Danube River Budapest Hungarian Parliament

Day 1 – Budapest (embark)

Arrive at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.

Day 2 – Budapest

FEATURED EXCURSION: Budapest city tour with Christmas Market
Explore Budapest, an enchanting city made up of two parts—Buda and Pest, divided by the Danube River. See all the top sights on your city tour before exploring the Christmas Market on Vörösmarty Square. Only the finest Hungarian craftsmen are invited to display their wares here, so you’re sure to find many well-made, one-of-a-kind gifts. Another extra special feature of the market is a hand-carved manger with a Nativity scene that includes live animals. Savor mulled wine, cinnamon-spiced gingerbread and traditional honey cakes as you stroll and shop. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 3 – Cruising the Danube River, Bratislava

FEATURED EXCURSION: Bratislava walking discovery tour with Christmas Market
Slovakia’s capital city is full of surprises, as you’ll discover on your walking discovery tour of the historic downtown area. The tour concludes at Bratislava’s Christmas Market, a relatively new tradition here—the city’s first Christmas Market was held in 1993. The local residents have fully embraced this delightful wintertime event, and today you’ll find a generous array of stalls brimming with unique handicrafts, folk art and decadent holiday treats.

Day 4 – Vienna

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with Winter Palace of Prince Eugene visit and Christmas markets OR exclusive “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour, and exclusive Mozart and Strauss concert at a Viennese palace

Vienna is at its most dazzling during the holiday season, and you’ll see many of its architectural treasures on a panoramic city tour. Venture inside Prince Eugene’s magnificent Winter Palace, then explore the Christmas Market in front of City Hall—Austria’s largest and most famous Christmas market—and the small but charming market at Freyung Square. Or, stroll through Old Town Vienna on a “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour. This evening, enjoy a Mozart and Strauss concert in a classic Viennese palace.

Day 5 – Krems, cruising the Wachau Valley

FEATURED EXCURSION: Göttweig Abbey with private organ recital
Explore the baroque-style Benedictine Göttweig Abbey today and attend a private organ concert inside the abbey’s beautiful church. After lunch, enjoy a scenic cruise through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley, a 19-mile stretch of the Danube with spectacular landscapes and quaint towns and wine villages clustered along the river. 


Note: The organ concert may take place in a different location if the Göttweig Abbey visit falls on a Catholic holiday.

Day 6 – Linz (Salzburg or Linz and Steyr)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of full day Salzburg with walking discovery tour and Christmas Market OR Linz and Steyr with Christmas markets

Spend the day in beautiful Salzburg—decked out in dazzling holiday splendor—where you’ll enjoy a walking discovery tour of Old Town before delving into the city’s marvelous Christmas Market. Alternatively, visit the lovely Austrian towns of Steyr and Linz, each with their own Christmas markets, holiday traditions and unique character and charm.

Day 7 – Passau

FEATURED EXCURSION: Passau walking discovery tour with Christmas Market and gingerbread-making and floral-decorating demonstrations
Situated at the convergence of three rivers, the medieval town of Passau is a delightful place to explore on foot, especially during the holidays. Your walking discovery tour takes you past all the top sights—including St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to Europe’s largest pipe organ—and visits the city’s festive Christmas Market. You’ll also have a wonderful opportunity to learn how to make gingerbread as well as a beautiful floral centerpiece for the holidays. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 8 – Passau (disembark), transfer to Munich Airport

Disembark the ship in Passau and transfer to Munich Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Prague.

Day 1 – Munich Airport, transfer to Passau (embark)

Arrive at Munich Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship docked in Passau.

Day 2 – Passau

FEATURED EXCURSION: Passau walking discovery tour with Christmas Market and gingerbread-making and floral-decorating demonstrations

Situated at the convergence of three rivers, the medieval town of Passau is a delightful place to explore on foot, especially during the holidays. Your walking discovery tour takes you past all the top sights—including St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to Europe’s largest pipe organ—and visits the city’s festive Christmas Market. You’ll also have a wonderful opportunity to learn how to make gingerbread as well as a beautiful floral centerpiece for the holidays. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 3 – Linz (Salzburg or Linz/Steyr)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of full-day Salzburg with walking discovery tour and Christmas Market OR Linz and Steyr with Christmas markets
Spend the day in beautiful Salzburg—decked out in dazzling holiday splendor—where you’ll enjoy a walking discovery tour of Old Town before delving into the city’s marvelous Christmas Market. Alternatively, visit the lovely Austrian towns of Steyr and Linz, each with their own Christmas markets, holiday traditions and unique character and charm.

Day 4 – Cruising the Wachau Valley, Krems

FEATURED EXCURSION: Göttweig Abbey with private organ recital

Enjoy a scenic cruise through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley, a 19-mile stretch of the Danube with spectacular landscapes and quaint towns and wine villages clustered along the river. Later, explore the baroque-style Benedictine Göttweig Abbey today and attend a private organ concert inside the abbey’s beautiful church.  

Note: The organ concert may take place in a different location if the Göttweig Abbey visit falls on a Catholic holiday.


Day 5 – Vienna

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with Winter Palace of Prince Eugene visit and Christmas markets OR exclusive “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour, and exclusive Mozart and Strauss concert at a Viennese palace
Vienna is at its most dazzling during the holiday season, and you’ll see many of its architectural treasures on a panoramic city tour. Venture inside Prince Eugene’s magnificent Winter Palace, then explore the Christmas Market in front of City Hall—Austria’s largest and most famous Christmas market—and the small but charming market at Freyung Square. Or, stroll through Old Town Vienna on a “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour. This evening, enjoy a Mozart and Strauss concert in a classic Viennese palace.

Day 6 – Bratislava

FEATURED EXCURSION: Bratislava walking discovery tour with Christmas Market
Slovakia’s capital city is full of surprises, as you’ll discover on your walking discovery tour of the historic downtown area. The tour concludes at Bratislava’s Christmas Market, a relatively new tradition here—the city’s first Christmas Market was held in 1993. The local residents have fully embraced this delightful wintertime event, and today you’ll find a generous array of stalls brimming with unique handicrafts, folk art and decadent holiday treats.

Day 7 – Budapest

FEATURED EXCURSION: Budapest city tour with Christmas Market
Explore Budapest, an enchanting city made up of two parts—Buda and Pest, divided by the Danube River. See all the top sights on your city tour before exploring the Christmas Market on Vörösmarty Square. Only the finest Hungarian craftsmen are invited to display their wares here, so you’re sure to find many well-made, one-of-a-kind gifts. Another extra special feature of the market is a hand-carved manger with a Nativity scene that includes live animals. Savor mulled wine, cinnamon-spiced gingerbread and traditional honey cakes as you stroll and shop. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 8 – Budapest (disembark)

Disembark the ship in Budapest and transfer to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in the golden city of Prague.