Historical treasures of the Danube are perfectly paired with the sights, sounds, and sumptuous treats of the joyous holiday season on this unforgettable European Christmas river cruise. | Offer expires April 30, 2024

Cruising Elevated with Avalon Waterways

Price: $2,742 CAD Per Person

(Price per person, based on double occupancy, cabin category E.)

Offer: Save $1,000 CAD Per Couple on Select 2024 Avalon Waterways  Christmastime River Cruises

Departure Date: November 29, 2024

Return Date: December 4, 2024

Video: Cruising Elevated – Avalon Waterways

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. Plus, we offer independent exploration options and the use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP on most of our cruises. 

Photo: Avalon Panorama Suite

Inclusions: 5-night cruise in an outside stateroom, daily included port excursions, all meals included while on ship (including Captain’s & farewell dinners), complimentary beer and wine with lunch and dinner

Photo: Map of the itinerary

Day 1: Vienna, Austria (Embarkation)

Welcome to Austria. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Vienna must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Indulge in traditional holiday fare and hot libations to warm your heart and soul before boarding.

Day 2: Vienna

Royal Collections and Festive Confections

Classic: Explore the Habsburg empire this morning on a Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex—the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the iconic Vienna Opera House, and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Spend free time on your own to enjoy the Christkindlesmarkt or relax by the fire’s glow in a Viennese café this evening. Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—summer home of the Habsburg Empire. This evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.

Photo: Christmas Market in Vienna

Day 3: Krems

Christmas Magic in the Austria’s Wine Country.

Classic: Join a Guided Walk to explore this small valley town, seemingly untouched by the new world.

During lunchtime, sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk.

Melk: Frescoes Above and Vineyards Below

Classic: Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.

This evening, enjoy live entertainment onboard.

Day 4: Bratislava, Slovakia 

Cathedral Coronations and a Crowning Castle.

Classic: Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Old Town’s cobblestone streets to Town Hall. Visit the Gothic halls of St. Martin’s Cathedral—Hungary’s centuries-old coronation church.

Spend free time browsing the spruce stalls of the Christmas Markets of Bratislava.

Day 5: Budapest

Christmas Lights and Classic Sights.

Classic: Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour to see majestic Heroes’ Square and Budapest’s classic sites.

Take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying a free afternoon exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city’s cafés and pubs, and don’t miss the unique Christmas markets that Budapest hosts every year during the festive season.

Photo: Budapest Parliament on the Danube

Day 6: Budapest (Disembarkation)

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

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Since we launched our very first ship in 2004, Avalon Waterways has invited our travellers to be our inspiration. Thanks to our guests, we let imagination and a relentless desire to create a smart use of space, be our guide. The result? An incomparable one-of-a-kind cruise experience!

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