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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.


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 and the famous wine-growers village of Dürnstein, followed by glühwein (mulled wine) and lunch. 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
3pm - 2am / Day 4

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 Vienna
8am - 3am / Day 5

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 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

Enjoy special AMADEUS moments on board:

  • Christmas concert in the Panorama Bar
  • Attend the Christmas mass
  • Christmas stories from all over the world, narrated by the on-board cruise director
  • Decorate the Christmas tree together
  • Joyful Christmas celebration on board
  • Festive gala menu

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
Passau walking tour $ 21.00
Full-day excursion to Salzburg incl. Salzkammergut, lunch and Christmas market $ 115.00
Excursion to the Wachau with Melk Abbey & Mulled Wine Party $ 70.00
City tour of Vienna $ 43.00
Guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace $ 59.00
City tour of Bratislava $ 42.00
Linz walking tour $ 25.00
Onboard Booking Price $ 131.00 $ 295.00 $ 354.00
Prices for packages booked in advance $ 112.00 $ 251.00 $ 301.00

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.

Train station – Port $26
Airport Munich – Port $102