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Grand Danube Cruise (Christmas)

Sail across the twilight waters of the Danube’s festive Christmasscape aboard your resplendent river cruise vessel.

Uncover the mystery and marvel of the Danube River as you glide along its gentle waters and experience the beauty of enchanting landscapes, hidden gems, and an abundance of treasured memories. Immerse yourself in the allure of the unknown, where each bend of the river unveils a new shade of glory and intrigue.

Savour exquisite cuisine both on and off board your ship with a selection of spellbinding excursions at your disposal. Make lifelong friends with your fellow explorers and enjoy every leg of your adventure, from one festive step to the next.

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  • Cruise Line: AmaWaterways
  • Ship: AmaBella
  • Duration: 14 Nights
  • Departure: Nov - Dec
£4,674pp
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Grand Danube Cruise Cruise Itinerary

Prepare for a voyage like no other with an itinerary curated to suit the desires of every passenger, leaving no cultural or historic stone unturned while giving you the opportunity to discover the beauties of Europe’s finest regions.

Day 1

Vilshofen

Board the ship and embark on your Grand Danube Cruise. In the evening, be entreated to an exclusive Oktoberfest celebration.

Day 2

Vilshofen / Passau

Enjoy your morning leisure time in Vilshofen. Later, try the “City of Three Rivers” walking tour with a visit to the Christmas markets in Passau. Alternatively, join the Passau Castle hike or the River Inn bike tour.

Day 3

Linz

Join the “UNESCO City of Media Arts” walking tour with a visit to the Christmas markets, or try the “Cultural Mile” bike tour. Alternatively, enjoy a full-day Salzburg excursion with a visit to the Christmas markets. Look forward to the Český Krumlov excursion.

Day 4

Weissenkirchen

Enjoy the Dürnstein walking tour with a visit to the Melk Benedictine Abbey, or join a tasting tour. Alternatively, join the Dürnstein Fortress hike or the Wachau Valley bike tour. Later, enjoy a wine tasting at a local winery.

Day 5

Vienna

Indulge in the “Imperial Vienna” tour with a visit to the Town Hall Christmas markets. Or, tour Vienna by bike. Later, enjoy the Schönbrunn Christmas markets.

Day 6

Bratislava

Try the “Coronation City” walking tour with a visit to the Christmas markets, or join the Tastes of Slovakia tour. Alternatively, enjoy the Bratislava Castle hike.

Day 7

Budapest

Join the “Queen of the Danube” tour with a visit to Vörösmarty Square’s Christmas markets. Or, try the Castle Hill hike.

Day 8

Budapest

Enjoy the Puszta excursion.

Day 9

Budapest / Mohacs

Join the Pécs excursion with a visit to the Christmas markets, or try the Szekszárd wine tasting. Conversely, enjoy a guided bike ride along the Danube.

Day 10

Vukovar / Ilok / Novi Sad

Enjoy a tour of Vukovar with a visit to Eltz Castle and the Christmas markets, or try a Croatian wine tasting. Embark on the “The Athens of Serbia” walking tour with a visit to the winter markets, or try the Fruska Gora National Park hike, or the Novi Sad bike tour. Enjoy the evening Petrovaradin Fortress visit.

Day 11

Belgrade

Embark on the “The City by Two Rivers” tour and visit the winter markets, or enjoy the Royal Palace & Tito’s Memorial tour. Alternatively, try the Belgrade Fortress hike. Join the Quburich brandy tasting & Avala Mountain excursion, or enjoy the Belgrade bike tour.

Day 12

Iron Gates / Scenic Cruising

Visit Golubac Fortress before cruising through the Iron Gates.

Day 13

Vidin

Embark on the Vidin walking tour. Enjoy the Belogradchik and Baba Vida Fortress excursion, or try the banitsa pastry and yoghurt tasting. Or, partake in a Vidin bike tour.

Day 14

Rousse

Enjoy the Veliko Tarnovo excursion with a visit to the Christmas markets, or try the Bucharest excursion with a visit to the Christmas Markets. Alternatively, partake in the Ivanovo Rock-Hewn Churches & Rousse highlights tour.

Day 15

Giurgiu

Disembark the ship and prepare for your return flight home.

Day 1

Giurgiu

Board the ship and embark on your Grand Danube Cruise.

Day 2

Rousse

Enjoy the Veliko Tarnovo excursion with a visit to the Christmas markets, or try the Bucharest excursion with a visit to the Christmas Markets. Alternatively, partake in the Ivanovo Rock-Hewn Churches & Rousse highlights tour.

Day 3

Vidin

Embark on the Vidin walking tour. Enjoy the Belogradchik and Baba Vida Fortress excursion, or try the banitsa pastry and yoghurt tasting. Or, partake in a Vidin bike tour.

Day 4

Iron Gates / Scenic Cruising

Visit Golubac Fortress before cruising through the Iron Gates.

Day 5

Belgrade

Embark on the “The City by Two Rivers” tour and visit the winter markets, or enjoy the Royal Palace & Tito’s Memorial tour. Alternatively, try the Belgrade Fortress hike. Join the Quburich brandy tasting & Avala Mountain excursion, or enjoy the Belgrade bike tour.

Day 6

Vukovar / Ilok / Novi Sad

Enjoy a tour of Vukovar with a visit to Eltz Castle and the Christmas markets, or try a Croatian wine tasting. Embark on the “The Athens of Serbia” walking tour with a visit to the winter markets, or try the Fruska Gora National Park hike, or the Novi Sad bike tour. Enjoy the evening Petrovaradin Fortress visit.

Day 7

Budapest / Mohacs

Join the Pécs excursion with a visit to the Christmas markets, or try the Szekszárd wine tasting. Conversely, enjoy a guided bike ride along the Danube.

Day 8

Budapest

Enjoy the Puszta excursion.

Day 9

Budapest

Join the “Queen of the Danube” tour with a visit to Vörösmarty Square’s Christmas markets. Or, try the Castle Hill hike.

Day 10

Bratislava

Try the “Coronation City” walking tour with a visit to the Christmas markets, or join the Tastes of Slovakia tour. Alternatively, enjoy the Bratislava Castle hike.

Day 11

Vienna

Indulge in the “Imperial Vienna” tour with a visit to the Town Hall Christmas markets. Or, tour Vienna by bike. Later, enjoy the Schönbrunn Christmas markets.

Day 12

Weissenkirchen

Enjoy the Dürnstein walking tour with a visit to the Melk Benedictine Abbey, or join a tasting tour. Alternatively, join the Dürnstein Fortress hike or the Wachau Valley bike tour. Later, enjoy a wine tasting at a local winery.

Day 13

Linz

Join the “UNESCO City of Media Arts” walking tour with a visit to the Christmas markets, or try the “Cultural Mile” bike tour. Alternatively, enjoy a full-day Salzburg excursion with a visit to the Christmas markets. Look forward to the Český Krumlov excursion.

Day 14

Vilshofen / Passau

Enjoy your morning leisure time in Vilshofen. Later, try the “City of Three Rivers” walking tour with a visit to the Christmas markets in Passau. Alternatively, join the Passau Castle hike or the River Inn bike tour.

Day 15

Vilshofen

Disembark the ship and prepare for your return flight home.

Grand Danube Cruise Ships

AmaBella

Reimagined in 2021, this unique vessel is the perfect place to grab a cocktail, lie back in the sun and enjoy some much-needed pampering. Enjoy access to our onboard massage services, heated pool designed to rise your tranquility during your stay.

Built in Switzerland
Massage Services
Award-winning Dining

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Grand Danube Cruise Deals

Celebrate the magic of Christmas aboard a festive voyage into the heart of Europe with Crui.se

14 Nights
Nov - Dec

Grand Danube Cruise (Christmas)

  • Vilshofen
  • Vilshofen / Passau
  • Linz
  • Weissenkirchen
  • Vienna
  • Bratislava
  • Budapest
  • Budapest / Mohacs
  • Vukovar / Ilok / Novi Sad
  • Belgrade
  • Iron Gates / Scenic Cruising
  • Vidin
  • Rousse
  • Giurgiu
£4,674pp Est. Price per person
  • AmaBella  

Grand Danube Cruise Review

“I was already impressed by how many positive reviews I’d seen for this cruise and how many excursions were available for you to choose, and then I went on the cruise myself and I was genuinely blown away! I’m still buzzing from my trip and I got back two weeks ago. Like I said before there are loads of activities for you to do off-ship and believe me when I say I tried everything I could fit into my schedule. The Croatian wine tasting was delicious and I was very fond of the many Christmas markets we got to see, I was able to get some lovely gifts for my friends back home to enjoy. I’ll be sure to bring my family along next Christmas for this cruise as well.”

Wilson Kelly, Wells, Somerset

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Grand Danube Cruise FAQ

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

What languages are spoken on the ship?

English is the language officially spoken on board all AmaWaterways ships. Most of our crew members can speak fluent English.

What time will embarkation and disembarkation be?

Official embarkation time is 3 p.m. while official disembarkation time is 9 a.m.

Does AmaWaterways accept Traveler's Checks?

No, we do not accept Traveler’s Checks on board the ship.

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