The Christmas Markets Cruise: Aboard the MS Scenic Crystal with Scenic Tours, Nuremberg to Amsterdam

Before I embarked on this cruise on board the MS Scenic Crystal, I was assured that the experience would be five star, and that it would totally inclusive.  So I have decided that I will put my wallet away once I am on board and see if it’s possible to do this eight day cruise without having to supplement the initial cost. (Except for shopping in the Christmas markets of course.) The first indication that this would …

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A Christmas Market Voyage Aboard AmaWaterways

  What is a Christmas Market? The history of Christmas markets goes back to the late middle ages in the German-speaking parts of Europe. The Vienna “December Market” was a forerunner of the Christmas market and dates back to 1294. In many of the charming towns and villages in Germany and Austria, Advent is usually ushered in with the opening of the Christmas markets. Medieval in appearance, they are held in the town square and sell food, …

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Our Saturday in Linz features a Christmas market

If this is Saturday AMADolce is in Linz, Austria. This third largest Austrian city obviously sits on the Danube. The route into town is lined with international corporations, huge plants and office buildings. In town, a concert hall named for composer Anton Bruckner and a Contemporary Art Museum are just minutes from the dock. This is our last Austrian port and the options included a half-day tour to Salzburg which was optional or a half-day tour to …

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