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Sampling festive treats at Salzburg's Christmas market. Spending Christmas Day admiring Vienna's beautiful architecture.


Celebrate Christmas in style as you cruise the iconic river Danube on board the luxurious MS Amadeus Star. With the convenience of unpacking only once, experience German and Austrian festive traditions, browse Christmas markets, and sample culinary delights as we sail this fascinating river at a particularly exciting time of year. Highlights of our Christmas Danube cruise include Christmas Day in Vienna and a mulled wine party on Christmas Eve.

Your holiday includes:

7 excursions and visits

  • Excursion to Salzburg including Christmas market
  • Linz Christmas market
  • Excursion to Melk Abbey and Glühwein party
  • Christmas Mass in Dürnstein
  • City tour of Vienna
  • City tour of Bratislava
  • Walking tour of Linz


  • 6 nights cruise on MS Amadeus Star
  • International flights. Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports
  • 17 meals: 6 breakfasts (days 2-7) 5 lunches (days 2-6) 6 dinners (days 1-6)


  • Complimentary quality wines served with dinner
  • 24-hour coffee station
  • Daily musical performances on board
  • Welcome dinner and captain’s gala dinner on board
  • Portable audio headset system on excursions
  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Titan tour manager
  • Porterage

Christmas on the Danube

  • VIP Outbound2

    Day 1 - UK - Munich - Passau

    Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Munich. On arrival, we transfer to Passau and embark our ship. Enjoy a welcome cocktail reception and dinner on board this evening. We remain moored here overnight.

    MS Amadeus Star (4-star)

  • jdx day 2

    Day 2 - Passau (Salzburg) - Linz

    We’ll spend the day visiting Salzburg, the beautiful Austrian city that was also the birthplace of Mozart. As we explore, you’ll find his life and work commemorated all over the city. The old quarter of Salzburg with its world-famous baroque architecture was adopted by UNESCO in 1997 as a World Heritage Site.

    We’ll also visit Salzburg’s Christmas market, the perfect setting to get in the festive mood as you browse the colourful traditional gifts on sale and sample the festive local delicacies with a mug of Glühwein. Then we’ll head to Linz, to visit its Christmas market and re-join the ship before dinner. We set sail later this evening.

    • Excursion to Salzburg including Christmas market (all day)
    • Linz Christmas market (evening)

    MS Amadeus Star (4-star)

  • jdx day 3

    Day 3 - Christmas Eve - Emmersdorf (Melk) - Dürnstein

    This morning we arrive in Emmersdorf and we’ll visit Melk, to explore its huge baroque abbey. It’s a cultural treasure that was a fortified Roman post and then a magnificent castle, before it was given to the Benedictines in 1089.

    We enjoy a Glühwein (mulled wine) party, before leaving Emmersdorf this afternoon for Dürnstein. This evening we enjoy a Christmas celebration on board with the opportunity to attend a Christmas Mass in Dürnstein.

    • Excursion to Melk Abbey and Glühwein party (morning)

    MS Amadeus Star (4-star)

  • jdx day 4

    Day 4 - Christmas Day - Vienna

    We sail into Vienna this morning and head out for a fascinating tour of Vienna’s most important sights, taking you along the Ringstrasse, into the Schwarzenbergplatz, passing by Karlskirche and Vienna’s stunning opera house. Vienna is Austria’s most important cultural city, with international treasures including the Vienna Boys’ Choir, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and celebrated resident composers including Strauss, Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn. The last stop is at the city’s famous St Stephen’s cathedral, with time to explore inside.

    This afternoon there’s an optional excursion to the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace for an insight into the imperial monarchy.

    • City tour of Vienna (morning)

    MS Amadeus Star (4-star)

  • jdx day 5

    Day 5 - Boxing Day - Bratislava

    We arrive this morning in Bratislava for a tour covering the city’s major sights. From its 13th-century castle, we’ll take in breathtaking views across countryside where the frontiers of Austria, Hungary, and Slovakia meet. As well as the preserved monuments created by a host of inhabiting nations over millennia, Bratislava has introduced a mix of modern structures and interesting statues since its independence in 1993.

    The vessel leaves Bratislava during lunch, followed by a relaxed afternoon cruising upstream through Austria. Enjoy a captain’s gala dinner this evening.

    • City tour of Bratislava (morning)

    MS Amadeus Star (4-star)

  • jdx day 6

    Day 6 - Linz

    This morning the ship continues to Linz, Austria’s third largest city and a former European Capital of Culture. We take an afternoon walking tour to discover the city’s unique story and learn about the well-known personalities who have played their part.

    Enjoy a little free time to enjoy the festive traditions. Maybe see the crib of the cathedral, famed for being one of the largest and most beautiful in the world, and try some delicious Linzer Torte. After dinner the vessel continues upstream towards Germany.

    • Walking tour of Linz (afternoon)

    MS Amadeus Star (4-star)

  • VIP Inbound 2

    Day 7 Passau - Munich - UK

    We arrive this morning in Passau where we disembark and transfer to Munich Airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

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