Christmas time on the Danube

5 Days
Budapest to Vienna
From (AUD)
$ 3,095
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2024 Budapest > Vienna

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A classic journey on the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers promises spectacular landscapes, rich culture, and fascinating history, where world-class cities are complemented by romantic towns.
Enjoy the splendour of the Danube at Christmas time with this mini itinerary. Experience the majesty of Budapest, uncover the eastern charm of Bratislava and wander the twinkling festive markets of Vienna.
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5 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Budapest

    Welcome to Budapest! You’ll be met by a friendly member of our welcoming team at the airport and transferred to your Emerald Cruises contemporary Star-Ship. After boarding and settling in, you’ll enjoy some leisurely time to explore Budapest.

    In the evening, we invite you to join us and your fellow guests for a special dinner and a traditional folklore show in town; a truly immersive local experience and the perfect way to begin your Christmas adventure on the Danube.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Budapest

    Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. Enjoy a guided tour of the city sightscovering some of the highlights of Budapest and learn more about its stunning landscape and architecture. The history of the Hungarian capital shows a unique blend of cultures, cuisine and vibrant lifestyle. There is so much to take in while you pass through the bustling city, which is an attractive destination for visitors from all over the world. During your free time, stroll the Christmas market on Budapest’s main square near Váci Utca Street, which showcases Hungarian craft products such as glass blowing, knitting, wood carving, candle making, pottery, leather trade, traditional Hungarian embroidery and lace work among others. This afternoon you will depart for your next capital on the Danube, Bratislava.


    Dinner & folklore show in Budapest

    Included Excursion

    Guided coach tour of Budapest


    Excursion to Szentendre (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Bratislava

    Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is situated in a wonderful location between the Carpathians and the Alps, just a few kilometres from Vienna. Pre-Christmas time in Bratislava is intrinsically connected with glowing streets, warm holiday spirit, traditional dishes, and yuletide drinks. Enjoy a sightseeing tour including the enchanting Old City with its Town Hall, Mirbach Palace, and the Gothic Cathedral of St Martin. Alternatively, join an active guided hike to Bratislava Castle. Bratislava also has many charming Christmas markets throughout the city for you to enjoy. The main Christmas Market is located at the Main Square and Hviezdoslav Square, but there are plenty of smaller ones in the city centre as well, such as the square in front of the Eurovea shopping centre. Whichever market you venture into, the irresistible scents and unique festive atmosphere will capture your attention for sure!


    Local Slovakian Entertainment on board


    Christmas traditions in Europe (on board presentation)

    Included Excursion

    Walking tour of Bratislava

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Vienna

    During the holiday season, Vienna's most charming squares transform into magical Christmas markets. The delightful aroma of Christmas cookies baking, hot punch, and roasted chestnuts allure many visitors this time of the year. The Old City and shopping streets are decorated with festive lights that create a whimsical atmosphere in Vienna.

    Today, explore Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the Ringstrasse, where you’ll see some of Vienna’s world-famous sights such as the Opera House, Burgtheater, Town Hall, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Then, you’ll have ample free time to sample the wonderful tastes of Vienna’s Christmas markets, such sumptious Käsekrainer sausage, sweet donuts, salty pretzels, and Kartoffelpuffer - a savoury potato pancake.

    As we stay overnight in Vienna, you’ll have plenty of time to discover the Viennese markets during the late afternoon hours while the magical Christmas atmosphere s settles in. In the evening, you’re invited to join us for an awe-inspiring optional visit to enjoy the delights of a Viennese concert.

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Vienna


    Visit to Schönbrunn Palace (extra expense)


    Viennese evening concert (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Vienna

    After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark your Star-Ship for your transfer to the airport and your onward or homebound flight, taking memories of the delightful Danube with you.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

  • 4 nights on board an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from your Star-Ship
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises cruise director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

  • Guided coach tour of Budapest
  • Walking tour of Bratislava
  • Guided tour of Vienna

  • Dinner & folklore show in Budapest
  • Local Slovakian entertainment on board
  • Christmas traditions in Europe (on board presentatio

  • 11 delectable meals including 4 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 4 dinners (D)
  • Including a Highlight Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

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