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CELEBRATE THE NEW DECADE WITH PERFECT 20/20 VISION!

Join us as we ring in 2020 onboard AmaWaterways beautiful AmaViola!

 The ship will be overnighting in Vienna Austria for New Years Eve!

Dec 28th 2019 – Jan 03rd 2020 (cruise portion only)

Cruise the Danube between Budapest Hungary and Vilshofen Germany.   Click on the tabs below to learn more or call Susan Wolfson at 610-398-2444 to reserve your spot.

 

 

  • Melodies of the Danube

    Go Astro Travel, LLC is offering a chance to celebrate New Years 2020 in Vienna, Austria with special group pricing.  You will always remember where you were when the new decade started!.  Celebrate on December 31st in Vienna with a lavish dinner, festive decorations, a champagne toast and dancing in the ship’s lounge. Visit world class capitals like Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna and Prague (with post cruise extension).  Make sure you have the foresight to spend 2020 aboard a magnificent river cruise in one of the great cities of the world.  It’s not just hindsight that’s 20/20.


     Features:

    • New Year’s eve celebration on the Danube
    • Award wining dining in a a variety of venues including the Chef’s table specialty restaurant
    • La Chaine des Rotisseurs dining experience
    • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft draing with lunch and dinner
    • Daily Cocktail hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
    • Tapas, sandwiches , snacks and refreshments served daily in the man lounge
    • Bike tours and hikes
    • Immersive tours in every destination
    • Special interest tours
    •  7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom
    • Free high speed internet access, movies, music library and English TV on demand
    • Mini Fridge with bottle water replenished daily
    • Wellness program including exercise classes.
    • First class cruise manager for the duration of the trip

     

    Vienna is a beautiful setting for bring in 2020

    Spend New Year’s in Vienna


     

     

     

  • Sail the Danube New Year's Eve

    Sail the Danube

     

    Melodies of the Danube

    Journey along the Danube and see firsthand why this storied river has inspired generations of artists, poets and musicians. Indulge your passion for timeless architecture and art in four magnificent capitals: Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna and Prague. Let the hills come alive with the sounds of music in Salzburg and the Austrian Lake District. Cruise through the enchanting Strudengau Valley and let the melodies of the Danube carry you from one gem to another on a regal journey through time.

     

     

    Summary Itinerary 

    Dec 29 Budapest EMBARKATION

    Illuminations cruise – see beautiful Budapest at night with a gentle cruise along the river

    Dec 30 Budapest “Queen of the Danube” tour  and Free time

    Dec 31 Vienna “Imperial Vienna” tour   and fabulous New Year’s Eve Celebration

    Jan 1 Vienna

    “Vienna’s Royal Treasures” tour OR  Alte Donau bike tour

    Jan 2 Krems

    Schloss Gobelsburg cellar tour and tasting Weissenkirchen Highlights of Dürnstein and Melk Abbey OR

    Weissenkirchen to Melk bike tour OR

    Weissenkirchen walking tour and Melk Abbey OR

    Dürnstein excursion with wine and apricots tastings Strudengau Valley Scenic cruising Grein Exclusive castle visit with private reception

    Jan 3 Linz

    “UNESCO City of Media Arts” walking tour OR

    Full-day Salzburg excursion OR

    “Cultural Mile” bike tour Half-day Salzburg excursion OR

    Český Krumlov excursion

    Jan 4 Passau

    “City of Three Rivers” walking tour OR

    Passau bike tour OR

    Passau Castle hike Vilshofen Exclusive Oktoberfest celebration

    Jan 5 Vilshofen DISEMBARKATION


    Detailed itinerary

    Here’s a detailed itinerary with both the Budapest pre cruise and Prague post cruise included:

    Day 1, BUDAPEST, HUNGARY. Arrive in Budapest and transfer to your hotel.

    Day 2, BUDAPEST. Once the co-capital of the Austro-Hungarian empire (along with Vienna), Budapest is one of
    Europe’s most regal and storied cities—and many of its most iconic sights can be seen right off the banks of the
    Danube. Today’s tour takes you to another side of Budapest to the Jewish Quarter, where there are some real
    treasures. The Great Synagogue, the largest Synagogue in Europe and the second largest in the world, located in
    Dohány Street represents the beating heart of this quarter. Other prominent attractions include the Holocaust
    Memorial, a weeping willow tree with the names of Hungarian Jews killed during the Holocaust inscribed on each
    leaf; and the Shoes on the Danube, a memorial to the Budapest Jews who were shot by Arrow Cross militiamen
    between 1944 and 1945. (B)

    Day 3, BUDAPEST – EMBARKATION. Check out of your hotel to board your luxurious ship. During the
    evening, be treated to a special Illuminations cruise around Budapest’s famed Parliament building as at night, the
    city virtually glitters as these landmarks are awash in lights. (B,D)

    Day 4, BUDAPEST. Home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Buda Castle quarter in Castle
    Hill and Heroes’ Square, Budapest offers an unmatched combination of culture, tradition and even a secret labyrinth
    of caves and caverns under the city. 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 the Pest (flat) sides of the river (B).

    Day 5, VIENNA, AUSTRIA. The heart of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Vienna, remains as renowned today as it
    has throughout history. The entire city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site awash with Baroque treasures.
    Your city tour showcases its regal splendors, including the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of
    the Habsburgs, before concluding in Vienna’s historic city center. You’ll then visit the majestic St. Stephen’s
    Cathedral, which has stood watch over Vienna for 700 years and is one of the most important and beloved
    landmarks in Austria. Cap the day off with a festive New Year’s celebration. (B,L,D)

    Day 6, VIENNA – KREMS. Discover more of Vienna’s on you “Royal Treasures” tour, or for a more active
    exploration of the area, take a guided bike ride along the Danube. During the afternoon, enjoy a scenic cruise
    through the Wachau Valley en route to Krems, the wine capital of this region. While in Krems, you will discover the
    town’s rich array of wine-related history and culture with a visit to Schloss Gobelsburg wine cellar, dating back
    several centuries. Some of the finest vineyards in Austria belong to Schloss Gobelsburg, so you’ll be in for a real
    treat tasting some of it vintages, including Riesling and Grüner Veltliner. (B,L,D)

    Day 7, WEISSENKIRCHEN – GREIN. After reaching Weissenkirchen in the heart of the Wachau Valley, you’ll
    be treated to several choices of excursions. Discover the best of both Dürnstein and Melk with a walking tour in
    Dürnstein before visiting the UNESCO-designated Melk Abbey. You can also opt for a walking tour of
    Weissenkirchen followed by a visit to the abbey. For those who would like a more culinary-focused experience, join
    a walking tour in Dürnstein and then be treated to a wine tasting hosted by a local vintner as well as visit a local
    boutique where you’ll enjoy a tasting of special apricot treats. Prefer more active adventures? Join a guided bike tour
    to Melk. Later in the day, set sail through the scenic Strudengau Valley to the medieval riverside town of Grein. Be
    treated to an exclusive visit to the more than 500-year-old Greinburg Castle, looming regally above the village.
    While here, enjoy a folklore show along with a wine reception. (B,L,D)

    Day 8, LINZ. 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 the old city center of Linz 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 two more options of excursions. Choose a half-day excursion to Salzburg or visit the charming mountain town,
    Český Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border. (B,L,D)

    Day 9, PASSAU, GERMANY – VILSHOFEN. Discover the 2,000-year-old city of Passau in one of three ways.
    Enjoy a walking tour and marvel at Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Guests
    looking for a more active morning can choose between a guided bike tour along the Danube River, or a guided hike
    up to the Veste Oberhaus Fortress. Later, the ship cruises to Vilshofen, where you will be treated to a festive
    Oktoberfest celebration with local beer, Bavarian folk music and dancing—an AmaWaterways exclusive. (B,L,D)

    Day 10, VILSHOFEN – DISEMBARKATION – REGENSBURG – PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC. Depart
    the ship and drive through the countryside to Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities, which
    you’ll discover on a guided walking tour showcasing the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall
    and the Porta Praetoria. After touring Regensburg, continue your journey on to Prague. (B)

    Day 11, PRAGUE. Discover Prague with a choice of a city tour or a castle hike. Both will reveal why Prague is
    considered one of Europe’s most attractive cities, with a historic city center that’s recognized as a UNESCO World
    Heritage Site. See all the key highlights, including the National Museum, Wenceslas Square, the 1,000 year-old
    Prague Castle and Old Market Square, where you will find the famous Astronomical Clock. (B)

    Day 12, PRAGUE. Beer has a long and illustrious history in the Czech Republic with the first brewery known to
    have existed in 993. Pilsner Urquell was created in 1842, being the first pilsner ever made, whilst Budweiser came
    into being in the city of Budweis. Beer is a core part of the country’s national identity, so much so the Czechs are the
    biggest consumers of beer in the world. The country is home to more than 100 breweries with a combination of big
    names and micro establishments offering a huge range of styles, so join a Czech beer tasting and discover for
    yourself what makes the Czech’s beer some of the very best in the world. (B)

    Day 13, DEPART PRAGUE. Bid farewell to Prague and prepare for your flight home. (B)

     

     

     

  • Top Reasons Why AmaWaterways Outshines Other River Cruise Lines:

    1. Because the owner designs his own ships, they are designed with lower draft and less weight –  This allows them to sail in more extreme water conditions.  A common problem in river cruising is high and low water situations.  AmaWaterways ships are less susceptible to theses issues. AmaWaterways had zero cancellations due to low water levels in 2015; the other popular lines had cancellations, extended bus routes and/or required transferring ships.
    2. More Excursions Included – AmaWaterways offers an excursion in every port while many lines only offer 1 excursion per day.
    3. More excursion choices included at no extra cost – gentle, regular and active tour paces, Limited Edition tours, even some tours for late risers.
    4. Bikes on board –  AmaWaterways has bikes on board for you to enjoy any time you’d like.
    5. Local Wines – When in Austria enjoy Austrian wines, in Budapest enjoy Hungarian wines.  Other lines give you house wines or charge you a fee for an upgraded wine package.
    6. Less Passengers – AmaWaterways twin balcony ships are the same physical size as other ships but the Ama ships carry about 30 less passengers.  When other lines have to bring out folding chairs for entertainment and informational sessions Ama can comfortably fit every passenger. There’s always plenty of room in the restaurant.
    7. Family owned and operated.  Personalized service, world class cruise managers, attention to detail. You are not a number on an AmaWaterways cruise.
    8. Best Food – The Only River Cruise Line Inducted into La Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
    9. The Highest Rated Ships in Europe, Berlitz Guide to River Cruising in Europe
    10. Included amenities include pool or hot spa on many ships.   Massage services and hair salon available (as an extra) as well.
    11. Very favorable terms and conditions including deposit requirements and airline rates
    12. Pre and post extensions in world class cities hosted with the same cruise manager as on the river
    13. A fabulous second restaurant for 24 people, The Chief’s Table which provide that “next level” of dining experience
  • Ship Information – The AmaViola

     

     

     

     

    Inspired by luxury yachts and designed specifically to maximize the enjoyment of every guest, the AmaViola introduced in 2016, provides a distinctive river cruise experience. Relax in spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms. Most accommodations have twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the marble bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads, soothing bath and body products, robes and hair dryers. Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and separate shower. The AmaViola offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a massage and hair salon, gift shop and specialty coffee station. On the Sun Deck, enjoy a dip in the heated pool, as well as a refreshing beverage at the swim-up bar. The stunning Main Lounge provides an exhilarating backdrop for meeting your fellow guests and enjoying nightly entertainment. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you’ll be treated to exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine, along with unlimited wine and beer with lunch and dinner. You’ll also relish a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, featuring an exquisite tasting menu prepared right before your eyes. With a walking track on the Sun Deck, a fitness room and a fleet of onboard bicycles, as well as healthy menu choices, you’ll have everything needed to stay active and healthy while sailing Europe’s great rivers

     

     

    Deck Plan

     

     

    Cabins

    Twin Balcony BA

    French Balcony CA

     

    Fixed Window

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Cabins are efficient and well appointed.  Category AB is 235 sq ft with both a french and outside balcony (Twin balconies).  Category BA and BB are 221 sq ft with Twin Balconies  Shown is the Category CA at 170 sq ft of space with a french Balcony. Category CB is a french balcony of 155 sq ft.  CategoriesD & E are identical,at 160 sq ft and have fixed window.

     

     

  •  Pricing

    Prices below are for the 7 night cruise &  are per person based on double occupancy.  Please call 610-398-2444 for single occupancy pricing. 

    AmaViola Cabin Category

    sq ft

    Deck

    Brochure Price (cruise only)

    Early Booking Discount

    Limited time 5% savings**

    Port charges

    Total cost, per person 

    Suite, Twin Balcony

    350

    Violin

    $6,398.00

    -$1000.00

    -$269.90

    $182.00

    $5310.10

    AA, Twin Balcony

    235

    Violin

    $5,098.00

    -$1000.00

    -$204.90

    $182.00

    $4075.10

    AB, Twin Balcony

    235

    Cello

    $4,898.00

    -$1000.00

    -$194.90

    $182.00

    $3885.10

    BA, Twin Balcony

    210

    Violin

    $4,698.00

    -$1000.00

    -$184.90

    $182.00

    $3695.10

    BB, Twin Balcony

    210

    Cello

    $4,498.00

    -$1000.00

    -$174.90

    $182.00

    $3505.10

    CA, French balcony

    170

    Violin/Cello

    $3,998.00

    -$1000.00

    -$149.90

    $182.00

    $3030.10

    CB, French balcony

    155

    Violin

    $3,698.00

    -$1000.00

    -$134.90

    $182.00

    $2745.10

    D fixed window

    160

    Piano

    $3,398.00

    -$1000.00

    -$119.90

    $182.00

    $2460.10

    E fixed windows

    160

    Piano

    $3,099.00

    -$1000.00

    -$104.95

    $182.00

    $2176.05

     
    Notes:
    ●     Your AmaWaterways past guest savings would apply and would lower the above rates.
    ●     $400 per person is needed to reserve; Must be reserved by 03/28/2018 to get the 5% savings.
    ●     The above rates are based on double occupancy.  Single rates are available; please call for pricing
    ●     Airfare is not included.  Airfare will be available to quote sometime in February 2019
    **5% savings is not combinable with Future Cruise Credits.
    Optional Extensions:
    2 Nights Budapest (Pre cruise) $520 per person double occupancy (includes hotel, breakfast daily, transfers & city tour)
    3 nights Prague (Post cruise)  $840 per person double occupancy (includes hotel, breakfast daily, transfers, city tour)


    What’s Included?

    Your Stateroom & Ship

    • Deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom – most staterooms offer French Balconies 
    • State-of-the-art Infotainment System in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library & English language TV stations
    • Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
    • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily

    Your Excursion & Events

    • Beer events/excursions designed especially for our group by Joe Sixpack
    • Life enriching tours and excursions daily with personal headset included
    • “Limited Edition Tours”
    • Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours
    • Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, on board music performances and piano music
    • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)

    Your Meals & Drinks

    • New for 2018 Cocktail Hour each evening before dinner
    • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
    • Multiple dining venues
    • Unlimited red & white wines from Europe’s great wine regions during meals
    • Beer & soft drinks with every lunch & dinner on board
    • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
    • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain’s Gala Dinner
    • Cocktails each evening