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Christmas Cruise on the Danube

Passau →  Passau

7 Days

Christmas is such a great reason for gathering and feeling connected! Celebrate Christmas in a whole new way – on board our festively decorated AMADEUS cruise ship. Dreamy villages gleam and river capitals such as Vienna and Bratislava beckon with a cheerful welcome.

Enjoy Christmas stories, decorating the Christmas tree, and a joyous celebration on board. On Christmas Eve, join a traditional mass in charming Dürnstein on the banks of the Danube.

(We reserve the right to make amendments to the timetable and program.)



Welcome to this magical Christmas cruise along the wintery Danube! You embark in the Bavarian “City of Three Rivers”, Passau, where a Welcome Cocktail with the AMADEUS-crew awaits you. At the start of your trip, the chef will spoil you with a festive Welcome Dinner. Your ship remains in Passau overnight.

Stay Passau
Over Night

After breakfast, get to know the most beautiful sights of Passau during the course of a city sightseeing walk. Alternatively, you can take part in a full-day excursion to the imposing Mozart-town of Salzburg, where you will visit the atmospheric Advent market in the old town, with its countless festive lights.

After this excursion, you rejoin your floating luxury hotel, which has made its way to Linz in the meantime. You can end your day and wind down with a walk through the festive Christmas market in Linz.

Stay Passau
Departure at 10.30am
Stay Linz
5.30pm - 8pm

Early in the morning, your ship arrives in Melk/Emmersdorf, which is situated in the beautiful Wachau region. You can take a detour to the 900-year-old Melk Abbey or to Göttweig Abbey. Celebrate Christmas on board with us in a festive ambience. Take part in decorating the Christmas tree to the sound of contemplative carols, followed by the magical Christmas dinner on board. Those who wish can attend a Christmas mass in Dürnstein after dinner. Late at night, your cruise continues to Vienna.

Stay Emmersdorf
6am - 1pm
Stay Dürnstein

Christmas day is spent in the Austrian capital, Vienna, which will amaze you with its countless sights and imposing architecture. Don’t miss the city sightseeing tour in the morning! In the afternoon you can take part in an excursion to Schönbrunn Palace. A unique and charming Christmas market is located in front of the palace, inviting you to stroll past its countless decorated stalls and beguiling you with the divine aromas of punch and lebkuchen (gingerbread).

Stay Dürnstein
Departure 2am
Stay Vienna

Spend the morning in Bratislava, where your AMADEUS ship docked during the night. Discover this impressive Danube city during the course of a sightseeing trip in a comfortable tour coach and enjoy the magnificent panoramic view of the city from the castle hill. At midday you will return to your ship, which continues its journey downriver. An elegant captain’s Gala Dinner awaits you in the evening, bringing a fitting and festive close to the second day of Christmas.

Stay Vienna
Departure 3am
Stay Bratislava
8am - 12am

Spend the morning on board, enjoying the view of the passing wintery landscapes from the comfort of your five-star premium ship. At midday, you arrive in Linz – Austria’s third-largest city. In the afternoon, you can explore the city on your own, or, if you prefer, during the course of a sightseeing walk. In the evening, your ship weighs anchor and heads towards Passau.

Stay Linz
1.30pm - 10pm

After a generous breakfast on board, it is time to disembark and the entire AMADEUS crew wishes you a pleasant homeward journey and a happy New Year! We hope to welcome you again soon!

Stay Passau
Arrival at 8am

Dates & Prices

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  • Large, outside river-view staterooms, most with French balconies or walk-out balconies
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer & soft drinks
    with every lunch and dinner onboard
  • Gourmet dining onboard 
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Services of an experienced English-speaking onboard Cruise Director
  • 24 hour coffee station​
  • All onboard entertainment including talks, cooking demonstrations, musical performances and nightly piano music
  • Bottled water in every stateroom 
  • In-stateroom infotainment center
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for optional excursions
  • All local taxes & port charges included

Excursions and excursion packages

Cruise your way and choose from a carefully curated selection of immersive and inspiring excursions and adventures! Select one of our packages offered at a discounted rate when purchased in advance or book individual shore excursions at regular rates on board your cruise.

Unlimited Excursion Package | for only $ 266.00 per person

Enjoy the flexibility to choose any shore excursion of the ones listed below for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

When booking our new ALL-IN excursion package prior to departure we offer you maximum flexibility at a great value. Create your personalized shore excursion program by choosing your favorite tours from our list of exciting options in each port.

Introductory Excursion Package | for only $ 115.00 per person

Enjoy a package of 4 pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:

  • Passau walking tour
  • Vienna – Imperial discovery tour
  • Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube
  • Linz walking tour with Linzer Torte tasting

Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.

Cruise Passau - Passau Unit Price
Passau walking tour $ 23.00
  OR Full-day Salzburg including Salzkammergut and lunch $ 120.00
Visit to Melk Abbey $ 59.00
  OR Visit to Göttweig Abbey $ 61.00
Vienna – Imperial discovery tour $ 44.00
Visit to Schönbrunn Palace $ 61.00
  OR Visit to the Museum of Fine Arts $ 69.00
Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube $ 43.00
Linz walking tour with Linzer Torte tasting $ 26.00
  OR Trip to the Pöstlingsberg $ 34.00

Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.

Additional Services

Arrival & Transfer

You're in good hands with us from the start: Let us book you a transfer from the airport or train station to the ship port and back. The following prices apply per person per transfer.

Train station – Port $27
Airport Munich – Port $105