Christmas on the Danube Cruise

Spend an unforgettable Christmas sailing the Danube River on this 8-day Europe cruise. The Danube has captivated musicians, artists and poets throughout the centuries, and now delights travelers with romantic destinations and historical treasures.

Day 1

    Vilshofen / Embark

    Arrive in Vilshofen, a charming 200-year-old Bavarian town, and embark on the AmaBella. Remain in town to celebrate Oktoberfest and enjoy traditional beers, Bavarian folk music, song, and dance. Return to the ship in the evening and set sail.

    Day 2

      Vilshofen / Passau

      Spend a free morning exploring Vilshofen's beautiful old town before cruising to Passau. Arrive in the afternoon and take a walking tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, cobblestoned streets, and St. Stephan’s Cathedral.

      Day 3

        Linz, Austria

        Arrive in Linz in the early morning, the second largest city in Austria. Take a walking tour along the Landstrasse to the city’s Main Square to see St. Mary’s Cathedral, the Marian Column, the Landes Theatre and St. Martin’s Church. Return to the ship for brunch.

        In the afternoon, pick one of three different excursions. Your first option is a visit to the scenic "Salzkammergut" region, the Austrian Lake District. Your second option is to join an excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov. This is a wonderfully preserved medieval town, nestled in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border. Your third option is an excursion to Salzburg. Take a walking tour of the historic center which is famous as the setting for the "Sound of Music". Enjoy some free time on your own before returning to the ship.

        Day 4

          Melk - Krems

          Cruise through the narrow Strudengau morning en route to Melk. Upon arrival, a guided tour takes you through Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest and most famous monastic sites, home to religious relics and a library filled with medieval manuscripts. Continue cruising the beautiful Wachau Valley to Krems. From Krems, transfer to Dürnstein and enjoy a walking tour of the town’s medieval streets. In the evening, enjoy a wine tasting at a local winery.

          Day 5


            Arrive in Vienna. Take a morning city tour of the city to view the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse, and the historic St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Spend the afternoon exploring the city at your leisure, or take an optional excursion to the Schönbrunn Palace. In the evening, enjoy an optional Mozart and Strauss concert in the "Music Capital of the World." The ship moors in Vienna overnight.

            Day 6

              Bratislava, Slovakia

              Spend the morning afloat as you cruise to Bratislava. Upon arrival, take a walking tour to visit the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace, and Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral.

              Day 7

                Budapest, Hungary

                Arrive in Budapest in the moring and take a sightseeing tour to the historic Buda Castle, offering splendid views of the river and the twin cities of Buda and Pest. Also visit the Fisherman's Bastion, Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica and Heroes’ Square. After dinner, take a special "Illuminations Cruise" past the glittering riverfront of Budapest.

                Day 8


                  Enjoy one last breakfast on board before disembarking the ship. Transfer to the airport for your independent continued journeys.
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                  * Itinerary operates in reverse.
                  *Enriching tours and daily excursions
                  *State-of-the-art Infotainment System featuring free high-speed Internet access
                  *Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
                  *Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
                  *Gourmet dining with all meals included on the ship
                  *Multiple dining venues on select vessels
                  *Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe's great wine regions
                  *Beer & soft drinks with every dinner on board
                  *Bottled water in every stateroom
                  *Cocktail Reception
                  *Welcome Dinner
                  *Captain's Gala Dinner
                  *Lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music
                  *Bicycles for days spend in port
                  *All transfers with the purchase of cruise & air package
                  *All local taxes