Danube River "Fairytale Christmas Market Cruise"

AUSTRIA, GERMANY, HUNGARY, SLOVAKIA

CRUISE FROM:   BUDAPEST TO VILSHOFEN

Seven-Night River Cruise ~ December 6-13, 2020

10% Single Supplement + $499 Round Trip Air

$750 Fare Reduction + $150 Shipboard Credit


Experience timeless holiday traditions and elegant pageantry in four countries—Hungary, Slovakia, 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.

On our cruises, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In many cases, you will have a choice of excursions, such as standard tours, bike tours, hikes and Special Interest Tours. We always include a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.


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DECEMBER 6, 2020 ~ ~ ~ Budapest EMBARKATION at 3:00 PM Arrive in Budapest and board your luxurious river cruise ship. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner. (D)

DECEMBER 7, 2020 ~ ~ ~ Budapest “Queen of the Danube” tour and Vörösmarty Square Christmas Market OR Castle hike 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 and tradition. Your city tour begins with a visit to the vibrant Great Market Hall. 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. As an alternative, you can hike to Castle Hill, walking along Fishermen’s Bastion and take in all the iconic sites of Budapest with an active exploration. (B,L,D)

DECEMBER 8, 2020 ~ ~ ~ Bratislava Coronation city walking tour with Christmas Market visit OR Tastes of Slovakia OR Bratislava Castle hike Vienna Rathaus Christmas Markets OVERNIGHT IN VIENNA ~ (Docking at 7:30 PM) Host to the crowning ceremonies of 11 Hungarian kings and queens between 1536 and 1830, Bratislava certainly has earned the title “Coronation City of Kings,” as you’ll discover during your walking tour. You’ll also have an opportunity to visit Bratislava’s charming Christmas Market. Or join a special “Tastes of Slovakia” tour. For a more active adventure, hike up to Bratislava Castle, offering magnificent views of the city. Tonight, explore Vienna’s splendid Rathaus (Town Hall) Christmas Market. (B,L,D)

DECEMBER 9, 2020 ~ ~ ~ Vienna “Imperial Vienna” tour with Town Hall Christmas Market OR Vienna bike tour Schönbrunn illuminated Christmas Markets 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. If you prefer a more active adventure, then join a guided bike ride through Vienna. During the afternoon, visit 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. (B,L,D)

DECEMBER 10, 2020 ~ ~ ~ Weissenkirchen Dürnstein walking tour and wine tasting Dürnstein excursion with apricot and sweets tastings OR Weissenkirchen to Melk bike tour Melk Benedictine Abbey visit After reaching Weissenkirchen, you’ll have a choice of excursions. Join a walking tour in Dürnstein and then a visit to a local boutique where you’ll enjoy a tasting of special apricot treats. Prefer more active adventures? Join a guided bike tour from Weissenkirchen to Melk. For those not biking to Melk, you’ll sail through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley to Melk. Once in Melk, you’ll visit its magnificent Benedictine Abbey. (B,L,D)

DECEMBER 11, 2020 ~ ~ ~ Linz “UNESCO City of Media Arts” walking tour and Christmas Market OR Salzburg excursion with Christmas Markets, including Hellbrunn Palace OR “Cultural Mile” bike tour Linz is known for being the city of Christmas crèches and its ever-popular Linzer torte. While here, you have a choice of three excursions. The first is a full-day visit to Salzburg where you’ll enjoy a walking tour of the UNESCO-designated Old Town, its magnificent cathedral and its Christmas Markets, including the Hellbrunn Palace, where its inner courtyard is turned into a romantic backdrop for one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in Austria. Alternatively, you can choose a morning walking tour through Linz’s old city center and by the Mozart House, where he composed the Linz Symphony in only three days, as well as visit Linz’s Christmas Markets. Or you can go on a guided bike tour through Linz and along the city’s famed “Culture Mile” and the Danube. During the afternoon, you can join a half-day excursion to Salzburg. (B,L,D)

DECEMBER 12, 2020 ~ ~ ~ Passau “City of Three Rivers” walking tour and Christmas Markets OR Passau hike OR Passau bike tour Vilshofen Exclusive Oktoberfest celebration During the season of Advent, beautiful Passau dresses in her Bavarian holiday splendor, which you will discover on your walking tour through the city and at its Christmas Market at St. Stephen’s Square—also home to its magnificent cathedral. Go in search of unique crafts, including Bavarian-style houses and glass ornaments. If you prefer a more active adventure, join a guided bike ride along the Danube. Later, sail for Vilshofen, where you’ll be treated to an exclusive Oktoberfest celebration. (B,L,D)

DECEMBER 13, 2020 ~ ~ ~ Vilshofen DISEMBARKATION.   This morning, disembark your ship in Vilshofen. (B)


Our ship, the new “AmaMagna”

As imagined by AmaWaterways’ Co-Founder, Co-Owner and President Rudi Schreiner, the “Godfather of River Cruising,” the AmaMagna is twice the width of traditional European river ships and offers more personal space, more unique dining venues and more leisure opportunities, redefining the river cruise experience! Most accommodations are spacious suites measuring 355 to 710 sq. ft. with full balconies. In addition to the Main Restaurant and The Chef’s Table, AmaMagna introduces two enticing new dining venues: Jimmy’s, a family-style restaurant named for AmaWaterways’ late Co-Owner Jimmy Murphy, and the Al Fresco Restaurant, with retractable windows and outdoor seating. Both a sun-deck pool and whirlpool invite guests to refresh and enjoy the views. AmaMagna’s Zen Wellness Studio is an expansive space with a fitness center, two massage rooms and a refreshing juice bar.


              BUILT IN 2019 IN THE NETHERLANDS
              LENGTH IS 443 FEET
              WIDTH IS 72 FEET
              A CREW OF 70
              THERE ARE ONLY 98 STATEROOMS
              WITH ONLY 196 PASSENGERS!
              REGISTRY IS IN SWITZERLAND


              You may add additional days in Budapest or Prague or both:

              2-NIGHTS BUDAPEST PRE-CRUISE, HOTEL PACKAGE: $520 DBL / $820 SGL ~ ~ December 04 to 06, 2020

              3-NIGHTS PRAGUE POST-CRUISE, HOTEL PACKAGE:   $520 DBL / $820 SGL ~ ~ December 13 to 16, 2020


           . . . . . . . . . .Our Reduced Single Supplement Rate Is Only 10% Additional. . . . . . . . . .


              Category GS is $9,998 per person based on double occupancy.     Upper Deck, Outside Balcony, 474 sq. ft.
              Category SA is $6,398 per person based on double occupancy.     Upper Deck, Outside Balcony, 355 sq. ft.
              Category SB is $5,998 per person based on double occupancy.     Main Deck,   Outside Balcony, 355 sq. ft.
              Category AA is $5,098 per person based on double occupancy.     Upper Deck, Outside Balcony, 252 sq. ft.
              Category AB is $4,898 per person based on double occupancy.     Main Deck,  Outside Balcony, 252 sq. ft.
              Category D is $3,498 per person based on double occupancy.       Lower Deck,  Fixed Window,   205 sq. ft.
              Category E is $2,999 per person based on double occupancy.       Piano Deck,   Fixed Window,   205 sq. ft.

              There is an additional $189 per person for port charge & taxes.

              Rates and schedules, are subject to change after  June 15, 2020.

              Premium roundtrip air is $499, and Business Class air is $4,500.

              We hope you can join our “Fairytale Christmas Markets” cruise.



My iPhone photos of Passau. The Cathedral is home of Europe’s largest pipe organ - and at one time, the largest in the world


Regensburg (Wurstkuchl Sausage Kitchen; bottom-left photo.  The oldest continuously open public restaurant in the world dating back to 1135AD)


My iPhone photos of Budapest


Tom Taffel

(415) 566-7673

www.TomsGroupCruises.com

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