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Danube River Cruise & European Christmas Markets

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10 Days
Availability : December 2 -11, 2023
Vienna, Austria
Tour Details

Our journey begins in the Austrian capital of Vienna where we’ll board the Avalon View for a 7-day cruise along the spectacular Danube River. Enjoy picturesque views of the Wachau Valley at Christmas time. Visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey in Melk and Passau’s charming Christmas market set in front the breathtaking St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Savour traditional sausages in Regensburg at one of Germany’s oldest restaurants. Learn about Christmas traditions as you cruise to Nuremberg – the German City known for medieval fortifications and gothic churches. After disembarking the ship, we’ll make our way to Prague two nights and explore one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

In each destination, enjoy the local Christmas Markets with a warm cup of mulled wine and gingerbread amongst rows of brightly decorated wooden huts, perfectly set in these European town squares. You won’t want to miss this magical bucket list experience!

Departure & Return Location

Pickups: Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg, Port Hope, Bowmanville, Oshawa & Whitby

Airport: Toronto Pearson Airport

Departure Time

TBD closer to departure once flight schedule is confirmed




Double Rate

Single Rate

Category D



Category B



Category A



Category P




Book before May 31, 2023 & receive an early booking bonus of $500 off per person ($1000 per couple)

Price Includes

  • 7 Night Danube River Cruise on the Avalon View
  • All Meals Onboard the River Cruise
  • Daily excursions onboard the ship
  • 2 Nights Accommodations in Prague, Czechia Post Cruise
  • Return International Airfare - Toronto to Vienna & Prague to Toronto
  • Transfers to/from Pearson International Airport From Pre-Determined Pickup Points
  • All transportation to/from Airports, Hotels and Included Activities
  • Guided Tours of Vienna and Prague
  • Complimentary Onboard Wine & Beer with Lunch and Dinner
  • Complimentary Onboard Prepaid Gratuities
  • Services of a Cardinal Coach Tour Director




PANORAMA SUITE (200 sq. ft)

Category P – Royal Deck

Category A & B – Sapphire Deck


Category D – Indigo Deck Aft


Day 1 - December 2, 2023Toronto to Vienna, Austria

Meet our coach at one of our pre-determined pickup locations to be transferred to Toronto Pearson Airport where we will depart an overnight flight for Europe! 

Day 2 - December 3, 2023Vienna, Austria (D)

Welcome to Vienna, Austria. Upon arrival this morning we will be transferred to our ship for boarding. Indulge in traditional holiday fare and hot libations to warm your heart and soul before boarding. Our ship will depart the docks later this afternoon so you will have some free time to either explore the Christmas market, get unpacked, explore the ship or just rest up before dinner this evening! 

Day 3 - December 4, 2023 Vienna, Austria (B, L, D)

Wake up in Vienna this morning and choose your own adventure! Take a guided city tour of Vienna with highlights on the Imperial Palace complex, the iconic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. You may also join an optional guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace—summer home of the Habsburg dynasty for 300 years. This evening, spend free time on your own to enjoy the Christmas markets, or relax by the fireplace in a Viennese café. There will also be an option to attend a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall. This evening we will cruise to Melk and say goodbye to Vienna.

Day 4 - December 5, 2023 Melk & Grein, Austria (B, L, D)

This morning we will wake up in Melk for another full day! This morning enjoy a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings. We will return to the ship and begin sailing to Grein and enjoy an Austrian Cookie Tasting onboard. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour of Grein, including its historic theater, the oldest in Austria still holding regular performances. This evening enjoy live entertainment onboard the ship while we sail from Austria into Germany to dock in Passau.

Day 5 - December 6, 2023 Passau, Germany (B, L, D)

After breakfast onboard this morning, head out for a guided city walk of Passau to learn more about the “City of Three Rivers.” Later spend some free time in Passau’s charming Christkindlmarkt near magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral. For those who are interested, there is also an optional excursion to Salzburg, Austria to see the setting of The Sound of Music, and learn the story behind the beloved Christmas hymn, Silent Night. Once back on board this evening we will have dinner and entertainment as we cruise to Regensburg.

Day 6 - December 7, 2023Regensburg, Germany (B, L, D)

Wake up in beautiful Regensburg, Germany this morning! Join a guided city walk and see the Old Town Hall and Porta Pretoria— the entrance to the Castra Regina fortress built in 179 AD. Take some time to browse Regensburg’s sparkling Christmas markets and enjoy hot-mulled wine, candied almonds, gingerbread, or bratwurst. There will also be an optional guided excursion to visit the charming Thurn and Taxis Palace – one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Bavaria! Later, enjoy live entertainment on board as we cruise to Roth.

Day 7 - December 8, 2023Nuremberg, Germany (B, L, D)

This morning while approaching Nuremberg, a local expert will join us in the theatre for a lecture on European Christmas traditions! After the lecture we’ll dock in Nuremberg and disembark for a city tour. Choose between a guided tour of the city’s medieval architecture, Gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR a guided tour of the infamous Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich. Spend free time this afternoon to browse the Christmas Markets of Nuremberg and sample popular Bavarian fare including bratwurst, gingerbread, and mulled blueberry wine. We will be docked overnight in Nuremberg so you will have plenty of time to experience the markets at night! 

Day 8 - December 9, 2023Nuremberg to Prague, Czechia (B)

This morning we will bid our crew farewell after breakfast as we disembark the ship and head for the Golden City of Prague. Upon arrival we will check into our hotel for the next two nights. This afternoon, take time to stroll through the exquisite streets of the city or spend a free evening in one of Prague’s cafés for dinner and Czech Beer.

Day 9 - December 10, 2023Prague, Czechia (B)

After an included breakfast at the hotel this morning, take a guided city walk to visit Hradčany Castle Grounds, see St. Vitus Cathedral, and the Old Town’s Astronomical Clock. Spend the afternoon on your own to browse the exquisite Christmas Markets of Prague. Stroll through the brightly coloured wooden stalls for ornaments and handmade toys and handicrafts.

Day 10 - December 11, 2023Prague to Toronto (B)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. We’ll head to the airport to board our flight home to Toronto. Upon arrival in Toronto we will be met by our coach to return us to our original pickup points.

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Terms & Conditions

Book now with a $750 per person non-refundable deposit . Final payment due August 21, 2023. Cancellation insurance is recommended – call office for pricing. Prices are subject to change based on airfare costs. A valid Canadian passport is required for this tour. Please visit our website for full terms and conditions: https://cardinalcoachtours.ca/our-policy/

Cancellations received prior to August 21, 2023 will result in a loss of deposits  

Cancellations received after August 21, 2023 are 100% non-refundable