CRUISETOUR

Magical Christmas Markets (12 Days)

Cruise Line: AmaWaterways
Ship: Varies by Departure
Vienna, Austria to Prague, Czech Republic
DAY
PORT
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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
Vienna, Austria

Arrive in Vienna and check into your hotel.

DAY 2
Vienna, Austria

Uncover "Vienna's Royal Treasures" at the Hofburg Palace, the former residence of the Habsburgs. You'll visit the lavishly decorated Imperial Apartments and Imperial Treasury, home to many of the Habsburg treasures, including the Crown of the Holy Roman Empire and the Austrian Imperial Crown. 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)

DAY 3
Vienna, Austria

Check out of your hotel and transfer to your luxury ship. (B,D)

DAY 4
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. (B,L,D)

DAY 5
Dürnstein, Austria
Melk, Austria

After reaching the Wachau Valley in the morning, you'll have a choice of three excursions in Dürnstein. Partake in a walking tour along cobblestone streets to the luminous blue façade of the Baroque Stiftskirche, its famed church tower, before enjoying a wine tasting in a local cellar. Alternatively, visit a local boutique, where you'll be treated to the region's finest apricot products. After your morning excursions, you have a choice to cruise through the Wachau Valley to Melk or join a bike tour along the Danube. Upon reaching Melk, take a tour of the UNESCO-designated Melk Abbey. (B,L,D)

DAY 6
Linz, Austria
Salzburg, Austria
Linz, Austria

Linz is known for being the city of Christmas crèches and its ever popular Linzertorte. While here, you have a choice of three excursions. The first is a full-day visit to magnificent Salzburg dressed in her holiday best. Enjoy a walking tour of UNESCO-designated Old Town, its magnificent cathedral, inspired by St. Peter's Cathedral at the Vatican, and its Christmas market, which is a feast for the senses. Alternatively, you can choose a morning walking tour through Linz's old city center and by the Mozart House, where he composed the Linz Symphony in only three days, as well as visit Linz's Christmas markets. Or you can go on a guided bike tour through Linz and along the city's famed "Culture Mile" and the Danube. During the afternoon, you can join a half-day excursion to Salzburg or visit the charming mountain town, Český Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border. (B,L,D)

DAY 7
Passau, Germany

Picturesque Passau, a fairytale city founded more than 2,000 years ago is noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture. During the season of Advent, the city dresses in her Bavarian holiday splendor, which you will discover on your walking tour through the city and at its Christmas market at St. Stephen's Square—also home to its magnificent cathedral. Go in search of unique crafts, including Bavarian-style houses and glass ornaments. If you prefer a more active adventure, join a guided bike ride along the Danube. (B,L,D)

DAY 8
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 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 Castle, where you can watch craftsmen make their unique arts and crafts. (B,L,D)

DAY 9
Nürnberg, Germany

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. Visit Nuremberg's Christkindlesmarkt, one of the world's largest and most famous Christmas markets. Browse through over 100 red-and-white canvas-topped booths offering an assortment of unique treasures, toys, and seasonal goodies. (B,L,D)

DAY 10
Nürnberg, Germany
Pilsen, Czech Republic
Prague, Czech Republic

Depart the ship to transfer to Prague. En route, stop at another one of Nuremberg's Christmas markets before driving through the countryside to Pilsen, a city perhaps best known for producing Pilsner beer. While here, enjoy a highlights tour before continuing on to Prague, where you'll check into your hotel. (B)

DAY 11
Prague, Czech Republic

The fairytale city of Prague always enchants, but it really sparkles even more during the holiday season. See all the key highlights on a walking tour, including the National Museum and 1,000-year-old Prague Castle. Or get more active with a hike to the castle. You will then have free time to explore Prague's renowned Christmas market in the Old Town Square. (B)

DAY 12
Prague, Czech Republic

Prepare for your return flight home.

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