Rick's Iconic Christmas Markets River Cruise 2020

Rick's Cruise Adventures

Vienna Christmas Markets

Join us for a magical Christmas experience in 2020 as we sail the Danube river during the most festive time of the year. We'll visit the best and most Iconic Christmas markets in Europe in Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg, Nuremberg and more. Don't miss out on the sparkling lights, festive sounds of choirs singing, enticing smells of hot-mulled wine, and sweet treats of every kind. All while traveling with our fun group of friends.

Our rates will be ALL-INCLUSIVE of the cruise, our daily tours and excursions in each port, use of bicycles that will be carried onboard, and chef prepared tasting dinners with perfectly paired wines. We will have a daily one-hour cocktail social hour each evening with our group to celebrate together each day. Premium wines and beers will be complimentary during lunches and dinners and sparkling wines complimentary during breakfast. Unlimited wi-fi and an Apple computer in each cabin with connected internet will also be included. We will have lots of additional fun surprises planned to make the journey unforgettable.

Dates and Ports

Iconic Christmas Market Cruise Map

Budapest, HungaryEmbarkation

Embark your cruise in Budapest. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers on board.

Budapest, Hungary“Queen of the Danube” tour and Vörösmarty Square Christmas Market

Home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Buda Castle quarter in Castle Hill and Heroes’ Square, Budapest offers an unmatched combination of culture and tradition. Your city tour begins with a visit to the vibrant Great Market Hall. The remainder of this tour takes you to both the Buda (hilly) and the Pest (flat) sides of the river. Afterwards, you’ll visit Vörösmarty Square, the oldest and the most spectacular of all the Christmas Markets in Budapest.

Vienna, Austria“Imperial Vienna” tour with Town Hall Christmas Market
Alte Donau bike tour Schönbrunn and illuminated Christmas Markets

The “City of Waltzes” offers a treasure trove of gems just waiting to be discovered. Join a tour showcasing its regal splendors, such as the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna’s historic city center. Afterwards, you’ll visit the Rathaus (Town Hall) Christmas market.

If you prefer a more active adventure, then join a guided bike along the Danube River. During the afternoon, visit the Schönbrunn Palace with a giant sparkling Christmas tree. This market presents a glittering and stellar Christmas experience.

Cap the day off with “Vienna by Night” Christmas markets at the beautifully decorated Maria Theresaplatz Christmas market, set amongst the world-renowned sights of Vienna’s majestic Ringstrasse, and at the illuminated Rathaus, Vienna’s largest Christmas market.

Melk AbbeyBenedictine Abbey visit
Melk bike tour

High on a rocky outcrop lies the Melk Abbey, one of Europe’s most revered Baroque monasteries. Visit this magnificent Benedictine Abbey, which now houses a museum chronicling its history and a famous library with countless medieval manuscripts.

Alternatively, go on a guided bike ride around Melk.

Miltenberg “City of Three Rivers” walking tour and Christmas Market
Salzburg excursion including Hellbrunn Palace Christmas Market
Danube bike tour

Join a walking tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen’s. Go in search of Bavarian-style crafts at the Christmas Market.

Alternatively, you can travel through the serene Austrian Alps to Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart. Your full-day excursion in Salzburg includes a walking tour of the UNESCO-designated Old Town, its magnificent cathedral and its Christmas Markets, including the Hellbrunn Palace, where its inner courtyard is turned into a romantic backdrop for one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in Austria.

For the active adventurer, join a guided bike tour along the Danube.

RegensburgUNESCO city tour, Thurn and Taxis Christmas Market
Tastes of Bavaria
Walhalla bike tour

Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join a guided walking tour showcasing the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria, before visiting the Old Town Christmas Market.

As an alternate option, sample some of Bavaria’s specialties—beer, sausage and pretzels.

Or bike to the base of Walhalla where there is a neoclassical white marble temple inspired by the Parthenon in Athens.

Later in the day, you’ll be treated to one of Bavaria’s most beautiful and romantic Christmas Markets at Thurn and Taxis, where you can watch artisans make their unique arts and crafts.

Nuremberg Markets Cruise Main-Danube Canal Nuremberg city tour
Tastes of Franconia Nuremberg Christmas Market

Enjoy a scenic morning cruise as the ship crosses the Continental Divide via the Main-Danube Canal to Nuremberg. Join a city tour of WWII highlights and then walk through Nuremberg’s cobblestone streets to the Imperial Castle and 900-year-old city ramparts. Alternatively, you can taste your way through the city with a Franconian specialties tour, which introduces you to bratwurst, rotbier (red beer) and lebkuchen (gingerbread). Later, you can visit Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt, one of the world’s largest and most famous Christmas Markets.


Disembark the ship in Nuremberg after breakfast. Return home, or join us in a post-cruise adventure for a few days in Munich.

AMA Waterways: AmaLea River Cruise Ship

AmaLea River Cruise Ship

We will sail on AmaLea, currently AMA Waterways newest ship. Christened in 2018.

Rates for river cruises are a little more up front than you would pay for an ocean cruise but then include virtually everything, providing a worry-free vacation knowing everything is taken care of. We want to give everyone plenty of notice for this adventure with time to budget and plan. 

EARLY BIRD RATES: AMA Waterways is offering a special early booking discount to our group. Book a cabin with us by February 18th, 2019 (or while supplies last) and receive $750 off per person in double occupancy cabins off the regular rates. We also have a handful of discounted solo occupancy cabins available on this sailing.

Rates for double occupancy cabins with the $750 per person discount:

Category E: $3199 $2449 per person (SOLD OUT)
Category D: $3498 $2748 per person (SOLD OUT)
Category CB: $3898 $3148 per person (SOLD OUT)
Category CA: $4198 $3448 per person (SOLD OUT)
Category BB: $4698 $3948 per person (4 cabins remaining)
Category BA: $4898 $4148 per person (7 cabins remaining)
Category AB: $5098 $4348 per person (6 cabins remaining)
Category AA: $5298 $4548 per person (4 cabins remaining)
SUITES 350 sq ft:
Category SS: $6598 $5848 per person (2 cabins remaining)

AmaLea Deck Plan

There are taxes and port charges of $189 per person. Deposits are $400 per person and due at the time of booking. Final payments are due no later than August 30th, 2020. Cancellations prior to 121 days before sailing will incur a $200 per person penalty.

DISCOUNTS: If you are a past guest of AMAWaterways you will receive additional discounts off the listed rates. Please ask Rick for details.

We will have a pre-cruise stay in Budapest, Hungary and a post-cruise adventure to Munich, Germany for those interested and wishing to join us.

River cruise ships have limited cabins, so you'll want to book early. To make a reservation use the online reservation request below, or contact Rick Scadlock by text at 425-501-4206, or send a message on facebook messenger to Rick Scadlock or Jeff Davies. We can't wait to share the Christmas spirit with you along the Danube river in 2020.