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Iconic Christmas Markets

2 Nights Budapest pre-cruise, 7-Night Cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest and 3 Nights Prague post cruise

Amawaterways Christmas Time Cruise

Christmas Time Cruise Map

Prague to Budapest - 11 days

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Budapest to Prague - 13 days

For further assistance call 1-800-526-8539

Ship - Amaviola, Amalea, Amaserena, Amasonata

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Detailed Itinerary: Prague to Budapest

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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

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 see Rudolfinum, the National Museum, Wenceslas Square and the Dancing House, as well as 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 will then 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 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 - Nuremberg (Embarkation Day)

Depart from Prague via motorcoach. En route, you’ll enjoy some time exploring one of Nuremberg’s colorful Christmas Markets before boarding your luxury ship. (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. Later, you can visit Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt (Christmas Market), one of the world’s largest and most famous Christmas Markets. Stroll along as the aroma of mulled wine and gingerbread fill the air and browse through over 100 red and white canvas-topped booths offering an assortment of unique treasures, toys and seasonal goodies. En route to Regensburg, you’ll cruise through the manmade marvel, the Main-Danube Canal. (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 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. As an alternate option, sample some of Bavaria’s specialties—beer, sausage and pretzels. Or bike to Walhalla where you will see the neo- Classical white marble temple inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. (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. 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 Christmas Market, which is a feast for the senses. For the active adventurer, join a guided bike tour along the Danube. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Melk, Austria - Vienna

Cruise to Melk, known for its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s largest and most revered 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 along the Danube and through the scenic the Wachau Valley. (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 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. (B,L,D)

Day 11: 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

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 inscribed on each leaf; 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 as the city virtually glitters at night. (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 and the most spectacular of all the Christmas Markets in Budapest. (B,L,D)

Day 5: 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 to Klosterneuburg Abbey. During the afternoon, visit the Schönbrunn Palace with a giant sparkling Christmas tree. This market presents a glittering and stellar Christmas experience. 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 6: Melk

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. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Passau, Germany

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. 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. For the active adventurer, join a guided bike tour along the Danube. (B,L,D)

Day 8: 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 9: Nuremberg

Enjoy a scenic morning cruise as the ship crosses the Continental Divide via the Main- Danube Canal to 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. Alternatively, you can taste your way through the city with a Franconian specialties tour, which introduces you to bratwurst, rotbier (red beer) and lebkuchen (gingerbread). Later, you can visit Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt, one of the world’s largest and most famous Christmas Markets. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Nuremberg (Disembarkation Day) - Prague, Czech Republic

Disembark the ship and board a motorcoach to Prague. En route, you’ll enjoy some more time exploring another one of Nuremberg’s colorful Christmas Markets. Later you will take a scenic drive through the Bohemian countryside as you transfer to Prague, and check into your hotel. (B)

Day 11: 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 see Rudolfinum, the National Museum and Wenceslas Square, as well as 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 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 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 Czech beer some of the very best in the world. (B)

Day 13: 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.
  • The 2 nights in Budpest pre-cruise is offered only in 2019. In 2020 all departures will only include Prague.
2019 and 2020 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 CB - Upper Deck aft w/ french balcony
Category CA - 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 21, 2019
Nov 24, 2019
Amaviola
$3,939
$4,238
$4,538
$4,838
$5,338
$5,538
$5,738
$5,938
$6,538
$7,238
Nov 26, 2019
Nov 29, 2019
Amalea
$3,939
$4,238
$4,538
$4,838
$5,338
$5,538
$5,738
$5,938
$6,538
$7,238
Dec 5, 2019
Dec 8, 2019
Amaviola
$3,939
$4,238
$4,538
$4,838
$5,338
$5,538
$5,738
$5,938
$6,538
$7,238
Dec 10, 2019
Dec 13, 2019
Amalea
$3,939
$4,238
$4,538
$4,838
$5,338
$5,538
$5,738
$5,938
$6,538
$7,238
Dec 17, 2019
Dec 20, 2019
Amasonata
$3,939
$4,238
$4,538
$4,838
$5,338
$5,538
$5,738
$5,938
$6,538
$7,238
Nov 19, 2020
Nov 22, 2020
Amaprima
$3,969
$4,268
$4,968
-
$5,468
$5,668
$5,868
$6,068
$6,668
$7,368
Nov 20, 2020
Nov 23, 2020
Amaviola
$3,969
$4,268
$4,668
$4,968
$5,468
$5,668
$5,868
$6,068
$6,668
$7,368
Dec 3, 2020
Dec 6, 2020
Amacerto
$4,169
$4,468
-
$5,168
$5,668
$5,868
$6,068
$6,268
$6,868
$7,568
Dec 4, 2020
Dec 7, 2020
Amaviola
$4,169
$4,468
$4,868
$5,168
$5,668
$5,868
$6,068
$6,268
$6,868
$7,568
Dec 17, 2020
Dec 20, 2020
Amacerto
4,169
$4,468
-
$5,168
$5,668
$5,868
$6,068
$6,268
$6,868
$7,568
Dec 18, 2020
Dec 21, 2020
Amaviola
$4,169
$4,468
$4,868
$5,168
$5,668
$5,868
$6,068
$6,268
$6,868
$7,568
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 CA - 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, 2019
Nov 22, 2019
Amalea
$4,359
$4,658
$4,958
$5,258
$5,758
$5,958
$6,158
$6,358
$6,958
$7,658
Nov 27, 2019
Nov 29, 2019
Amasonata
$4,459
$4,758
$5,058
$5,358
$5,858
$6,058
$6,258
$6,458
$7,058
$7,758
Nov 29, 2019
Dec 1, 2019
Amaviola
$4,459
$4,758
$5,058
$5,358
$5,858
$6,058
$6,258
$6,458
$7,058
$7,758
Dec 4, 2019
Dec 6, 2019
Amalea
$4,459
$4,758
$5,058
$5,358
$5,858
$6,058
$6,258
$6,458
$7,058
$7,758
Nov 26, 2020
Nov 28, 2020
Amalea
$4,589
$4,888
$5,288
$5,588
$6,088
$6,288
$6,488
$6,688
-
$7,988
Nov 27, 2020
Nov 29, 2020
Amacerto
$4,589
$4,888
-
$5,588
$6,088
$6,288
$6,488
$6,688
$7,288
$7,988
Nov 28, 2020
Nov 30, 2020
Amaviola
$4,689
$4,988
$5,388
$5,688
$6,188
$6,388
$6,588
$6,788
-
$8,088
Dec 11, 2020
Dec 13, 2020
Amacerto
$4,689
$4,988
-
$5,688
$6,188
$6,388
$6,588
$6,788
$7,388
$8,088
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.
† Modified Itinerary: AmaViola embarking December 8 sails from Budapest to Vilshofen.
Port Charges: Additional $182 per person (2019 departures); Additional $189 per person (2020 departures)
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies for Cruise: +50% of twin, for Suite +100% of twin; Single Supplement for Land: Please call for pricing,

For 8 days Cruise Only Budapest to Nuremberg/or reverse (no Prague and Budpest land extension):

2019 Departures: Subtract $840 from above per person rates for departures starting from Prague; Subtract $1,360 from above per person rates(for departures starting from Budapest.

2020 Departures: Subtract $870 from above per person rates for departures starting from Prague; Subtract $1,390 form above per person rates for departures starting from Budpest.

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.
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Prices Include:
▪ 2 nights hotel in Budapest at the Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge (or similar), including tour and daily breakfast
▪ 3 nights hotel in Prague at the InterContinental or Hilton Old Town (or similar), including city tour, Christmas Markets, Czech beer tasting and daily breakfast
▪ Transfer from Prague to the ship in Nuremberg with Christmas Market visit enroute
▪ 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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