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

Magical Christmas Markets

Experience the festive atmosphere and timeless traditions of the German and Austrian Christmas markets on this magical River Danube cruise. Includes guided excursions and drinks with meals

River Cruise Holiday
  • Nuremberg
  • Regensburg
  • Passau
  • Linz
  • Melk Abbey
  • Christmas Markets
  • Vienna Christmas Market
  • Palace Belvedere, Vienna

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Magical Christmas Markets Special Offer

Celebrate the magic of the festive season on this superb cruise exploring the beauty and history of the Danube, and the traditional Christmas markets along the way.

Visit pretty towns where so many Christmas traditions started and marvel at the beautiful vistas of enchanting Bavaria and the stunning Wachau Valley. Enjoy a cup of Gluhwein at Nuremberg and Regensburg's spellbinding Christmas markets, explore the market in the fairytale city of Passau and take an excursion to UNESCO-listed Salzburg, made famous by the 'Sound of Music'.

Tour the magnificent Benedictine Abbey in Melk or cycle along the scenic Danube before cruising through the romantic Wachau Valley. In Vienna there is the chance to visit five festive markets as well as seeing the city's highlights including the majestic Opera House, the former Imperial Palace and the world-famous Spanish Riding School.

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Magical Christmas Markets Itinerary

Day 1 - Nuremberg (Germany)

Embark your ship in Nuremberg. Enjoy a Gala Welcome Dinner tonight. (D)

Day 2 - Nuremberg

Explore historic Nuremberg on a guided tour and see the Imperial Castle and the Justice Palace where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. Enjoy free time to explore the traditional Christmas market and sample the popular 'Gluhwein'. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Regensburg

Enjoy a guided walking tour of Regensburg, one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities, taking in the beautiful churches and one of the oldest bridges across the Danube, and visit the Christmas market. In 2019 there is also the option to sample some Bavarian specialties or cycle to Walhalla to see the white marble temple. This evening visit the 'royal' Christmas markets at the Thurn and Taxis Palace. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Passau

Arrive in Passau where the Inn, Danube and Ilz rivers meet. Today there is a choice between a guided walk along the cobblestone streets to the Old Town and the Christmas Markets, and a guided bike ride from Passau to Erlau. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Linz (Austria)

Visit Salzburg, setting for the Sound of Music; enjoy a walking tour of Linz; or join the guided bike ride through the Old Town and along the Danube. This afternoon there is a special highlights tour of Salzburg for those who didn't join the morning excursion or (2019 only) a visit to the picturesque mountain town of Cesky Krumlov. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Melk

Today's guided walking tour uncovers Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey. Alternatively join the guided bike tour along the Danube. On the reverse itinerary there is also the chance to explore Durnstein on a walking tour with wine tasting or sample regional apricot products at a local boutique. Cruise through the scenic Wachau Valley and arrive in Vienna this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Vienna

This morning enjoy a panoramic tour of Vienna including the Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse and St Stephen's Cathedral or join the Alte Donau guided bike tour. This afternoon visit the Schonbrunn and Karlsplatz Christmas markets then in the evening explore the Maria Theresienplatz and Rathaus Christkindlmarkt markets. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Vienna

Disembark ship after breakfast. (B)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7 nights full board deluxe accommodation in an outside cabin - most with revolutionary Twin balconies
  • Return flights from the UK and overseas transfers
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner plus bottled water in cabins replenished daily
  • Sip and Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Bottled water in cabins replenished daily
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Tours and excursions daily with personal headset included
  • State of the art Infotainment System in all cabins with hi-speed internet, Hollywood movies, extensive music library and English TV stations
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Bicycles to explore on your own and guided bicycle tours
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • Terry bathrobes and plush bedding in all cabins
  • All English language on board
  • Port Charges
  • All local taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Gratuities

Additional Information

  • Christmas markets usually open Nov 25 until approximately Dec 23

Cruise Extensions

  • Prague and Vienna Extenstion Extend your cruise with a 3-night pre-cruise stay in Prague and a 2-night post-cruise stay in Vienna. Please contact us for details
Map for Magical Christmas Markets