Christmas Market River Cruises

Cruise through the heart of Europe during the most festive time of year and you’ll experience the timeless tradition of its magical Christmas markets. Browse colourful market stalls filled to the brim with whimsical handicrafts and take in the aromas of cinnamon dusted almonds and Lebkuchen gingerbread as you sip a mug of hot mulled wine beneath endless strands of twinkling lights. Most markets are open from the last week of November through December 22nd.

Our Favourite Christmas Markets
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Budapest

The Budapest Christmas Market is Hungary’s largest, overtaking the cobblestone of Vorosmarty Square. Its strict “handcrafted-only” policy makes it an ideal shopping spot for one-of-a-kind gifts.

Christmas Market itineraries that include Budapest:

Vienna
Vienna

Situated in front of Vienna’s impressive 19th-century town hall, Christkindlmarkt boasts awe-inspiring decorations that illuminate the city, as well as festive choir music and more than 150 vendor stalls.

Christmas Market itineraries that include Vienna:

Strasbourg
Strasbourg

Strasbourg—the self-proclaimed “Capital of Christmas”—has the oldest, largest and most famous Christmas market in France, the Marchés de Noël, chock-full of stuffed storks, a cherished icon of the city.

Christmas Market itineraries that include Strasbourg:

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Nuremberg

One of the largest and most popular in all of Europe, Nuremberg’s 400-year-old Christmas market offers live music, distinctive hand-crafted souvenirs, a nostalgic carousel and a children’s steam train.

Christmas Market itineraries that include Nuremberg:

Regensburg
Regensburg

With its fairytale-like turret, the 18th-century Thurn und Taxis palace is the backdrop of Bavaria’s most romantic Christmas market. Fresh dumplings in vanilla sauce are a not-to-be-missed seasonal specialty.

Christmas Market itineraries that include Regensburg:

Cologne
Cologne

Mouthwatering pan-fried Reibekuchen—potato pancakes served with applesauce—is a specialty at Cologne’s Christmas market, twinkling in the shadow of the city’s elaborate landmark cathedral.

Christmas Market itineraries that include Cologne:

Most markets are open from the last week of November through December 22nd
budapest
Budapest

The Budapest Christmas Market is Hungary’s largest, overtaking the cobblestone of Vorosmarty Square. Its strict “handcrafted-only” policy makes it an ideal shopping spot for one-of-a-kind gifts.

Christmas Market itineraries that include Budapest:

Vienna
Vienna

Situated in front of Vienna’s impressive 19th-century town hall, Christkindlmarkt boasts awe-inspiring decorations that illuminate the city, as well as festive choir music and more than 150 vendor stalls.

Christmas Market itineraries that include Vienna:

Strasbourg
Strasbourg

Strasbourg—the self-proclaimed “Capital of Christmas”—has the oldest, largest and most famous Christmas market in France, the Marchés de Noël, chock-full of stuffed storks, a cherished icon of the city.

Christmas Market itineraries that include Strasbourg:

Nurenberg
Nuremberg

One of the largest and most popular in all of Europe, Nuremberg’s 400-year-old Christmas market offers live music, distinctive hand-crafted souvenirs, a nostalgic carousel and a children’s steam train.

Christmas Market itineraries that include Nuremberg:

Regensburg
Regensburg

With its fairytale-like turret, the 18th-century Thurn und Taxis palace is the backdrop of Bavaria’s most romantic Christmas market. Fresh dumplings in vanilla sauce are a not-to-be-missed seasonal specialty.

Christmas Market itineraries that include Regensburg:

Cologne
Cologne

Mouthwatering pan-fried Reibekuchen—potato pancakes served with applesauce—is a specialty at Cologne’s Christmas market, twinkling in the shadow of the city’s elaborate landmark cathedral.

Christmas Market itineraries that include Cologne:

Most markets are open from the last week of November through December 22nd
Save up to £1,000 per couple on selected
2018 Christmas Cruises
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Fly for £99 on all2019 Christmas Market Cruises
Onboard Experience
In addition to the wonderful experiences and amenities available during your river cruise, both on board and ashore, our Christmas Market cruise traditions help make memories you will savour forever.
Shoes for St. Nick
On one special night during each cruise, guests are encouraged to leave slippers we provide outside their stateroom door, just as children do throughout Europe on St. Nicholas Day. Upon waking up the next morning, they’ll find their shoes filled with treats by our AmaWaterways elves!
Tree-Trimming Party
Tinsel and garland and baubles, oh my! Guests are invited to help adorn onboard trees with festive décor. The first to find the glass pickle ornament within the tree wins a prize!
Christmas Cookies
A festive assortment of seasonal cookies awaits guests in their staterooms on Christmas Eve.
New Year’s Eve Countdown
Following a jovial gala dinner, guests will have the opportunity to attend a party on board and participate in a countdown to the new year, complete with champagne for the official “cheers.”
Included Features
Deluxe outside stateroom, most with twin balconies or a French balcony
In-room Internet access and Entertainment-On-Demand, plus onboard Wi-Fi
Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise, including the Chef's Table restaurant
Complimentary fine wines, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
Daily shore excursions with an expert guide in every port of call
Our Christmas Market Itineraries
Save up to £1,000 per couple on selected
2018 Christmas Cruises
call for more information
Christmas Market Cruises
Embody the spirit of the holidays while experiencing the beauty of Europe in winter. Participate in festive traditions and meals with all the trimmings on board, plus browse enchanting markets filled with handicrafts from late November through December 22nd.
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Christmas Markets on the Rhine
  • 7-night cruise from Amsterdam to Basel or reverse
  • Cologne, Rüdesheim, Heidelberg, Speyer, Strasbourg, Gengenbach, Riquwihr, and Freiburg
  • Hotel extension option of 2 nights in Zurich and 2 nights in Lucerne
Iconic Christmas Markets
  • 7-night cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen or reverse
  • Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Salzburg, Vienna, and Budapest
  • Hotel extension option of 2 nights in Prague
Magical Christmas Markets
  • 7-night cruise from Vienna to Nuremberg or reverse
  • Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Salzburg, Linz, Český Krumlov, and Vienna
  • Hotel extension options include 2 nights in Vienna and 3 nights in Prague
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Magnificent Europe (Christmas Cruise)
  • 14-night cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam
  • Budapest, Vienna, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Rüdesheim, and Cologne
New Year's Cruises
Experience the countdown to 2019 from a whole new perspective! Ring in the New Year with AmaWaterways’ festive gala dinner on board, attend street concerts and marvel at impressive displays of fireworks in vibrant cities like Vienna and Amsterdam.
Treasures of the Main and Rhine
  • 7-night cruise from Nuremberg to Amsterdam
  • Hotel extension option of 3 nights in Prague
  • Ring in the New Year on board while sailing to Rudesheim!
Rhine & Moselle Delights
  • 10-night cruise from Basel to Amsterdam
  • Includes a complimentary 1-night stay onboard in Amsterdam
  • Hotel extension option of 3 nights in Zurich
  • Celebrate Christmas in Rudesheim and New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam!
Melodies of the Danube
  • 7-night cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen
  • Hotel extension options include 3 nights in Prague OR 3 nights in Munich
  • Ring in the New Year in bustling Vienna!
Most markets are open from the last week of November through December 22nd
Fly for £99 on all2019 Christmas Market Cruises
Christmas Market Cruises
Embody the spirit of the holidays while experiencing the beauty of Europe in winter. Participate in festive traditions and meals with all the trimmings on board, plus browse enchanting markets filled with handicrafts from late November through December 22nd.
Christmas-Markets-on-the-Danube
Christmas Markets on the Danube
  • 7-night cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen or reverse
  • Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Linz, Salzburg, Český Krumlov, and Passau
  • Hotel extension options include 2 nights in Budapest and 3 nights in Prague
Christmas Markets on the Rhine
  • 7-night cruise from Amsterdam to Basel or reverse
  • Cologne, Rüdesheim, Heidelberg, Speyer, Strasbourg, Gengenbach, Riquwihr, and Freiburg
  • Hotel extension option of 2 nights in Zurich and 2 nights in Lucerne
Iconic Christmas Markets
  • 7-night cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg or reverse
  • Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Salzburg, Vienna, and Budapest
  • Hotel extension options include 2 nights in Budapest and 3 nights in Prague
Magical Christmas Markets
  • 7-night cruise from Vienna to Nuremberg or reversee
  • Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Salzburg, Linz, Český Krumlov, and Vienna
  • Hotel extension options include 2 nights in Vienna and 3 nights in Prague
New Year's Cruises
Experience the countdown to 2020 from a whole new perspective! Ring in the New Year with AmaWaterways’ festive gala dinner on board, attend street concerts and marvel at impressive displays of fireworks in vibrant cities like Vienna and Amsterdam.
Melodies of the Danube
  • 7-night cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen
  • Hotel extension options include 2 nights in Budapest and 3 nights in Prague
romantic-danube
Romantic Danube
  • 7-night cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest
  • Hotel extension option of 2 nights in Munich
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Enchanting Rhine
  • 7-night cruise from Basel to Amsterdam
  • Hotel extension option of 2 nights in Zurich and 2 nights in Lucerne
Magical Christmas Markets (New Year’s Cruise)
  • 7-night cruise from Vienna to Nuremberg or reverse
  • Hotel extension options include 2 nights in Vienna and 3 nights in Prague
Most markets are open from the last week of November through December 22nd