CRUISETOUR

Christmas Markets on The Danube (13 Days)

Cruise Line: AmaWaterways
Ship: AmaLea  |  2 Reviews
Budapest, Hungary to Prague, Czech Republic
Dates: 18 Dec 2019 - 30 Dec 2019

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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
18 Dec 2019
Budapest, Hungary

Arrive in Budapest and transfer to your hotel.

DAY 2
19 Dec 2019
Budapest, Hungary

Once the co-capital of the Austro-Hungarian empire (along with Vienna), 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. Today's tour takes you to another side of Budapest to the Jewish Quarter, where there are some real treasures. The Great Synagogue, the largest Synagogue in Europe and the second largest in the world, located in Dohány Street represents the beating heart of this quarter. Other prominent attractions include the Holocaust Memorial, a weeping willow tree with the names of Hungarian Jews killed during the Holocaust inscribed on each leaf; and the Shoes on the Danube, a memorial to the Budapest Jews who were shot by Arrow Cross militiamen between 1944 and 1945. (B)

DAY 3
20 Dec 2019
Budapest, Hungary

Check out of your hotel to board your luxurious ship. During the evening, be treated to a special Illuminations cruise around Budapest's famed parliament building as at night, the city virtually glitters as these landmarks are awash in lights. (B,D)

DAY 4
21 Dec 2019
Budapest, Hungary

Home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Buda Castle quarter in Castle Hill and Heroes' Square, Budapest offers an unmatched combination of culture, tradition, and even a secret labyrinth of caves and caverns under the city. Your city tour begins with a visit to the vibrant Great Market Hall brimming with vendors selling everything from food to souvenirs. The remainder of this tour takes you to both the Buda (hilly) and the Pest (flat) sides of the river. Afterwards, you'll visit Vörösmarty Square, the oldest, richest, and the most spectacular of all the Christmas markets in Budapest. (B)

DAY 5
22 Dec 2019
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 6
23 Dec 2019
Vienna, Austria
Krems, Austria

Spend the morning exploring more of Vienna's splendid Christmas markets. If you prefer a more active adventure, then join a guided bike ride along the Danube. Later in the day, set sail through the breathtaking Wachau Valley to Krems, where you'll enjoy a wine tasting or an evening walk.

DAY 7
24 Dec 2019
Weißenkirchen in der Wachau, Austria
Dürnstein, Austria
Weißenkirchen in der Wachau, Austria
Melk, Austria

After reaching Weißenkirchen in the heart of the Wachau Valley, you'll have a choice of excursions. Join a walking tour in Dürnstein and then be treated to a wine tasting hosted by a local vintner as well as visit a local boutique where you'll enjoy a tasting of special apricot treats. Prefer more active adventures? Join a guided bike tour from Weißenkirchen to Melk. For those not biking to Melk, you sail through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley to Melk. Once in Melk, you'll visit its magnificent Benedictine abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe's largest and most revered monasteries, which now houses a museum chronicling its history and a famous library with countless medieval manuscripts. (B,L,D)

DAY 8
25 Dec 2019
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 9
26 Dec 2019
Passau, Germany
Vilshofen, 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. Later in the day set sail for Vilshofen, where you'll be treated to an exclusive Oktoberfest celebration. (B,L,D)

DAY 10
27 Dec 2019
Vilshofen, Germany
Regensburg, Germany
Prague, Czech Republic

Depart the ship and drive through the countryside to Regensburg, one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities, which you'll discover on a guided walking tour showcasing the city's architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria. After touring Regensburg, enjoy a visit 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. Later continue your journey on to Prague. (B)

DAY 11
28 Dec 2019
Prague, Czech Republic

Discover Prague with a choice of a city tour or a castle hike. Both will reveal why Prague is considered one of Europe's most attractive cities, with a historic city center that's recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See all the key highlights, including the National Museum, Wenceslas Square, the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle, and Old Town Square, where you will find the famous Astronomical Clock. You will then have free time to explore Prague's renowned Christmas markets in the Old Town Square. (B)

DAY 12
29 Dec 2019
Prague, Czech Republic

Beer has a long and illustrious history in the Czech Republic with the first brewery known to have existed in 993. Pilsner Urquell was created in 1842, being the first pilsner ever made, while Budweiser came into being in the city of Budweis. Beer is a core part of the country's national identity, so much so the Czechs are the biggest consumers of beer in the world per capita. The country is home to more than 100 breweries with a combination of big names and micro establishments offering a huge range of styles, so join a Czech beer tasting and discover for yourself what makes the Czech's beer some of the very best in the world. (B)

DAY 13
30 Dec 2019
Prague, Czech Republic

Bid farewell to Prague and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

Christmas Markets on The Danube map

Virtuoso Voyages Benefits

ALL VIRTUOSO GUESTS RECEIVE:

Guided Tour of the Schönbrunn Palace

This tour is offered following the included Vienna City tour and lunch onboard ship. The Palace of Schönbrunn is a fine example of Baroque architecture. Built originally as the summer residence of the Hapsburg Emperors, it became one of their favored homes. Your tour will include a guided tour of the Imperial apartments, the living quarters of the Emperors, still complete with their furnishings. Afternoon optional.Restrictions may apply, please see Terms and Conditions for details.

About the Ship

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AmaLea

The AmaLea features Twin Balconies, at a spacious 210-235 sq. feet, with four suites measuring 350 sq. feet. Passengers will enjoy gourmet dining; a heated sun deck swimming pool with a 'swim-up' bar; fitness center and spa; complimentary Wi-Fi and Entertainment-on-demand; and a fleet of bicycles.

What's Included

Included

  • Land program as detailed in itinerary

  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms offer French Balconies or revolutionary Twin Balconies

Not Included

  • Airfare

  • Land Extensions

  • Gratuities

  • Port Charges

About Us

At AmaWaterways, we love what we do - providing our guests with the best travel experiences possible. In fact, "Ama" is derived from the Latin word for "love." It is a concept that permeates every aspect of our river cruises, from the design of our ships to the development of our itineraries to the high levels of service we deliver to our guests. Experience more ways to discover, more ways to indulge and more onboard amenities. With an award-winning fleet in Europe, Vietnam, Cambodia and Africa, critically acclaimed dining and unique tour options, you will have the trip of a lifetime on our cruises.

Insider Tip

AmaWaterways is proud to be the only river cruise line inducted into La Chaine des Rotisseurs, one of the world's most prestigious culinary organizations.

Terms & Conditions

Brochure prices are per-person, U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy of a cabin, or standard hotel room, unless indicated otherwise. | Single rates are available for the cruise-only, at a supplement of plus-50% for standard rooms, plus-100% for other rooms, such as deluxe rooms and suites. | Single rates for land are available at a supplement. | Please see individual itineraries for amount of the supplement. | Pricing accuracy is assured only at time of printing. | If any of the cost factors increases, such as airfare, port or dock charges, fuel, insurance, taxes, surcharges or other, we reserve the right to increase cruise or cruise tour prices without notice.

Cancellation Policy: For any cruise/land booking, whether under deposit, partially paid, or paid in full, including air packages, the following travel agent or guest-requested situations are considered cancellations and penalties will apply as noted below: changes to departure date; substitutions of itinerary; substitution of another person for original booked guest(s); or changing to a promotional fare. All cancellations must be in writing. For all air-inclusive packages cancelled after issuance of an airline ticket, the air portion of the refund, if any, will be processed only after the return of airline ticket. The following cancellation charges will be assessed for all written cancellations received prior to departure up to the scheduled time of departure.

Cancellation received | Following charges will apply: (Broken out by days before departure) 121 days or more is $200 per person | 120-90 days is $400 per person | 89-60 days is 35% of full fare | 59-30 days is 50% of full fare | 29-7 days is 80% of full fare | 6 days prior to sailing is 100% cancellation. Full Fare is defined as the full cost of any cruise, land or air component purchased from AmaWaterways. All air purchased through AmaWaterways has a cancellation penalty of $350 per person for Economy and $600 per person for Business class. In the event you purchase a non-refundable ticket, the full fare is under penalty.

*Certain airline tickets, including all intra-Asia Flights within 90 days of departure and published price tickets, are 100% non-refundable. Penalty rates shown are for flight arrangements deposited/booked from July 1, 2014 onward. Except as otherwise provided in your Passenger Ticket Contract, after travel begins, there is no refund for unused services, or unused portions of cruise, cruise/tour or airfare.

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Budapest, Hungary - 18 Dec 2019

Budapest, Hungary - 19 Dec 2019

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Prague, Czech Republic - 27 Dec 2019

Prague, Czech Republic - 28 Dec 2019

Prague, Czech Republic - 29 Dec 2019

Prague, Czech Republic - 30 Dec 2019

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