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Iconic Christmas Markets: Nuremberg to Budapest

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 5,245

Travel back through centuries as you walk through grand cities and historic towns. Enjoy pre and post nights' in Nuremberg and Budapest, then enjoy your Ama Waterways river cruise for a 7-day discovery of iconic cities in Hungary, Austria, and Germany as you explore some of Europe's most impressive Christmas markets.


This 10-day Europe vacation combines two Central Europe experiences everyone should try once in their lifetime – a cruise on the region’s beautiful rivers, and the irresistible charm of traditional Christmas markets.

Your journey begins in the classic Bavarian city of Nuremberg. Despite its turbulent 20th century past, Nuremberg is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany, offering you a taste of Bavaria away from the heavy tourism of Munich. Spendi a night in the city before you embark to explore Nuremberg’s incredible history and soak up its Bavarian vibe.

Step back in time in the UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Regensburg. You can visit the Old Town Christmas Markets here and take a tour of the city’s architectural wonders, or indulge your inner foodie with some Bavarian specialties including top notch beer, sausage, and pretzels. Active Globetrotters can also bike to the base of Walhalla, visiting the romantic Christmas Markets at Thurn and Taxis. 

Sail on to 2,000 year old Passau and visit some traditional Bavarian Christmas markets in all their glory. If you’d prefer, take a full day excursion ‘high in the hills’ to Salzburg, home to Mozart and of course The Sound of Music. It too has one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in the region. You might even opt for a guided bike tour along the Danube. Then visit the Baroque Melk Abbey, exploring its museum and library before taking a guided bike ride around the town.

From here, it's on to Vienna. Home to the Habsburgs and the waltz, you’ll visit the Rathaus Christmas Market, where Viennese refinement is brought to the festive season. After a daytime sightseeing tour, see Vienna by night, basking the magic of this beautiful city in full holiday spirit. Then finish your cruise in its partner in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, Budapest.

Two full days here gives you the chance to see the astonishing Hungarian Parliament, Buda Castle, eye-catching Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church, Heroes’ Square, and St Stephen’s Basilica. The city’s boulevards and the beautiful Danube give it an almost Parisian sense of romance, yet Hungary is a country unlike any of its neighbours, thanks to its unique Magyar history.


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 5,245

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Day 1

Nuremberg to Central Nuremberg Hotels

Duration20 Minutes

Le Meridien Grand Hotel

Located at the entrance to the historic Old Town and opposite the main station, Le Meridien Grand Hotel Nuremberg is within walking distance of Nuremberg's historic sights. With 192 guest rooms, including free entry into 'Neues Museum' as part of Le Meridien's Unlock Art program, the hotel is the ideal base from which to explore the city.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Le Meridien Grand Hotel

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    Le Meridien Grand Hotel



    Located at the entrance to the historic Old Town and opposite the main station, Le Meridien Grand Hotel Nuremberg is within walking distance of Nuremberg's historic sights. With 192 guest rooms, including free entry into 'Neues Museum' as part of Le Meridien's Unlock Art program, ...

    Located at the entrance to the historic Old Town and opposite the main station, Le Meridien Grand Hotel Nuremberg is within walking distance of Nuremberg's historic sights. With 192 guest rooms, including free entry into 'Neues Museum' as part of Le Meridien's Unlock Art program, the hotel is the ideal base from which to explore the city.

    Facilities

    • Meeting Rooms
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi

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Day 2

Central Nuremberg Hotels to Nuremberg

Duration20 Minutes

Embarkation - Nuremberg Germany

Board your cruise in Nuremberg. Tonight, gather on board your ship and meet your fellow passengers. The ship will moor overnight in Nuremberg.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration7 Nights
Accommodation

AmaPrima

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    AmaPrima


    Enjoy an authentic European river cruise experience on board AmaPrima. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and fresh scents of Europe's great landscapes from our signature twin balconies, available in most staterooms. Revel in the luxury of white marble bathrooms with glass-enclosed, multi-jet showers and ...

    Enjoy an authentic European river cruise experience on board AmaPrima. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and fresh scents of Europe's great landscapes from our signature twin balconies, available in most staterooms. Revel in the luxury of white marble bathrooms with glass-enclosed, multi-jet showers and granite countertops. Or indulge in the added enhancements of a suite, including a larger sitting area with sofa and two chairs, and an expansive bathroom with a tub and separate shower. Emerge from your refreshing slumber for bountiful buffet breakfasts in the Main Restaurant, fresh salads and sandwiches at lunch, and one entertaining evening diving into a regionally inspired tasting menu at The Chef's Table. Have tea in the Main Lounge, visit the massage and hair salon for a treat, find distinctive souvenirs in the gift shop, take a dip in the heated pool and more--it's all yours to experience on the incredible AmaPrima.

    Facilities

    • Fitness Rooms
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Rooms
    • Pool
    • Restaurant

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Day 3

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. Later, you can visit Nuremberg's Christkindlesmarkt (Christmas Market), one of the world's largest and most famous Christmas Markets. Stroll along as the aroma of mulled wine and gingerbread fill the air and browse through over 100 red and white canvas-topped booths offering an assortment of unique treasures, toys and seasonal goodies. En route to Regensburg, you'll cruise through the manmade marvel, the Main-Danube Canal.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

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 one of Bavaria's most beautiful and romantic Christmas Markets at Thurn and Taxis Castle, where you can watch artisans make their unique arts and crafts. As an alternate option, sample some of Bavaria's specialties - beer, sausage and pretzels. Or bike to Walhalla where you will see the neo-Classical 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 artisans make their unique arts and crafts.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Passau

Join a walking tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen's. Go in search of Bavarian-style crafts at the Christmas Market. Alternatively, you can travel through the serene Austrian Alps to Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart. Your full-day excursion in Salzburg includes a walking tour of the UNESCO-designated Old Town, its magnificent cathedral and Christmas Market, which is a feast for the senses. For the active adventurer, join a guided bike tour along the Danube.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Melk, Austria - Vienna

Cruise to Melk, known for its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe's largest and most revered monasteries. Visit this magnificent Benedictine Abbey, which now houses a museum chronicling its history and a famous library with countless medieval manuscripts. Alternatively, go on a guided bike ride along the Danube and through the scenic the Wachau Valley.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

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 Schonbrunn 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Budapest, Hungary

Home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Buda Castle quarter in Castle Hill and Heroes' Square, Budapest offers an unmatched combination of culture, tradition and even a secret labyrinth of caves and caverns under the city. Your city tour begins with a visit to the vibrant Great Market Hall brimming with vendors selling everything from food to souvenirs. The remainder of this tour takes you to both the Buda (hilly) and the Pest (flat) sides of the river. Afterwards, you'll visit Vorosmarty Square, the oldest, richest and the most spectacular of all the Christmas markets in Budapest.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Budapest

Bid farewell to Budapest as you prepare for your flight home.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Budapest Port/Pier to Hotel in Budapest

Duration30 Minutes

Radisson Blu Beke

This attractive hotel lies around 1 km from the parliament building and from the opera house. Heldenplatz, St Stephens cathedral as well as Széchenyi therapeutic spa lie around 1.2 km away from the hotel. Oktogon and Nyugatipu underground stations are only 5 minutes away. The completely non-smoking hotel offers different shops, a friendly bar and a restaurant. In addition conference room and a garage are available. Moreover, the hotel offers a room and laundry service for guests upon request. The bright and comfortable rooms come with an en suite bathroom and a hairdryer. They all come well-equipped as standard.

Meal Plan ROOM and ONLY
Duration1 Night
Day 10

Budapest Hotel to Budapest Airport

Duration30 Minutes

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DEPARTURES:

2020:
AMAViola
Nov 22; Dec 6, 21
AMAPrima: Nov 21
AMACertoDec 5, 20

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival and departure transfers and between hotel and pier
  • 1 night first class accommodation in Nuremberg
  • 1 night first class accommodation in Budapest
  • AmaWaterways Christmas Markets River cruise
    • 7 nights onboard accommodation in select stateroom
    • Personalized service from a Cruise Manager throughout sailing
    • All meals onboard (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
    • Welcome Cocktail & Dinner
    • La Chaine des Rotisseurs Dinner
    • Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
    • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
    • Daily excursions may include personal headset for easy exploration

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Food and beverages not mentioned in itinerary
  • Tips and Gratuities and items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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21 Nov 2020
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