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Danube River Cruise: Christmas Markets

8 days with Adventures by Disney  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Arrive in Vilshofen
Get ready for adventure as you board the ship—your new home for the duration of your adventure.
Captain's Welcome Cocktail Party & Dinner On Board the Ship
Meet the captain and savor a German-style dinner made with fresh, local ingredients. Enjoy dining on the ship as you float gently down the river just outside of Vilshofen.
Party German-Style Oktoberfest Welcome Reception
Get ready for the celebration of Oktoberfest with its iconic food and drink. Enjoy costumed local entertainers as they perform the music and folk dancing that have made this a yearly festivity around the world.
Breakfast On Board the Ship
Fuel up for a full day of adventure with a buffet breakfast on the ship.
Walking Tour of Passau with a Fun Marzipan-Making Activity
Take a lovely walking tour of Passau, led by a local expert dressed in 18th-century period clothing. Experience many wonderful locations, including St Stephen's Cathedral, with its 17,000-pipe organ. Then, experience a marzipan-making activity that will satisfy your sweet tooth—with enough yummy delights made to take some home!
Lunch on Board the Ship
Eat lunch aboard the ship as you enjoy the scenery of Passau.
Choose Your Afternoon Activities
Passau Christmas Market
Enjoy shopping in this fascinating town and find special presents for your friends and family.
Aldersbacher Brewery Tour and Monastery Visit
Experience the spirit of Lower Bavaria at Aldersbacher Brewery. A working brewery and museum, the Aldersbacher Brewery is also home to a Cistercian monastery, founded in 1776. Adult Adventurers can enjoy a pretzel and beer tasting during your visit, while. Junior Adventurers receive a privately guided tour.
Dinner on Board the Ship
Dine aboard the ship on delicious dishes prepared with fresh local ingredients.
Breakfast On Board the Ship
Fuel up for a full day of adventure with a buffet breakfast on the ship.
Day Tours of Salzburg
Enjoy a day in the majestic city of Salzburg with a local expert. Visit the beautiful Mirabell Gardens and other sights made famous from the movie The Sound of Music. Other sights included in the walking tour of Salzburg are Residenz Square, New Town, Old City, Salzburg Cathedral, St. Peter’s Cemetery, and the historic city center.
Tour of Mondsee
Head to the picturesque town of Mondsee along the famous crescent-shaped lake with the imposing Drachenwand mountain in the background. Visit the medieval Mondsee Abbey and see the church featured in the movie The Sound of Music. Plus, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
On Your Own Time in Salzburg – and at the Famous Salzburg Christmas Market
Take time to shop and explore beautiful Salzburg at your leisure. And discover terrific holiday gifts at the Salzburg Christmas Market for your friends and family.
Enjoy Dinner On Board the Ship
Eat dinner on the ship with the city of Linz as your backdrop.
Show off Your Pipes with the Sound of Music Karaoke
Enjoy the movie The Sound of Music like never before as our Adventure Guides dressed in costumes from the movie join you in a spirited sing-along!
Breakfast On Board the Ship
Enjoy a buffet breakfast on the ship before your day in Melk.
The Melk Benedictine Abbey
Explore the gorgeous Melk Benedictine Abbey on a privately guided tour. Founded in 1089, this abbey reinvigorated the monastic life of Austria and Southern Germany.
Danube Cultural Activities
Participate in a variety of cultural activities that are popular in this amazing Austrian region, including marmalade-making, wine and juice tasting, a fish activity and a traditional Austrian dance lesson.
Lunch On Board the Ship with Daytime Sailing through Wachau Valley
Enjoy some spectacular lunchtime fare as you set sail through some of the most beautiful scenery along the Danube—the Wachau Valley—with its rolling hills, fortresses and lush vineyards. You’ll enjoy some historical commentary about the region as you sail.
Tour of Dürnstein and Hike to the Burgruine Dürnstein Castle
Join local expert for a guided tour of Dürnstein including the famous ruins of the castle Burgruine Dürnstein. Rich and full of history, this tour takes you through one the most popular tourist sites in the region and gives you incredible views from the castle of the river, vineyards and villages. (Weather dependent.)
Onboard Activities en Route to Krems, Austria
Choose from a variety of activities, including gingerbread cookie decoration and a mulled wine demonstration and tasting. Also, there is an exclusive gift exchange for Junior Adventurers!
Dinner On Board the Ship
Savor a delicious dinner with your family and fellow Adventurers aboard the ship.
Breakfast On Board the Ship
Enjoy a buffet breakfast before heading out for a day full of adventure in Vienna.
Panoramic City Tour of Vienna
Take a motor coach tour of Vienna—the jewel of Austria—featuring beautiful historic and contemporary architecture throughout. Discover fascinating details about this grand city that was home to Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Sigmund Freud and many more.
Tour of Historic Schönbrunn Palace
Enjoy a privately guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace (translated as "beautiful spring")—one of the most magnificent palaces in the Hapsburg territory. Learn the rich history of this World Cultural Heritage site, a testament to the Baroque style. Explore the terraced gardens, including one called The Orangery that is the longest in the world and others that boast a maze and a labyrinth. Inside the Palace, see the beautifully furnished rooms of the Imperial Family and the historic underground kitchens.
Junior Adventurer Activities at Schönbrunn Palace
Junior Adventurers enjoy visiting the Palace's Children's Museum and dressing up in historical garb. Children's activities are hosted by Adventure Guides.
Private Marionette Show and Strudel Making at Schönbrunn Palace
Regroup for 2 wonderful family activities! Vienna is famous for its marionettes—and at Schönbrunn Palace the whole family can participate in a unique marionette demonstration, followed by a private marionette show. Then, enjoy a strudel-making demonstration showing you how to make a famous regional treat, apple strudel!
Lunch On Board the Ship
Savor a tasty lunch onboard the ship before heading out to explore Vienna.
Afternoon On Your Own in Vienna
Explore the famed city of Vienna on your own, visiting its shops that feature fine antiques, luxury items and fashion, Baroque parks and gardens, and the MuseumsQuartier district with its renowned museums, exhibition halls and galleries. Or choose to go ice skating with your Adventure Guides at Wiener Eislauf Verein, located in the middle of the city center. To top it all off, discover this city’s holiday offerings at festive Christmas markets! Check out the Christmas village on Maria-Theresien-Platz, featuring 70 stands offering traditional handicrafts and original gift ideas. With over 20 outdoors markets spread throughout Vienna, you’ll enjoy finding treasures to admire in addition to children's rides, live music and more!
Dinner and Holiday Party On Board the Ship
Savor a delicious dinner and enjoy a night-to-remember holiday party with your family and fellow Adventurers aboard the ship.
Evening Activities—Choose One of the Following:
Visit a Traditional Wine House (Heurige)
Toast the merry vacation you’re enjoying at one of the iconic Vienna wine houses! A festive, fairytale atmosphere awaits you at a marvelous family-run local wine tavern. Snack on finger foods, cheeses and breads along with live music and entertainment from a local performer.
Attend a Mozart & Strauss Concert at Schönbrunn Palace
Delight in the music that was created hundreds of years ago in Vienna, played in the 1,441-room Baroque palace that is one of the most renowned architectural monuments and concert venues in the country.
Breakfast On Board the Ship
Enjoy a full American buffet breakfast before heading out on a day of adventure in Vienna, Austria.
Ice Skating in Vienna
Glide over the ice while you take in the magnificent surroundings of the city of Vienna on one of the city’s spectacular outdoor ice skating rinks. Both seasoned skaters and beginners alike will enjoy this magical experience.
Lunch on Your Own in Vienna or Lunch on Board the Ship
Enjoy an astounding array of culinary options offered throughout Vienna, or tuck into some spectacular lunchtime fare onboard the ship.
Enjoy Activities On Board the Ship
Rejoin your fellow Adventurers for pretzel-making and board games. Adults can enjoy the wine tasting from the Wachau region.
Dinner and Holiday Party On Board the Ship
Savor a delicious dinner and enjoy a night-to-remember holiday party with your family and fellow Adventurers aboard the ship.
Breakfast on Board the Ship
Enjoy a lovely morning meal before heading out on a day of adventure in Budapest, Hungary.
Choose a Full-Day Option
Visit Budapest Central Market Hall
Shop like a local as you take in the sights, foods and arts and crafts of Budapest’s largest indoor market, which has been restored to its stunning neo-Gothic beauty. 
Enjoy Fun Activities for Everyone at Lazar Equestrian Park
This rolling, pastoral, bucolic family estate is a combination of a working farm and an entertainment venue featuring the famed masters of horsemanship—the Lazar Brothers. Take a carriage ride, see Hungarian cowboys known as "csikósoks" in action, be entertained by a delightful horse show, learn how to make goulash and meet farm animals up close at a petting zoo. 
Lunch at Lazar Equestrian Park
Enjoy lunch accompanied by traditional Hungarian folklore musicians. 
Panoramic City Tour of Budapest
Witness some of the most striking views and vistas to be seen anywhere in the world. Nature combines with art to astonish you as you absorb the sheer wonder that is Budapest.
Walking Food Tour of Budapest
Enjoy the many wonderful sites and flavors of Budapest as you walk through Hungary’s capital city, stopping for tastings of local fare at the Central Market Hall and other well-known venues. 
Lunch On Board the Ship or On Your Own in Budapest
Choose to dine on board the ship or discover your own lunch spot from the many local restaurants throughout the city. 
On Your Own Time in Budapest
Spend time exploring the site of this amazing city on your own. Check out the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Jewish Quarter and many of the other captivating areas and locations in the city.
Captain's Farewell Cocktail Reception and Dinner
Enjoy another delicious dinner as you float gently on the edge of Budapest. And then raise your glasses with the Captain as you say goodbye to your unforgettable adventure.
Illuminations Cruise
Experience a night to remember along the Danube River with the buildings of Budapest lit up like a fairytale. Enjoy the spectacular architecture of the city as your ship leisurely cruises through the calm waters—and toast to the end of your fantastic journey on the Adventures by Disney Holiday Danube River Cruise!
Breakfast On Board the Ship
Settle in for one last breakfast at the close of your incredible adventure.
Transfers to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD)
Say goodbye to your fellow Adventurers and leave with the memories of a lifetime!
Tour Map
All This Included
Ring in the holiday season while sailing through the heart of Europe along the Danube River! Travel to 7 unforgettable destinations in 3 countries on an 8-day/7-night Adventures by Disney vacation. These exclusive sailings with AmaWaterways—a leader in luxury river cruising—will make your holidays very merry.
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • Authentic Cultural Activities
  • Private Sightseeing
  • Sophisticated Experiences for All Ages
  • Exclusive Insider-Access Opportunities
  • English-Speaking Adventure Guides
  • Entrance Fees and Taxes Included
  • Christmas Markets: Celebrate the spirit of the holiday season with stops to shop for local crafts and gifts at festive markets.
  • Salzburg: Explore the city's iconic landmarks, gardens and rolling hills made famous in the film, The Sound of Music.
  • Lazar Equestrian Park: Delight in the horsemanship displayed in the amazing shows and meet some real Hungarian cowboys.
  • Aldersbacher Brewery & Monastery: Tour this working brewery and museum that is also home to a monastery built in 1776.
  • Vienna Tour: Discover the museums, architecture and history that make Vienna a hub of European culture.
  • Schönbrunn Palace Tour: Immerse yourself in true Baroque style on a private tour of Austria's most visited destination.
  • Passau Walking Tour: Start the day with a tour of this lovely town with a local expert dressed in 18th century costume.
  • Mozart & Strauss Concert: Hear the timeless music of these Austrian masters played in the renowned Schönbrunn Palace.
  • Mondsee: Bask in the beauty of this picturesque lakeside town and the Abbey that was featured in The Sound of Music.
  • Dürnstein Castle: Walk among the ruins of one of the region's most popular sites and marvel at the incredible views.

Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: MS AmaLea
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Minimum age: 4; Suggested age: 8+. Guests under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
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