Explore the vibrant streets of Budapest and elegant avenues of Vienna, the birthplace of the waltz. Cruise the scenic Wachau Valley, home to picturesque vineyards, charming hamlets and the spectacular 900-year-old Baroque-style abbey at Melk. Conclude your festive adventure in Bohemian Prague, the "city of a hundred spires".
This Christmas offer is almost too good to be true. A fabulous package, on a top class Danube river cruise, topped off with a 3 night stay at the Hilton Hotel, in the heat of Prague's Old Town.
Beautiful Accommodation - Fabulous Service
From the elegance of your exclusive, hand built river ship to the fantastic location of your Prague hotel, you can rest assured that every detail has been taken care of with a 5 star service throughout.
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Day 1: Arrive in Budapest, Embark Cruise
Arrive in Budapest and board your luxurious river cruise ship. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner. Later take a front row seat as we cruise through Budapest to enjoy the illuminated city in all its glory.
Day 2: Budapest
Your morning excursion includes sightseeing in the cities of Buda and Pest spread over both banks of the river. You will see famed Heroes’ Square and Castle Hill, home to Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church and spectacular views of the Danube. You’ll also visit the capital’s famed Christmas Markets.
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Day 3: Vienna
This afternoon, your ship arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world. Upon arrival, you may either explore on your own or join a guided bike tour to Klosterneuburg Monastery. After dinner, experience a traditional Viennese Wine and Music evening in a rustic wine tavern outside the city, where you can enjoy a glass of newly pressed, locally grown wine and Austrian music and hospitality.
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Day 4: Vienna
You will have a chance to savor the imperial elegance of romantic Vienna on a panoramic tour of Vienna that guides you past the majestic Opera House, the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburg Emperors, Parliament, Town Hall and Vienna University. Afterwards, you will visit Vienna’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Graben and the world famous Spanish Riding School. You will also have time to visit the city’s wonderful Christmas Markets. For a more active outing, join a guided bike tour along the Danube and through the Donaupark.
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Day 5: Weissenkirchen, Ybbs & Grein
After reaching Weissenkirchen in the heart of the Wachau Valley, you’ll be treated to several choices of excursions. Discover the best of both Dürnstein and Melk with a walking tour in Dürnstein before visiting the UNESCO-designated Melk Abbey. You can also opt for a walking tour of Weissenkirchen followed by a visit to the abbey. For those who would like a more culinary-focused experience, join a walking tour in Dürnstein and then be treated to a wine tasting hosted by a local vintner as well as a visit to a local boutique where you'll enjoy a tasting of special apricot treats. Prefer more active adventures? Join a guided bike tour to Melk. Later in the day, set sail through the scenic Strudengau Valley to the medieval riverside town of Grein. Be treated to an exclusive visit to the more than 500-year- old Greinburg Castle, looming regally above the village. While here, enjoy a folklore show along with a sparkling wine reception.
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Day 6: Linz
The ship arrives this morning in Linz. Enjoy a walking tour of the second largest city in Austria or choose a guided bike tour that will show you around the Old City Center, along the Danube River, and past the ultra-modern Ars Electronica Center. Later, you will have a choice of three different excursions. The first option is an excursion to Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace, where you will take a walking tour of the historic center made famous by the “Sound of Music.” The second option is an excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a wonderfully preserved medieval town nestled in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border. The third option is a visit to the Austrian Lake District, the scenic Salzkammergut region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Day 7: Passau & Vilshofen
Early this morning, cruise through Upper Austria to Passau in Germany, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. Enjoy a walking tour of this 2,000-year- old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, cobblestone streets, Rathaus, Domplatz and Residenzplatz town squares, as well as St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Along the way you’ll also have the chance to visit magical Christmas Markets. Guests looking for a more active morning can join a guided bike tour along the Danube from Passau to Erlau. This afternoon, the ship cruises to the medieval town of Vilshofen, where you will enjoy a festive Oktoberfest celebration with local beer and Bavarian folk music and dancing.
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Day 8: Disembark Vilshofen, Regensburg & Prague
This morning, disembark your ship in Vilshofen and depart for Prague. Stop in Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities, where you will have a walking tour and free time to explore the city’s historic district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue on to Prague, taking in the scenic beauty of the countryside before arriving at your hotel in the late afternoon.
Day 9: Prague
Your morning’s sightseeing tour reveals why Prague is considered one of Europe’s most attractive cities, with a historic city center that’s recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will see Rudolfinum, the National Museum, Wenceslas Square and the Hundertwasser Dancing House. Next, visit the 1,000 year-old Prague Castle and St. Vitus before walking over the romantic Charles Bridge to the Old Market Square, where you will find the capital’s famous Astronomical Clock, Tyn Church and the statue of Jan Husek. The rest of the day is at your leisure, perhaps enjoy yourself in one of the city’s many charming cafes.
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Included Meals - B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner.
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