Iconic Christmas Markets (8 Days)

Cruise Line: AmaWaterways
Ship: Varies by Departure
Budapest, Hungary to Nürnberg, Germany
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DAY 1
Budapest, Hungary

Arrive in Budapest and embark on your luxurious river cruise ship. During the evening, cruise along Budapest's famed illuminated riverfront. (D).

DAY 2
Budapest, Hungary

Savor the beauty of Buda and Pest on opposite sides of the Danube with a city tour that showcases many highlights, including Heroes' Square and Castle Hill, home to Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. In the center of it all is the Christmas market, where you can shop for traditional Hungarian wares and delightful holiday treats. (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 Rathaus (Town Hall) Christmas market. If you prefer a more active adventure, then join a guided bike ride along the Danube. During the afternoon, visit the Karlsplatz (Artisans) Christmas market, a local favorite, and the market at Schönbrunn Palace with a giant sparkling Christmas tree. Cap the day off with "Vienna by Night" Christmas markets at the beautifully decorated Maria-Theresien-Platz Christmas market, set amongst the world-renowned sights of Vienna's majestic Ringstraße, and at the illuminated Rathaus, Vienna's largest Christmas market. (B,L,D)

DAY 4
Melk, Austria

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 along the Danube and through the scenic 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. Stephan's Cathedral. Go in search of Bavarian-style crafts at the Christmas market. 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 Christmas market, which is a feast for the senses. For the active adventurer, join a guided bike tour along the Danube. (B,L,D)

DAY 6
Regensburg, Germany

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 Walhalla where you will see the Neo-Classical 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 Castle, where you can watch artisans make their unique arts and crafts. (B,L,D)

DAY 7
Nürnberg, Germany

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. Stroll along as the aroma of mulled wine and gingerbread fill the air and browse through over 100 red-and-white canvas-topped booths offering an assortment of unique treasures, toys, and seasonal goodies. (B,L,D)

DAY 8
Nürnberg, Germany

This morning, disembark your cruise ship in Nuremberg. (B)

Iconic Christmas Markets map

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