Christmas Markets on the Danube

Terms & Conditions

Trip Date
Price from
$4999
Number of Days
8
Highlights & Inclusions

Cruise Only – Single occupancy
Category E – Fixed window stateroom - $4,999.00
Category D – Fixed window stateroom - $5,429.00
Category C – French Balcony stateroom - $6,399.00

Cabins based solely upon availability.

$400 deposit required for this trip.

  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom
  • Port charges in the amount of $196.00
  • Transfer from the Munich airport to the pier in Vilshofen on November 27, 2021
  • Transfer from the pier in Budapest to the Budapest airport December 04, 2021
    • Munich: Flights should arrive no later than 3:30pm. Transfers are currently scheduled for 10:30 am, 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm
    • Budapest: Flights can depart at any time. Last transfer from the ship to the Budapest airport is 12 pm. Guests will need to leave the ship 3 to 3.5 hours prior to their flight departure time
  • Wellness Activities with a dedicated Wellness Host
  • Fitness room
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances
  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
  • La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Sip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
  • Bike tours and hikes
  • Local Flavors tours
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
Itinerary

DAY 1: VILSHOFEN, GERMANY (EMBARKATION)
Arrive at Munich Airport. Transfer to the pier and board the ship in Vilshofen for your Christmas Markets cruise on the Danube. Later, join Vilshofen locals and fellow guests for a glass of beer and a traditional German pretzel ashore at a festive Oktoberfest celebration (D)

DAY 2: PASSAU, GERMANY
During the season of Advent, beautiful Passau dresses in her Bavarian holiday splendor, which you will discover on your walking tour through the city and at its Christmas market at St. Stephen’s Square – also home to its magnificent cathedral. Comb through a myriad of unique crafts, including Bavarian-style houses and glass ornaments (B,L,D)

DAY 3: LINZ, AUSTRIA
Linz is known as the city of Christmas crèches and its ever-popular Linzer torte. While here, you’ll have a choice of excursions. The first is a morning walking tour through Linz’s old city center and by the Mozart House, where the Linz Symphony was composed in only three days. Continue on to Linz’s Christmas markets. Or jump on a bike for a guided tour along the Danube River. Alternatively, enjoy a full day in Salzburg with a walking tour in the historic center, famous for its religious history, Baroque architecture, and as the birthplace of Mozart. While there, visit the beautiful Christmas Markets, renowned for local handicrafts and unusual holiday presents. During the afternoon, you can visit the charming mountain town, Česky Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: WEISSENKIRCHEN, AUSTRIA
After reaching Weissenkirchen, you’ll have a choice of excursions. Join a walking tour in Dürnstein and then visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Melk. For a more active adventure, bike along the Danube River or hike up to Dürnstein Fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held captive and enjoy incredible views of the river and village below. Alternatively, you can visit a local boutique where you’ll enjoy a tasting of special apricot treats. If you’re a wine connoisseur, you won’t want to miss the excursion to a local winery where you can sample some of the Wachau Valley’s finest wine. (B,L,D)

DAY 5: VIENNA, AUSTRIA
The “City of Waltzes” offers a treasure trove of gems just waiting to be discovered. Join a tour showcasing its regal splendors, such as the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs, before concluding in Vienna’s historic city center. If you prefer a more active adventure, join a guided bike ride through Vienna. Then spend the afternoon at the Schonbrunn Christmas Markets and catch a glimpse of the giant sparkling Christmas tree, followed by a free evening on your own. (B,L,D)

DAY 6: VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Enjoy a Bratislava city tour, including a visit to Bratislava’s charming Christmas Market, or an invigorating castle hike from Vienna up to Bratislava castle and see such sights as the tree lined Hviezdoslav Square, the narrow House of the Good Shepherd, Michael's Gate and the Old Town Hall. As an alternative, visit the Austrian palace of Schloss Hof, located near the Slovakian border. In the evening, explore Vienna’s festive Christmas Markets. (B,L,D)

DAY 7: ESZTERGOM – BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Buda Castle quarter in Castle Hill and Heroes’ Square, Budapest offers an unmatched combination of culture and tradition. The remainder of this tour takes you to both the Buda (hilly) and the Pest (flat) sides of the river. Afterwards, you’ll visit Vorosmarty Square, the oldest, richest and the most spectacular of all the Christmas markets in Budapest. As an alternative, you can hike to Castle Hill, walking along Fishermen’s Bastion and take in all the iconic sites of Budapest with an active exploration. (B,L,D)

DAY 8: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - DISEMBARKATION
Disembark the ship in Budapest and bid farewell as you prepare for your return flight home. (B)

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