River Cruise: Christmas Markets On The Danube

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River Cruise: Christmas Markets On The Danube

A private chartered river cruise featuring a festive exploration of German and Austrian Christmas Markets!!

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Dec 1 - Dec 10, 2023
10 days | 9 nights

Visit the best Christmas Markets along the Danube and explore delightful river towns on this winter fairytale. Embrace the aroma of roasting chestnuts and seasonal pastries. Warm up with a delicious glass of mulled wine as we immerse ourselves in the splendid traditions of the Christmas holidays. Join CTD President Steve Uelner for what promises to be a holiday trip of a lifetime!

  • Sunrise has chartered the entire ship, exclusively for our travelers.
  • Included sightseeing tours of Wurzburg, Rothenburg, Nuremburg, Passau, Vienna and more
  • Fascinating river cruise with large, outside river-view staterooms, most with floor to ceiling windows.
  • Modern, larger staterooms with more space than many Viking and AMA cabins
  • Professional, English-speaking crew-to-passenger ratio of 1 to 3
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for excursions
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included (buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack) in the elegant Panorama-Restaurant, which accommodates all guests in one seating
  • Included quality red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions (as well as beer and soda) with every dinner on board
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Special onboard entertainment including professional locals entertaining, cooking demonstration, festive meals, and music by the Amadeus Duo
  • Services of experienced cruise director throughout the cruise
  • Onboard Concierge Service, dedicated to the independent experience seeker
  • Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted in small outside area of the Sun Deck)
  • Entrance fees for included attractions
  • Exclusive on board Bavarian and Vienna Orchestra Quartet performance
  • Round-trip air from U.S. to Europe, with European airport transfers

Welcome to the energetic city of Frankfurt*, with its futuristic skyline and dynamic culture. The city’s dazzling contemporary buildings are as fascinating as the stunning Gothic architecture of the Frankfurt Cathedral, the ornately designed Römer, and the beauty of the Alte Oper. This afternoon, we’ll travel to the village of Marktheidenfeld and settle into our hotel for the next two evenings, the Hotel Zur schönen Aussicht. This inn was built in 1848, overlooks the Main River, and is located at an ideal spot near the romantic Old Town, Franconian vineyards and romantic forests. Tonight we gather together for a welcome dinner. L, D

This morning, travel to the magical town of Wurzburg to revel in the opulent baroque and rococo architecture of this charming city. Once the great seat of power for the prince-bishops of Germany, no visit to Würzburg is complete without a visit to the Würzburg Residence and gardens. This lavishly-appointed palace is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and illustrates the grand power of the ancient regional rulers. We’ll also visit the historical and celebrated Juliusspital for lunch, followed by a stroll through its storied wine cellar. Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore and discover the charismatic Wurzburg Christmas Market in Wurzburg. B, L, D

In Rothenburg, the local Cellar Master welcomes us with a 1600s reception, after which we take a guided stroll within the storied walls of this medieval town. Then explore the town’s 500-year-old Christmas market, the Reiterlesmarkt. Enjoy roasted chestnuts and perhaps special white mulled cider while browsing the traditional local gifts. And, before leaving, we’ll be treated to coffee and a Schneeballen pastry, a favorite of this region. Later a real “WOW” moment strikes as we board our home for the next six nights in Nuremburg, the MS Amadeus Queen. A masterpiece of engineering and ship design, the deluxe Queen was christened in 2018. The festive excitement is palpable as we board to a holiday welcome dinner hosted by CTD President Steve Uelner. Our luxury ship staterooms on the Mozart and Strauss Deck feature panoramic windows which extend across the entire front and have been specially designed for the AMADEUS ships (this state-of-the-art design provides more inside room versus competitor ships). All staterooms and suites offer comfortable, spacious bathrooms, infotainment systems, flat screen television, telephone, cabin safe, minibar and air conditioning which can be individually regulated. The suites also feature external balconies. B, D

Home to the famous Nuremberg Lebkuchen (gingerbread)! Our magical Advent journey to the most beautiful Christmas markets along the Danube commences with an introductory sightseeing tour through a festively decorated Nuremberg. The highlight follows—the famous Nuremberg Christmas market, where culinary specialties, artisan crafts and regional products fill the air. This afternoon, we set sail on the Danube for Regensburg. B, L, D

As you enjoy breakfast, we reach the Bavarian town of Regensburg, which boasts one of the best-preserved medieval old towns in Germany. A guided city walking tour will showcase the city’s most beautiful side, and in the afternoon a visit to the Thurn and Taxis Castle and its renown Christmas Market complements the jubilant atmosphere. On board before dinner, a local Bavarian group entertains us…and later, as we dine, we depart for Passau. B, L, D

We arrive in Passau, the romantic “City of Three Rivers”. After breakfast, enjoy your morning relaxing on board our MS Amadeus Queen, decorated up for the Yuletide season, or join in a guided walking tour through this picturesque town where the Danube, Inn and Ilz Rivers meet. After lunch, visit the festively decorated Christmas market in Passau. Later our ship weighs anchor and sets sail for Austria. B, L, D

We begin our day with a visit to the spectacular Melk Abbey…CTD travelers consistently rave about this moving experience. Later this morning, we’ll return to our ship and cruise this afternoon among one of the most beautiful landscape regions in Austria – the Wachau Valley. Following dinner, you’ll be in awe as we take a ride into the heart of Vienna’s City Center to experience its colorful kaleidoscope of lights and decorations, along with Vienna’s illuminated display of parliament and museums. A perfect atmosphere for the Yuletide Season! B, L, D


Today will be devoted to the magical Danube city of Vienna. Enjoy a sightseeing trip which will take you to see more of the most beautiful sights and elegant buildings in Vienna. This afternoon, you may wish to return to the famous Christmas village on Maria-Theresien-Platz, set between the Museums of Natural History and Art. The aromas of Lebkuchen (gingerbread) and roasted almonds combine for a savory Advent experience. Tonight, our captain’s Gala Dinner takes place, capped off by an exclusive on-board quartet holiday performance by members of Vienna’s Philharmonic Orchestra. B, L, D

After breakfast on board, we head to the airport for our included flight back home. We are sure you will return home with long-lasting memories of our travels among the most festive Christmas Markets in the world! B


Departure: Dec 1, 2023

Return: Dec 10, 2023


Haydn Deck (lower) - $4447

Strauss Deck (middle) - $4997

Mozart Deck (upper) - $5397

Suite (upper) - $5847

*Price person

*Includes roundtrip flights from STL or MCI

More than 2,500 Christmas markets around Germany offer magical wonderlands with decorated booths that sell handcrafted gifts and regional
specialties. In December of 2023, we’ll visit the best Christmas markets throughout our journey along the Danube. Originally held centuries ago, Christmas markets began in the German-speaking parts of Europe. Local townsfolk would gather to buy and sell supplies to help survive the long winters.

Now Christmas markets have become a social event for each town and village to focus on the joys of the Advent season. Most markets feature numerous wooden chalets clustered together with local handmade items, mulled wine, delicious gingerbread, festive ornaments, and more.

Average Temps

highs low to mid 40's/ lows low to mid 30's

Time Zone

+7 hours from Central Time

Airport Info

Pre/Post Hotel offers complimentary shuttle service.

Walking Distance

Moderate to extended walking is required to fully enjoy this tour. Some walking will be on uneven paths.



Hotel Amenities

Hair dryers, TV/cable, telephone, coffee makers, laundry available at hotels.

Ship Amenities Include

Sun Deck, Two Bars, Swimming Pool, Large Chess Board on Sun Deck, Gourmet Dining, Fitness Room, Massage, Hairdresser, Lift (except to Sun Deck), Gift Shop. In all rooms: Flat screen TV, Safe, Hair Dryer. All rooms except Haydn Deck have French Balcony. Suites have balcony.


Orange luggage tags are provided and are to be placed on your “checked luggage” (large bag). You do not need a tag for your carry-on bag, for which you will be responsible for taking on and off the coach. There is limited space in the cabin of the coach, so unless you require your carry-on bag while traveling, we will stow it in the luggage compartment.

Terms and Conditions:

Please refer to our policies HERE for more information on our terms and conditions.

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