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Celebrate the magic of the wonderful winter season with a fascinating luxury river cruise from historic Nuremberg through the beauty and history of the Danube, Europe’s second largest river. Journey from Nuremberg on the Main-Danube Canal across the Continental Divide through many of the Danube’s great cities. Along the way visit charming towns where so many Christmas traditions started and marvel at beautiful vistas of enchanting Bavaria and the charming Wachau Valley. On select dates shop at Christmas markets or celebrate the holiday season with the locals.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Nuremberg / Embark
Day 2 : Nuremberg / Continental Divide / Dietfurt
Day 3 : Regensburg
Day 4 : Passau / Salzburg, Austria
Day 5 : Melk / Vienna
Day 6 : Exploring Vienna
Day 7 : Budapest, Hungary
Day 8 : Disembark / Return Home

Ship

MS Amacerto

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Take a ride on the ferris wheel or take a stroll through the Christmas Market Enjoy a carriage ride at the Christmas Market Gorgeous evening view Lights brighten the evening at this bustling Christmas Market Enjoy this beautiful basilica while traveling through Europe

Day 1 Arrive Nuremberg / Embark

Arrive in Nuremberg and embark on your ship. Tonight, gather on board your ship for a Welcome Dinner. The ship will moor overnight in Nuremberg. (D)

Day 2 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, 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. At lunchtime rejoin the ship further along the Main-Danube Canal and continue to the highest point of your cruise - 1,332 feet above sea level - before descending through stair-step locks to stop in the Bavarian town of Dietfurt. (B,L,D)

Day 3 Regensburg

Arrive in medieval Regensburg. A tour will show you the city's highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Pretoria - gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Then, visit the Old Kornmarkt Christmas market and shop at festive stalls adorned with fir branches. Or you can decide to visit the "royal" Christmas markets at the Thurn and Taxis Palace, a very traditional handicraft Christmas market, with craftsmen making the goods in front of you. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Passau / Salzburg, Austria

After breakfast, arrive in picturesque Passau, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. During your walking tour, gaze at this fairytale city founded more than 2,000 years ago. Or take an optional full day tour to Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and location of the Sound of Music. See the major sights including a visit to 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 5 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 the Christmas market, or come along for an optional Mozart and Strauss concert. (B,L,D)

Day 6 Exploring 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 7 Budapest, Hungary

This morning, cruise around the Danube Bend past beautiful towns nestled on the curve of the river bank, arriving in Budapest in time for lunch on board. Your Budapest sightseeing includes Buda and Pest. From historic Buda Castle, 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, St. Stephen's Basilica, and much more. 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 8 Disembark / Return Home

Your special holiday river cruise comes to an end as you transfer to the airport for your homebound flight. Extra nights are available if you wish to extend your stay in Budapest. (B)

MS Amacerto

Per person starting at
$2,799
Cabins Category D and E
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Cat E
Piano Deck, Fixed Window. 148 sq.ft.
Cabins Category D and E
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Cat D
Piano Deck, Fixed Windows. 148 sq.ft.
Cabin Category C
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Cat C
Violin & Cello Deck, French Balcony. 170 sq.ft.
Cabin Category BA and BB
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Cat BB
Cello Deck, French & Outside Balcony. 210 sq.ft.
Cabin Category BA and BB
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Cat BA
Violin Deck. French & Outside Balcony. 210 sq.ft.
Cabin Category AB and AA
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Cat AB
Cello Deck. French & Outside Balcony. 235 sq.ft.
Cabins AB and AA
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Cat AA
Violin Deck. French & Outside Balcony. 235 sq.ft.
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Cat AA+
Violin Deck. French & Outside Balcony. 290 sq.ft.
Cabin Category Suite
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Suite
Violin Deck. French & Outside Balcony. 350 sq.ft.

Notes

Please note:
- Most Christmas markets begin opening as early s Nov. 25 and remain open until approximately Dec. 21. Check with each country's tourist office for more information.
- Cruise fares do not include port charges, please add $147 per person.

Included Features:
- 7 Nights Deluxe Cruise Accommodation in an Outside Stateroom - 82% of the Staterooms with large French Balconies (Twin Balconies on select vessels)
- Daily Sightseeing Program as outlined in the Itinerary
- Infotainment System in all Staterooms with Free Internet, Hit Movies, Music Library and English Language TV Stations
- Terry Bathrobes and White-on-white plush Bedding in all Staterooms
- Superb Dining with all Meals included during your Cruise
- Multiple Dining Venues on select vessels
- Free-flowing Red & White Wines from Europe's great Wine Regions, beer and soft drinks with every Dinner on board the Ship
- 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
- Use of Bicycles to explore on your own
- Services of Professional Cruise Manager
- All English Language on board in a non-smoking Environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
- All local Taxes
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