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8 days
Availability : November & December, 2022 & 2023
Nuremberg
Budapest
Tour Details
AmaWaterways Iconic Christmas Markets

Cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest or Reverse

Travel back through centuries as you walk along cobblestone streets through grand cities and historic towns bedecked with twinkling Christmas trees and lined with wooden huts gleaming with handcrafted treasures. Iconic Christmas markets are plentiful and are on full display for your pleasure. Nuremberg’s festive Christkindlesmarkt, the largest and oldest Christmas market in Germany; Regensburg’s Christmas market at Thurn and Taxis Castle, considered one of Bavaria’s most beautiful and romantic; Vienna with its impressive Christmas markets that seem to majestically appear around every corner; and Budapest’s Vörösmarty Square, where products sold in the market are traditionally handmade are yours to explore. Sparkling lights; the festive sounds of children dressed as angels singing carols; enticing smells of hot-mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, sausages and sweet treats of every kind; and timeless wonders are a feast for all your senses.

From $4,293 CAD per person, based on double occupancy

Add 2 nights Budapest pre-cruise, 3 nights Prague post-cruise for $1,926 CAD per person

Add 3 nights Prague pre-cruise for $1,187 CAD per person

Ask us about the NEW Solo Traveller Offer!

Departure Location

Nuremberg/Budapest

End Location

Budapest/Nuremberg

Price Includes

  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Sun deck, pool, fitness room and daily entertainment
  • Main lounge with panoramic views
  • Onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Immersive tours in every destination

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Pre- and Post Cruise Land Packages are Additional

Travel Agent to Contact

  • Deborah Charles
What to Expect
On this cruise, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In many cases, you will have a choice of excursions, such as standard tours, hikes and Special Interest Tours. There are a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.
 
Cruise operates in both directions!
  • Experience Nuremberg’s festive Christkindlesmarkt, the largest and oldest Christmas market in Germany
  • See Bavaria's beautiful and romantic Regensburg’s Christmas market at Thurn and Taxis Castle
  • Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the gorgeous Danube River
  • Explore Vienna's impressive Christmas Markets
Itinerary

Day 1Nuremberg, Germany | Embarkation

Board the ship for your Iconic Christmas Markets cruise. (D)

Day 2Nuremberg

Join a city tour of WWII highlights and then walk through Nuremberg’s cobblestone streets to the Imperial Castle and 900-year-old city ramparts, followed by a visit to some of the local Christmas markets. Later, you can visit Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt, one of the world’s largest and most famous Christmas markets. You will also cross the Continental Divide via the Main-Danube Canal as the day ends. (B,L,D)

Day 3Regensburg

Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join a guided walking tour showcasing the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria, before visiting the Old Town Christmas market. As an alternate option, sample some of Bavaria’s specialties—beer, sausage and pretzels. Or bike to the base of Walhalla where there is a neoclassical white marble temple inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. Later in the day, you’ll be treated to one of Bavaria’s most beautiful and romantic Christmas markets at Thurn and Taxis, where you can watch artisans make their unique arts and crafts. (B,L,D)

Day 4Passau

Join a walking tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen’s. Go in search of Bavarian-style crafts at the Christmas Market. Or, for the active adventurer, join a guided bike tour along the Danube. Alternatively, you can travel through the serene Austrian Alps to Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart. Your full-day excursion in Salzburg includes a walking tour of the UNESCO-designated Old Town, its magnificent cathedral and its Christmas Markets, including the Hellbrunn Palace, where its inner courtyard is turned into a romantic backdrop for one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in Austria. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Melk, Austria - Vienna

High on a rocky outcrop lies the Melk Abbey, one of Europe’s most revered Baroque monasteries. Visit this magnificent Benedictine Abbey, which now houses a museum chronicling its history and a famous library with countless medieval manuscripts. Alternatively, go on a guided bike ride around Melk. Afterward, enjoy a scenic cruise of the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley before arriving in Vienna and exploring the local Christmas markets. (B,L,D)

Day 6 Vienna

The “City of Waltzes” offers a treasure trove of gems just waiting to be discovered. Join a tour showcasing its regal splendors, such as the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna’s historic city center. Afterwards, you’ll visit the Christmas Markets. If you prefer a more active adventure, then join a guided bike along the Danube River. During the afternoon, visit the Schönbrunn Palace with a giant sparkling Christmas tree. This market presents a glittering and stellar Christmas experience. (B,L,D)

Day 7Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is one of Europe’s most regal and storied cities—and many of its most iconic sights can be seen right off the banks of the Danube. Your tour through this sprawling World Heritage city offers splendid views from historic Buda Castle of the twin cities on both banks of the river. You’ll also visit Fisherman’s Bastion and see the marvelous Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Heroes’ Square and much more. Later, explore this beautiful city’s Christmas Markets. As an alternative, you can hike to Castle Hill, walking along Fishermen’s Bastion and take in all the iconic sites of Budapest with an active exploration. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Budapest | Disembarkation

Disembark the ship in Budapest and bid farewell to the city before preparing for your return flight home. (B)

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