River Cruises/EUROPE (Central)

Magnificent Europe (Christmas Cruise)

15-DAYS

CRUISE FROM : Budapest to Amsterdam
A "Magnificent" European journey through five fascinating countries! Begin in Budapest and travel through the Main-Danube Canal as you traverse Europe's Continental Divide. Discover the culture and traditions of grand capitals, the perfectly preserved medieval towns and Europe's loveliest countryside. Your cruise ends among the legendary canals and colorful surroundings of Amsterdam.

COUNTRIES: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands
RIVERS: Danube, Main, Rhine




ITINERARY

Day 1 : ARRIVE IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - EMBARKATION
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. (D)
Day 2 : BUDAPEST
This morning, enjoy a brief panoramic tour of the city. You will see Buda Castle, the Fisherman's Bastion, the Royal Palace and St. Stephen's Basilica. Rejoin the ship in Esztergom and depart for Vienna. (B,L,D)
Day 3 : VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Start your day with a driving tour of Vienna that includes the Vienna Opera House, the Ringstrasse, and St. Stephen's Cathedral, followed by a walking tour of the historic city center. Afterwards, spend some time enjoying the festive Christmas Markets located around the Town Hall. The ship heads towards Melk late tonight. (B,L,D)
Day 4 : MELK – PASSAU, GERMANY
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. (B,L,D)
Day 5 : PASSAU, GERMANY
After breakfast, arrive in picturesque Passau. You will have a choice of a walking tour of Passau's Old Town, past the old city fortifications, Rathaus, Domplatz and Residenzplatz town squares, as well as St. Stephen's Cathedral, or more active guests may join a guided bike tour from Passau to Erlau or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus fortress overlooking Passau. (B,L,D)
Day 6 : REGENSBURG
Arrive in Regensbur 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 the Old Kornmarkt Christmas Market, with its festive stalls adorned with fir branches. If you'd like to explore on your own in lieu of our city tour, perhaps you will enjoy visiting the "royal" markets at the Thurn and Taxis Palace, a very traditional handicraft Christmas Market, where you can watch craftsmen at work. (B,L,D)
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. After your tour, visit the world's largest Christmas Market, with over 100 red and white canvas-topped booths offering an assortment of unique toys, tinsel angels, dolls, gingerbread and other treats, and an endless variety of other seasonal goodies. The ship overnights in Nuremberg. (B,L,D)
Day 8 : NUREMBERG
Today, you will travel by train from Nuremberg to Munich, the capital of Bavaria and one of Germany's largest cities. Your guide will offer suggestions on what to see during your free time in town and will take you to lunch in a local restaurant. Back on board the ship tonight, you will meet newly arrived travelers embarking from Prague. (B,L,D)
Day 9 : NUREMBERG – BAMBERG
Enjoy breakfast as we cruise through the engineering marvel known as the Main-Danube Canal, which traverses the Alps via 16 locks. Arrive in Bamberg and enjoy a walking tour of this medieval gem, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is free time to sample some of Bamberg's famous smoked beer before you return to the ship. The ship departs this evening and cruises overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 10 : KITZINGEN - WÜRZBURG
After arriving in Kitzingen, your walking tour includes the city's famous 13th-century Leaning Tower, the Old Main Bridge, Kitzingen Church, and the Renaissance-style Town Hall. Later, the Aulic Council and Wine Queen will welcome you to Germany’s oldest wine cellar for a tasting of several different wines and an overview of wine production in the region. In the afternoon, you will have a choice of three different excursions. Take a guided tour of Würzburg showing you all of the major sights or visit the Residenz Palace and gardens, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s best examples of Baroque architecture. Rejoin the ship in Würzburg and cruise overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 11 : WERTHEIM
This morning, you will have a walking tour of Wertheim, a town that has retained much of its medieval charm and character. The ship will depart for Miltenberg during lunch, arriving early evening for a brief walking tour along cobblestone streets lined with steeply gabled, half-timbered houses. Later, the ship leaves Bavaria and the Main River behind. (B,L,D)
Day 12 : RÜDESHEIM - KOBLENZ
Early this morning, you will cruise through the Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of the river, passing castle after castle. Don't miss the legendary Lorelei Rock, where legend says sweet songs of local beauties once lured enchanted sailors to their doom. In Rüdesheim, you will board a miniature train that will take you to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Explore the Drosselgasse, a narrow alley lined with wine taverns and restaurants during your free time. Arrive in Koblenz in the evening and enjoy a walking tour through this charming town, lead by your Cruise Manager. (B,L,D)
Day 13 : KOBLENZ – COLOGNE
We cruise from Koblenz to Cologne today, arriving this afternoon. After lunch on board, enjoy a walking tour of Cologne and visit the spectacular 13th-century Medieval Gothic cathedral. We depart late tonight for Amsterdam. (B,L,D)
Day 14 : AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
Enjoy your last morning leisurely cruising to Amsterdam, arriving after lunch. You'll have a guided canal cruise, a city tour with a photo stop at the Rembrandt Windmill, and free time to explore on your own. (B,L,D)
Day 15 : AMSTERDAM – DISEMBARKATION
Bid farewell to Amsterdam and prepare for your homebound flight. (B)

INCLUDED IN THE TOUR

SPACIOUS STATEROOMS

  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
  • Computer for internet access
  • Entertainment on Demand system featuring, movies, TV shows, news and music
  • Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily

AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES

  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
  • Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances

AWARD-WINNING DINING

  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • The Chef's Table specialty restaurant
  • Captain's Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
  • La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge

A WORLD OF EXPLORATION

  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
  • Bike tours and hikes
  • Limited Edition Tours
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways

TOUR PRICES & DEPARTURE DATES:

2017 SAILINGS
DEP USA CANADA START CITY EMBARK DATE SHIP NAME EMBARK CITY CHECK-IN PRICES
Dec 19BudapestDec 20AmaStellaAmsterdamn/a3,599
CABIN UPGRADES PER PERSON
CATEGORY DECK STATEROOM ADDITIONAL
EPianoFixed WindowsBase Price
DPianoFixed Windows+$598
CBViolinFrench Balcony+$1,198
CAViolin & CelloFrench Balcony+$1,798
BBCelloFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$2,798
BAViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$3,198
ABCelloFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$3,598
AAViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$3,998
SuiteViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$6,398

Note:

  • Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
  • Port Charges: $336 per person.
  • Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price. Please see terms below for details.
  • Bedding: Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The Options are: Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).
  • Christmas Markets Notice: Note: Most Christmas Markets open around Nov. 25 and remain open until approximately Dec. 23. Check with each country's tourist office for more information.

Terms & Conditions:

    All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

2018 SAILINGS
DEP USA CANADA START CITY EMBARK DATE SHIP NAME EMBARK CITY CHECK-IN PRICES
Dec 20BudapestDec 21AmaSerenaAmsterdamn/a$4,899
CABIN UPGRADES PER PERSON
CATEGORY DECK STATEROOM ADDITIONAL
EPianoFixed WindowsBase Price
DPianoFixed Windows+$598
CViolin & CelloFrench Balcony+$1,798
BBCelloFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$2,798
BAViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$3,198
ABCelloFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$3,598
AAViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$3,998
AA+ViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$5,198
SuiteViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$6,598

Note:

  • Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
  • Port Charges: $336 per person.
  • Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price. Please see terms below for details.
  • Bedding: Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The Options are: Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).
  • Christmas Markets Notice: Note: Most Christmas Markets open around Nov. 25 and remain open until approximately Dec. 23. Check with each country's tourist office for more information.

Terms & Conditions:

    All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

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All ships of  AMADEUS WATERWAYS   operate for the English speaking market only and offer a long list of amenities, which no other river cruise ship in Europe can match.
    ON-BOARD FACILITIES 
    • Grand View Lounge Bar
    • Elegant Panorama Restaurant 
    • Fitness Center
    • Beauty Salon including manicure & pedicure 
    • Onboard physician and massage
    • Fun pool
    • Interesting lecture programs 
    • On-board veriety entertainmant
    • 100- meter walking track