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Christmas Markets Cruise Down the Danube

From
  • $2499
    Air+Tax Included
  • 8
    Days

AUSTRIA, SLOVAKIA, AND HUNGARY

Discover some of Eastern Europe’s most beloved Christmas markets on this cruise down the Danube River all from the comfort of your cruise ship so you’ll only have to unpack your bags once! In Budapest, we’ll enjoy panoramic views of the city from Fisherman’s Bastion with free time to peruse the local markets for gifts and souvenirs. We’ll see Bratislava Castle during our walking tour with time to sample Trdelniks (Chimney Cakes), Bratislavske rozky, and the well-known honey wine at Bratislava’s one-of-a-kind Christmas markets filled with live music, tantalizing aromas, and Slovakian handcrafted goods. Explore the stunning Melk Abbey with its incredible library and ornate Church and take a walking tour through Linz’ Old Quarter. In Austria’s Imperial City, Vienna, we’ll visit Belvedere Palace and visit one of the city’s most popular Christmas markets.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • Overnight international flight
  • 6-night cruise down the Danube:
  • Budapest (Hungary)
  • Bratislava (Slovakia)
  • Melk (Austria)
  • Linz (Austria)
  • Vienna (Austria)

Tour
Highlights

  • Christmas Markets in each city
  • City tour of Budapest
  • Walking Tour of Bratislava
  • Scenic cruising in the Wachau Valley
  • Melk Abbey Tour
  • Walking tour of Linz
  • City tour of Vienna
  • Local wiener schnitzel lunch in Vienna

Activity Level: Discoverer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • 6-night cruise aboard the MS Vivienne
  • Ground transportation in air-conditioned motor coach
  • 17 meals: 6 buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 6 dinners
  • 2 glasses of wine, beer, or soda with dinner onboard
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking Cruise Manager, and local English-speaking guides throughout

Tour Itinerary A - Budapest to Vienna

Depart USA

Depart the USA today on your overnight flight to Budapest, Hungary.

Arrive in Budapest (Hungary)

Arrive in Budapest, Hungary’s capital city divided into historic Buda and vibrant Pest by the Danube River. You’ll be met at the airport and will travel to your cruise ship for embarkation. This evening, enjoy a welcome cocktail and presentation of the Captain and his crew followed by dinner.

MS Vivienne | Dinner

Budapest (Hungary)

After breakfast this morning, we’ll explore Budapest with a panoramic tour of Budapest we’ll see some of the city’s most popular sights including the Parliament Building, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Opera, Heroes’ Square, and the town park with the Vajdahunyad Castle. We’ll visit the Fisherman’s Bastion which offers a panoramic view of Budapest, and Gellért Hill overlooking the Danube. After lunch back on the ship, you’ll have free time to explore Budapest independently, peruse the local markets for gifts and souvenirs, or join an optional…

Bratislava (Slovakia)

After breakfast, enjoy some time to relax as we cruise down the Danube this morning to Bratislava. This afternoon, enjoy a walking tour of Bratislava, the pedestrian-only capital of Slovakia which is uniquely situated on the border of three countries. We’ll see the Bratislava Castle, which overlooks the Old Town and the Danube. Their traditional Christmas Markets are considered a must-see filled with live music, tantalizing aromas, and Slovakian handcrafted goods. Eat your way through this one-of-a-kind market, sampling Trdelniks (Chimney Cakes), Bratislavske rozky, and the well-known…

Melk (Austria)

This morning, enjoy breakfast and relax on the ship during our scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley, an Austrian region known for its charming villages, rolling hills, vineyards, and ancient ruins and fortresses. This afternoon, we’ll visit the beautiful Melk Abbey which not only has spectacular views overlooking the Danube, but also contains the tomb of Saint Coloman of Stockerau and several other members of the house of Babenberg, Austria’s first ruling dynasty. While originally founded in 1089, the stunning baroque abbey standing before you was built in the 18th-century…

Linz (Austria)

After breakfast this morning, enjoy a walking tour of Linz, the capital of Upper Austria known for its stunning architecture, traditional bakeries, and non-traditional shopping experiences. Linz rose to prominence under the Hapsburg Empire and today it’s a vibrant cultural center. Our walking tour takes us through the Old Quarter where we’ll see the Market Hall, the Mozarthaus (birthplace of the Linz Symphony), the magnificent Renaissance Landhaus Tower, and the elegant facade of the Landestheater. If the church schedule permits, you may step inside the New Cathedral,…

Vienna (Austria)

This morning enjoy a motorcoach city tour of Austria’s Imperial City, Vienna, including the Hunderwasser, the Ringstrasse, the Parliament, the State Opera, Hofburg (Imperial Palace), and Belvedere Palace, one of Austria’s most important baroque buildings. After a typical Viennese lunch in the city, enjoy a guided walking tour of one of the two most popular Christmas markets—the Rathouse or the Old Market at Freyung. Taste the local pastries, sample hot drink specialties, and experience the magic of story-reading on the Celestial Stage. During your free time, you may wish to…

Vienna/USA

After breakfast this morning we’ll disembark and transfer to the airport for our return flight. Our festive voyage ends as we arrive in New York later today.

| Breakfast

Tour Itinerary B - Vienna to Budapest

Depart USA

Depart the USA today on your overnight flight to Vienna, Austria.

Arrive in Vienna (Austria)

Arrive in Vienna, Austria’s capital city known for its beautiful imperial sights. You’ll be met at the airport and will travel to your cruise ship for embarkation. This evening, enjoy a welcome cocktail and presentation of the Captain and his crew followed by dinner.

MS Vivienne | Dinner

Vienna (Austria)

This morning enjoy a motorcoach city tour of Austria’s Imperial City, Vienna, including the Hunderwasser, the Ringstrasse, the Parliament, the State Opera, Hofburg (Imperial Palace), and Belvedere Palace, one of Austria’s most important baroque buildings. Belvedere Palace is made up of two buildings which are connected by a beautiful garden. Upper Belvedere offers views of Vienna’s first district and houses the largest collection of paintings by Gustav Klimt in the world including “The Kiss” and “Judith”. After a typical Viennese lunch in the city,…

Melk (Austria)

This morning, enjoy breakfast and relax on the ship during our scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley, an Austrian region known for its charming villages, rolling hills, vineyards, and ancient ruins and fortresses. This afternoon, we’ll visit the beautiful Melk Abbey which not only has spectacular views overlooking the Danube, but also contains the tomb of Saint Coloman of Stockerau and several other members of the house of Babenberg, Austria’s first ruling dynasty. While originally founded in 1089, the stunning baroque abbey standing before you was built in the 18th-century…

Linz (Austria)

After breakfast this morning, enjoy a walking tour of Linz, the capital of Upper Austria known for its stunning architecture, traditional bakeries, and non-traditional shopping experiences. Linz rose to prominence under the Hapsburg Empire and today it’s a vibrant cultural center. Our walking tour takes us through the Old Quarter where we’ll see the Market Hall, the Mozarthaus (birthplace of the Linz Symphony), the magnificent Renaissance Landhaus Tower, and the elegant facade of the Landestheater. If the church schedule permits, you may step inside the New Cathedral,…

Bratislava (Slovakia)

After breakfast, enjoy some time to relax as we cruise down the Danube this morning to Bratislava. This afternoon, enjoy a walking tour of Bratislava, the pedestrian-only capital of Slovakia which is uniquely situated on the border of three countries. We’ll see the Bratislava Castle, which overlooks the Old Town and the Danube. Their traditional Christmas Markets are considered a must-see filled with live music, tantalizing aromas, and Slovakian handcrafted goods. Eat your way through this one-of-a-kind market, sampling Trdelniks (Chimney Cakes), Bratislavske rozky, and the well-known…

Budapest (Hungary)

After breakfast this morning, we’ll explore Budapest, Hungary’s capital city divided into historic Buda and vibrant Pest by the Danube River. During our panoramic tour of Budapest we’ll see some of the city’s most popular sights including the Parliament Building, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Opera, Heroes’ Square, and the town park with the Vajdahunyad Castle. We’ll visit the Fisherman’s Bastion which offers a panoramic view of Budapest, and Gellért Hill overlooking the Danube. After lunch back on the ship, you’ll have free time to explore…

Budapest/USA

After breakfast this morning we’ll disembark and transfer to the airport for our return flight. Our festive voyage ends as we arrive in New York later today.

| Breakfast

Guided Tour Pricing

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November 22November 29Nov 22 -
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November 28December 5Nov 28 -
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December 7December 14Dec 7 -
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement add $699.

Itinerary A (Budapest to Vienna): Nov. 22
Itinerary B (Vienna to Budapest): Nov. 28, Dec. 7

MS VIVIENNE CABIN UPGRADES:
Rates are based on Main Deck (Cat D) cabins with smaller upper windows. Upgrade to higher category cabins:
• CAT. C, Middle Deck with outside facing cabin with panoramic windows: add $249
• CAT. B, Middle Deck with outside facing cabin with French Balcony: add $349
• CAT. A, Upper Deck with outside facing cabin with French Balcony: add $499
• Junior Suite, Upper Deck with outside facing cabin with French Balcony: add $649

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-9:00 EST and Sat-Sun, 10:00-6:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.

Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received at the time of reservation*. A second non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $300 is due 60 days after the date of your reservation. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. *If the reservation date is within 70 days of the final payment due date, both first and second deposits are due at the time of reservation. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

To make your cruise more even more memorable, we’ll offer several optional tours and cultural/dining evening activities. These are subject to change (and others will likely be added), and the prices are approximate. They are payable by cash (euros) or by credit card with a surcharge. Note that optional tours are non-refundable.

Budapest Walking Tour

  • Budapest
  • From approx. 18 Euro Per Person, Return tram ticket included

This afternoon enjoy a guided walking tour including the Grand Market Hall, the pedestrian zone of Vaci Utca, and the largest Christmas market at Vörösmarty Square. Return to the ship via tram.

Linzer Torte Experience

  • Linz
  • From approx. 35 Euro Per Person

Take a walk to visit Jindrak, the location of the original Linzer Torte dating back to 1696. Make and bake your own Linzer Torte and take it with you along with the special recipe and your diploma!

Evening Classical Concert

  • Vienna
  • From approx. 75 Euro Per Person, Transportation and reserved seating included

This evening enjoy a classical concert featuring the music of Mozart and Johann Strauss II at the Kursalon.