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Magic of Advent on the Danube

Vienna →  Nuremberg

7 Days

At this most contemplative time of year, you can enter a real winter fairytale. Visit the best Christmas Markets along the Danube, explore some sleepy little towns and riverscapes, warm yourself with a delicious glass of mulled wine on board and immerse yourself in the wonderful traditions of the pre-Christmas period. 


Your wintery Advent cruise begins in Vienna, where, after embarking, you can explore your AMADEUS ship and join the cruise director for a Welcome Cocktail in the Panorama Bar. This is followed by a Welcome Dinner. Your ship remains in Vienna overnight.

Stay Vienna
Over Night

Enjoy exploring wintery Vienna today! A morning city sightseeing tour in a comfortable bus takes you past the most beautiful sights of the Austrian capital. In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to view the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, as well as to visit the traditional, romantic Christmas market in front of the palace. Or, visit one of the most famous museums in the world: the Art History Museum in Vienna.

In the evening, we recommend that music lovers attend the atmospheric “Sound of Vienna” concert, which will present a kaleidoscope of Viennese classical music. .

Stay Vienna
Departure at 10.30pm

In the morning, your floating premium hotel reaches the UNESCO World Natural Heritage region of the Wachau. Your ship docks in Melk/Emmersdorf, where you can join an excursion to Melk Abbey or to  Dürnstein. At the end of the excursion, defy the weather and join us for a mug of warming glühwein (mulled wine) on board.

The rest of the day is spent on board, where you will have a wonderful view of the passing winter landscapes as your cruise ship travels towards Passau.

Stay Melk/Emmersdorf
8.30am - 2pm

During breakfast, arrive in Passau, also known as the “City of Three Rivers”, situated at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz Rivers. In the morning, enjoy the romantic old town with its historic buildings during the course of an optional guided walk. The afternoon is a perfect time to visit the traditional Passau Christmas market. Early this evening your ship will depart this lovely city and head towards Regensburg.

Stay Passau
8.30am - 4pm

A full day is spent in festively adorned, historic Regensburg. This magical destination where time seems to stand still, is best explored during a morning optional guided sightseeing walk.

After lunch, explore on your own or opt to join an excursion to the Christmas market in the royal Thurn and Taxis Castle. Revel in the festive pre-Christmas atmosphere filled with the aroma of lebkuchen (gingerbread) and roasted almonds, and stalls filled with local handicrafts. The captain invites you to join him at an elegant Gala Dinner onboard, while your ship continues its journey later this evening.

Stay Regensburg
9am - 9pm

After lunch, you arrive in the Bavarian town of Roth, where the city tour of Nuremberg starts. The tour will take you to the most significant monuments and sights in picturesque Nuremberg. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the romantic Christmas market and taste the world-famous Nuremberg lebkuchen (gingerbread) before returning to your ship, which will be waiting for you in the Nuremberg harbor. Your ship remains here overnight.

Stay Roth
1pm - 1.30pm
Stay Nuremberg
Arrival at 5pm

Enjoy another generous breakfast on board before starting your homeward journey. The entire AMADEUS crew wishes you a pleasant journey and a happy festive season. We hope to welcome you again soon!

Reverse direction itinerary

Would you like to start your journey from the current disembarkation port? Then follow the link to the itinerary in reversed direction:

Nuremberg →  Vienna

Dates & Prices

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  • Large, outside river-view staterooms, most with French balconies or walk-out balconies
  • Walk-out balconies in suites
  • 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 $ 327.00 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 $ 124.00 per person

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

  • Vienna – Imperial discovery tour
  • Passau walking tour and organ concert in St. Stephans cathedral
  • Regensburg walking tour
  • Nuremberg with Christmas Market

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

Cruise Vienna - Nuremberg Unit Price
Vienna – Imperial discovery tour $ 44.00
Visit to Schönbrunn Palace $ 61.00
  OR Visit to the Museum of Fine Arts $ 69.00
"Sound of Vienna" classical concert (Cat. B) $ 71.00
Visit to Melk Abbey $ 59.00
  OR Dürnstein walking tour with visit to the Dürnstein abbey $ 36.00
Passau walking tour and organ concert in St. Stephans cathedral $ 29.00
Regensburg walking tour $ 23.00
Thurn & Taxis Palace with brewery and tasting $ 72.00
  OR Visit to Weltenburg abbey $ 43.00
Nuremberg with Christmas Market $ 50.00
  OR Visit to the World of Gingerbread $ 45.00

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.

Airport – Port $38
Vienna City Center – Port $33
Train Station – Port $33

Airport– Port $72
Train station– Port $72
Center– Port $72