Christmas Markets on the Danube Cruise (Budapest to Prague) 2020
Christmas Markets on the Danube Cruise (Budapest to Prague) 2020
Starts: Budapest, Hungary on Wed, Dec 16, 2020
Ends: Prague, Czech Republic on Mon, Dec 28, 2020
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River Cruise Itinerary
2 nights Budapest, 7-night cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen and 3 nights in Prague (or reverse)
Day 1 (Wed, Dec 16, 2020):BUDAPEST, HUNGARY. Arrive in Budapest and transfer to your hotel.
Day 2 (Thu, Dec 17, 2020):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 18, 2020):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 19, 2020):BUDAPEST. Home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Buda Castlequarter in Castle Hill and Heroes''' Square, Budapest offers an unmatched combination of culture and tradition.Your city tour begins with a visit to the vibrant Great Market Hall. The remainder of this tour takes you to both theBuda (hilly) and the Pest (flat) sides of the river. Afterwards, you'''ll visit Vorosmarty Square, the oldest, richestand the most spectacular of all the Christmas markets in Budapest. 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 5 (Sun, Dec 20, 2020):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 21, 2020):VIENNA. The '''City of Waltzes''' offers a treasure trove of gems just waiting to be discovered. Join a tourshowcasing its regal splendors, such as the majestic Opera 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 through Vienna. During the afternoon, visit the market at Sch''nbrunn Palace with a giant sparkling Christmas tree. Cap the day off with '''Vienna by Night''' Christmas markets at the beautifully decorated Maria Theresaplatz Christmas market, set amongst the world-renowned sights of Vienna'''s majestic Ringstrasse, and at the illuminated Rathaus, Vienna'''s largest Christmas market. (B,L,D)
Day 7 (Tue, Dec 22, 2020):WEISSENKIRCHEN ''' WACHAU VALLEY ''' MELK. After reaching Weissenkirchen, you'''ll have achoice of excursions. Join a walking tour in D''rnstein and then a visit to a local boutique where you'''ll enjoy atasting of special apricot treats. Prefer more active adventures? Join a guided bike tour from Weissenkirchen toMelk. For those not biking to Melk, you'''ll sail through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley to Melk. Once inMelk, you'''ll visit its magnificent Benedictine Abbey. (B,L,D)
Day 8 (Wed, Dec 23, 2020):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. (B,L,D)
Day 9 (Thu, Dec 24, 2020):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 25, 2020):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 26, 2020):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 27, 2020):PRAGUE. Enjoy uninterrupted time to explore Prague and its many museums and landmarks at your leisure. Visit such sites as St. Vitus Cathedral, the Gothic resting place of numerous saints, or the Franz Kafka Museum, which houses first editions of several of the prolific author'''s works. You may also see the historic fort Vy''ehrad, explore the natural science and history collections at the N''rodn'' Museum or travel back through Jewish history at the Holocaust memorial in the former ghetto at Josefov. (B)
Day 13 (Mon, Dec 28, 2020):DEPART PRAGUE. Bid farewell to Prague and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
- SPACIOUS STATEROOMS
- 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
- AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
- Wellness Activities 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
- AWARD-WINNING DINING
- 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
- A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
- 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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We were very well pleased with AmaWaterways, so much so that we made a deposit on a future trip with them. The ship was beautifully decorated for the Christmas market cruise. The tour manager and the ship's crew were highly professional and friendly. There were daily activities both off and on the ship to keep us entertained. The food and drink were wonderful. The itinerary was exactly as described.
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