Day 1 - Vienna
Day 2 - Vienna
Days 3 & 4 - Budapest
Day 5 - Bratislava 
Day 6 - Return Flight 

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A Musical Christmas on the Danube

Vienna and the Danube are inextricably linked with a fine musical heritage – a mini-cruise from Vienna to Budapest and Bratislava enjoying a special music and sightseeing programme

This Danube cruise explores the core of the Austrian Habsburg Empire, developed by marriage or conquest, which was a fusion of the Austrian, Slav and Magyar people. Budapest, the Magyar capital, and Bratislava, the Slovakian capital are inextricably linked with the imperial capital of Vienna, even though the 20th century ‘Iron Curtain’ has thrown up fascinating contrasts of development.  Nearly 30 years ago the Austrian border was the first ‘breach’ in the 'Iron Curtain’, followed by the fall of the Berlin Wall and independence for Hungary and Czechoslovakia.

Monarchs and nobility, bearing allegiance to the Habsburg Emperors, resided in Vienna attracting a fine array of composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Johann Strauss.

During Advent (until Dec 24), the Christmas markets display an abundance of decorations, present ideas and delicacies. The main Vienna Christmas Market is at the Town Hall (Rathaus). Austria has many Advent and Christmas traditions in addition to the markets such as St. Nicholas Day (6th Dec) when children receive small presents.

Key Features

Jules Verne Sightseeing
No Single Supplement
Drinks on cruise vessel
UK Tour Manager
Group Size: 10 – 28

Special Events

'Music on the Danube'

Enjoy a private Schubert concert in the Vienna Woods at the Inn where he composed ‘The Linden Tree’, 'Nutcracker' ballet at the Opera House, gypsy music in Bratislava and visit to the home of Mozart (with music) – plus a light concert of Strauss & Mozart at the Baroque Palais Auersperg, where Strauss once conducted.

Day 1 Fly to Vienna for an introductory tour of this city of music and visit the main Christmas market at the Town Hall. Embark on the MS Vivaldi for five nights. (D)

Day 2 Walking tour of Old Vienna with a visit to Haus der Musik and Mozarthaus, with lunchtime private piano recital including Mozart’s most famous pieces. Evening Strauss & Mozart concert. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Sail to Budapest. Christmas Eve special dinner. Optional Midnight Mass in a Hungarian church in Budapest (transfer payable locally). (B, L, D)

Day 4 Morning Tour of Pest to view the Great Market, the Synagogue, Andrássy Avenue and a stop at Heroes’ Square. Lunchtime performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ ballet at the Hungarian State Opera House. Afternoon tour of Buda with visit to Gellért Hill Cave and castle district to admire Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion with its fine views. Jules Verne Christmas drinks party. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Arrive Bratislava for a walking tour of the old town with splendid Baroque palaces, churches and squares, including coffee and cake and gypsy music. Gala Dinner. Cruise to Vienna overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Travel into the Vienna Woods for a walking tour of Baden. Private Schubert concert at the Inn where he composed ‘The Linden Tree’. Return flight. (B, L)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


All drinks, except premium brands, are included throughout the cruise.
Whilst the vessel carries more, the group size specified refers to transfers and excursions.
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.


per person in a twin/double Main Deck cabin
Austrian Airlines from Heathrow

Date Price
December 22 £2295
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

(limited availability)

Single supplement £255

Cabin Upgrades

Middle Deck £145
Upper Deck £165

Extension Options

Extension - Vienna
Hotel Regina
2 nights £235
Single supplement £70

Independent Arrival

Save £200
Arrival or departure transfer with group included

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 5-night cruise, full board and drinks on cruise vessel, excursions, UK Tour Manager, local expert guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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