Magic of Advent on the Danube

7 days itinerary round trip from/to Lyon, France

This year’s Advent, take the chance to enter a real winter fairytale! Explore sleepy little towns and riverscapes, warm yourself with a delicious glass of mulled wine on board and immerse yourself in the wonderful traditions of the pre-Christmas period.

Visit the best Christmas Markets along the Danube: The Palais Thurn und Taxis and its outbuildings form one of the impressive backdrops, and the quality of the wares is exceptional, too. Furthermore, discover the elegant Christmas market in the forecourt of Schönbrunn Palace. Enjoy a mulled wine party in the famous winegrowing region of Wachau!

Your Cruise Itinerary


Welcome to a wintery Nuremberg, home to the famous Nuremberg lebkuchen (gingerbread)! Your magical Advent journey to the most beautiful Christmas markets along the Danube starts here. After embarking, you have the opportunity to meet the cruise director at a Welcome Cocktail, and thereafter a generous Welcome Dinner awaits you in the Panorama Restaurant. Your ship remains anchored in Nuremberg overnight.

Stay Nuremberg – Over Night

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A morning sightseeing tour through a festively decorated Nuremberg takes you past all its main attractions. Don’t miss the trip to the famous Nuremberg Christmas market, where culinary specialities, artisan crafts and regional products are on offer.

At lunch time, you return to your ship, which heads towards Regensburg.

Stay Nuremberg – Departure at 1:00pm

Optional Excursions: City Tour of Nuremberg with Christmas Market OR Visit to the World of Gingerbread


At breakfast time, you reach the Bavarian town of Regensburg, which boasts one of the best-preserved medieval old towns in Germany. A guided city walking tour will show you the city’s most beautiful side, and in the afternoon a visit to the Thurn and Taxis Castle is guaranteed to put you in a festive mood. This is the site of one of the most beautiful Christmas markets of the region, which you should on no account miss. Alternatively, you can visit Weltenburg Abbey. Thereafter you will return to your AMADEUS ship, which leaves Regensburg after dinner.

Stay Regensburg: 9:00am – 9:00pm

Optional Excursions: Regensburg walking tour, Thurn & Taxis Palace with Christmas Market OR Visit to Weltenburg Abbey.

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In the morning you arrive in Passau, the romantic “City of Three Rivers”. After breakfast, we offer you a guided walking tour through this picturesque town where the Danube, Inn and Ilz Rivers meet.

After lunch, you can visit the festively decorated Christmas market in Passau, and thereafter your ship weighs anchor and sets sail for Austria.

Stay Passau -9:00am – 3:30pm

Optional Excursion: Passau walking tour and organ concert in St. Stephans cathedral


When you awake, you can enjoy a wonderful view of one of the most beautiful landscape regions in Austria – the Wachau. Emmersdorf is the starting point for a trip through this wintery region, which will include a visit to Melk Abbey. Or visit the wine-growers village of Dürnstein as alternative. At the end of both tours, we invite you to a glühwein (mulled wine) party on board, while your vessel continue its journey to Vienna, which you will reach in the early evening. You can attend the concert “Sound of Vienna”, where the “Alt Wien” Salon Orchestra will entertain you with Viennese classics.

Stay Melk / Emmersdorf: 8:00am – 12:30pm

Optional Excursions: Visit to Melk Abbey OR Dürnstein walking tour with visit to the Dürnstein abbey

Stay Vienna Arrival at 6:30pm

Optional Excursions: “Sound of Vienna” classical concert (Cat. B)


Today will be devoted entirely to the magical, wintery Danube city of Vienna. Enjoy a city sightseeing trip from the comfort of a tour coach, which will take you to the most beautiful sights and elegant buildings in Vienna. After lunch, we recommend a visit to the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, where an atmospheric Christmas market awaits you. Here, the pervasive pre-Christmas atmosphere and the aromas of lebkuchen (gingerbread) and roasted almonds combine in an unforgettable, authentic Advent experience. Alternatively, you can visit the famous Art History Museum of Vienna.

In the evening, an elegant captain’s Gala Dinner takes place on board, during which you can enjoy a wonderful Advent ambience.

Stay Vienna Over Night

Optional Excursions: Vienna – Imperial discovery tour, Visit to Schönbrunn Palace and Christmas Market OR Visit to the Museum of Fine Arts


After breakfast on board, you disembark and begin your homeward journey. We wish you a pleasant and safe journey, and a happy festive season! We hope to welcome you again soon!

Stay Vienna Over Night

Please note that itineraries can vary by the Company. Be sure to check with your chosen cruise provider for the most up-to-date information, including specific port arrival and departure times, as well as any optional shore excursions available during your cruise.


Suites & Staterooms

  • Luxury accommodation in an outside river-view stateroom of your choice: Spacious Mozart Suites with a walk-out balcony, stateroom cabins on Mozart and Strauss Decks with drop-down Panorama Retractable Windows offering a wide-open view (except Amadeus Brilliant)
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe 
  • Choice of bed configuration in all categories (double or twin bedding)
  • Bottled water in every stateroom  

Gourmet Dining

  • Gourmet dining featuring breakfast, multi-course lunches and dinners with menu choices (including vegetarian options), afternoon tea and late-night snack
  • Free-flowing hand-selected wines from the best wine regions, draft beer, soda as well as coffee and tea with every lunch and dinner 
  • Coffee and tea available 24 hours a day in the Amadeus Club
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner

An Array of Amenities 

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Onboard fitness center open 24 hours a day
  • All gratuities on board are included in your cruise fare

Voyage of Discovery

  • Personalized service of an experienced, multilingual AMADEUS Cruise Director 
  • AMADEUS digital audio system for all guided excursions 
  • Variety of enriching onboard programs, including fascinating lectures, cooking demonstrations, local cultural performances, and music by our onboard musicians 
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles for independent exploration 
  • All port taxes, embarkation, disembarkation and lock fees included in your cruise fare 


Entered into service in 2018, the AMADEUS Queen cruises the beloved and historic rivers of Europe in the same well-appointed style as her sister vessels have done for nearly a decade. 

History and adventure unfold along the Danube, Rhine, and Dutch and Belgian Waterways. Like royalty itself, the AMADEUS Queen shines her own light.  Her crown jewel is the blue mosaic indoor pool which transforms into a sky pool when the glass atrium opens. Indulge in an afternoon cocktail at the Amadeus Club, meeting new people while enjoying sweeping river views. Wherever you choose to spend time, you’ll experience the signature elegance and spacious style synonymous with the AMADEUS fleet. From the privacy of your cabin’s balcony where you can watch the ever changing landscapes to the lively Panorama Restaurant with sumptuous four-course dinners, discover a new pace to life. Is it luxury or simply living at its finest? Find the answer aboard the AMADEUS Queen.





Length x Width:

442.9ft x 37.4ft







Max. Passangers:


Crew members:

approx. 46


25 km/h

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