Christmas Markets by Boat

AMAWATERWAYS, the fastest growing river cruise line in Europe, is offering a series of European river cruises in November and December to take in the famous Christmas markets in Germany, Austria, Hungary and The Netherlands, with prices from £1,085 for a 7 day cruise, including breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner with wine complimentary on-board bicycles and organised tours.


Each town’s market has its own style, some with a medieval theme, some specialising in handicrafts but all of them brimming with atmosphere as shoppers browse the wooden stalls piled high with handmade gifts and decorations, and the scent of mulled wine and baking gingerbread wafts through the air.

The seven-night Christmas Time Cruise operates on two AMAWATERWAYS vessels, Amalyra and Amadolce, between Nuremberg and Budapest, with ample time in the markets at Regensburg, Linz, Vienna and, for Advent with a Hungarian flavour, Budapest. There’s also an optional excursion to romantic Salzburg, a tour of the abbey at Melk and complimentary guided walks and tours in every port.

Departure dates are November 23 and 30 and December 7, 14, 21 and 28, and the `Christmas Time Cruise’ costs from £1,085 plus £56 port taxes, cruise-only. The itinerary operates in both directions, Nuremberg-Budapest and Budapest-Nuremberg.
Christmas Wonderland, operates between Trier and Amsterdam on M.S. Amacello and offers the chance to explore the bigger markets in some of Germany’s major cities as well as Amsterdam itself, with calls at Trier, Frankfurt, Cologne and Dusseldorf. The market in Cologne, in the shadow of the magnificent cathedral, is especially impressive, while the snow-covered setting of Trier, Germany’s oldest city, is one of the most romantic, with 95 festively decorated wooden chalets laden with wooden toys, candles and glassware overlooked by the historic buildings of the main square.

Departures for this cruise are November 22, 29, December 6, 13 and 20, with prices from £1,085 plus £56 port tax, cruise-only.
Each AMAWATERWAYS cruise includes all meals on board (breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, midnight snacks), unlimited wine with dinner, a daily sightseeing programme, on board folklore and musical performances, bicycles for use in port and free internet access. Prices exclude flights, which can be booked with a multitude of airlines, flying into major European airports, usually with pre-arranged transfers to join the ships.


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