Christmas Markets on the Danube : 2017 - Budapest to Prague : ms AmaStella (Cruise & Land)
Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with a festive journey that kicks off in Prague. After boarding your ship in Nuremberg, you will cruise through the charming region where so many of today's most beloved Christmas traditions originated. Experience a number of enchanting Christmas markets in places such as Regensburg, Salzburg, and Vienna, each with its own local flavor and traditions. Conclude your holiday cruise in Budapest.
Day 1 BUDAPEST - EMBARKATION
Arrive in Budapest and embark your luxurious river cruise ship, moored near the city center. Start exploring Budapest's unique Christmas markets on your own before meeting your fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner. After dining, enjoy a musical performance on board. Tonight, the ship sails a special "Illuminations Cruise" along Budapest's illuminated riverfront, then returns to moor overnight. (D)
Day 2 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
This morning, enjoy a brief panoramic tour of the city. You will see Buda Castle, the Fisherman's Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen's Basilica and the city's Christmas Markets. Rejoin the ship in Eszlergom and depart for Vienna. (B,L,D)
Day 3 VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Start your day with a driving tour of Vienna that includes the Vienna Opera House, the Ringstrasse, and St. Stephen's Cathedral, followed by a walking tour of the historic city center. Afterwards, spend some time enjoying the festive Christmas Markets located around the Town Hall. This afternoon, you can join an optional tour to the Imperial Schonbrunn Palace, which features over 60 Christmas Market stalls and a truly magical holiday atmosphere, with the aroma of hot mulled wine, sizzling sausages, roasted chestnuts and freshly baked gingerbread. If you prefer, you can spend the afternoon on your own, perhaps strolling along the Karntnerstrasse and sampling Vienna's famous pastries. An optional Mozart & Strauss concert is also available this evening. The ship heads towards Melk late tonight. (B,L,D)
Day 4 MELK - PASSAU
This morning, cruise through the narrow Strudengau en route to the incredibly scenic Wachau Valley. Your guided tour today takes you to Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe's largest baroque monasteries, with a medieval library that inspired Umberto Eco's novel The Name of the Rose. Rejoin the ship around lunchtime and continue cruising towards Passau. (B,L,D)
Day 5 PASSAU, GERMANY
After breakfast, either stay aboard and enjoy a walking tour of Passau, or join an optional excursion to Salzburg. Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Salzburg is truly an architectural and historical jewel. The birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, it is also the setting for the classic film "The Sound of Music." Join in the merriment at the lively Christmas Markets, renowned for local handicrafts and one-of-a-kind Old World gifts. If you prefer to stay aboard and take the walking tour of Passau, you will explore this 2,000-year- old city, renowned for its lovely and well-preserved Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture. Walk the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, past the old city fortifications and St. Stephan's Cathedral, home to the largest pipe organ in the world. You will also have free time to wander around Passau's traditional Christmas Markets. Late tonight, we continue on towards Regensburg. (B,L,D)
Day 6 REGENSBURG
Arrive in Regensburg and enjoy a guided walking tour of this exquisitely preserved medieval city. Marvel at the beautiful churches, the homes of wealthy families, and one of Germany's oldest bridges across the Danube. Your tour ends with a visit to the Old Kornmarkt Christmas Market, with its festive stalls adorned with fir branches. If you'd like to explore on your own in lieu of our city tour, perhaps you will enjoy visiting the "royal" markets at the Thurn and Taxis Palace, a very traditional handicraft Christmas Market, where you can watch craftsmen at work. (B,L,D)
Day 7 NUREMBERG
This morning your ship enters the Main-Danube Canal, a marvel of modern engineering that traverses the Franconian Alps via 16 locks. In the afternoon enjoy a tour of historic Nuremberg with its fabulous Gothic churches, elegant patrician houses, the Imperial Castle, and 900-year-old city ramparts. After your tour, visit the world's largest Christmas Market, with over 100 red and white canvas-topped booths offering an assortment of unique toys, tinsel angels, dolls, gingerbread and other treats, and an endless variety of other seasonal goodies. The ship overnights in Nuremberg. (B,L,D)
Day 8 NUREMBERG - DISEMBARKATION -PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Depart your ship this morning and take a panoramic tour of Nuremberg where you will see the infamous Zeppelin Field where the Nazi rallies were held during WWII, and the Justice Palace where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. After the tour, enjoy some free time to explore and have lunch, or visit another of the city's colorful Christmas Markets one last time. Later you will take a scenic drive through the Bohemian countryside as you transfer into Prague, and check-in to your hotel. The afternoon is yours to explore this historic city on your own. This evening is also yours to spend as you wish, or you can experience an optional "Folklore Dinner Show" highlighting colorful Czech traditions, foods, music, dancing and world-famous Czech beers. (B)
Day 9 PRAGUE
This morning's sightseeing tour reveals why Prague is considered one of Europe's most attractive cities. Visit the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle courtyard and the St. Vitus, and then cross the Charles Bridge to the Old Market Square. The remainder of your day is free to shop at the Christmas Markets with their tempting array of handicrafts, toys, wood carvings, and ornaments. Or, if you prefer, hang out with the locals at Wenceslas Square, or relax at one of the city's charming cafes or restaurants. This afternoon, you may take an optional tour to Terezin, the infamous Nazi WWII concentration camp that now serves as a memorial to those who perished. (B)
Day 10 DEPART PRAGUE
Bid farewell to Prague and you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
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- 10 Days
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- ms AmaStella
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Christmas Markets Notice: Note: Most Christmas Markets open during the last week of November and remain open until approximately Dec. 22. Check with each country's tourist office for more information.
Modified Daily Itinerary: AmaViola embarking December 8 sails from Budapest to Vilshofen.
Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
Port Charges: $168 per person.
Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; AA+ & Suites 100% of twin price.
Single Supplement for Land: $320 per person.
Bedding: Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The Options are: Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).