Danube Cruise: Budapest – Bratislava – Vienna – Wachau Valley – Duernstein – Linz – Salzburg – Passau – Vilshofen – Prague
September 27 - October 10, 2022 (14 days)
✔ Experience the rich culture and history of the Danube with 2 nights in Budapest, a 7-night cruise aboard AmaWaterways’ luxurious AmaSonata and 3 nights in Prague.
✔ Play six rounds of golf on world-renowned courses in Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and the Czech Republic; some of these host International and National Championships and are part of the European PGA schedule.
✔ Opportunity to attend chamber music concerts by our guest artists, the Juno-Award winning Gryphon Trio, and classical music performances in leading concert halls in Budapest and Vienna.
Depart for Hungary.
After arrival in Budapest, transfer to your hotel. Join Golf Pro Ryan Anderson for a welcome drink and overview of your Danube Golf Tour. (D)
Parliament, Budapest © AngMoKio
This ancient and artistic capital offers tremendous culture, tradition, and an air of myth and mystery. Take a panoramic tour of both the Buda (hill) and the Pest (flat) sides of the river, beginning with the Great Market Hall and Heroes Square. Then proceed to Castle Hill, home to the Royal Palace. See the Fisherman’s Bastion, which enjoys a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest, as well as Matthias Church and its richly painted interior. (B,L,D)
Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest
Enjoy your first round of golf at one of the country's best golf courses.
This afternoon embark on the luxurious AmaSonata for your 7-night Danube journey from Budapest to Vilshofen. The Gryphon Trio will be accompanying the tour as musical hosts, performing as part of the Danube Concert Series arranged in cooperation with Artistic Director George Zukerman, OC, OBC.
Tonight, enjoy a chamber music concert by the Gryphon Trio at a local venue. (B,D)
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Pannónia Golf & Country Club
Pannónia Golf & Country Club
The “Coronation City of Kings” saw 11 Hungarian kings and queens crowned between 1536 and 1830. Discover the history of Bratislava, the Slovakian capital, during a brief walking tour, en route to the Penati Golf Course. (B,L,D)
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Penati Golf Course (or similar)
Bratislava Castle @ MS Agency, VisitBratislava.com
Experience the regal elegance of Vienna on a city tour which will take you by the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs, concluding in Vienna’s UNESCO-listed historic centre.
Afternoon at leisure to further explore the iconic Austrian capital.
Optional concert at the Musikverein (subject to confirmation). (B,L,D)
Belvedere © Christian Stemper, WienTourismus
While the golfers face the challenge of the exceptional course nearby, the non-golfers can enjoy a day at leisure in the “City of Waltzes”.
Numerous options await those wishing to explore Vienna. Visit one of the renowned museums in the Museum Quarter, an art exhibition at the Belvedere, or the Spanish Riding School at the Hofburg.
Stroll cosmopolitan Kartnerstrasse and enjoy a slice of Sachertorte, or explore the Ringstrasse, Vienna’s ring road lined with majestic buildings, monuments and parks. You might wish to make a trip to Schönbrunn Palace, where a six-year-old prodigy named Mozart gave his first concert for the indomitable Holy Roman Empress Maria Theresa in 1762.
Optional opera at Vienna State Opera (subject to confirmation). (B,L,D)
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Fontana Golf Course
Fontana Golf Course © Golf & Land Design
Weissenkirchen is the gateway to historic Dürnstein in the heart of the famously beautiful Wachau Valley. Upon arrival explore this quaint 16th-century town on a walking tour. Its cobblestone streets are overlooked by ruins of a castle where, according to legend, Richard I “The Lionheart” was imprisoned and held for ransom on his return from the Crusades. Visit a local vintner to taste the wine for which the region is known and sample local apricot treats. Later in the day, sail through the Strudengau Valley to medieval Grein, above which Greinburg Castle has been imperially perched for over half a millennium.
Chamber music performance by the Gryphon Trio at a local venue. (B,L,D)
Aggstein, Wachau Valley
Enjoy a brief orientation tour of Linz en route to the Golf Club Linz St. Florian. Non-golfers can explore the historic town or join a full-day excursion to Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and setting for The Sound of Music. Enjoy a tour of Salzburg’s charming historic centre, Mirabell Gardens, Residenz Square and the Old Market. Those wishing a more active outing can opt for a bike tour of Linz’ famed “Cultural Mile” and the Danube. (B,L,D)
Golf Club Linz St. Florian.
Fortress Hohensalzburg and the Old Town of Salzburg © Salzburg Tourism
The fairytale "City of Three Rivers" was founded more than 2,000 years ago at a strategic junction of three waterways – the Danube, Ilz and Inn rivers. On a walking tour of Passau, see the city fortifications and marvel at Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to Europe’s largest pipe organ.
Chamber music concert by the Gryphon Trio at a local venue.
Later, cruise to the charming 1,200-year old town of Vilshofen, on the confluence of the rivers Vils and Danube. When seen from the river, Vilshofen’s beautiful old town resembles a floating peninsula. Above the town, the imposing double towers of the Benedictine Abbey Schweiklberg dominate the landscape. (B,L,D)
Passau panorama © Bayern Tourismus Marketing GmbH
Disembark at Vilshofen this morning. Proceed to Pilsen for a brief tour followed by lunch at its famous brewery, opened in 1839.
Once in Prague, discover the lively pedestrian-only Charles Bridge, which draws visitors, musicians and artists. Continue your walking tour of the old town with the UNESCO-listed Market Square, instantly recognizable for its famous astronomical clock and distinctive spiky towers. The artisan traditions of Bohemia are evident in Prague’s colourful architecture, theatre, arts and gastronomy. (B,L,D)
Charles Bridge, Prague © Dagmar Veselková
Full day trip to Karlštejn for a tour of its castle, one of the most beautiful in the Czech Republic. Enjoy a round of golf at the notable course, which offers splendid views of the castle. (B,D)
Karlstejn Golf Course.
Karlstejn Golf Club
Today visit the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle, residence of the head of state, and St. Vitus Cathedral, in all its Gothic glory. From the castle’s hilltop situation, enjoy a panoramic view of the city’s domes, spires and red roofs. Both Kafka and Neruda lived in the picturesque lanes which lead down to the town below.
Final round of golf, followed by a farewell dinner. (B,D)
Albatross Golf Course.
Albatross Golf Club
Transfer to Prague Airport for your flight(s) home. (B)