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River Cruise  >  Magnificent Europe Christmas Cruise | River Cruise

Magnificent Europe Christmas Cruise | River Cruise

15 Days - Travel to Budapest and return from Amsterdam

Magnificent Europe Christmas Cruise River Cruise holiday

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AmaSonata

Visit multiple Christmas Markets on the scenic river route 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 colourful surroundings of Amsterdam.

Day 1 DEPART IRELAND - ARRIVE IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - EMBARKATION
Board your flight from Ireland to Budapest, Hungary. Arrive in Budapest and embark your river cruise ship. This evening meet your fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner. The ship cruises overnight. (D)

Day 2 BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
Relax onboard as you cruise towards Bratislava, capital of the Slovak Republic. This afternoon, enjoy a walking tour of Bratislava’s major sights, including the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and Gothic St. Martin's Cathedral. You will also have time to visit the Christmas Markets. The ship cruises to Vienna overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 3 VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Start your day with a driving tour of Vienna’s top sights, including the Opera House, the Ringstrasse, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral, followed by a walking tour of the historic city center. Afterwards, take some time to enjoy the festivities at the exceptional Christmas Market located at Vienna’s Town Hall. In the afternoon, you can join an optional tour to the Imperial Schönbrunn Palace, which features over 60 Christmas Market stalls and a truly festive atmosphere. Or, if you prefer, stroll along the Kärntnerstrasse, sample Vienna’s famous pastries or visit a museum. Tonight, you may return to the Christmas Market for more shopping or join an optional excursion to a Mozart and Strauss concert. (B,L,D)

Day 4 DÜRNSTEIN - MELK
Reach the Wachau Valley early this morning. Stop in Dürnstein, a charming town with a magnificent blue Stiftskirche, and take a walking tour down medieval cobblestone streets past 16th-century town houses and wine taverns. High above the town, you will see the ruins of a castle where Richard the Lionhearted was once imprisoned. After lunch, the ship will cruise to Melk for a guided tour of the town’s Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe's largest baroque monasteries and the inspiration for the novel The Name of the Rose. (B,L,D)

Day 5 PASSAU, GERMANY
After breakfast, you will have a choice of two different excursions. The first choice is an optional excursion to Salzburg, where you will take a walking tour of the historic centre, famous as the setting for “The Sound of Music” and as the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The tour also includes a visit to the Mirabell Gardens, Salzburg Cathedral, Mozart’s Square, the cities Christmas markets and much more. The alternative is to remain on the ship as it cruises through scenic Upper Austria to Passau, a 2,000-year-old city noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture. A late afternoon walking tour of Passau will take you along the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, where you will see the old city fortifications and St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to the largest pipe organ in the world. (B,L,D)

Day 6 REGENSBURG
Early this afternoon, arrive in Regensburg, one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities. A guided tour will show you the city's architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria - gates to a Roman fort built in 179 AD. Plus another opportunity to see one last Christmas Market before Christmas begins. (B,L,D)

Day 7 NUREMBERG
We arrive in Nuremberg this afternoon. On your guided tour of this historic city, you’ll see fabulous Gothic churches, elegant patrician homes, the 900-year-old ramparts that surround the city, the Imperial Castle, and the Justice Palace where the War Crimes Tribunal was held after WWII. Tonight, we’ll have a festive onboard Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. The ship moors overnight. (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. You might also enjoy an optional excursion to medieval Rothenburg, a beautiful walled city situated on the Romantic Road. Your walking tour includes entrance to the Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas Museum. Rejoin the ship in Würzburg and cruise overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 11 WERTHEIM
We arrive in Wertheim this morning, a town that has retained much of its character and charm. You will have some free time to explore the town on your own. Later, a motor coach will transfer you to Freudenberg to rejoin the ship. We depart early this afternoon and cruise overnight. (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, HOLLAND
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)

Magnificent Europe Christmas Cruise River Cruise holiday
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Magnificent Europe Christmas Cruise Special Offers

  • Magnificent Europe Christmas Cruise   special offers with Sunway
    Travel date: 20th December 2017
    Incl 14 night Cruise, Flights & Transfers

Special Offer Prices are 'from' prices per person, based on 2 sharing and unless stated include:

Return Flights & Taxes from Ireland

Airport Transfers

Cruise Itinerary as specified

Cruise from only $5,599pp

River Cruise pricing is in US Dollars and is cruise only based on a cabin category E. For up to date Euro pricing with the current rate of exchange please contact our reservations team.
Port Charges and cabin category upgrades are additional.

 

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