2024 : Treasures of the Main & Rhine (Christmas) : Prague to Amsterdam : 7- Night Cruise : ms AmaPrima
CRUISE FROM : Nuremberg to Amsterdam
From Prague, the 'City of Spires,' to the heartland of Germany along the Rhine and Main rivers and to cosmopolitan Amsterdam, you'll get an up-close look at the magnificent castles, medieval towns, Christmas Markets and forever-inspiring cities. Experience the deep-rooted European holiday traditions during the most festive time of year as you sail along the Rhine and Main rivers. Get lost in the Christmas Markets of Cologne, located in front of its UNESCO-designated Gothic cathedral. Marvel at an immaculate example of Baroque architecture at another UNESCO Site, Wurzburg Residenz, a reminder of life lived on a grand scale. Savor the storybook atmosphere and seasonal traditions of some of Europe's most charming towns, Wertheim and Rudesheim; and along the way, get swept up in the many treasures just waiting to be discovered. Cherish the glory of the holiday season and visit some of Europe's most timeless Christmas Markets.
COUNTRIES: Germany, Netherlands, Czech Republic
RIVERS: Rhine, Main
Treasures of the Main & Rhine (Christmas)
At A Glance
On our river cruises, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In many cases, you will have a choice of excursions, such as standard tours, bike tours, hikes and Special Interest Tours. We always include a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.
AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
Day 1 : ARRIVE IN PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Arrive in Prague and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore this beautiful city.
Day 2 : PRAGUE
Experience the wonders of Prague and its historic city center that is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site on your city tour and visit the city's sparkling Christmas Markets or you can hike to the grand castle. See Rudolfinum and the Hundertwasser Dancing House. Visit the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle and St. Vitus before walking over the romantic Charles Bridge to the Old Market Square, where you will find the capital's famous Astronomical Clock. (B)
Day 3 : PRAGUE
Beer has a long and illustrious history in the Czech Republic with the first brewery known to have existed in 993. Pilsner Urquell was created in 1842, being the first pilsner ever made, whilst Budweiser came into being in the city of Budweis. Beer is a core part of the country's national identity, so much so the Czechs are the biggest consumers of beer in the world. The country is home to more than 100 breweries with a combination of big names and micro establishments offering a huge range of styles, so join a Czech beer tasting and discover for yourself what makes the Czech's beer some of the very best in the world. (B)
Day 4 : PRAGUE - NUREMBERG, GERMANY - EMBARKATION
Depart Prague after breakfast and drive through the scenic countryside to Nuremberg. Enjoy a guided city tour of WWII highlights and then walk through Nuremberg's cobblestone streets to the Imperial castle and 900-year-old city ramparts. Additionally, meander through the stalls of Nuremberg's charming Christmas Markets. (B,D)
Day 5 : BAMBERG
Explore enchanting Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in one of three ways. Join a guided walking tour of this medieval gem to see its cathedral, Old Town Hall and elegant old mansions followed by a tasting of the city's famous smoked beer and a visit to Bamberg's charming Christmas Markets. Or indulge in the local flavors by sampling smoked beer, licorice root and Hornla pastry, a local favorite whose recipe dates back to 1427. And for those wishing to explore the town more actively, hop on a bike for a guided bike tour along the Main River and to its quirky quarters beyond the town center. (B,L,D)
Day 6 : WIRZBURG
Visit Wurzburg, nestled along the 'Romantic Road' in the middle of Germany's largest wine producing region. Join a walking tour of this beautiful city bursting with Baroque splendor and festive Christmas Markets. Or admire its crown jewel, the Baroque Residenz Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features an opulent interior, including a grand fresco by Tiepolo. As an alternative, hike up to Marienberg Fortress, dating back to the 13th century, and overlooking the Main. You may also head to picturesque Rothenburg on the 'Romantic Road,' known for its well-preserved medieval Old Town. (B,L,D)
Day 7 : WERTHEIM
Wertheim's old town center still features half-timbered houses and the Gothic architecture of the Stiftskirche, its oldest Protestant church. You may either join a guided walking tour through the historic city center and local Christmas Markets or learn the art of pretzel making with a visit to a local bakery. For those seeking a more active adventure, take a scenic bike ride through the Main River Valley. Alternatively, enjoy a guided walking tour through the medieval town of Miltenberg where you'll see you will see the Schnatterloch (old market square) and one of the oldest inns in Germany, the Hotel Zum Reisen. Or, opt for a hike up into the surrounding hills to Miltenberg Castle. (B,L,D)
Day 8 : RUDESHEIM
Cruise from the meandering Main River to the captivating Rhine River en route to the winemaking town of Rudesheim. Once there, you will have a choice of three excursions. Take a peaceful ride over the vineyards on Rudesheim's gondola. Afterwards, wine connoisseurs will want to go on a wine tasting with a local vintner and visit the town's fairytale Christmas Markets. Alternatively, visit hike through a Rudesheim vineyard or take a bike ride through the Rheingau wine region. Later in the day, set sail towards Lahnstein through the Rhine River Gorge, famous for its beautiful and imposing castles. Cap the day off with a visit to Lahneck Castle. (B,L,D)
Day 9 : COLOGNE
Join a guided tour through the Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral. Continue on to the Cologne Rathaus, Germany's oldest town hall, the Heumarkt and the Alter Markt. During your free time, browse through the city's most impressive Christmas Markets*, offering 160 attractively designed wooden pavilions. Here, you will have an opportunity to taste mulled wine, and watch artisans at work. For a different view of the city, visit a local tavern to taste its famous Kolsch beer, only made in Cologne, and reibekuchen mit apfelmus, potato pancakes typically served with applesauce. Active adventurists will want to join a guided bike ride along the Rhine. (B,L,D)
Day 10 : AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
View Amsterdam on a scenic canal cruise, taking in the magic of its iconic bridges. If you prefer exploring the world with your taste buds, stroll past traditional canals, gabled houses, narrow bridges and house boats to taste Dutch specialties at a grand Amsterdam cafe. (B,L,D)
*Depending on docking location, A Taste of Amsterdam may not operate; therefore, an alternative tour will operate instead.
Day 11 : AMSTERDAM - DISEMBARKATION.
Bid farewell to Amsterdam and prepare for your homebound flight. (B)
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- Offer valid through 12/31/2023
- 11 Days
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- ms AmaPrima
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Port Charges not included in cruise price$224 per person.
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