Memorable Christmas Markets

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Every year, eager travelers journey to Europe to experience the yuletide season at its very best. With the glittering backdrop of winter white hilltops, twinkling lights, and extravagantly decorated cities, it’s almost impossible to not get swept up in the enchantment and wonder that’s in the air.

But let’s not forget about the most magical part of it all — Europe’s famous Christmas Markets, which are renowned for their festive atmosphere, great seasonal food and drink, and handcrafted gifts. Experience the magic of the holidays aboard an AmaWaterways river cruise and make this holiday season a truly memorable one.

 

 

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Staterooms & Amenities

  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
  • Entertainment on demand system featuring, movies, TV shows, news, and music
  • Mini-fridge, desk, and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access onboard
  • Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
  • Fitness room
  • Massage services and hair salon (fee may apply)
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances

 

Award-winning Dining

  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
  • La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Tapas, sandwiches, snacks, and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge

 

A World of Exploration

  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Gentle, regular, active, and late-riser tour options
  • Bike tours and hikes
  • Limited Edition Tours
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration

 

ITINERARY

Day One:
Nuremberg, Germany – Embarkation

Board your cruise in Nuremberg. Tonight, gather on board your ship for a Welcome Dinner. The ship will moor overnight in Nuremberg.

Meal: dinner

Day Two:
Nuremberg, Germany

Enjoy a guided morning tour of this historic city with its fabulous Gothic churches, 900-year-old city ramparts, the house of artist Albrecht Dürer, Imperial Castle, and the Justice Palace courtroom where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. Following your tour, you will have free time to visit the city’s fabled Christmas Market and enjoy some hot mulled Glühwein – the souvenir mug is yours to keep!

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day Three:
Regensburg, Germany

Arrive in Regensburg after breakfast and enjoy a guided walking tour of this exquisitely preserved medieval city. Marvel at the beautiful churches, homes, 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. 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.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day Four:
Passau, Germany

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 and town squares like Rathaus, Domplatz, and Residenzplatz, 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. Guests looking for a more active morning may instead join a guided bike tour from Passau to Erlau. Your third option is 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, renowned for local handicrafts and one-of-a-kind holiday presents, as well as a stop at the Christmas Market in Linz on the way back to the ship.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day Five:
Melk, Germany

Today’s guided walking tour takes you to Melk’s magnificent 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest Baroque monasteries. You will see the famous library that inspired novelist Umberto Eco to write “The Name of the Rose.” You may also opt for a guided bike tour along the scenic Danube instead. During lunch, the ship cruises through the romantic Wachau Valley en route to Vienna, the “City of Music,” arriving in the evening. You will have the chance to visit both the Maria Theresienplatz and Rathaus Christkindlmarkt markets tonight. The ship moors overnight in Vienna.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day Six:
Vienna, Austria

This morning, you will have a chance to savor the Baroque elegance of romantic Vienna with your choice between two different excursions. The first option is a panoramic 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. Afterwards, you will visit Vienna’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Graben, and the world famous Spanish Riding School. The second option is a walking tour of Vienna’s hidden treasures that takes you to secret places and sights like Ankeruhr, a whimsical Art Nouveau clock. Afterwards, spend some time enjoying the Christmas Market and holiday festivities at the Town Hall. Later, you can visit the Schönbrunn and Karlsplatz Christmas Markets, or join a guided bike ride to Klosterneuburg Monastery. The ship departs late this evening for Hungary.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day Seven:
Budapest, Hungary

Your morning excursion includes 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. Following dinner, the ship will sail a special Illuminations Cruise past the city’s glittering riverfront before mooring overnight in Budapest.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day Eight:
Budapest, Hungary – Disembarkation

Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight.

Meal: breakfast

 

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