April 30 - May 11, 2024

Romantic Danube

Prague to Budapest

Escorted By: Detlef Dransch

12 Days

25 Meals


CT Rating

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A Captivating River Cruise through the Heart of Europe

The magnificence of Europe is best seen and experienced along its extensive river network. This remarkable river cruise begins in Prague and continues through the heart of Europe to Budapest, offering a captivating feast of culture, history, and riches.

Historically, people lived close to the rivers in Europe as they served as the primary routes for commerce and trade. We will wind our way along the beautiful Danube, where music and romance come alive at every turn, passing fabled castles and cathedrals and exploring centuries-old marketplaces.


Excursions and land arrangements include some extensive walks, often over rough surfaces. Cobblestones streets are used in many European cities, making walking more difficult. Access to some decks and to shore in some ports may involve steep steps. To fully enjoy this cruise, members should be in good physical condition and capable of walking a kilometre or more without assistance.

Tour Highlights

  • Designed with the best of river cruising lifestyle in mind, we will move at a leisurely pace, spending most nights in port, ensuring restful evenings complimented by days filled with scenic cruising and delightful tours
  • Our journey will take us through the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary in style, combining spectacular scenery with cultural enrichment, while ensuring a comfortable experience
  • Explore Prague, considered one of Europe’s most attractive cities, with its historic city centre recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Guided walking tour of Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Cruise through the Strudengau and Wachau valleys to Weissenkirchen, gateway to Dürnstein
  • Explore the twin cities of Buda and Pest, which are spread over both banks of the Danube River

Inclusive Features

  • 7 night cruise in an outside cabin on AmaWaterways ms AmaLea or similar
  • 3 nights first class hotel accommodation in Prague as indicated or similar with breakfast included daily
  • Baggage handling shipside
  • All meals during the cruise are included plus quality European wines at every lunch and dinner
  • Enjoy a festive Welcome Dinner aboard the ms AmaLea
  • Services of your tour escort and / or cruise director
  • Escorted shore excursions in each port
  • All gratuities (including guides and ship staff) and taxes for included services (including departure and port taxes)
  • Air Inclusive rates also include: Return economy airfare from Canadian cities listed, Transfers between airports, hotel and the ship, and Airport transfers in Canada or equivalent value


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Have any questions? Contact Roselle at rking [at] craigtravel.com or call 1-800-387-8890


ms AmaLea

The ms AmaLea, a sister ship to the ms AmaViola, showcases the most advanced design among any river cruise vessels currently in operation. Most staterooms offer exclusive twin balconies, which measure a spacious 210-235 sq. feet with four suites measuring 350 sq. feet.

All staterooms are equipped with an exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary internet access, a selection of first-run Hollywood movies and music library, as well as flat-screen televisions featuring local and satellite channels. Complimentary bottled water is replenished daily, and individual air-conditioning control is available in each stateroom.

Indulge in gourmet dining experiences with unlimited fine wines at multiple onboard venues. The ms AmaLea provides a variety of dining options for your culinary pleasure. You can savor the culinary creations of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs in the main dining room or opt for the Chef's Table restaurant, featuring a dedicated private chef. On certain days, you can enjoy a delightful lunch outdoors on the Sun Deck.

Enjoy the heated sun deck swimming pool with a 'swim-up' bar, as well as the fitness center and spa. Complimentary ship-wide Wi-Fi is available, and a fleet of bicycles is carried onboard for guests who wish to explore independently or participate in guided bike tours.

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Stateroom Upgrades Available

Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)

Cat E Deluxe (Piano - Window)



Double / Twin


Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)

Cat D Deluxe (Piano - Window)



Double / Twin


Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)

Cat CB Deluxe (Violin - French Balcony)



Double / Twin


Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)

Cat CA Deluxe (Cello, Violin - French Balcony)



Double / Twin


Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)

Cat BB* Deluxe (Cello)



Double / Twin


Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)

Cat BA* Deluxe (Violin)



Double / Twin


Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)

Cat AB* Deluxe (Cello)



Double / Twin


Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)

Cat AA* Deluxe (Violin)



Double / Twin


Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)

Suite* Deluxe (Violin)



Double / Twin


Cruise & Air Cost in CAD Per Person

Cruise Only
Montreal / Ottawa
Halifax / St. John’s / Fredericton
Winnipeg / Thunder Bay
Regina / Saskatoon
Calgary / Edmonton / Vancouver

To reserve your spot on this cruise, please complete the enrollment form, indicating the tour you wish to join and your home city, and forward it with your deposit to:

1092 Mount Pleasant Road
Toronto, ON M4P 2M6
416-484-0926 | 1-800-387-8890


Enrollment Form

Deposit is $800 per person. Final payment is due January 25, 2024.

Rates are per person based on sharing a Cat E Outside Twin on Piano Deck. Airfares from other gateways are available on request. Airfares and air carrier are subject to change and will be confirmed prior to final payment. Refer to Inclusive Features for details.

*Categories BB up through Suite have multiple balconies. Stateroom categories are subject to availability at time of booking. Book early for the best selection. See deck plan for detailed information on available categories. Singles are extremely limited, please ask for rates. Cruise price is based on sharing a twin-bedded stateroom with private bathroom. Prices are based on a minimum 20 members and on rates, taxes, and fees effective August 2023 and are subject to change due to factors beyond our control.

Cancellation penalties for this cruise start at the time of booking, with a non-refundable amount of $300pp ($600pp for suites). Insurance is NOT INCLUDED but is highly recommended. Premiums are calculated based on the individual’s age, destination (country), trip length, and trip booking window – please contact our staff to receive a quote. Your coverage starts on the effective date of your Confirmation of Coverage. Please discuss your insurance coverage prior to booking. Check our website for the most current information. Refer to terms and conditions for more details.


Frequently Asked Questions

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Check out some of our frequently asked questions before booking your journey.

What are Craig Journeys all about?

Our goal is to offer meaningful authentic experiences that inspire a deeper understanding of the world we inhabit. Through immersive sightseeing and engaging interactions with local people and cultural sites, we strive to foster a greater appreciation of our global community.

We go to great lengths to ensure the physical comfort of our members, providing excellent accommodations, delicious cuisine, comfortable transportation, and more. At the same time, we encourage them to embrace and engage with local customs.

Why should I book with Craig Travel?

All of our tours are carefully planned to provide a comfortable pace, quality accommodations, in-depth sightseeing, and fully inclusive pricing. We encourage you to compare our offerings with other tours available. Check to see exactly what is included and what extras you may be required to pay.

What do you mean by 'Fully Inclusive' pricing?

Almost all Craig Tours and Cruises include all prepaid costs, encompassing airfare and related taxes, hotel accommodations and/or cruise expenses with taxes and service fees, most meals as described for each departure, sightseeing with entrance fees, gratuities for included services (such as guides, drivers, hotel staff, porters), and even airport transfers. For those residing in southern Ontario, we provide transfers between your home and the airport in most areas, while other passengers receive a special credit or an overnight stay at an airport hotel, depending on the circumstances.

Not included in the published prices are personal services and items such as laundry, telephone calls, room service, and beverages with meals or otherwise (according to local customs; for example, beverages like water, tea, and coffee are typically not included in Europe except during breakfast). Shore excursions on ocean cruises are not included unless specified.

While taxes and fees are included in our prices, they always remain subject to change. Consequently, we may need to collect supplements to cover tax and fee increases that cannot be absorbed.