As we approach the holidays, here is our gift to you:
Enjoying the season in Europe is a treat that everybody deserves. Here is our rendition of the holiday classic, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” to describe a Christmas Markets experience along the Central Europe rivers annually from the end of November through Christmas.
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On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
From our family to yours, we wish you health, safety and blessings during this holiday season. When you are ready to experience the joy and beauty of the Christmas Markets, BucketList Travel Advisorscan assist you with planning the perfect river cruise.
Experiencing world class golf while on a vacation is usually a must do for the avid golf player and the travel itinerary is designed around the golf experience. But Imagine visiting Central Europe’s most glorious cities like Budapest in Hungary, Passau in Germany and Prague in the Czech Republic immersing in the cities whole also playing some of the world’s top courses.
A Danube river cruise itinerary will lead you up the river from Budapest to Vilshofen, cruising through the unforgettable Danube Bend in Hungary and the Wachau Valley in Austria with stops in historical Vienna & Salzburg to explore the Austrian cities of music and palaces.
Cruising at night allows for plenty of extra time during the day to enjoy the ports of visitation after a round of golf at one of the renowned local courses.
No matter your level or experience with golf, even if just starting your time on the links, following are 5 courses that can be enjoyed while traveling on a 12 day cruise on and along the Danube river:
Hungary’s capital city is actually two cities separated by the Danube river and accessed by the 19th Century Chain Bridge that connects the historic hilly Buda district to the modern flat Pest. You will spend 2 days immersing in Budapest’s many sites before boarding your floating hotel and enjoying your first morning of 18 holes.
Located 45 minutes outside of the city of Budapest is the Pannonia Golf course. Designed for European and APGA Tour standards to offer a challenging and yet relaxing golfing opportunity. Sitting along a valley provides a hilled course featuring varied fairways, and eight water hazards to provide challenge to your game. Accommodating all levels of skill so players can enjoy the opportunity to experience the course at their own pace.
Leaving Budapest, you will head northwest along the Danube to your next stop Bratislava. The capital of Slovakia, at the border of Austria and Hungary, the 18th century pedestrian town is your next stop. From the port you catch views of the Bratislava Castle sitting on a hill above watching over the historic town.
Your private driver will take you on a scenic drive through the forested countryside of Slovakia to one of Europe’s top rated golf resorts, Penati, near the town of Sinica. A member of the World of Leading Golf organization, you will play 18 holes of the 36 hole course that sits on 536 acres of property. The Nicklaus designed courses are laid out among the pine forests to accommodate all levels of golfers and styles of play.
After your morning round and drive back to Bratislava, enjoy a beer or glass of local wine in one of the cozy cafes or pubs within the historic district.
After a full day in Vienna, your next stop is to the lower Austria region and the riverside town of historic Krems in the Wachau Valley.
A quick scenic drive along the Danube takes you to the Diamond Course. A European Tour destination, the 18 hole championship course is renowned as one of the world’s top public courses. Set around a 25 acre lake, also offering 12 and 9 hole courses provides the opportunity for a slower more relaxed golfing experience. Enjoy lunch before driving back to Krems to enjoy a glass of locally produced world class wine from the nearby sourced Wachau Valley region.
Having enjoyed a full day in Linz and a visit to the beautiful mountainous region of Salzburg, your next stop along the Danube is just past the Austrian border in Germany. Passau is known as the “Three Rivers City” for its location where the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers meet. Arriving into the city you can’t miss the 13th century fortress sitting high above the Baroque historic city.
The Beckenbauer Golfplatz offers a world rated championship course, and is the host of the annual Porsche European Open each fall. Designed by a Masters champion, the meadow and river surrounding the hand-mowed course offer lush greens and enjoyable fairways.
Upon your arrival back into Passau, enjoy visiting the iconic St. Stephen’s Cathedral and her 17,974 pipe organ before the ship departs for your final port in Vilshofen.
Upon disembarking your ship, you will be transferred to Prague, stopping in the Rhine wine town of Rudesheim for an enjoyable visit and stop for lunch before continuing on to your Northern passage to glorious Prague.
The capital of the Czech Republic is called “the golden city of a hundred spires” for the number of beautiful cathedrals each featuring pointed spires. You will have plenty of time during your 3 day post cruise visit, to explore the historic area, the town square, as many of the Gothic churches as you care to visit, baroque buildings and Prague’s most notable location, the Charles Bridge before your relaxing day of world class golf.
Your final golf experience will be at the Albatross Golf Resort, a short 30 minute drive from your hotel in the historic old town to Prague’s European tournament golf destination for 18 holes. Considered one of the top 100 courses in Europe, Albatross has been named Golf Resort of the year in 2011 and 2012. Offering a full option of state of the art facilities, you will find this course the ultimate challenge for your final golf experience.
AmaWaterways Golf Program
The custom designed concierge golf program was created specifically for AmaWaterways newest and most innovative ship, the AmaMagna. The 12 day program features 2 nights in Budapest, with 7 nights onboard and 3 nights in Prague included in a custom designed golfing travel experience.
The program was designed to seamlessly provide a unique travel experience customized to the guest and a bucket list golfing experience. In addition to playing some of Europe’s most prestigious courses, inclusive in the experience is private transfer between your luxury accommodations and the courses by Mercedes, tee-time, practice balls, golf cart and lunch in the clubhouse once you complete your play time.
To learn more about the river cruise experience and how it can be a great fit for your next travel experience, visit our website.
On the Danube river, is the capital, largest city and cultural center of Slovakia – Bratislava.
Found in the southwestern part of Slovakia along the middle Danube where Slovakia borders Austria and Hungary, this southern country was once part of the former communist Czechoslovakia. The Eastern Bloc remnants can still be seen today surrounding the small historic downtown that is today the seat of power for Slovakian government.
A popular stop for tourists coming in on river cruises, Bratislava on average will receive close to a million visitors a year. The main attraction is the Braslav Castle which sits high over the city dating back to the Hapsburg influence of the mid 1500’s.
Other popular sites to visit are concentrated within the medieval old town including the Town Hall that surrounds the main square, many Gothic cathedrals and baroque palaces built in the 18th century during the reign of Maria Theresa that today house the President and the current Slovakian government.
The small town can easily be explored in just a few hours which leaves plenty of time to enjoy some of Bratislava’s best dining.
Here is a list of 5 locations to eat like a local when visiting Bratislava:
Bistro SOHO (Dunajská):
A small storefront Bistro located in Old Town Bratislava in the Old Market Hall.
Asian inspired freshly prepared large portions and freshly curated desserts, plus a coffee bar, large offering of asian teas, botanically brewed soft drinks, rotating local beers and local wines makes this popular for its food and service.
All of their meals are gluten free and they cater to special dietary needs so it is perfect for the discerning diner.
This affordable and cozy bistro is very popular with both locals and tourists so reservations are recommended. Even with a reservation, the bistro is petite which is part of her charm so expect a wait. English menus are available.
A small hidden find located set down the street behind the President Garden in downtown Bratislava. This diamond in the rough is best known as the place to get local home style Slovakian crepes in Bratislava.
Don’t let the exterior of the creperie which is inexpensive sway you, the high quality desserts are worth the visit for a large variety of sweet and savory pancake choices.
Close to the Franza Liszta tram stop, she well frequented by locals and tourists who are recommended off reviews as one of the best dessert stops in Bratislava. At only .35 euro (less then .50 per pancake) you can sample many of their tasty options. It is also possible to combine flavors to create your own custom crepe.
English menu’s are available, there is no dining inside and expect a wait.
Sky Bar Restaurant Bratislava:
A 3 minute walk from the St. Martin’s Cathedral, sitting high above Bratislava the Sky Bar restaurant offers one of the best city views of Bratislava Castle and the old town.
A modern bar and restaurant lcoated on the 7th floor of the Lemontree restaurant building, for a real treat, head up to the 8th floor patio.
This experience is perfect for outdoor dining with drinks and views after exploring the downtown Bratislava area.
The menu is a combination of Thai and Slovakian fused recipes. Pricing is on the higher end for Slovakian dining, a la carte dining is approximately $20 per dish.
Also offering appetizers, crafted cocktails or a wine menu with popular Slovakian and European vintages. Reservations are recommended.
FABRIKA the beer pub:
Beer has been a favorite in Slovakia since the 15th century and here you can enjoy house made brews at this pub, restaurant, coffee, rum and wine bar.
The pub brews its trademark pilsner which can be found on draught along with crafted lagers, weizens, APA’s and seasonals to try individually or in a flight.
The full menu is filled with tasty pub fare from their popular burger to more locally based menu items, soups and salads that span every type of food.
Also offering a full bar in addition to the extensive wine list and rums from around the globe. This lively spot is attached to a trendy hotel just a 10 minute walk outside Michael’s Gate in the old city.
Easily accessible to visit with relaxing outdoor seating and community tables for larger groups.
Reservations are recommended for larger groups and can be made online from their website.
The top rated restaurant in the area is located outside the historic area and is all about burgers and beer.
This eco friendly farm to table restaurant offers house ground burgers, cooked to order, and homemade fries served with custom made sauces to accompany your rosemary or garlic herb fries.
The burgers are priced under $12.50, and are served along well priced local beers, cider, spirits and wine providing many options for anyone looking for a taste of the U.S.
There is always a wait due to the popularity of the restaurant and they are so sure that you will enjoy their burgers, listed on the menu is the option to buy the chef’s a round of beer in appreciation of your burger-gastronomy experience.
Offering English menu’s, reservations are accepted for dinner. Stop by for lunch and grab a seat.
Bratislava is an old city that is today influenced by its current seat of government offering many modern options to enjoy both the old and new.
As a small town, the best way to experience Bratislava is by river cruise. Learn more about cruising the Danube river from our websiteand enjoy Slovakia among some of central Europe’s best and most beautiful medieval cities.