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CELEBRATION OF CLASSICAL MUSIC: THE DANUBE

7-night cruise from Budapest to Vienna

June 1-8, 2024 | AmaViola

5% of every purchase will be donated to the school or non-profit music program of your choice

(up to $700 per cabin )!

Reserve by December 31, 2023 and save $750 per person on cruise fare

Cruise fares from $3,473 per person

Optional Land Packages

Pre-cruise 3 nights in Krakow from $900 per person

Post-cruise 3 nights in Prague from $900 per person


From Strauss’s The Blue Danube to Mozart’s Linz Symphony, the Danube River has inspired countless musicians throughout the centuries. Their famous melodies are carried on the river’s current, which you’ll follow through some of the most spectacular capitals – Budapest, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Vienna, Austria – where they lived, composed and performed, as well as to cities such as Salzburg, Austria, where Mozart was born. Along the way, you will be treated to a variety of live performances by renowned musicians that are sure to fill your heart with love for the Danube throughout the ages. Whether you are a musician yourself, a classical music connoisseur or simply a discerning traveler seeking a nuanced and immersive experience, let the Danube River be your melodious muse on this incredible classical music themed journey.

Trip Highlights

  • Interactive behind-the-scenes tour of the Budapest Opera House

  • Bratislava Walking Tour with music vignettes

  • Vienna: Evening concert and "Classical Music Composers" tour

  • Salzburg excursion with Mozart Birth House and Residence

  • Local town choir performance in Melk Abbey

What's included in this trip:

  • 7-night river cruise in elegantly appointed accommodations

  • Fine dining on board in multiple venues

  • Small group guided shore excursions with a variety of choices, including exclusive Special Interest, hiking and biking tours

  • Live local entertainment

  • Free-flowing red and white wine from the local regions, beer or soft drinks for lunch & dinner.

  • Captain's Welcome/Farewell Champagne Receptions and Gala Dinner

  • Complimentary "Sip & Sail" cocktail hour.

  • Choice of dining options at no additional cost.

  • Free coffee, tea, ice water and iced tea. Cappuccino, latte and espresso can be requested free of charge during all meals!

  • Bottled water, fluffy bathrobes and slippers are free of charge.

  • Sun Deck for total relaxation with a heated swimming pool and walking track.

  • Complimentary Wellness Program with qualified Fitness Instructor.

  • Complimentary use of fitness equipment and onboard bicycles.

  • Complimentary use of the internet onboard (subject to availability).

  • Complimentary in-cabin movies.

  • Nightly piano music; as well as during Afternoon Tea & Coffee Time.
     

Optional Land Package Inclusions

  • Hotel accommodations with daily breakfast and city tour

  • Transfers between hotel and ship
     

Onboard Features:

  • Panoramic Lounge with bar, piano and dance floor

  • Walking track, Sun Deck pool with swim-up bar and fitness room

  • Hair salon and massage services (additional costs apply)

  • Entertainment-On-Demand with high-speed Internet, movies, music and English-language TV

  • Marble bathrooms, multi-jet showers, soothing bath products, cotton bathrobes, slippers and hair dryer

  • Generous closet and storage space with in-room safe

  • Individually controlled air conditioning in stateroom
     

What's not included:

  • Airfare and pre/post cruise accommodations - assistance with either is available upon request

  • Airport transfers

  • Travel protection - available upon request

  • All other beverages except of the ones mentioned above

  • Taxes & Gratuities (recommended): Gratuities can be pre-paid at USD$157 per person for the 7-night cruise

  • Use of the telephone in each cabin

  • Items purchased in the Gift Shop

  • Salon services for hair and massage

  • Port charges of USD$224 per person

  • Optional shore excursions that might be offered in addition to our daily included shore excursion program

 

 

The Itinerary:

  • Day 1 (Budapest): Arrive in Budapest and board your luxurious river cruise ship.

 

  • Day 2 (Budapest): Budapest offers an unmatched combination of culture and tradition. Your city tour begins with 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 lesser­known to the average traveler. Whether heading to an underground church or exploring Roman ruins, this excursion is sure to surprise and delight you. If you prefer an active excursion, you can hike up to Castle Hill for breathtaking views of the city below. Later in the day, celebrate the joy of music when visiting the Opera House, followed by a reception and small performance. You will then visit the Liszt House and museum, previously home to one of Hungary’s greatest composers and virtuoso pianists. Immerse yourself into the history of music as you will see a collection of pianos, portraits and personal objects of an influential pianist of the 19th century.

 

  • Day 3 (Bratislava): Take in the breathtaking scenery along the Danube River from your balcony or while up on the Sun Deck and even catch a glimpse of the gleaming Bratislava Castle on your way into the city. 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. Plus, enjoy a surprise musical performance as part of this included excursion. 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 bike tour, pausing to take photos with some of the celebrated statues in Old Town.

 

  • Day 4 (Linz): Revel in a morning scenic cruise before your ship arrives in Linz, where you’ll have several choices of excursions. Opt for a full­day excursion to Salzburg where you’ll tour the historic center, lovely Mirabell Gardens, Residenz Square and the Old Market. You will also visit the museum at the famed yellow building known as Mozart Birth House and residence where the legendary composer was born in 1756 and lived until 1773. En route to Salzburg, stop at Mondsee, home of theBasilica St. Michael where the wedding scene from The Sound of Music was filmed. Or join a morning walking tour through the old city center of Linz and by the Mozarthaus where Mozart composed his Linz Symphony and Linz Sonata in only three days in 1783; or go on a bike tour of the city’s famed “Cultural Mile,” passing the contemporary Ars Electronica Center and the New Cathedral. In the afternoon, for those not taking the full­day tour to Salzburg, you can also choose to visit charming Český Krumlov, located just over the Czech­Austrian border.
     

  • Day 5 (Linz - Melk): Enjoy a morning cruise through Austria’s beautiful Wachau Valley before sailing into Melk. Explore the city known for its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s largest and most revered monasteries. Within these walls you will find frescoes painted by Johann Michael Rottmayr and Paul Troger, as well as a famed collection of musical manuscripts. You will also enjoy the incredible acoustics of the abbey during a beautiful live choral performance. Later in the day, if you prefer a more active adventure, hike up to the Melk Abbey and then visit this magnificent Baroque monastery or join a guided bike tour to Melk.

 

  • Day 6 (Melk - Vienna): Enjoy a morning cruise through Austria’s beautiful Wachau Valley before sailing into Melk. Explore the city known for its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s largest and most revered monasteries. Within these walls you will find frescoes painted by Johann Michael Rottmayr and Paul Troger, as well as a famed collection of musical manuscripts. You will also enjoy the incredible acoustics of the abbey during a beautiful live choral performance. Later in the day, if you prefer a more active adventure, hike up to the Melk Abbey and then visit this magnificent Baroque monastery or join a guided bike tour to Melk. 

 

  • Day 7 (Vienna): Visit the UNESCO-­designated Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens, the main summer residence of the Habsburg rulers, on your included tour. Built in the 18th century as an imperial summer residence, this magnificent 1,441­room Baroque palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural and historical monuments in Austria. Alternatively, pedal along the scenic Danube River and through charming neighborhoods to the nearby town of Klosterneuberg and its majestic 12th­century Augustinian monastery overlooking the Danube River. During the afternoon, explore the city of music while following in the footsteps of world­renowned composers, such as Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, from their past residences to museums to grand monuments. Or enjoy leisure time to further explore this iconic city.

 

  • Day 8 (Vienna): Bid farewell to Vienna and prepare for your flight home.

 

 

Questions? 

Contact Tom Demeter at (602) 842-1802 or tdemeter@tropicarrow.com or use the form below to request a quote.

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