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Christmas Markets in November on the Danube With Celebrity Chef massimo Capra

Iconic Christmas Markets - 7-night cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg or reverse
  • Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Salzburg, Vienna, and Budapest

November 24th 2019

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.

Massimo will be our special guest for a small group on board as we sail from Budapest to Vilshofen. Along the way join him on private excursions, special tastings to compare the European delicacies and food types.

Award Winning River Boat

Journey along the Danube and see first hand why this storied river has inspired generations of artists, poets and musicians. Indulge your passion for timeless architecture and art in three magnificent capitals: Budapest, Bratislava, and Vienna. Let the hills come alive with the sounds of music in Salzburg and the Austrian Lake District. Cruise through the enchanting Strudengau Valley and let the melodies of the Danube carry you from one gem to another on a regal journey through time.

Highlights of the cruise include;

  • Christmas Markets.. need I say more? At every port.
  • Personally hosted by Massimo Capra , up close and personal due to the small size
  • Cooking class hosted by Massimo Capra
  • Chef table hosted by Massimo Capra
  • Stunning scenery as we sail along the river.
  • Daily excursions included at no extra charge.
  • Meals with free flowing fine wines, beer and soft drinks.
  • Private excursion for serious Foodies with Massimo
  • Meet and Greet with Massimo at the Captains Cocktail party at no charge
  • Photo Opportunity with Massimo up close and personal at no charge
  • All gourmet meals onboard (Early Riser Coffee and Croissants, a Rich Buffet Breakfast, a Festive Lunch Buffet, Afternoon Tea & Coffee with Cake, Cookies & Sandwiches and a Multi-Course Dinner;
  • Use of the Bicycles and helmets onboard free of charge
  • Complementary Internet
  • Vienna culinary walk, during which you will learn about Austrian food culture and taste some local products- Free
  • Complimentary Happy Hour each night before dinner
  • Gourmet food and wine pairing dinners and tastings
  • Included excursions with Certified Local English speaking guides and foodies.
  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés; Welcome dinner; Daily Afternoon Tea; Daily Night Fare; Farewell dinner; Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner
  • Beautifully appointed rooms with all comforts you could wish for.
  • Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.

EMBARKATION – BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Arrive in Budapest and board your luxurious river cruise ship. During the evening, be treated to a special Illuminations cruise past the capital’s glittering riverfront.

BUDAPEST

You cannot help but fall in love with Budapest, known as the “Queen of the Danube” with her distinct blend of medieval and modern beauty.Home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Buda Castle quarter in CastleHill and Heroes’ Square, Budapest offers an unmatched combination of culture and tradition. Your city tour beginswith 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 Vörösmarty Square, the oldest and the most spectacular of all the Christmas Markets in Budapest. (B,L,D)

VIENNA

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 ofthe Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna’s historic city center. Afterwards, you’ll visit the Maria Theresa Markets. If you prefer a more active adventure, then join a guided bike ride around Vienna. During the afternoon, visit the Schönbrunn Palace and its Christmas market, which boasts a giant Christmas tree.

During our time in Vienna Massimo will host a special excursion to visit the two places who claim to be the inventors of the Sacher torte. We will taste both and judge for ourselves as well as watch how its made in the beautiful coffee shop of Demel.

From Nuremburg’s iconic Christmas Markets with its iconic red and white striped booths to Strasbourg’s charming white storks, a visit to Europe’s Christmas Markets is a magical experience. Massive Christmas trees strung with thousands of lights are set against the backdrop of most stunning architecture, where travelers and locals alike gather to make merry. Learn about age-old traditions as you wander through the Christmas Markets enjoying whimsical artisanal gifts and the intoxicating aroma of roasted chestnuts, hot cocoa and sugar plums.

Passau

Join a walking tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and ItalianBaroque 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 inSalzburg includes a walking tour of the UNESCO-designated Old Town, its magnificent cathedral and its ChristmasMarkets, including the Hellbrunn Palace, where its inner courtyard is turned into a romantic backdrop for one of themost beautiful Christmas Markets in Austria. For the active adventurer, join a guided bike tour along the Danube.(B,L,D)

Regensburg

Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities, as well as a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site. Join a guided walking tour showcasing the city’s architectural highlights, including the OldTown Hall and the Porta Praetoria, before visiting the Old Town Christmas Market. As an alternate option, samplesome of Bavaria’s specialties—beer, sausage and pretzels. Or bike to the base of Walhalla where there is aneoclassical white marble temple inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. Later in the day, you’ll be treated to one ofBavaria’s most beautiful and romantic Christmas Markets at Thurn and Taxis, where you can watch artisansmake their unique arts and crafts. (B,L,D)

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 cobblestonestreets to the Imperial Castle and 900-year-old city ramparts. Alternatively, you can taste your way through the citywith 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. (B,L,D)

Nuremberg – DISEMBARKATION

This morning, disembark your ship in Vilshofen. If you choose to join us in Prague then you will be transported to Prague for post cruise tour which is listed below.

We usually cruise during the night meaning we spend the maximum amount of time in the beautiful towns and villages along the way.

Please contact us on 1 289 273 8095

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Created with images by Diogo Palhais - "untitled image" • Hans - "poinsettia christmas market stand" • Sheep purple - "Christmas market"

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