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Christmas Markets on the Danube
2 Nights Budapest pre-cruise, 7 Night Danube cruise, and 3 Nights Prague post-cruise

Amawaterways Lucerne

Amawaterways Christmas on the Rhine

Budapest to Prague (or reverse direction) - 13 Days

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Ship - Amaprima, Amaserena , Amacerto, Amasonata, Amalea , Amamagna

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Detailed Itinerary: Budapest to Prague

Skip to Prague to Budapest itinerary

Day 1: Budapest, Hungary

Arrive in Budapest and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2: Budapest

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 on 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 victims during the Holocaust; and the Shoes on the Danube, a memorial to the Budapest Jewish community. (B)

Day 3: Budapest (Embarkation Day)

Check out of your hotel to board your ship. During the evening, be treated to an Illuminations cruise around Budapest’s famed Parliament building. (B,D)

Day 4: Budapest

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 and tradition. Your city tour begins with a visit to the vibrant Great Market Hall. 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,L,D)

Day 5: Bratislava - Vienna

Host to the crowning ceremonies of 11 Hungarian kings and queens between 1536 and 1830, Bratislava certainly has earned the title “Coronation City of Kings,” as you’ll discover during your walking tour. You’ll also have an opportunity to visit Bratislava’s charming Christmas Market. Or join a special “Tastes of Slovakia” tour. For a more active adventure, hike up to Bratislava Castle, offering magnificent views of the city. Tonight, explore Vienna’s splendid Rathaus (Town Hall) Christmas Market. (B,L,D)

Day 6: 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. If you prefer a more active adventure, then join a guided bike ride along the Danube. During the afternoon, visit 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 Theresaplatz Christmas Market, set amongst the worldrenowned sights of Vienna’s majestic Ringstrasse, and at the illuminated Rathaus, Vienna’s largest Christmas Market. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Weissenkirchen - Wachau Valley - Melk

After reaching Weissenkirchen, you’ll have a choice of excursions. Join a walking tour in Dürnstein and then a visit to 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’ll sail through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley to Melk. Once in Melk, you’ll visit its magnificent Benedictine Abbey. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Linz

Linz is known for being the city of Christmas crèches and its ever-popular Linzer torte. While here, you have a choice of three excursions. The first is a full-day visit to Salzburg where you’ll enjoy 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. 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: Passau

During the season of Advent, beautiful Passau 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, sail for Vilshofen, where you’ll be treated to an exclusive Oktoberfest celebration. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Vilshofen (Disembarkation Day) - Regensburg - 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 Old Town’s Christmas Market. Later continue your journey on to Prague and check into your hotel. (B)

Day 11: Prague

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 Market 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: Prague

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, whilst 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. 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: Prague

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

Departures & Pricing

Detailed Itinerary: Prague to Budapest

Skip to Budapest to Prague itinerary

Day 1: Prague, Czech Republic

Arrive in Prague and check-in to your hotel.

Day 2: Prague

Experience the wonders of Prague and its historic city center that is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site on your city tour or you can hike to the grand castle. See Rudolfinum, the National Museum, Wenceslas Square and the Hundertwasser Dancing House. Visit the 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. (B)

Day 3: Prague

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, whilst 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. 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 4: Prague - Regensburg, Germany (Embarkation Day) - Vilshofen

Depart Prague 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, continue your journey on to Vilshofen. Later in the day, attend an exclusive Oktoberfest celebration with traditional beer and Bavarian folk music and dancing. (B,D)

Day 5: Vilshofen - Passau

Explore Vilshofen’s beautiful old town before cruising to Passau, known as the “City of Three Rivers.” 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 6: Linz, Austria

Linz is known for being the city of Christmas crèches and its ever-popular Linzer Torte. 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: Weissenkirchen

Cruise to Weissenkirchen, gateway to Dürnstein located in the heart of the Wachau Valley. Once here, you can choose to join a walking tour in Dürnstein along its cobblestone streets to the Baroque Stiftskirche, Dürnstein’s famed church tower. For the more active adventurer, you can opt to hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held, or take a bike ride along the Danube. As an alternative excursion, visit a local apricot grower, where you’ll enjoy the region’s finest apricot treats. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Weissenkirchen - Krems

Visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s largest and most revered monasteries before setting sail to Krems. Later in the evening, enjoy a special wine tasting of locally grown, world-renowned Riesling and Grüner Veltliner.

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 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 Theresaplatz 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 10: 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. 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, L,D)

Day 11 : Budapest (Disembarkation Day)

Disembark the ship as you prepare for your flight home. (B)

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Most Christmas Markets begin opening as early as Nov. 25 and remain open until approximately Dec. 21. Check with each country's tourist office for more information.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.
2019 and 2020 Departures
Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing twin cabin.
From Budapest
Program Start Date
Cruise Embarkation Date
Ship
Category E - Lower Deck aft w/ fixed windows
Category D - Lower Deck w/fixed windows

Category CB - Upper Deck aft w/ french balcony

Category C - Middle Deck aft & Upper Deck aft w/ french balcony (Cat. CA on Amalea)
Category BB - Middle Deck fwd & aft w/ twin balconies (Cat. AB on Amamagna)
Category BA - Upper Deck w/ twin balconies (Cat. AA on Amamagna)

Category AB - Middle Deck w/ twin balconies

(Cat. SB on Amamagna)

Category AA - Upper Deck w/ twin balconies (Cat. SA on Amamagna)

Category AA+ - Upper Deck w/ twin balconies

Cat. GS on Amamagna)

Suite - Upper Deck w/ twin balconies

(Cat. OS on Amamagna)

Nov 22, 2019
Nov 24, 2019
Amamagna
$4,659
$5,158
-
-
$6,458
$6,658
$7,658
$7,958
$11,658
$14,658
Dec 6, 2019
Dec 8, 2019
Amamagna
$4,659
$5,158
-
-
$6,458
$6,658
$7,658
$7,958
$11,658
$14,658
Dec 18, 2019
Dec 20, 2019
Amalea
$4,459
$4,758
$5,058
$5,358
$5,858
$6,058
$6,258
$6,458
-
$7,758
Dec 20, 2019
Dec 22, 2019
Amamagna
$4,659
$5,158
-
-
$6,458
$6,658
$7,658
$7,958
$11,658
$14,658
Nov 25, 2020
Nov 27, 2020
Amasonata
$4,589
$4,888
-
$5,588
$6,088
$6,288
$6,488
$6,688
$7,288
$7,988
Nov 27, 2020
Nov 29, 2020
Amaprima
$4,589
$4,888
-
$5,588
$6,088
$6,288
$6,488
$6,688
$7,288
$7,988
Dec 2, 2020
Dec 4, 2020
Amaserena
$4,689
$4,988
-
$5,688
$6,188
$6,388
$6,588
$6,788
$7,388
$8,088
Dec 4, 2020
Dec 6, 2020
Amamagna
$4,889
$5,388
-
-
$6,788
$6,988
$7,888
$8,288
$11,888
$14,888
Dec 9, 2020
Dec 11 , 2020
Amasonata
$4,689
$4,988
-
$5,688
$6,188
$6,388
$6,588
$6,788
$7,388
$8,088
Dec 10, 2020
Dec 12, 2020
Amalea
$4,689
$4,988
$5,388
$5,688
$6,188
$6,388
$6,588
$6,788
$7,388
$8,088
Dec 11, 2020
Dec 13, 2020
Amaprima
$4,689
$4,988
-
$5,688
$6,188
$6,388
$6,588
$6,788
$7,388
$8,088
Dec 16, 2020
Dec 18, 2020
Amaserena
$4,689
$4,988
-
$5,688
$6,188
$6,388
$6,588
$6,788
$7,388
$8,088
Dec 18, 2020
Dec 20, 2020
Amamagna
$4,889
$5,388
-
-
$6,788
$6,988
$7,888
$8,288
$11,888
$14,888
From Prague
Program Start Date
Cruise Embarkation Date (in Vilshofen)
Ship
Category E - Lower Deck aft w/ fixed windows
Category D - Lower Deck w/fixed windows

Category CB - Upper Deck aft w/ french balcony

Category C - Middle Deck aft & Upper Deck aft w/ french balcony (Cat. CA on Amalea)
Category BB - Middle Deck fwd & aft w/ twin balconies (Cat. AB on Amamagna)
Category BA - Upper Deck w/ twin balconies (Cat. AA on Amamagna)

Category AB - Middle Deck w/ twin balconies

(Cat. SB on Amamagna)

Category AA - Upper Deck w/ twin balconies (Cat. SA on Amamagna)

Category AA+ - Upper Deck w/ twin balconies

Cat. GS on Amamagna)

Suite - Upper Deck w/ twin balconies

(Cat. OS on Amamagna)

Nov 28 2019
Dec 1, 2019
Amamagna
$4,139
$4,638
-
-
$5,938
$6,138
$7,138
$7,438
$11,138
$14,138
Dec 12, 2019
Dec 15, 2019
Amamagna
$4,139
$4,638
-
-
$5,938
$6,138
$7,138
$7,438
$11,138
$14,138
Nov 19, 2020
Nov 22, 2020
Amacerto
$3,969
$4,268
-
$4,968
$5,468
$5,668
$5,868
$6,068
$6,668
$7,368
Nov 24, 2020
Nov 27, 2020
Amaserena
$4,069
$4,368
-
$5,068
$5,568
$5,768
$5,968
$6,168
$6,768
$7,468
Nov 26, 2020
Nov 29, 2020
Amamagna
$4,269
$4,768
-
-
$6,168
$6,368
$7,268
$7,668
$11,268
$14,268
Dec 1, 2020
Dec 4, 2020
Amasonata
$4,169
$4,468
-
$5,168
$5,668
$5,868
$6,068
$6,268
$6,868
$7,568
Dec 3, 2020
Dec 6, 2020
Amaprima
$4,169
$4,468
-
$5,168
$5,668
$5,868
$6,068
$6,268
$6,868
$7,568
Dec 8, 2020
Dec 11, 2020
Amaserena
$4,169
$4,468
-
$5,168
$5,668
$5,868
$6,068
$6,268
$6,868
$7,568
Dec 10, 2020
Dec 13, 2020
Amamagna
$4,369
$4,868
-
-
$6,268
$6,468
$7,368
$7,768
$11,368
$14,368
Dec 15, 2020
Dec 18, 2020
Amasonata
$4,169
$4,468
-
$5,168
$5,668
$5,868
$6,068
$6,268
$6,868
$7,568
Dec 17, 2020
Dec 20, 2020
Amaprima
$4,169
$4,468
-
$5,168
$5,668
$5,868
$6,068
$6,268
$6,868
$7,568
Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
Christmas Market Notice: Most Christmas Markets open during the last week of November and remain open until approx. December 22. Check with each country's tourist office for updated information.
Port Charges: Additional $182 per person (2019 departures); Additional $189 per person (2020 departures)
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Single Supplemnet for the cruise: 50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price. Single Supplement for Land: Please call for pricing.

For 7-Night Cruise Only (no Budapest and Prague):

2019 Departures: For departures starting from Budapest subtract $1,360 from above per person rates; For departures starting from Prague subtract $840 from above per person rates

2020 Departures: For departures starting from Budapest subtract $1,390 from above per person rates; For departures starting from Prague subtract $870 from above per person rates

Please select bedding choice at the time of booking. The choices are: Choice A -Two twin beds; Choice B - One large bed (larger than queen size)
Transfers at Start/End of Program are available for purchase. Please call for details.

Prices Include:

  • 7 nights Deluxe Cruise in selected cabin category
  • Life enriching tours and excursions daily with personal headset included
  • Entertainment on demand iin all Staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library and English language TV stations
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Terry Bathrobes and White-on-white plush Bedding in all Staterooms
  • Fine Dining with all Meals included during your Cruise
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe's great wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Special Highlights including Folklore Dances, Lectures, Theme Dinners, onboard Music Performances and afternoon & evening Piano Music
  • Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours
  • Services of Professional Cruise Director
  • All English Language onboard in a non-smoking Environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • 2 nights hotel in Budapest at the Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge (or similar), including tour and daily breakfast
  • Transfer from ship in Vilshofen via Regensburg with walking tour and Christmas Market and then to Prague
  • 3 nghts hotel in Prague at the Old Town Hilton (or similar), including city tour, Christmas Markets, Czech beer tasting and daily breakfast
  • All local Taxes

Prices Do Not Include:

  • Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers)
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Port charges
  • Personal expenses

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