Danube River "Fairytale Christmas Market Cruise"



Seven-Night River Cruise ~ December 8-15, 2021

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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Our Daily Itinerary

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December 8, 2021
Board the AmaMagna in Vilshofen for your Christmas Markets on the Danube cruise. Then, join Vilshofen locals and fellow guests for a glass of beer and a traditional German pretzel ashore at a festive Oktoberfest celebration. (D)

December 9, 2021
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. Or, climb to the Mariahilf pilgrimage church and monastery, enthroned high above Innstadt, a suburb of Passau that offers magnificent views across the old town and surrounding countryside. You may also choose to bike along the scenic Inn River from Passau to Wernstein and back. (B,L,D)

December 10, 2021
Linz is known for being the city of Christmas crèches and its ever-popular Linzer torte. While here, you have a choice of excursions. The first is a morning walking tour through Linz’s old city center and by the Mozart House, where the famous musician composed the Linz Symphony in only three days, as well as visit Linz’s Christmas Markets. For the more active explorers, try a guided bike tour around Linz. Or take a full-day trip to Salzburg, known as the setting of The Sound of Music, where the distinctive city’s Christmas Markets also beckon. During the afternoon, you can visit the charming mountain town, Česky Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border. (B,L,D)

December 11, 2021
In the morning, you can visit the 900-year-old Melk Abbey situated high atop the granite cliffs of the Danube, or get active with a bike ride to Marbach before returning to Melk and the ship for lunch. During the afternoon, journey to Spitz and then take a guided excursion to Dürnstein, where you’ll stroll along the cobblestone streets to the Baroque Stiftskirche, with its famed church tower, on a walking tour. Those who wish a more active adventure of the area can hike to Dürnstein Fortress, cycle to Emmersdorf or hike in the town to Rotes Tor. In the evening, be treated to an exclusive wine festival where you’ll enjoy some of the region’s famous wines. (B,L,D)

December 12, 2021
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, you’ll have a chance to explore the beautifully decorated Schönbrunn Christmas Markets, then, cap the day off with an evening visit to the Vienna Rathaus Christmas Market. (B,L,D)

December 13, 2021
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 “Slovakian Specialties” tour. For a more active adventure, hike up to Bratislava Castle, offering magnificent views of the city, before discovering the city’s distinctive Christmas Market. (B,L,D)

December 14, 2021
This morning, sit back and watch the beautiful scenery of the Danube Bend go by before arriving in Budapest. 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 Vörösmarty 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 15, 2021
Disembark the ship as you prepare for your flight home. (B)

              BUILT IN 2019 IN THE NETHERLANDS
              LENGTH IS 443 FEET
              WIDTH IS 72 FEET
              A CREW OF 70
              WITH ONLY 196 PASSENGERS!

           You may add additional days in Munich or Budapest or both . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

              2-NIGHTS Munich     PRE-CRUISE,   HOTEL PACKAGE: $940 DBL / 1,240 SGL ~ ~ December 06 to 08, 2021

              2-NIGHTS Budapest POST-CRUISE, HOTEL PACKAGE:    $560 DBL / $860 SGL ~ ~ December 15 to 17, 2021

              Category OS     $13,698 per person based on double occupancy.      Upper Deck, Outside Balcony, 710 sq. ft.
              Category GS     $10,698 per person based on double occupancy.      Upper Deck, Outside Balcony, 474 sq. ft.
              Category SA       $6,898 per person based on double occupancy.       Upper Deck, Outside Balcony, 355 sq. ft.
              Category SB       $6,398 per person based on double occupancy.       Main Deck,   Outside Balcony, 355 sq. ft.
              Category AB       $5,698 per person based on double occupancy.      Main Deck,   Outside Balcony, 252 sq. ft.
              Category D         $4,198 per person based on double occupancy.      Lower Deck,   Fixed Window,   205 sq. ft.

              There is an additional $196 per person for port charge & taxes.

              Rates and schedules, are subject to change after  June 15, 2021.

              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

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