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Magic of Advent on the Danube

Nuremberg →  Vienna

7 Days

This year’s Advent, take the chance to enter a real winter fairytale! Explore 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.

Visit the best Christmas Markets along the Danube: The Palais Thurn und Taxis and its outbuildings form one of the impressive backdrops, and the quality of the wares is exceptional, too.
Furthermore, discover the elegant Christmas market in the forecourt of Schönbrunn Palace. Enjoy a mulled wine party in the famous winegrowing region of Wachau!


Welcome to a wintery Nuremberg, home to the famous Nuremberg lebkuchen (gingerbread)! Your magical Advent journey to the most beautiful Christmas markets along the Danube starts here. After embarking, you have the opportunity to meet the cruise director at a Welcome Cocktail, and thereafter a generous Welcome Dinner awaits you in the Panorama Restaurant. Your ship remains anchored in Nuremberg overnight.

Stay Nuremberg
Over Night

A morning sightseeing tour through a festively decorated Nuremberg takes you past all its main attractions. Don’t miss the trip to the famous Nuremberg Christmas market, where culinary specialities, artisan crafts and regional products are on offer.

At lunch time, you return to your ship, which heads towards Regensburg.

Stay Nuremberg
Departure at 1pm

At breakfast time, you reach the Bavarian town of Regensburg, which boasts one of the best-preserved medieval old towns in Germany. A guided city walking tour will show you the city’s most beautiful side, and in the afternoon a visit to the Thurn and Taxis Castle is guaranteed to put you in a festive mood. This is the site of one of the most beautiful Christmas markets of the region, which you should on no account miss. Thereafter you will return to your AMADEUS ship, which leaves Regensburg after dinner.

Stay Regensburg
9am - 9pm

In the morning you arrive in Passau, the romantic “City of Three Rivers”. After breakfast, we offer you a guided walking tour through this picturesque town where the Danube, Inn and Ilz Rivers meet.

After lunch, you can visit the festively decorated Christmas market in Passau, and thereafter your ship weighs anchor and sets sail for Austria.

Stay Passau
9am - 3.30pm

When you awake, you can enjoy a wonderful view of one of the most beautiful landscape regions in Austria – the Wachau. Emmersdorf is the starting point for a trip through this wintery region, which will include a visit to Melk Abbey and the wine-growers village of Dürnstein. At the end of this tour, we invite you to partake in a glühwein (mulled wine) party, after which you will return to your ship in Weissenkirchen. At midday, your journey continues to Vienna, which you will reach in the early evening. You can attend the concert “Sound of Vienna”, where the “Alt Wien” Salon Orchestra will entertain you with Viennese classics.

Stay Melk/Emmersdorf
8am - 10.30am
Stay Weißenkirchen
11.30am - 13.00pm
Stay Vienna
Arrival 6.00pm

Today will be devoted entirely to the magical, wintery Danube city of Vienna. Enjoy a city sightseeing trip from the comfort of a tour coach, which will take you to the most beautiful sights and elegant buildings in Vienna. After lunch, we recommend a visit to the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, where an atmospheric Christmas market awaits you. Here, the pervasive pre-Christmas atmosphere and the aromas of lebkuchen (gingerbread) and roasted almonds combine in an unforgettable, authentic Advent experience. In the evening, an elegant captain’s Gala Dinner takes place on board, during which you can enjoy a wonderful Advent ambience.

Stay Vienna
Over Night

After breakfast on board, you disembark and begin your homeward journey. We wish you a pleasant and safe 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:

Vienna →  Nuremberg

Enjoy special AMADEUS moments on board:

  • Christmas market with enticing smells of hot-mulled wine and gingerbread
  • Festive Advent concert in the Panorama-Bar
  • Sing along Christmas carols together with the crew
  • Our Pastry Chef shares and shows the most loved AMADEUS cookie recipes

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

Excursion Packages

Owing to the variety of available excursions it‘s often difficult to choose between them - so on this cruise we offer you tailor-made and carefully composed sets of excursions that you can book in advance with 15% discount. All excursions can of course also be booked individually at regular rates on board.

Cruise Highlights Unit Price A B C
City Tour of Nuremberg with Christmas Market $ 47.00
Regensburg walking tour $ 21.00
Christmas Market at the Thurn and Taxis Palace in Regensburg (only bookable on board) $ 46.00
Passau walking tour $ 21.00
Excursion to the Wachau with Melk Abbey & Mulled Wine Party $ 70.00
Concert "Sound of Vienna" $ 69.00
City tour of Vienna $ 43.00
Guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace with Christmas market $ 59.00
Onboard Booking Price $ 132.00 $ 202.00 $ 330.00
Prices for packages booked in advance $ 113.00 $ 173.00 $ 281.00

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 $70
Train station– Port $70
Center– Port $70

Airport – Port $37
Vienna City Center – Port $32
Train Station – Port $32