2021 : Magical Christmas Markets : 7-Night Cruise with 3-Nights Pre-Cruise, 2 Nights Post-Cruise : Prague to Vienna : ms AmaSonata
Magical Christmas Markets
CRUISE FROM : Nuremberg to ViennaThroughout this dreamlike journey, an overflowing of good tidings and magical Christmas markets come alive. A winter wonderland awaits at Prague's Christmas markets brightly decorated with wooden huts stocked with handicrafts and delicious scents flavoring the air. Be spellbound by the medieval atmosphere of Nuremberg's main Christmas market, and sample its renowned gingerbread. Stroll through Regensburg's romantic Christmas market at the Thurn and Taxis Castle, savoring fresh dumplings with vanilla sauce. Get caught up in the magic of Salzburg's Christmas markets at both Hellbrunn Palace and at Christkindlmarkt, located at the foot of the Hohensalzburg Fortress and around the venerable cathedral, which is a feast for the senses, from the warm aroma of mulled wine and Austrian pastry delights, to the sights and sounds of holiday performances, to the colors and textures of traditional handcrafts. And while in Vienna, visit enchanting Christmas markets from the regal Schonbrunn Palace to Vienna's charming Maria Theresa markets.
COUNTRIES: Austria, Germany
Magical Christmas Markets
At A GlanceThroughout this dreamlike journey, an overflowing of good tidings and magical Christmas Markets come alive. A winter wonderland awaits at Prague's Christmas Markets brightly decorated with wooden huts stocked with handicrafts and delicious scents flavoring the air. Be spellbound by the medieval atmosphere of Nuremberg's main Christmas Market, and sample its renowned gingerbread. Stroll through Regensburg's romantic Christmas Market at the Thurn and Taxis Castle, savoring fresh dumplings with vanilla sauce. Get caught up in the magic of Salzburg's Christmas Markets at both Hellbrunn Palace and at Christkindlmarkt, located at the foot of the Hohensalzburg Fortress and around the venerable cathedral, which is a feast for the senses, from the warm aroma of mulled wine and Austrian pastry delights, to the sights and sounds of holiday performances, to the colors and textures of traditional handcrafts. And while in Vienna, visit four of the city's most enchanting Christmas Markets from the regal Schonbrunn Palace to Vienna's largest, Rathaus Christmas Markets, with its carousel rides and light-bedecked trees and pavilions.
AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
Day 1 : ARRIVE IN PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Arrive in Prague and check-in to your hotel.
Day 2 : PRAGUE
The fairytale city of Prague always enchants, but it really sparkles even more during the holiday season. See all the key highlights on a walking tour, including the National Museum and 1,000-year-old Prague Castle. Or get more active with a hike to the castle. You will then have free time to explore Prague's renowned Christmas Market in the Old Town Square. (B)
Day 3 : PRAGUE
Beer has a long and illustrious history in the Czech Republic with the first brewery established in 993. Beer is a core part of the country's national identity, so join a Czech beer tasting and discover for yourself what makes Czech beer some of the very best in the world. (B)
Day 4 : PRAGUE - NUREMBERG, GERMANY - EMBARKATION
Drive through the pastoral countryside to Nuremberg where you'll have free time for lunch along with a visit to one of the town's Christmas Markets before boarding your cruise ship. (B)
Day 5 : NUREMBERG
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. Visit Nuremberg's Christkindlesmarkt, one of the world's largest and most famous Christmas Markets. Later in the day, cruise through the Main-Danube Canal. (B,L,D)
Day 6 : REGENSBURG
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 you will see the 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 craftsmen make their unique arts and crafts. (B,L,D)
Day 7 : PASSAU
Picturesque Passau, a fairytale city founded more than 2,000 years ago, is noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture. During the season of Advent, the city dresses in her Bavarian holiday splendor, which you will discover on your walking tour through the city and at its Christmas Market at St. Stephen's Square-also home to its stunning cathedral. Go in search of unique crafts, including Bavarian-style houses and glass ornaments. If you prefer a more active adventure, join a guided bike ride along the Danube. (B,L,D)
Day 8 : LINZ, AUSTRIA
Linz is known for being the city of Christmas creches and its ever-popular Linzer torte. While here, you have a choice of three excursions. The first is a full-day visit to magnificent Salzburg dressed in her holiday best. Enjoy a walking tour of its UNESCO-designated Old Town, its grand cathedral, inspired by St. Peter's Cathedral at the Vatican, and its Christmas Market at Hellbrunn Palace. Alternatively, you can choose a morning walking tour 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 on a guided bike tour through Linz and along the city's famed "Cultural Mile" and the Danube. During the afternoon, you can join a half-day excursion to Salzburg or visit the charming mountain town, Cesky Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border. (B,L,D)
Day 9 : MELK - DURNSTEIN - KREMS
The awe-inspiring Benedictine Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is on full display for your enjoyment on your tour. Later in the day, set sail through the breathtaking Wachau Valley. Or for those seeking a more active adventure, bike through the Wachau Valley to Durnstein. Once in Durnstein, join a walking tour and wine tasting, or an apricots and sweets tasting. Later in the day, set sail to Krems, where you can enjoy a wine tasting or walking tour. (B,L,D)
Day 10 : 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 Maria Theresa Christmas markets. If you prefer a more active adventure, then join a guided bike ride through Vienna. During the afternoon, visit the Schonbrunn Palace Christmas market with its giant Christmas tree. (B,L,D)
Day 11 : VIENNA - DISEMBARKATION
Disembark the ship and board a motorcoach to your hotel. En route, uncover "Vienna's Royal Treasures" at the Hofburg Palace, the former residence of the Habsburgs. You'll visit the lavishly decorated Imperial Apartments and Imperial Treasury, home to many of the Habsburgs' treasures, including the Crown of the Holy Roman Empire and the Austrian Imperial Crown. (B)
Day 12 : VIENNA
Enjoy a day at leisure and then 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)
Day 13 : DEPART VIENNA
Bid farewell to Vienna as you prepare for your return flight home. (B)
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- Cruise Line
- Offer valid through 9/30/2020
- 13 Days
- Cruise Ship
- ms AmaSonata
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Christmas Markets Notice Most Christmas Markets open during the last week of November and remain open until approximately Dec. 22. Check with each country's tourist office for more information.
Important Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
Port Charges not included in cruise price $196 per person.
Single Supplement for Cruise 50% of twin price; AA+ and Suite 100% of twin price.
Single Supplement for Land A single supplement charge will be applied to pre- and post-cruise hotel extensions. Please call for pricing details.
Bedding Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The Options are: Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).
Itinerary Change Please note that due to local closures, we will not visit Bratislava during cruises departing in November or December. Guests will instead spend this time in Vienna and the Wachau Valley.