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Christmas Markets on the Danube
(Budapest to Nuremberg, Cruise-Only)

8 days with AmaWaterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 BUDAPEST - EMBARKATION
Arrive in Budapest and transfer to your luxurious river cruise ship, moored near the city center. Start exploring Budapest’s unique Christmas markets on your own before meeting your fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner. Tonight, the ship sails a special Illuminations Cruise along Budapest’s illuminated riverfront, then returns to moor overnight. (D)

Day 2 BUDAPEST
This morning, enjoy a panoramic tour including sightseeing in the cities of Buda and Pest spread over both banks of the river. You will see famed Heroes’ Square and Castle Hill, home to Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church and spectacular views of the Danube. Afterwards, take some time to explore the twinkling Christmas Market in the main square. Transfer to Esztergon where you will rejoin the ship. The ship sails to Vienna this afternoon. (B,L,D)

Day 3 VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Start your day with a city tour of Vienna that guides you past the majestic Opera House, the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburg Emperors, Parliament, Town Hall and Vienna University. Arrive at Vienna’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Graben and the world famous Spanish Riding School. Afterwards, spend time enjoying the Christmas Markets and holiday festivities at Schönbrunn and Karlsplatz. This evening you will have the chance to visit the Schwedenplatz, Maria-Theresian-Platz and Rathausplatz Christmas Markets tonight. The ship heads towards Melk late tonight. (B,L,D)

Day 4 MELK - PASSAU, GERMANY
This morning, cruise through the narrow Strudengau en route to the incredibly scenic Wachau Valley. Your guided tour today takes you to Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest baroque monasteries, with a medieval library that inspired Umberto Eco’s novel The Name of the Rose. Rejoin the ship around lunchtime and continue cruising towards Passau. (B,L,D)

Day 5 PASSAU
After breakfast, you have three choices for how to spend the day. The first is a walking tour of picturesque Passau, a fairytale city founded more than 2,000 years ago, known for its fortifications, Rathaus, Domplatz and Residenzplatz town squares, as well as St. Stephen’s Cathedral, home to Europe’s largest pipe organ. Afterwards, take some time to explore the town’s Christmas Market. Alternatively, guests looking for a more active morning may join a guided bike tour from Passau to Erlau. You may also opt for a full day excursion to Salzburg, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the setting for “The Sound of Music.” You will have time to visit Salzburg’s beautiful Christmas Market at Hellbrunn Palace, renowned for local handicrafts and one-of-a-kind holiday presents. (B,L,D)

Day 6 REGENSBURG
Arrive in Regensburg and enjoy a guided walking tour of this exquisitely preserved medieval city. Marvel at the beautiful churches, the homes of wealthy families, and one of Germany’s oldest bridges across the Danube. Your tour ends with a visit to a Christmas Market, with its festive stalls adorned with fir branches. You may also opt instead to join a guided bike tour through the spectacular scenery of the Altmuhl Valley. Enjoy views of Walhalla, a landmark honoring distinguished Germans throughout history. This evening, you will enjoy a visit to the exclusive “royal” markets at the Thurn and Taxis Palace, a very traditional handicraft Christmas Market where you can watch craftsmen at work. (B,L,D)

Day 7 NUREMBERG
This morning your ship enters the Main-Danube Canal, a marvel of modern engineering that traverses the Franconian Alps via 16 locks. In the afternoon enjoy a tour of historic Nuremberg with its fabulous Gothic churches, elegant patrician houses, the Imperial Castle, and 900-year-old city ramparts. Afterwards, visit the world’s largest Christmas Market, with over 100 red and white canvas-topped booths offering an assortment of unique toys, tinsel angels, dolls, gingerbread and other treats, and an endless variety of other seasonal goodies. Alternatively, savor traditional flavors on a Franconian Specialties tasting as you sample the famous Nuremburger Bratwurst, Rotbier and Lebkuchen. The ship overnights in Nuremberg. (B,L,D)

Day 8 NUREMBERG - DISEMBARKATION
This morning, disembark your cruise in Nuremberg. (B)
All This Included
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms offer revolutionary twin balconies
  • Shore excursions in every port with personal headset included
  • Limited Edition Tours
  • Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library and English language TV stations
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding
  • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Multiple dining venues
  • Unlimited red and white wines from Europe's great wine regions, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music
  • Bicycles to explore on your own and guided bicycle tours
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from AmaWaterways
  • All local taxes
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS AmaSerena, MS AmaSonata, MS AmaStella, MS AmaCerto or MS AmaViola
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • AmaViola embarking December 8 sails from Budapest to Vilshofen.
  • Most Christmas Markets open during the last week of November and remain open until approximately Dec. 22. Check with each country’s tourist office for more information.
  • Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
  • Port Charges:  $168 per person.
  • Single Supplement for Cruise:  50% of twin price; AA+ & Suites 100% of twin price.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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