Christmas Cruise on the Danube
7 Days
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Christmas Cruise on the Danube




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.


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 - 8:00pm


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

6:00am - 1:00pm


Stay Duernstein

Arrival at 3:00pm


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 Duernstein

Departure at 2:00am

Stay Vienna

Arrival at 8:00am


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 at 3:00am

Stay Bratislava

8:00am - 12:00pm


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 - 10:00pm


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 8:00am

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

$150 per person Early Booking Discount

Book now and save $150per person for all bookings made until 30 November 2024.

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Suites & Staterooms

  • Luxury accommodation in an outside river-view stateroom of your choice: Spacious Mozart Suites with a walk-out balcony, stateroom cabins on Mozart and Strauss Decks with drop-down Panorama Retractable Windows offering a wide-open view (except Amadeus Brilliant)
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe 
  • Choice of bed configuration in all categories (double or twin bedding)
  • Bottled water in every stateroom

Gourmet Dining

  • Gourmet dining featuring breakfast, multi-course lunches and dinners with menu choices (including vegetarian options), afternoon tea and late-night snack
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner onboard  
  • Coffee and tea available 24 hours a day in the Amadeus Club
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner

An Array of Amenities

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Onboard fitness center open 24 hours a day
  • All gratuities on board are included in your cruise fare

Voyage of Discovery

  • Personalized service of an experienced, multilingual AMADEUS Cruise Director 
  • AMADEUS digital audio system for all guided excursions 
  • Variety of enriching onboard programs, including fascinating lectures, cooking demonstrations, local cultural performances, and music by our onboard musicians 
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles for independent exploration 
  • Onboard fitness center open 24 hours a day
  • All port taxes, embarkation, disembarkation and lock fees included in your cruise fare

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.

Package A | for only $ 218 per person

Enjoy a package of these pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

  • Passau walking tour
  • Melk Abbey - A Baroque Jewel
  • Vienna - Imperial discovery tour
  • Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube
  • Linz walking tour with Linzer Torte tasting

Package B | for only $ 419 per person

Enjoy a package of these pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

  • Full-day Salzburg with lunch
  • Melk Abbey - A Baroque Jewel
  • Vienna - Imperial discovery tour
  • Visit to Schönbrunn Palace
  • Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube
  • Linz walking tour with Linzer Torte tasting

Passau – Passau

Unit Price

Passau walking tour

$ 28

OR Full-day Salzburg with lunch

$ 181

Visit Christmas Market in Linz


Melk Abbey - A Baroque Jewel

$ 72

Visit to the Christmas Mass in Dürnstein


Vienna - Imperial discovery tour

$ 54

Visit to Schönbrunn Palace

$ 85

Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube

$ 68

Linz walking tour with Linzer Torte tasting

$ 34

Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.

Additional Services


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:

Passau (Germany)

Train Station - Port $ 34

Airport Munich - Port Passau $ 153

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