About this Tour

Travel back through centuries as you walk along cobblestone streets through grand cities and historic towns bedecked with twinkling Christmas trees and lined with wooden huts gleaning with handcrafted treasures. Iconic Christmas markets are plentiful and are on full display for your pleasure. Rothenburg Christmas market with the largest selection of German Christmas decorations in the world; Munich where over 30 different Christmas markets reside; Regensburg’s Christmas market at Thurn and Taxis Castle, considered one of Bavaria’s most beautiful and romantic; and Vienna with its impressive Christmas markets that seem to majestically appear around every corner, to name a few. Sparkling lights, festive sounds of children dressed as angels singing carols, enticing smells of hot-mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, sausages, and sweet treats of every kind, and timeless wonders are a feast for all your senses.

Activity Level

Tours require a greater level of physical activity. Walking tours of cities are leisurely but you should be prepared to be on your feet for several hours and walk longer distances which may be over uneven ground and steps, climb in and out of zodiacs or small boats without assistance. This tour may include some activities not suitable for people with mobility restrictions.

What's Included

  • Multi-night Stays in Frankfurt, Wurzburg & Munich
  • City Tours of Frankfurt, Wurzburg, Rothenburg, Augsburg & Munich
  • Christmas Markets of Frankfurt, Wurzburg, Rothenburg, Augsburg & Munich
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Wurzburg Palace
  • Tasting of a Rothenburg Fried Snowball & Hot Mulled Wine
  • Romantic Road of Bavaria
  • Medieval towns of Nordlingen, Augsburg & Oberammergau
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites Neuschwanstein Castle & Linderhof Palace
  • All breakfasts & 3 dinners

River Cruise Highlights

  • 7-nights onboard the AmaWaterways AmaLea
  • Fully appointed luxury staterooms with included entertainment on-demand access
  • All gourmet meals onboard
  • Free flowing red and white wine, beer, or soft drinks during lunch and dinner
  • Captain's welcome & farewell champagne reception
  • Compilmentary "Sip & Sail" cocktail hour with a "Happy Hour" menu
  • 24hr complimentary coffee & tea station
  • Complimentary wellness program
  • Nightly piano music
  • Daily shore excursions
  • Included cruise gratuities

Dates & Pricing

December 02, 2023 – December 17, 2023 Space Available

Weather Varies

We wish we could control the weather, but on the day this tour begins you can expect temperatures (°C) within this range:

Passau

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Budapest

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Munich

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Vienna

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Frankfurt

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Itinerary

Travel back through centuries as you walk along cobblestone streets through grand cities and historic towns bedecked with twinkling Christmas trees and lined with wooden huts gleaning with handcrafted treasures. Iconic Christmas markets are plentiful and are on full display for your pleasure. Rothenburg Christmas market with the largest selection of German Christmas decorations in the world; Munich where over 30 different Christmas markets reside; Regensburg’s Christmas market at Thurn and Taxis Castle, considered one of Bavaria’s most beautiful and romantic; and Vienna with its impressive Christmas markets that seem to majestically appear around every corner, to name a few. Sparkling lights, festive sounds of children dressed as angels singing carols, enticing smells of hot-mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, sausages, and sweet treats of every kind, and timeless wonders are a feast for all your senses.

Day 1 – Home Cities to Frankfurt, Germany

Lost day in flight. 

Day 2 – Frankfurt

Welcome to Frankfurt! After being transferred to the hotel spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure stroll through the Christmas Markets, do some shopping and take in the sights. Later this evening, join the rest of the group for a Welcome Dinner.

Day 3 – Frankfurt

Today enjoy a City Tour of Frankfurt am Main. See the historic old city sites of Römerberg and Kaiserdom, as well as the finance and banking district. The skyscrapers here are among the highest in Europe, which is why the city has been given the nickname ‘Mainhattan’. The afternoon will be at your leisure, with more time to check out the Christmas Markets and do some last-minute shopping.

Day 4 – Frankfurt to Wurzburg

This morning, make your way to Würzburg, enjoy a City Tour and revel in the opulent baroque and rococo architecture of this beautiful city. Once the great seat of power for the Prince-Bishops of Germany. No visit to Würzburg is complete without a guided tour of one of Europe’s most renowned baroque castles – the UNESCO World Heritage Site Würzburg Residence. This colossal palace, with its over 300 rooms, illustrates the grand power of the ancient regional rulers. Afterwards, enjoy some free time to visit the Christmas Markets before our included dinner.

Day 5 – Rothenburg O.D.T

Today is spent in Rothenburg, a picturesque town famous for its ‘Rothenburg Reiterlesmarkt’. The name originates from a Germanic legend that refers to a lucky figure who brings joy to all people through his visit. Have a chance to taste the famous ‘fried snowball’! Afterwards, some free time to do some shopping at the Christmas Market where you will find the largest selection of German Christmas decorations in the world.

Day 6 – Wurzburg to Munich

This morning, take a journey along the famous Romantic Road, dotted with 29 medieval towns. Stop along the way at Nördlingen, with fully intact city walls and magnificent medieval, and renaissance house. Originating in the 15th century, Augsburg, known for its medieval square, fills up with one of the oldest Christmas Markets. Upon arrival in Munich, the remainder of the day is yours to explore.

Day 7 – Munich

During a walking City Tour, see Munich’s most intriguing sights like the Victual’s Market, Marienplatz, Sendlinger Gate, Palace of Justice and New Court. To warm up, enjoy a cup of hot mulled wine at the famous Marienplatz Christmas Market. After, go Christmas Market hopping to check out some of the 30 plus different markets that Munich has to offers. Later this evening, enjoy an included dinner.

Day 8 – Neuschwanstein Castle & Linderhof Palace

Today is spent discovering both the Neuschwanstein Castle, one of the most photographed in the world, and Linderhof Palace, the only building, out of three, King Ludwig II saw to completion. On route, stop at the picturesque village of Oberammergau where you can wander through the lanes of this quant village.

Day 9 – Munich to Nuremberg

This morning depart Munich for Nuremberg and board AmaWaterways AmaLea, your home for the next seven nights. Built in 2018, the AmaLea is designed with vibrant pops of colour that call to mind the autumn harvest in European vineyards, and appointed with twin balconies in most staterooms, the AmaLea is a sleek river ship created with luxury yachts in mind.

Day 10 – Nuremberg

Join a City Tour of WWII highlights, then stroll Nuremberg’s cobblestone streets to the Imperial Castle and 900-year-old city ramparts, followed by a visit to some of the local Christmas Markets. Later, you can visit Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt, one of the world’s largest and most famous Christmas markets. You will also cross the Continental Divide via the Main-Danube Canal as the day ends.

Day 11 – Regensburg

Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. 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. Later in the day, you’ll be treated to one of Bavaria’s most beautiful and romantic Christmas Markets at Thurn and Taxis, where you can watch artisans make their unique arts and crafts. 

Day 12 – Passau

Join a Walking Tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Go in search of Bavarian-style crafts at the Christmas Market. Alternatively, you can travel through the serene Austrian Alps to Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart. Your full-day Salzburg Excursion includes a walking tour of the UNESCO-designated Old Town, its magnificent cathedral, and its Christmas Markets, including the Hellbrunn Palace, where its inner courtyard is turned into a romantic backdrop for one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Austria.

Day 13 – Melk, Austria - Vienna

High on a rocky outcrop lies the Melk Abbey, one of Europe’s most revered Baroque monasteries. Visit this magnificent Benedictine Abbey, which now houses a museum chronicling its history and a famous library with countless medieval manuscripts. Afterward, enjoy a scenic cruise of the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley before arriving in Vienna and exploring the local Christmas Markets. 

Day 14 – Vienna

The “City of Waltzes” offers a treasure trove of gems just waiting to be discovered. Join a City 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 Christmas Markets. During the afternoon, visit the Schönbrunn Palace with a giant sparkling Christmas tree. This market presents a glittering and stellar Christmas experience.

Day 15 – Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is one of Europe’s most regal and storied cities—and many of its most iconic sights can be seen right off the banks of the Danube. Your City Tour through this sprawling World Heritage city offers splendid views from historic Buda Castle of the twin cities on both banks of the river. You’ll also visit Fisherman’s Bastion and see the marvelous Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Heroes’ Square and much more. Later, explore this beautiful city’s Christmas Markets.

Day 16 – Budapest to Home City

Disembark the ship in Budapest and bid farewell to all your newfound friends.

What you will experience on this tour

Travel back through centuries as you walk along cobblestone streets through grand cities and historic towns bedecked with twinkling Christmas trees and lined with wooden huts gleaning with handcrafted treasures. Iconic Christmas markets are plentiful and are on full display for your pleasure. Rothenburg Christmas market with the largest selection of German Christmas decorations in the world; Munich where over 30 different Christmas markets reside; Regensburg’s Christmas market at Thurn and Taxis Castle, considered one of Bavaria’s most beautiful and romantic; and Vienna with its impressive Christmas markets that seem to majestically appear around every corner, to name a few. Sparkling lights, festive sounds of children dressed as angels singing carols, enticing smells of hot-mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, sausages, and sweet treats of every kind, and timeless wonders are a feast for all your senses.

Multi-night Stays in Frankfurt, Wurzburg & Munich

Sometimes a day just isn't enough to take in all a place has to offer.

City tours of Frankfurt, Wurzburg & Munich

Enjoy a guided city tour of Frankfurt, Wurzburg & Munich.

Christmas Markets of Frankfurt, Wurzburg, Rothenburg, Augsburg & Munich

Christmas time is here! Explore the many Christmas Markets in Germany, drink hot mulled wine as you browse the many different Germanic ornanments, view the towering Christmas trees and shop around for some of the many original Christmas gifts. Enjoy full access to the Christmas Markets of Frankfurt, Wurzburg, Rothenburg, Augsburg and Munich. 

UNESCO World Heritage Site Wurzburg Residence

Unlike many Palaces, the Wurzburg Residence was built in its entirety, with short interruptions, almost within a single generation. The architects drew their insirpation from an area extending from Vienna to Paris and from Genoa and Venice to Amsterdam. The building emobides the attainments of Western architecture of its day, French chateau architecture, Viennese baroque and the religious and secular architecture of northern Italy and is a synthesis of the arts of astonishing universality. 

Tasting of a Rothenburg Fried Snowball and Hot Mulled Wine

You will have the opportunity to taste a Fried Snowball in Rothenburg, otherwise known as a Schneeball. It is a pastry made from shortcrust pastry traditionally decorated with white confectioner's sugar. 

While in Munich before you explore the Christmas Markets, you will be given the chance to taste some Hot Mulled Wine, a spiced wine made up of red wine along with various different spices and is served warm.

Romantic Road of Bavaria

The name Romantic Road gives expression to the feelings experienced by many people when they see the medieval towns or the fairy-tale castle of Neuschwanstein. The Romantic Road reveals the wealth of European history, art and culture awaiting travellers. 

Medieval towns of Nordlingen, Augsburg & Oberammergau

Nordlingen with its wholly intact city walls with their turrets and gatehouses, and magnificent Medieval and Renaissance houses. Augsburg with its grandeur buildings from the Gothic, Renaissance and Rococo eras. Oberammergau, well known for its long tradition of woodcarving craftsmen and the Bavarian themes, fairy tales and religious scenes carved into the many homes and buildings. There are many attractions throughout these German towns that will catch your eye.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace

Neuschwanstein Castle is considered to be the most popular castle in Europe, in part because of the faiy tale architecture that make this castle. The castle illustrates the ideals and longings of King Ludwig II more vividly than any of his other buildings. The castle was not designed for royal representation, but as a place of retreat. Here, King Ludwig II escaped into a dream world - the poetic world of the Middle Ages. 

Linderhof Palace was the first of three buildings King Ludwig II was making plans to build. However neither of the plans King Ludwig II envisaged were ever built. Instead, the new building developed around the forester's house belonging to his father Maximilian II, which was located in the open space in front of the present palace and was used by the king when crown prince on hunting expeditions wit his father. Linderhof Palace was the only large palace King Ludwig II lived to see completed. 

7-nights onboard the AmaWaterways AmaLea

A host of comforts and conveniences fill AmaLea's decks, including a massage and hair salon, gift shop and specialty coffee station. The relaxing Sun Deck features a heated pool as well as a swim-up bar, while the vibrant Main Lounge provides an exhilarating stage for nightly performances. Some of the inclusions during this 7-night river cruise are: 

  • Accommodation in a fully appointed luxury stateroom with included entertainment on-demand access
  • All gourmet meals onboard (early riser coffee and cruissants, a rich breakfast, a festive lunch, afternoon tea & coffee with cakes & sandwiches; a multi-course dinner)
  • Free flowing red and white wine from local regions, beer, or soft drinks during lunch and dinner
  • Captain's welcome and farewell champagne reception
  • Complimentary "Sip & Sail" cocktail hour with a "Happy Hour" menu on five evenings one hour before dinner
  • 24hr complimentary coffee & tea station
  • Complimentary wellness program
  • Sun Deck with a heated swimming pool and walking track
  • Nighty piano music in the lounge; as well as during afternoon tea & coffee time
  • A diverse menu of included daily shore excursions with Quietvox headsets
  • Included cruise gratuities for all crew members and the Cruise Director

Meals

All breakfasts, 2 tastings and 3 dinners are included during the land portion of the tour. All meals onboard the AmaLea during the river cruise are included. 

Dates & Pricing

Travel back through centuries as you walk along cobblestone streets through grand cities and historic towns bedecked with twinkling Christmas trees and lined with wooden huts gleaning with handcrafted treasures. Iconic Christmas markets are plentiful and are on full display for your pleasure. Rothenburg Christmas market with the largest selection of German Christmas decorations in the world; Munich where over 30 different Christmas markets reside; Regensburg’s Christmas market at Thurn and Taxis Castle, considered one of Bavaria’s most beautiful and romantic; and Vienna with its impressive Christmas markets that seem to majestically appear around every corner, to name a few. Sparkling lights, festive sounds of children dressed as angels singing carols, enticing smells of hot-mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, sausages, and sweet treats of every kind, and timeless wonders are a feast for all your senses.

December 02, 2023 – December 17, 2023 Space Available


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Travel back through centuries as you walk along cobblestone streets through grand cities and historic towns bedecked with twinkling Christmas trees and lined with wooden huts gleaning with handcrafted treasures. Iconic Christmas markets are plentiful and are on full display for your pleasure. Rothenburg Christmas market with the largest selection of German Christmas decorations in the world; Munich where over 30 different Christmas markets reside; Regensburg’s Christmas market at Thurn and Taxis Castle, considered one of Bavaria’s most beautiful and romantic; and Vienna with its impressive Christmas markets that seem to majestically appear around every corner, to name a few. Sparkling lights, festive sounds of children dressed as angels singing carols, enticing smells of hot-mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, sausages, and sweet treats of every kind, and timeless wonders are a feast for all your senses.

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