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Iconic Christmas Markets with AmaWaterways

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,250

Join 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 8-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.

Boarding the AmaViola, your luxurious home on the water for the next week, you will start in Budapest, one of Europe’s grandest cities.  A city tour takes you to the astonishing Hungarian Parliament, Buda Castle, eye-catching Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church, Heroes’ Square, and St Stephen’s Basilica. The city’s boulevards and the beautiful Danube give it an almost Parisian sense of romance, yet Hungary is a country unlike any of its neighbours, thanks to its unique Magyar history. 

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
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,250

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Day 1

Budapest Hungary

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

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration7 Nights
Accommodation

AmaViola

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    AmaViola


    Brightly colored floral and geometric patterns from stateroom to Main Lounge immediately show you that the AmaViola is no ordinary river cruise ship. Twin balconies in most staterooms maximize your enjoyment as steeples and vineyards glide by. Mouthwatering cuisine worthy of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, ...

    Brightly colored floral and geometric patterns from stateroom to Main Lounge immediately show you that the AmaViola is no ordinary river cruise ship. Twin balconies in most staterooms maximize your enjoyment as steeples and vineyards glide by. Mouthwatering cuisine worthy of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, an exclusive and internationally renowned gastronomic society, is served from sunrise to sunset. There's something symphonic about the flourish and style of The Chef's Table specialty restaurant and the coordinated effort to serve each bold, beautiful and delicious course of the regionally inspired tasting menu. Butterfly wallpaper in the hair salon highlights how you'll emerge brand new while an inviting Sun Deck pool with a swim-up bar refreshes your spirit. Plus, AmaViola inspires you to be the best version of yourself with a walking track, fitness room and fleet of onboard bikes to keep you happy and healthy during your cruise.

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Day 2

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. Afterwards, 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 3

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. Afterwards, 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 Schönbrunn 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 4

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 5

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, 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 6

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 7

Nuremberg

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 - Embarkation

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

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

2019: Nov 7

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 night Ama Waterways River cruise
  • All meals onboard (breakfast, lunch, dinner) including a Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaine des Rotisseurs Dinner and Captain’s Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary

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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