Christmas Markets Danube Cruise (Vienna - Budapest - Vienna)


One of Europe’s great rivers, the Blue Danube comes from Germany to the Black Sea, coursing along three capital cities: Budapest in Hungary, Bratislava in Slovakia, and Vienna in Austria. This is the main sence of our Danube cruise.

Beautiful passing scenery catches you from the first sight with its picturesque small towns and villages on the banks. Fairy-tale-esque castles, medieval fortresses are all along the journey. And of course, elegant and graceful cities and towns such as Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava need your attention!

Imagine how magic are all these cities along the Danube during Christmas and New Year season: builings and trees are in lights, the smell of the mulled wine and cinnamon is everywhere!

languages on board
Deutsch, English, Espagnol, Français, Italiano
Program8 days 7 nights

Day 1

/ December 20

Arrival day, check-in at 16.00

Meals: welcome soup in the lounge, dinner.

*transfer Vienna airport - port can be added for extra cost

Day 2

/ December 21

Staying all the day in Vienna (till 11PM) and not far from the city-center (about 30 min on tram) you get a great chance to visit the sophisticated Austrian capital city and feel its entire beauty and energy.

Vienna is famous for its elegant architecture, imperial past, opera and classical music and the annual Carnival with its opulent balls.

In the morning we offer bus and walking city-tour with an English-speaking expert guide or you can always enjoy the city on your own. In evening you can plunge into opera world and visit Kursalon before leaving for new cities!

Don't forget a map at the reception, we always them on the desk and mention the best places to visit in every city during the cruise!

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner onboard.

Coffee-station with small cookies and snacks is available during the day.

*Bus and walking tour of Vienna can be booked for extra charge (incl. in excursion package)

Day 3

/ December 22
Durnstein and Melk

This peaceful day is divided into 2 parts, early in the morning the ship docks in Durnstein where all the passangers have free time.

NB: Do not forget to climb on the ruined Durnstein Castle!

After lunch the ships arrives in Melk. Stift Melk, or Melk Abbey in English is one of the pearls of Austria just waiting to be discovered. The abbey was established in 1089 and houses remains of Austria’s first ruling dynasty, the House of Babenburg. It was also the site of the production of many religious manuscripts. The current facade of the building was constructed in the 1700s in a baroque style.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner onboard.

Coffee-station with small cookies and snacks is available during the day



Day 4-6

/ December 23–24

Taking this cruise you are surely looking for Budapest, capital of Hungary. The ship arrives early in the morning and docks in the very heart of the city till next morning.

So, take your camera, put on comfortable boots and do not forget a map to visit all the main places of that fantastic cities!

Places to visit: Buda Castle, Parliament House, Great Synagogue, St Stephen’s Basilica, Great Market Hall, etc.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner onboard

Coffee-station with small cookies and snacks is available during the day.

*Bus and walking tour of Budapest can be booked for extra charge (incl. in excursion package)

Day 6

/ December 25

Esztergom, the seat of the Hungarian Catholic Church, is one of the oldest towns in Hungary. The Basilica of Esztergom, a masterpiece of Classicism, is the third largest church in Europe.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner onboard.

Coffee-station with small cookies and snacks is available during the day.



Day 7

/ December 26

Capital of Slovakia, Bratislava is an attractive and very cozy city with a rich history, a fantastic range of cultural attractions.

Arriving early in the morning and having the whole day in this city, you have so many possibility, we just give you an idea!

Wake up in the morning before breakfast, make some yoga or exercices on the Sun deck catchung the first sun rays, usually the Danube is so much sunny and warm.

After having brekfast prepare yourself for a city-tour, donot forget to visit Old Town Hall (with Museum of City History inside), the Old Building of the Slovak National Theatre which dates back to 1886. Another must-see is the Blue Church, one of the most unique churches in Central Europe, this Art Nouveau masterpiece is painted blue with white accents and darker blue roof tiles. And also climb UFO Tower to enjoy the city view 95-meter height!

All narrow street are full of small cafés with the unique atmosphere!

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner onboard.

Coffee-station with small cookies and snacks is available during the day.

*Walking tour of Bratislava can be booked for extra charge (incl. in excursion package)



Day 8

/ December 27

Check-out at 09.00

If you have late flight, you can leave the luggage on board while wating for it in the city center.

Meals: brekafast, coffee-station is available all the day

*transfer Vienna port - airport is available for extra charge

Kindly note that this is a preliminary program
The list and sequence of the proposed activities may slightly differ from one cruise to another.
Choose cabin

Your ship isMS Crucestar 4*

standard - main deck

▪︎ twin beds

Comfortable 11 sq. m cabin with a clever layout. One bed transforms into sofa during the day, another one is folding. Features a fixed river-view window that does not open.

Equipment: private facilities, satellite TV, hairdryer, safe, internal phone

Outlet: 2 regular outlets, 1 at 115V (American)

€ 1210 per person
single occupation: +50%

Our price includes:

  • accommodation the chosen cabin

  • live music at the bar every night

  • full board, three meals per day (from the dinner on the arrival day to the breakfast on the departure day)

    *breakfast is a buffet-style with hot and cold dishes, healthy corner with natural milk, different types of cereals and grains is available

    *lunch and dinner is set-menu with a choice of the main course (fish, meat or vegetarian)

  • early-riser breakfast every morning

  • afternoon high-tea: tea, coffee and cake or late night snack

  • welcome buffet

  • table tap water during meal services

  • tea/coffee for all meals

  • coffee-station available from 06:00 till 22:00

  • welcome and farewell captain’s cocktails (including 1 drink per person)

  • welcome and farewell captain’s dinner with special menu

  • luggage service pier – ship – pier

  • refreshments and hand towels after excursions

  • info-channel

Our price does not include:

  • transfers (on request and for extra payment) to and from the port of embarkation / disembarkation

  • medical insurances

  • port tax (35 eur per person per cruise)

  • excursions (available on presale only)

  • any bottled water

  • soft and alcoholic drinks during lunch and dinner

  • wi-fi

  • gratuities (recommended 7eur per person per day)

  • personal spendings

  • minibar

  • cabin numbers are provided 7 days before the cruise or at 50 eur supplement per cabin when booking

Optional services:

Excursion package with an English-speaking expert guide:

1) Vienna bus and walking city-tour, about 3h

2) Bratislava walking tour, about 2h

3) Budapest bus and walking tour, about 3h

130 eur per person

Drink packages:

  • 1) MEALS - 67 eur per person

    1 bottle of water 0.5 l + 1 drink at choice: house wine 20 cl (red or white) or draft beed 30 cl for lunch and dinner service

  • 2) EXTENDED - 87 eur per person

  • 1 bottle of water 0,5l + 2 glasses 0,2l of house wine (red or white) OR 2 glasses 0,3l of draft beer during lunch and dinner


1) Vienna airport - port - 60 eur per 1 way

2) Vienna port - airport - 60 eur per 1 way