Christmas on the Danube featuring a 6-night Danube River Cruise

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  • Collette, Inc.

On a boat cruise along the Danube, explore charming Christmas markets and see Europe dressed in its holiday best. Join a local expert and explore historic Vienna. Float through the Wachau Valley dotted with castles and hillside houses. Visit the 900-year-old Benedictine Melk Abbey, one of Europe’s largest Baroque monasteries. Enjoy a Gluhwein Party – a German holiday party with mulled wine. Explore Nuremburg, home to one of the oldest and largest Christmas markets in the world. Discover Wurzburg, an ancient Franconian wine town. Relax as you are transported to beloved riverside towns and delve into local holiday traditions.

Highlights
  • Experience the picturesque region of the Wachau Valley.
  • Explore Regensburg, home of the first stone bridge built over the Danube.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Passau, a 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city.
  • Enjoy unlimited wine with every dinner on board your cruise ship.
  • Attend the Captain's Gala Dinner, featuring delicious food and lively entertainment.
  • Browse the famous Christmas markets along the Danube.
  • Join a local expert as you discover Wurzburg, Nuremberg, Regensburg and Vienna.
  • Explore the 900-year-old Benedictine Melk Abbey.
Experiences
  • Browse the famous Christmas markets along the Danube.
  • Join a local expert as you discover Wurzburg, Nuremberg, Regensburg and Vienna.
  • Explore the 900-year-old Benedictine Melk Abbey.
Options
Vienna: Vienna by Night and featuring the Christmas Markets

Enjoy your evening in the Imperial city by experiencing the magic of Vienna by night. After dinner aboard the ship, start driving along the illuminated Ringstrasse for an opportunity to view the city’s buildings from a new perspective – beautifully lit for the night. Next, enjoy a delightful visit to the amazing Christmas market featuring locally made crafts, ornaments, gifts and traditional food and drinks. Duration approximately 3.5 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 20 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. The above option is only available until 15 days prior to departure. After this time, the option may be purchased once you are onboard the cruise ship directly from the cruise line. Due to the nature of this option once purchased it will be nonrefundable Please note that the price is subject to change at any time prior to purchase.

Price: £70


Vienna: The Schonbrunn Palace and the Christmas Markets

Travel from the port to one of Vienna's most beautiful buildings, the Schonbrunn Palace, which was modeled after the palace of Versailles, the residence of Louis XIV (Le Roi Soleil). Here you can view the state apartments of the Habsburgs' summer residence for many years. The Schonbrunn Palace is one of Austria's treasures and a sight to be seen! Later enjoy a delightful visit to the amazing Christmas market. Duration approximately 3 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 20 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. The above option is only available until 15 days prior to departure. After this time, the option may be purchased once you are onboard the cruise ship directly from the cruise line. Due to the nature of this option once purchased it will be nonrefundable. Please note that the price is subject to change at any time prior to purchase.

Price: £80


Destinations
  • Europe
  • Europe
  • Germany
  • Austria
Tour Types
  • River Cruise
  • Scenic
  • 50 plus
  • Couples
  • Seniors
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking
  • Cultural
  • History
  • Ruins-Archaeology

Location: Vienna

Welcome the winter season with a timeless trip down the Danube River. Board your cruise and relax as you are transported along beloved cities, where age-old culture is interwoven into seasonal specialties. Peruse handcrafted trinkets, traditional sweets, and infectious holiday cheer as you make your way though some of Europe’s most renowned Christmas markets. Your holiday tour begins with an overnight flight to Austria.

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Location: Vienna

Your tour opens in Vienna, Austria’s capital city. Board your ship and unpack once for a relaxing cruise along the Danube. Your home for the next 6 nights, this beautifully appointed vessel has all the modern amenities you could need, such as the newest technology, panoramic deck café, panorama salon and bar, exceptional service, and delicious cuisine and wine with every dinner. Celebrate with a welcome dinner on board, followed by a Christmas concert performed by the ship’s orchestra.

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Location: Vienna

Join a local expert and explore Vienna's architecture, including Hofburg Palace, the Vienna Opera House, the Ringstrasse, and the awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral. The afternoon is yours. Perhaps you’ll join an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace, the Habsburgs’ summer retreat, and visit Vienna’s most famous Christmas market.

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Location: Vienna, Emmersdorf an der Donau, Dürnstein, Wachau

Journey through the Wachau Valley, dotted with castles and hillside houses, as you cruise to the quaint town of Emmersdorf. Relax and take in the scenery before visiting Dürnstein and the 900-year-old Benedictine Melk Abbey. Take a sip of local traditions at a Glühwein Party before returning to the ship.

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Location: Passau

Amid the early morning light, cruise past scenic valleys and charming riverside towns to Passau, situated at the meeting point of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers. Enjoy a leisurely paced walking tour of this 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city and take in the ornate Baroque architecture, the cobblestone streets, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral, home to Europe’s largest church organ. Take advantage of free time to discover the town and Christmas market more on your own.

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Location: Regensburg

With an expert guide, discover Regensburg, one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities. See the first stone bridge built over the Danube and the Porta Praetoria – a Roman gate built in A.D. 179. Stroll through Old Town to Regensburg's charming Christmas market and marvel at the festive lights and decorations. Browse and shop at the brightly lit wooden huts holding seasonal ornaments, wooden toys, and local handicrafts. On board, attend the Captain’s Gala Dinner for an evening of food, music, and entertainment.

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Location: Nuremberg

Cruise across the continental divide to Roth and make your way to Nuremberg. Stroll through the historic city with an expert guide and see Old Town, the 900-year-old ramparts, and the Imperial Castle. Your city tour concludes at Nuremberg’s 17th-century Christmas market which is Germany’s oldest. Wander along the local goods and perhaps you’ll shop for handcrafted nutcrackers or treat your taste buds to Nuremburg’s famous Lebkuchen (gingerbread).

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Location: Nuremberg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Würzburg

Disembark your ship in Nuremberg and continue on to Rothenburg, a town of medieval walls, fairytale houses, and Christmas markets. Join a local guide in nearby Würzburg, an ancient wine town. Embark on a leisurely paced walking tour of the city and surrounding sights. This evening, join your fellow passengers for a farewell dinner and toast to the end of your journey along the Danube.

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Location: Würzburg

Say goodbye to Germany as your tour draws to a close.

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Included
  • Accommodation
  • Drinks with Meals
    -(non-alcoholic)
  • Train Tickets
    -(if train occurs once tour starts and before tour ends – i.e. not airport transfers)
  • Meals – Half Board
  • Fully Guided

Not Included
  • Airport Transfers at Destination
    -
  • Country Entry Visas
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  • Tipping and Gratuities
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No, unless you purchase and land and air package from Collette.
No, the fees associated with required Visa’s are an additional expense.
We can accommodate children as young as 5 years old, provided they are traveling / rooming with a parent or legal guardian.
Effective immediately and until further notice, all guests will be required to bring one of the following: proof of vaccination (official vaccination certificate in paper or electronic form), proof of recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test result (FDA Approved diagnostic) for a test performed 72-hours or less from the start date of the tour with you on tour to verify information you will be pro
Yes, our Customer Care center would be happy to help.
That will vary by country of residence and country destination.
Primarily, yes. All of the coaches used must meet rigourous safety and cleanliness standards.
Yes. Baggage is limited to 1 checked bag and 1 carry per person.
Absolutley. Out tours are crafted with that in mind – striking a balance between included experiences and time to explore on your own.
Varies by tour, but typically thjey are 4* / 4*+, and an occaissional 5*
Igratuities for included meals and accommodation housekeeping are included. It is customary to tip you Tour Manager and driver at the end of the tour.
Yes, you will receive full information within the weeks leading up to your departure.
Yes, most likely. Our tours draw travelers from the United States, Canada and Australia, predominatly.
Yes, an experienced Tour Manager, with the passion for travel, discovery and the destination - will guide you through your journey from start to finish,

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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Start:Austria
Finish:Germany
Group size:10 - 44
Suitable for: 5-99
Physical rating:Low, Activity Level 1
Diets:Vegetarians, Please contact Collette with any specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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