Europe's Famous Christmas Markets by Cruise

10 days from $2 859 pp*
  • Visit Germany, Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.
  • Shop for treasures in Europe’s most famous Christmas Markets.
  • Embark on a seven-night cruise along the Danube.
  • Featuring private transfers.
  • Enjoy five-star hotel pre-cruise.
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Celebrate the magic of the wonderful winter season with a fascinating cruise journey along the majestic Danube River. Embark from Nuremberg, crossing the Continental Divide on the Main-Danube Canal. Visit charming towns where so many Christmas traditions began, visiting enchanting Christmas markets and sharing local traditions in medieval Regensburg, musical Salzburg, vibrant Vienna and more. Conclude your holiday cruise in magnificent Budapest.

Cruise Departure Dates:

Nuremberg-Budapest: Nov 30, Dec 2,5,14,16,19 (2015)

Budapest-Nuremberg: Nov 23, Nov 25, Nov 28, Dec 7,9,12,21 (2015)

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Prague
    Prague
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • At Leisure
  • Day 2 Prague
    Prague
    • 1/2 d Sightseeing Tour - Coach/Guide
    • Optional: Terezin WWI Camp, Folklore Dinner Show
  • Day 3 Prague to Nuremberg, Germany to Danube Cruise
    Prague to Nuremberg, Germany to Danube Cruise
    • Coach/Driver
    • Coach/Driver
    • Embark Ship
    • Dinner on Board
    • Port Charges
  • Day 4 Nuremberg, Germany to Danube Cruise
    Nuremberg, Germany to Danube Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board
    • City Tour & Christmas Market
    • Lunch on Board
    • Dinner on Board
  • Day 5 Regensburg, Germany to Danube Cruise
    Regensburg, Germany to Danube Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Medieval City Tour & Christmas Market
    • Lunch on Board
    • Dinner on Board
  • Day 6 Passau, Germany to Linz, Austria to Danube Cruise
    Passau, Germany to Linz, Austria to Danube Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Walking Tour & Christmas Market
    • Optional: Salzburg Excursion
    • Lunch on Board
    • Dinner on Board
    • Evening Walk in Linz
  • Day 7 Melk, Austria to Vienna, Austria to Danube Cruise
    Melk, Austria to Vienna, Austria to Danube Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Benedictine Abbey
    • Lunch on Board
    • Optional: Mozart Concert
    • Dinner on Board
  • Day 8 Vienna, Austria to Danube Cruise
    Vienna, Austria to Danube Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board
    • City Tour & Christmas Market
    • Lunch on Board
    • Optional: Imperial Schönbrunn Palace
    • Dinner on Board
  • Day 9 Budapest, Hungary to Danube Cruise
    Budapest, Hungary to Danube Cruise
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Sightseeing Tour
    • Lunch on Board
    • Christmas Markets
    • Dinner on Board
  • Day 10 Budapest, Hungary to Budapest
    Budapest, Hungary to Budapest
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Disembark
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Prague

A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.

Today is a day spent at leisure, with free time to explore this beautiful and historic city.

Accommodation: InterContinental (5*)

Located on Prague's most famous and luxurious shopping boulevard, the InterContinental (5*) is a truly exceptional hotel. There are 372 recently renovated and spacious guest rooms that feature an enchanting view of either downtown historic Prague or of the Vltava River. Admire the city from the unique rooftop, gourmet restaurant, Zlata Praha and enjoy your breakfast in the Primator Restaurant. Duke's Bar & Café offers guests a variety of beverages to enjoy while looking out onto Parizska Street. The state of the art Health Club & Spa features a heated swimming pool, whirlpool, gym, saunas, massage, relaxation lounge, stretching room and a fitness & aqua bar.

Prague
Prague
InterContinental Prague Hotel
InterContinental Prague Hotel

Day 2: 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 morning is free to shop at Prague’s renowned Christmas Market with its tempting assortment of handicrafts, toys and local delicacies; mix with the locals at Wenceslas Square; or relax at a coffeehouse.

Optional (not included):
This afternoon, you may take an optional group tour to Terezin, the infamous Nazi WWII concentration camp that now serves as a memorial to those who perished. Tonight, you can choose to attend an optional “Folklore Dinner Show.”

Accommodation: InterContinental (5*)
Prague Castle
Prague Castle

Day 3: Prague - Nuremberg, Germany - Danube Cruise

Join a shared coach transfer from Prague to your awaiting ship in Nuremberg.

Via coach, you'll depart Prague after breakfast, driving through the pastoral German countryside to Nuremberg. There, visit the world’s largest Christmas Market, with over 100 red and white canvas-topped stalls offering unique crafts, toys, dollhouses, carved angels, freshly baked gingerbread, mulled wine and other seasonal delights.

This evening, gather on board your ship for a Welcome Dinner. The ship will moor overnight in Nuremberg.

Port charges are included in your itinerary pricing.

Accommodation: MS AmaBella/Certo/Prima/Sonata (BLD) (Stateroom)

With designs inspired by classic ocean yachts, the new 162-164 passenger MS AmaSonata, AmaPrima, AmaCerto, AmaBella & AmaDolce ships offer a distinctive river cruise experience on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Mosel. Featuring exclusive “Twin Balconies” in the majority of spacious staterooms and suites (which range from 148 to 350 sq. ft) the ships also feature a heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a “swim-up” bar; fitness center, massage, hair and beauty salon; complimentary in-stateroom internet access and first-run Hollywood movies; ship-wide Wi-Fi plus a fleet of bicycles. A member of the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, guests on the MS AmaBella, AmaCerto, AmaSonata or AmaPrima enjoy fine dining in the main dining room, an intimate Chef’s Table restaurant, two wine bars plus a casual al fresco bistro.

Danube River
Danube River
Ama River Cruiser
Ama River Cruiser

Day 4: Nuremberg, Germany - Danube Cruise

Enjoy a guided morning tour of this historic city with its fabulous Gothic churches. See the storybook 900-year-old ramparts that surround the city, the Imperial Castle and the Justice Palace where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. After your tour, you will have time to visit the Christmas Market. Enjoy a complimentary drink of hot mulled Gluhwein in your own souvenir mug to ward off the chill.

Accommodation: MS AmaBella/Certo/Prima/Sonata (BLD) (Stateroom)
Nuremberg Christmas Market
Nuremberg Christmas Market

Day 5: Regensburg, Germany - Danube Cruise

Arrive in Regensburg after breakfast and enjoy a guided tour of one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Marvel at beautiful churches, the famous towers of the wealthy families, and one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube. Your tour ends with a visit to the Old Kornmarkt Christmas market, where you can shop at festive stalls adorned with fir branches. In the alternative this afternoon, visit the “royal” Christmas markets at the Thurn and Taxis Palace, a very traditional handicraft Christmas market, where you can watch the craftsmen make their goods.

Accommodation: MS AmaBella/Certo/Prima/Sonata (BLD) (Stateroom)
Old Kornmarkt Christmas Market
Old Kornmarkt Christmas Market

Day 6: Passau, Germany - Linz, Austria - Danube Cruise

After breakfast, arrive in picturesque Passau, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. Take a walking tour of this fairytale city that was founded more than 2,000 years ago. Walk the cobblestone streets of the Old Town where you will see the city fortifications and St. Stephan’s Cathedral, which is home to the largest cathedral organ in the world. Afterwards, take some time to experience the traditional Christmas Markets.

Or take an optional full day tour to Salzburg, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the setting for “The Sound of Music.” Join in the merriment at the beautiful Christmas Markets, renowned for local handicrafts and unusual holiday presents.

To participate in the optional tour, please contact your sales specialist.

After dinner, take a walk through the delightful town of Linz, Austria’s third largest city and a major river port.

Accommodation: MS AmaBella/Certo/Prima/Sonata (BLD) (Stateroom)
Salzburg Christmas Market
Salzburg Christmas Market

Day 7: Melk, Austria - Vienna, Austria - Danube Cruise

Cruise through the narrow Strudengau and reach the Wachau Valley early this morning. A tour takes you to Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey.

This evening, you may explore Vienna on your own, or take an optional excursion to a Mozart and Strauss concert.

To participate in the optional activity, please contact your sales specialist.

Accommodation: MS AmaBella/Certo/Prima/Sonata (BLD) (Stateroom)
Vienna
Vienna

Day 8: Vienna, Austria - Danube Cruise

This morning, start your excursion with a driving tour of Vienna including the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse, and the awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral, followed by a walking tour of the city center. Afterwards, spend some time enjoying the festivities of the Christmas Markets at the Town Hall.

This afternoon, you can join an optional tour to the Imperial Schönbrunn Palace, which features over 60 Christmas Market stalls and provides a spectacular festive atmosphere with the aroma of Gluhwein and gingerbread.

If you wish to participate in the optional activity, please contact your sales specialist.

In the alternative, you can stroll along the Kärntnerstrasse and stop to sample Vienna’s famous pastries.

Accommodation: MS AmaBella/Certo/Prima/Sonata (BLD) (Stateroom)
 Schönbrunn Palace
Schönbrunn Palace

Day 9: Budapest, Hungary - Danube Cruise

This morning, cruise the Danube Bend past beautiful towns nestled on the curve of the river bank to Budapest. Your Budapest sightseeing includes Buda and Pest. From historic Buda Castle, a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest is spread over both banks of the River. Your tour also features the distinctive Fisherman’s Bastion, the marvelous Royal Palace and St. Stephen’s Basilica.

You have the balance of the day to explore the Christmas markets. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

Accommodation: MS AmaBella/Certo/Prima/Sonata (BLD) (Stateroom)
Fisherman’s Bastion
Fisherman’s Bastion

Day 10: Budapest, Hungary - Budapest

After breakfast, you'll disembark your ship this morning in Budapest, as your cruise journey has come to an end.

A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
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  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

InterContinental (5*): Prague

Located on Prague's most famous and luxurious shopping boulevard, the InterContinental (5*) is a truly exceptional hotel. There are 372 recently renovated and spacious guest rooms that feature an enchanting view of either downtown historic Prague or of the Vltava River. Admire the city from the unique rooftop, gourmet restaurant, Zlata Praha and enjoy your breakfast in the Primator Restaurant. Duke's Bar & Café offers guests a variety of beverages to enjoy while looking out onto Parizska Street. The state of the art Health Club & Spa features a heated swimming pool, whirlpool, gym, saunas, massage, relaxation lounge, stretching room and a fitness & aqua bar.

InterContinental Prague Hotel
InterContinental Prague Hotel

MS AmaBella/Certo/Prima/Sonata (BLD) (Stateroom): Danube Cruise

With designs inspired by classic ocean yachts, the new 162-164 passenger MS AmaSonata, AmaPrima, AmaCerto, AmaBella & AmaDolce ships offer a distinctive river cruise experience on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Mosel. Featuring exclusive “Twin Balconies” in the majority of spacious staterooms and suites (which range from 148 to 350 sq. ft) the ships also feature a heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a “swim-up” bar; fitness center, massage, hair and beauty salon; complimentary in-stateroom internet access and first-run Hollywood movies; ship-wide Wi-Fi plus a fleet of bicycles. A member of the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, guests on the MS AmaBella, AmaCerto, AmaSonata or AmaPrima enjoy fine dining in the main dining room, an intimate Chef’s Table restaurant, two wine bars plus a casual al fresco bistro.

Ama River Cruiser
Ama River Cruiser
Dining
Dining
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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