Christmas Markets River Cruise with AmaWaterways

by | Apr 23, 2024 | FTM Travel Info

When I say I love the Holiday season, I mean I LOVE the Holiday season! The music, the lights, the love – it’s truly the most wonderful time of the year! Last year, my Mom and I embarked on a Christmas Markets River Cruise on AmaWaterways’ magnificent ship, the AmaMagna. Words can’t even begin to describe how magical our experience was! Our itinerary covered 5 different countries and Christmas markets galore! You can read more about this itinerary here.

We boarded the AmaMagna in Budapest, Hungary where we were blown away by how stunning the ship was! Not only were the halls decked, but every nook and cranny was inviting and thoughtfully designed!

Our first day was spent getting acclimated to the ship, making new friends (we were fortunate to meet two other mother-daughter duos and became fast friends!) and settling in! The AmaMagna has some lovely spaces for gathering, including a few lounges, a theater room and the top deck with a pool, whirlpool and pickleball court!

Our stateroom was absolutely perfect, with a sitting area, plenty of storage, a balcony and a bathroom with two sinks and a spacious shower! We were in heaven!

For each day of the cruise, AmaWaterways offers guided tours (included!) for different activity levels. In each city, we were able to choose the tour that best suited what we wanted to do each day. The cities we visited were all unique and spectacular! The very knowledgeable local guides helped us make the most of our time in these historic cities. 

We had the added bonus of visiting the Christmas Markets in each of our stops. We thought that the Markets would get repetitive, but each Market had its own unique vibe, treats and special treasures. 

Budapest, Hungary

Bratislava, Slovakia

Vienna, Austria

Durnstein and Melk, Austria

Salzburg, Austria

Passau & Vilshofen, Germany

As you can see, by the end of the trip, we had quite a bit of snow, which made our last evening even more magical! 

While each day was filled with tours and shopping, each evening was filled with a lovely dinner (with our new besties!) and entertainment in the lounge! The cruise itself was amazing and the crew members made it exceptional!  

I am forever grateful that I was able to experience this trip of a lifetime with my Mom! It was so special to be able to make some new memories together and I treasure everything we experienced together.

River cruising is a fabulous way to cover a lot of ground and unpack once. Once you choose your itinerary, 99% of the planning is done for you. I’d love to help you plan your next European vacation! Whether you want a river cruise, a guided tour or a custom tour, I’ll handle all of the details! Please reach out to me at to start planning!