Enjoy a guided tour of the fascinating Hungarian capital, an imperial city of two halves straddling the mighty Danube, plus spectacular cruising along the famously dramatic Danube Bend in all its wintry splendor. Discover delightful Bratislava, Slovakia’s fast-emerging capital, on our guided tour then wander the atmospheric markets of its lovely baroque old town, beautifully restored to its former glory. Austria’s capital Vienna offers a blend of imperial traditions, music, and endearing charm. Vienna is a city that inspires the old and the new alike and always has a cozy place available in a coffee house or wine tavern.
After a guided tour of this grand imperial city, wander the main sights at this spectacular time of the year and explore some of the capital’s traditional markets that offer a huge range of gifts and tempting Christmas fayre. Relax on board and enjoy the stunning river views on our return to this alluring and historic city to explore further and soak up the lovely festive ambiance of its seasonal markets.
DAY 1: EMBARK IN BUDAPEST
We are moored overnight so you may fancy a wander ashore to start exploring this charismatic city, so full of atmosphere at this special time of year. It won’t be long before our first excellent dinner is served in the ship’s restaurant, over which you can get acquainted with some of your fellow travelers
DAY 2: BUDAPEST
This morning we enjoy a guided tour seeing the main sights such as the iconic Parliament Building and the ancient Castle District with its winding streets and panoramic views. This afternoon we witness a cruising highlight as we navigate the Danube Bend, where the river spectacularly winds its way through a narrow twisting valley, flanked by high mountains and snow-covered hillsides.
DAY 3: BRATISLAVA
During this morning’s breakfast, we will arrive in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. We will discover more about the city’s interesting history, see the main sights and visit some of the churches to view their traditional Christmas cribs before you enjoy some free time. Wander the maze of streets, admiring the Christmas decorations until you reach the main square and the market with its cozy atmosphere.
DAY 4: VIENNA
This day you will wake to find yourself in Vienna. There are few places that can evoke the spirit of Christmas more than here – the elegant imperial facades, the decorations glittering from thousands of Christmas lights, the sound of classical carols, and the irresistible smell of candyfloss and roasted chestnuts. After lunch on board, there’s plenty of time to explore some more of the markets, while the brass band plays its Christmas repertoire and the sweet aroma of nutmeg fills the air.
DAY 5: BUDAPEST
This afternoon you are at leisure so perhaps wander to the Vorosmarty Square in the very heart of Pest, where the rustic cottage-style wooden stalls groan under the importance of their treasure troves of unique Christmas gifts.
DAY 6: DISEMBARK IN BUDAPEST
1 PRE-NIGHT BUDAPEST:
Room price starting at €229:
$810 per person Round-Trip on Lufthansa Air
** This special negotiated group pricing will expire by August 30, 2023
** Limited Availability
Diamond Deck (Upper): $2,149 / person
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