Christmas on the Danube Cruise

Mary Curry
Christmas Market at night.
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Take a ride on the ferris wheel or take a stroll through the Christmas Market
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Saint Stephens Cathedral in Vienna
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Lights brighten the evening at this bustling Christmas Market
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Parliament Building
Common room on the Amabella.
Stay in a luxurious suite while touring Eastern Europe aboard the AmaBella.
Spend an unforgettable Christmas sailing the Danube River on this 11-day Europe cruise and land tour. The Danube has captivated musicians, artists and poets throughout the centuries, and now delights travelers with romantic destinations and historical treasures. Enjoy a land extension in Prague before boarding for a 7-night cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest.

Day 1


    Arrive in the enchanting city of Prague and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of your day is yours to explore the city at your leisure.

    Day 2

    • Breakfast


    Take a morning sightseeing tour to the historic city center of Prague. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city before visiting the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle, then walk over Charles Bridge to the Old Town Square. The remainder of the day is yours to explore at your leisure - a special highlight comes in the form of visiting the colorful Christmas Markets - offering tempting array of handicrafts, toys, wood carvings and ornaments. In the evening, enjoy an optional "Folklore Dinner" and learn about Czech music, dance and cultural traditions.

    Day 3

    • Breakfast


    Spend the day at your leisure or take an optional excursion to Terezin, an infamous WWII concentration camp which is now a memorial. Or, should you rather, choose an optional excursion to Lobkowicz Palace.

    Day 4

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Dinner

    Prague / Regensburg / Vilshofen

    Depart Prague in the morning and stop in Regensburg for a guided walking tour. After lunch on your own, continue to the charming 200-year-old Bavarian town of Vilshofen to embark the AmaBella. Remain in town to celebrate Oktoberfest and enjoy traditional beers, Bavarian folk music, song, and dance. Return to the ship in the evening and set sail.

    Day 5

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Vilshofen / Passau

    Spend a free morning exploring Vilshofen's beautiful old town before cruising to Passau. Arrive in the afternoon and take a walking tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, cobblestoned streets, and St. Stephan’s Cathedral.

    Day 6

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Linz, Austria

    Arrive in Linz in the early morning, the second largest city in Austria. Take a walking tour along the Landstrasse to the city’s Main Square to see St. Mary’s Cathedral, the Marian Column, the Landes Theatre and St. Martin’s Church. Return to the ship for brunch.

    In the afternoon, pick one of three different excursions. Your first option is a visit to the scenic "Salzkammergut" region, the Austrian Lake District. Your second option is to join an excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov. This is a wonderfully preserved medieval town, nestled in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border. Your third option is an excursion to Salzburg. Take a walking tour of the historic center which is famous as the setting for the "Sound of Music". Enjoy some free time on your own before returning to the ship.

    Day 7

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Melk - Krems

    Cruise through the narrow Strudengau morning en route to Melk. Upon arrival, a guided tour takes you through Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest and most famous monastic sites, home to religious relics and a library filled with medieval manuscripts. Continue cruising the beautiful Wachau Valley to Krems. From Krems, transfer to Dürnstein and enjoy a walking tour of the town’s medieval streets. In the evening, enjoy a wine tasting at a local winery.

    Day 8

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    Arrive in Vienna. Take a morning city tour of the city to view the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse, and the historic St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Spend the afternoon exploring the city at your leisure, or take an optional excursion to the Schönbrunn Palace. In the evening, enjoy an optional Mozart and Strauss concert in the "Music Capital of the World." The ship moors in Vienna overnight.

    Day 9

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Bratislava, Slovakia

    Spend the morning afloat as you cruise to Bratislava. Upon arrival, take a walking tour to visit the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace, and Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral.

    Day 10

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Budapest, Hungary

    Arrive in Budapest in the morning and take a sightseeing tour to the historic Buda Castle, offering splendid views of the river and the twin cities of Buda and Pest. Also visit the Fisherman's Bastion, Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica and Heroes’ Square. After dinner, take a special "Illuminations Cruise" past the glittering riverfront of Budapest.

    Day 11

    • Breakfast


    Enjoy one last breakfast on board before disembarking the ship. Transfer to the airport for your independent continued journeys.

    *3 nights hotel in Prague at the Old Town Hilton (or similar), including daily Buffet Breakfast
    *Transfer from Prague to the ship in Vilshofen
    *Enriching tours and daily excursions
    *State-of-the-art Infotainment System featuring free high-speed Internet access
    *Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
    *Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
    *Gourmet dining with all meals included on the ship
    *Multiple dining venues on select vessels
    *Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe's great wine regions
    *Beer & soft drinks with every dinner on board
    *Bottled water in every stateroom
    *Cocktail Reception
    *Welcome Dinner
    *Captain's Gala Dinner
    *Lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music
    *Bicycles for days spend in port
    *All transfers with the purchase of cruise & air package
    *All local taxes