The experience of a luxury river cruise should transcend snapshots. It should awaken your senses and envelop your heart in a warm embrace. It’s the authenticity of sipping a decadent Rüdesheimer coffee in the very city where the iconic beverage was born. It’s waking up each morning to another spectacular hilltop castle around the river bend. It’s the distant sounds of carolers singing joyous tunes, the taste of a delicate yet rich Sacher Torte, lovingly hand-crafted by an expert chef. It’s immersive, transformative and unforgettable. It’s AmaWaterways.
Each year, at the first chill of winter, a spark is ignited. Timeless traditions spring to life at European Christmas markets, where thousands of twinkling lights, immense tinsel-clad trees, and charming booths brimming with traditional handicrafts adorn historic town squares. With unique itineraries along the Rhine and Danube rivers, AmaWaterways sails to the best of these holiday fairs. On board, decks are filled with boughs of holly, the staff with good cheer, as guests indulge in exquisite feasts, toast the new year, and playfully engage in customs that rekindle memories long since passed.
The spirit of the holidays is brought to life on board in grand fashion. Beautifully decorated ships set the tone with festive garlands and twinkling lights while nostalgic traditions, like a jubilant tree-trimming party, surprise and delight guests throughout the season.
And once during every Christmas Markets cruise, the mouthwatering aromas and flavors of the season are alive during a luxurious multi-course holiday feast! It comes with all the trimmings and none of the fuss – only the best for AmaWaterways’ valued guests.
When you join AmaWaterways for a New Year’s cruise, there are no expensive tickets required. Whether you wish to go into town to see how the locals watch the ball drop or you prefer dressing up and attending the exclusive New Year’s Eve gala, the choice is yours.
Plus, if your ship docks in a city like Cologne or Vienna, grab a glass of champagne and head up to the Sun Deck where you’ll be greeted with blankets to keep you warm as you’re treated to front-row views of awe-inspiring fireworks.
As a holiday gift to you, AmaWaterways is offering unprecedented Triple Savings on select 2019 Christmas Markets cruises! Book between June 17-September 30, 2019, and you’ll save C$2,400 per stateroom, plus receive a complimentary stateroom upgrade! You’ll also receive a $50 per person onboard credit to use on board however you wish. Just mention promo code HOLIDAYGIFT at the time of booking.
The Budapest Christmas Market is Hungary’s largest, overtaking the cobblestone of Vörösmarty Square. Its strict “handcrafted-only” policy makes it the ideal shopping spot for one-of-a-kind gifts!
Situated in front of Vienna’s impressive 19th-century town hall, Christkindlmarkt boasts awe-inspiring
decorations that illuminate the city, as well as festive choir music and more than 150 vendor stalls.
Strasbourg – the self-proclaimed “Capital of Christmas” – has the oldest, largest and most famous Christmas market in France, the Marchés de Noël, chock-full of stuffed storks, a cherished icon of the city.
One of the largest and most popular in all of Europe, Nuremberg’s 400-year-old Christmas market offers
live music, distinctive hand-crafted souvenirs, a nostalgic carousel and a children’s steam train.
With its fairytale-like turret, the 18th-century Thurn und Taxis palace is the backdrop of Bavaria’s most
romantic Christmas market. Fresh dumplings in vanilla sauce are a not-to-be-missed seasonal specialty.
Mouthwatering pan-fried Reibekuchen – potato pancakes served with applesauce – is a specialty at
Cologne’s Christmas market, twinkling in the shadow of the city’s elaborate landmark cathedral.
Most Christmas markets open during the last week of November until approximately December 22. Check with each country’s tourist office for more information.
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*Terms and conditions: All rates are per person in CAD for cruise only and are inclusive of port charges (C$215 per person for 7-night cruises), based on double occupancy in a lead-in balcony stateroom unless stated otherwise. Promotional rates are valid on select departures for new bookings only made from June 17 – September 30, 2019. Up to C$2,400 savings are per stateroom (C$1,200 per person), $100 onboard credit ($50 per person), and a complimentary category upgrade based on double occupancy on select 2019 Holiday sailings; excludes categories E, D, AA+, SS, GS and OS. Offers are combinable with AmaWaterways’ Past Passenger Privilege Program and Future Cruise Benefit Program. Offers are not combinable with any other promotions, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change/termination without notice. Optional land programs, airfares and gratuities are additional. Other restrictions apply. Contact your Travel Professional for more details. HOLIDAYGIFT.