Magnificent Europe (Christmas Cruise) : 2018 - 14-Night Cruise : Budapest to Amsterdam : ms AmaStella

CRUISE FROM : Budapest to Amsterdam

Those longing for romance, intrigue, history and culture of Old World Europe will relish the opportunity to travel from the "Queen of the Danube," Budapest, to the "City of Canals," Amsterdam. Follow the route of emperors, kings and queens on a magnificent European journey along three rivers and through five fascinating countries. The natural wonders of the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers yield way to countless UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Cologne's Gothic Cathedral, the Wurzburg Residenz Palace, Bamberg and Regensburg's charming Old Towns, and the Melk Abbey-to name a few. Whimsical delights from Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum in Rudesheim to the crooked houses in Miltenberg, will enchant. And since you will be traveling during the most festive time of the year, enjoy plenty of onboard celebrations. All of this and more awaits on one all-encompassing magnificent journey.

COUNTRIES: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands

RIVERS: Danube, Main, Rhine

At A Glance

On our cruises, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In many cases, you will have a choice of excursions, such as standard tours, bike tours, hikes and Special Interest Tours. We always include a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.

Included Features

SPACIOUS STATEROOMS

  • 7 Nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
  • Computer for internet access
  • Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
  • Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily

    AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES

  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
  • Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
  • 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
  • Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala 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
  • Sip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • 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
  • Special Interest Tours
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways

    DETAILED ITINERARY

    Day 1 : ARRIVE IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - EMBARKATION
    Arrive in Budapest and board your luxury cruise ship. Spend the evening on board cruising around the famed Parliament Building as the city turns on all her dazzling lights. (D)

    Day 2 : BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
    Discover the "Queen of the Danube" on your city tour beginning with a visit to the Great Market Hall followed by a panoramic tour of both the Buda and the Pest sides of the river. (B,L,D)

    Day 3 : VIENNA, AUSTRIA
    Discover the "City of Waltzes" on a city tour showcasing its many regal splendors, such as the majestic Opera House and St. Stephen's Cathedral before concluding in Vienna's historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Prefer a more active adventure, then join a guided bike ride along the Danube. Later in the day, enjoy leisure time in Vienna or cycle to Klosterneuburg Monastery on a bike tour (B,L,D)

    Day 4 : MELK
    Set sail through the beautiful Wachau Valley to Melk and visit its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, join a guided bike tour. (B,L,D)

    Day 5 : PASSAU, GERMANY
    Discover the 2,000-year-old city of Passau in one of three ways. Enjoy a walking tour and marvel at Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Guests looking for a more active morning can choose between a guided bike tour along the Danube River, or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus Fortress for panoramic views overlooking three rivers. During the evening, enjoy a festive Christmas celebration. (B,L,D)

    Day 6 : REGENSBURG
    Explore one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities, Regensburg, on a guided walking tour showcasing the city's architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria. As an alternate option, sample some of Bavaria's specialties-beer, sausage and pretzels. And for a more active adventure, bike to Walhalla where you will see the neo-Classical white marble temple. (B,L,D)

    Day 7 : NUREMBERG
    Enjoy a scenic morning cruise as the ship crosses the Continental Divide via the Main-Danube Canal to Nuremberg. Once in Nuremberg, join a city tour of WWII highlights and then walk through Nuremberg's cobblestone streets to the Imperial castle and 900-year-old city ramparts. (B,L,D)

    Day 8 : NUREMBERG
    During the morning, travel by train to Munich, the capital of Bavaria and one of Germany's largest cities, often given the nickname, "Germany's secret capital." Enjoy a walking tour that begins at the town center, the most famous square and the heart of the city. You will see the famous Glockenspiel, with its 43 bells and 32 life size figures portraying two scenes of Munich's history, including a wedding and jousters depicting a dance celebrating the end of the plague. Also, see the Frauenkirche, the "Cathedral of Our Dear Lady." Later in the day, enjoy a panoramic tour through the city and back to the train station for your return to Nuremberg. (B.L,D)

    Day 9 : BAMBERG
    Explore enchanting Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in one of three ways. Join a guided walking tour of this medieval gem to see its cathedral, Old Town Hall and elegant old mansions. Or taste your way through the city sampling smoked beer, licorice root and Hornla pastry, a local favorite whose recipe dates back to 1427. And for those wishing to explore the town more actively, hop on a bike for a guided bike tour along the Main River and to its quirky quarters beyond the town center. (B,L,D)

    Day 10 : WÜRZBURG
    Nestled along the "Romantic Road" in the middle of Germany's largest wine producing region lies Wurzburg. Join a walking tour of this beautiful city bursting with Baroque splendor. You'll then visit its crown jewel, the Baroque Residenz Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features an opulent interior, including a grand fresco by Tiepolo. For those who wish a more active adventure, join a guided bike ride through Wurzburg and along the Main River. (B,L,D)

    Day 11 : WERTHEIM - MILTENBERG
    Wertheim's old town center still features half-timbered houses and the Gothic architecture of the Stiftskirche, its oldest Protestant church. You may either join a guided walking tour through the historic city center or learn the art of pretzel making with a visit to a local bakery. For those seeking a more active adventure, take a scenic bike ride through the Main River Valley. Later in the day, set sail to Miltenberg, the "Pearl of the Main River." While on your walking tour, you'll discover why this medieval town seems to leap from the pages of a fairytale with its 14th- and 15th-century half-timbered, gabled houses; the famed Crooked House; and the venerable Royal Inn, which has been a working hotel since the 17th century. Spend the evening ringing in the New Year with a special onboard celebration. (B,L,D)

    Day 12 : RÜDESHEIM - RHINE GORGE
    Cruise from the meandering Main River to the captivating Rhine River en route to the winemaking town of Rudesheim. Once there, you will have a choice of three excursions. Wine connoisseurs will want to go on a wine tasting with a local vintner. Alternatively, visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, home to a remarkable collection of old robotic and self-playing musical instruments; or get more active with a hike through the vineyards. Later in the day, set sail through the captivating UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge, the most stunningly beautiful stretch of the river. (B,L,D)

    Day 13 : COLOGNE
    Once in Cologne, join a guided tour through the Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral. Continue on to the Cologne Rathaus, Germany's oldest town hall, the Overstolzenhaus and the Festival Hall. For a different view of the city, visit a local tavern to taste its famous Kölsch beer, only made in Cologne, and Reibekuchen, potato pancakes typically served with apple sauce. (B,L,D)

    Day 14 : AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
    View Amsterdam on a scenic canal cruise followed by a walk to Begijnhof, known for its Middle Age buildings. For a different view of the city, join the Jordaan District tour or the Jewish Heritage tour. The Jordaan District tour begins at the Westerchurch and takes you past the Noordermarkt, the Karthuizerhof and the "9 streets"; afterwards, you'll stop in a local cafe for a hot beverage and Dutch apple pie. The Jewish Heritage tour begins with a visit to the 17th-century Portuguese Synagogue and the Jewish Historical Museum chronicling the history of the Jewish community in Amsterdam. (B,L,D)

    Day 15 : AMSTERDAM - DISEMBARKATION
    Bid farewell to Amsterdam and prepare for your homebound flight. (B)

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    Cruise Line
    AmaWaterways
    Offer
    Offer valid through 12/31/2017
    Duration
    15 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms AmaStella

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Budapest  
    Day 2Budapest  
    Day 3Vienna  
    Day 4Melk  
    Day 5Passau  
    Day 6Regensburg  
    Day 7Nuremberg  
    Day 8Nuremberg  
    Day 9Bamberg  
    Day 10Wurzburg  
    Day 11Miltenberg  
    Day 12Rhine Gorge  
    Day 13Cologne  
    Day 14Amsterdam  
    Day 15Amsterdam  
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    12/21/2018$3,899.00* (USD)Quote
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    ImportantDates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

    Port Charges not included in cruise price$336 per person.

    Single Supplement for Cruise50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price. Please see terms below for details.

    BeddingPlease 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).

    Christmas Markets NoticeNote: Most Christmas Markets open around Nov. 25 and remain open until approximately Dec. 23. Check with each country's tourist office for more information.

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    All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare are not included in cruise price. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

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