The Danube’s Imperial Cities and Yuletide Markets River Cruise
Embark on a magical Danube River cruise, experiencing the charm of Imperial Cities and the festive atmosphere of Yuletide Markets. Discover the Hungarian capital, Budapest, with a guided tour, exploring its imperial splendor along the Danube Bend. Delight in the fast-emerging capital of Slovakia, Bratislava, on a guided tour, and meander through its beautifully restored baroque old town.
In the grand imperial city of Vienna, a guided tour showcases its main sights during this spectacular time of the year. Dive into the capital’s traditional markets, offering a vast array of inspirational gifts and tempting Christmas delights. As you relax on board, enjoy the stunning winter views along the Danube River, returning to Budapest to explore further and immerse yourself in the festive ambience of its seasonal markets.
At a glance:
Day 1 – Arrival in Budapest:
Upon arrival, a coach will transfer you to your five-star cruise ship moored in Budapest. The professional, five-star crew will greet you, assisting you in settling in and familiarizing yourself with the ship’s layout. With an overnight mooring, you have the option to explore Budapest’s charismatic city and enjoy an excellent dinner on board.
Day 2 – Budapest:
Budapest, with its captivating wintry skyline, offers a guided tour highlighting iconic landmarks like the Parliament Building. Free time allows exploration of Christmas markets, filled with the fragrance of gingerbread and mulled wine. The afternoon features a cruise through the Danube Bend, showcasing a fairytale landscape. Deck views and the ship’s inviting lounge provide a cozy setting to enjoy the scenery, followed by dinner.
Day 3 – Bratislava:
Arriving in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, a morning tour explores its baroque old town and churches with traditional Christmas cribs. Free time allows wandering through the city’s decorated streets and the main square’s Christmas market. After lunch on board, optional excursions or shore exploration are available. The day concludes with another excellent dinner on the ship.
Day 4 – Vienna:
Waking up in Vienna, the city’s imperial facades shimmer with Christmas lights. A guided tour covers St. Stephens Cathedral and the Hofburg complex, followed by free time at the Christmas markets. After lunch, explore more markets, accompanied by a brass band’s Christmas repertoire. The day ends with the Captains Dinner and a final evening in the ships convivial bar.
Day 5 – Budapest:
Sailing overnight, wake up to a winter wonderland scenery. Enjoy the slideshow of frost-covered landscapes from the ships lounge. The day offers leisure time to explore Budapests Christmas markets and enjoy the festive ambience. The evening marks the last dinner on board, surrounded by Budapest’s majestic skyline.
Day 6 – Return home:
Bid farewell to the crew as you start your journey home, carrying memories of a magical Christmas cruise.