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Itinerary
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Day 1
Budapest, Hungary

The River Danube plays a vital role in the build-up of the Hungarian capital of Budapest. It flows right through the heart of the city and has led to the construction of seven magnificent bridges - which connect the old city of Buda, on the right bank, with more modern city of Pest, on the left bank. One of the city’s instantly recognisable highlights is the Hungarian parliament building – a spectacular structure which sits beside the Danube. Venture into Budapest, wander its many streets, and you will discover St. Matthias Church, which was originally built in Romanesque style in the 11th century, but later rebuilt in Gothic style, in the 14th century.

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Day 3
Vienna, Austria

The charming Austrian capital is situated on the River Danube and is a world-renowned centre for classical music, art, theatre and history. Home of the waltz, the Spanish Riding School, Sachertorte and Vienna Boys’ Choir, its central core is easily manageable by foot but excellent public transport is also available. The Schönbrunn Palace is the summer residence of Maria Theresia and the Hapsburgs and is one of the most iconic buildings in this great city.

Before 1806, Vienna was the seat of the Holy Roman Empire and later it became the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and, in 1918, the capital of independent Austria which emerged from World War I as a republic. During WWII, Vienna was divided into five zones, but the 1955 State Treaty helped the country regain its independence and Vienna was once again the capital of a sovereign Austria.

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Day 4
Melk, Austria

Situated in northeast Austria is the city of Melk – regarded as a gateway to the famous Wachau wine region. It is located at a meeting point of the Danube and Melk rivers and is home to a towering, yellow, baroque Abbey, which sits high above the Danube River. Inside the Abbey, you will find many interesting features including the Melk Cross, Abbey Library, Marble Room, and Collegiate Church. Elsewhere in the city, you will find a number of pretty Renaissance houses and the Schallaburg Castle.

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Day 5
Passau, Germany

Resting at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers in Bavaria is the town of Passau. Lying on the border of Austria, Passau offers a unique and eclectic blend of German and Austria Baroque architecture. St Stephen’s Cathedral is the main focus for tourism in Passau and is a true masterpiece of Italian Baroque. The main attractions of the cathedral include a treasury, museum, Italian painted frescoes and the biggest European church organ, boasting 17,774 pipes.

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Day 6
Regensburg, Germany

Situated along the banks of the Danube River is the Bavarian city of Regensburg. A cultural centre of Germany, the cities medieval heart is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasting one of the most important Gothic churches in Bavaria, St. Peter’s Cathedral. With a stunning 14th century stained glass window and two Romanesque chapels, St. Peter’s in one of the main attractions in Regensburg. Full of history, the city also offers other notable examples of Romanesque architecture, including the Porta Praetoria, which dates back to 179 AD. Despite the repeated bombings of WW2, Regensburg’s medieval buildings and charm has survived, and sustained little damage.

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Day 7
Nuremberg, Germany

Located on the Pegnitz River is the second largest city of Bavaria and incredibly energetic city of Nuremberg. Emerging from the uplands of Franconia, Nuremberg is also close to the Main-Danube Canal. With official records dating back to 1050 this incredible city has a very long history, unfortunately only a handful of historic buildings survived the damage of WW2. The most significant remaining building is the Church of St. Sebald, a breathtaking example of gothic and renaissance master craft.  As well as museums, a Renaissance city hall, and customs house, there is an imperial castle towering above them all.

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Day 7
Main-Danube Canal, Germany

Flowing a total distance of 106 miles, the Main-Danube Canal winds through rural Bavaria from Bamberg, on the Main River, to Kelheim, on the Danube. This provides the opportunity for river cruisers to embark on a 2,200-mile journey from the North Sea to the Black Sea. It was one of the largest civil engineering projects in history and was built with a total of 16 locks, each of which is around 625 feet long, 40 feet wide, and 100 feet deep.

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Day 8
Nuremberg, Germany

Located on the Pegnitz River is the second largest city of Bavaria and incredibly energetic city of Nuremberg. Emerging from the uplands of Franconia, Nuremberg is also close to the Main-Danube Canal. With official records dating back to 1050 this incredible city has a very long history, unfortunately only a handful of historic buildings survived the damage of WW2. The most significant remaining building is the Church of St. Sebald, a breathtaking example of gothic and renaissance master craft.  As well as museums, a Renaissance city hall, and customs house, there is an imperial castle towering above them all.

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Day 9
Bamberg, Germany

The south-central German river town of Bamberg has been recognised as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Situated on the Regnitz River, north of Nuremberg, this gorgeous town is set amidst a series of picturesque rivers and forests. This perfectly preserved historic town is home to a range of architectural styles including Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. Within the city, there are many historic structures and museums including the Alte Residenz (Old Palace), Neue Residenz, the former Benedictine abbey and an imperial cathedral which contains many notable statues. Additionally, there are nine breweries in Bamberg, offering a collective total of 200 types of beer.

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Day 10
Kitzingen, Germany

Within the Franconian part of the German state of Bavaria is the town of Kitzingen. Surrounded by extensive vineyards, this town is regarded as the largest wine producer in Bavaria. One of the main landmarks in the town is the Leaning Tower, which was built during the 13th century and distinctively recognisable for its crooked roof. According to legend, the workers who were working on the tower ran out of water, so instead used wine to create mortar – thus causing the top of the tower to lean. A wander inside the tower will enable you to explore the town’s carnival (Fasching) museum.

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Day 10
Wurzburg, Germany

Wurzburg is located in the German state of Bavaria, along the River Main. The Wurzburger Residenz and the Marienberg Fortress show off the impressive Baroque architecture found in this historic city and are two of the most popular places to visit.

Known as the city of 100 churches, many of these are still intact and help to give Wurzburg a fairytale feel. The most notable is Käppele, a small church known by this colloquial name and which features famous artworks and a chapel decorated with artificial bones and skulls. The city also lies within the Franconian wine region and is therefore a great place to taste some of the local vintages.

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Day 11
Wertheim, Germany

The historical town of Wertheim am Main is situated at the confluence of the Main and Tauber rivers. Visitors can tour the ruins of Wertheim Castle, which offers great panoramic views over the medieval town centre and the surrounding hills.

The town comes to life during the summer months with Wertheim’s own version of Oktoberfest taking place and a medieval festival being held in the castle grounds. There is also a collection of designer outlet stores at Wertheim Village.

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Day 11
Miltenberg, Germany

The town of Miltenberg is situated in Lower Franconia, Bavaria, and is home to a historic marketplace. This beautiful town is home to a wealth of stunning timber-framed buildings and landmarks including the Old Town Hall and the Jewish cemetery with old city walls.

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Day 12
Rudesheim, Germany

Located at the foot of the Taunus Mountains and at the heart of the Rhine River is the town of Rudesheim. Being in the Rhine Gorge, Rudesheim is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a historic winemaking town. Not only does the wine make this town worth visiting, but the Old Town itself and the picturesque Rheingau landscape and the romantic Rhine River itself.

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Day 12
Koblenz, Germany

Originally founded as a Roman town in 9 BC, Koblenz is one of the oldest cities in Germany. Situated at the junction of the Rhine and Moselle River, it is surrounded by spurs of the Eifel, Hunsrück, Westerwald, and Taunus mountains. The point at which the two rivers meet is known as “Deutsches Eck (German Corner), which is the site of a settlement, founded in 1216 by German Knights, and today, it features an impressive monument dedicated to Kaiser Wilhelm I. Koblenz is home to a series of squares and statues which make for a pleasant stroll. There are also many historic structures in the city including the 13th century fortress, 18th century Electoral Palace and a series of medieval churches.

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Day 13
Cologne, Germany

As the fourth largest city in Germany and the largest city on the Rhine River, Cologne is regarded as the historic, cultural and economic capital of the Rhineland. It is highly regarded for its trade fairs, cathedral, perfume, and Koelsch beer. It was also once a significant part of the Roman Empire, and the remains of many Roman buildings and town walls are still visible today. There is a range of Roman artefacts on display in the Roemisches Germanisches Museum, which is well worth a visit.

Cologne is also home to the French Gothic style Kolner Dom Cathedral, for which construction began in 1248 but remained unfinished for 600 years. The structure - which can still be visited today - is made up of two 157 metre-high spires, buttresses, pillars and arches – which collectively support the central nave. The remains of the kings who followed the star to Bethlehem are believed to have been contained within the south tower.

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Day 14
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Regarded as the Venice of the north, the Dutch capital of Amsterdam is made up of a series of 90 islands, which are connected by almost 1,200 bridges. Today, Amsterdam is a city of contrasts, with many people being attracted to this vibrant destination for its range of bars and night clubs. On the other hand, Amsterdam is home many renowned architectural structures, insightful museums and beautiful gardens.

The Royal Palace was originally built in the 17th century to serve as a town hall, but is now one of three palaces in the Netherlands to be under disposal of the monarchy. In the springtime, be sure to visit the Keukenhof Gardens, where seven million flower bulbs create a beautiful display of bold and bright colours.

Sail on board AmaSerena
Accommodation

Suite Stateroom

Situated on the Violin Deck the Suite Stateroom offers luxurious accommodation featuring a well appointed ensuite bathroom with shower and bathtub with complimentary spa-quality bath amenities. A comfortable sitting area on the outside balcony. A spacious wardrobe, in room safe and a fully stocked mini-bar within the airy sitting room.  Individually controlled air conditioning ensures a calming environment, coupled with, luxurious linens upon the double bed with a french balcony view and robe and slippers to hand for ultimate comfort.

As well as a Flat screen television with local and satellite channels all staterooms have AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access.

Suite AA+ Stateroom

Situated on the Violin Deck the Suite AA+ Stateroom offers luxurious accommodation featuring a well appointed ensuite bathroom with shower and bathtub with complimentary spa-quality bath amenities. A comfortable sitting area on the outside balcony. A spacious wardrobe, in room safe and a fully stocked mini-bar within the airy sitting room. Individually controlled air conditioning ensures a calming environment, coupled with, luxurious linens upon the double bed with a french balcony view and robe and slippers to hand for ultimate comfort.

As well as a Flat screen television with local and satellite channels all staterooms have AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access.

Suite AA & AB Staterooms

Situated on the Violin Deck the Suite AA & AB Staterooms offer luxurious accommodation featuring a well appointed shower room with complimentary spa-quality bath amenities. A comfortable sitting area on the outside balcony. A spacious wardrobe and in room safe and individually controlled air conditioning ensuring a calming environment, coupled with, luxurious linens upon the double bed with a balcony view and robe and slippers to hand for ultimate comfort.

As well as a Flat screen television with local and satellite channels all staterooms have AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access.

Suite BA & BB Stateroom

Situated on the Violin & Cello Deck the Suite BA & BB Staterooms offer luxurious accommodation featuring a well appointed shower room with complimentary spa-quality bath amenities. A comfortable sitting area on the outside balcony. A spacious wardrobe and in room safe and individually controlled air conditioning ensuring a calming environment, coupled with, luxurious linens upon the double bed with a balcony view and robe and slippers to hand for ultimate comfort.

As well as a Flat screen television with local and satellite channels all staterooms have AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access.

Suite C Stateroom

Situated on the Violin & Cello Decks the Suite C Staterooms offer accommodation featuring a well appointed shower room with complimentary spa-quality bath amenities.  A spacious wardrobe and in room safe and individually controlled air conditioning ensuring a calming environment, coupled with, luxurious linens upon the double bed with a french balcony view and robe and slippers to hand for ultimate comfort.

As well as a Flat screen television with local and satellite channels all staterooms have AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access.

Suite D & E Staterooms

Situated on the Piano Deck the Suite D & E Staterooms offer accommodation featuring 2 fixed windows. A well appointed shower room with complimentary spa-quality bath amenities. A spacious wardrobe and in room safe and individually controlled air conditioning ensuring a calming environment, coupled with, luxurious linens upon the double bed and robe and slippers to hand for ultimate comfort.

As well as a Flat screen television with local and satellite channels all staterooms have AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access.

Entertainment

After dinner, AmaWaterways invite you to enjoy engaging evening entertainment. You are sure to be enthralled as different performers come on board each night. It's the perfect complement to your daily discoveries.

Main Lounge & Bar

This versatile space hosts a bar, dance floor, plenty of comfortable couches and big windows on three sides and is used for everything from the morning port talks, daytime reading and chatting to scenic cruising, afternoon tea and evening entertainment.

Complimentary Internet & Entertainment On-Demand

AmaWaterways is proud to offer the industry’s most comprehensive information and entertainment experience, known as “Infotainment.” Stay connected with friends and family back home, thanks to the computer provided in your stateroom and high-speed Internet access plus Wi-Fi. Our exclusive movies-on-demand system offers Hollywood’s current releases, a selection of classic films or informative and entertaining travel videos chosen to coincide with your itinerary. You’ll also enjoy a variety of English-language news, sports and satellite TV stations, as well as a large selection of music channels. It’s all available on your flat-panel TV, and it’s completely complimentary. 

Enrichment

Your river cruise with AmaWaterways will be a luxurious experience from start to finish. Customise how you explore Europe with a variety of included shore excursions and flexible tour options.

Complimentary Bikes & Bike Tours

AmaWaterways originated the concept of putting bicycles aboard river cruise ships in Europe. The idea sprung from the fact that so many of Europe's rivers are lined with paths that are perfect for pedalling. They're the only river cruise line that carries more than two dozen bicycles and plenty of safety helmets that are free for you to use. The bicycles give you the freedom to venture out and explore the riverside bikeways. Or, meander through quaint cobblestone streets. The bikes are set up and ready for use as soon as the ship docks. 

On-Shore Excursions

Set your own pace on shore excursions. Enjoy the full attention of your guide. AmaWaterways ensures that you’re treated with personalised attention, on land as well as on the river. Our complimentary Small Group Shore Excursions provide a world-class land tour in every destination. They hire the top local guides in every location. They’re confident that you’ll find no more intensive and immersive introduction to the culture and heritage of the region you’re visiting. They offer a “Gentle Walkers” group, for those who’d like to explore at a more leisurely pace. Wherever possible, they offer an “Active Walkers” group, for those interested in covering more ground, and a “Late Starter” group for those who prefer to sleep in. 

Dining
  • Main Dining Restaurant - offering regional specialties using locally sourced ingredients
  • Private Dining in Wine Room - perfect for celebrating a special occasion
  • Opening seating amidst elegant and comfortable surroundings
  • Al Fresco Dining Terrace - open on select days for lunch
  • Erlebnis Chef’s Table Restaurant - an intimate venue where guests can watch as a private chef prepares a special tasting menu
  • Complimentary unlimited fine wine, beer, soft drinks and specialty coffees with every lunch & dinner, plus sparkling wine at breakfast

Main Restaurant

All the way forward on Cello Deck is the comfortable Restaurant. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served here in a relaxed, open-seating environment. Breakfast and dinner can be ordered off the menu or taken buffet-style, while dinners are a menu-driven affair, each offering their own, port-dependent local specialties.

The Chef's Table

Join a few of your fellow travellers at The Chef’s Table, where the kitchen — usually hidden — becomes part of the entertainment. You’ll have the opportunity to watch the chef prepare a special, multi-course meal right in front of you. The menu here is unique, making this a truly distinct gastronomic experience. Indulge in delectable dishes paired with unlimited fine wines, hand-selected just for this dinner.

Seating at most 28 guests, it is an intimate, private venue secluded from the rest of the ship. With just you and a handful of other people, this is a fantastic atmosphere for meeting fellow travelers and making new friends over an exceptional dinner. There is no additional cost to dine at The Chef’s Table — all you have to do is make a reservation.

Additional Information

Ship Features

  • Complimentary specialty tea & coffee station available 24/7
  • Elevator reaches the Restaurant, Lobby/Main Lounge and staterooms on Violin & Cello Decks
  • Beauty salon, massage and spa services
  • Walking track, heated pool and fitness room

 

HealthFitness

As you sail through Europe’s most beautiful and tranquil scenery, why not take the opportunity to pamper yourself? They have an expert hair stylist, masseuse and beauty therapist at your disposal for the duration of the cruise. Nestled in a peaceful corner of the ship, next to a well equipped Fitness Centre, our Massage, Beauty and Hair Salon offers a variety of treatments using only the finest products available. Pamper your body and rejuvenate your spirit while you’re on board with AmaWaterways.

Fitness Centre

Located on the aft of the Violin Deck you will find a well equipped gym at your disposal.

Spa

Pamper your body and rejuvenate your spirit while you're on board at the deluxe Spa. Choose from a variety of treatments using only the finest products available.

Swimming Pool

Take a dip in the swimming pool or bask in the Whirlpool - lie back, relax and take in the scenery. 

Hairdressing & Beauty Salon

Located on the Violin Deck amble on down and treat yourself to a makeover. Choose from a variety of beauty treatments using only the finest products available and our expert hair stylist and beauty therapist will have you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.

Walking Track

Situated on the Sun Deck take in the views as you stroll around the walking track.

Facilities

Disabled Facilities

Reasonable efforts are made to accommodate the special needs of disabled cruise participants, but no responsibility will be undertaken for any denial of services by carriers, hotels, restaurants, or other independent suppliers. Tour buses are not equipped with wheelchair ramps and cabin doors are not wide enough to allow access by standard wheelchairs.

Wheelchairs and walkers cannot be carried on tour buses, due to space limitations. Wheelchair passengers should be aware of these limitations. For safety reasons, passengers in wheelchairs cannot be carried on ramps in ports where the ship is at anchor. We regret that we cannot provide individual assistance to a tour member for walking, getting on/off tour busses and other transportation vehicles, or other personal needs. A qualified travel companion must accompany travellers who need assistance.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is only allowed on the sun deck of all ships. 

Dietary Requirements

Please advise the AmaWaterways reservation agent at time of booking of any special dietary requirements you may have and they will make every effort to accommodate your request. Please note that not all diets are possible.

Dress Code

It is recommended that country club casual wear be worn for dinner. Guests typically wear dressier attire for the Captain’s Dinner. 

Deck Plans

Sun Deck

 

  • Lower Sun Deck
  • Navigation Bridge
  • Bicycles
  • Heated Pool
  • Sun Deck
  • Walking Track

 

Violin Deck

 

  • Al Fresco Dining Terrace
  • Observation Lounge
  • Main Lounge & Bar
  • Gift Shop
  • Reception
  • Fitness Room
  • Massage & Hair Salon
  • The Chef's Table Restaurant
  • Suite Staterooms 301, 303 & 304
  • Suite AA+ Stateroom 302
  • Suite AA Staterooms 305-314
  • Suite BA Staterooms 315-324
  • Suite C Staterooms 325-332

 

Cello Deck

 

  • Main Restaurant 
  • Elevator
  • Suite BB Staterooms 201-206 & 217-225
  • Suite AB Staterooms 207-216
  • Suite C Staterooms 226-233

 

Piano Deck

 

  • Suite D Staterooms 101-110
  • Suite E Staterooms 113-116
  • Crew Cabins

 

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