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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Christmas Markets on the Danube

Enjoy the magic of the festive season on this River Danube cruise through Germany, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia, calling at iconic capital cities and enchanting Christmas markets. Includes guided shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner

Cruise Only
7 nights from £2384pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Budapest
  • Christmas Market
  • Vienna Christmas Market
  • Durnstein
  • Passau

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Christmas Markets on the Danube Special Offer

Celebrate the magic of the festive season and experience four different countries along the Danube, Europe's second longest river, on this Christmas Markets cruise.

Sailing from Budapest, discover some of the Danube's most celebrated cities at this wonderful time of year, browse the Christmas markets and sample traditional festive fare. Cruise past the illuminated waterfront at Budapest and onto Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. See the famous Christmas Markets in Vienna, including the Schonbrunn Palace markets, and explore the city on a guided tour.

Cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley to discover Durnstein and the Austrian city of Linz. In Vilshofen there is a private festive Oktoberfest celebration with beer and traditional folk music. On selected dates shop at Christmas markets - these normally close a few days before Christmas.

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Christmas Markets on the Danube Itinerary

Day 1 - Budapest (Hungary)

Embark your river ship in Budapest. Tonight there is a Welcome Dinner and a special illuminations cruise along the city's glittering waterfront. (D)

Day 2 - Budapest

Enjoy a sightseeing tour including both Buda and Pest to see highlights including Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. The rest of the day is at leisure to visit the festive markets. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Bratislava (Slovakia) - Vienna (Austria)

From Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, you can enjoy a guided walking tour to the Old Town Hall and Mirbach Palace before enjoying free time to explore the city and its Christmas markets. Tonight, visit the Schonbrunn Palace Christmas Market and browse the stalls for traditional gifts and decorations. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Vienna - Krems

Enjoy a panoramic tour of Vienna to see the magnificent Opera House, Vienna University, St Stephen's Cathedral and the famous Spanish Riding School or join the guided bike tour along the Danube and through the Donaupark. This afternoon visit the Christmas markets at the spectacular Schonbrunn Palace and witness the giant sparkling Christmas tree which stands outside of the Palace. Finish the evening with a visit to the beautifully decorated Maria Theresaplatz Christmas Market set amongst the world-renowned sights of Vienna's majestic Ringstrasse. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Weissenkirchen - Wachau Valley - Melk

Take the walking tour of Durnstein's cobbled streets followed by a wine tasting (forward itinerary); hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once imprisoned; or enjoy an 'apricots and sweets' tasting. Cruise through the stunning Wachau Valley then visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey at Melk. Tonight the ship docks in Grein where there is time to explore at leisure (forward itinerary); on the reverse itinerary there is a wine tasting of local wines. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Linz

Linz is known for being the city of Christmas crèches and its ever-popular Linzer torte. While here, you have a choice of three excursions. The first is a full-day visit to Salzburg where you’ll enjoy 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. Alternatively, you can choose a morning walking tour through Linz’s old city center and by the Mozart House, where he composed the Linz Symphony in only three days, as well as visit Linz’s Christmas Markets. Or you can go on a guided bike tour through Linz and along the city’s famed “Culture Mile” and the Danube. During the afternoon, you can join a half-day excursion to Salzburg. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Passau (Germany) - Vilshofen

Enjoy a walking tour of Passau, a 2000-year-old fairytale city with cobblestone streets and Baroque architecture, to see the Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, St Stephen's Cathedral and Christmas Market. The more active may choose instead to hike up to the impressive Veste Oberhaus Fortress or cycle along the Danube from Passau to Erlau. This afternoon cruise to Vilshofen for a private Oktoberfest celebration with beers and traditional music and dancing. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Vilshofen

Disembark ship in Vilshofen. (B)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7 nights full board deluxe accommodation in an outside cabin - most with revolutionary Twin balconies
  • Tours and excursions daily with personal headset included
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner plus bottled water in cabins replenished daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • State of the art Infotainment System in all cabins with hi-speed internet, Hollywood movies, extensive music library and English TV stations
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, on board music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
  • Bicycles to explore on your own and guided bicycle tours
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • Port Charges
  • All local taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Gratuities

Cruise Extensions

  • Budapest and Prague Extension Extend your cruise with a 2-night pre-cruise stay in Budapest and a 3-night post-cruise stay in Prague
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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • November
    • Nov 22nd - Vilshofen to Budapest - Sailing on: AmaCerto From: £2386
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    • Nov 27th - Budapest to Vilshofen - Sailing on: AmaSonata From: £2460
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    • Nov 27th - Vilshofen to Budapest - Sailing on: AmaSiena From: £2460
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    • Nov 29th - Budapest to Vilshofen - Sailing on: AmaPrima From: £2460
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    • Nov 29th - Vilshofen to Budapest - Sailing on: AmaMagna From: £2608
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  • December
    • Dec 4th - Vilshofen to Budapest - Sailing on: AmaSonata From: £2534
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    • Dec 4th - Budapest to Vilshofen - Sailing on: AmaSiena From: £2534
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    • Dec 6th - Vilshofen to Budapest - Sailing on: AmaPrima From: £2384
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    • Dec 6th - Budapest to Vilshofen - Sailing on: AmaMagna From: £2532
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    • Dec 11th - Budapest to Vilshofen - Sailing on: AmaSonata From: £2534
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    • Dec 11th - Vilshofen to Budapest - Sailing on: AmaSiena From: £2534
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    • Dec 12th - Budapest to Vilshofen - Sailing on: AmaLea From: £2534
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    • Dec 13th - Budapest to Vilshofen - Sailing on: AmaPrima From: £2534
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    • Dec 13th - Vilshofen to Budapest - Sailing on: AmaMagna From: £2682
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    • Dec 18th - Vilshofen to Budapest - Sailing on: AmaSonata From: £2534
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    • Dec 20th - Vilshofen to Budapest - Sailing on: AmaPrima From: £2534
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    • Dec 20th - Budapest to Vilshofen - Sailing on: AmaMagna From: £2682
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2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • November
    • Nov 27th - Vilshofen to Budapest - Sailing on: AmaSonata From: £2639
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    • Nov 28th - Budapest to Vilshofen - Sailing on: AmaBella From: £2639
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    • Nov 29th - Vilshofen to Budapest - Sailing on: AmaLea From: £2716
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  • December
    • Dec 5th - Vilshofen to Budapest - Sailing on: AmaBella From: £2716
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    • Dec 6th - Budapest to Vilshofen - Sailing on: AmaLea From: £2716
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      Blue Water Price from: £2716 Blue Water Price from: £2946 Blue Water Price from: £3254 Blue Water Price from: £3484 Blue Water Price from: £3296 Blue Water Price from: £3450 Blue Water Price from: £3604 Blue Water Price from: £3758 Blue Water Price from: £4834
    • Dec 12th - Budapest to Vilshofen - Sailing on: AmaBella From: £2716
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    • Dec 13th - Vilshofen to Budapest - Sailing on: AmaLea From: £2716
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    • Dec 19th - Vilshofen to Budapest - Sailing on: AmaBella From: £2716
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