August 2130, 2012
Amadeus Waterways MS AmaCerto
10-day / 9-night European vacation featuring 2 nights in Prague and a fascinating cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest.
There's no better way to experience Eastern Europe than on a riverboat cruise. Discovery, friendship, style and comfort all come together for the perfect Danube holiday.
On board the ms AmaCerto you will savor the luxury of more space than any other riverboat in Europe. With this great riverboat, we've created an itinerary that includes the two best Eastern European cities which have become prime destinations for gay and lesbian travelers.
We start with a tour in Prague, where we explore and enjoy two days in one of Europe's most beautiful cities. We'll join the ms AmaCerto in Nuremberg and travel through the Bavarian forests of Germany to Regensburg and Passau, for an optional excursion to Salzburg and then continue along the Danube to Linz, to Melk, and then two evenings and two full days in Vienna. From here we will continue down the Danube to the historic capital of Slovakia, Bratislava. Then, conclude your European river cruise vacation in vibrant Budapest, a famous haven for musicians, writers and artists.
Amadeus Waterways' newest ship the MS AmaCerto debuts in Europe in 2012. This deluxe 164 - passenger vessel incorporates the most advanced design featuring exclusive "Twin Balconies" in the majority of the spacious staterooms and suites (which range up to 350 sq. ft).
Enjoy fine dining in the main dining room, the intimate Chef's Table restaurant, or a casual al fresco bistro. The ship also features a heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a "swim-up" bar; fitness center, Massage, Hair and Beauty salon; complimentary in-stateroom Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies; two wine bars; ship-wide Wi-Fi plus a fleet of bicycles.
Dining & Cuisine
Dining on board the MS AmaCerto presents an array of dining options unequalled in the industry. You'll find no less than seven unique dining experiences on board. Choose the ships' main restaurant, offering gourmet cuisine or the Erlebnis Chef's Table Restaurant, where passengers can watch a private chef prepare a special tasting menu in this unique and exclusive 24-seat venue. Additionally, passengers can enjoy casual light lunch menus in the Main Lounge, as well as private dining in the Wine Room, a dining area that's perfect for celebrating a special occasion.
State-of-the-art Public Areas
This vessel features an array of amenities specifically designed for comfort, convenience and luxury on the great waterways of Europe.
• All outside accommodations, with exclusive "Twin Balcony" on the Violin & Cello decks
• Deluxe hotel-style bedding with Egyptian linen, down pillows and duvet
• Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
• Large wardrobe, full-length mirror, hair dryer, safe and direct-dial telephone
• Flat-screen TV featuring local and satellite channels
• In-room "Infotainment" system providing free Internet access, Hollywood movies & music library
• Individually controlled air-conditioning
• Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
• Extra spacious Suites (350 sq.ft.) with exclusive "Twin Balcony" and mini-bar
• Enhanced sitting area featuring a sofa and two chairs
• Expansive bathroom with a bathtub and separate shower
• Main lounge with bar, piano and dance floor; Observation Lounge; and a relaxing fireside library
• Complimentary specialty tea & coffee station
• Glass Elevator: Restaurant, Lobby/Main Lounge and staterooms on Violin & Cello Decks
• Fitness center, featuring exercise equipment, sauna and shower
• Beauty salon and Masseuse
• Walking track; heated swimming pool and whirlpool; and bicycles for exploring on one's own
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Arrive In Prague, Czech Republic
Arrive in Prague and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is free time to start exploring this beautiful city.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
This morning's sightseeing reveals why Prague is considered one of Europe's most attractive cities. You'll have the opportunity to visit the Hradcany Castle, Church of Tyn, see the famous Astronomical Clock and walk over the spectacular Charles Bridge to explore the Old Market Square. Mix with the locals at Wenceslaus Square, shop for souvenirs or enjoy one of the charming cafés or restaurants. Wander along the banks of the Vltava River, relax at an outdoor restaurant, or shop for local handicrafts and art work.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Prague - Karlovy Vary - Nuremberg, Germany
After breakfast, drive from Prague through the pastoral countryside to Nuremberg, the capital of Franconia. On the way there stop in Karlovy Vary. Tonight gather on board for a Gala Welcome Dinner.
Friday, August 24, 2012
This morning's scenic cruising takes you through the final stretch of the Main-Danube Canal to arrive in magnificent Regensburg, one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities. The city's architectural highlights include the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria - gates to an ancient Roman fort which was built in 179 AD. Marvel at beautiful churches and one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Passau - Linz, Austria
Early this morning the ship takes you through scenic valleys and past charming riverside towns. After breakfast, arrive in Passau, where the Rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. During your walking tour, gaze at this fairy-tale city founded more than 2,000 years ago. Or, take an optional full-day tour to Salzburg and its most popular "Sound of Music" sights including the Wedding Church, exquisite Mirabell Gardens, the Great Salzburg Festival Hall and much more. For those staying on board, enjoy a scenic cruise from Passau into Austria and on to Linz. After dinner, take a walk through this delightful town, Austria's third largest city.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Melk - Durnstein - Vienna
Cruise through the narrow Strudengau and reach the Wachau Valley early this morning. We arrive in Melk home of the magnificent Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe's largest baroque monasteries. Return to the ship for lunch as you cruise the romantic Wachau Valley. This afternoon we will have the chance to savor the quaint cobblestone streets and wine bars of Durnstein. Late this evening arrive in Vienna, the "City of Music" and Austria's magnificent capital.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Today explore the vibrant Austrian capital on your own or savor the Baroque elegance of romantic Vienna on the optional guided city tour which includes the world famous Vienna Opera House, Ringstrasse, St. Stephen's Cathedral and more. The tour is followed by free time in the city center to shop for souvenirs or sampling some of Vienna's famous pastries.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Another day in Vienna is yours to enjoy as you like. Relax by the pool on deck, stroll the city at your own pace or take one of the optional tours available, including a guided tour of Schonbrunn Palace or an evening performance of Mozart or Strauss.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Bratislava, known as Pressburg until 1945, is the capital of Slovakia and one of the most famous cities on the Danube. An optional tour takes us past the Archiepiscopal Palace and the National Theatre to the 13th century Bratislava Castle which has a view as far as the border of Austria. Other attractions include the city gates, the Baroque palaces of the noblemen, and the elegant residences that have all survived from the days of the Danube monarchy. A walk through the pedestrian precinct, past St. Martin's Cathedral, the Town Hall and Michael's Gate, brings you back to the ship. The remainder of the day is free to explore this bustling city dominated by its enormous castle perched above the Danube.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Arrival in Budapest concludes your European river cruise vacation. Budapest is an amazing city with new adventures around every corner. Spend an additional day or two and experience one of the many spas that the city has been famous for since Roman times. (Optional two night extension available.)
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague - Novotel Praha Wenceslas Square
Novotel Praha Wenceslas Square is a 4 star hotel in the historic part of Prague, just a short walk from Wenceslas Square, the State Opera and the famous Charles Bridge. When your site seeing is done, enjoy the bar and restaurant with international and local cuisine, relax with air conditioning, satellite television and Internet access in your room or unwind in the gym, indoor swimming pool and sauna.
Budapest - Novotel Budapest Centrum
Located in the city center,the Novotel Budapest Centrum is a 4 star hotel close to the business center and major cultural attractions. This 100-year-old Art Nouveau-style hotel features a restaurant, bar, gym, jacuzzi and sauna, all in a charming, heritage-protected building with modern additions. Use free WiFi all over the hotel. All of the rooms in the Novotel Centrum are air-conditioned and are equipped with LCD TV sets with international channels. In the historic-style brasserie you can enjoy fine Hungarian and international cuisine while listening to live piano music. The Café Palace serves Hungarian and international cuisine.
Budapest - Novotel Budapest Centrum
Your optional stay in Budapest includes two nights accommodations at the Novotel Budapest Centrum, breakfast daily, and all hotel taxes.
Two Night Extension:
• Single - $ 278
• Double - $ 139