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zChristmas Time Cruise on the Danube - AmaWaterways

8 days

8 Day European River Cruise

Note: Shore excursions and sightseeing tours on this program are offered by AmaWaterways and are not limited to 16 guests.

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1

Welcome aboard in Nuremberg

Arrive in Nuremberg, the capital of Franconia. Visit the world's largest Christmas Market, where over 100 red and white canvas-topped booths offer an assortment of unique children's toys, tinsel angels, dolls, dollhouses, gingerbread and myriad other holiday treats and gifts. Tonight, celebrate the start of your holiday cruise as you gather with fellow ship’s passengers for a Welcome Dinner. Your ship will moor overnight here in Nuremberg. Meals D

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From Nuremberg and across the Continental Divide

Enjoy a guided morning tour of this historic city, still surrounded by its 900-year-old rampart walls. See Nuremberg’s fabulous Gothic churches, the Imperial Castle and the Justice Palace where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. After your tour, there will be time to return to the Christmas Market. Enjoy a complimentary drink of hot mulled Glühwein in a souvenir mug to ward off the chill. Enjoy lunch onboard as your ship ascends to the highest point of your cruise - 1,332 feet above sea level - before descending through the stair-step locks of the Main-Danube Canal. Meals B,L,D

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The Christmas Markets of Regensburg

Arrive in Medieval Regensburg after breakfast and step ashore for a guided tour through one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Your sightseeing ends on a high note with a visit to the Old Kornmarkt Christmas market where you can browse and shop at festive stalls adorned with fir branches. In the alternative this afternoon, you can visit the "royal" Christmas markets at the Thurn and Taxis Palace, a very traditional handicraft Christmas market, where you can watch the craftsmen make their goods. Meals B,L,D

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From Passau, Germany to Linz, Austria

After breakfast, arrive in picturesque Passau, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. Take a walking tour of this fairytale German city that was founded more than 2,000 years ago, strolling along the charming cobblestone streets of Old Town to see the city’s ancient fortifications and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Or take an optional full day tour to Salzburg, the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the setting for the classic film - The Sound of Music. You’ll see the major sights like Mozart's birth house and join in the festive atmosphere at the beautiful Christmas Markets, renowned for local handicrafts and unusual holiday gifts. For those staying on board, enjoy a scenic cruise from Passau into Austria and on to Linz. After dinner, take a walk through this delightful town, Austria's third largest city and a major river port. Meals B,L,D

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5

Through the Wachau Valley to Vienna

Cruise through the narrow Strudengau and reach the picturesque Wachau Valley early this morning. Step ashore in Melk for a guided tour to the magnificent Benedictine Abbey, one of the finest Baroque buildings in all of Europe. Return to your ship for lunch as your cruise continues through the romantic landscapes of the Valley. Late this afternoon, you’ll arrive in Vienna – the glorious capital of Austria. After dinner, you can step ashore to explore the city at your own pace or come along for an optional concert featuring the music of Mozart and Strauss. Meals B,L,D

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Discover the sites and Christmas Markets of Vienna

This morning’s sightseeing tour takes you along the famous Ringstrasse to see the city’s best known highlights including the Vienna Opera House. Marvel at St. Stephen’s Cathedral and continue on a walking tour through the historic city center. Then spend some time enjoying the festivities of the Christmas Markets at the Town Hall. This afternoon, you can join an optional tour to the imposing Schönbrunn Palace, where over 60 Christmas Market stalls promise a truly festive atmosphere with the aroma of Glühwein and gingerbread. Or enjoy your afternoon at leisure - maybe strolling along the bustling Kärntnerstrasse and stopping to sample Vienna's famous pastries. Meals B,L,D

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Budapest by day and night

This morning’s scenic cruising along the Danube Bend reveals beautiful towns nestled on the curve of the river bank. Arrive in Budapest and step off ship for a guided city tour. From the historic Buda Castle, you’ll have a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest spread across both banks of the River. Your tour also features the distinctive Fisherman's Bastion, the marvelous Royal Palace and St. Stephen's Basilica. You have the balance of the day at leisure to explore the city’s Christmas markets at your own pace. After this evening’s Gala Farewell Dinner onboard, your ship will sail a special “Illuminations Cruise” past the magically illuminated river front of Budapest. Meals B,L,D

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8

Farewell, Budapest

Your holiday Danube River cruising comes to an end this morning upon disembarkation here in Budapest. Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Begin Your Journey in Prague

3-Day Pre-Tour Extension from $560

Experience one of Europe's most charming cities! You’ll enjoy all on-tour transportation, 2 nights at the Hilton Old Town or similar, daily breakfasts and extensive sightseeing.

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1

Welcome to Prague

Your European holiday vacation begins when you check in to your deluxe hotel, wonderfully located in the heart of Prague. The remainder of the day is free to explore this beautiful city as you wish. 

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Discover the City of 1,000 Spires

This morning's sightseeing reveals why Prague is regarded by many as one of Europe's most handsome cities. Visit the 1,000-year-old Hradcany Castle courtyard and St. Vitus Cathedral. Then cross the statue-lined Charles Bridge to the Old Market Square. The remainder of your day is at leisure to explore the city’s Christmas Markets at your own pace. You’re sure to be tempted by their colorful assortment of handicrafts, toys, wood carvings, and ornaments. Or you can mingle with the locals at bustling Wenceslas Square and enjoy one of Prague’s many charming cafés or restaurants. Meals B

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Prague to Nuremberg

Depart Prague after breakfast and drive through the pastoral countryside to Nuremberg.

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Note: Shore excursions and sightseeing tours on this program are offered by AMAWaterways and are not limited to 16 guests.

Port charges: $147 per person

Single Supplement for Cruise Only: 50% of twin price; Jr. Suites: 100% of twin price

Prices are per person in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom with window. To upgrade to a higher Category, add per person:
Cat – Deck – Stateroom – Price
D ˗ Piano ˗ Window ˗ $199 C ˗ Violin & Cello ˗ French Balcony ˗ $579 B ˗ Violin & Cello ˗ French Balcony ˗ $779 A ˗ Violin ˗ French Balcony ˗ $889 BB - Cello (AmaCerto) - French/Outside Balcony - $999 BA - Violin (AmaCerto) Balcony/OutsideBalcony - $1,099 AB - Violin & Cello (AmaCerto) French/Outside Balcony - $1,299 AA - Violin (AmaCerto) - French/Outside Balcony - $1,499 A+ - Violin French Balcony - $1,499 S ˗ Violin ˗ French Balcony ˗ $1,899 SS - Violin (AmaCerto) - French/Outside Balcony - $2,199

Note: Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The choices are: Choice A: Two twin beds; Choice B: One large bed (larger than queen size)

Ask about international air service on Lufthansa. See your travel agent or call us for current international airfare associated with this program. We offer both economy and business class fares. Prices are in U.S. currency and are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Availability is limited.

Family + Friends

Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
  • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
  • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
  • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
  • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!

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