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Iconic Christmas Markets

From Germany to Hungary, this iconic Danube River Cruise encourages you to spend the holiday season in style aboard our luxury fleet of award-winning ships, complete with heated pools, spas and a hair salon.

Sail from Christmas Market to Christmas Market, sampling the unique and creative wares offered from each mooring. Don’t miss out on the perfect opportunity to cultivate a collection of gifts that can’t just be found in the supermarket.

Treat yourself to a getaway you won’t forget; with opportunities to tour famous attractions and get some of your shopping done, you won’t regret a holiday season spent aboard this delightful AmaWaterways River Cruise.

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  • Cruise Line: AmaWaterways
  • Ship: AmaViola + 4 more
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: Nov - Dec
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Iconic Christmas Markets Cruise Itinerary

Tour cities, enjoy gorgeous views, visit UNESCO-designated sites and get some Christmas shopping done. Beginning in Nuremberg and ending in Budapest, this eight-day adventure takes you through all the Danube’s show-stopping highlights with a festive twist.

Day 1

Nuremberg (EMBARK)

Board the ship to begin your Iconic Christmas Markets cruise with AMAwaterways.

Day 2


Join a city tour of WWII highlights, walk Nuremberg’s paved streets to the Imperial Castle and 900 year-old city and pay a visit to some of the local Christmas Markets. Later, visit Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt and cross the Continental Divide via the Main-Danube Canal.

Day 3


Visit this well-preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join a guided walking tour around the city, view the Old Town Hall, Porta Praetoria and the Old Town Christmas Markets.
Sample Barvaria’s specialties; beer, sausage and pretzels or bike to the base of Walhalla and view the neoclassical white marble temple. Wander the Christmas Markets in Thurn and Taxis.

Day 4

Passau / Salzburg

Join a walking tour through the city and visit the Christmas Market. If you feel like being active, opt into a guided bike tour along the Danube.

Alternatively, you can travel through the Austrian Alps to Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart. Enjoy a walking-tour of the UNESCO-designated town, its cathedral, Christmas Markets and Hellbrunn Palace.

Day 5

Melk & Wachau Valley & Vienna

Enjoy Europe’s most revered Baroque monasteries. Visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey which houses a museum. Alternatively, opt for a guided bike tour around Melk.

Finish the day with a scenic cruising down the UNESCO Wachau Valley before arriving in Vienna to explore the Christmas Markets.

Day 6


Join a tour showcasing the majestic Opera House, the former Imperial Palace of Habsburgs and the historic city centre. Afterwards, visit the Christmas Markets or join a guided bike tour down the Danube River. Visit the Schönbrunn Palace, with its giant Christmas Tree.

Day 7


Tour this World Heritage city; view the Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion, Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Heroes’ Square and explore the Christmas Markets. Alternatively, hike to Castle Hill, walk along the Fisherman’s Bastion and take in all iconic sites of Budapest.

Day 8

Budapest (DISEMBARK)

Disembark from your ship and bid farewell to the city of Budapest before preparing for your flight home.

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Iconic Christmas Markets Deals

Explore the Iconic Christmas Markets along the Danube with Crui.se

7 Nights
Nov Dec

Iconic Christmas Markets

  • Nuremberg (EMBARK)
  • Nuremberg
  • Regensburg
  • Passau / Salzburg
  • Melk & Wachau Valley & Vienna
  • Vienna
  • Budapest
  • Budapest (DISEMBARK)
£2,333pp Est. Price per person
  • AmaViola + 4 more ships  

Iconic Christmas Markets Cruise Review

“I decided I’d finally had enough of cooking Christmas dinners and decided to spend the holiday being pampered instead. I LOVED this river cruise; the AmaReina was just lovely, the dining experience first class (including the Christmas Dinner) and all of the tours were nicely paced and easy to keep up with. I got lots of shopping done at the Christmas Markets – I’m fairly sure I’ll be family-favourite this year.”

Joan Layton, Leeds

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Iconic Christmas Markets FAQ

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

How many dining rooms are aboard the ship?

You can enjoy a bite to eat at three locations aboard any AMAwaterways ship. Sit down and dine in the Chef’s Table and Main Restaurant or order delicious tapas between meals at the Main Lounge.

Will the cruise overlap with Christmas Day?

It can, but it doesn’t have to. With options embarking in November and early December, you can book your cruise for a time that fits best with your schedule.

Are there extensions available?

Yes, we offer you the option to book a three-nights stay in Prague prior to your cruise’s embarkation.

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