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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 £1910pp

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

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday

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Save up to £400pp! All dates include exclusive £50pp discount. Book by 31 December 2018. Prices shown include discount

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. On the reverse itinerary there is the option to sample traditional Slovakian specialties or hike up to Bratislava Castle. Later, cruise to Vienna where there is a traditional Viennese Wine and Music evening in a rustic wine tavern outside the city (forward itinerary only). 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. Alternatively uncover the secret treasures of the city on a walking tour (forward itinerary only) or join the guided bike tour along the Danube and through the Donaupark. This afternoon enjoy a guided cycle to Klosterneuberg Monastery or explore the city and its Christmas markets at leisure. (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

Arrive in Linz, the second largest city in Austria and take a guided walking or cycling tour to the highlights. This afternoon choose to visit the picturesque 'Salzkammergut' region which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, explore the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov or visit Salzburg, famous for the setting of the 'Sound of Music'. (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

  • Return flights from the UK and overseas transfers - we can arrange these for you
  • 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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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • November
    • Nov 24th - Budapest to Vilshofen - Sailing on: AmaMagna From: £2051
      Cat E Piano Deck, 205 sq. ft. Cat D Lower Deck, 205 sq. ft. Cat AB Main Deck, 252 sq. ft. Cat AA Upper Deck, 252 sq. ft. Cat SB Main Deck, 355 sq. ft. Cat SA Upper Deck, 355 sq. ft. Cat GS Upper Deck, 474 sq. ft. Cat OS Upper Deck, 710 sq. ft.
      Brochure Price from: £2451 Brochure Price from: £2802 Brochure Price from: £3718 Brochure Price from: £3859 Brochure Price from: £5126 Brochure Price from: £5267 Brochure Price from: £7380 Brochure Price from: £9493
      Blue Water Price from: £2051 Blue Water Price from: £2402 Blue Water Price from: £3318 Blue Water Price from: £3459 Blue Water Price from: £4726 Blue Water Price from: £4867 Blue Water Price from: £6980 Blue Water Price from: £9093
  • December
    • Dec 1st - Vilshofen to Budapest - Sailing on: AmaMagna From: £2401
      Cat E Piano Deck, 205 sq. ft. Cat D Lower Deck, 205 sq. ft. Cat AB Main Deck, 252 sq. ft. Cat AA Upper Deck, 252 sq. ft. Cat SB Main Deck, 355 sq. ft. Cat SA Upper Deck, 355 sq. ft. Cat GS Upper Deck, 474 sq. ft. Cat OS Upper Deck, 710 sq. ft.
      Brochure Price from: £2451 Brochure Price from: £2802 Brochure Price from: £3718 Brochure Price from: £3859 Brochure Price from: £5126 Brochure Price from: £5267 Brochure Price from: £7380 Brochure Price from: £9493
      Blue Water Price from: £2401 Blue Water Price from: £2752 Blue Water Price from: £3668 Blue Water Price from: £3809 Blue Water Price from: £5076 Blue Water Price from: £5217 Blue Water Price from: £7330 Blue Water Price from: £9443
    • Dec 8th - Budapest to Vilshofen - Sailing on: AmaMagna From: £2226
      Cat E Piano Deck, 205 sq. ft. Cat D Lower Deck, 205 sq. ft. Cat AB Main Deck, 252 sq. ft. Cat AA Upper Deck, 252 sq. ft. Cat SB Main Deck, 355 sq. ft. Cat SA Upper Deck, 355 sq. ft. Cat GS Upper Deck, 474 sq. ft. Cat OS Upper Deck, 710 sq. ft.
      Brochure Price from: £2451 Brochure Price from: £2802 Brochure Price from: £3718 Brochure Price from: £3859 Brochure Price from: £5126 Brochure Price from: £5267 Brochure Price from: £7380 Brochure Price from: £9493
      Blue Water Price from: £2226 Blue Water Price from: £2577 Blue Water Price from: £3493 Blue Water Price from: £3634 Blue Water Price from: £4901 Blue Water Price from: £5042 Blue Water Price from: £7155 Blue Water Price from: £9268
    • Dec 15th - Vilshofen to Budapest - Sailing on: AmaMagna From: £2051
      Cat E Piano Deck, 205 sq. ft. Cat D Lower Deck, 205 sq. ft. Cat AB Main Deck, 252 sq. ft. Cat AA Upper Deck, 252 sq. ft. Cat SB Main Deck, 355 sq. ft. Cat SA Upper Deck, 355 sq. ft. Cat GS Upper Deck, 474 sq. ft. Cat OS Upper Deck, 710 sq. ft.
      Brochure Price from: £2451 Brochure Price from: £2802 Brochure Price from: £3718 Brochure Price from: £3859 Brochure Price from: £5126 Brochure Price from: £5267 Brochure Price from: £7380 Brochure Price from: £9493
      Blue Water Price from: £2051 Blue Water Price from: £2402 Blue Water Price from: £3318 Blue Water Price from: £3459 Blue Water Price from: £4726 Blue Water Price from: £4867 Blue Water Price from: £6980 Blue Water Price from: £9093
    • Dec 15th - Budapest to Vilshofen - Sailing on: AmaViola From: £2260
      Cat E Twin Windows Cat D Twin Windows Cat CB French Balcony Cat C / CA French Balcony Cat BB Twin Balconies Cat BA Twin Balconies Cat AB Twin Balconies Cat AA Twin Balconies Cat AA+ Twin Balconies Suite Twin Balconies
      Brochure Price from: £2310 Brochure Price from: £2521 Brochure Price from: £2732 Brochure Price from: £2943 Brochure Price from: £3295 Brochure Price from: £3436 Brochure Price from: £3577 Brochure Price from: £3718 Brochure Price from: £4140 Brochure Price from: £4633
      Blue Water Price from: £2260 Blue Water Price from: £2471 Blue Water Price from: £2682 Blue Water Price from: £2893 Blue Water Price from: £3245 Blue Water Price from: £3386 Blue Water Price from: £3527 Blue Water Price from: £3668 Blue Water Price from: £4090 Blue Water Price from: £4583
    • Dec 20th - Budapest to Vilshofen - Sailing on: AmaLea From: £1910
      Cat E Twin Windows Cat D Twin Windows Cat CB French Balcony Cat C / CA French Balcony Cat BB Twin Balconies Cat BA Twin Balconies Cat AB Twin Balconies Cat AA Twin Balconies Cat AA+ Twin Balconies Suite Twin Balconies
      Brochure Price from: £2310 Brochure Price from: £2521 Brochure Price from: £2732 Brochure Price from: £2943 Brochure Price from: £3295 Brochure Price from: £3436 Brochure Price from: £3577 Brochure Price from: £3718 Brochure Price from: £4140 Brochure Price from: £4633
      Blue Water Price from: £1910 Blue Water Price from: £2121 Blue Water Price from: £2332 Blue Water Price from: £2543 Blue Water Price from: £2895 Blue Water Price from: £3036 Blue Water Price from: £3177 Blue Water Price from: £3318 Blue Water Price from: £3740 Blue Water Price from: £4233
    • Dec 22nd - Budapest to Vilshofen - Sailing on: AmaMagna From: £1910
      Cat E Piano Deck, 205 sq. ft. Cat D Lower Deck, 205 sq. ft. Cat AB Main Deck, 252 sq. ft. Cat AA Upper Deck, 252 sq. ft. Cat SB Main Deck, 355 sq. ft. Cat SA Upper Deck, 355 sq. ft. Cat GS Upper Deck, 474 sq. ft. Cat OS Upper Deck, 710 sq. ft.
      Brochure Price from: £2310 Brochure Price from: £2661 Brochure Price from: £3577 Brochure Price from: £3718 Brochure Price from: £4985 Brochure Price from: £5126 Brochure Price from: £7239 Brochure Price from: £9352
      Blue Water Price from: £1910 Blue Water Price from: £2261 Blue Water Price from: £3177 Blue Water Price from: £3318 Blue Water Price from: £4585 Blue Water Price from: £4726 Blue Water Price from: £6839 Blue Water Price from: £8952
    • Dec 22nd - Vilshofen to Budapest - Sailing on: AmaViola From: £2260
      Cat E Twin Windows Cat D Twin Windows Cat CB French Balcony Cat C / CA French Balcony Cat BB Twin Balconies Cat BA Twin Balconies Cat AB Twin Balconies Cat AA Twin Balconies Cat AA+ Twin Balconies Suite Twin Balconies
      Brochure Price from: £2310 Brochure Price from: £2521 Brochure Price from: £2732 Brochure Price from: £2943 Brochure Price from: £3295 Brochure Price from: £3436 Brochure Price from: £3577 Brochure Price from: £3718 Brochure Price from: £4140 Brochure Price from: £4633
      Blue Water Price from: £2260 Blue Water Price from: £2471 Blue Water Price from: £2682 Blue Water Price from: £2893 Blue Water Price from: £3245 Blue Water Price from: £3386 Blue Water Price from: £3527 Blue Water Price from: £3668 Blue Water Price from: £4090 Blue Water Price from: £4583
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