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We meet at the airport at 6.45am for our Air Malta flight departing at 8.45am and arriving at Munich airport at 11.05am. Upon arrival, we are transferred to Passau Port to board our cruise MS Amelia, were we will be assigned our cabin.
Our first port of call is Duernstein, a small town on the river Danube in the Krems-Land district. It is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the Wachau region, well known wine growing area. The landscape is characterised by natural beauties such as terraces of the old vineyards and numerous cultural monuments. After Duernstein, we set off to Vienna – the capital of Austria, arriving late evening.
Today, we wake up in Vienna also described as Europe’s cultural capital. It is a metropolis with unique charm, vibrancy and flair, situated on the banks of the river. The influx of visitors from all over the world has made Vienna the most popular urban tourist destination in Austria. It is a dream city for anyone with a romantic streak or an interest in history. Sightseeing opportunities are to be found in abundance. Wander along narrow, medieval alleyways or across imperial squares, view Schonbrunn Palace or the Imperial Palace (Hofburg) in the footsteps of Sissi and Emperor Franz Josef, and marvel at the majestic architecture along the Ring boulevard. One can also visit one of Vienna’s famous coffee houses or traditional wine taverns and enjoy a nice speciality. Vienna has been synonymous with music for centuries, and was home to Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Johann Strauss. This outstanding musical heritage has been preserved right to the present day. Later in the evening, we depart Vienna for Esztergom.
In the morning, we sail from Esztergom to Budapest, one of the largest cities in the European Union with the city’s spectacular Parliament House, Hungary’s largest building. The magnificent neo-Gothic Parliament building is home of the Holy Hungarian Crown, and has splendid Session Room, an impressive central staircase and a wonderful Great Vaulted Hall. The Parliament was built between 1885 and 1902 and was one of the largest parliamentary buildings in the world, with 691 rooms and staircases stretching for more than 20 kilometres. In Budapest, one can cross the Danube via Margaret Bridge, and visit the Royal Castle on the Buda side of the city. Other places of interest are the Fishermen’s Bastion, Heroes’ Square, the Opera and St. Stephen’s Basilica.
After spending the night in Budapest, we have another half day to discover more of this beautiful city. Departure will be at around 2.00pm were we sail to Bratislava – the capital of Slovakia uniquely situated on the border of three countries.
Arrival in the morning in Bratislava. The city has an old-town charm, sophisticated restaurants, traditional pubs and good music ranging from jazz to opera. Bratislava’s long history - as home to Celts, Romans, Germans, Hungarians, Jews, and of course Slovaks - means there is an impressive range of architecture, languages and cuisine. The beautiful homes of the Austro-Hungarian noble families who built palaces here, dot the city and many of them are now open to the public as museums and galleries. The Danube River itself is, of course, one of the city’s main assets. There are several cafes along its banks and numerous restaurants, within walking distance of the centre. In the afternoon, we leave Bratislava to Melk.
Today’s port is the picturesque Melk, a city in Austria, in the federal state of Lower Austria, next to the Wachau valley along the Danube. Melk has a population of 5,257 (as of 2012). It is best known as the site of a massive baroque Benedictine monastery named Melk Abbey. After Melk we proceed to Passau, departure at about 2.00pm.
Early disembarkation at around 9.00am. We then make our way to Munich, the third largest city of Germany, where we will have panoramic city tour. Later on, we proceed to the airport to check in for our Air Malta flight departing Munich at 6.50pm and arriving in Malta at 9.00pm.
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Price per person in twin
€1549 Neptune Deck (lower deck)
€1829 Saturn Deck (French balcony)
€1999 Orion Deck (French balcony)
Air Malta return flight to Munich Airport
7 nights Cruise accommodation in twin outside cabin on MS Amelia
Full Board basis as from the dinner on the first day up to and including the breakfast on the last day of the itinerary, coffee & tea after lunch and dinner
Free use of the facilities offered on board
Luggage service from quay to cabin & cabin to quay
Service of a tour leader
Not included in price
Eventual (fuel) bunker surcharges
Tips on board: approx. €10 per person per day