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Christmas Markets on the Danube

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Christmas Markets on the Danube

From £2,310 pp

Experience timeless holiday traditions and elegant pageantry in four countries—Hungary, Austria and Germany. Let iconic capital cities — Budapest and Vienna — decked in holiday finery with glittering Christmas trees illuminated by thousands of lights, bells pealing from cathedral towers and children dressed as angels singing Christmas carols, dazzle you.

Wander the stalls of Europe’s most traditional and enchanting Christmas Markets, including Nuremberg, Regensburg and Salzburg, shopping for handcrafted toys and gifts, sipping hot mulled wine and inhaling the fragrance of gingerbread and roasted chestnuts. Cherish all the glory and magic of the season in grand European style as you cruise along the Danube during this festive time of the year.

What’s Included:

  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with outside balconies)
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Award-winning onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
  • Sip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances
  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
  • Guided hikes, Special Interest Tours
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
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Day 1 - Embarkation Budapest, Hungary

Arrive in Budapest and board your luxurious river cruise ship. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner. Tonight, the ship will sail a special Illuminations Cruise past the capital’s glittering river front.

Day 1 - Embarkation Budapest, Hungary

Dinner

Day 2 - Budapest

Your morning excursion includes sightseeing in the cities of Buda and Pest spread over both banks of the river. You will see famed Heroes’ Square and Castle Hill, home to Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church and spectacular views of the Danube.

Day 2 - Budapest

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Vienna, Austria

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 centre.

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 favourite, and the market at Schönbrunn 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.

Day 3 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Vienna, Austria

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Vienna

Spend the morning exploring more of Vienna’s splendid Christmas Markets. If you prefer a more active adventure, then join a guided bike ride along the Danube.

Later in the day, set sail through the breathtaking Wachau Valley to Krems, where you’ll enjoy a wine tasting or an evening walk.

Day 4 - Vienna

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Weissenkirchen - Wachu Valley - Melk

After reaching the Wachau Valley early this morning, you will have three tour options: A walking tour along Dürnstein’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 and continue onwards cruising through the gorgeous scenery of the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon you will visit the spectacular Benedictine Abbey in Melk, one of Europe’s largest and most revered monasteries and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You will see jewel-encrusted crosses containing religious relics, frescoes and richly embroidered vestments, as well as the abbey’s priceless collection of medieval manuscripts.

Tonight the ship arrives in Grein, where you may enjoy some free time to explore this charming town.

Day 5 - Weissenkirchen - Wachu Valley - Melk

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - 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 options are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Day 6 - Linz

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Passau

Early this morning, cruise through Upper Austria to Passau in Germany, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. Enjoy a walking tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, cobblestone streets and squares like Rathaus, Domplatz and Residenzplatz, as well as St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Guests looking for a more active morning can choose between a guided bike tour along the Danube from Passau to Erlau, or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus fortress overlooking Passau.

This afternoon, the ship cruises to the medieval town of Vilshofen, where you will enjoy a festive Oktoberfest celebration with local beer and Bavarian folk music and dancing

Day 7 - Passau

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Disembarkation - Depart Vilshofen

Disembark the ship and prepare for your homeward flight.

Breakfast

AmaLea, launching in 2018 and like her sister ship, the 156 passenger AmaKristina, is inspired by luxury yachts and designed specifically to maximize the enjoyment of every guest by providing a distinctive river cruise experience.

AmaLea offers a host of added comforts and conveniences,  including a massage and hair salon, gift shop and specialty coffee station. Enjoy a dip in the heated pool on the Sun Deck, as well as a drink from the swim-up bar.

As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you’ll be treated to exceptional, locally-inspired cuisine always paired with unlimited wine, as well as beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. You’ll also relish a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table speciality restaurant, featuring an exquisite tasting menu prepared right before your eyes.

With a walking track on the Sun Deck, a fitness room and a fleet of onboard bicycles to use on your own or on one of the many guided bike tours, as well as healthy menu choices, you’ll have everything needed to stay active and healthy while sailing Europe’s great rivers.

AmaWaterways Ama Lea Lounge

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Multiple outdoor decks offering unimpeded panoramic views
  • Sundecks with lounge chairs and retractable roof
  • Varied fine dining venues
  • Main Lounge with bar, piano and dance floor
  • Wine Bar
  • Heated pool with swim up bar and whirlpool
  • 24-hour specialty coffee and tea station
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the vessel
  • Fitness Room
  • Massage and Hair Salon*
  • Gift Shop and Fireside Library
  • Glass Elevator
  • Walking track
  • Laundry service*
  • * Payable locally.

Accommodation & Amenities

78 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms range in size from 155-235 sq. ft. or indulge even more in one of the 4 suites at 350 sq. ft. Select staterooms can become adjoining by request, and some offer triple occupancy to accommodate the needs of families. Most accommodations have twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.

Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area with sofa and two chairs, and an stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads.

Suite

350 ft² – Violin (Upper) Deck

  • Exclusive Twin Balcony comprising French Balcony & Outside Balcony
  • Expansive bathroom with a bathtub and separate shower with multi-jet showerheads
  • Enhanced sitting area features a sofa and two chairs
  • Mini-bar
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
AmaWaterways Ama Lea Suite
AmaWaterways Ama Lea Cat AA

Cat. AA + Cat. AB Staterooms

235 ft² -Violin & Cello (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Exclusive Twin Balcony comprising French Balcony & Outside Balcony
  • Triple occupance available in selected staterooms
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Cat. BA & Cat. BB Staterooms

210 ft² – Violin & Cello (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Exclusive Twin Balcony comprising French Balcony & Outside Balcony
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
AmaWaterways Ama Lea BA
AmaWaterways Ama Lea Cat CA

Cat. CA  & Cat. CB Staterooms

CA 170 ft² – Violin & Cello (Upper & Middle) Deck

CB 155 ft² Violin (Upper) Deck

  • Floor to Ceiling French Balcony
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

 

Cat. D & Cat. E Staterooms

160 ft² – Piano (Lower) Deck – Fixed Window

  • Fixed window with river views
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
AmaWaterways Ama Lea Cat D
AmaWaterways AmaLea Deck Plan

AmaMagna, due to be launched in May 2019 sailing on The Danube,  As imagined by AmaWaterways co-owner and president, Rudi Schreiner, the “godfather of river cruising,” the AmaMagna, years in the making, represents a new concept specifically designed to elevate river cruising to a new level.

AmaMagna offers the luxury of more space than ever before, which means enticing new ways for every traveler to enjoy the journey, including water sports. Both a sun deck pool and whirlpool give guests the option of taking a refreshing dip or a soothing one while enjoying the views. With a complimentary fleet of bicycles—and helmets—on board, guests have the opportunity to explore on guided bike tours, or discover a new path all on their own. Guided hiking tours also offer active ways to see grand cities and villages from a different perspective.

Savor fresh, locally inspired and masterfully prepared cuisine. Choose from an al fresco dining area, wine bar and alternative restaurant in addition to The Chef’s Table and two-level main dining room.

Delight in AmaWaterways’ already popular nightly performances that highlight local musicians and dancers, bringing the culture and flavor of Europe to life—plus, choose from even more enticing ways to enjoy your evening after the sun sets.

When she debuts with all of her other exciting innovations in May 2019, AmaMagna will sail some of our most popular itineraries in Europe, giving guests even more to love along the storied Danube River.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Multiple outdoor decks offering unimpeded panoramic views
  • Sundecks with large heated swimming pool, Whirlpool, Walking track and pop up sky bar
  • Four Unique dining venues, main restaurant, Chef’s Table, Jimmy’s wine Bar, Al Fresco Restaurant
  • Main Lounge with bar, piano and dance floor
  • Zen wellness studio
  • Watersport’s platform
  • Salon and spa services
  • 24-hour specialty coffee and tea station
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the vessel
  • Gift Shop and Fireside Library
  • Laundry service*
  • * Payable locally.

Accommodation & Amenities

98 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms and suites range in size from 205-710 sq. ft. Select staterooms can become adjoining by request, and some offer triple and quad occupancy to accommodate the needs of families. 16 Cabins are available as interconnecting also. Most accommodations have twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.

Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area with sofa and two chairs, and an stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads.

Owners Suite

710 ft² – Violin (Upper) Deck

  • Exclusive Large Balcony
  • Expansive bathroom with a bathtub and separate shower with multi-jet showerheads
  • Enhanced sitting area features a sofa and two chairs
  • Mini-bar
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels that also works as a computer
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Grand Suite

474 ft² -Violin(Upper) Deck

  • Outside Balcony
  • Triple or quad staterooms available
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels and also works as a computer
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Cat. SA & SB Staterooms

355 ft² – Violin & Cello (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Outside Balcony
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels that also works as a computer
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Cat. AA & AB Staterooms

252 ft² – Violin & Cello (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Outside Balcony
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels that can be used as a computer
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Cat. D & Cat. E Staterooms

205 ft² – Piano (Lower) Deck – Fixed Window

  • Fixed window with river views
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels that can be used as a computer
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
AmaMagna - Deck Plan

Why Choose This Cruise?

AMAWaterways are rated as having the 10 best ships on the rivers by Berlitz river cruise guide.

AMA’s included excursions go beyond the ordinary with small group tours exploring the culture and traditions of the places you visit as well as the main sights.  Real destination enrichment and deeper understanding is already included in  the cost of your cruise.

A high standard of cuisine is guaranteed due to their membership of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs – a prestigious international culinary society.  Relaxed private dining on board is also available to book during your cruise.

Fares displayed are cruise only, please call or enquire online for flights.

 

Late booking offer – Free flights & Transfers on 2018 departures, book by 12th October 2018

DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Nov 24AmaMagnaBudapest£2101SAVE £350Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCat E205 ft², Fixed Windows£2101  
Lower DeckCat D205 ft², Fixed Windows£2452  
Middle DeckCat AB252 ft², Outside Balcony£3368  
Upper DeckCat AA252 ft², Outside Balcony£3509  
Middle DeckCat SB355 ft², Outside Balcony£4213  
Upper DeckCat SA355 ft², Outside Balcony£4424  
Upper DeckCat GS474 ft², Outside Balcony£7030  
Upper DeckCat OS710 ft², Outside Balcony£9143  
Dec 1AmaMagnaVilshofen£2451Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCat E205 ft², Fixed Windows£2451  
Lower DeckCat D205 ft², Fixed Windows£2802  
Middle DeckCat AB252 ft², Outside Balcony£3718  
Upper DeckCat AA252 ft², Outside Balcony£3859  
Middle DeckCat SB355 ft², Outside Balcony£4563  
Upper DeckCat SA355 ft², Outside Balcony£4774  
Upper DeckCat GS474 ft², Outside Balcony£7380  
Upper DeckCat OS710 ft², Outside Balcony£9493  
Dec 8AmaMagnaBudapest£2276SAVE £175Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCat E205 ft², Fixed Windows£2276  
Lower DeckCat D205 ft², Fixed Windows£2627  
Middle DeckCat AB252 ft², Outside Balcony£3543  
Upper DeckCat AA252 ft², Outside Balcony£3684  
Middle DeckCat SB355 ft², Outside Balcony£4388  
Upper DeckCat SA355 ft², Outside Balcony£4599  
Upper DeckCat GS474 ft², Outside Balcony£7205  
Upper DeckCat OS710 ft², Outside Balcony£9318  
Dec 15AmaMagnaVilshofen£2101SAVE £350Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCat E205 ft², Fixed Windows£2101  
Lower DeckCat D205 ft², Fixed Windows£2452  
Middle DeckCat AB252 ft², Outside Balcony£3368  
Upper DeckCat AA252 ft², Outside Balcony£3509  
Middle DeckCat SB355 ft², Outside Balcony£4213  
Upper DeckCat SA355 ft², Outside Balcony£4424  
Upper DeckCat GS474 ft², Outside Balcony£7030  
Upper DeckCat OS710 ft², Outside Balcony£9143  
Dec 20AmaLeaBudapest£2101SAVE £350Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCat E160 ft², Fixed Windows£2101  
Lower DeckCat D160 ft², Fixed Windows£2312  
Middle DeckCat CB155 ft², French Balcony£2523  
Middle DeckCat CA170 ft², French Balcony£2734  
Middle DeckCat BB210 ft², Twin Balcony£3086  
Upper DeckCat BA210 ft², Twin Balcony£3227  
Middle DeckCat AB235 ft², Twin Balcony£3368  
Upper DeckCat AA235 ft², Twin Balcony£3509  
Upper DeckSuite350 ft², Twin Balcony£4424  
Dec 22AmaMagnaBudapest£2101SAVE £350Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCat E205 ft², Fixed Windows£2101  
Lower DeckCat D205 ft², Fixed Windows£2452  
Middle DeckCat AB252 ft², Outside Balcony£3368  
Upper DeckCat AA252 ft², Outside Balcony£3509  
Middle DeckCat SB355 ft², Outside Balcony£4213  
Upper DeckCat SA355 ft², Outside Balcony£4424  
Upper DeckCat GS474 ft², Outside Balcony£7030  
Upper DeckCat OS710 ft², Outside Balcony£9143  


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