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Budapest and Iconic Christmas Markets by River Cruise: 10 Days Budapest to Nuremberg

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,059

Travel back through centuries as you walk through grand cities and historic towns. Enjoy pre and post nights' in Budapest and Nuremberg, then enjoy your Ama Waterways river cruise for a 7-day discovery of iconic cities in Hungary, Austria, and Germany as you explore some of Europe's most impressive Christmas markets.


This 10-day Europe vacation combines two Central Europe experiences everyone should try once in their lifetime – a cruise on the region’s beautiful rivers, and the irresistible charm of traditional Christmas markets.

Start in Budapest where you will board the  AmaViola, your luxurious home on the water for the next week. An extra day in Budapest invites you to catch any sights you missed. From here, it’s on to the city’s partner in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, Vienna. Home to the Habsburgs and the waltz, you’ll visit the Rathaus Christmas Market, where Viennese refinement is brought to the festive season. After a daytime sightseeing tour, see Vienna by night, basking the magic of this beautiful city in full holiday spirit.

Sail on from the major cities into the mountains of Bavaria. Visit the Baroque Melk Abbey, exploring its museum and library before taking a guided bike ride around the town. Sail on to 2,000 year old Passau and visit some traditional Bavarian Christmas markets in all their glory. If you’d prefer, take a full day excursion ‘high in the hills’ to Salzburg, home to Mozart and of course The Sound of Music. It too has one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in the region. You might even opt for a guided bike tour along the Danube.

 Step back in time in the UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Regensburg. You can visit the Old Town Christmas Markets here and take a tour of the city’s architectural wonders, or indulge your inner foodie with some Bavarian specialties including top notch beer, sausage, and pretzels. Active Globetrotters can also bike to the base of Walhalla, visiting the romantic Christmas Markets at Thurn and Taxis. Your final stop is the classic Bavarian city of Nuremberg. Despite its turbulent 20th century past, Nuremberg is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany, offering you a taste of Bavaria away from the heavy tourism of Munich. You will disembark here, spending one more night in the city before your departure. Or book an extra night or two to explore Nuremberg’s incredible history and soak up its Bavarian vibe.


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,059

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Day 1

Budapest Airport to Hotel in Budapest

Duration30 Minutes

Continental Hotel

This fabulous property, one of the newest in Budapest, yet preserving the grandeur of times past, comes highly recommended. This hotel is located in the old Jewish quarter of the city the the Klausal market and the great synagogue nearby. The large rooms are a gorgeous mixture of classic art nouveau and modern style. The beds feature luxurious dark leather headboards and polished hardwood floors. Both the funky modern bathrooms and the rooms are in exceptional condition.Usage of the fitness/wellness centre is not included in the room price.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Continental Hotel

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    Continental Hotel



    This fabulous property, one of the newest in Budapest, yet preserving the grandeur of times past, comes highly recommended. This hotel is located in the old Jewish quarter of the city the the Klausal market and the great synagogue nearby. The large rooms are a …

    This fabulous property, one of the newest in Budapest, yet preserving the grandeur of times past, comes highly recommended. This hotel is located in the old Jewish quarter of the city the the Klausal market and the great synagogue nearby. The large rooms are a gorgeous mixture of classic art nouveau and modern style. The beds feature luxurious dark leather headboards and polished hardwood floors. Both the funky modern bathrooms and the rooms are in exceptional condition.Usage of the fitness/wellness centre is not included in the room price.

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Day 2

Budapest Hotels to Budapest Port/Pier

Duration30 Minutes

Budapest Hungary

Board the ship in Budapest for your Iconic Christmas Markets cruise.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration7 Nights
Accommodation

AmaCerto

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    AmaCerto



    Like a fallen leaf floating atop the water, AmaCerto floats effortlessly down Europe's most fascinating waterways. A foliage theme is carried throughout the ship in autumn reds and golds, from the spacious and well-appointed staterooms, with their plush bedding and soft robes, to the classically …

    Like a fallen leaf floating atop the water, AmaCerto floats effortlessly down Europe's most fascinating waterways. A foliage theme is carried throughout the ship in autumn reds and golds, from the spacious and well-appointed staterooms, with their plush bedding and soft robes, to the classically elegant Main Lounge with its baby grand piano and bar. An onboard salon puts you center stage and ready for your close-up. On the Sun Deck, a heated pool features a swim-up bar with underwater bar stools, and a walking track provides the perfect venue for a romantic sunrise or sunset stroll. And from the kitchen, you'll find fine dining to the extreme, with exquisite, regionally inspired cuisine prepared in both the Main Restaurant and at The Chef's Table specialty restaurant, where views of the rippling river are just the amuse-bouche to every mouthwatering bite.

    Facilities

    • Balcony
    • Massage and beauty treatments
    • Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Sundeck

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Day 3

Budapest

Home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Buda Castle quarter in Castle Hill and Heroes' Square, Budapest offers an unmatched combination of culture and tradition. Your city tour begins with a visit to the vibrant Great Market Hall. The remainder of this tour takes you to both the Buda (hilly) and the Pest (flat) sides of the river. Afterward, you'll visit Vorosmarty Square, the oldest and the most spectacular of all the Christmas Markets in Budapest.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Vienna Austria

The "City of Waltzes" offers a treasure trove of gems just waiting to be discovered. Join a tour showcasing its regal splendors, such as the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna's historic city center. Afterward, you'll visit the Rathaus (Town Hall) Christmas Market. If you prefer a more active adventure, then join a guided bike ride to Klosterneuburg Abbey. During the afternoon, visit the Schonbrunn Palace with a giant sparkling Christmas tree. This market presents a glittering and stellar Christmas experience. Cap the day off with "Vienna by Night" Christmas Markets at the beautifully decorated Maria Theresaplatz Christmas Market, set amongst the world-renowned sights of Vienna's majestic Ringstrasse, and at the illuminated Rathaus, Vienna's largest Christmas Market.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Melk

High on a rocky outcrop lies the Melk Abbey, one of Europe's most revered Baroque monasteries. Visit this magnificent Benedictine Abbey, which now houses a museum chronicling its history and a famous library with countless medieval manuscripts. Alternatively, go on a guided bike ride around Melk.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Passau Germany

Join a walking tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen's. Go in search of Bavarian-style crafts at the Christmas Market. Alternatively, you can travel through the serene Austrian Alps to Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart. Your full-day excursion in Salzburg includes a walking tour of the UNESCO-designated Old Town, its magnificent cathedral and its Christmas Markets, including the Hellbrunn Palace, where its inner courtyard is turned into a romantic backdrop for one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in Austria. For the active adventurer, join a guided bike tour along the Danube.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Regensburg

Regensburg is one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join a guided walking tour showcasing the city's architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria, before visiting the Old Town Christmas Market. As an alternate option, sample some of Bavaria's specialties beer, sausage, and pretzels. Or bike to the base of Walhalla where there is a neoclassical white marble temple inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. Later in the day, you'll be treated to one of Bavaria's most beautiful and romantic Christmas Markets at Thurn and Taxis, where you can watch artisans make their unique arts and crafts.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Nuremberg

Enjoy a scenic morning cruise as the ship crosses the Continental Divide via the Main- Danube Canal to Nuremberg. Join a city tour of WWII highlights and then walk through Nuremberg's cobblestone streets to the Imperial Castle and 900-year-old city ramparts. Alternatively, you can taste your way through the city with a Franconian specialties tour, which introduces you to bratwurst, rotbier (red beer) and lebkuchen (gingerbread). Later, you can visit Nuremberg's Christkindlesmarkt, one of the world's largest and most famous Christmas Markets.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Nuremberg - Embarkation

Disembark the ship and bid farewell to Nuremberg as you prepare for your flight home.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Nuremberg to Central Nuremberg Hotels

Duration20 Minutes

Le Meridien Grand Hotel

Located at the entrance to the historic Old Town and opposite the main station, Le Meridien Grand Hotel Nuremberg is within walking distance of Nuremberg's historic sights. With 192 guest rooms, including free entry into 'Neues Museum' as part of Le Meridien's Unlock Art program, the hotel is the ideal base from which to explore the city.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Le Meridien Grand Hotel

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    Located at the entrance to the historic Old Town and opposite the main station, Le Meridien Grand Hotel Nuremberg is within walking distance of Nuremberg's historic sights. With 192 guest rooms, including free entry into 'Neues Museum' as part of Le Meridien's Unlock Art program, …

    Located at the entrance to the historic Old Town and opposite the main station, Le Meridien Grand Hotel Nuremberg is within walking distance of Nuremberg's historic sights. With 192 guest rooms, including free entry into 'Neues Museum' as part of Le Meridien's Unlock Art program, the hotel is the ideal base from which to explore the city.

    Facilities

    • Meeting Rooms
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi

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Day 10

Central Nuremberg Hotels to Nuremberg

Duration20 Minutes

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DEPARTURES:

2020:
AMALea; Nov 27
AMACerto; Nov 28; Dec 12
AMAPrima; Nov 29

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival and departure transfers and between hotel and pier
  • 1 night first class accommodation in Budapest
  • 1 night first class accommodation in Nuremberg
  • AmaWaterways Christmas Markets River cruise
    • 7 nights onboard accommodation in select stateroom
    • Personalized service from a Cruise Manager throughout sailing
    • All meals onboard (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
    • Welcome Cocktail & Dinner
    • La Chaine des Rotisseurs Dinner
    • Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
    • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
    • Daily excursions may include personal headset for easy exploration

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Food and beverages not mentioned in itinerary
  • Tips and Gratuities and items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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