2022 : Iconic Christmas Markets : 7-Night Cruise : Budapest to Nuremberg : ms AmaLea
CRUISE FROM : Nuremberg to Budapest
Travel back through centuries as you walk along cobblestone streets through grand cities and historic towns bedecked with twinkling Christmas trees and lined with wooden huts gleaming with handcrafted treasures. Iconic Christmas markets are plentiful and are on full display for your pleasure. Nuremberg's festive Christkindlesmarkt, the largest and oldest Christmas market in Germany; Regensburg's Christmas market at Thurn and Taxis Castle, considered one of Bavaria's most beautiful and romantic; Vienna with its impressive Christmas markets that seem to majestically appear around every corner; and Budapest's Vorosmarty Square, where products sold in the market are traditionally handmade are yours to explore. Sparkling lights; the festive sounds of children dressed as angels singing carols; enticing smells of hot-mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, sausages and sweet treats of every kind; and timeless wonders are a feast for all your senses.
COUNTRIES: Austria, Germany, Hungary
Iconic Christmas Markets
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.
SPACIOUS STATEROOMS7 Nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)Computer for internet accessEntertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stationsMini-fridge, desk and sitting area
Bottled water replenished daily
AN ARRAY OF AMENITIESWellness Activities with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programsInternet and Wi-Fi accessSun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking trackFitness room, massage services and hair salonMain Lounge with panoramic views and barDaily entertainment including cultural performances
AWARD-WINNING DININGAll onboard dining in a variety of venuesRegionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredientsThe Chef's Table specialty restaurantWelcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaine des Rotisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala DinnerLa Chaine des Rotisseurs exclusive dining experience
Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinnerUnlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfastSip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinksTapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
A WORLD OF EXPLORATIONImmersive tours in every destination
Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour optionsBike tours and hikesSpecial Interest ToursKnowledgeable guidesPersonal headset for easy explorationAirport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways
Day 1 : BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - EMBARKATION
Board the ship in Budapest for your Iconic Christmas Markets cruise. (D)
Day 2 : BUDAPEST
Budapest is one of Europe's most regal and storied cities-and many of its most iconic sights can be seen right off the banks of the Danube. Your tour through this sprawling World Heritage city offers splendid views from historic Buda Castle of the twin cities on both banks of the river. You'll also visit Fisherman's Bastion and see the marvelous Royal Palace, St. Stephen's Basilica, Heroes' Square and much more. Later, explore this beautiful city's Christmas Markets. As an alternative, you can hike to Castle Hill, walking along Fishermen's Bastion and take in all the iconic sites of Budapest with an active exploration. (B, L, D)
Day 3 : VIENNA, AUSTRIA
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 of the Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna's historic city center. Afterwards, you'll visit the Christmas Markets. If you prefer a more active adventure, then join a guided bike along the Danube River. During the afternoon, visit the Schonbrunn Palace with a giant sparkling Christmas tree. This market presents a glittering and stellar Christmas experience. Or cap the day off with "Vienna by Night" Christmas Markets at the beautifully decorated Town Hall (Rathaus), Vienna's largest Christmas Market. (B,L,D)
Day 4 : MELK
High on a rocky outcrop lies the Melk Abbey, one of Europe's most revered Baroque monasteries. Visit this magnificent Benedictine Abbey, which now houses a museum chronicling its history and a famous library with countless medieval manuscripts. Alternatively, go on a guided bike ride around Melk. During the evening, enjoy a scenic cruise through the Strudengau Valley. (B,L,D)
Day 5 : PASSAU, GERMANY
Join a walking tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen's. Go in search of Bavarian-style crafts at the Christmas Market. Or, for the active adventurer, join a guided bike tour along the Danube. Alternatively, you can travel through the serene Austrian Alps to Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart. Your full-day excursion in Salzburg includes a walking tour of the UNESCO-designated Old Town, its magnificent cathedral and its Christmas Markets, including the Hellbrunn Palace, where its inner courtyard is turned into a romantic backdrop for one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in Austria. (B,L,D)
Day 6 : REGENSBURG
Regensburg is one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join a guided walking tour showcasing the city's architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria, before visiting the Old Town Christmas market. As an alternate option, sample some of Bavaria's specialties-beer, sausage and pretzels. Or bike to the base of Walhalla where there is a neoclassical white marble temple inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. Later in the day, you'll be treated to one of Bavaria's most beautiful and romantic Christmas markets at Thurn and Taxis, where you can watch artisans make their unique arts and crafts. (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. 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. Alternatively, you can taste your way through the city with 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)
Day 8 : NUREMBERG - DISEMBARKATION
Disembark the ship and bid farewell to Nuremberg and prepare for your flight home. (B)
|Offer valid through 9/30/2020|
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Christmas Markets NoticeNote: 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 ItineraryAmaViola embarking December 8 sails from Budapest to Vilshofen.
ImportantDates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
Port Charges not included in cruise price$210 per person.
Single Supplement for Cruise50% of twin price; AA+ and Suite 100% of twin price.
Single Supplement for LandA single supplement charge will be applied to pre- and Post Cruise hotel extensions. Please call for pricing 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).