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Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with a festive 8-day European journey. After boarding the MS Amaserena 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
  • Admire Germany's churches, homes, and bridges along the Danube
  • Visit Vienna's landmarks and tour the Schonbrunn Palace
  • Tour Budapest's most famous buildings and markets

Ship

MS Amaserena

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Enjoy a carriage ride at the Christmas Market Lights brighten the evening at this bustling Christmas Market Take a ride on the ferris wheel or take a stroll through 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, 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 the city tour, 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.” 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 a 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.

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Included Features:
- 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
- Fine 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 & 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 lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music
- Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours
- Services of professional Cruise Manager
- All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
- Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from AmaWaterways
- All local taxes

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  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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