Overview

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

Spendology - Widgets

Christmas Markets & Music on the Danube

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
Drinks with meals
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 and visit the main Christmas market at the Town Hall. Embark on the MS Vivaldi for four nights. Strauss & Mozart concert. (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. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Tour of Budapest, the morning is dedicated to the Buda side and the afternoon will be spent on the Pest side. ‘Arias’ at the Hungarian State House. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Walking tour of Bratislava’s old town including coffee and cake, gypsy music and a visit to the Christmas market. Gala Dinner. Cruise to Vienna overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Travel into the Vienna Woods for a walking tour of Baden and Beethoven’s home. Private Schubert concert. Return flight. (B, L)

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

Notes

Beer, house wine, fruit juice, tea, coffee and water are included during lunch and dinner on board. 
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 9 £1295

2020

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

Date Price
November 30 £1295
Early Booking Offer

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

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £255

Cabin Upgrades

Middle Deck £115 
Upper Deck £135 

Flight Options

Austrian Airlines Business Class from £545

Extension Options

Extension - Vienna 
Mercure Grand Hotel Biedermeier (2019)
3 nights £295 
Single supplement £195

Das Opernring Hotel (2020)
2 nights £215
Single supplement £120

Independent Arrival

Save £200
Arrival or departure transfer with group included

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 4-night cruise, full board and drinks with meals 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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