Duration: 4 Days
Make your holiday wishes come true with special departures for the festive season in Europe’s most beautiful Christmas markets and festivities. Enjoy the jolly atmosphere on our decorated Suite Ships as you delight in the sights, smells, and tastes of local Christmas traditions along your Danube River cruise. Enjoy stunning winter views on the Danube with the warm glow of Christmas markets, beautifully adorned with ageless traditions.
Your Danube River cruise delights with gorgeous views, beginning in Budapest, the “Pearl of the Danube.” Enjoy guided sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes Square and spectacular architecture. You’ll sail on the Danube River to the centuries-old Slovakian city of Bratislava with guided sightseeing and time to browse the beautiful Christmas markets; you will also take a guided tour of its cobblestone streets and gothic cathedral. Next, cruise to marvellous Melk for guided sightseeing in Austria’s Wachau Valley, including the magnificent Benedictine Abbey perched above the Danube. Your Festive Season cruise on the Danube concludes in Vienna.
Welcome to Hungary. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Budapest must arrive by 2 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Spend the day on your own to browse the exquisite Christmas Markets of Budapest. Stroll through the brightly colored wooden stalls for ornaments and handmade toys and handicrafts. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA (D)
Castles, Vineyards, and Cosmopolitan Culture Visit the Adventure centre for today's activities with your Adventure Host. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Old Town's cobblestone streets to Town Hall. Visit the gothic halls of St. Martin's Cathedral-Hungary's centuries-old coronation church. Spend free time browsing the spruce stalls of the Christmas Markets of Bratislava. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment by local musicians. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK (B,L,D)
Ornate Architecture and Scenic Splendors Awaken the Imagination and the Senses CLASSIC - Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Melk's 11th-century Benedictine Abbey. Explore its frescoes, statues, library, and spectacular pipe organ in the monastery's lofty perch above the Danube. Enjoy a brief sailing to Durnstein through the stunning landscapes of the Wachau Valley. Spend some free time in Durnstein before sailing to Krems. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA (B,L,D)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Vienna airport before 8 am. (B)