Few events are awaited with as much anticipation as Europe’s Christmas Markets. Join AmaWatereways and FAMTrips.travel as we embrace the holiday spirit in Germany and Austria where many Christmas traditions began on this magical journey through time. You will be spellbound by the Christmas markets in Vienna, Nuremberg and Prague, as well as others. During this same week, you will also have the opportunity to tour some of the most incredible World Heritage UNESCO sites including such treasures as Salzburg and Cesky Krumlov, one of the most perfectly preserved medieval villages in all of Europe!
While in Vienna, you can visit four of the most joyful and beautiful Christmas Markets in the world, with each one being more spectacular than the one before! They are easy to acces, cozy and yet extravagant at the same time! You can certainly begin your cruise a few days earlier by taking part in a two night pre-stay in Vienna which will include a city tour along with some of those incredible Christmas markets! You can also add a magnificent post stay in Prague which is also just lovely with its beautiful Old Town Christmas festivities and Christmas traditional cuisine to savor! If you take the post stay, you would celebrate a spectacular New Year’s Eve in one of the most magnificent cities in all of Europe! It could be your favorite holiday vacation of all times, so join FAMTrips.travel and AmaWaterways to find out just how magical Christmas in Europe can be!
Day 1: Dec 23 – EMBARKATION – VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Whether you arrived early to take part in the Vienna optional 2 night pre stay, or are just arriving into this wonderful city today, you will embark your lovely AmaSonata
in Vienna and later this evening, meet your fellow passengers on board. (D).
Day 2: Dec 24 – 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 Rathaus (Town Hall) Christmas Market. If you prefer a more active adventure, then join a guided bike ride along the Danube. During the afternoon, visit the Karlsplatz (Artisans) Christmas Market, a local favorite, and the market at Schönbrunn Palace with a giant sparkling Christmas tree. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Dec 25 – DÜRNSTEIN – WACHAU VALLEY – MELK
After reaching the Wachau Valley in the morning, you’ll have a choice of three excursions in Dürnstein. Partake in a walking tour along cobblestone streets to the luminous blue facade of the Baroque Stiftskirche, its famed church tower, before enjoying a wine tasting in a local cellar. Alternatively, visit a local boutique, where you’ll be treated to the region’s finest apricot products. After your morning excursions, you have a choice to cruise through the Wachau Valley to Melk or join a bike tour along the Danube. Upon reaching Melk, take a tour of the UNESCO-designated Melk Abbey. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Dec 26 – LINZ
Linz is known for being the city of Christmas crèches 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 UNESCO-designated Old Town, its magnificent cathedral, inspired by St. Peter’s Cathedral at the Vatican and its Christmas Market, which is a feast for the senses. 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 “Culture Mile” and the Danube. During the afternoon, you can join a half-day excursion to Salzburg or visit the charming mountain town, ?eský Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Dec 27 – PASSAU, GERMANY
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 magnificent 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 6: Dec 28 – 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 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 Castle, where you can watch craftsmen make their unique arts and crafts. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Dec 29 – 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. Browse through over 100 red and white canvas-topped booths offering an assortment of unique treasures, toys and seasonal goodies. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Dec 30 – NUREMBERG – DISEMBARKATION
Bid farewell to Nuremberg at you prepare for your homeward flight, or take the wonderful opportunity to transfer with AmaWaterways to magnificent Prague for a lovely two night stay at the Old Town Hilton, located near the most historic part of the city. On your way to Prague, you will also stop for an early afternoon tour of Pilzen. In Prague, you will enjoy a wonderful half day city tour visiting many of the beautiful sites of this magical city. This is one of the cities that normally keeps the beautiful Christmas markets glistening until they ring in the new year so you will still have time to see the festive giant Christmas tree in the center of Old Town and meander through the lovely markets for some last minute specialty shopping for their lovely crafts and gifts.
Cost of FAM
Agent Rate Category BB Twin Balcony $1895 pp plus tax
(For comparison, retail rate is $3798 pp plus tax)
Agent Rate Category BA Twin Balcony $1995 pp plus tax
(For comparison, retail rate is $3998 pp plus tax)
Agent Rate Category AB Twin Balcony $2095 pp plus tax
(For comparison, retail rate is $4198 pp plus tax)
Agent Rate Category AA Twin Balcony $2195 pp plus tax
(For comparison, retail rate is $4398 pp plus tax)
Port tax $168 pp and Non Industry guests add only $300
Additional staterooms for “Friends and Family” at same great rates.
Non industry guests are on a Space Available basis!
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