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Festive Journey along the Danube

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Festive Journey along the Danube

From £2,310 pp

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with a festive journey along the Danube River.

After boarding your ship in Nuremberg, you will cruise through the charming region where so many of today’s most beloved Christmas traditions originated.

Experience a number of enchanting Christmas spiirt in places such as Regensburg, Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest each with its own local flavor and traditions.

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
Danube - Passau-in-winterLowRes
Vienna Opera House in Winter
Day 1 - Embarkation Nuremberg, Germany

Board your cruise in Nuremberg.

Tonight, gather on board your ship for a Welcome Dinner.

The ship will moor overnight in Nuremberg.

Dinner

Day 2 - Nuremberg

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.

Day 2 - Nuremberg

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Day 3 - Regensburg

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Passau

After breakfast, you have three 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. Guests looking for a more active morning may instead join a guided bike tour from Passau to Erlau.

Your third option is a full-day excursion to Salzburg, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the setting for “The Sound of Music.”

Day 4 - Passau

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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. During lunch, 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.

Day 5 - Melk, Austria - Vienna

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

The second option is a walking tour of Vienna’s hidden treasures that takes you to secret places and sights like Ankeruhr, a whimsical Art Nouveau clock.

Day 6 - Vienna

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Budapest, Hungary

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.

Afterwards, take some time to explore the twinkling Christmas Market in the main square.

After dinner, the ship will sail a special Illuminations Cruise past the city’s glittering riverfront.

The ship moors overnight in Budapest.

Day 7 - Budapest, Hungary

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Disembarkation - Depart Budapest

Disembark the ship and prepare for your homeward flight.

Breakfast

Day 1 - Embarkation - Budapest, Hungary

Arrive in Budapest and transfer to your luxurious river cruise ship, moored near the city center.

Start exploring Budapest’s unique Christmas markets on your own before meeting your fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner.

Tonight, the ship sails a special Illuminations Cruise along Budapest’s illuminated riverfront, then returns to moor overnight

Dinner

Day 2 - Budapest

This morning, enjoy a panoramic tour including 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.

Transfer to Esztergon where you will rejoin the ship.

The ship sails to Vienna this afternoon.

Day 2 - Budapest

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Vienna, Austria

Start your day with a city 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.

Arrive at Vienna’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Graben and the world famous Spanish Riding School.

The ship heads towards Melk late tonight

Day 3 - Vienna, Austria

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Melk

This morning, cruise through the narrow Strudengau en route to the incredibly scenic Wachau Valley.

Your guided tour today takes you to Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest baroque monasteries, with a medieval library that inspired Umberto Eco’s novel The Name of the Rose.

Rejoin the ship around lunchtime and continue cruising towards Passau.

Day 4 - Melk

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Passau, Germany

After breakfast, you have three 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, Rathaus, Domplatz and Residenzplatz town squares, as well as St. Stephen’s Cathedral, home to Europe’s largest pipe organ.

Alternatively, guests looking for a more active morning may join a guided bike tour from Passau to Erlau.

You may also opt for a full day excursion to Salzburg, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the setting for “The Sound of Music.” You will have time to visit Salzburg’s beautiful Christmas Market at Hellbrunn Palace, renowned for local handicrafts and one-of-a-kind holiday presents.

Day 5 - Passau, Germany

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Regensburg

Arrive in Regensburg 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.

You may also opt instead to join a guided bike tour through the spectacular scenery of the Altmuhl Valley.

Enjoy views of Walhalla, a landmark honoring distinguished Germans throughout history.

Day 6 - Regensburg

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Nuremberg

This morning your ship enters the Main-Danube Canal, a marvel of modern engineering that traverses the Franconian Alps via 16 locks.

In the afternoon enjoy a tour of historic Nuremberg with its fabulous Gothic churches, elegant patrician houses, the Imperial Castle, and 900-year-old city ramparts.

The ship overnights in Nuremberg

Day 7 - Nuremberg

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Nuremberg - Disembarkation

This morning, disembark your cruise in Nuremberg.

Breakfast

AmaViola, built in 2016, provides a distinctive river cruise experience, with design inspired by classic ocean yachts, AMAWaterways’ revolutionary Concerto Class vessels provide the most delightful river cruise experience. Accommodating 156 passengers in spacious staterooms, select staterooms can become adjoining by request, and some offer triple occupancy to accommodate the needs of families. many incorporating the exclusive Twin Balcony concept.

Relax in comfortable and inviting public areas or take a dip in the heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a swim-up bar; enjoy Chaine des Rôtisseurs culinary creations in five dining venues.

The ships also features a Fitness Center, Massage, Hair and Beauty salon; complimentary Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies; plus a fleet of bicycles to enhance your river cruise experience.

AMAViola Dining Room

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 AmaViola Suite

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
AmaStella Cat CB Stateroom

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 AmaViola Cat D
AmaWaterways AmaViola Deck Plan

With design inspired by classic ocean yachts, AMA Waterways’ revolutionary Concerto Class vessels provide the most delightful river cruise experience. Accommodating 162 passengers in spacious staterooms, many incorporating the exclusive Twin Balcony concept.

Relax in comfortable and inviting public areas or take a dip in the heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a swim-up bar; enjoy Chaîne des Rôtisseurs culinary creations in five dining venues.

The ships also features a Fitness Center, Massage, Hair and Beauty salon; complimentary Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies; plus a fleet of bicycles to enhance your river cruise experience.

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 speciality 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

81 Spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms and Suites range in size from 160-300 sq. ft. or indulge even more in one of the 4 suites at 350 sq. ft. 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

300 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 fridge
  • 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. AA + Cat. AB  Staterooms

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

  • Exclusive Twin Balcony comprising French Balcony & Outside Balcony
  • Expansive bathroom with shower with multi-jet shower head
  • 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

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

Cat. C  Staterooms

170 ft² – Violin & Cello (Upper & Middle) 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 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 AmaSerena Deck Plan 2019

Why Choose This Cruise?

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

Included excursions go beyond the ordinary with small groups tours exploring the culture and traditions of the places you visit as well as the main sights.  Real destination enrichment and deeper understanding is in the cost of your cruise.

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

DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Dec 21AmaSerenaNuremburg£2177Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCat E160 ft², Fixed WindowsSold  
Lower DeckCat D160 ft², Fixed Windows£2177  
Middle DeckCat C170 ft², French BalconySold  
Middle DeckCat BB210 ft², Twin Balcony£2911  
Upper DeckCat BA210 ft², Twin Balcony£3044  
Middle DeckCat AB235 ft², Twin Balcony£3177  
Upper DeckCat AA235 ft², Twin Balcony£3311  
Upper DeckSuite300 ft², Twin Balcony£4177  
DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Dec 20AmaSonataNuremburg£1960SAVE £350Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCat E160 ft², Fixed Windows£1960  
Lower DeckCat D160 ft², Fixed Windows£2171  
Middle DeckCat C170 ft², French Balcony£2593  
Middle DeckCat BB210 ft², Twin Balcony£2945  
Upper DeckCat BA210 ft², Twin Balcony£3086  
Middle DeckCat AB235 ft², Twin Balcony£3227  
Upper DeckCat AA235 ft², Twin Balcony£3368  
Upper DeckSuite300 ft², Twin Balcony£4283  


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