Reservations 877·97·CRAFT  (877·972·7238)

7 - 11 Day ~ Craft Markets & Fiber Adventure (Dec 2014)

Ama Waterways

Start Date:


December 9, 2014


End Date:


December 16, 2014

Craft Markets & Fiber Adventure (Dec 2014) ~ Christmas Craft Markets Description

2014 Christmas Craft Markets & Fiber Adventure

Join other knitters on this wonderful journey where you'll shop for gorgeous European yarn, meet local knitters and enjoy the magic of the season in an area where many Christmas traditions began. Visit Europe's oldest, largest and most traditionally popular Christmas craft markets along the Danube. Enjoy private fiber events, sightseeing while making new friends, shopping for yarn and a fun knitalong cruise project with the assistance of Karen Morin, an experienced and knowledgeable knitting instructor and Craft Cruises' trip leader.

Germany is fun anytime of year, but when you combine the magic of the holiday season and this festive journey down Europe's most fabled waterway, you've definitely got the ingredients for the trip of a lifetime. Explore medieval Nuremberg, where you'll find the largest of all the Christmas markets and see yarn dyeing demonstrations at Dye for Yarn. Celebrate the regional differences of enchanting places, each with its own local identity, style, flavor and tradition.

Come early and visit the Wollmeise brick and mortar store in Pfaffenhofen just outside of Munich. Wollmeise Yarn is all about color and it is for this reason it is extremely sought-after and hard to get in the United States. Claudia Höll-Wellmann is a color genius who hand-dyes her yarn using bold colors combined in ways that pop. Once you try Wollmeise this quickly becomes a favorite yarn because the quality is impeccable. This yarn is fantastic for socks, shawls, scarves and hats and this visit will most-definitely be a trip highlight.

2014 Christmas Craft Markets & Fiber Adventure

7 Night Christmas Time Cruise Highlights

  • Guided walking tours with local guides in every port

  • Feast on spaetzle and goulash while shopping for the freshest paprika in the world

  • Watch a cooking demonstration on how to make authentic apple strudel

  • Visit Cafe Simon in Passau to learn about and sample Germany's oldest and tastiest gingerbread

  • Enjoy festive musical performances nightly

  • Life enriching tours and excursions daily

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board

  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe's great wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner

  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner

  • Onboard hosted knitting with an experienced knitting instructor

  • Sit & Knit with local knitters at Cafe Meier in Linz

  • Shop for yarn at Laufmasche in Vienna and Barka Fonal in Budapest

Optional 4 Night German Fiber Adventure Highlights

  • Take a guided yarn crawl in Munich with a local knitter

  • Full day tour to Pfaffenhofen to visit the Wollmeise Brick & Mortar Store

  • Visit an authentic German beer garden to sample locally handcrafted beer & enjoy excellent German cuisine

  • Explore Munich's Christkindlmarkt and their alternative hand-craft Tollwood Market

  • Visit Dye for Yarn in Nuremberg to watch yarn dyeing demonstrations and to shop for yarn