It is a sweet little town. There is not that much to do but it gives you an opportunity to get off the boat in the am before the cruise leaves the port. The only plus with Vilshofen is the beer fest/local entertainment that greets you right after embarkation
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I did the all day excursion to Salzburg which included a visit to Lake Mondee which is where the interior church for the Sound of Music wedding was filmed. Seeing the Austrian lake AND touring Salzburg AND a small tour of Linz when we returned to the ship made this a great day.
We had only one day and the weather was not that great. However, there was so much to love about this city especially the Hero's Square area and the Castle area. I would recommend you try one of the thermal pools -they are an experience. The illumination cruise after dinner was a great way to see this beautiful city lit up
This is a beautiful town with 3 rivers merging. Liked the tour as well as walking around the town.
Vienna is a world class city and there is a lot to do and see IF there was enough time. As it was, there is an extensive tour of the major highlights in Vienna with about 1 hr free time. In the Afternoon, there is an optional visit to the Palace which is worth it, especially to see the beautiful garden. In the evening, there is an optional excursion to the symphony which was outstanding
Spent about one hour in Durnsteim which for me seemed like a tourist trap to buy apricot snaps. Then we turned around in the other direction to get to the monastery in Melk which was outstanding. I think it would/ve been better if we spent the entire excursion in Melk the town as well as the abbey.
My wife and I did not go on the tour. Instead we discovered this city on our own and it is a nice place to navigate. There was an excellent fair going on which gave a taste of the crafts produced in the area.
While the double balcony rooms have an inside and outside balcony with approximately 40 square feet more than the French balcony, if you are on a budget the additional cost for the upgrade may not be worth it. Seriously, the itinerary is such that you spend little time in your room during the day/early evening. Also, the Ama Certo may be somewhat older(i.e 5 years) than some of the rest of the ama fleet, the amenities and the staff make this boat a pleasure