Overview

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

Spendology - Widgets

Christmas Markets & Music on the Danube
Christmas Departure

Vienna and the Danube are inextricably linked with a fine musical heritage - cruise to Vienna, 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: 12 – 30

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 or ‘Arias' at the Budapest Opera House, gypsy music in Bratislava and visits to the homes of Mozart (with music) and Beethoven – 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 and a traditional Christmas market. A visit to Mozarthaus with private concert including Mozart’s most famous pieces. Strauss & Mozart concert. (B, L, D)

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

Day 4 Tour of Budapest including a visit to Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion. Lunchtime performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ ballet at the Opera House. 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 and Beethoven’s home. Private Schubert concert at the Inn where he composed ‘The Linden Tree’. Return flight. (B, L)

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

Notes

All drinks, except premium brands, are included throughout the cruise.
Whilst the vessel carries more, the group size specified refers to transfers and excursions.

2019

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

Date Price
December 22 £1945

2020

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

Date Price
December 22 £1995
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Early Booking Offer

For all 2020 bookings made by 30th January 2020, deduct £35 per person

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Limited availability on both dates

Single supplement £255

Cabin Upgrades

Middle Deck £145
Upper Deck £165

Flight Options

Austrian Airlines Business Class from £545

Extension Options

Extension - Vienna 
Mercure Grand Hotel Biedermeier (2019)
2 nights £215 
Single supplement £120

Das Opernring Hotel (2020)
2 nights £280
Single supplement £165

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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