Eastern Europe is a treasure trove of stunning landscapes, historic cities and unique cultural experiences. While many travelers envision a river cruise along the Danube River during the spring and summer seasons, the off-peak seasons also offer travelers many benefits and unique experiences, making river cruises during these seasons just as appealing. Take a journey through three enchanting destinations available on our Danube River itineraries, each with its own special seasonal charm: Budapest, Český Krumlov, and Nuremberg. Plus, explore must-see Prague on our optional land package.
Named one of Conde Nast’s 51 Most Beautiful Places in the World, Budapest exudes a romantic atmosphere during the late fall and winter months. As the temperatures descend, the locals throw on their fashionable coats, and the bare branches of the hibernating trees sway gently in the breeze as they prepare to bloom in the coming months. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through both the hilly (Buda) and flat (Pest) sides of this city on our walking tour of the city, admiring the Heroes’ Square and Castle Hill. If you prefer to join our gentle walking tour of the city, you’ll have more time to sit and enjoy the ambiance of the Castle District with fewer crowds.
If you prefer to explore the city on your own, you can cozy up in one of the city's many cafes, sipping on a hot beverage or savoring traditional Hungarian soups and goulash. One of the highlights of Budapest in the winter is enjoying a delicious warm pastry, such as the iconic chimney cake, as you explore its charming streets. A vigorous hike up to Castle Hill is sure to get your blood pumping, rewarding you with spectacular views of the city when you reach the top. Afterward, take a restorative dip in Budapest's indoor and outdoor thermal baths. Soaking in the warm waters during periods of cooler weather offers an authentic experience you can only get during the off-season months.
With its general sense of tranquility, Budapest is a fantastic off-season destination. If you're seeking a winter getaway with a hint of romance, Budapest should be at the top of your list. Enjoy a visit to Budapest on our 7-night Magna on the Danube itinerary between Budapest, Hungary and Vilshofen, Germany. This itinerary launches its 2024 season in February allowing you to experience the wonders of this city as the winter season comes to its end.
Český Krumlov, Czech Republic
Nestled in the southern region of the Czech Republic, Český Krumlov's storybook appeal is only heightened in the off-peak season. The town's medieval buildings, charming streets and fading fall colors set against gorgeous gray skies create a strikingly captivating atmosphere. As you meander through the twisting alleyways of this wonderfully preserved small town, you will feel like you have stepped inside your favorite medieval fantasy.
If you are lucky, you will experience the terra cotta rooflines blanketed in crisp, white snow, giving the town an almost snow-globe-like appearance. As you explore this picturesque destination on your full-day excursion, don't forget to savor an Eggenburg smoked beer, a local specialty with rich, smoky flavor. The combination of medieval charm and winter beauty make Český Krumlov an ideal place to experience the unique and magical side of the Czech Republic.
Enjoy our newly launched full-day excursion to Český Krumlov on select Danube River itineraries, such as our 7-night Romantic Danube itinerary from Vilshofen, Germany to Budapest, Hungary.
Nuremberg, a city steeped in history, is particularly enticing during the off-season. On our city tour through Nuremberg, you will visit the Imperial Castle, which offers panoramic views and a deeper connection to the city's past. The vistas from the castle are even more breathtaking with a dusting of snow covering the city. This tour concludes in the Market Square, where the famous red and white stalls of the market square offer Nuremberg's delicious culinary delights. You can also sample local delicacies, such as a mouthwatering Lebkuchen (gingerbread) or a traditional Nuremberg Bratwurst while you explore the city's historic streets on our included Tastes of Franconia excursion.
Sample more of Nuremberg’s delicious offerings while on our 7-night Blue Danube Discovery itinerary from Budapest, Hungary to Nuremberg, Germany.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague, the Gothic jewel of Europe, captivates during the off-peak months. The city takes on a mysterious and enchanting mood, especially during its foggy mornings. When you add our 3-night Prague land package to your Danube River cruise, you will have the opportunity to stroll along cobbled streets, immersing yourself in the city's rich history and stunning architecture, or enjoying a vigorous hike up to the Prague Castle.
Prague is famous for its warm meals, and indulging in traditional Czech cuisine is a must. Whether you opt for hearty goulash, tender duck or the iconic trdelník pastry, your taste buds are in for a treat. Being that Prague is one of the most visited cities in Europe, an off-peak season visit allows you to explore the iconic sites without the hustle and bustle of summer tourists. Explore the beauty of Prague with our 3-night pre- or post-river cruise land package on select Danube River itineraries.
For these reasons and more, an AmaWaterways river cruise during these off-season months makes for an incredible vacation, offering a blend of culture, history and natural beauty. With romantic atmospheres and fewer crowds, these destinations along Europe’s rivers are ready to enchant you with their seasonal charms.
Contact your preferred travel advisor today to reserve your river cruise during the off-peak season!
Extend your journey courtesy of AmaWaterways! Receive a complimentary 2-, 3- or 4-night Land Package when you reserve select 2024 and 2025 Europe river cruises. Click here for offer details or contact your preferred travel advisor. Offer available through March 31, 2024.