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River Danube Festive Markets

Discover charming towns and explore traditional Christmas markets on this festive voyage along the Danube from Budapest. Includes guided excursions, unlimited complimentary drinks and gratuities

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7 nights from £3599pp

River Cruise Holiday
Budapest Parliament
Vienna Christmas Market
Salzburg, Austria

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During this beautiful Christmas cruise you will experience four different countries onboard your luxury vessel.

Sailing from Budapest, discover some of the Danube's most celebrated cities at this wonderful time of year as the Christmas markets are in full swing, providing you with the opportunity to browse the stalls for local gifts and, of course, sample the festive fare.

Music lovers will enjoy the sounds of the season with an organ recital in Krems and carol singers in the markets.

H195 Operated by Uniworld


Danube Holiday Markets Itinerary

Day 1 - Budapest

Arrive at the Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer, or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.

Day 2 - Budapest

Located on opposite sides of the Danube, Buda and Pest each have their own distinctive character and allure. You’ll get a taste of this dynamic capital city with your choice of tours, and visit Budapest’s celebrated Christmas Market—one of the largest in Europe. Christmas has been celebrated in Budapest for a thousand years, since the time of St. Stephen, the king who founded the nation of Hungary and encouraged the spread of Christianity throughout his realm, but the city began as a Roman encampment almost a millennium before that. Over the centuries it was controlled by Germans, Austrians, Ottomans and Communists, all of whom have left traces.

Day 3 - Bratislava

Once hidden from the world behind the “Iron Curtain,” Slovakia retains an air of mystery and intrigue, and its small capital city has an unexpectedly colorful history. You’ll learn more about Bratislava’s past from a local expert and also visit the local Christmas Market—a relatively new (and thoroughly delightful) tradition for Slovakians. How do you say “Merry Christmas” in Slovak? “Veselé Vianoce!” The heart and soul of Slovakia, Bratislava is full of surprises. The city straddles the mighty Danube and has played a leading role in the politics and culture of the region for many centuries. Unlike cities with venerable Christmas Markets, Bratislava just established its first holiday market in 1993. But the Slovakians have quickly embraced the seasonal traditions of their Austrian and Hungarian neighbors—and you’ll get to embrace them as well.

Day 4 - Vienna

Renowned for its art and architecture, its classical music, its decadent pastries and its lengthy list of famous former residents, the refined city of Vienna is a cultural treasure trove. Experience the city with your choice of tours, as well as something extra special—VIP access to an extraordinary collection of art.

Day 5 - Krems

Enjoy a handful of delightful excursions that inspire the holiday spirit in this beautiful millennium-old town and surrounding valley—both of which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You’ll want to find a comfortable seat in the lounge or on the Sun Deck today as your ship cruises through the Wachau Valley. Over the eons, the Danube cut a gorge through the foothills of the Bohemian Mountains, resulting in a 19-mile (30-kilometer) stretch of riverine scenery so beautiful; UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Landscape. Castle ruins dominate hilltops; baroque church towers appear on the riverbanks, marking historic villages and splendid abbeys; and vineyards and apricot orchards cling to the rocky slopes. Some of Austria’s finest white wines are produced from grapes grown on the dry-stone terraces above the river, where grapes were first planted 2,000 years ago.

Day 6 - Linz

Your ship docks at Linz, a modern yet historic city that extends across the shimmering waters of the Danube. From there, you’ll head to Mozart’s birthplace of Salzburg, which is nestled in a glorious alpine setting that sparkles like a winter wonderland this time of year. Fans of “The Sound of Music” may recognize locations from the Oscar-winning film in the city’s Old Town, the site of the grand cathedral and absolutely enchanting Christmas Market.

Day 7 - Passau

Passau is a crossroads in more ways than one—three rivers meet here and three nations nearly do, making for a fascinating cultural mosaic. Get to know the town with a guided stroll, then visit the local Christmas Market on the square in front of the cathedral. You’ll find a lot to enjoy here—from miniature houses and blown-glass ornaments to spun-sugar confections—in more than 70 stalls.

Day 8 - Passau

Disembark the ship in Passau. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer, or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Munich Airport for your flight home.

Price Includes

  • 7 nights full board cruise
  • Return flights from the UK or Eurostar and overseas transfers
  • Unlimited beverages on board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, speciality coffee, tea and bottled water, plus many premium wines and spirits
  • A full programme of guided excursions, state-of-the-art Quiervoz audio headsets on all shore excursions, and complimentary internet access and Wi-Fi on board
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Onboard entertainment and insightful lectures
  • All airport taxes, security charges, port charges and airline imposed fuel surcharge
  • All gratuities onboard and onshore

Additional Information

  • Budapest City tour and market
  • Bratislava City tour and market
  • Vienna City tour, market and evening concert of Mozart and Strauss
  • Krems Visit to Benedictine Gottweig Abbey and organ recital
  • Salzburg Walking tour of the city and the fortress
  • Passau Walking tour, market, gingerbread making and floral decoration demonstration

2023 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

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2024 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • December
    • Dec 2nd - Budapest to Passau - Sailing on: Maria Theresa
    • Dec 9th - Passau to Budapest - Sailing on: Maria Theresa
    • Dec 16th - Budapest to Passau - Sailing on: Maria Theresa From: £3599
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Price Information

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Map for River Danube Festive Markets