A Merry Little Christmas

A Merry Little Christmas Cruise
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Have yourself a merry little Christmas as you cruise down the Danube during this festive time of year and explore the best and brightest Christmas Markets in Europe. You'll be jollier than Ol' Saint Nick when you see all the light displays.

Embark at Budapest

  • ONBOARD: Welcome Party with Hungarian Street Food
  • Night out in Budapest with the famous ruin pubs and clubs

Bratislava to Vienna

  • Old Town Walk & Christmas Markets
  • ONBOARD: Chef's Cooking Class: Austrian Sweet Desserts
  • ONBOARD: Initiation to Viennese Coffee House & Culture


  • Vienna`s Taste of Christmas with X-mas delights tastings
  • ONBOARD: Spirit of Christmas
  • Mixology Class
  • Onboard: Waltz & DJ Party
  • Christmas Market
  • Bath
  • Europe
  • Austria
  • Hungary
  • Slovakia
  • Budapest
  • Bratislava
  • Vienna
Tour Types
  • Singles
  • River Cruise
  • Youth
  • Music
Day 1 Budapest
What's up, river cruising peeps? Let's do this! 5 days, 3 countries, the best and brightest Christmas markets, tons of like-minded travelers and jolly good times. We'll meet aboard The A to kick things off with a Welcome party complete with some delish Hungarian street food. Then, who's up for a night out on the town at Budapest's famous ruin pubs and bars?
Locations: Budapest

Day 2 Budapest to Bratislava
Majestic, bohemian, post-modern Budapest is waiting. Today, you'll visit a Christmas market in Vörosmarty Square (yummy tastings included) and then you have the afternoon to do your thing or let us show you around with one of our U Time optionals like, visiting a Jewish Synagogue, seeing some seriously gorgeous libraries or braving the aptly named House of Terror museum. Tonight, join us for an included castle Ice-skating session and then opt to top it all off with a winter time magic bath party at famous Lukacs Bath, complete with laser show, DJ, cocktails and beer.
Then, watch the lights of Budapest fade away as we party the night away with an onboard DJ appearance and make our way to Bratislava overnight.
Locations: Budapest, Bratislava

Day 3 Bratislava to Vienna
Slovakia's capital city doesn't disappoint - This small town is known for its charm, Czech beer, bohemian cuisine and art deco cafes. Start the day with a walking tour of old town where you'll explore the toys, decorations and delicacies of the Christmas Markets. Then, onboard our chef will teach us all a thing or two about making famous Austrian desserts (Topfenstrudel anyone?) as well as an initiation to the art of drinking Viennese coffee.
Docking early evening, we’ll get our first glimpses of spellbinding Vienna, getting excited for what tomorrow will bring.
Locations: Bratislava, Vienna

Day 4 Vienna
After a leisurely breakfast, get oriented with Austria's elegant and artistic capital city as you explore the Christmas Markets of Feyung , the illuminated neo-gothic City Hall, and the artisan markets and festivities of Karlsplatz (x-mas delights tasting included). Then, the choice is yours with a free afternoon in Vienna. You could explore the world-class museums, famous coffeehouses, pastry stores, ice rink at Konzert House, vintage shops or all of the above. Or, let us tempt you with an opera music/Viennese cooking class (at the same time, incredibly), a unique Neni cooking class and dining experience at Naschmarkt, and even an after-hours (read - no tourists) tour of the Schoenbrunn Palace, the former residence of the imperial family. And if all THAT wasn't enough, join us tonight for an included onboard late night Spirit of Christmas Mixology Class and a Waltz & DJ party.
Locations: Vienna

Day 5 Budapest
After one more blissful sleep, we're sad to say it's all over. River cruising, you're our new favourite way of travelling…
Locations: Budapest


  • You'll be sleeping exclusively aboard The A, part of the U by Uniworld river boat collection, decked out with all the home comforts you could dream of…and a few little extra flourishes just for fun…


  • Oh Good Lord are you in for a treat. 8 meals are included in this trip - breakfast and dinner every night, plus special inclusions and U Time optional experiences with an emphasis on delicious, regional eats.


  • Alongside your experienced crew, a dedicated U Host (the older sister to a Contiki Trip Manager) will look after you from start to finish, plus super knowledgeable Local Experts along the journey. For more info on what's included on your U by Uniworld trip, click here.

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

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Touring with Contiki

Started by one man with big dreams in 1962, Contiki now offers over 300 trips to 6 continents for 18 to 35 year olds, with the mantra #NOREGRETS. It’s their way of life; it’s about changing your perspective on the world, walking in other’s shoes, witnessing different cultures, religions, and ways of living; it’s about living in the moment, pushing past your comfort zone, challenging yourself to do the things you never thought possible.

Contiki believe that travel is so much more than just ticking boxes and saying you were there. It’s not about doing things for the sake of doing them, or seeing things just because you should. For them, travel is all about experience. It’s the number of sunsets you’ve watched with best friends, the number of ancient landmarks you’ve visited, the number of times you’ve defied your comfort zone and done the extraordinary. So that’s what their trips are all about – the #NOREGRETS experiences that will make you, the traveller, richer than your wildest dreams.

Their incredible experiences encompass all interests and cultures – bathing in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, seeing the pyramids of Giza, walking the Great Wall of China, roadtrip along Route 66, watch the sunrise over Uluru, party in Las Vegas, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, zipline through the Costa Rica rainforest, see the Mona Lisa, fly over the Grand Canyon or cuddle a Koala. The cost of your trip ensures Contiki take care of all your travel arrangements, accommodation, breakfasts and dinners, organised activities, plenty of free time and optional ‘me’ time activities to put your own unique stamp on your travel experience.

Contiki cater to all travellers, whether you want to cram in as many destinations as possible and experience everything or stick in one region for a while for an in depth exploration to really get under the skin of the country, they have the trip for you and many other options in between. Choose a purely water-based adventure with their Sailing, Cruise and Beach holidays, or snowy travels with the Winter holidays and even purely camping accommodation to make the most of your holiday budget but still see and experience all your destination has to offer.

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