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Magna On The Danube with Samantha Brown

Journey through the heart of Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary


  • NIghts 7
  • Days 8
  • Stops 9
  • Dates July 28 - Aug 4, 2024

Sail With Emmy®-winning AmaWaterways Godmother Samantha Brown – Click to learn more about Samantha

Cruise aboard the award-winning AmaMagna from July 28 – Aug 4, 2024 as you journey through the heart of Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary alongside television host and travel expert Samantha Brown. Explore grand Old-World capitals from Budapest to Vienna, find quiet moments of reflection in off-the-beaten-path destinations such as Dürnstein and Spitz, and attend special events on board, including two “Travel Talks” with your esteemed host. As AmaMagna’s Godmother, Samantha Brown cannot wait to welcome you on board the acclaimed ship that has reimagined the river cruise experience with its luxurious suites, unique restaurants, onboard cinema, pickleball court and more!

Stay tuned for more information on Samantha Brown’s 2025 sailing – coming soonReserve by March 31, 2024 to take advantage of 20% Cruise Savings
or a 20% Single Supplement for solo travelers on this special sailing!

More Details on this exciting cruise:

Embark on an extraordinary journey along the Danube aboard the AmaMagna, the pinnacle of river cruising luxury. Designed by Rudi Schreiner, the “Godfather of River Cruising”, the ship has twice the width of traditional European river ship. Offering unparalleled space and amenities, redefining the river cruise experience. These specific dates come with the feature of being hosted by, Emmy-winning AmaWaterways Godmother, Samantha Brown!  Experience two travel talks with Samantha and get real insight and stories from a travel expert.

Explore captivating destinations along the Danube, from the historic city of Passau, known as the “City of Three Rivers,” to the majestic beauty of Vienna. Choose from a variety of excursions, whether it’s a walking tour of the amazing vineyards of Spitz or a full-day excursion to the musical city of Salzburg. As the voyage reaches its crescendo, sail through the Wachau Valley before arriving in Bratislava for an exclusive “Tastes of Slovakia” excursion. Alternatively, opt for an invigorating hike to its gleaming castle.

Unveil the breathtaking beauty of Budapest as you sail through the scenic Danube Bend, offering glimpses of Hungary’s oldest settlements. Explore the iconic landmarks of the “Queen of the Danube” on a guided tour, or hike up to Castle Hill for panoramic views of this majestic city.

Indulge in the culinary delights of four unique dining venues on board, from the Main Restaurant to the intimate Al Fresco Restaurant, each offering exquisite cuisine and breathtaking views.

Throughout this extraordinary itinerary, each moment promises a new adventure, a new discovery, and a new opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of culture, history, and natural beauty that awaits along the Danube.

Dates & Prices

Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

July 28, 2024 — August 4, 2024
Package Options Starting From Single Occupancy
Window (D) $5,100.00 $6,372.50
Balcony (AB) $6,698.00 $10,047.00
Balcony (AA) $6,898.00 $10,347.00
Suite (SB) $7,298.00 $10,947.00
Suite (SA) $7,895.00 $11,847.00
Suite (GS) $11,398.00 $22,796.00


  • Vilshofen
  • Exclusive Oktoberfest Celebration

Board the ultra-luxurious AmaMagna. In the evening, be treated to a Bavarian Oktoberfest celebration. Experience the authentic spirit of this centuries-old tradition as lively music fills the air, frothy beer flows freely, and the tantalizing aroma of sizzling sausages wafts through the streets. Join locals and fellow travelers alike in raising a stein to celebrate Bavarian culture and camaraderie.

  • Passau
  • City of Three Rivers” walking tour
    • OR Passau Castle hike
    • OR guided bike ride from Passau to Wernstein

Join a walking tour and marvel at Passau’s Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Travelers can admire the intricate details of the ornate frescoes that adorn the walls, depicting scenes from biblical narratives and local legends.

Or take a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus fortress. This medieval fortress, dating back to the 13th century, offers visitors a glimpse into the region’s tumultuous past through its well-preserved walls, towers, and courtyards.

You can also ride to Wernstein, a lovely old shipping town filled with romantic charm, on a guided bike tour. (B,L,D)

  • Linz
  • Full-day Salzburg excursion
    • OR Full-day Český Krumlov excursion
    • OR “UNESCO City of Media Arts” walking tour
    • OR “Cultural Mile” bike tour
  • Grien
  • Greinburg Castle Visit

For those who love The Sound of Music, enjoy a full-day excursion to Salzburg and tour the historic center, Mirabell Gardens, Residenz Square and the Old Market.

En route to Salzburg, stop at Mondsee, home of the Basilica St. Michael, where the famous wedding scene in the movie was filmed. You may also choose to join a full-day excursion to the charming Czech mountain town of Český Krumlov, where you can stroll its cobblestone streets; marvel at the city’s picturesque Baroque and Renaissance-style buildings; and tour Krumlov Castle, one of Europe’s largest castle complexes.

Following these full-day excursions, you may also choose to take a brief walking tour in Linz. Alternatively, join a walking tour through the old city center of Linz and by the Mozart House; or bike along the city’s famed “Cultural Mile” and the Danube. (B,L,D)

  • Melk
  • Melk Abbey Tour
    • OR Meltz to Spitz bike tour
  • Spitz
  • Dürnstein walking tour
    • OR Dürnstein Fortress hike
    • OR Spitz to Dürnstein bike tour
    • OR Spitz hike
  • Exclusive Wine Festival

In the morning, you can visit the 900-year-old Melk Abbey situated high atop the granite cliffs of the Danube, or get active with a bike to Spitz before returning to Melk and the ship for lunch.

During the afternoon, journey to Spitz and take a guided excursion to Dürnstein to stroll along the cobblestone streets to the Baroque Stiftskirche, with its famed church tower on a walking tour.

Those who wish a more active adventure of the area can hike to the historic Dürnstein Fortress, cycle through Spitz or hike around Spitz. In the evening, be treated to an exclusive wine festival where you’ll enjoy some of the region’s famous wines. (B,L,D)

  • Vienna
  • “Imperial Vienna” tour
    • OR Vienna bike tour
  • Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens

Vienna offers a wealth of gems and your city tour showcases its regal splendors, including the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs. Conclude your tour in Vienna’s historic city center, and then visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral; or discover Vienna by bike.

During the afternoon, visit the Palace of Schönbrunn, an exquisite example of Baroque architecture and opulence. Built as the summer residence of the Habsburg Emperors and spanning an astounding 1,441 rooms, this Rococo palace soon became one of their favorite homes.

Your visit will include a guided tour of the Imperial apartments, the carriage museum and the equally impressive gardens. (B,L,D)

  • Scenic Cruise
  • Wachau Valley
  • Braitslava
  • “Coronation City of Kings” walking tour
    • OR Tastes of Slovakia
    • OR Castle hike
Enjoy a morning scenic cruise through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley before arriving in Bratislava. 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 special “Tastes of Slovakia” tour. Where every dish tells a story of tradition, flavor, and the simple joys of good food shared with loved ones. For a more active adventure, hike to its gleaming castle. (B,L,D)
  • Scenic Cruise
  • Danube Bend
  • Budapest
  • “Queen of the Danube” Tour
    • OR Castle Hill hike

During the morning, sail toward Budapest, passing through the scenic Danube Bend where you’ll see some of Hungary’s oldest settlements, including Esztergom, Visegrád and Szentendre. Budapest offers an unmatched combination of culture and tradition.

Visit the Great Market Hall before going to both the Buda (hilly) and the Pest (flat) sides of the river. You’ll see Heroes’ Square and Castle Hill, home to the Fisherman’s Bastion and Mattias Church. As an alternative, hike up to Castle Hill for breathtaking views of the city. (B,L,D)

  • Budapest

Disembark the ship as you prepare for your flight home. Reflect on the great experiences you’ve had, the friends you’ve made, and the memories you’ll keep long after you depart. (B)



7x Nights aboard the AmaMagna

Things To Do

Vilshofen, Germany

Step into the serene haven of Vilshofen, where the gentle flow of the Danube River whispers secrets of tranquility and charm. Discover historic buildings that stand as guardians of... More

Passau, Germany

Discover the architectural wonders of St. Stephen's Cathedral, its towering spires reaching towards the heavens, and the medieval splendor of Veste Oberhaus, overlooking the city from atop a lush... More

Linz, Austria

Step into the vibrant cityscape of Linz, where modern innovation harmonizes with historic charm in an exhilarating symphony. Begin your exploration amidst the dynamic streets of the Altstadt, where... More

Spitz, Austria

Step into the idyllic embrace of Spitz, where the essence of Austrian charm unfolds amidst the tranquil banks of the Danube. Discover the classic beauty of Spitz's riverside promenade,... More

Salzburg, Austria

Ascend to the majestic heights of the Untersberg Mountain, where panoramic vistas of Salzburg and the Alpine landscape unfold in breathtaking splendor. Immerse yourself in the cultural richness of... More

Dürnstein, Austria

Enter the fairy-tale realm of Dürnstein, where nature's serenity intertwines with the whispers of ancient legends. Stroll along the winding streets of the village, where medieval architecture stands as... More

Vienna, Austria

Step into the enchanting realm of Vienna, where the echoes of imperial splendor resonate alongside the rhythms of modern life. Traverse the majestic grounds of Schönbrunn Palace, where the... More

Budapest, Hungary

Explore the captivating streets of Budapest, where centuries of history converge with vibrant contemporary energy. Stroll along the banks of the Danube River, admiring the majestic Buda Castle perched... More

Bratislava, Slovakia

Embark on a journey through the enchanting streets of Bratislava, where history whispers through the cobblestone alleys and modern vibrancy pulses through its veins. Explore the majestic Bratislava Castle,... More

Vilshofen, Germany

Vilshofen, Germany

Passau, Germany

Passau, Germany

Linz, Austria

Linz, Austria

Spitz, Austria

Spitz, Austria

Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg, Austria

Dürnstein, Austria

Dürnstein, Austria

Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava, Slovakia


  • Two “Travel Talks” with Samantha Brown
  •  All onboard dining in four restaurants, including special Welcome and Captain’s Gala Dinners and The Chef’s Table multi-course tasting menu
  •  Sip & Sail cocktail hour; unlimited hand-selected wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  •  Complimentary small-group fitness classes led by a professionally trained Wellness Host
  • Immersive guided excursions in every port, including bike tours, hikes and wine tasting
  • Services of your Cruises By Distincte Travel Advisor

Not Included

  • All flights both local and international
  • All meals and drinks not mentioned in itinerary
  • All Portage and Tips for Drivers/Guides
  • All items of a personal nature





Before You Travel

  •  For day wear, comfortable, layered clothing adaptable to changing weather conditions
  • For the evening, “Casually elegant” attire is recommended and you may want to pack something a little dressier for the Captain’s night/Farewell Dinner – similar to how one would dress to dine at a 5-star restaurant.
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended for excursions and workout clothing if you plan to take part in any wellness activities, active tours or use the onboard gym. Depending on the time of year, clothing that can be layered is highly recommended.


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