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December is the perfect time to visit Central Europe.  You will avoid the summer crowds at the most popular museums and attractions, all the while getting to experience Germany and Austria’s beautiful and festive Christmas Markets.  The AMASonata luxury riverboat is the ideal way to explore the cities and villages along the Danube in comfort and style.  Enjoy your choice of included excursions and then return to your floating resort where you will be treated to warm drinks and world class local cuisine.  Wilkommen and Bon Voyage!

Inclusions – All Part of Package Price
  • Luxury Accommodations
  • Gourmet Cuisine with most beverages
  • Excursions + Activities
  • Hosted by Master Cruise Counselor Danny Genung
  • $500 Discount off Current Rates!
Prices Starting At $2399

Few events are awaited with as much anticipation as Europe’s Christmas Markets. Be spellbound by Nuremberg and Regensburg’s Christmas Markets. In Linz, marvel at the small clay figurines representing the people of a typical village—the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker; and while in Vienna, visit four Christmas Markets. Embrace the holiday spirit in Germany and Austria where many Christmas traditions began on this magical journey through time.

DatePortExcursion Option 1Excursion Option 2Excursion Option 3
3DürnsteinWalking tour and wine tastingOR Apricots and Sweets tasting
Wachau ValleyScenic cruisingOR Dürnstein to Melk bike tour
MelkBenedictine Abbey tour
4Linz/SalzburgSalzburg full-day excursionOR Linz walking tour
OR Castle and "Culture Mile" bike tour
Half-day SalzburgOR Český Krumlov
5PassauWalking tour and Christmas MarketOR Passau bike tour
6RegensburgWalking tourOR Bavarian specialties tastingOR Walhalla bike tour
Thurn and Taxis Royal Christmas Market
7NurembergCity tour and Nuremberg Christmas Market


About AmaWaterways

Harr Travel is proud to partner with AmaWaterways on this journey down the Rhine River. What sets AmaWaterways apart is their passion and drive to continually put out the best quality product with the highest value for their customers.

AmaWaterway’s excellence starts at the top with AMA’s founders and co-owners the late Jimmy Murphy, the engineer and architect Rudi Schriner and the delightful head of sales Kristin Karst.  They got their start at Viking River Cruises two decades ago, but soon realized that there was a strong market for a higher quality, upscale product.  In an industry where the little things make the difference, they are willing and able to make the changes necessary on each sailing to do what right for the guest experience. This was one of the fundamental reasons why we chose AmaWaterways.

River cruising through Europe with AmaWaterways is an excellent way to explore a destination. Discover local culture and sights on included tours, and then hop back on your luxurious river cruise ship and sail to the next stunning city or charming town. Included in the fares are shore excursions in every port of call; all dining on board (including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant); fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, internet access and Wi-Fi, quality bicycles that you can use to explore on your own or join their included guided bike tours.

They are the recipient of many awards including most recently:

  • 2016 Cruise Critic Editor’s Pick: Best River Cruise Line Overall
  • 2016 Town & Country: Best River Cruise Line Overall
  • 2016 Travel + Leisure’s World Best Awards Recognition
  • 2016 Berlitz Guide: Highest Rated Ships in Europe
  • 2016 Travel Weekly Magellan Gold – Luxury Ship Restaurant Design: The Chef’s Table


Gourmet Culinary Experience

The food is simply wonderful.  AmaWaterways’ expert chefs craft menus that feature exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine as well as traditional, Western offerings. At breakfast, sip sparkling wine as you partake of the buffet and fresh pastries, or opt for something made-to-order from the menu.

Stop by the Main Lounge for a light lunch, or head to the restaurant for full menu service and high-quality regional wine or beer.

Dinner is a delectable, multi-course affair with wine recommendations that accompany visually stunning, delicious dishes.  On one special occasion you will also be invited to the Chef’s Table gastronomic experience.  You’ll have the opportunity to watch the chef prepare a special, multi-course meal right in front of you.  You won’t be disappointed!



Excursions – As You Choose!

On an AmaWaterways river cruise, you don’t just pass through a destination — you experience it. Each one of their itineraries is crafted with a paramount goal in mind: connecting you to the essence of life in each place you visit. They always make it a point let you experience these destinations in small groups. This helps facilitate access to sights and landmarks, a more intimate setting, and more encounters with the locals. It’s a great way to take your time as you explore, get to know your fellow travelers better and find opportunities for up-close experiences. Every tour is led by a local, English-speaking guide who is very knowledgeable in the culture and history of the place you are visiting. You can also choose your pace. In many cases, you’ll have a choice of gentle, regular and active tour paces. There are even some options for late risers. AMA Waterways is consistently awarded for the quality and options of their included excursions.



Coach and Danny Genung Welcome You!

This journey will be escorted by Master Cruise Counselor Danny Genung, CEO of Harr Travel.  Every detail of this all-inclusive journey will be taken care of to ensure a seamless journey. This is Danny’s fifth season leading river cruises and he has led over 1,600 fellow adventurers across six continents, visited over 100 countries and sailed on more than 100 cruises.  Danny has a Master’s Degree in history and loves to share historical insights and cultural anecdotes.  The holiday season is Danny’s favorite time to visit Europe and he can’t wait to share it with you!  We encourage you to explore and then sit back, relax, sip mulled wine and enjoy the festive season.

Signature Journeys by Harr Travel

On a Harr Travel Signature Journey, every detail is handled for you from your first inquiry until you return home.  We not only assist with planning and preparation, but we travel with you to handle logistics and education onboard.  This journey will be escorted by Master Cruise Counselor Danny Genung, CEO of Harr Travel. Every detail of this trip will be taken care of to ensure a seamless journey. This is Danny’s 6th year leading Signature Journeys cruises and he has led over 1,800 fellow adventurers across six continents, visited over 100 countries and sailed on more than 90 cruises. Danny has a Master’s Degree in history and loves to share historical insights and cultural anecdotes. This itinerary combines Danny’s loves of history, culture and food, with the ease and enjoyability of a premium cruise.

  • Concierge service from first call until you return home.
  • This cruise will be lead by Danny Genung who will be the cruise concierge escort and will take care of all your needs during the cruise.
  • Trip customization available to make this trip perfect.
  • A staff with decades of combined experience in the travel industry to assist you every step of the way.
  • Every detail take care of so you can just enjoy your trip!