Celebrate the enduring magic of the Yuletide season on an enchanting 9-day journey to Europe’s most beloved Christmas markets. Discover magnificent settings where cobblestoned streets strung with colorful lights meet festive market stalls of handcrafted ornaments, fine wooden toys, and irresistible holiday treats. This unique itinerary brings the old-world charm of the holidays to life in a vivid celebration of history and culture. Be inspired by some of Europe’s most noteworthy landmarks—Mozart’s birthplace in Salzburg, the 900-year-old Abbey of Melk in the legendary Wachau Valley, and the glamorous imperial monuments of Hapsburg Vienna. Enhance your expedition with the Vienna Pre-Program and Munich Post-Program Options.

  • Trip Itinerary

    Day 1. Depart the U.S. or Canada
    Day 2. Vienna, Austria/Embark Amadeus Star
    Day 3. Vienna
    Day 4. Dürnstein/Melk
    Day 5. Linz for Salzburg
    Day 6. Passau, Germany
    Day 7. Regensburg
    Day 8. Nuremberg
    Day 9. Nuremberg/Disembark/Return to U.S. or Canada

  • Trip Highlights

    • Nine-day, 7-night river cruise along the Danube to holiday markets in Germany and Austria, where Christmas folklore and traditions come to life.
    • Explore the authentic Old-World ambiance of Germany’s most famous Christkindlmärkt in historic Nuremberg.
    • Delight in the holiday pageantry of Salzburg, Passau, and Regensburg.
    • Browse the intricately crafted ornaments hanging in wooden kiosks festooned with colorful lights, sip Glühwein; and savor irresistible holiday treats like roasted chestnuts and freshly baked gingerbread.
    • Immerse yourself in the nostalgia and romance of Vienna’s classic open-air Christmas markets.