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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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Budapest Cityscape
$5,100
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Danube Christmas Dreams: Vienna to Budapest

8 Day Itinerary aboard Crystal Mozart
  • Explore European culture in Vienna
  • Marvel at the scenic Wachau Valley
  • Discover modern art in Bratislava
  • Visit Bupadest's Castle Hill
Starts/ Ends in:
Vienna / Budapest
Activities:
Christmas Market, Small Ship Cruise, Urban Exploration
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board the Crystal Mozart for an 8-day Danube Christmas Dreams adventure from Vienna to Budapest. On your way, view storybook-beautiful Krems and cruise the scenic Wachau Valley. Explore the beautiful Austrian city of Spitz, and walk in neo-baroque and neo-Renaissance neighborhoods of Linz. Visit …
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Budapest, the capital city of Hungary
$5,100
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Danube Christmas Dreams: Budapest to Vienna

8 Day Itinerary aboard Crystal Mozart
  • Explore Budapest, Hungary's capital
  • Cruise the scenic Wachau Valley
  • See medieval castles in Bratislava
  • Visit Vienna's famed Ringstrasse
Starts/ Ends in:
Budapest / Vienna
Activities:
Christmas Market, Small Ship Cruise, Urban Exploration
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board the Crystal Mozart for this 8-day Danube River cruise of Christmas Dreams. ExploreHungary’s iconic capital, Budapest, and visit buzzing Bratislava, Slovakia. See Austria's riverside cities of Melk, best known for its fortified baroque Benedictine monastery, and Linz, with its …
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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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Salzburg
$4,459
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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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Salzburg
$4,459
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Magical Christmas Markets

12 Day Itinerary aboard MS Amacerto
  • 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
Few events are awaited with as much anticipation as Europe’s Christmas Markets. Be spellbound by Nuremberg and Regensburg’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; …
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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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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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Enjoy a carriage ride at the Christmas Market
$3,099
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Magical Christmas Markets - Cruise Only

7 Day Itinerary aboard MS Amasonata
  • Visit Nuremberg's Gothic churches
  • Visit exclusive "royal" markets
  • Observe Europe’s largest pipe organ
  • Savor Vienna's Baroque elegance
Activities:
Biking, Christmas Market, River Cruise, Urban Exploration
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Delight yourself with a combination of pageantry and timeless traditions at the magical Christmas markets along the blue Danube River. Join the MS Amasonata on a unique 7-day voyage from Nuremberg to Vienna, making stops along the way to visit the enchanting Christmas markets of Regensburg.Let the …
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Basel at Christmas, Switzerland
$3,099
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Christmas Markets on the Rhine - Cruise Only

8 Day Itinerary aboard MS Amaserena
  • Visit Cologne Cathedral
  • Ride a bike along the Rhine
  • Go to a wine tasting in Rudesheim
  • Wander along Hauptstrasse
Activities:
Biking, Christmas Market, 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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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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Lyon from above
$1,201
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Christmas in Provence and the Rhône Valley

4 Day Itinerary aboard MS Van Gogh
  • Experience Christmas mass
  • Explore Lyon during the night
  • Visit Viviers
  • Enjoy Christmas Eve dinner
Activities:
Christmas Market, River Cruise, Urban Exploration, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board on MS Van Gogh and cruise on the Rhône this Christmas and discover beautiful cities such as Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage town with over 2,000 years of history to share, but also the radiant city of Avignon, the Capital of Vaucluse and Côtes du Rhône as well as the city of …
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Evening in Vienna, Austria
$1,000
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Capitals of the Danube

5 Day Itinerary aboard MS Vivaldi
  • Admire local architecture
  • Enjoy an Austrian-themed dinner
  • Discover charming Bratislava
Activities:
Christmas Market, River Cruise, Urban Exploration
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Start and end your cruise in the magical city of Vienna, themain residence of the Habsburg Dynasty for more than six centuries. For many travelers, the Austrian capital brings dreams of waltzing or riding the Giant Ferris Wheel immortalized in “The Third Man”. ButViennais a kaleidoscope …
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Basel at Christmas, Switzerland
$10,998
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Rhine Christmas Markets: Basel to Amsterdam

11 Day Itinerary aboard Crystal Bach
  • Discover very photogenic Strasbourg
  • Explore Christmas Market of Nations
  • View Rhineland’s Christmas tree
  • Visit gorgeous Cologne Cathedral
Starts/ Ends in:
Basel / Amsterdam
Activities:
Christmas Market, Urban Exploration, Village Visit, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join this 11-day Westbound Rhine River Cruise from Basel to Amsterdam aboard the Crystal Bach. On your way visit Breisach, the gateway to the surrounding Black Forest; the city of France - Strasbourg, which is one of the world’s most photogenic towns; Speyer's fine museums and festive …
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Wander a cozy Christmas Market
$3,299
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Christmas Markets on the Danube - Cruise Only

8 Day Itinerary aboard MS Amamagna
  • Sail a special Illuminations Cruise
  • Visit Vörösmarty Square
  • Tour the illuminated Rathaus
  • Join a guided bike tour
Activities:
Biking, Christmas Market, River Cruise, Wine Tasting
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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Enjoy a cozy Christmas market in Cologne
$5,860
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Christmastime on the Rhine: Basel to Amsterdam

8 Day Itinerary aboard Crystal Debussy
  • Explore “Large Island”
  • Visit historical Mainz
  • Discover innovative Mannheim
  • Visit charming Cologne Cathedral
Starts/ Ends in:
Basel / Amsterdam
Activities:
Christmas Market, River Cruise, Urban Exploration, Village Visit, Wine Tasting
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discover the magic of the Christmas season along the Rhine River during this 8-day cruise from Basel, Switzerland to the Netherlands' capital city, Amsterdam aboard the Crystal Debussy. Begin in Basel, a city of international flair known for its progressive art and design. VisitStrasbourg, …
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