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Join the MS Amaserena on a unique 7-day adventure visiting multiple Christmas Markets on the scenic river route from the historic city of Nuremberg to the one and only Vienna. Delight yourself with the perfect combination of pageantry and timeless traditions at the magical Christmas markets. Be spellbound by the medieval atmosphere of Nuremberg and Regensburg’s Christmas Markets, while savoring a cup of hot mulled wine. Let the hills come alive with the sound of Christmas carolers while in Salzburg and embrace all the glory of glamorous Vienna on this enchanting journey.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Nuremberg, Germany | Embark
Day 2 : Nuremberg, Germany | Continental Divide
Day 3 : Regensburg, Germany
Day 4 : Passau, Germany
Day 5 : Melk | Vienna, Austria
Day 6 : Vienna, Austria
Day 7 : Vienna, Austria | Disembark

Highlights

  • Have some free time to visit the Nuremberg's fabled Christmas Markets
  • Enjoy a visit to the exclusive “royal” markets at the Thurn and Taxis Palace
  • Take a walking tour of picturesque Passau, a fairytale city
  • Savor the Baroque elegance of romantic Vienna in a panoramic tour

Ship

MS Amaserena

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 Visit charming Passau Christmas Market at night. Melk Abbey, Lower Austria Evening in Vienna, Austria

Day 1 Nuremberg, Germany | 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, Germany | Continental Divide

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a guided morning tour of this historic city with its fabulous Gothic churches, 900-year-old city ramparts, the house of artist Albrecht Dürer, Imperial Castle, and the Justice Palace courtroom where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. Following your tour, have some free time to visit the city’s fabled Christmas Market and enjoy some hot mulled Glühwein – the souvenir mug is yours to keep! 

Day 3 Regensburg, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Regensburg after breakfast and enjoy a guided walking tour of this exquisitely preserved medieval city. Marvel at 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 a Christmas Market, with its festive stalls adorned with fir branches. This evening, enjoy a visit to the exclusive “royal” markets at the Thurn and Taxis Palace, a very traditional handicraft Christmas Market where you can watch craftsmen at work. 

Day 4 Passau, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, you have two choices for how to spend the day. The first is a walking tour of picturesque Passau, a fairytale city founded more than 2,000 years ago, known for its fortifications and town squares like Rathaus, Domplatz, Residenzplatz, as well as St. Stephen’s Cathedral, home to Europe’s largest pipe organ. Afterwards, take some time to explore the town’s Christmas Market. Guests looking for a more active morning may instead join a guided bike tour from Passau to Erlau. 

Day 5 Melk | Vienna, Austria

  • 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. Observe the famous library that inspired novelist Umberto Eco to write The Name of the Rose. You may also opt for a guided bike tour along the scenic Danube instead. Later, the ship cruises through the romantic Wachau Valley en route to Vienna, the “City of Music,” arriving this evening. The ship moors overnight in Vienna. 

Day 6 Vienna, Austria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, savor the Baroque elegance of romantic Vienna through your choice of one of two different excursions. The first option is a panoramic tour of Vienna that guides you past the majestic Opera House, the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburg Emperors, Parliament, Town Hall and Vienna University. Afterwards, visit Vienna’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Graben, and the world famous Spanish Riding School, as well as the Rathausplatz Christmas market. The second option is an Alte Donau guided bike tour. This afternoon, visit the Schönbrunn and Karlsplatz Christmas Markets, and this evening the festivities continue with visits to both the Maria Theresienplatz and Rathaus Christkindlmarkt markets. 

Day 7 Vienna, Austria | Disembark

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

MS Amaserena

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Violin deck, French Balcony & Outside Balcony

Notes

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

Included Features:
- 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
- Computer for internet access
- Entertainment on Demand system featuring, movies, TV shows, news and music
- Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
- Bottled water replenished daily
- Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
- Internet and Wi-Fi access
- Daily entertainment including cultural performances
- All onboard dining in a variety of venues
- Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
- The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
- Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
- La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
- Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
- Sip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
- Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
- Immersive tours in every destination
- Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
- Bike tours and hikes
- Limited Edition Tours
- Knowledgeable guides
- Personal headset for easy exploration
- Airport transfers with purchase of air from the expedition company.

Included

  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
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