Christmas on the Danube

Christmas Markets on the Danube

Experience timeless holiday traditions and elegant pageantry in five countries—Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany. Let iconic capital cities—Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna—decked in holiday finery with glittering Christmas trees illuminated by thousands of lights, bells pealing from cathedral towers and children dressed as angels singing Christmas carols, dazzle you. Wander the stalls of Europe’s most traditional and enchanting Christmas Markets, including Regensburg and Salzburg, shopping for handcrafted toys and gifts, sipping hot mulled wine and inhaling the fragrance of gingerbread and roasted chestnuts. Cherish all the glory and magic of the season in grand European style as you cruise along the Danube during this festive time of the year.


DAY 1 Budapest


Board the ship for your Iconic Christmas Markets cruise.

DAY 2 Budapest

“Queen of the Danube” tour and Vörösmarty Square Christmas Market

OR Castle hike

DAY 3 Bratislava

Coronation city walking tour with Christmas Market visit

OR Tastes of Slovakia

OR Bratislava Castle hike

Day 3 Vienna

Rathaus Christmas Markets

DAY 4 Vienna

“Imperial Vienna” tour with Maria Theresa Platz Christmas Market

OR Vienna bike tour

Schönbrunn illuminated Christmas Markets

Rathaus Christmas Markets

DAY 5 Weissenkirchen

Dürnstein walking tour and wine tasting

OR Dürnstein excursion with apricot and sweets tastings

OR Weissenkirchen to Melk bike tour

Day 5 Melk

Benedictine Abbey visit

DAY 6 Linz

“UNESCO City of Media Arts” walking tour and Christmas Market

OR “Cultural Mile” bike tour

OR Full-day Salzburg excursion with Hellbrunn Palace Christmas Markets


DAY 7 Passau

“City of Three Rivers” walking tour and Christmas Markets

OR Passau hike

OR River Inn bike tour


Exclusive Oktoberfest celebration

Krumlov excursion

DAY 8 Vilshofen




7- Night Cruise


7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
Entertainment on Demand system featuring, movies, TV shows, news and music
Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
Bottled water replenished daily


Wellness Activities with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
Internet and Wi-Fi access
Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
Fitness room
Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
Daily entertainment including cultural performances


All onboard dining in a variety of venues
Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
Sip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge


Immersive tours in every destination
Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
Bike tours and hikes
Local Flavors tours
Knowledgeable guides
Personal headset for easy exploration



Brightly colored floral and geometric patterns from stateroom to Main Lounge immediately show you that the AmaViola is no ordinary river cruise ship. Twin balconies in most staterooms maximize your enjoyment as steeples and vineyards glide by. Mouthwatering cuisine worthy of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, an exclusive and internationally-renowned gastronomic society, is served from sunrise to sunset. There’s something symphonic about the flourish and style of The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant and the coordinated effort to serve each bold, beautiful and delicious course of the regionally-inspired tasting menu. Butterfly wallpaper in the hair salon highlights how you’ll emerge brand new while an inviting sun-deck pool with a swim-up bar refreshes your spirit. Plus, AmaViola inspires you to be the best version of yourself with a walking track, fitness room and fleet of onboard bikes to keep you happy and healthy during your cruise.

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