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Christmas Markets on the Danube

2 Nights Hotel Accommodations in Prague & 7-Night Cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest (or reverse)

Amawaterways Christmas Time Cruise

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Prague to Budapest (or reverse) - 10 days

For further assistance call 1-800-526-8539

Ship - Amaserena, Amastella, Amacerto, Amaviola

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Detailed Itinerary: Prague to Budapest

Skip to Budapest to Prague itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Prague, Czech Republic

Arrive in Prague and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore this beautiful city.

Day 2: Prague

This morning's sightseeing reveals why Prague is considered one of Europe's most attractive cities. Visit the 1,000-year-old Hradcany Castle courtyard and the St. Vitus, and then cross the Charles Bridge to the Old Market Square. The remainder of your day is free to shop at the Christmas Markets with their tempting assortment of handicrafts, toys, wood carvings, and ornaments; mix with the locals at Wenceslas Square, or enjoy one of the charming cafés or restaurants. (B)

Day 3: Prague - Nuremberg, Germany (Embarkation Day)

This morning, depart Prague after breakfast and drive through the pastoral countryside to Nuremberg, the capital of Franconia. Along the way, 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 everything else imaginable. Embarkation time on your ship is 3:00pm. Tonight, gather on board your ship for a Welcome Cocktail and Dinner. The ship will moor overnight in Nuremberg. (B)

Day 4: Nuremberg - Continental Divide - Dietfurt

Enjoy a guided morning tour of this historic city with its fabulous Gothic churches. See the storybook 900-year-old ramparts that surround the city, the Imperial Castle and the Justice Palace where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. After your tour, you will have time to visit the world’s largest Christmas Market. Enjoy a complimentary drink of hot mulled Glühwein in a souvenir mug to ward off the chill. After lunch continue to the highest point of your cruise - 1,332 feet above sea level - before descending through stair-step locks. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Regensburg

Arrive in Medieval Regensburg after breakfast and take a guided tour of the city’s highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria - gates to a Roman fort built in 179 AD. Then, visit the Old Kornmarkt Christmas market and shop at festive stalls adorned with fir branches. Or 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. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Passau - Linz, Austria

After breakfast, arrive in picturesque Passau, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. Take a walking tour of this fairytale city that was founded more than 2,000 years ago. Or take an optional full day tour to Salzburg, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the setting for “The Sound of Music.” See the major sights including Mozart's birth house. Join in the merriment at the beautiful Christmas Markets, renowned for local handicrafts and unusual holiday presents. 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. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Melk - Vienna

Cruise through the narrow Strudengau and reach the Wachau Valley early this morning. A tour takes you to Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey. At lunchtime, continue through the romantic Wachau Valley. Late this afternoon arrive in Vienna, the "City of Music." Tonight, return to town on your own or come along for an optional Mozart and Strauss concert. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Vienna

Enjoy a guided city tour followed by free time in the city center, then a walking tour from St. Stephen’s Cathedral. You will also visit the Christmas markets at the Town Hall. This afternoon, you can join an optional tour to the Imperial Schönbrunn Palace, which features over 60 Christmas Market stalls and provides a spectacular festive atmosphere with the aroma of Glühwein and gingerbread. In the alternative, you can stroll along the Kärntnerstrasse and stop to sample Vienna's famous pastries. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Budapest, Hungary

This morning, cruise the Danube Bend past beautiful towns nestled on the curve of the river bank to Budapest. Your Budapest sightseeing includes Buda and Pest. From historic Buda Castle, a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest is spread over 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 to explore the Christmas markets. Tonight, enjoy a Gala Farewell Dinner. After dinner, your ship will sail a special “Illuminations Cruise” past the illuminated river front of Budapest. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Budapest (Disembarkation Day)

Your fascinating cruise comes to an end as you transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. (B)

Departures & Pricing

Detailed Itinerary: Budapest to Prague

Skip to Prague to Budapest itinerary

Day 1: Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation Day)

Arrive in Budapest and transfer to your luxurious river cruise ship, which is moored near the city center. Embarkation time is 3:00pm. Start exploring the city on your own before meeting your fellow travelers at the Welcome Cocktail Reception. After the Welcome Dinner enjoy a musical performance on board. (D)

Day 2: Budapest

This morning, your sightseeing tour takes you to historic Buda Castle, from where you have a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest spread over both banks of the river. Your tour also features the distinctive Fisherman’s Bastion, the marvelous Royal Palace and St. Stephen's Basilica. This afternoon, visit Christmas Markets before rejoining the ship for a scenic cruise to Vienna. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Vienna, Austria

Arrive after breakfast and enjoy a guided city tour followed by free time in the city center, then a walking tour from St. Stephen’s Cathedral. You will also visit the festive Christmas Markets at the Town Hall. In the afternoon, you can join an optional tour to the Imperial Schonbrunn Palace, which features over 60 Christmas Market stalls and provides a spectacular festive atmosphere with the scent of mulled wine and ginger bread. The tour also includes admission to the Carriage Museum. In the alternative, you can stroll along the Kärntnerstrasse, sample Vienna’s famous pastries or visit a museum. Tonight, return to the Christmas market, or come along for an optional Mozart and Strauss concert. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Melk - Linz

This morning, cruise through the narrow Strudengau and reach the Wachau Valley. Your guided tour takes you to Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey, which is one of Europe’s largest baroque monasteries. Rejoin the ship for lunch and continue cruising to Linz. Arrive in Linz with enough time to visit their beautiful Christmas markets. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Linz - Passau, Germany

After breakfast, either stay on board and enjoy scenic cruising to Passau or join an optional excursion to Salzburg. Described as “one of the most beautiful cities in Europe," Salzburg is an architectural jewel. The birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, it is also the setting for “The Sound of Music.” Join in the merriment at the beautiful Christmas Markets, renowned for local handicrafts and unusual holiday presents. Join your ship in Passau, Germany. On arrival in this charming city, there is time to visit its vibrant Christmas Market. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Regensburg

Arrive in medieval Regensburg after lunch for a walking tour to see the city's highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Pretoria – gates to a Roman fort built in 179 AD. Then, visit the Old Kornmarkt Christmas market and shop amongst the festive stalls adorned with fir branches. Or, 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. This evening, enjoy a folklore performance on board. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Nuremberg

This morning, enter the Main-Danube Canal and relax during a leisurely cruise through the beautiful Altmuhl Valley. The Main-Danube Canal traverses the Franconian Alps via 16 locks, truly a fascinating feat of modern engineering. After lunch, a short drive through the pastoral countryside brings you to Nuremberg. Enjoy a tour of this historic city with its fabulous Gothic churches and elegant patrician houses. See the 900-year-old ramparts that surround the city, the Imperial Castle and the Justice Palace where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. After your tour, 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 a seemingly endless list of other goodies. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Nuremberg (Disembarkation Day) - Prague, Czech Republic

After breakfast transfer to Prague, where you will arrive in time for lunch. The afternoon is free to explore the "Golden City" on your own. (B)

Day 9: Prague

This morning’s sightseeing reveals why Prague is considered one of Europe’s most attractive cities. Visit the 1,000-year-old Hradcany Castle courtyard, the St. Vitus, and then cross the Charles Bridge to the Old Market Square. The balance of the day is free to wander through the Christmas markets with their tempting assortment of handicrafts, toys, wood carvings, and ornaments. Mix with the locals at Wenceslas Square, or enjoy yourself in one of the charming cafés or restaurants. (B)

Day 10: Depart Prague

Transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. (B)

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for 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 Christmas market cruise.
2017 Departures
Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing twin cabin.
From Prague
Program Start Date
Cruise Embarkation Date (in Nuremberg)
Ship
Category E - Lower Deck aft w/ fixed windows
Category D - Lower Deck w/fixed windows
Category C - Middle Deck aft & Upper Deck aft w/ french balcony
Category BB - Middle Deck fwd & aft w/ twin balconies
Category BA - Upper Deck w/ twin balconies
Category AB - Middle Deck w/ twin balconies
Category AA - Upper Deck w/ twin balconies

Category AA+ Upper Deck w/ twin balconies

Suite - Upper Deck w /twin balconies
Nov 25, 2017
Nov 27, 2017
Amaserena
$3,419
$3,718
$4,318
$4,818
$5,018
$5,218
$5,418
$6,018
$6,618
Nov 27, 2017
Nov 29, 2017
Amastella
$3,419
$3,718
$4,318
$4,818
$5,018
$5,218
$5,418
-
$6,618
Dec 2, 2017
Dec 4, 2017
Amacerto
$3,419
$3,718
$4,318
$4,818
$5,018
$5,218
$5,418
$6,018
$6,618
Dec 4, 2017
Dec 6, 2017
Amaviola
$3,419
$3,718
$4,318
$4,818
$5,018
$5,218
$5,418
$6,018
$6,618
Dec 9, 2017
Dec 11, 2017
Amaserena
$3,419
$3,718
$4,318
$4,818
$5,018
$5,218
$5,418
$6,018
$6,618
Dec 11, 2017
Dec 13, 2017
Amastella
$3,419
$3,718
$4,318
$4,818
$5,018
$5,218
$5,418
-
$6,618
Dec 16, 2017
Dec 18, 2017
Amacerto
$3,419
$3,718
$4,318
$4,818
$5,018
$5,218
$5,418
$6,018
$6,618
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 C - Middle Deck aft & Upper Deck aft w/ french balcony
Category BB - Middle Deck fwd & aft w/ twin balconies
Category BA - Upper Deck w/ twin balconies
Category AB - Middle Deck w/ twin balconies
Category AA - Upper Deck w/ twin balconies
Category AA+ Upper Deck w/ twin balconies
Suite - Upper Deck w /twin balconies
Nov 20, 2017
Nov 20, 2017
Amaserena
$3,319
$3,618
$4,218
$4,718
$4,918
$5,118
$5,318
$5,918
$6,518
Nov 22, 2017
Nov 22, 2017
Amastella
$3,319
$3,618
$4,218
$4,718
$4,918
$5,118
$5,318
-
$6,518
Nov 27, 2017
Nov 27, 2017
Amacerto
$3,419
$3,718
$4,318
$4,818
$5,018
$5,218
$5,418
$6,018
$6,618
Nov 29, 2017
Nov 29, 2017
Amaviola
$3,419
$3,718
$4,318
$4,818
$5,018
$5,218
$5,418
$6,018
$6,618
Dec 4, 2017
Dec 4, 2017
Amaserena
$3,419
$3,718
$4,318
$4,818
$5,018
$5,218
$5,418
$6,018
$6,618
Dec 6, 2017
Dec 6, 2017
Amastella
$3,419
$3,718
$4,318
$4,818
$5,018
$5,218
$5,418
-
$6,618
Dec 11, 2017
Dec 11, 2017
Amacerto
$3,419
$3,718
$4,318
$4,818
$5,018
$5,218
$5,418
$6,018
$6,618
Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
Christmas Markets Notice:  Note: 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.
† Denotes departure offered as Beer Themed Cruise.
Port Charges: Additional $168 per person.
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies for Cruise: +50% of twin, for Suite +100% of twin; Single Supplement for Land: additional $280 per person.
For 8 days Cruise Only (no Prague): Subtract $520 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.
Fine din
Prices Include:
▪ 2 nights hotel in Prague at the InterContinental or Hilton Old Town (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
▪ Transfer from Prague to the ship in Nuremberg
▪ 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom; most with French balconies or revolutionary Twin Balconies
▪ Life enriching tours and excursions daily
▪ Entertainment on demand in 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
▪ Gourmet dining with all meals included during your cruise 
▪ Unlimited red & white wines from Europe's great wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner onboard
▪ Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
▪ Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner 
▪ Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
▪ Bicycles to explore on your own and guided bicycle tours
▪ Services of Professional Cruise Manager
▪ All English Language onboard in a non-smoking Environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
▪ All local Taxes 
 
Prices Do Not Include:
▪ Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers)
▪ Travel Insurance
▪ Port charges
▪ Gratuities
▪ Personal expenses

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