Day 1 NUREMBERG, GERMANY - EMBARKATION
Board your cruise in Nuremberg. Tonight, gather on board your ship for a Welcome Dinner. The ship will moor overnight in Nuremberg. (D)
Day 2 NUREMBERG - CONTINENTAL DIVIDE
Enjoy a guided morning tour of this historic city with its fabulous Gothic churches, 900-year-old city ramparts, the house of artist Albrecht Dürer, Imperial Castle, and the Justice Palace courtroom where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. Following your tour, you will have free time to visit the city’s fabled Christmas Market and enjoy some hot mulled Glühwein – the souvenir mug is yours to keep! (B,L,D)
Day 3 REGENSBURG
Arrive in Regensburg after breakfast and enjoy a guided walking tour of this exquisitely preserved medieval city. Marvel at the beautiful churches, the homes of wealthy families, and one of Germany’s oldest bridges across the Danube. Your tour ends with a visit to a Christmas Market, with its festive stalls adorned with fir branches. This evening, you will enjoy a visit to the exclusive “royal” markets at the Thurn and Taxis Palace, a very traditional handicraft Christmas Market where you can watch craftsmen at work. (B,L,D)
Day 4 PASSAU
After breakfast, you have two choices for how to spend the day. The first is a walking tour of picturesque Passau, a fairytale city founded more than 2,000 years ago, known for its fortifications and town squares like Rathaus, Domplatz, Residenzplatz, as well as St. Stephen’s Cathedral, home to Europe’s largest pipe organ. Afterwards, take some time to explore the town’s Christmas Market. Guests looking for a more active morning may instead join a guided bike tour from Passau to Erlau. (B,L,D)
Day 5 MELK, AUSTRIA - VIENNA
Today’s guided walking tour takes you to Melk’s magnificent 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest Baroque monasteries. You will see the famous library that inspired novelist Umberto Eco to write The Name of the Rose. You may also opt for a guided bike tour along the scenic Danube instead. Later, the ship cruises through the romantic Wachau Valley en route to Vienna, the “City of Music,” arriving this evening. The ship moors overnight in Vienna. (B,L,D)
Day 6 VIENNA
This morning, you will have a chance to savor the Baroque elegance of Romantic Vienna through your choice of one of two different excursions. The first option is a panoramic tour of Vienna that guides you past the majestic Opera House, the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburg Emperors, Parliament, Town Hall and Vienna University. Afterwards, you will visit Vienna’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Graben and the world famous Spanish Riding School, as well as the Rathausplatz Christmas market. The second option is an Alte Donau guided bike tour. This afternoon, you will visit the Schönbrunn and Karlsplatz Christmas Markets, and this evening the festivities continue with visits to both the Maria Theresienplatz and Rathaus Christkindlmarkt markets. (B,L,D)
Day 7 VIENNA - DISEMBARKATION
Disembark your ship today and transfer to your hotel in Vienna.
All This Included
Throughout your Danube cruise, delight in the combination of pageantry and timeless traditions at the magical Christmas markets. Be spellbound by the medieval atmosphere of Nuremberg and Regensburg’s Christmas Markets, while savoring a cup of hot mulled wine. Let the hills come alive with the sound of Christmas carolers while in Salzburg and embrace all the glory of glamorous Vienna on this enchanting journey.
7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms offer revolutionary twin balconies
Fine dining, including unlimited complimentary hand-selected wines, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
“Sip & Sail” Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
Cocktail Reception and Captain’s Gala Dinner
Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
Guided shore excursions in every port including Limited Edition Tours
Souvenir Christmas Mug
Live entertainment, cooking demonstration and more
Services of a professionally trained Cruise Manager throughout your cruise and land stay
An all English-speaking staff on board
Accommodations on this River Cruise
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS AmaSerena, MS AmaSonata or MS Amacerto
Cabin upgrades are available.
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.
Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
Port Charges: $168 per person.
Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; AA+ and Suite 100% of twin price. Single supplement waived on D & E categories.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.