2023 : Iconic Christmas Markets : Prague to Budapest : 7-Night Cruise with 3 Nights Pre-Cruise : ms AmaVerde
Iconic Christmas Markets
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 GlanceOn our river 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.
AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
Day 1 : Prague, Czech Republic
Check into your hotel in Prague for the beginning of your hotel/land extension.
Day 2 : Prague
The fairytale city of Prague always enchants, but it really sparkles even more during the holiday season. Prague offers a collection of Art Nouveau, Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic architecture, which you'll get to see on your tour. You will visit 1,000-year-old Prague Castle and St. Vitus before walking over the romantic Charles Bridge to the Old Market Square, where you will find the capital's famous Astronomical Clock, Tyn Church and the statue of Jan Husek. You may also hike to Prague Castle. Later in the day, you will have free time to explore Prague's renowned Christmas markets in the Old Town Square. (B)
Day 3 : Prague
Beer has a long and illustrious history in the Czech Republic with the first brewery established in 993. Beer is a core part of the country's national identity, 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 4 : Prague - Pilzen - Nuremberg, Germany - Embarkation
Check out of your hotel in Prague and drive through the pastoral countryside to head to Nuremberg where you will board the ship for your Iconic Christmas Markets cruise. (B,D)
Day 5 : 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, followed by a visit to some of the local Christmas markets. Later, you can visit Nuremberg's Christkindlesmarkt, one of the world's largest and most famous Christmas markets. You will also cross the Continental Divide via the Main-Danube Canal as the day ends. (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 : Passau
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 8 : Melk, Austria - Vienna
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. Afterward, enjoy a scenic cruise of the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley before arriving in Vienna and exploring the local Christmas markets. (B,L,D)
Day 9 : Vienna
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. (B,L,D)
Day 10 : Budapest, Hungary
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 11 : Budapest - Disembarkation
Disembark the ship in Budapest and bid farewell to the city before preparing for your return flight home. (B)
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- Cruise Line
- Offer valid through 12/31/2021
- 11 Days
- Cruise Ship
- ms AmaVerde
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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 (included in cruise price)C$277 per person.
Single Supplement for Cruise50% of twin price; AA+ and Suite 100% of twin price.
Single Supplement for LandC$400 per person.
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).