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Enjoy two nights in the historical city of Prague, then visit multiple Christmas Markets on the scenic river route from Nuremberg to Vienna, and conclude with two nights in Vienna. Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with a festive journey along the Danube River, enjoying days full of discovery and wonder. 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, Salzburg, and Vienna, each with its own local flavor and traditions. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Prague, Czech Republic
Day 2 : Prague, Czech Republic
Day 3 : Nuremberg, Germany | Embark
Day 4 : Nuremberg, Germany | Continental Divide
Day 5 : Regensburg, Germany
Day 6 : Passau, Germany
Day 7 : Linz, Austria
Day 8 : Melk | Vienna, Austria
Day 9 : Vienna, Austria
Day 10 : Vienna, Austria | Disembark
Day 11 : Vienna, Austria
Day 12 : Depart Vienna, Austria

Highlights

  • Explore Prague, considered one of Europe’s most attractive cities
  • Walk through Passau, a fairy-tale city founded more than 2,000 years ago
  • Visit Melk’s magnificent 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey monastery
  • Enjoy the traditional Schönbrunn and Karlsplatz Christmas Markets in Vienna

Ship

MS Amaserena

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Rooftop image of a Christmas Market Vltava river and Charles bridge in Prague Christmas Market, Prague, festival, holiday Rathaus in Vienna Enjoy a carriage ride at the Christmas Market

Day 1 Arrive in Prague, Czech Republic

Arrive in Prague and check-in to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore this beautiful and historic city.

Day 2 Prague, Czech Republic

Your morning sightseeing tour reveals why Prague is considered one of Europe’s most attractive cities, with a historic city center that is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site. See Rudolfinum, the National Museum, Wenceslas Square, and the Hundertwasser Dancing House. Next, visit the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle and St. Vitus before walking over the romantic Charles Bridge to the Old Market Square. Find the capital’s famous Astronomical Clock, Tyn Church, and the statue of Jan Husek. Have some free time to shop at Prague’s renowned Christmas Market with its tempting assortment of handicrafts, toys, and local delicacies. 

Day 3 Nuremberg, Germany | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Depart Prague after breakfast and drive through the pastoral countryside to Nuremberg. Tonight, gather on board your ship for a Welcome Dinner. The ship moors in Nuremberg overnight. 

Day 4 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 5 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 6 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 fairy-tale 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 7 Linz, Austria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The ship arrives this morning in Linz, where you have a choice of three different excursions. The first option is an excursion to Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace. Take a walking tour of the historic center made famous by the “Sound of Music.” The second option is a walking tour of the second largest city in Austria, and the third option is a guided bike tour that shows you around the Old City Center, along the Danube River, and past the ultra-modern Ars Electronica Center. This afternoon, those that didn’t head for Salzburg before may enjoy a special highlights tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 8 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 9 Vienna, Austria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, have a chance to 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 10 Vienna, Austria | Disembark

Disembark your ship today and transfer to your hotel in Vienna.

Day 11 Vienna, Austria

This morning take a walking tour of Vienna’s hidden treasures that takes you to secret places and sites like Ankeruhr, a whimsical Art Nouveau clock.

Day 12 Depart Vienna, Austria

  • 1 Breakfast
Bid farewell to Vienna as you prepare for your return flight home.

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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
- Land Program
- "2 nights hotel in Prague at the Cosmopolitan Prague (or similar), including daily breakfast"
- Transfer from hotel in Prague to Nuremberg.
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