Christmas Markets Cruise Down the Danube


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.

Did you know that you can make this tour private? Find out about pricing and options for groups of 10 or more travelers.

Itinerary at
a Glance

Itinerary A - Budapest to Vienna:

  • 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) (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
  • 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

Itinerary A - Budapest to Vienna

Day 1: Depart USA

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

*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in Budapest on Day 2.

Day 2: Arrive in Budapest (Hungary)

Day 3: Budapest (Hungary)

Day 4: Bratislava (Slovakia)

Day 5: Melk (Austria)

Day 6: Linz (Austria)

Day 7: Vienna (Austria)

Day 8: Vienna/USA

Tour Itinerary B - Vienna to Budapest

Day 1: Depart USA

Day 2: Arrive in Vienna (Austria)

Day 3: Vienna (Austria)

Day 4: Melk (Austria)

Day 5: Linz (Austria)

Day 6: Bratislava (Slovakia)

Day 7: Budapest (Hungary)

Day 8: Budapest/USA

Guided Tour Pricing

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Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

Enhance your trip with our recommended optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.

Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.

Budapest Walking Tour

Linzer Torte Experience

Evening Classical Concert