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Experience the Iconic Christmas Markets December 16-23, 2018

Journey along the Danube River and visit ...

Austria—Germany—Hungary—Slovakia

Travel back through centuries as you walk along cobblestone streets through grand cities and historic towns bedecked with twinkling Christmas trees and lined with wooden huts gleaming with handcrafted treasures. Iconic Christmas Markets are plentiful and are on full display for your pleasure: Budapest’s Vörösmarty Square, where all products sold in the market are guaranteed as traditionally handmade; Vienna with its impressive Christmas Markets that seem to majestically appear around every corner; Nuremberg’s festive Christkindlesmarkt, the largest and oldest Christmas Market in Germany; and Regensburg’s Christmas Market at Thurn and Taxis Castle, considered one of Bavaria’s most beautiful and romantic—along with many others throughout your journey—are yours to explore. Sparkling lights; the festive sounds of children dressed as angels singing carols; enticing smells of hot-mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, sausages and sweet treats of every kind; and timeless wonders are a feast for all your senses.

Pricing

$50/pp non-refundable deposit will hold your luxury stateroom

Stateroom OV | $2,139.48/pp

Stateroom OV | $2,370.46/pp

Stateroom FB | $2,602.21/pp

Stateroom TB | $2,833.96/pp

Stateroom TB | $3,220.21/pp

Suite SS | $4,787.96/pp

Port Charges | $168/pp

Pre-paid Gratuities | $130/pp

Other Rates Available

  • 3rd & 4th guest Rates
  • 1-2 Nights Budapest Pre-Cruise Stay Rates
  • 1-3 Nights Prague Post-Cruise Stay Rates
  • Flights
  • Trip Insurance

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Itinerary

DAY 1 — Budapest, Hungary

Board your cruise in Budapest. Tonight, gather on board your ship and meet your fellow passengers.. The ship will moor overnight in Budapest.

DAY 2 — Budapest, Hungary

Savor the beauty of Buda and Pest on opposite sides of the Danube with a city tour that showcases many highlights, including Heroes’ Square and Castle Hill, home to Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church. In the center of it all is the Christmas Market, where you can shop for traditional Hungarian wares and delightful holiday treats

DAY 3 — Bratislava, Slovakia | 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 along the Danube. During the afternoon, visit the Karlsplatz (Artisans) Christmas Market, a local favorite, and the market at Schönbrunn Palace with a giant sparkling Christmas tree. 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. Overnight in Vienna.

DAY 4 — Vienna, Austria

Spend the morning exploring more of Vienna’s splendid Christmas Markets. If you prefer a more active adventure, then join a guided bike ride along the Danube. Later in the day, set sail through the breathtaking Wachau Valley to Krems, where you’ll enjoy a wine tasting or an evening walk.

DAY 5 — Durnstein/Melk, Austria

Cruise to Melk, known for its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s largest and most revered 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 along the Danube and through the scenic the Wachau Valley.

DAY 6 — Linz/Salzburg, Austria | Passau, Germany

Linz is known for being the city of Christmas crèches and its ever-popular Linzer Torte. While here, you have a choice of three excursions. The first is a full-day visit to magnificent Salzburg dressed in her holiday best. Enjoy a walking tour of UNESCO-designated Old Town, its magnificent cathedral, inspired by St. Peter’s Cathedral at the Vatican and its Christmas Market, which is a feast for the senses. Alternatively, you can choose a morning walking tour through Linz’s old city center and by the Mozart House, where he composed the Linz Symphony in only three days, as well as visit Linz's Christmas Markets. Or you can go on a guided bike tour through Linz and along the city’s famed “Culture Mile” and the Danube. During the afternoon, you can join a half-day excursion to Salzburg or visit the charming mountain town, Český Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border.

Picturesque Passau, a fairytale city founded more than 2,000 years ago is noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture. During the season of Advent, the city dresses in her Bavarian holiday splendor, which you will discover on your walking tour through the city and at its Christmas Market at St. Stephen’s Square— also home to its magnificent cathedral. Go in search of unique crafts, including Bavarian-style houses and glass ornaments. If you prefer a more active adventure, join a guided bike ride along the Danube. Later in the day set sail for Vilshofen, where you’ll be treated to an exclusive Oktoberfest celebration.

DAY 7 – Vilshofen, Germany

Vilshofen, the 'Little Three Rivers Town', is where the Vils and Wolfach rivers flow into the Danube. But its charm lies not just in its location. Its rich cultural life, beguiling old quarter on the riverbank, magnificent Benedictine abbey and good old Bavarian gemütlichkeit all contribute to its charm. Overnight in Vilshofen.

DAY 8 – Vilshofen, Germany

This morning, disembark your ship in Vilshofen.

**Itinerary subject to change by AmaWaterways**

Includes:

  • Transfer from Budapest Airport to Hotel or Ship
  • Transfer in Prague from hotel to Prague Airport*
  • Wifi
  • 7 Nights Luxury Accommodation in Outside Stateroom (most w/ twin balconies)
  • In-stateroom computer for internet access
  • Daily cultural entertainment
  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • The Chef's Table specialty restaurant
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juices with breakfast
  • Daily cocktail hour
  • Tapas, sandwiches,snacks, and refreshments daily
  • Immersive tours in every port
  • Bike tours and hikes

Final Payment Due : September 16, 2018

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