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Magic of Advent along the Main

Nuremberg →  Nuremberg

5 Days

Experience the special charm of our winter cruise on board the festively decorated AMADEUS Imperial: let the dreamy landscape of the Main valley dazzle you. Get caught up in the magic of the holidays with visits to some of the most romantic cities and postcard-perfect towns along the way. And on board cherish a magical Christmas wonderland in grand European style.

Visit our atmospheric Christmas market on board, shopping for handcrafted toys and gifts, sipping hot mulled wine and inhaling the fragrance of gingerbread and roasted chestnuts. Enjoy a unique Advent concert in the Panorama Bar, sing Christmas carols together with our crew and bake Christmas cookies together with our on-board pastry chef - our timeless holiday traditions are truly a dream come true.


Festively decorated and brightly illuminated, the AMADEUS Imperial awaits its guests in the port of Nuremberg. After you have moved into your comfortable cabin and enjoyed a welcome cocktail, there is still enough time for a stroll through the world-famous Christmas market. More than 200 stalls and millions of sparkling lights transform Nuremberg's medieval city center into a magical winter wonderland. On board we will be waiting for you with a festive welcome dinner after your return!

Stay Nuremberg
Departure at 9pm

In the morning, your trip continues along the magical Main river, past romantic winegrowing villages and vineyards covered with snow. After lunch, a visit to the picturesque Zeil am Main is on the program. Join us on a walk through more than 1,000 years of city history! Together we will visit winding alleys, half-timbered houses, fortified walls and magnificent baroque palaces. Later on board we invite you to the festive Advent Concert in the Panorama-Bar.

Stay Zeil am Main
1pm - 5pm

Christmas magic awaits you again today in Würzburg, where you arrive punctually at breakfast time. Start right after lunch on a voyage of discovery to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. The picture-book town presents itself especially atmospheric during the festive time of year.

In the afternoon we will explore the architectural highlights of the baroque and rococo metropolis on a city tour and invite you to the Christmas Market. Rejoin the vessel just before it sets sail to the city of Bamberg.

Stay Würzburg
9am - 6pm

Overnight our ship has turned into a floating AMADEUS Christmas market. Warm up with a mug of steamy glühwein, taste local specialties and shop for handcrafted toys and gifts on board as the AMADEUS IMPERIAL sails towards its next destination: Bamberg with its half-timbered town hall in the middle of the Regnitz awaits us in the early afternoon. We explore the "Franconian Rome" with its romantic alleys and bridges on a round trip, which of course also leads to the famous Bamberg Cathedral. As your trip nears its end, round it off with the exclusive Captain’s Gala Dinner in the evening.

Stay Bamberg
2pm - 6pm

Now it is time to say “Goodbye.” After fortifying yourself at a generous breakfast, our crew will gladly assist you at disembarkation. Before you leave Cologne and make your way back home, our crew, in the name of the entire AMADEUS team, wishes you a pleasant journey and a joyous festive season!

Arrival Nuremberg
Arrival at 7am

Dates & Prices


  • Large, outside river-view staterooms, most with French balconies or walk-out balconies
  • Return flights from London and non-UK transfers (regional flights, rail and door-to-door pick up available on request)
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer & soft drinks
    with every lunch and dinner onboard
  • Gourmet dining onboard 
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Services of an experienced English-speaking onboard Cruise Director
  • 24 hour coffee station​
  • All onboard entertainment including talks, cooking demonstrations, musical performances and nightly piano music
  • Bottled water in every stateroom 
  • In-stateroom infotainment center
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for optional excursions

Excursion Packages

Owing to the variety of available excursions it‘s often difficult to choose between them - so on this cruise we offer you tailor-made and carefully composed sets of excursions that you can book in advance with 15% discount. All excursions can of course also be booked individually at regular rates on board.

Cruise Highlights Unit Price A
Zeil am Main walking tour with Christmas Market £ 24.00
Excursion to Rothenburg ob der Tauber £ 29.00
Würzburg city tour with visit to the Christmas Market £ 29.00
Bamberg city tour £ 23.00
Onboard Booking Price £ 105.00
Prices for packages booked in advance £ 89.00

Arrival & Hotel

Arrival & Transfer

You’re in good hands with us from the start: We will book your transfer from the airport or train station to the ship port and back.

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