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7-Days Danube Christmas Markets Hosted Group Gay Men & Women Cruise Tour from Vienna, Austria to Nuremberg, Germany

6 nights from Vienna, Austria to Nuremberg, Germany

November 28 – December 4, 2018
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European Christmas Markets Gay Group cruiseJoin Aquafest gay group for our 7th annual river cruise in Europe during the delightful December Christmas Markets as we sightsee Europe’s finest towns and cities along the fabled Blue Danube, enjoy the festivities of European Christmas and of course, time to shop the amazing Christmas Markets! The largest of all being in Nuremburg, Germany.

Our winter cruise on the Danube is a real insider’s secret. The dreamy riverscapes and the romantically illuminated towns have a unique charm. Onboard your festively decorated Amadeus vessel, you can expect to spend some relaxing downtime in the utmost comfort.

You will have the opportunity to visit several notable Christmas markets during the cruise. Some visits will be organized by Amadeus River Cruises; in other cases guests will be able to visit on their own during free time. Visits organized by Amadeus take place during periods scheduled as free time on the standard itinerary, and you can pick your specially priced shore excursions. Christmas Market Cruises also feature special Christmas-related onboard activities.


Vienna Christmas Gay Cruise


Magic of Advent - Christmas Markets Along the Danube

Day 1 - Vienna, Austria - Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Embarkation from 4:00pm. Welcome Cocktail and Welcome Dinner.


Day 2 - Vienna, Austria - Thursday, November 29, 2018

City Tour of Vienna
Vienna Christmas gay cruise It may take days or maybe weeks to fully discover Vienna. On this tour you will get an overall impression of the most important sights Vienna has to offer. First you drive along the famous Ringstrasse, passing by several magnificent buildings like the stunning opera house, the parliament or Vienna’s imposing city hall. The bus tour is followed by a guided tour through the city centre. The walking tour passes the well known Hofburg Imperial Palace and ends at the emblem of Vienna, St. Stepan’s cathedral. Before you return to the ship you have the possibility to take a walk in the city center.
Price: $37.00 USD
Duration: appr. 3,5 hrs

Schoenbrunn Palace with Christmas Market
A coach takes you to one of the most beautiful monuments of Vienna, Schoenbrunn Palace. The castle was built on the template of Versailles, the residence of the Sun King Louis XIV. As one of the most important cultural heritage in Austria, the castle and its gardens were declared as a World Cultural Heritage Site. The reign of Maria Theresia signifies the most splendid era for Schoenbrunn. The castle and park were the centre of the courtly and political life. Under the personal guidance of the Empress, it was remodelled and expanded to become a Royal residence. A complex with a total of 1,441 rooms and halls had been created. You will visit most of the ceremonial rooms and then have the opportunity to walk around in the beautifully designed gardens of the palace.
Price: $49.00 USD
Duration: appr. 3,5 hrs

Concert Visit "Sound of Vienna"
In the very place where Johann Strauss himself used to direct his orchestra from the position of first violin, the absolute essence of Vienna's classical music can once again be heard daily.The “Salonorchester Alt Wien”, one of the best-known interpreters of classical Viennese music, presents an evening full of Viennese charm with the lilting sound of waltzes, polkas, arias and duets, as well as operetta and piano concerto melodies. Accompanied by excellent opera vocalists and enchanting ballet soloists, Vienna's classical music reveals itself as a living firework display for all senses.
Price: $59.00 USD
Duration: appr. 3 hrs


Day 3 - Melk, Austria - Friday, November 30, 2018

Wachau Excursion Incl. Melk Abbey and Gluehwein Party
Danube Christmas gay cruise - Melk Abbey Melk Abbey is an Austrian Benedictine abbey, and one of the world's most famous monastic sites. Today's impressive Baroque abbey was built between 1702 and 1736. Particularly noteworthy is the abbey’s church and the impressive library with countless medieval manuscripts and frescos. A guided tour takes you through the abbot’s chambers, along the imperator’s walk, through the marble hall, the balconies and the library.

Continue your tour to Du¨rnstein, one of the best-known wine villages in the Wachau. Situated in the heart of the magnificent valley, on the banks of the mighty river Danube, the charming town offers the unique combination of a breathtaking scenery, traditional architecture and places of historic interest. A walk through it allows you to appreciate its glorious position. At the end of the tour we invite you for a mug of Gluehwein in a local restaurant.
Price: $59.00 USD
Duration: appr. 4,5 hrs


Day 4 - Passau, Germany - Saturday, December 1, 2018

City Walk of Passau. Visit to the Christmas Market in Passau
Danube Christmas Gay Cruise - Passau, Germany During this walk round the old quarter of Passau your knowledgeable guide will point out many buildings that bear witness to its historical importance in the so called three river city. You can admire picturesque lanes, promenades and squares and find out some interesting facts about the Bishopric city. Above all, you will be especially impressed by the Baroque St. Stephen's cathedral, with the world's largest organ (17,974 pipes and 233 registers), the new Bishop's residence and the town hall.
Price: $17.00 USD
Duration: appr. 2 hrs


Day 5 - Regensburg, Germany - Sunday, December 2, 2018

City Walk of Regensburg with Christmas Market.
Danube Christmas Gay River Cruise - Regensburg, GermanyRegensburg is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Germany, and its historic buildings (about 1,400) are most impressive. The castle-like residences of the wealthy, patrician families with their high towers dominated the townscape of the Middle Ages and still testify the same status today. Among this architectural treasures are churches, monasteries, the town hall, and one of Europe’s oldest bridges that has spanned the Danube since the 12th century. During this walk you will recognize the former power and wealth of this city, which once controlled the trade route to the Orient.
During a short visit of the Regensburg Cathedral, dedicated to St. Peter, you can admire the emblem of Gothic architecture in southern Germany (depends on the opening hours of the Cathedral and / or if a mass is celebrated etc.).
Price: $17.00 USD
Duration: appr. 2 hrs

Christmas Market Palace Thurn & Taxis in Regensburg
Enjoy magical and unforgettable moments on the „Romantic Christmas Market at “Thurn and Taxis Castle Regensburg“. A short visit of the Palace shows you the gorgeous marble staircase in the south wing of the palace ascending to the splendid chambers of the princely residence. Guests are traditionally greeted at the foot of the impressive staircase. The entire interior decoration in Neo-Renaissance style is modeled on Roman antiquity.
In the courtyard of the Palace, you will see the beautifully decorated and wood fire heated huts that are the perfect place to pass the time away. The bough-covered wooden stalls offer unique products obviously chosen for their quality and beauty. It’s one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in the world. Have an unforgettable evening.
Price: $39.00 USD
Duration: appr. 2,5 hrs

Captain's Gala Dinner.


Day 6 - Nuremberg, Germany - Monday, December 3, 2018

City Tour of Nuremberg with Christmas Market
Danube Christmas Gay Cruise - Nuremberg, Germany The historic town of Nuremberg, once Free Imperial City, is the second largest city in Bavaria and operates as the capital of Franconia. During the reconstruction work after the devastation of the Second World War, the footprint of the old town was maintained. Ringed walls, towers and the castle provide a vivid image of the town as it may have looked like during medieval times. The city tour leads you to the major sites and highlights of the city, from the medieval beginnings to the present. After passing the Justice Palace, venue of the Nuremberg trials, the bus will take you to the old town, which still is the heart of Nuremberg. At the foot of the castle starts the walk through the narrow medieval alleyways. Final point of this tour is the main market, from where you can stroll on your own through the shops, or enjoy a coffee before the bus takes you back to the ship.
Price: $41.00 USD
Duration: appr. 4 hrs


Day 7 - Nuremberg, Germany - Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Disembarkation after breakfast


Danube Christmas Markets gay cruise - Nuremberg


Extend Your Cruise

More days means more time to discover, with extension package you can add after your Amadeus cruise. Maximize the value of your overseas flight and enjoy additional days to explore Prague.


2-Nights Prague, Czech Republic Post-Cruise Extension

December 4 - 6, 2018

Gay Prague Christmas tourDiscover the Czech Republic's vibrant capital, the "City of a Hundred Spires." Tour Hradcany Castle and its palaces, churches and museums; visit Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral; and stroll along Charles Bridge. Explore Prague's Jewish heritage in the Jewish Quarter and encounter local culture in Wenceslas Square. Two nights in the luxury Hotel Paris Hotel in Prague, daily breakfasts, guided city tour and all transfers between your hotel and ship are included, along with the services of a Amadeus host.

• December 4, 2018- Transfer via small coach at 10am to Prague from Nuremburg (approximately 3 hours)
• December 4-6, 2018 2 night luxury hotel stay at the 5-Star Hotel Paris in Prague
• December 4, 2018 - half day walking tour of Prague
• December 5, 2018 - half day tour of Prague and area
• December 6, 2018 - hotel to airport private car transfer

Buffet Breakfast in Sarah Bernhardt Restaurant for two days, Included in the rate.

2-Nights Prague Post-Cruise Extension - $649 Per Person Double Occupancy, and $949 Single Occupancy. $300 per person deposit required at time of booking, balance due 140 days before sailing.


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Danube Christmas Markets Cruise Itinerary




 28 Nov Vienna, Austria D
 29 Nov Vienna, Austria B, L, D
 30 Nov Melk, Austria B, L, D
 01 Dec Passau, Germany B, L, D
 02 Dec Regensburg, Germany B, L, D
 03 Dec Nuremberg, Germany B, L, D
 04 Dec Nuremberg, Germany B

Danube Christmas Markets Gay Cruise map


Brand New Amadeus Queen

The 2018 built Amadeus Queen impresses not only by its excellent service and first-class interior décor but also features a unique combination of modern elegance, spaciousness, and attractive comforts:


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• 12 spacious Suites with comfortable corner sofa, luxurious bathroom and walk-out exterior balcony-284 square feet

• 78 Staterooms with mainly drop-down panoramic windows, luxurious bathrooms and walk-in wardrobes-188 square feet

• 16 River View staterooms are spacious with luxurious bathrooms- 172 square feet


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• Spacious public areas such as the classical “Cafeé Vienna” or the outdoor glass-shielded “River Terrace”.

• Popular Amadeus amenities such as Panorama-Bar with lounge, Amadeus Club, Sun Deck with Lido-Bar, Fitness Room, Hair Salon and Massage Room.


Amadeus Silver Fitness Room


Your Cruise Includes

• Accommodations based on the allotted group block.

• Full board including: Early Riser (reduced breakfast buffet in the Panorama-Bar), Buffet Breakfast (includes omelette service), Lunch (Buffet or table service depending upon the itinerary), Light Lunch (served in the Panorama-Bar), Dinner (5 courses, 3 choices for main course), Coffee & tea, iced water with meals, midnight (late night) snack.

• Music program every day in the bar by a pianist or by the Amadeus music group

• Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Farewell Dinner

• Experienced English speaking cruise director

• Free-flowing red & white regional wines, beer & soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard.

• Complimentary WiFi

• 24-hour coffee station

• Bottled water in every stateroom

• Audio headsets for optional shore excursions


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What's Not Included

• Expenditures of personal nature

• Shore Excursions. (Advance Shore excursions package price below)

• Transfers and other ground arrangements

• Tips (we recommend USD 10.00 per person, per day)


Nuremburg Christmas Markets


Optional Shore Excursions





City Tour of Vienna

$ 37

$ 37

$ 37

Schonbrunn Castle with Christmas Market

$ 49



Concert visit "Sound of Vienna"



$ 59

Excursion Washau incl. Melk Abbey and Gluhwein Party


$ 59

$ 59

Walking Tour of Passau

$ 17

$ 17

$ 17

Walking Tour of Regensburg

$ 17

$ 17

$ 17

Visit to the Christmas Market "Palais Thurn & Taxis"


$ 39


City Tour or Nurmeberg

$ 41

$ 41

$ 41

Package rate per person (regular)

$ 112

$ 171

$ 318

Advance Package rate per person

$ 95

$ 145

$ 270


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Category Description
Mozart Suite Amadeus Silver Suite Mozart Deck. 26,4 m˛ / 284,1 sq ft 'Walk-out' exterior balconies with their own seating groups, panoramic windows, bed, TV, WC/shower, telephone, cabinet, desk, chair, armchair, safe, minibar

$ 2,751
$ 5,502
A1 - Mozart Stateroom Amadeus Silver Mozart Stateroom Mozart Deck. 17,5 m˛ / 188,3 sq ft Panoramic windows with automatically drop-down French balconies, bed, TV, shower/WC, cabinet, telephone, desk, chair, safe

$ 2,239
$ 3,583
B1 - Verandah Stateroom Amadeus Silver Mozart Stateroom Strauss Deck. 17,5 m˛ / 188,3 sq ft Panoramic windows with automatically drop-down French balconies (windows on Haydn-Deck), bed, TV, shower/WC, cabinet, telephone, desk, chair, safe

$ 2,013
$ 3,020
B4 - Verandah Stateroom Amadeus Silver Mozart Stateroom Strauss Deck. 17,5 m˛ / 188,3 sq ft Panoramic windows with automatically drop-down French balconies (windows on Haydn-Deck), bed, TV, shower/WC, cabinet, telephone, desk, chair, safe

$ 1,842
$ 2,383
C1 - River View Stateroom Amadeus Silver River view Stateroom Haydn Deck. 16 m˛/ 172 sq ft with smaller windows (not to be opened), bed, TV, shower/WC, cabinet, telephone, desk, chair, safe

$ 1,542
$ 1,773
C4 - River View Stateroom Amadeus Silver River view Stateroom Haydn Deck. 16 m˛/ 172 sq ft with smaller windows (not to be opened), bed, TV, shower/WC, cabinet, telephone, desk, chair, safe

$ 1,199
$ 1,566
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All rates are cruise only in $USD and per person, based on double occupancy subject to availability at time of booking. .

2-Nights Prague Post-Cruise Extension - $649 Per Person (double occupancy, or $949 for singles.

Port charges, taxes and fees: of $200 per person are additional.

A non-refundable Booking Processing Fee $30 will be charged at the time of your deposit.

Deposit: $500 per person, due at the time of booking.

Final Payment is due 140 days before sailing.

All advertised events are exclusive to guests who book through us only. Aquafest Cruises are group events and not chartered vessels.

Non-discountable fees and taxes, airfare, air taxes and transfers are additional.

Events based on a minimum of 50 group passengers.

Pricing and other information may change without notice

All cancellations are subject to a $50 per booking cancellation fee from Aquafest in addition to any vendor cancellation penalties.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly recommended for all reservations.

More information will be provided to you at the time of booking confirmation. Please contact us for a more detailed description of restrictions, cancellations, and penalties.


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