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01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Iconic Christmas Markets

Soak up the atmosphere of the festive season and visit some of the best Christmas markets in Germany, Austria and Hungary. Includes guided excursions and drinks with meals

Cruise Only
7 nights from £2689pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Nuremburg Christmas Market
  • Budapest Christmas Market
  • Budapest
  • Vienna Christmas Market

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Iconic Christmas Markets Special Offer

Celebrate the magic of the wonderful winter season on this festive cruise exploring the beauty and history of the Danube, Europe's second largest river.

Journey from Nuremberg on the Main-Danube Canal across the continental divide through many of the Danube's great cities.

Along the way visit charming towns where so many Christmas traditions started and marvel at beautiful vistas of enchanting Bavaria and the charming Wachau Valley. On selected dates shop at Christmas markets - these normally close a few days before Christmas.

Please note Christmas Markets usually close around 20 December, but can vary at each place

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Iconic Christmas Markets Itinerary

Day 1 - Nuremberg (Germany)

Arrive in Nuremberg, the capital of Franconia. Tonight, gather onboard for a Gala Welcome Dinner. (D)

Day 2 - Nuremberg

Join a city tour of WWII highlights and then walk through Nuremberg’s cobblestone streets to the Imperial Castle and 900-year-old city ramparts, followed by a visit to some of the local Christmas markets. Later, you can visit Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt, one of the world’s largest and most famous Christmas markets. You will also cross the Continental Divide via the Main-Danube Canal as the day ends. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Regensburg

Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join a guided walking tour showcasing the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria, before visiting the Old Town Christmas market. As an alternate option, sample some of Bavaria’s specialties—beer, sausage and pretzels. Or bike to the base of Walhalla where there is a neoclassical white marble temple inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. Later in the day, you’ll be treated to one of Bavaria’s most beautiful and romantic Christmas markets at Thurn and Taxis, where you can watch artisans make their unique arts and crafts. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Passau - Linz (Austria)

Join a walking tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen’s. Go in search of Bavarian-style crafts at the Christmas Market. Or, for the active adventurer, join a guided bike tour along the Danube. Alternatively, you can travel through the serene Austrian Alps to Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart. Your full-day excursion in Salzburg includes a walking tour of the UNESCO-designated Old Town, its magnificent cathedral and its Christmas Markets, including the Hellbrunn Palace, where its inner courtyard is turned into a romantic backdrop for one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in Austria. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Melk - Vienna

High on a rocky outcrop lies the Melk Abbey, one of Europe’s most revered Baroque monasteries. Visit this magnificent Benedictine Abbey, which now houses a museum chronicling its history and a famous library with countless medieval manuscripts. Alternatively, go on a guided bike ride around Melk. Afterward, enjoy a scenic cruise of the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley before arriving in Vienna and exploring the local Christmas markets. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Vienna

The “City of Waltzes” offers a treasure trove of gems just waiting to be discovered. Join a tour showcasing its regal splendors, such as the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna’s historic city center. Afterwards, you’ll visit the Christmas Markets. If you prefer a more active adventure, then join a guided bike along the Danube River. During the afternoon, visit the Schönbrunn Palace with a giant sparkling Christmas tree. This market presents a glittering and stellar Christmas experience. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Budapest (Hungary)

Budapest is one of Europe’s most regal and storied cities—and many of its most iconic sights can be seen right off the banks of the Danube. Your tour through this sprawling World Heritage city offers splendid views from historic Buda Castle of the twin cities on both banks of the river. You’ll also visit Fisherman’s Bastion and see the marvelous Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Heroes’ Square and much more. Later, explore this beautiful city’s Christmas Markets. As an alternative, you can hike to Castle Hill, walking along Fishermen’s Bastion and take in all the iconic sites of Budapest with an active exploration. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Budapest

Your fascinating cruise comes to an end in Budapest. (B)

Key: B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner.

Price Includes

  • 7 nights full board deluxe accommodation in an outside cabin - most with revolutionary Twin balconies
  • Tours and excursions daily with personal headset included
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner plus bottled water in cabins replenished daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • State of the art Infotainment System in all cabins with hi-speed internet, Hollywood movies, extensive music library and English TV stations
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, on board music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
  • Bicycles to explore on your own and guided bicycle tours
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • Port Charges
  • All local taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Gratuities

Additional Information

  • Christmas markets usually open Nov 25 until approximately Dec 23

Cruise Extensions

  • Budapest and Prague Extension Extend your cruise with a 2-night pre-cruise stay in Budapest and a 3-night post-cruise stay in Prague. Please contact us for further details
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2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • November
    • Nov 27th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: AmaCerto From: £2689
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    • Nov 28th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: AmaBella From: £2689
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    • Nov 29th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: AmaViola From: £2766
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  • December
    • Dec 5th - Nuremberg to Budapest - Sailing on: AmaBella From: £2766
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    • Dec 6th - Nuremberg to Budapest - Sailing on: AmaViola From: £2766
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    • Dec 12th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: AmaBella From: £2766
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    • Dec 13th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: AmaViola From: £2766
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    • Dec 19th - Nuremberg to Budapest - Sailing on: AmaBella From: £2766
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2022 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • November
    • Nov 28th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: AmaBella From: £2854
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      Blue Water Price from: £2854 Blue Water Price from: £3084 Blue Water Price from: £3699 Blue Water Price from: £4161 Blue Water Price from: £4315 Blue Water Price from: £4469 Blue Water Price from: £4622 Blue Water Price from: £5622
  • December
    • Dec 2nd - Nuremberg to Budapest - Sailing on: AmaSonata From: £2854
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    • Dec 5th - Nuremberg to Budapest - Sailing on: AmaBella From: £2854
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    • Dec 9th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: AmaSonata From: £2854
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    • Dec 11th - Nuremberg to Budapest - Sailing on: AmaLea From: £2854
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    • Dec 12th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: AmaBella From: £2854
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    • Dec 16th - Nuremberg to Budapest - Sailing on: AmaSonata From: £2854
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    • Dec 18th - Budapest to Nuremberg - Sailing on: AmaLea From: £2854
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    • Dec 19th - Nuremberg to Budapest - Sailing on: AmaBella From: £2854
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Price Information

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