Christmas Markets Along the Danube 2023 with A&K

From US$6,896 (~ AUD$10,515 *)

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Embark on a festive Danube River cruise, staying in handpicked boutique hotels in the heart of Vienna and Munich, and visiting Christkindlesmarkts, historic Melk Abbey and the Imperial Treasury in Vienna.

  • 85772
  • River
  • 01 Jan 24
  • Vienna
  • Munich
  • Europe
  • 05 Dec 23
  • 13 Dec 23
  • 8 nights
  • Abercrombie & Kent
  • Multiple Cruiseships 5.5 stars
  • Cruise Only

  • Vienna, Melk, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremburg, Munich


  • The Finest Small-Group River Cruise Experience in Europe
  • English-Speaking Resident Tour Director® and Local Guides
  • Hand-Selected Boutique Accommodations with City Stays Included Before and After Your Cruise
  • Exclusive Shore Excursions with Dedicated Vehicles
  • Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers
  • Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners
  • Private Shipboard and Onshore Dining
  • House Wine, Beer and Soft Drinks with Meals
  • Internet Access
  • Entrance Fees, Taxes and All Gratuities Except Resident Tour Director
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
  • Guaranteed Departures with Just Two Guests

Important Terms

  • * This product is priced in USD (USD), AUD rates can fluctuate depending on exchange rates, final rates in AUD will be confirmed by your consultant at time of booking.
  • Prices shown are fully inclusive of taxes unless otherwise stated.
  • Advertised price includes any bonus nights, special offers or discounts listed in the inclusions.
  • Surcharges may apply due to demand, Christmas & New Year's Eve, school or public holidays, trade shows, special events & other unforeseen circumstances.
  • Prices may be based on Dynamic Rates and as such, may fluctuate at anytime without notice, due to matters outside our control, such as adverse currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges, taxes and airfare increases, or at the property's discretion.

Day 1


Arrive in Vienna, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, join your dedicated Resident Tour Director for a welcome dinner.

Sans Souci Wien
Meals: Dinner


Day 2


This morning, visit the Belvedere, seeing the stately palace complex, tranquil gardens and a Christmas market. View works by Austrian painter Gustav Klimt. Then, enjoy lunch at a Viennese café before a privately guided tour of the Augarten Porcelain Factory. Transfer to your vessel, with priority embarkation. After settling in to your premium cabin or suite with an open-air French or walk-out balcony, enjoy a welcome cocktail, dinner and a festive holiday concert.

‘Amadeus Queen’
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 3


Your walking tour in Vienna visits St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Imperial Treasury at Hofburg Palace. Take a private Viennese waltz lesson. After lunch, visit Schönbrunn Palace and its Christmas markets. Tonight, visit the main Christmas market at the Rathausplatz.

‘Amadeus Queen’
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4


Arrive in Melk, where you visit the Benedictine abbey, perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube. Originally constructed as a palace, the abbey boasts soaring gilded towers, an elaborately frescoed church and a vast library of medieval manuscripts. Pause for lunch ashore at a local restaurant in the scenic Wachau Valley. Later, enjoy a private predinner cocktail party in the Amadeus Club, hosted by your Resident Tour Director, followed by an exclusive Chef ‘s Highlights dinner.

‘Amadeus Queen’
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5


Arrive in Passau. Take a guided city walk, visiting the Christkindlesmarkt and St. Stephen’s Cathedral for a private tour of its famed organ. Linger over an authentic Bavarian lunch with a glass of wine at a charming restaurant. Then, explore the historic center at leisure.

‘Amadeus Queen’
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 6


Walk through Regensburg and visit one of its oldest breweries for a tasting. Tour St. Emmeram’s Palace and stroll its Christmas market. Join the captain for a gala dinner back on board.

‘Amadeus Queen’
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 7


Transfer to Nuremberg and see its 900-year-old ramparts, Imperial Castle and Palace of Justice. Privately visit a World War II art bunker, an A&K exclusive. Explore the Christkindlesmarkt in the old city, with time to shop or savor homemade gingerbread.

‘Amadeus Queen’
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8


Disembark in Nuremberg and drive to Munich, famous for its beer halls and beer gardens. Take a guided walking tour of its old town. Visit the Frauenkirche cathedral and Marienplatz with its bustling Christmas market.

Platzl Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9


Transfer to Munich Airport for your departure.

Meals: Breakfast

Abercrombie & Kent River Cruises

A&K has a fleet of 20 beautiful hotel barges at its disposal. If you are looking for a European holiday with a focus on fine food, good wines, beautiful landscapes and an exciting new destination each day without ever leaving home, then canal and river cruising is for you. It is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable ways to discover rural Europe, without the crowds and in great comfort.

The exclusive vessels that A&K recommend all have charming cabins with private facilities, central heating/air-conditioning and portholes/windows. All offer exceptional service with distinctive dining and include spacious lounges and sundecks, some with Jacuzzi.

Food & Wine
One of the major highlights of any European sojourn is the regional cuisine. On board, your chef is a master whose gastronomic creations guests often rate higher than those in top restaurants. The vessel’s pantry is supplemented with fresh produce bought from lockkeepers’ gardens or local markets. Before you wake each morning, a crew member has already been ashore to collect fresh breads, croissants and pastries while the coffee brews. Lunch will be a selection of salads, pâtés, quiches and cheeses, with a four or five-course dinner each night. Enjoy regional specialities and the finest wines handpicked from the cellar.

Daily Excursions
Excursions into nearby villages or the surrounding countryside are either a quick journey in the barge minibus or just a short walk from the mooring. Touring may include the magnificent châteaux of the Loire Valley, wine tasting in Burgundy, an ancient abbey in the south-west or a gothic church in Franche-Comté. All excursions are included but are entirely optional.

Special Interest Cruises
For those who prefer a holiday with a specific focus, there are select itineraries which have been designed to cater to unique interests. These may be for golf or garden lovers, opera-goers, wine connoisseurs, antique collectors or families travelling with children. Most are available to whole boat charters only.


Call a Luxury Cruise Specialist on 1300 308 081 and Quote #85772

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