Magical Christmas Markets : 2018 - Nuremberg to Nuremberg : ms AmaSonata (Cruise Only)
Prague's colorful baroque and Gothic architecture have long made it a popular destination, but at this time of the year, it's an absolute winter wonderland. Here and 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.
INCLUDED FEATURES 2 nights hotel in Prague at the InterContinental or Hilton Old Town (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast Transfer from Prague to the ship in Nuremberg 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 Complimentary bicycles Services of a professionally trained Cruise Manager throughout your cruise and land stay An all English-speaking staff on board Transfer from the ship to hotel in Vienna 2 nights hotel in Vienna at the InterContinental Vienna (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from AmaWaterways
Day 1 : EMBARKATION - VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Embark your ship in Vienna and later this evening, enjoy a special Welcome Dinner. (D).
Day 2 : DURNSTEIN-MELK
In Dürnstein you will have three tour options: A walking tour along the town's cobblestone streets followed by a wine tasting, a hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held for ransom, or an apricots and sweets tasting. Return to the ship for lunch before cruising on through the scenic Wachau Valley onto to Melk. You have a choice between a guided tour of Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe's largest and most revered monasteries, or a guided bike tour along the Danube.
Day 3 : LINZ
The ship arrives this morning in Linz. Enjoy a walking tour of the second largest city in Austria or choose a guided bike tour that will show you around the Old City Center, along the Danube River, and past the ultra-modern Ars Electronica Center. Later, you will have a choice of three different excursions. The first option is an excursion to Salzburg, Mozart's birthplace, where you will take a walking tour of the historic center made famous by "The Sound of Music." The second option is an excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a wonderfully preserved medieval town nestled in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border. The third option is a visit to the Austrian Lake District, the scenic Salzkammergut region. All three regions are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. (B,L,D)
Day 4 : PASSAU
Arrive in picturesque Passau, where the Inn and Ilz rivers flow into the Danube. You will have a choice of a walking tour of Passau's Old Town, past the old city fortifications, Rathaus, Domplatz and Residenzplatz squares, as well as St. Stephen's Cathedral, or more active guests may join either a guided bike tour along the Danube from Passau to Erlau or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus fortress overlooking Passau. (B,L,D)
Day 5 : REGENSBURG
The ship docks in Regensburg today, one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You have your choice of one of three tours this afternoon. Your first option is a guided walking tour of the city's architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria, the gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 A.D. Your second option is an opportunity to sample the city's most renowned specialties - sausage, beer and pretzels. Your third option is a guided bike tour from Regensburg to Walhalla through the spectacular scenery of the Danube Valley. Later today you'll cross through the Main-Danube canal and onto Nuremberg. (B,L,D)
Day 6 : NUREMBERG
You have two excursion options today. Take a tour of the city's medieval highlights, including Nuremberg Castle, the 900-year-old ramparts surrounding the city, Town Hall, Notre Dame and the house of artist Albrecht Dürer, or join a WWII tour and see the Coliseum, Nazi Parade Ground and Justice Palace. (B,L,D
Day 7 : NUREMBERG - DISEMBARKATION
Bid farewell to Nuremberg as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)