Few events are awaited with as much anticipation as Europe’s Christmas Markets. Be spellbound by Nuremberg and Regensburg’s Christmas Markets. In Linz, marvel at the small clay figurines representing the people of a typical village the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker; and while in Vienna, visit four Christmas Markets. Embrace the holiday spirit in Germany and Austria where many Christmas traditions began on this magical journey through time.
Day 1 Depart CANADA
Day 2 Vienna, AUSTRIA Hotel Stay
Day 3 Vienna, AUSTRIA Hotel Stay
Day 4 Vienna, AUSTRIA Embark
Day 5 Durnstein, AUSTRIA River Cruising
Day 6 Wachau Valley, AUSTRIA River Cruising
Day 7 Melk, AUSTRIA River Cruising
Day 8 Linz, AUSTRIA River Cruising
Day 9 Passau, GERMANY River Cruising
Day 10 Regensburg, GERMANY River Cruising
Day 11 Nuremberg, GERMANY Disembark
Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC Hotel Stay
Day 12 Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC Hotel Stay
Day 13 Depart for CANADA
Day 1 – Thursday / November 22 DEPART CANADA
Board your overnight flight to Vienna. (In-flights Meals)
Day 2 – Friday / November 23 ARRIVE IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Arrive in Vienna and check-in to your hotel. Accommodation: INTERCONTINENTAL VIENNA HOTEL or similar (2 nights).
Day 3 – Saturday / November 24 VIENNA, AUSTRLIA
Uncover “Vienna’s Royal Treasures” at the Hofburg Palace, the former residence of the Habsburgs. You’ll visit the lavishly decorated Imperial Apartments and Imperial Treasury, home to many of the Habsburg’s treasures, including the Crown of the Holy Roman Empire and the Austrian Imperial Crown. 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)
Day 4 – Sunday / November 25 VIENNA – EMBARKATION
Check out of your hotel and transfer to your luxury ship. Accommodation: onboard MS AmaSonata (7 nights). (B/D)
Day 5 – Monday / November 26 VIENNA, AUSTRIA
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. Afterwards, you’ll visit the Rathaus (Town Hall) Christmas Market. If you prefer a more active adventure, then join a guided bike ride along the Danube. During the afternoon, visit the Karlsplatz (Artisans) Christmas Market, a local favorite, and the market at Schönbrunn Palace with a giant sparkling Christmas tree. (B/L/D)
Day 6 – Tuesday / November 27 DÜRNSTEIN – WACHAU VALLEY – MELK, AUSTRIA
After, reaching the Wachau Valley in the morning, you’ll have a choice of three excursions in Dürnstein. Partake in a walking tour along cobblestone streets to the luminous blue facade of the Baroque Stiftskirche, its famed church tower, before enjoying a wine tasting in a local cellar. Alternatively, visit a local boutique, where you’ll be treated to the region’s finest apricot products. After your morning excursions, you have a choice to cruise through the Wachau Valley to Melk or join a bike tour along the Danube. Upon reaching Melk, take a tour of the UNESCO-designated Melk Abbey. (B/L/D)
Day 7 – Wednesday / November 28 LINZ, AUSTRIA
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 magnificent Salzburg dressed in her holiday best. Enjoy a walking tour of UNESCO-designated Old Town, its magnificent cathedral, inspired by St. Peter’s Cathedral at the Vatican and its Christmas Market, which is a feast for the senses. 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 or visit the charming mountain town, Český Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border. (B/L/D)
Day 8 – Thursday / November 29 PASSAU, GERMANY
Picturesque Passau, a fairytale city founded more than 2,000 years ago is noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture. During the season of Advent, the city 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. (B/L/D)
Day 9 – Friday / November 30 REGENSBURG, GERMANY
Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join a guided walking tour showcasing the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria, before visiting the Old Town Christmas Market. As an alternate option, sample some of Bavaria’s specialties—beer, sausage and pretzels. Or bike to Walhalla where you will see the Neoclassical white marble temple inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. Later in the day, you’ll be treated to one of Bavaria’s most beautiful and romantic Christmas Markets at Thurn and Taxis Castle, where you can watch craftsmen make their unique arts and crafts. (B/L/D)
Day 10 – Saturday / December 1 NUREMBERG, GERMANY
Join a city tour of WWII highlights and then walk through Nuremberg’s cobblestone streets to the Imperial Castle and 900-year-old city ramparts. Visit Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt, one of the world’s largest and most famous Christmas Markets. Browse through over 100 red and white canvas-topped booths offering an assortment of unique treasures, toys and seasonal goodies. (B/L/D)
Day 11 – Sunday / December 2 NUREMBERG – DISEMBARKATION – PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Depart the ship to transfer to Prague. En route, stop at another one of Nuremberg’s Christmas Markets before driving through the countryside to Pilzen, a city perhaps best known for producing Pilsner beer. While here, enjoy a highlights tour before continuing on to Prague, where you’ll check into your hotel. Accommodation: OLD TOWN HILTON HOTEL or similar (2 nights) (B)
Day 12 – Monday / December 3 PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
The fairy-tale city of Prague always enchants, but it really sparkles even more during the holiday season. See all the key highlights on a walking tour, including the National Museum and 1,000 year-old Prague Castle. Or get more active with a hike to the castle. You will then have free time to explore Prague’s renowned Christmas Market in the Old Town Square. (B)
Day 13 – Tuesday / December 4 DEPART PRAGUE FOR CANADA
Bid farewell to Prague and prepare for your homeward flight. (B/In-Flight Meals)
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FARES: (Single Occupancy Fares Upon Request).
Outside Category “E” $5,695 Balcony Category “BB” $7,495
Outside Category “D” $6,095 Balcony Category “BA” $7,695
French Balcony Category “C” $6,795 Balcony Category “AB” $7,995
Deposit of $500 per person is required – Final Payment is due by August 15, 2018
ALL PRICES ARE IN CANADIAN DOLLARS (PER PERSON) AND INCLUDE:
Return airfare from TORONTO (other cities available upon request).
2-Night first class hotel stay in Vienna, AUSTRIA.
2-Night first class hotel stay in Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC.
8-Day river cruise aboard the AmaSonata with AmaWaterways.
All your meals with wine, beer and soft-drinks.
Fully guided shore excursions during your river cruise
All your shipboard gratuities on your river boat.
All your port and departure taxes.