Be first to book your space on this fabulous Christmas cruise. Set to sail Dec 9th - Dec 17, 2023

    This Christmastime river cruise begins in Austria’s magical capital of Vienna, home to the sounds of Mozart, Strauss, and the Vienna Boys’ Choir. See the famous sights with a Local Guide, or opt to go on a culinary tour through the Christmas markets to get a taste of all the best flavors Austria offers during this time of year. Cruise through the wintery landscape of the picturesque views of the Wachau Valley to Melk. Here, you’ll tour the magnificent 11th century Benedictine Abbey—one of Europe’s largest monasteries—where monks still stroll amidst the sacred walls. Arrive in Passau, Germany, and visit the city’s charming Christmas market set against the breathtaking backdrop of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of baroque architecture. In Regensburg, after a guided tour of the city, savor traditional sausages at Historiche Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants and enjoy a tasting of German beers.  Learn about Christmas traditions as you cruise to Nuremberg, the thousand-year-old city with its medieval fortifications and gothic churches. The Old Town is illuminated with festive lights and decorations, and the Christmas market has dozens of stalls offering traditional wares, such as Lebkuchen (spicy gingerbread) and unique decorations and ornaments. Then, make your way to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic—one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. In Prague’s Old Town, see the magical Astronomical Clock, built in 1410, and once the envy of all Europe. The Christmas markets offer an array of Christmas tree ornaments, wooden toys, and Czech handicrafts. Explore to your heart’s content with a warm cup of svařené vino (hot mulled wine) among the rows of brightly decorated wooden huts, and be sure to see the beautifully decorated tree in Old Town to end this perfect, seasonal river cruise.

    Day 1


    • 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.
    Dinner included

    Day 2


    • Royal Collections, and Culinary Confections
    • Discovery
      Join a Guided Tour of Vienna ending at magical Christmas Advent Markets! Along the way, discover the history of Austrian foods and traditions as you sample local specialties.
    • You may join a Guided Optional Tour of Schönbrunn Palace—summer home of the Habsburg dynasty for 300 years.

      Spend free time on your own to enjoy the Christkindlesmarkt, or relax by the fire’s glow in a Viennese café this evening.

      Alternatively, 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.
    BreakfastLunchDinner included

    Day 3
    • Frescoes above the Wachau Valley
    • Classic
      Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings.
    • Discovery
      Enjoy an Austrian Cookie Tasting onboard while sailing to Grein.
    • Classic
      Take a guided Walk of Grein, including its historic theater, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances.
    • Enjoy live entertainment onboard.

    • Breakfast     Lunch     Dinner Included

      • Day 4

        Saint Stephens, Salzburg, and the Story of Silent Night
      • Classic
        Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers.”

        You may like to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg, Austria. See the setting of The Sound of Music, and learn the story behind the beloved Christmas hymn, Silent Night.

        •  Breakfast Lunch Dinner included 

           Day 5


          • Christmas Magic in Bavaria
          • Classic
            Join a Guided City Walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—entrance to the Castra Regina fortress built in 179 AD.
          • Take time to browse Regensburg’s sparkling Christmas markets. Enjoy hot-mulled wine, candied almonds, gingerbread, or bratwurst.
          • Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
          BreakfastLunchDinner included

          Day 6


          • Legends and History Lessons
          • Discovery
            Enjoy a Christmas Traditions Lecture on board while sailing this morning.
          • Classic
            Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg’s medieval architecture, gilded fountain, Gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR:

            Join a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich.
          • Spend free time on your own to browse the spruce stalls of the Christmas Markets of Nuremberg. Sample favorite Bavarian fare—from dozens of bratwurst varieties, gingerbread, mulled blueberry wine, and countless other culinary delights of the Christkindlmarkt.
          BreakfastLunchDinner Included  

          Day 7

          Bid your crew farewell and head for the Golden City of Prague

          Stroll through the exquisite streets of the city and spend a free evening in one of Prague’s cafés for dinner and Czech Beer.

        • Breakfast
        • Day 8


          • Gothic Cathedrals, Grand Castles, and Czech Christmas Spirits
          • Classic
            Take a Guided City Walk to visit Hradčany Castle Grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock.
          • Spend the afternoon on your own to browse the exquisite Christmas Markets of Prague. Stroll through the brightly colored wooden stalls for ornaments and handmade toys and handicrafts.