Christmas Markets River Cruise

December 9, 2023 12 Day River Cruise Prague to Budapest:


From Prague to vibrant Budapest, this Danube River cruise vacation takes you to four countries each with its own beauty, history, and cultural treasures. Sail through a winter wonderland and revel in the Advent season as each town is festively lit and decorated, and Christmas markets selling traditional wares, abound.

Enjoy three nights in the “golden city” of Prague, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Stand in front of Old Town’s medieval Astronomical Clock, which amazes as an intricate timepiece and piece of art piece unlike anything else in the world. Travel to Nuremberg, Germany, to board your Avalon Suite Ship® on the Main Danube Canal and visit the 1000-year-old city with a Local Guide. The Christmas market is one of Europe’s oldest be sure to try the traditional gingerbread for which the city is famous. Next, reach Regensburg, the only German city not bombed during WWII. Lovers of architecture will enjoy the many listed buildings of historic interest, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Passau, known for its narrow, winding streets, offers the magnificent Italian baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral which forms a perfect backdrop for the delightful Christkindlmarkt. In Melk, you will visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, which sits high on a bluff. Enjoy a traditional Austrian cookie tasting as you cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley to the romantic sounds of Vienna, the “City of Music.” Here, where Christmas markets are scattered around the city, enjoy a culinary walk through the markets to taste some of the local traditional specialties.

Your European river cruise vacation ends in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, with guided sightseeing and free time to explore one more Christmas market and buy last-minute gifts.


Day 0 Prague
Dec 9: Arrival Day (Depart USA on Dec 8th to arrive December 9th).

Day 1 Prague Dec 10: Private Outlander Foodie Tour Prague (1pm) rest of the day on your own.

Day 2 Prague Dec 11: Avalon Prague City Tour, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradčany Castle grounds; Christmas market, Exclusive Outlander Dinner 6:00pm Next Door by Imperial, literally next door to the hotel.

Day 3 Prague–Nuremberg (Embarkation) Dec 12:Travel by motorcoach to Nuremberg; onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Nuremberg Dec 13:Choice of guided sightseeing in Nuremberg, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; Christmas market

Day 5 Regensburg Dec 14:Guided walk, see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria; Christmas market; onboard Christmas Tradition Lecture

Day 6 Passau–Linz Dec 15:Guided walk in Passau; Christmas market

Day 7 Melk–Wachau Valley–Vienna Dec 16:Guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley; free time in Vienna

Day 8 Vienna Dec 17:City sightseeing; Christmas market

Day 9 Budapest Dec 18:Choice of guided tour, see Heroes’ Square; Christmas market

Day 10 Budapest (Disembarkation) Dec 19:Your vacation ends this morning

Here is more about European Christmas Markets in general.


Christmas Markets from Avalon COO Pam Hoffee

Our Ship


If image is everything, the Avalon Imagery II is the real thing. Added to Avalon’s all-suite-ship fleet in 2016, the Imagery II continues all of Avalon’s outstanding traditions. Passengers can choose from two full decks of Panorama Suites, featuring wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that transform the living space into river cruising’s only Open-Air Balcony. At a spacious 200 square feet, our Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording the incomparable opportunity to awaken each morning with Europe’s splendid scenery at your feet. Onboard amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi access, an expanded Fitness Center, elevator, alternative light menu options in the Panorama Bistro or al fresco grill lunch at the Sky Bistro. Relax to your heart’s content on the an expansive Sky Deck’s premium lounge chairs, take a dip in the whirlpool, get cool in the shade on deck, and play deck games too! Your image just got a lot more relaxed.

Avalon Suite Fleet

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship
  • Panoramic windows throughout the ship
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day
  • Elevator
  • Non-smoking interior and staterooms

Deck Plans


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Cruise Fare and Insurance is per person based on two passengers sharing a cabin.
Inventory is not live so it may be sold out even if it shows 1 remaining.
Book air with Avalon and get a free departure transfer, otherwise departure transfer is $55 per person and arrival transfer is always $55 per person.

How to Sign Up

Prices are Per Person, estimated and subject to change prior to deposit, based on availability and double-occupancy. They include cruise, land, taxes and fees. Does not include Airfare. Optional  insurance available (for residents of most states) but may need to be adjusted for airfare. Prices and fares are non-refundable so you will need the insurance to cancel. The insurance is not “cancel for any reason”; cancellation is only reimbursed for a covered reason. Call for limited Solo Traveler Pricing if available. The Deposit amount (and total price shown) already includes a $100 per person non refundable Outlander Add-on and a $100 per person nonrefundable professional fee paid to MGA Travel, which includes a special dinner and other amenities, planning, and our time. Please note that until deposited, pricing is subject to change and based on availability.

Want to go? Simply complete this Secure Payment Form to authorize nonrefundable deposit of $450 per person (plus $329 per person if you’d like the recommended Avalon insurance, making the total deposit $829 per person). For the name of the trip put “Christmas 2023”. Unless we already have it, please complete this Secure Passport Form for each passenger. Questions simply call us 843-279-0310 or email . Final Payment will be due August 1, 2023.

IMPORTANT: Please note that this is an Outlander Society trip and The Outlander Society Travel Club requires invitation but you may request to apply with Michael Graham or ask another member to stand for you.

Previous Christmas Markets Cruise with Michael & Kelly

Cruise and land itineraries are subject to change at any time. This itinerary is not finalized and pricing may be adjusted for fuel or inflation.

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