Itinerary

Day 1 - Prague

Arrive in Prague and check-in to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore this beautiful and historic city.

Day 2 - Prague

This morning's sightseeing tour reveals why Prague is considered one of Europe's most attractive cities. Visit the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral, then cross the Charles Bridge to the Old Market Square. The remainder of your morning is free to shop at Prague's renowned Christmas Market with its tempting assortment of handicrafts, toys and local delicacies; mix with the locals at Wenceslas Square; or relax at a coffeehouse. This afternoon, you may take an optional tour to Terezin, the infamous Nazi WWII concentration camp that now serves as a memorial to those who perished. (B)

Day 3 - Prague/Nuremberg

Depart Prague after breakfast and drive through the pastoral German countryside to Nuremberg. There, visit the world's largest Christmas Market, with over 100 red and white canvastopped stalls offering unique crafts, toys, dollhouses, carved angels, freshly baked gingerbread, mulled wine and other seasonal delights. Tonight, gather on board your ship for a Welcome Dinner. The ship moors in Nuremberg overnight. (B,D)

Day 4 - Nuremberg/Continental Divide

Enjoy a guided morning tour of this historic city with its fabulous Gothic churches, 900-year-old city ramparts, Imperial Castle, and the Justice Palace courtroom where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. Following your tour, you will have free time to visit the city's fabled Christmas Market and enjoy some complimentary hot mulled Gluhwein - the souvenir mug is yours to keep! After lunch, continue on to the Continental Divide at Hilpoltstein - Europe's highest point at 1,332 feet above sea level - before descending through stair-step locks. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Passau/Linz

After breakfast, you have two 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, where you will see the city fortifications and St. Stephan's Cathedral, home to Europe's largest pipe organ. Afterwards, take some time to explore the town's Christmas Market. Or take an optional 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, renowned for local handicrafts and one-of-a-kind holiday presents. If you prefer to stay on board, enjoy a scenic cruise from Passau to Linz. After arriving this evening, feel free to take a walk through this delightful town or browse for keepsakes at yet another charming Christmas Market. The ship departs around midnight and cruises overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Vienna

This morning, start your excursion with a driving tour of Vienna. You will see the majestic Opera House, the Ringstrasse, and St. Stephen's Cathedral, followed by a walking tour of the city center. Afterwards, spend some time enjoying the Christmas Market and holiday festivities at the Town Hall. This afternoon, you can join an optional tour to Sch?nbrunn Palace, which has its own remarkable Christmas Market, or take a stroll along the K?rntnerstrasse and stop to sample Vienna's famous pastries. The ship departs around dinnertime for Hungary. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Budapest

This morning, cruise past the beautiful towns nestled along the Danube Bend en route to Budapest. Your Budapest sightseeing tour takes you to Buda Castle, with its splendid view of the twin cities, as well as the Fisherman's Bastion, the Royal Palace and St. Stephen's Basilica. You have the balance of the day to explore the Christmas Market in the main square. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner, followed by a special ''Illuminations Cruise'' past Budapest's glittering river front. The ship moors overnight in Budapest. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Budapest

Disembarkation in Basel after breakfast. End of the cruise. (B)

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Includes

  • First class hotel accommodation for 2 nights in Prague
  • 8 days/7 nights on AmaWaterways
  • 22 included meals consisting of:
    - 9 buffet breakfasts
    - 6 lunches
    - 7 dinners
  • Complimentary wine, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
  • State-of-the-art Infotainment System featuring free in-room direct Internet access, free Hollywood movies and more
  • Life-enriching tours and daily excursions as per itinerary with personal headset included
  • Souvenir Christmas mug
  • Special highlights include lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music and/or dance performances and live piano music every afternoon & evening

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