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Celebration of Classical Music: The Danube

Follow the inspirational route of some of the world’s most famous classical composers and hear their melodies harmonising with the current of Europe’s leading waterway. Enjoy the majesty and culture of cities like Budapest, Bratislava, Salzburg and Vienna with live performances from accomplished musicians. Whether you are a classical music connoisseur or just a traveller who appreciates the finer things in life, experience the Danube on a musical adventure through the centuries.

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  • Cruise Line: AmaWaterways
  • Ship: AmaSonata
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: 4th November, 11th November
£2,188pp
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Celebration of Classical Music River Cruise Itinerary

This 7-night luxury cruise meanders its way through the leading cities of Europe with historic architecture and culture at every turn in the river. Enjoy spectacular scenery and international dining with fascinating excursions and live performances of classical music.

Day 1

Budapest

Embark in Budapest.

Day 2

Budapest

Enjoy a guided walking tour of the ‘Queen of the Danube’ and experience the history and architecture of one of Europe’s most fascinating capital cities. Budapest was the centre of Hungarian Jewish cultural life, and the Jewish Heritage Tour offers a different slant of Budapest before the Second World War and includes the famous Tree of Life Holocaust memorial and the Temple of Heroes. Choose a hike to Castle Hill with spectacular views for an energetic adventure. In the afternoon, there is a visit to the Opera House, where guests can enjoy a recital.

Day 3

Bratislava

After a morning of scenic cruising, arrive in Bratislava, where guests can join a guided walking tour of the ‘Coronation City’, the location of the crowning of 11 Hungarian monarchs between 1536 and 1830. Stray further afield on a guided bike tour or hike up to Bratislava Castle, with stunning views. The Tastes of Bratislava tour is a must for those intrigued by local cuisine, with goulash and potato dumplings with sheep’s cheese at the top of the menu.

Day 4

Melk

Cruise through Austria’s beautiful Wachau Valley to Melk, famous for its 11th-century Benedictine Abbey, built high above the town and adorned with gold statuary and a huge library housing mediaeval manuscripts. Enjoy a tour of the Abbey with a choral performance or take a hike from the town to this imposing building with fabulous river views for company and join a guided tour on your arrival. There is also the option of a bike excursion around the town, and then in the afternoon, enjoy scenic cruising as the vessel makes its way to Linz.

Day 5

Linz

On arrival in Linz, there is the option of a full-day excursion to Salzburg, where guests can see the house where Mozart was born and, on the way, pay a visit to the Basilica St. Michael where Maria’s wedding was filmed in the ‘Sound of Music’. Stay in Linz and enjoy a guided walking tour of this UNESCO City of Media Arts or hop on a bike for a guided excursion of the city’s Cultural Mile. For guests who have not opted to spend the day in Salzburg, in the afternoon, there is a visit to the charming Czech town of Český Krumlov, located just over the border in the Czech Republic.

Day 6

Vienna

Sail from Linz through stunning scenery to arrive in Vienna and enjoy a morning tour of the UNESCO-designated Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens. This Baroque Palace was built as an imperial summer residence and is one of Austria’s most important architectural monuments. Alternatively, pedal alongside the scenic Danube to Klosterneuburg, with its spectacular 12th-century Augustinian monastery overlooking the river. In the evening, guests are cordially invited to a special classical performance at a local concert hall.

Day 7

Vienna

One day in Vienna is not just enough. Explore the heritage of one of the most musical cities in the world and discover the culture and location that gave birth to Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert on the Composers Walking Tour. For the energetic, a guided bike tour is an excellent way to see more of the city, including the Opera House and the Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs. A trip to Vienna wouldn’t be complete without sampling the luxurious chocolate sachertorte and rich Viennese coffee.

Day 8

Vienna

Disembarkation.

Day 1

Vienna

Embark in Vienna.

Day 2

Vienna

One day in Vienna is not just enough. Explore the heritage of one of the most musical cities in the world and discover the culture and location that gave birth to Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert on the Composers Walking Tour. For the energetic, a guided bike tour is an excellent way to see more of the city, including the Opera House and the Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs. A trip to Vienna wouldn’t be complete without sampling the luxurious chocolate sachertorte and rich Viennese coffee.

Day 3

Vienna

Sail from Linz through stunning scenery to arrive in Vienna and enjoy a morning tour of the UNESCO-designated Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens. This Baroque Palace was built as an imperial summer residence and is one of Austria’s most important architectural monuments. Alternatively, pedal alongside the scenic Danube to Klosterneuburg, with its spectacular 12th-century Augustinian monastery overlooking the river. In the evening, guests are cordially invited to a special classical performance at a local concert hall.

Day 4

Linz

On arrival in Linz, there is the option of a full-day excursion to Salzburg, where guests can see the house where Mozart was born and, on the way, pay a visit to the Basilica St. Michael where Maria’s wedding was filmed in the ‘Sound of Music’. Stay in Linz and enjoy a guided walking tour of this UNESCO City of Media Arts or hop on a bike for a guided excursion of the city’s Cultural Mile. For guests who have not opted to spend the day in Salzburg, in the afternoon, there is a visit to the charming Czech town of Český Krumlov, located just over the border in the Czech Republic.

Day 5

Melk

Cruise through Austria’s beautiful Wachau Valley to Melk, famous for its 11th-century Benedictine Abbey, built high above the town and adorned with gold statuary and a huge library housing mediaeval manuscripts. Enjoy a tour of the Abbey with a choral performance or take a hike from the town to this imposing building with fabulous river views for company and join a guided tour on your arrival. There is also the option of a bike excursion around the town, and then in the afternoon, enjoy scenic cruising as the vessel makes its way to Linz.

Day 6

Bratislava

After a morning of scenic cruising, arrive in Bratislava, where guests can join a guided walking tour of the ‘Coronation City’, the location of the crowning of 11 Hungarian monarchs between 1536 and 1830. Stray further afield on a guided bike tour or hike up to Bratislava Castle, with stunning views. The Tastes of Bratislava tour is a must for those intrigued by local cuisine, with goulash and potato dumplings with sheep’s cheese at the top of the menu.

Day 7

Budapest

Enjoy a guided walking tour of the ‘Queen of the Danube’ and experience the history and architecture of one of Europe’s most fascinating capital cities. Budapest was the centre of Hungarian Jewish cultural life, and the Jewish Heritage Tour offers a different slant of Budapest before the Second World War and includes the famous Tree of Life Holocaust memorial and the Temple of Heroes. Choose a hike to Castle Hill with spectacular views for an energetic adventure. In the afternoon, there is a visit to the Opera House, where guests can enjoy a recital.

Day 8

Budapest

Disembark in Budapest.

About The AmaSonata

The award-winning AmaSonata is on song to make the most of Europe’s famous waterways with luxury accommodation and a melodious accompaniment to some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. Elegant rooms feature twin balconies for glorious river views.

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Dining

Enjoy five-star dining in the elegant Main Restaurant with an authentic flavour of the classic cruises of yesteryear. The Chef’s Table offers multi-course cuisine with a range of international and local menus and vegan and vegetarian dishes a daily speciality. Relax in the lounge or the tranquil library after dinner with your favourite tipple.

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Accommodation

Generous staterooms offer plenty of space to relax and enjoy the river views with twin balconies. Opulent marble bathrooms are fully equipped with robes and luxury products and feature a separate bath and shower. Enjoy entertainment on demand with individually controlled air conditioning for a relaxing and peaceful haven.

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Health & Fitness

A fully equipped fitness suite means you can stay healthy even when you are on vacation. Enjoy a plunge in the Sun Deck whirlpool or stroll around the walking track after a workout. Pampering is also on the menu, with a hair salon and massage room for the ultimate spa experience on the water.

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Deck Plan

This four-deck vessel offers different categories of staterooms on the three lower decks, Cello, Violin and Piano. The Violin deck features a luxury bow seating area with a lounge, bar, massage & hair salon, and fitness suite. The crowning glory, the Sun Deck, has a walking track, observation deck and whirlpool.

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Celebration of Classical Music River Cruise

Discover the river that inspired some of Europe’s most famous music makers with a Celebration of Classical Music cruise from AmaWaterways. Enjoy a feast for all the senses and make your heart sing with the melody of the Danube.

  • December
  • 7 Nights
£2,188pp

Celebration of Classical Music River Cruise Review

“We enjoy the great classics like the next person but wouldn’t say we are particularly clued up about music, but the great thing about this cruise is that it welcomes everyone from the tone-deaf to the very well-informed! The tours are informative and well-structured, so they appeal to all levels, and you don’t have to be interested in music to enjoy this great cruise. November might not be your first choice of cruise time, but the winter is actually very atmospheric, with grand balls and candlelight dinners. The whole thing is a complete assault on all the senses. The food and service are five-star too.”

Laurence and Hermione, Salisbury

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Celebration of Classical Music River Cruise FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

I have several allergies; can the chefs cater for a restricted diet?

Our gourmet chefs tailor-make every dish, whether it’s multi-course fine dining in the Main Restaurant, light lunches at The Chef’s Table or tapas. Accommodating unusual or restricted menus presents no difficulties. Just let us know your requirements when you book. There are also vegetarian and vegan options available daily, and all menus are made with local produce to reflect the regional cuisines of the area you are sailing through.

My elderly mother is in our party and is rather frail. Can you accommodate passengers with limited mobility?

Our cruise vessels have plenty of space and adaptability to suit all kinds of passengers. If you need any modifications or special provisions, discuss this with our booking team when you make your reservation. We can adapt port excursions to suit those with limited mobility to ensure no one misses out. Our helpful and friendly deck staff are always there to manage any issue or difficulty that arises during your time on board, so there is no need to worry.

Do I need visas to travel on this cruise?

The Celebration of Classical Music Cruise passes through three countries, and travellers are responsible for sorting out their visa requirements before travelling. Our expert booking team can walk you through what’s involved, just make sure you allow plenty of time to apply for a visa before the date of your cruise.

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