Christmas Markets On The Danube (Budapest to Prague) 2019

Christmas Markets On The Danube (Budapest to Prague) 2019

Operator: AmaWaterways
Ship: AmaLea
Starts: Budapest, Hungary on Wed, Dec 18, 2019
Ends: Prague, Czech Republic on Mon, Dec 30, 2019


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Countries Visited

Austria, Czech, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia

Rivers Visited


River Cruise Itinerary

2 nights Budapest, 7-night cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen and 3 nights in Prague (or reverse)

Day 1 (Wed, Dec 18, 2019):

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY. Arrive in Budapest and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 (Thu, Dec 19, 2019):

BUDAPEST. Budapest is one of Europe'''s mostregal and storied cities'''and many of its most iconicsights can be seen right off the banks of the Danube.Today'''s tour takes you to another side of Budapest tothe Jewish Quarter, where there are some real treasures.The Great Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Europeand the second largest in the world, located on Doh''nyStreet, represents the beating heart of this quarter. Otherprominent attractions include the Holocaust Memorial, aweeping willow tree with the names of Hungarian victimsduring the Holocaust; and the Shoes on the Danube, amemorial to the Budapest Jewish community. (B)

Day 3 (Fri, Dec 20, 2019):

BUDAPEST ''' EMBARKATION. Check out of yourhotel to board your ship. During the evening, be treatedto an Illuminations cruise around Budapest'''s famedParliament building. (B,D)

Day 4 (Sat, Dec 21, 2019):

BUDAPEST. Home to several UNESCO WorldHeritage Sites, including the Buda Castle quarter in CastleHill and Heroes''' Square, Budapest offers an unmatchedcombination of culture and tradition. Your city tour beginswith a visit to the vibrant Great Market Hall. The remainderof this tour takes you to both the Buda (hilly) and the Pest(flat) sides of the river. Afterwards, you'''ll visit V''r''smartySquare, the oldest, richest and the most spectacular of allthe Christmas markets in Budapest. (B,L,D)

Day 5 (Sun, Dec 22, 2019):

BRATISLAVA - VIENNA. Host to the crowning ceremonies of 11 Hungarian kingsand queens between 1536 and 1830, Bratislava certainlyhas earned the title '''Coronation City of Kings,''' as you'''lldiscover during your walking tour. You'''ll also have anopportunity to visit Bratislava'''s charming Christmas Market.Or join a special '''Tastes of Slovakia''' tour. For a moreactive adventure, hike up to Bratislava Castle, offeringmagnificent views of the city. Tonight, explore Vienna'''ssplendid Rathaus (Town Hall) Christmas Market. (B,L,D)

Day 6 (Mon, Dec 23, 2019):

VIENNA. The '''City of Waltzes''' offers a treasuretrove of gems just waiting to be discovered. Join a tourshowcasing its regal splendors, such as the majesticOpera House and the former Imperial Palace of theHabsburgs, before concluding in Vienna'''s historic city center. If you prefer a more active adventure, then join aguided bike ride along the Danube. During the afternoon,visit the market at Sch''nbrunn Palace with a giant sparklingChristmas tree. Cap the day off with '''Vienna by Night'''Christmas Markets at the beautifully decorated MariaTheresaplatz Christmas Market, set amongst the worldrenownedsights of Vienna'''s majestic Ringstrasse, and at theilluminated Rathaus, Vienna'''s largest Christmas Market. (B,L,D)

Day 7 (Tue, Dec 24, 2019):

WEISSENKIRCHEN ''' WACHAU VALLEY ''' MELK. After reaching Weissenkirchen, you'''ll have a choice ofexcursions. Join a walking tour in D''rnstein and then avisit to a local boutique where you'''ll enjoy a tasting ofspecial apricot treats. Prefer more active adventures?Join a guided bike tour from Weissenkirchen to Melk.For those not biking to Melk, you'''ll sail through theUNESCO-designated Wachau Valley to Melk. Once inMelk, you'''ll visit its magnificent Benedictine Abbey. (B,L,D)

Day 8 (Wed, Dec 25, 2019):

LINZ. Linz is known for being the city of Christmascr''ches and its ever-popular Linzer torte. While here, youhave a choice of three excursions. The first is a full-dayvisit to Salzburg where you'''ll enjoy a walking tour of theUNESCO-designated Old Town, its magnificent cathedraland its Christmas Markets, including the Hellbrunn Palace,where its inner courtyard is turned into a romanticbackdrop for one of the most beautiful Christmas Marketsin Austria. Alternatively, you can choose a morning walkingtour through Linz'''s old city center and by the Mozart House,where he composed the Linz Symphony in only three days,as well as visit Linz'''s Christmas Markets. Or you can go ona guided bike tour through Linz and along the city'''s famed'''Culture Mile''' and the Danube. During the afternoon,you can join a half-day excursion to Salzburg or visit thecharming mountain town, ''esk'' Krumlov, located justover the Czech-Austrian border. (B,L,D)

Day 9 (Thu, Dec 26, 2019):

PASSAU. During the season of Advent, beautifulPassau dresses in her Bavarian holiday splendor, which youwill discover on your walking tour through the city and atits Christmas Market at St. Stephen'''s Square'''also hometo its magnificent cathedral. Go in search of unique crafts,including Bavarian-style houses and glass ornaments. Ifyou prefer a more active adventure, join a guided bike ridealong the Danube. Later, sail for Vilshofen, where you'''ll betreated to an exclusive Oktoberfest celebration. (B,L,D)

Day 10 (Fri, Dec 27, 2019):

VILSHOFEN ''' DISEMBARKATION ''' REGENSBURG ''' PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC. Depart theship and drive through the countryside to Regensburg,one of Germany'''s best preserved medieval cities, whichyou'''ll discover on a guided walking tour showcasing thecity'''s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Halland the Porta Praetoria. After touring Regensburg, enjoy avisit to Old Town'''s Christmas Market. Later continue yourjourney on to Prague and check into your hotel. (B)

Day 11 (Sat, Dec 28, 2019):

PRAGUE. Discover Prague with a choice of a city tour or a castle hike. Both will reveal why Prague is considered one of Europe'''s most attractive cities, with a historic city center that'''s recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See all the key highlights, including the National Museum, Wenceslas Square, the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle and Old Market Square, where you will find the famous Astronomical Clock. You will then have free time to explore Prague'''s renowned Christmas Markets in the Old Town Square. (B)

Day 12 (Sun, Dec 29, 2019):

PRAGUE. Beer has a long and illustrious history in the Czech Republic with the first brewery known to have existed in 993. Pilsner Urquell was created in 1842, being the first pilsner ever made, whilst Budweiser came into being in the city of Budweis. Beer is a core part of the country'''s national identity, so much so the Czechs are the biggest consumers of beer in the world. The country is home to more than 100 breweries with a combination of big names and micro establishments offering a huge range of styles, so join a Czech beer tasting and discover for yourself what makes the Czech'''s beer some of the very best in the world. (B)

Day 13 (Mon, Dec 30, 2019):

DEPART PRAGUE. Bid farewell to Prague and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

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  • 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
  • Wellness Program with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
  • Fitness room
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • 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 Cha''ne des R''tisseurs 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
  • Local Flavors tours
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways
  • Land Program
  • 2 nights hotel in Budapest at the Sofitel BudapestChain Bridge (or similar), including tour and dailybreakfast
  • Transfer from ship in Vilshofen via Regensburgwith walking tour and Christmas Market and thento Prague
  • 3 nights hotel in Prague at the Old Town Hilton(or similar), including city tour, Christmas Markets,Czech beer tasting and daily breakfast

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Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

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