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Holiday 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 colorful 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 Favorite Holiday Markets
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:

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
Onboard Experience
In addition to the wonderful experiences and amenities available during your river cruise, both on board and ashore, our holiday cruise traditions help make memories you will savor 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.”
What’s Included
Elegantly appointed riverview staterooms and suites – most with signature twin balconies, French balconies or full balconies
In-room Internet access and Entertainment-On-Demand, plus unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi on board
Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise, including The Chef's Table specialty restaurant
Complimentary fine wines, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
Small guided group excursions with a variety of choices, including immersive Special Interest Tours, hiking and biking adventures and visits to Christmas Markets
Our Holiday Itineraries
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.
Best of Holland & Belgium
  • 7-night cruise from Amsterdam to Amsterdam
  • Hotel extension options include 2 nights in Amsterdam
  • Cruising from Amsterdam to Amsterdam (AmaSerena December 23 departure)
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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, Riquewihr, and Freiburg
  • Hotel extension option of 2 nights in Zurich and 2 nights in Lucerne
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Grand Danube Christmas Market
  • 14-night cruise from Vilshofen to Giurgiu or reverse
  • Hotel extension options include 3 nights in Prague, 2 nights in Brasov, and 2 nights in Bucharest or 3 nights in Prague and 3 nights in Istanbul
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
Magna on the Danube Christmas
  • 7-night cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest
  • HotelHotel extension options include 3 nights in Prague and 2 nights in Budapest
Majestic Capitals of the Danube Christmas
  • 5-night cruise from Budapest to Vienna or reverse
  • Hotel extension options include 3 nights in Krakow and 3 nights in Prague
Medieval Treasures Christmas
  • 7-night cruise from Basel to Nuremberg
  • Hotel extension options include 2 nights in Zurich, 2 nights in Lucerne, and 3 nights in Prague
Melodies of the Danube
  • 7-night cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen
  • Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Linz, Passau, and Vilshofen
  • Hotel extension options include 2 nights in Budapest and 3 nights in Prague
  • Cruising from Budapest to Vilshofen (AmaBella December 2 departure)
Rhine & Moselle Delights Christmas
  • 10-night cruise from Basel to Amsterdam
  • Hotel extension includes 2 nights in Zurich and 2 nights in Lucerne
Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps Christmas
  • 7-night cruise from Amsterdam to Basel or reverse
  • Amsterdam, Cologne, Strasbourg, and Basel
  • Hotel extension options include 2 nights in Amsterdam and 3 nights in Lake Como
Treasures of the Main & Rhine
  • 7-night cruise from Nuremberg to Amsterdam
  • Prague, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Volkach, Würzburg, Rüdesheim, Cologne, and Amsterdam
  • Hotel extension options include 3 Nights in Prague
  • Cruising from Nuremberg to Amsterdam (AmaPrima December 4 departure)
Gems of Southeast Europe Christmas Markets
  • 7-night cruise from Budapest to Giurgiu
  • Budapest, Mohacs, Vukovar, Belgrade, Vidin, Rousse and Giurgiu
  • Hotel extension options include 2 nights in Vienna and 3 nights in Instanbul
Colors of Provence Christmas Cruise
  • 7-night cruise from Lyon to Avignon
  • Lyon, Villefranche-sur-Saône, Vienne, Tournon and Avignon
  • Hotel extension options include 3 nights in Paris and 3 nights in Barcelona
New Year's Cruises
Experience the countdown to 2024 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 Linz.
Best of Holland & Belgium
  • 7-night cruise from Amsterdam To Amsterdam
  • Hotel extension options include 2 nights in Amsterdam
  • Cruising from Amsterdam to Amsterdam (AmaLucia December 26 departure—New Year’s Cruise)
  • Cruising from Amsterdam to Amsterdam (AmaPrima December 28 departure—New Year’s Cruise)
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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
  • Cruising from Basel to Amsterdam (AmaSiena December 26 departure—New Year’s Cruise)
  • Cruising from Basel to Amsterdam (AmaCerto December 28 departure—New Year’s Cruise)
Romantic Danube
  • 7-night cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest
  • Hotel extension option of 2 nights in Munich
  • Cruising from Vilshofen to Budapest (AmaSonata December 28 departure—New Year’s Cruise)

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Terms and Conditions:

Most Christmas markets open during the last week of November until approximately December 22. Check with each country’s tourist office for more information. All rates are per person in USD for cruise only, based on double occupancy in a BB category stateroom (AB category for AmaMagna) unless stated otherwise. Onboard credit of $100 per stateroom ($50 per person) is based on double occupancy in USD and can be applied towards all onboard purchases. Promotional rates are valid on select departure for new bookings only made from August 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022. Savings are per stateroom, based on double occupancy. Complimentary upgrades applicable to categories BB – AB (AB – SB for AmaMagna), applies to one category upgrade, based on availability. Not applicable to CA/C, CB, D, and E categories. Offer is not applicable to Mekong, Egypt, and Africa sailings. Offers are combinable with AmaWaterways’ Past Loyalty Benefits Program and Future Cruise Benefit Program. Offers are not combinable with any other promotions, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change/termination without notice. Port charges, optional land programs, airfares and gratuities are additional. AmaWaterways reserves the right to correct any errors or omissions at any time. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the state of California. CST#2065452-20.