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Twitter & Instagram Tour: Adventures By Disney Danube River Cruise – Inaugural Holiday Sailing
December 30, 2016 Austria

Earlier this month I swapped the Family Truckster for a river boat, and my daughter and I headed to Adventures By Disney Danube River Cruise for a European Christmas Vacation. This was Adventures By Disney’s inaugural holiday Danube River cruise after a summer season of tours with AmaWaterways. Continue reading for tweets and Instagram photos along the way, and click here for a review of the cruise.

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December 14 Travel Day – New York to Munich

A long day of travel flying from Rochester, New York to Munich, Germany.

December 15 Embarkation – Vilshofen, Germany

We nearly landing in Munich before diverted to Frankfurt, Germany due to fog. In Frankfurt we sat on the tarmac for four hours while technicians repaired the autopilot before we could return to Munich. We arrived just in time to catch Adventures By Disney’s shuttle to the ship docked in Vilshofen, Germany. A two hour bus ride brought us to the AmaViola.

Where we were welcomed with our own private Oktoberfest in December.

A little #Oktoberfest in December on our #Danube River #cruise with #AdventuresByDisney and @AmaWaterways. . . . . #familytravel #travel #travelwithkids #holidaytravel #Germany 🇩🇪#AmaWaterways

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December 16 Passau, Germany

Morning activity – a tour of the medieval village of Passau at the confluence of three rivers, the Danube, Inn, and Ilz. The native Pittsburgher in me loved being in a three rivers city again.

St. Stephen’s Cathedral in #Passau, #Germany 🇩🇪contains one of the world’s largest pipe organs. It played a short concert for our #AdventuresByDisney group during our #DanubeRiver cruise with #AmaWaterways. . . . . . #holidaytravel #familytravel #travel #travelblogger #Danube #travelwithkids #cathedral

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Afternoon activity – we climbed through the tree tops at Baumkronenweg in Kopfing, Austria.

Views of the Austrian forest climbing in the tree tops at #Baumkronenweg during #AdventuresByDisney’s #DanubeRiver cruise with #AmaWaterways. . . . . . #travel #holidaytravel #travelblogger #travelwithkids #familytravel #Austria #Germany #Danube

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December 17 Linz, Austria

Our closest stop to Salzburg included a day long excursion to the city of Mozart’s birthplace.

Morning activity – a tour beneath the Austrian Alps into one of the world’s oldest salt mines. We rode a train, zoomed down a mineshaft slide, and floated on a raft throughout the mine — all while learning the rich history of Austria’s “white gold.”

Heading underneath the #AustrianAlps to slide into the salt mine below on our #AdventuresByDisney #DanubeRiver Cruise with #AmaWaterways. . . . . . #familytravel #travel #holidaytravel #travelblogger #travelwithkids #Austria 🇦🇹 #mountains

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Lunch in one of the oldest restaurants in Europe, St. Peter’s Stiftskeller that included the region’s famous Sacher Torte.

Daddy/Daughter trip on #AdventuresByDisney/#AmaWaterways holiday #DanubeRiver Cruise. Great spending this 1:1 time together. . . . . . #FamilyTravel #travelwithkids #travel #holidaytravel #travelblogger #Salzburg #Austria 🇦🇹 #danube #cruise

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Afternoon activity – on our own time to explore the Christmas Markets and shop in Salzburg. Christmas carolers 🎄 in the City of Mozart 🎶

Sights of the #Salzburg Christkindlmarkt during our #AdventuresByDisney holiday #DanubeRiver cruise with #AmaWaterways. . . . . #FamilyTravel #travel #travelblogger #travelblogger #travelwithkids #Christmas #ChristmasMarket #Austria 🇦🇹

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December 18 Melk, Austria

Morning activity – I toured the Melk Benedictine Abbey while my daughter caught up on sleep on the ship.

#MelkAbbey contains a 650 year old library with 1,000s of books handwritten by monks – #AdventuresByDisney/#AmaWaterways #DanubeRiver Cruise. . . . . . #FamilyTravel #travel #holidaytravel #travelwithkids #travelblogger #cruise #danube #rivercruise #Austria 🇦🇹

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Following the Abbey tour, it was on to the Landhotel Wachau to learn the “Stories of the Danube” including fishing, apricot marmalade and wine tasting, and traditional Austrian dancing.

Afternoon activity – we sailed through the Wachau Valley, a protetected UNESCO World Heritage Site, before docking at Krems where we were escorted to Dürnstein for a hike to the castle ruins that once held England’s King Richard the Lionhearted (in the 1100’s).

Dürnstein Castle ruins – sits perched above the #DanubeRiver in the Wachau Valley since the 11th Century. England’s King Richard the Lionhearted was imprisoned here in 1192. #AdventuresByDisney #AmaWaterways Holiday #RiverCruise. #unescoworldheritage #Austria 🇦🇹. . . . . #familytravel #holidaytravel #travelblogger #cruise #cruisetravel #travel #travelwithkids #history #castle

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December 19 Vienna, Austria

Morning Activity – A tour Schönbrunn Palace including historic marionette show and strudel making demonstration.


Lunch – we dined on goulash and dumplings in one of Vienna’s oldest restaurants, Griechenbeisl established in 1500.

Afternoon Activity – free time to explore Vienna’s world famous Christkindlmarkt.

Spent today exploring #Vienna and their #Christmas markets. Just read about the attack on the market in Berlin. Peace to the victims and families dealing with the aftermath of violence. . . . #familytravel #travel #travelwithkids #travelblogger #holidaytravel #amawaterways #adventuresbydisney #danube #danuberiver #cruise #austria 🇦🇹

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Evening Activity – attended a private reception and performance at the Spanish Riding School, home of the world-famous Lipizzaner Stallions. Followed by a private backstage visit to the riding arena, stables, and tack room. Yes, the photo below is a riding arena not an opera hall.

Spanish Riding School, Vienna, Austria

December 20 Bratislava, Slovakia

Morning activity – I strolled through the historic center of Bratislava while my daughter recovered from the full day in Vienna.

‪Greetings from a snow-dusted #Bratislava, #Slovakia 🇸🇰! I like to call this fellow – “Mad Santa” 😡🎅 . . . . #AdventuresByDisney #AmaWaterways #DanubeRiver #cruise‬ #Danube #holidaytravel #familytravel #travelblogger #travel #travelwithkids

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1888 Art Nouveau Fountain in front of the National Opera House in #Bratislava, #Slovakia 🇸🇰. Little opera girl must be cold with the snow we had today. . . . . . #AdventuresByDisney #AmaWateways #DanubeRiver #cruise #familytravel #travelwithkids #travel #travelblogger #holidaytravel #danube

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Afternoon activity – we skipped over the border back into Austria to tour Schloss Hof, the “hunting lodge” of the Hapsbergs. During our visit we met rare animals such as 3 & 4 horned goats and white donkeys, learned a Viennese Waltz, and tasted chocolate and schnapps.

Schloss Hof Schnapps Tasting, Austria

Schloss Hof Schnapps Tasting in Austria

December 21 Budapest, Hungary

From Slovakia we sailed on to our final destination – Budapest, Hungary.

Last full day of the inaugural #AdventuresByDisney holiday #DanubeRiver Cruise brings us to #Budapest, Hungary 🇭🇺. . . . . #AmaWaterways #familytravel #Danube #cruise #holidaytravel #travel #travelblogger #travelwithkids

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Morning Activity – quick stop at the Budapest Central Market for some shopping before heading to the Lazar Equestrian Park to make our own goulash, visit the farm animal, watch spectacular horsemanship, and eat… so much to eat.

Afternoon Activity – final visit to one last Christmas market to pick up remaining gifts and souvenirs.

Time for one final #ChristmasMarket 🎄at St. Stephen’s Basilica in #Budapest, #Hungary 🇭🇺 before disembarking tomorrow #AdventuresByDisney #AmaWaterways . . . . . #holidaytravel #danuberiver #cruise #travel #travelblogger #familytravel #travelwithkids #danube

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Evening Activity – a spectacular Illuminations Cruise on the Danube with the buildings of Budapest lit before us.

And as quickly as it started, it was time to head for home.

Thanks to the #AmaWaterways crew and #AdventuresByDisney guides for a fantastic holiday #DanubeRiver cruise. Hope to sail with you again someday. . . . . #familytravel #travelwithkids #holidaytravel #travel #travelblogger #Danube #cruise #Budapest #Hungary 🇭🇺

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DISCLOSURE: Dave Parfitt was hosted by Adventures by Disney for the purposes of experiencing this inaugural Adventures By Disney Danube River Cruise.  However, all opinions expressed are those of the author.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

"2" Comments
  1. A lot of sights in a short tour. What fun.

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