Overview

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

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Christmas Markets on the Danube

A short cruise on the Danube from Vienna to Budapest and Bratislava during the Advent season taking in some of the most enchanting Christmas markets in Europe

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

2 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Excursions Included
Drinks with Meals
UK Tour Manager
Group Size: 6 – 28

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Vienna, capital of the Habsburg Empire that encompassed much of Europe and whose monarchs and nobility often resided in the imperial capital. Embark for seven nights. Welcome drink and crew introduction. (D)

Day 2 Morning tour of Vienna admiring the architectural showcase of the old Austro-Hungarian monarchy along the famous Ring, including the Vienna State Opera, the Hofburg Palace and the Natural History Museum. The tour will allow some free time at the traditional Christmas market by the Town Hall. Afternoon sailing to Budapest. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Morning tour of Budapest, starting with Buda and the castle district to admire the panoramic view from the Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church, followed by Pest to admire the Parliament building overlooking the Danube and St. Stephen’s Basilica includes a visit to Heroes’ Square and a walk along Andrassy Avenue. The tour will allow some free time at the Christmas market at Vörösmarty Square. Cruise to Bratislava overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Afternoon tour of Bratislava’s old town including Michael’s Gate and old Town Hall. The tour will allow some free time at the Christmas market in the main square. Gala Dinner. Cruise to Vienna overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Return flight. (B)

  • 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.
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.

2021

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

Date Price
November 30 £1095
Early Booking Offer

For all bookings made by 30 September, deduct £35 per person

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £245

Cabin Upgrades

Middle Deck £115 
Upper Deck £135 

Flight Options

Austrian Airlines Business Class from £545

Extension Options

Extension - Vienna 
Das Opernring Hotel
2 nights £185
Single supplement £145

Independent Arrival

Save £200
Arrival or departure transfer add £35

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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