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Christmas Markets on the Danube

Holiday Cruises

Cruise through the heart of Europe during the most festive time of year and you’ll experience the timeless tradition of its magical Christmas markets. Browse colorful market stalls filled to the brim with whimsical handicrafts and take in the aromas of cinnamon dusted almonds and Lebkuchen gingerbread as you sip a mug of hot mulled wine beneath endless strands of twinkling lights. Most markets are open from the last week of November through December 22nd.

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Day 1


Arrive in Budapest and board your luxurious river cruise ship. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner. Tonight, the ship will sail a special Illuminations Cruise past the capital’s glittering river front. (D)

Day 2


Home to several UNESCO World

Heritage Sites, including the Buda Castle quarter in Castle

Hill and Heroes’ Square, Budapest offers an unmatched

combination of culture and tradition. Your city tour begins

with a visit to the vibrant Great Market Hall. The remainder

of this tour takes you to both the Buda (hilly) and the Pest

(flat) sides of the river. Afterwards, you’ll visit Vörösmarty

Square, the oldest, richest and the most spectacular of all

the Christmas markets in Budapest. (B,L,D)

Day 3


Host to the crowning ceremonies of 11 Hungarian kings

and queens between 1536 and 1830, Bratislava certainly

has earned the title “Coronation City of Kings,” as you’ll

discover during your walking tour. You’ll also have an

opportunity to visit Bratislava’s charming Christmas Market.

Or join a special “Tastes of Slovakia” tour. For a more

active adventure, hike up to Bratislava Castle, offering

magnificent views of the city. Tonight, explore Vienna’s

splendid Rathaus (Town Hall) Christmas Market. (B,L,D)

Day 4


The “City of Waltzes” offers a treasure

trove of gems just waiting to be discovered. Join a tour

showcasing its regal splendors, such as the majestic

Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the

Habsburgs, before concluding in Vienna’s historic city center. If you prefer a more active adventure, then join a

guided bike ride along the Danube. During the afternoon,

visit the market at Schönbrunn Palace with a giant sparkling

Christmas tree. Cap the day off with “Vienna by Night”

Christmas Markets at the beautifully decorated Maria

Theresaplatz Christmas Market, set amongst the worldrenowned

sights of Vienna’s majestic Ringstrasse, and at the

illuminated Rathaus, Vienna’s largest Christmas Market. (B,L,D)

Day 5


After reaching Weissenkirchen, you’ll have a choice of

excursions. Join a walking tour in Dürnstein and then a

visit to a local boutique where you’ll enjoy a tasting of

special apricot treats. Prefer more active adventures?

Join a guided bike tour from Weissenkirchen to Melk.

For those not biking to Melk, you’ll sail through the

UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley to Melk. Once in

Melk, you’ll visit its magnificent Benedictine Abbey. (B,L,D)

Day 6


Linz is known for being the city of Christmas

crèches and its ever-popular Linzer torte. While here, you

have a choice of three excursions. The first is a full-day

visit to Salzburg where you’ll enjoy a walking tour of the

UNESCO-designated Old Town, its magnificent cathedral

and its Christmas Markets, including the Hellbrunn Palace,

where its inner courtyard is turned into a romantic

backdrop for one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets

in Austria. Alternatively, you can choose a morning walking

tour through Linz’s old city center and by the Mozart House,

where he composed the Linz Symphony in only three days,

as well as visit Linz’s Christmas Markets. Or you can go on

a guided bike tour through Linz and along the city’s famed

“Culture Mile” and the Danube. During the afternoon,

you can join a half-day excursion to Salzburg or visit the

charming mountain town, Český Krumlov, located just

over the Czech-Austrian border. (B,L,D)

Day 7


During the season of Advent, beautiful

Passau dresses in her Bavarian holiday splendor, which you

will discover on your walking tour through the city and at

its Christmas Market at St. Stephen’s Square—also home

to its magnificent cathedral. Go in search of unique crafts,

including Bavarian-style houses and glass ornaments. If

you prefer a more active adventure, join a guided bike ride

along the Danube. Later, sail for Vilshofen, where you’ll be

treated to an exclusive Oktoberfest celebration. (B,L,D)

Day 8


This morning, disembark your ship in Vilshofen. (B)

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