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

Christmas Markets on the River Danube

Discover the wonderful Christmas Markets of Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Passau and Regensburg on this classic River Danube cruise with a festive twist. Includes return flights from the UK, shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner

Fly Cruise
7 nights from £1795pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Budapest in the Snow
  • Christmas Markets, Vienna
  • Christmas tree in front of St. Stephen's Basilica, Budapest
  • Passau, Germany at Christmas
  • Christmas Markets souvenirs

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

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Save £450pp PLUS free Premium Drinks Package and €150 OBC per cabin! Book by 31 Oct 2019. Subject to availability. £125pp Early Payment Discount when paying in full by 31 Dec 2019. Prices shown do not include this discount

Christmas Markets on the River Danube Special Offer

Explore vibrant capital cities and charming riverside towns come alive with festivities as you cruise along the romantic Danube from Budapest to Munich. Discover the sights of cosmopolitan Budapest and enjoy a traditional Hungarian folk dancing and music performance before strolling through the Christmas markets.

Wander through Bratislava's Old Town with its magnificent Mirbach Palace, shop for souvenirs at the city's Christmas Markets and enjoy tea with a local Slovakian family. In the musical city of Vienna, witness the world-famous attractions including the Opera House and visit the Christmas Market stalls which are dotted amongst beautiful squares decorated with thousands of twinkling lights.

Cruise through the glorious Wachau wine region and visit the enchanting village of Durnstein before heading to the 900–year old Benedictine Abbey of Melk to marvel at the incredible Baroque architecture. Tour the quaint cobblestone streets of Passau and enjoy a visit to the Christkindlmarkt, which takes place in front of the magnificent St. Stephen's Cathedral.

The exceptionally-preserved medieval city of Regensburg makes for the perfect final port on this wonderful cruise. Admire the stunning architecture before savouring a mug of delicious Glühwein at one of the loveliest’ Christmas market of the German-speaking countries.

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Christmas Markets on the River Danube Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Budapest (Hungary)

Fly from the UK to Budapest and embark your ship. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a traditional Hungarian dinner. Later, enjoy a Hungarian folk dancing and music performance on board and evening cruise. (D)

Day 2 - Budapest

Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. Enjoy a guided tour of the city sights including the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest or opt for an active walk to Buda Hill. During your free time, head to the main square near Váci Utca Street and stroll through Budapest's incredible Christmas Markets. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Bratislava (Austria)

Explore Bratislava on a guided tour of the Old Town which is home to many historical buildings including the magnificent Mirbach Palace, impressive Gothic cathedral of St Martin and Michael’s Gate, one of the oldest of the town’s structures. Bratislava has charming Christmas Markets dotted throughout the city which can be explored at leisure. Later, enjoy a special afternoon tea with a local Slovakian family. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Vienna

In the lovely city of Vienna, enjoy a drive along the Ringstrasse, where you will see the sights of Vienna’s world–famous attractions such as the Opera House, Burgtheater, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Explore the wonderful Christmas markets of Vienna which are set up in 15 different squares in the city during your free time. This evening there is an optional exclusive Viennese concert available with music from Mozart and Strauss. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Dürnstein - Melk

Discover the enchanting village of Durnstein in the Wachau wine region. This is the site of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned after returning from the crusades in the 12th century. Then, enjoy a drive through the picturesque landscape of this district to the 900–year old Benedictine Abbey of Melk, which features Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture. There are two EmeraldActive excursions - a guided bike tour along the Danube from Melk to Durnstein, and a guided hike to Durnstein Castle. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Passau (Germany)

Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in the beautiful city of Passau. On this morning’s walking tour, stroll through the old town’s narrow alleys and see the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress from the town below. Visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a wonderful example of Baroque architecture and home to Europe’s largest church organ with more than 17,000 pipes. Then spend time at the annual Christmas market, or Christkindlmarkt, which takes place in front of the St. Stephen's Cathedral and features more than 70 gingerbread-like stalls. There is also an optional excursion to Salzburg. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Regensburg

This morning, you'll cruise to Regensburg, one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Germany. Join the guided walking tour, during which you'll have the chance to see the city's stunning architecture and one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube. Then, visit one of the loveliest’ Christmas market of the German-speaking countries where you can savour a mug of delicious Glühwein and treat yourself to homemade gingerbread and cookies. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Nuremberg - Munich - UK

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

Due to navigation reasons, the Captain reserves the right to modify the itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise on Emerald Waterways star ship
  • Return flights from up to 15 UK regional airports
  • Overseas transfers
  • Guided excursions with English-speaking guide
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • Complimentary tea and coffee available at all times and complimentary bottled water in your cabin, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Highlight dinners including a Welcome dinner
  • Evening entertainment on board
  • English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port charges and airport taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Additional optional shore excursions
  • Travel insurance
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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

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