Cruise the Danube with Samantha Brown
Those longing for the romance of Old World Europe will travel into the heart of the continent where empires were built, kings and queens were crowned and world-famous music was composed and performed by the likes of Mozart and Beethoven. Grand European cities like Munich, Vienna and Budapest forever remain timeless. Admire the beauty of Austria’s Lake District and the Czech Republic’s charming mountain town, Ceský Krumlov. From grand abbeys and fortresses perched high above to iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites, be romanced by the Danube with all her splendor.
What celebrated travel expert Samantha Brown enjoys most about travel is not necessarily the “must do’s” of a destination—visiting the iconic museums, majestic castles and celebratory monuments. What she loves the most is meeting people, getting to know them and spending time with them as they go about their everyday lives. Samantha Brown will sail on board the one-of-a-kind, new AmaMagna on the Romantic Danube departing July 14, 2019. Samantha will share insider tips and stories with you during two engaging presentations on how to really appreciate the essence of travel.
Samantha’s show, “Places to Love,” encourages viewers to experience the local, authentic side of travel that brings the passion of the people and the soul of a place to life in a way that only traveling can do. Unlike a traditional travelogue series with a formulaic itinerary, “Places to Love” is a half-hour program that takes viewers on a journey to discover the emotional heart of a destination. She does this by highlighting the people who are changing, challenging and strengthening the places where they live. Whether it’s through food and drink, art and design, culture or adventure, at the end of each episode, viewers have a well-curated list of new enriching experiences that focus on not just how to visit a destination, but how to fully immerse in it.
- Two Travel Talks with Samantha Brown
- All onboard dining, including special dinners
- Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Personalized Samantha Brown gift
- $150 on board credit per cabin
- AAA Vacations® 24/7 Member Care
- Immersive tours in every port
- Active, regular and late-riser options for exploring
- Daily entertainment including cultural performance
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*Rates are cruise only, per person, based on double occupancy, excludes taxes, fees & port expenses of $182pp. Cruise rates are subject to availability and terms and conditions. Rates will vary by cabin category, rate shown (Cat E stateroom, Piano Deck, fixed window, 7/14/19 sailing AmaMagna}. A deposit of $500 per person is due at time of booking. Final payment is due by March 15, 2019. This specific departure must be booked through AAA Exclusive Vacations to obtain exclusive amenities. Offer valid on new bookings only. Offers are capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time. Ask your AAA Travel counselor for best rate and full terms and conditions at time of booking. AAA Exclusive Vacations reserves the exclusive right to change or cancel itineraries, and other cruise components whenever it is deemed necessary. If this occurs, every effort will be made to offer alternate dates and cruise options. Proper proof of citizenship is required, and travel insurance is recommended. Other restrictions may apply.
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Embark your cruise in Vilshofen, Germany. This evening meet your fellow passengers on board. (D)
Explore Vilshofen’s beautiful old town before cruising to Passau, known as the “City of Three Rivers.” Join a walking tour or if you prefer to be more active, hike high into the hills for a visit to the “Veste Oberhaus,” Passau’s CastleHill. (B,L,D)
The ship arrives in Linz where you’ll have several choices of excursions. Opt for a full-day excursion to Salzburg where you’ll tour the historic center, Mirabell Gardens, Residenz Square and the Old Market. En route to Salzburg, stop at Mondsee, home of the famed Basilica St. Michael and site of the wedding scene in “The Sound of Music.” Alternatively, you can join a morning walking tour through Linz’s old city center and by the Mozart House; or go on a guided bike tour along the city’s famed “Culture Mile” and the Danube. During the afternoon, you have three more options of excursions. Choose a half-day in Salzburg or take a scenic drive through the beautiful Austrian Lake District with a stop in St.Wolfgang. You can also choose to visit the charming mountain town, Ceský Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border. (B,L,D)
Cruise to Weissenkirchen, gateway to Dürnstein located in the heart of the Wachau Valley. Once here, you can choose to join a walking tour in Dürnstein along its cobblestone streets to the Baroque Stiftskirche, Dürnstein’s famed church tower, and then visit Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey. For the more active adventurer, hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held. As an alternative excursion, visit a local apricot grower, where you’ll enjoy the regions finest apricot treats. Later in the evening, enjoy a special wine tasting of locally grown, world-renowned Riesling and Grüner Veltliner in Weissenkirchen. (B,L,D)
The “City ofWaltzes” offers a treasure trove of gems and you have three ways to discover them. Join a city tour showcasing its regal splendors, including the majestic Opera House, St.Stephen’s Cathedral and the
former Imperial Palaceof the Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For a more active exploration of the area, take a guided bike ride along the Danube. During the afternoon, you can enjoy leisure time or pedal your way to Klosterneuburg Monastery on a guided cycling tour. (B,L,D)
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 culinary host to sample traditional Slovakian specialties, as well as learn how to prepare stuffed potato ravioli with an opportunity to taste your own creation. For a more active adventure, hike up to Bratislava Castle, offering magnificent views of the city. (B,L,D)
Experience Budapest in one of two ways: on a city tour or a hike. Your city tour begins with a visit to the vibrant Great Market Hall brimming with vendors selling everything from food to souvenirs. The remainder of this tour takes you to both the Buda (hilly) and Pest (flat) sides of the river. As an alternative choice, hike up to Castle Hill for breathtaking views of the city below. Spend your last evening on board cruising around the famed Parliament Building as the city turns on all her dazzling lights. (B,L,D)
This morning, say farewell to Samantha Brown and your fellow travelers. Disembark the ship as you prepare for your flight home. (B)