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Festive Danube: Vienna to Budapest

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Spend your Christmas and New Year onboard the luxurious Crystal Mahler for an 11-day festive Danube river cruise adventure from Vienna to Budapest. Celebrate your merry Christmas at the romantic Vienna known for its manicured gardens and ornate architecture. Cruise along the scenic Wachau Valley on your way to the city of Melk Visit Linz, the city that embraces altogether the past, present, and future. See Vilshofen where three rivers meet – the Vils, Wolfach, and Danube, and discover the flourishing city of Regensburg which is considered as one of the travelers' favorite destinations. Stop by Passau and at the buzzing city of Bratislava before heading to Budapest, Hungary’s capital, where you will spend your memorable New Year.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Vienna, Austria | Embark
Day 2 : Vienna, Austria
Day 3 : Vienna | Cruising Scenic Wachau Valley | Melk
Day 4 : Linz, Austria
Day 5 : Vilshofen An Der Donau, Germany
Day 6 : Regensburg, Germany
Day 7 : Passau, Germany
Day 8 : Bratislava, Slovakia
Days 9-10 : Budapest, Hungary
Day 11 : Budapest, Hungary | Disembark

Highlights

  • Walk on famed Ringstrasse in romantic Vienna
  • View lovely Linz, added to the roster of UNESCO Creative Cities
  • Discover magic Bavarian forest in Vilshofen
  • Visit flourishing city Regensburg with its quintessential clock tower

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Crystal Mahler

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Hungary's Parliament building in Budapest Night in Vienna. Mozart Statue in Vienna Melk Abbey, Lower Austria Column on Hauptplatz in Linz A quiet autumn morning in Bratislava
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Day 1 Vienna, Austria | Embark

Embark on the Crystal Mahler at the beautiful port of Vienna.

Day 2 Vienna, Austria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Once the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and forever known for its manicured gardens, ornate architecture - especially that of the famed Ringstrasse - and distinguished roster of composers who either were born or lived here, Vienna finds itself at the very center of European culture, even as it sits near the border of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary.

Day 3 Vienna | Cruising Scenic Wachau Valley | Melk

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy the views of Vienna and sail along the scenic Wachau Valley as your ship heads to Melk.

Best known for its fortified baroque Benedictine monastery, Melk Abbey, the town of Melk boasts an assortment of smaller gems. Among them, the city’s riverside location, serene and regal with a ribbon of wooded groves giving way to the lovely village. Cobbled lanes and a petite size make for a pleasant stroll with a chance to discover its 16th-century Town Hall, or Rathaus, in the center of town, and Haus am Stein or House at the Rock. Built-in the 15th century, the vine-covered abode is Melk’s oldest building.

Day 4 Linz, Austria

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Named the European Capital of Culture in 2009 and added to the roster of UNESCO Creative Cities as a City of Media Arts in 2014, Linz embraces the present and future, with reverence to its past. The city’s layout reflects its history, with an ancient medieval center encircled by neoclassical, neo-baroque and neo-Renaissance neighborhoods.

Day 5 Vilshofen An Der Donau, Germany

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A skyline graced by the spire of a historic church and the arch of a more modern bridge reveals the essence of Vilshofen’s appeal. Here where three rivers meet – the Vils, Wolfach, and Danube – you’ll enjoy cycling expeditions on pretty paths and hikes in the neighboring Bavarian forest.

Day 6 Regensburg, Germany

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Situated at the northernmost bend of the Danube and boasting a well-preserved medieval center, charming Regensburg finds itself not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but also a traveler’s favorite destination. With its 1,400 or so ancient buildings standing as a regal testament to days gone by, this riverside treasure, complete with the elaborate cathedral, quintessential clock tower, multi-arched bridge, and multi-faceted personality, is a flourishing city.

Day 7 Passau, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, Passau is also situated at a meeting of cultures. The town began as a Roman settlement, enjoying the rising tide of influence as the largest bishopric in the Holy Roman Empire and enduringly vibrant as a hub for various trade pursuits, including salt, swords, and ideas. Wander the cobbled streets of Old Town, gaze upon arched bridges and Italianate manses and visit magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral and New Bishop’s Residence.

Day 8 Bratislava, Slovakia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This buzzing capital city is the heartbeat of Slovakia; a historic gem that stirs the imagination. A maze of cobblestone streets winds around 18th-century buildings and a pulsating modern art scene. Explore the museums, cathedrals, and palaces, and relax at a shade-covered sidewalk café. Photography buffs will want to snap images of the medieval castle looming high above the city.

Day 9-10 Budapest, Hungary

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Commanding both sides of the Danube – with the Chain Bridge connecting hilly Buda with flat Pest – Hungary’s capital enchants with its magnificent architecture of domes and spires, 18th-century homes, bridges, and lampposts. The UNESCO-listed Castle Hill welcomes all to explore Buda Castle, Trinity Square, Matthias Church, and Fisherman's Bastion.

Day 11 Budapest, Hungary | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast aboard the Crystal Mahler, disembark at the port of Budapest.
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759 sqft. Two lavish bedrooms each feature king-size beds, fine Egyptian linens, large flat-screen HD TVs, spacious closets, and expansive panoramic balcony-windows. Nightstands include charging pads and USB outlets. Butler service is provided.

Notes

Solo Supplement: A select number of cabins are available for single use. The single supplement varies by cabin type, please contact us for details.
Child Discount: Children age 11 or under receive 50% off when sharing a cabin with two full paying guests. Children, regardless of age pay full rate in a double occupancy cabin.

A wide selection of specially curated and optional shore excursions are available on every itinerary.  In each port visited, there will be two complimentary adventures to choose from, other excursions will be available at an additional cost.  ​

Cruise Fares Include:
  • Beverages including fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and all non-alcoholic beverages such as bottled water, soft drinks, and specialty coffees
  • Gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff
  • 24-hour self-service coffee tea, soft drinks, wines
  • 24-hour room service
  • Personal Butler service
  • Daily yoga and fitness classes
  • Onboard entertainment and enrichment programs
  • Choice of complimentary shore excursion in each port
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi for the duration of your voyage. 
Cruise Fares Exclude:
  • Airfare
  • Cruise port, security, navigation, berthing, stevedoring, and baggage handling/storage charges 
  • Fuel surcharges, fees or charges imposed by governmental or quasi-governmental authorities, 
  • Optional shore excursions,
  • Sightseeing or meals ashore, taxes, gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Laundry or valet service or any item or service whatsoever of a personal nature, such as medical treatment, expenses incurred on board or ashore in connection with medical treatment, medical condition, or medical debark
  • Massage, s­­­­­pa services or hairstyling for which separate charges may be imposed. 
  • Transfers between the airport and ship on the day of embarkation and disembarkation
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