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Christmas Time Cruise with Prague

10 Day Sample Cruise aboard MS Amabella
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Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with a festive European river cruise that kicks off in Prague. After boarding your ship in Nuremberg, your holiday cruise journeys 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, Salzburg, and Vienna, each with its own local flavor and traditions. Conclude your holiday cruise in Budapest.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Prague, Czech Repblic
Day 2 : Exploring Prague
Day 3 : Prague / Nuremberg, Germany / Embark
Day 4 : Nuremberg / Continental Divide
Day 5 : Regensburg
Day 6 : Passau / Linz, Austria
Day 7 : Melk / Vienna
Day 8 : Exploring Vienna
Day 9 : Budapest, Hungary
Day 10 : Disembark / Return Home

Ship

MS Amabella

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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

Day 1 Arrive Prague, Czech Repblic

Arrive in Prague and transfer to your hotel. The day is free to start exploring this beautiful city.

Day 2 Exploring Prague

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning's sightseeing reveals why Prague is considered one of Europe's most attractive cities. Visit the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle courtyard and the St. Vitus, and then cross the Charles Bridge to the Old Town 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 cafes or restaurants. This afternoon, participate in an optional tour to Terezin, the infamous Nazi WWII concentration camp, now serving as a memorial to those who perished. The evening is at your leisure or alternatively, experience an unforgettable optional dinner and folklore event that is a celebration of Czech food, music, dance and world-famous Czech beers.

Day 3 Prague / Nuremberg, Germany / Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
This morning, depart Prague after breakfast and drive through the pastoral countryside to Nuremberg, the capital of Franconia. In Nuremberg, 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. Tonight, gather on board your ship for a Welcome Dinner. The ship will moor overnight in Nuremberg.

Day 4 Nuremberg / Continental Divide

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Christmas Market. Enjoy a complimentary drink of hot mulled Gluhwein in your own 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.

Day 5 Regensburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Regensburg after breakfast and enjoy a guided tour of one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities. Marvel at beautiful churches, the famous towers of the wealthy families, and one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube. Your tour ends with a visit to the Old Kornmarkt Christmas market, where you can shop at festive stalls adorned with fir branches. Alternatively, this afternoon 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.

Day 6 Passau / Linz, Austria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. Walk the cobblestone streets of the Old Town where you will see the city fortifications and St. Stephan's Cathedral, which is home to the largest cathedral organ in the world. Afterwards, take some time to experience the traditional Christmas Markets. Or take an optional full day tour to Salzburg, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the setting for 'The Sound of Music.' 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.

Day 7 Melk / Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 8 Exploring Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, start your excursion with a driving tour of Vienna including the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse, and the awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral, followed by a walking tour of the city center. Afterwards, spend some time enjoying the festivities of the Christmas Markets at the Town Hall. This 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 aroma of Gluhwein and gingerbread. Alternatively, you can stroll along the Karntnerstrasse and stop to sample Vienna's famous pastries.

Day 9 Budapest, Hungary

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 day to explore the Christmas markets. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner. After dinner, your ship will sail a special 'Illuminations Cruise' past the illuminated river front of Budapest.

Day 10 Disembark / Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Your cruise comes to an end as you transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.

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Notes

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:
- 2 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Prague including daily Buffet Breakfast
- Transfer from the Hotel in Prague to the Ship in Nuremberg
- 7 Nights Deluxe Cruise Accommodation in an Outside Stateroom - 82% of the Staterooms have 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

  • 9 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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