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Festive Season on the Blue Danube Discovery

Over the course of a week, tour and explore your way along the glistening Danube river this Christmastime.

Avalon Waterways presents an extravagant itinerary, designed to blend classic sightseeing with festive celebrations.

Acting as your home for 7 nights, is the luxurious Avalon Passion, a state-of-the-art floating hotel designed to include luxurious accommodation facilities and modern conveniences.

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  • Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
  • Ship: Avalon Passion
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: December
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Festive Season on the Blue Danube Discovery Cruise Itinerary

Enjoy a festive cruising along the Danube river – filled with celebration and exploration. This itinerary provides a combination of Classic and Discovery excursions – as well as ample opportunities for guests to explore independently.

Day 1

Arrive to Budapest (EMBARK)

After your plane arrives in Hungary – transfer to your ship and begin settling in for the evening.

Day 2


This morning, begin your adventure with a scenic sailing of the Danube river – enjoying a Discovery Austrian cookie tasting along the way.
This evening, in Vienna, join an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert.

Day 3


Spend the day touring the Habsburg Empire on a Classic Excursion through the city’s coveted sites. Later, either enjoy some free time to explore the Christkindlesmarkt or join a guided Optional Excursion to the Schonbrunn Palace.

Day 4

Krems / Melk

Explore Krems on a guided Classic Excursion walk through the small valley town. During lunch hours, return to your ship for a scenic sailing through picturesque Wachau Valley.
Upon arrival to Melk, take a Classic guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey.

Day 5


For today, join a guided Classic Excursion around the ‘City of Three Rivers’. Later, spend some free time exploring Passau’s Christkindlmarkt. Alternatively, guests may opt into an Optional Excursion to Salzburg to learn how Austrians celebrate Christmas.

Day 6


Explore Regensburg on a guided Classic Excursion to the Altes Rathaus and Porta Pretoria. Afterwards, take some free time to browse the Christmas Markets and enjoy some local treats.

Day 7


On the way to Nuremberg, enjoy an on-board lecture on Christmas Traditions. For your final full-day – choose between Classic Excursions to either Nuremberg’s medieval sites or Rally Grounds. Later, spend some free time browsing through the Christmas Markets.

Day 8

Depart Regensburg (DISEMBARK)

Your cruise ends after a hearty breakfast this morning.

Festive Season on the Blue Danube Discovery Cruise Ships

Avalon Passion

Named in honour of our passion towards our Suite Ships, this vessel holds up to all the standards we’ve so passionately enforced across all our fleets. Enjoy elegant, contemporary design elements and luxurious amenities when you travel with us.

67 Suites
Open-air Balconies
Wide Selection of Free Movies

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Festive Season on the Blue Danube Discovery Deals

Explore along the Danube this festive season

7 Nights

Festive Season on the Blue Danube Discovery

  • Budapest (EMBARK)
  • Vienna
  • Krems / Melk
  • Passau
  • Regensburg
  • Nuremberg
  • Regensburg (DISEMBARK)
£2,795pp Est. Price per person
  • Avalon Passion

Festive Season on the Blue Danube Discovery Cruise Review

“I loved this cruise – it really helped me get into the Christmas spirit. All the markets were so fun to explore, and I got to cross a tonne of sightseeing off my bucket list.”

Jayden Hill, Leicester

Festive Season on the Blue Danube Discovery FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

How many suite options are available for booking?

Guests can choose between booking suites in categories (in order of ascension) – E, D, B, A, P or the luxurious Royal Suite.

What activities can I expect from my itinerary?

This Festive Season on the Blue Danube Discovery itinerary features Classic Excursions such as sightseeing tours and guided city walks, Discovery Excursions like concerts and lectures as well as ample free time for guests to explore independently.

How many countries are featured in this itinerary?

This itinerary traverses ports across three countries: Germany, Austria and Hungary.

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