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Taking a small ship cruise is the best way to understand how Europe is a tapestry of cultures set on the backdrop of breathtaking landscapes and centuries-old cities. Central European rivers like the Rhinethe Danube, and the Seine Rivers. In  the Mediterranean, the storied remnants of ancient Greece, the beaches of Croatia and Spain, and classical cities of Italy are far more intimate on a small cruise ship. In Spain and Portugal, the Douro River takes travelers up a river lost in time.  In the northern countries of Sweden, Finland, Norway and Iceland, you'll experience a completely different culture, based around the colder annual temperatures. In addition to the British Isles, these countries make a great starting point for Arctic expeditions too.
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Detailed ornament at a Christmas Market
$3,099
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Christmas Markets on the Rhine - Cruise Only

8 Day Itinerary aboard MS Amakristina
  • Visit renowned Christmas markets
  • Choose from a variety of activities
  • Tour Strasbourg's famous markets
  • Explore historic Heidelberg
Activities:
Biking, Christmas Market, Hiking, River Cruise, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience a once-in-a lifetime Christmas cruise from the legendary Amsterdam to Basel, a city for art lovers. Board your luxurious river cruise ship inAmsterdam, amidst the city’s legendary canals and colorful holiday surroundings. Next,visit Heidelberg and Cologne, famous for its majestic …
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Panoramic view of Budapest cityscape
$6,649
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Dazzling Danube Holiday: Budapest to Regensburg

12 Day Itinerary aboard Crystal Ravel
  • See Castle Hill in Budapest
  • Explore historic Bratislava
  • Gaze upon arched bridges in Passau
  • Visit flourishing Regensburg
Starts/ Ends in:
Budapest / Regensburg
Activities:
Christmas Market, Small Ship Cruise, Urban Exploration
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board the Crystal Ravel for this Dazzling Danube Holiday cruise from Budapest to Regensburg. Over 12 days, visit enchanting Budapest with its magnificent architecture, explore historic Bratislava, a gem that stirs the imagination, and walk the streets of romantic Vienna. Discover …
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$3,299
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European Holiday Markets

Nuremberg-Vienna - 8 Day Itinerary aboard S.S. Beatrice
  • Experience Europe on the holidays
  • Visit holiday markets in Europe
  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Starts/ Ends in:
Nuremberg / Vienna
Activities:
Archaeological Sites, Christmas Market, Land & Sea, River Cruise, Village Visit, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This cruise takes you to some of the most famous and delightful holiday markets in Central Europe.Those looking to experience Europe at its most magical will enjoy the chance to discover the delightful holiday traditions and treats of Germany and Austria.At each market, you’ll find wooden …
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Evening light over Nuremberg
$6,797
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Christmastime from Vienna to Basel

16 Day Itinerary aboard Avalon Envision
  • Take a culinary tour in Vienna
  • Take a tour of Melk
  • Enjoy the vibrant Christmas vibes
  • See the German Christmas Museum
  • See the historical sites
Starts/ Ends in:
Vienna / Basel
Activities:
Christmas Market, River Cruise, Village Visit, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Begin this journey on Vienna with a culinary tour in the Christmas markets of the City of Music.Sail through the wonderful Wachau Valley with visits to Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey. Browse through the shining Christmas markets in Passau then sail to Regensburg for Christkindlesmarkt …
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Salzburg
$4,899
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Magical Christmas Markets

13 Day Itinerary aboard MS Amasonata
  • Explore enchanting Prague
  • Discover historic Passau
  • Visit Melk’s Benedictine Abbey
  • Enjoy Vienna's Christmas Markets
Activities:
Biking, Christmas Market, River Cruise, Urban Exploration
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Enjoy three nights in Prague, then visit multiple Christmas Markets on the scenic river route from Nuremberg to Vienna, and conclude with two nights in Vienna. Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with a festive journey along the Danube River, enjoying days full of discovery and wonder. After …
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Christmas Market in Prague
$3,949
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Christmas Markets on the Danube

Budapest to Prague - 13 Day Itinerary aboard MS Amaserena
  • Tour Budapest's famous buildings
  • Admire Vienna's landmarks
  • Visit beloved Christmas markets
  • Discover Prague's history
Starts/ Ends in:
Budapest / Prague
Activities:
Christmas Market, River Cruise, Small Ship Cruise
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on an 13-day Christmas adventure like no other, and fall in love of the European holiday season. Join the MS Amaserena in Budapest and cruise through the charming region where so many of today’s most beloved Christmas traditions originated. Experience a number of enchanting Christmas …
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Vienna Opera House, Austria
$4,049
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Christmas Markets on the Danube

13 Day Itinerary aboard MS Amaprima
  • Sail a special Illuminations Cruise
  • Visit Vörösmarty Square
  • Tour the illuminated Rathaus
  • Join a guided bike tour
Starts/ Ends in:
Budapest / Prague
Activities:
Christmas Market, River Cruise, Small Ship Cruise
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Few events are awaited with as much anticipation as Europe’s Christmas Markets. Be spellbound by Europe's Christmas Markets. In Linz, marvel at the small clay figurines representing the people of a typical village—the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker; and while in …
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Lights brighten the evening at this bustling Christmas Market
$3,099
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Christmas Markets on the Rhine - Cruise Only

8 Day Itinerary aboard MS Amamora
  • Join a guided tour
  • Visit the largest Christmas Markets
  • Ride a bike along the Rhine
  • Enjoy a panoramic bus tour
Activities:
Biking, Christmas Market, Hiking, River Cruise
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience the deep-rooted holiday traditions of Europe at its most festive time of year. Cologne’s Christmas Market with its impressive Gothic cathedral backdrop; the "Capital of Noël," Strasbourg, with its magnificent great Christmas tree; and Heidelberg’s Christmas …
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Explore Basel
$4,354
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Christmastime from Nuremberg to Basel

10 Day Itinerary aboard Avalon Tranquility II
  • Explore the city of Nuremberg
  • Visit Bamberg's beautiful sights
  • See the German Christmas museum
  • Enjoy the city sightseeing
Starts/ Ends in:
Nuremberg / Basel
Activities:
Christmas Market, River Cruise, Village Visit, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Get into the holiday spirit as you stroll through the brightly illuminated and decorated Old Town. In delightful Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll find nativity scenes built by local citizens throughout the town. Learn about holiday traditions as you cruise to Würzburg and …
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Basel at Christmas, Switzerland
$4,098
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Christmastime from Nuremberg to Basel

10 Day Itinerary aboard Avalon Impression
  • Explore the city of Nuremberg
  • Visit Bamberg's beautiful sights
  • See the German Christmas museum
  • Enjoy the city sightseeing
Starts/ Ends in:
Nuremberg / Basel
Activities:
Christmas Market, River Cruise, Village Visit, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Get into the holiday spirit as you stroll through the brightly illuminated and decorated Old Town. In the delightful Bamberg which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll find nativity scenes built by local citizens throughout the town. Learn about holiday traditions as you cruise to …
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Basel at Christmas, Switzerland
$4,098
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Christmastime from Nuremberg to Basel

10 Day Itinerary aboard Avalon Envision
  • Explore the city of Nuremberg
  • Visit Bamberg's beautiful sights
  • See the German Christmas museum
  • Enjoy the city sightseeing
Starts/ Ends in:
Nuremberg / Basel
Activities:
Christmas Market, River Cruise, Village Visit, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Get into the holiday spirit as you stroll through the brightly illuminated and decorated Old Town. In delightful Bamberg which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll find nativity scenes built by local citizens throughout the town. Learn about holiday traditions as you cruise to …
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Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest, Hungary
$3,299
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Christmas Markets on the Danube - Cruise Only

Budapest to Vilshofen - 8 Day Itinerary aboard MS Amasonata
  • Sail a special Illuminations Cruise
  • Visit Vörösmarty Square
  • Tour the illuminated Rathaus
  • Join a guided bike tour
Starts/ Ends in:
Budapest / Vilshofen
Activities:
Christmas Market, Small Ship Cruise
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Few events are awaited with as much anticipation as Europe’s Christmas Markets. Be spellbound by Europe's Christmas Markets. In Linz, marvel at the small clay figurines representing the people of a typical village—the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker; and while in …
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Hungarian parliament, Budapest
$3,199
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Christmas Markets on the Danube - Cruise Only

8 Day Itinerary aboard MS Amaserena
  • Explore historic Melk
  • Sightsee in Passau
  • Visit Vienna's landmarks
  • Tour Budapest
Starts/ Ends in:
Budapest / Vilshofen
Activities:
Christmas Market, River Cruise, Small Ship Cruise
Activity Level:
Relaxed
In each town along the way, you'll feel the old world charm and unique traditions as you stroll the expansive markets for souvenirs, lifted along by the sweet and savory smells of the fresh food and local flavors. Enjoy a holiday like no other! Board the MS Amaserena in Budapest and cruise …
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Rathaus in Vienna
$3,199
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Christmas Markets on the Danube - Cruise Only

8 Day Itinerary aboard MS Amaprima
  • Browse Europe's Christmas markets
  • Experience Budapest
  • Enjoy Vienna's landmarks
  • Visit Salzburg
Starts/ Ends in:
Budapest / Vilshofen
Activities:
Christmas Market, River Cruise, Small Ship Cruise
Activity Level:
Relaxed
After boarding your ship in Budapest, cruise through the charming region where so many of today’s most beloved Christmas traditions originated. Experience a number of enchanting Christmas markets in places such as Bratislava, Melk, Passau, and Vienna, each with its own local flavor and …
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Enjoy a cozy Christmas Market in Frankfurt
$4,798
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Christmastime from Vienna to Frankfurt

12 Day Itinerary aboard Avalon Envision
  • Take a culinary tour in Vienna
  • Take a tour of Passau
  • See the historical sites
  • See the German Christmas Museum
Starts/ Ends in:
Vienna / Frankfurt
Activities:
Christmas Market, River Cruise, Village Visit
Activity Level:
Relaxed
The Christmastime river cruise begins in Vienna and ends in Frankfurt. In Vienna, see the sights with a local guide or opt for a culinary walk through the Christmas markets. Cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk, and visit the Benedictine Abbey. In Regensburg, see the sights with a …
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Passau at sunset, Germany
$2,699
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Christmastime on the Danube

Eastbound - 7 Day Itinerary aboard Avalon View
  • Explore the city of Nuremberg
  • Have fun exploring Christmas market
  • Roam around the city of Passau
  • Visit the Benedictine Abbey
Starts/ Ends in:
Nuremberg / Vienna
Activities:
Christmas Market, River Cruise, Village Visit
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board Avalon View in Nuremberg with its medieval fortifications, gothic churches, and palaces. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations and the Christmas market, one of the most famous in the world, has dozens of stalls offering traditional wares, such as Lebkuchen, …
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Enjoy a cozy Christmas market with loved ones
$2,870
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Christmastime on the Danube (Eastbound)

7 Day Itinerary aboard Avalon Envision
  • Admire Imperial Palace complex
  • Explore Altes Rathaus
  • Enjoy Regensburg’s Christmas market
  • Uncover medieval architectures
Starts/ Ends in:
Nuremberg / Vienna
Activities:
Christmas Market, River Cruise
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Enter a stunning world of cherished Christmas traditions along the Danube River. Board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Nuremberg, Germany, with its medieval fortifications, gothic churches, and palaces. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations and the Christmas market, one of …
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Passau at sunset, Germany
$2,699
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Christmastime on the Danube

Westbound - 7 Day Itinerary aboard Avalon Tranquility II
  • Visit the Benedictine Abbey
  • Roam around the city of Passau
  • Have fun exploring Christmas market
  • Explore the city of Nuremberg
Starts/ Ends in:
Vienna / Nuremberg
Activities:
Christmas Market, River Cruise, Village Visit
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This Christmastime river cruise begins in Austria’s magical capital of Vienna, home to the sounds of Mozart, Strauss, and the Vienna Boys’ Choir.Cruise through the wintery landscape of the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk. Arrive in Passau, Germany, and visit the city’s charming …
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