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Lights brighten the evening at this bustling Christmas Market

Christmas Markets on the Danube - Cruise Only

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After boarding your ship in Nuremberg, cruise through the charming region where so many of today’s most beloved Christmas traditions originated. Experience a number of enchanting Christmas markets in places such as Regensburg and Vienna, each with its own local flavor and traditions. Conclude your holiday cruise in Budapest.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Nuremberg | Embark
Day 2 : Nuremberg | Continental Divide
Day 3 : Regensburg
Day 4 : Passau
Day 5 : Weissenkirchen, Austria | Vienna
Day 6 : Vienna
Day 7 : Budapest, Hungary
Day 8 : Disembark | Budapest

Highlights

  • Enjoy some of Europe's most beloved Christmas markets
  • Explore Germany's churches, homes, and bridges along the Danube
  • Visit Vienna's landmarks and tour the Schonbrunn Palace
  • Experience Budapest's most famous buildings and markets

Ship

MS Amasonata

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Lights brighten the evening at this bustling Christmas Market Take a ride on the ferris wheel or take a stroll through the Christmas Market Enjoy a carriage ride at the Christmas Market Christmas market. Christmas Market at night.

Day 1 Nuremberg | Embark

Board your cruise in Nuremberg. Tonight, gather on board your ship for a Welcome Dinner. The ship moors overnight in Nuremberg.

Day 2 Nuremberg | Continental Divide

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a guided morning tour of historic Nuremberg. Following your tour, you have free time to visit the city’s fabled Christmas Market and enjoy some hot mulled Glühwein – the souvenir mug is yours to keep! After lunch, continue on to the Continental Divide at Hilpoltstein – the river’s highest point at 1,332 feet above sea level – before descending through stair-step locks.

Day 3 Regensburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Regensburg after breakfast and enjoy a guided walking tour of the beautiful churches, the homes of wealthy families, and one of Germany’s oldest bridges across the Danube. Your tour ends with a visit to the Old Kornmarkt Christmas Market, with its festive stalls adorned with fir branches. If you’d like to explore on your own in lieu of a city tour, perhaps you can enjoy visiting the “royal” markets at the Thurn and Taxis Palace, a very traditional handicraft Christmas Market.

Day 4 Passau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You have two choices for how to spend the day. The first is a walking tour of picturesque Passau, known for its fortifications and St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to Europe’s largest pipe organ. Afterwards, take some time to explore the town’s Christmas Market. Or take an optional full-day excursion to Salzburg, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the setting for “The Sound of Music.” You have time to visit Salzburg’s beautiful Christmas Market, renowned for local handicrafts and one-of-a-kind holiday presents. If you prefer to stay on board, enjoy a scenic cruise from Passau to Linz. After arriving this evening, feel free to take a walk through this delightful town or browse the charming Christmas Market. The ship departs around midnight and cruises overnight.

Day 5 Weissenkirchen, Austria | Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today’s guided walking tour takes you to Melk’s magnificent 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest Baroque monasteries. See the famous library that inspired novelist Umberto Eco to write The Name of the Rose. During lunch, the ship cruises through the romantic Wachau Valley en route to Vienna, arriving this evening. Tonight, you may head into town to explore on your own or opt for an Mozart and Strauss concert. The ship moors overnight in Vienna.

Day 6 Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start your morning with a driving tour of Vienna. See the majestic Opera House, the Ringstrasse, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral, followed by a walking tour of the city center. Afterwards, spend some time enjoying the Christmas Market and holiday festivities at the Town Hall. This afternoon, you can join an optional tour to Schonbrunn Palace, which has its own remarkable Christmas Market, or take a stroll along the Kärntnerstrasse and stop to sample Vienna’s famous pastries. The ship departs around dinnertime for Hungary.

Day 7 Budapest, Hungary

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, cruise past the beautiful towns nestled along the Danube Bend en route to Budapest. Your Budapest sightseeing tour takes you to Buda Castle, the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace, and St. Stephen’s Basilica. You have the rest of the day to explore the Christmas Market in the main square. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner, followed by a special “Illuminations Cruise” past Budapest’s glittering riverfront. The ship moors overnight in Budapest.

Day 8 Disembark | Budapest

  • 1 Breakfast
Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight

MS Amasonata

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Amasonata E cabin
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Piano Deck. Fixed Windows, 160 sq. ft.
Amasonata D cabin
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Cat. D
Piano Deck. Fixed Windows, 160 sq. ft.
Amasonata C
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Cat. C
Violin & Cello Deck. French Balcony, 170 sq. ft.
Amasonata BB cabin
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Cello Deck. French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 210 sq. ft
Amasonata BA cabin
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Violin Deck. French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 210 sq. ft.
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Cat AB
Cello Deck. French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 235 sq. ft
Amasonata AA cabin
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Violin Deck. French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 235 sq. ft.
Amasonata AA+ cabin
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Cat. AA+
Violin Deck. French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 250 sq. ft.
Amasonata Suite
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Suite
Violin Deck. French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 350 sq. ft.

Notes

Single supplement is 50%, except for Suites which are 100%.

Please note:
- 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.
- Cruise fares do not include port charges.

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 TVā€ˆstations
- 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

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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