hiking adventure. During the evening, be treated to an exclusive wine experience where you’ll enjoy some of the regions famous wines, including Grüner Veltliner and Riesling.

Linz Photo Courtesy of AmaWaterways

Day 6: Linz: Join a walking tour through the old city center of Linz and by the Mozart House; or bike along the city’s famed “Cultural Mile” and the Danube. For those who love The Sound of Music, enjoy a full-day excursion to Salzburg and tour the historic center, Mirabell Gardens, Residenz Square and the Old Market. En route to Salzburg, stop at Mondsee, home of the Basilica St. Michael, where the famous wedding scene in the movie was filmed. In the afternoon, you can visit the charming Czech mountain town of Český Krumlov. 

Day 7 Cruise Photo Courtesy of AmaWaterways

Day 7: Passau & Vilshofen: Join a walking tour and marvel at Passau’s Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Or take a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus fortress. You can also ride to Wernstein on a guided bike tour. Later in the day, sail to the charming town of Vilshofen, where you’ll be treated to a festive Bavarian Oktoberfest celebration complete with music, beer and pretzels.

Day 8: Vilshofen & Disembarkation: Bid farewell to the ship and prepare for your flight home or post-cruise land stay. 

Learn more about AmaMagna by clicking HERE. Learn more about planning your River Cruise by filling out this form or email me at Sandy@EasyBreezyJourneys.com.

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