We started out in Prague as a DIY pre-cruise stay. We spent two nights at the Hilton Old Town, which is the same hotel used by AMA for this trip. There were also groups from Viking and Vantage. We booked directly and got a very low rate that included breakfast. (It was a non refundable package rate) The hotel was perfect, centrally located, clean, spacious and very comfy. The breakfast buffet was fantastic! We also ate lunch and snacks in the lounge and the food was excellent. Every server and staff person we met went above and beyond in making our stay pleasant. We used the public shuttle , Cedaz, from the airport to the city center. It stops virtually right outside the hotel and runs every half hour, costing approximately $7.50 usd. The metro is a few steps away and Old Town is a quick walk. I highly recommend Hilton Old Town.
We all had severe jet lag this time and spent the first afternoon napping! (This has never happened to me before - did not sleep a wink on the flight,)
We booked a private guide for the day and did an extensive, and quite demanding walking tour of the city (including a couple of short jaunts on the efficient public transportation system). I was absolutely blown away by Prague and wish we had spent more time there. Way too much to see in one day, could have easily spent a week. We were only able to get an overview of this gorgeous place. We had a lovely lunch near the abbey on the top of the castle hill and wandered down through the palace grounds, gardens and vineyards. It was very warm and uncomfortable. I could spend an entire thread on our day, but want to catch up.......
We had dinner at the Imperial Cafe - every dish was excellent, as was the service (not to mention the incredible decor). For two of us, with apos and a couple glasses of wine, around $60 used (including a tip).
We did the AMA transfer to Vilshofen, with a stop in Regensburg. Regensburg is a lovely little town. The famous stone bridge is undergoing extensive renovation. If you have been to other small European towns such ad Talinn or San Gimgnano, you will not be overly impressed, but it was a fun break. AMA provided local guides for a quick 45 minute walking tour. A gentle walkers option was offered. We had lunch on our own, the famous sausages, kraut and beer by the bridge.
I need to get off to breakfast, so will spend time later to tell you about this fantastic ship and our welcome aboard.
Two things to share now: it rained hard yesterday noon and evening - plenty of water in the Danube today . The forecast today is high 50s (from high 80s in Prague, to chilly wet temps today).
So much fun to be in Germany last night during World Cup. We could hear the cheers and horns blasting from the crowds while docked in Vilshofen!
Feel free to ask any questions, I will try to get to them. The Wi-if onboard is greatly appreciated.
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