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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 £2045pp

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

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Save up to £1400 per couple PLUS free Premium Drinks Package! On 2022 departures, pay in full 12 months prior to travel and save an additional 10% on selected cabins. Book by 31 Jul 2021

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. Tonight, there is a traditional Hungarian folklore show. (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. 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. Perhaps join the optional Tastes of Vienna tour. This evening there is an optional exclusive Viennese concert available with music from Mozart and Strauss. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Dürnstein - Melk

Relax on board this morning as we sail through one of the most charming wine regions in Europe and on to Dürnstein. This is the site where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned following his return from the Third Crusade in the 12th century. Later, return to your Star-Ship and enjoy the luscious amenities on board until we reach Melk, where an illustrious tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Melk Abbey awaits. This 900-year-old Baroque palace features some of Austria’s finest Italian Baroque architecture. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Passau (Germany)

Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in the beautiful city of Passau. On today’s walking tour, stroll through the old town’s narrow alleys and see the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress from the town below. See 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 an optional tour to the Bavarian Forest. (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 markets of the German-speaking countries where you can savour a mug of delicious Glühwein and treat yourself to homemade gingerbread and cookies. Enjoy a traditional Bavarian performance. (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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2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • December
    • Dec 5th - Munich to Budapest - Sailing on: Emerald Star From: £2045
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    • Dec 12th - Budapest to Munich - Sailing on: Emerald Star From: £2045
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2022 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • December
    • Dec 3rd - Budapest to Munich - Sailing on: Emerald Sun From: £2145
      Cat E Emerald Stateroom Cat D Emerald Stateroom Cat C Panorama Balcony Suite Cat B Panorama Balcony Suite Cat A Panorama Balcony Suite Cat S Grand Balcony Suite Cat SA Owner's Suite
      Brochure price from: £2645 Brochure price from: £2845 Brochure price from: £3345 Brochure price from: £3545 Brochure price from: £3595 Brochure price from: £4245 Brochure price from: £4845
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    • Dec 10th - Munich to Budapest - Sailing on: Emerald Sun From: £2145
      Cat E Emerald Stateroom Cat D Emerald Stateroom Cat C Panorama Balcony Suite Cat B Panorama Balcony Suite Cat A Panorama Balcony Suite Cat S Grand Balcony Suite Cat SA Owner's Suite
      Brochure price from: £2645 Brochure price from: £2845 Brochure price from: £3345 Brochure price from: £3545 Brochure price from: £3595 Brochure price from: £4245 Brochure price from: £4845
      Blue Water price from: £2145 Blue Water price from: £2345 Blue Water price from: £2578 Blue Water price from: £2758 Blue Water price from: £2803 Blue Water price from: £3388 Blue Water price from: £3928

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