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May 24, 2024

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German Christmas Market
River Cruise

Ladies (and Gents), grab your best shopping pal (or even your husband or wife if they are up for it), or get a whole group together, and LET’S GO SHOPPING!!!Nuremburg_Christmas_Market

But this shopping trip isn’t your ordinary trip to the mall.  It’s much, much more special – because you’ll be traveling from city to city aboard the AMA Waterways AmabellaTM Riverboat on an amazing shopping tour along the Danube River in Germany, Austria  & Hungary, finding treasures all along the way to give for Christmas or keep for yourselves.  You’ll be stopping at all the best Christmas Markets to find just the right thing for that special someone in your life.

You’ll start your amazing travels in either Nuremburg or Budapest with shopping and sightseeing stops in Hilpolstein, Regensburg, Passau, Salzburg, Linz, Melk, and Vienna.

One of the most famous Christmas Markets (or Cristkindel Markt) in Germany is in Nuremburg and began about 400 years ago.  Others, Like the one in Munich date back to 1310.  The markets usually start on the Friday before Advent Sunday and run til just before or just after Christmas.  The markets are generally held in the Town Square and each has its own unique atmosphere.  But common threads include, decorated stalls heaped with traditional Christmas decorations, toys and gifts and the aromas of mulled wine, grilled sausages, and Christmas gingerbread.

The Christkind (or Christ child) usually opens the Cristkindel Markt ceremony.  St. Nikolaus, the German Santa Claus, often pays a visit throughout the open hours.  Christmas carol singing and Christmas concerts usually coincide with the markets, which are generally open seven days a week and run well into the evenings.

In the Children’s area many decorative little stalls invite the children to join in handicraft activities such as Christmas baking, candle-pulling, glass workshop, wood burning, handicrafts stall, children’s post office and active playhouse.

Amabella-Exteriorforweb(2)  In addition to the shopping, there is plenty of sightseeing in the towns as well as along the journey while enjoying the view from your balcony or common areas on this spectacular riverboat.  Special features of your cruise will include a cocktail reception, gourmet dining, complementary Wi-Fi access, lectures, onboard music performances, use of bicycles at your stops, cooking demonstration, and so much more.  Just make sure to have lots of space in your luggage to take all those treasures home.

Special prices of up to 40% off of published rates are available til March 30th, so call now to get the best cabin selection.  Some voyages are already selling out.  Pre and post stays can be arranged.  Or if you have another trip in mind, let me arrange it for you.

Call Helga Leonard at A Dream Trip 4 U – 724-234-2033 afternoons and evenings or email her at See ad in the Post Eagle.

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