Christmas Markets on the Danube

9 December - 16 December 2017

Duration

7 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

18 Ports

9 December

Setting sail from Nuremberg

Nuremberg, Bavaria's second city, first pops up in the history books in 1050 as a stronghold of the Franks, and later became the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Nuremberg was also the centre of the German Renaissance, although in the 20th century it became associated with the Nazis; huge rallies were held here, and Nazi officials were later tried and convicted at the Nuremberg Trials. Happily Nuremberg has bounced back from these dark days, and nowadays the city is a tourist magnet thanks to the beautifully restored old town, Christmas markets and excellent beer.

Don't miss

Schwurgerichtssaal 600 (Court Room 600) of the still-working courthouse is where the Nuremberg Trials took place. It forms part of an extraordinary exhibit detailing the history of the trials.

9 December

Hungary: Budapest

10 December

Germany: Nuremberg

10 December

Hungary: Budapest

11 December

Germany: Regensburg

11 December

Austria: Vienna

12 December

Austria: Melk

12 December

Germany: Passau

12 December

Austria: Linz (Salzburg)

12 December

Germany: Passau

13 December

Austria: Melk

13 December

Austria: Vienna

13 December

Germany: Passau

14 December

Austria: Vienna

14 December

Germany: Regensburg

15 December

Hungary: Budapest

15-16 December

Germany: Nuremberg

16 December

Arriving in Budapest

Budapest is one of Eastern Europe's most appealing cities, a vibrant and welcoming capital that straddles the Danube. The history of Budapest has been somewhat turbulent - ransacked by the Mongols in 1241, occupied by the Ottoman Turks for over a century, and almost flattened by the Soviets in 1945 - but plenty of older buildings survive, including the imposing Parliament and iconic St Stephen's Basilica. Although a pedant might point out that Budapest has only really existed since 1873; up until then the city's two distinct halves, Buda and Pest, were separate towns.

Our tip

Hungarian cuisine is vastly underrated; don’t visit Budapest without trying goulash, the paprika-infused national dish.

The Ship

Your home from home

AmaSonata
AmaSonata
AmaPrima Stateroom

The most advanced design in the AmaWaterways fleet, sister ships the AmaCerto, AmaPrima, AmaReina, AmaSonata, AmaStella, AmaViola, AmaVenita and AmaSerena have spacious and beautifully decorated accommodation and offer superb modern public spaces.

What we love

Ama's most innovative design to date features a heated sun deck swimming pool with swim up bar and large 'twin balconies' in many staterooms. Enjoy the informal style during the day whilst relaxing on the Sundeck, and in the evening indulge in the gourmet cuisine in the main dining room or alternative speciality restaurant.

Capacity 158 - 164 Guests
Crew 49 European Staff
Style Relaxed and informal during the day, giving way to an elegant evening atmosphere.
Inclusions
  • All meals in all venues
  • Alcoholic beverages with meals
  • Sightseeing and excursions
  • Tea and coffee throughout the day
  • Wi-Fi and On-Demand entertainment
Year Built AmaCerto 2012, AmaPrima 2013, AmaReina & Sonata 2014, AmaVenita & Serena 2015, AmaStella & AmaViola 2016
length 443 feet
Breadth 38 feet
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Tailor-make your trip

Ways to make it better
Hotel Drei Raben, Nuremberg

Where to stay in Nuremberg

We like the Drei Raben (Three Ravens) in the rebuilt old town.

Kaiserburg castle, Nuremberg

Explore Nuremberg's rich history

Nuremberg's medieval might and significance as part of the Holy Roman Empire becomes clear in a visit to the Kaiserburg.

Hotel Palazzo Zichy, Budapest

Our favourite hotel in Budapest

We like the Hotel Palazzo Zichy on the Pest side of the river, which used to be the residence of Count Nándor Zichy.

Tokaji aszú wine, Hungary

A taste of Hungary

If you’re a wine lover, you really should visit the world’s oldest classified wine region, known for its sweet Tokaji aszú dessert wine.

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