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Danube Christmas Markets: Vienna Roundtrip

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Bring along your festive spirit on this 11-day cruise aboard the luxurious Crystal Ravel. Explore romantic Vienna, historic Melk, and creative Linz. Cruise the scenic Wachau Valley and explore the confluence of three rivers at Vilshofen an der Donau. View the oldest parish churches in lower Austria in Krems, and visit the buzzing capital city of Bratislava, the heartbeat of Slovakia. Begin and end your journey with overnights in Vienna, the very center of European culture.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Vienna | Embark
Day 2 : Vienna, Austria
Day 3 : Cruising the Wachau Valley | Melk, Austria
Days 4-5 : Linz, Austria
Day 6 : Passau, Germany
Day 7 : Passau | Vilshofen an der Donau, Germany
Day 8 : Krems, Austria
Day 9 : Danube River Cruising | Bratislava, Slovakia
Day 10 : Vienna, Austria
Day 11 : Vienna | Disembark

Highlights

  • See the manicured gardens and ornate architecture of Vienna
  • Visit the baroque Benedictine monastery of Melk Abbey in Austria
  • Wander the cobbled streets of Old Town, Passau, Germany
  • Discover the lure of the Bavarian forest in Vilshofen an der Donau

Ship

Crystal Ravel

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Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Evening in Vienna, Austria Melk Abbey, Lower Austria Misty morning skyline of Linz, Austria Passau at sunset, Germany Discover the art and culture of Vienna

Day 1 Vienna | Embark

Embark on the Crystal Ravel at the 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 Cruising the Wachau Valley | Melk, Austria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, cruise the scenic Danube Wachau Valley.

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 4-5 Linz, Austria

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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 6 Passau, Germany

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  • 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 7 Passau | Vilshofen an der Donau, Germany

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail from Passau to Vilshofen an der Donau.

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 8 Krems, Austria

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Storybook-beautiful Krems marks the beginning of the Wachau Valley and showcases a true crisscross of old and new. Putting the old and new literally side by side is a preserved length of the old city walls, for instance, while designer shops housed in the regal 18th-century buildings of the Altstadt exist alongside modern department stores. The lower Old Town is an area for pedestrians and cafes, while one of the oldest parish churches in Lower Austria can be found in the upper Old Town.

Day 9 Danube River Cruising | Bratislava, Slovakia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Crusie the Danube River and reach Bratislava.

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 10 Vienna, Austria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Return to your embarkation point of Vienna for further exploration of this romantic and historic city.

Day 11 Vienna | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast aboard the Crystal Ravel, disembark at the port of Vienna.

Crystal Ravel

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$8,375
Petite Suite
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Petite Suite Seahorse Deck (S5)
188 sqft. King-size bed or two twin beds, adjustable dining table, writing desk, vanity, and 40” flat-screen HD TV. Butler service is provided.
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Petite Suite Crystal Deck (S4)
188 sqft. King-size bed or two twin beds, adjustable dining table, writing desk, vanity, and 40” flat-screen HD TV. Butler service is provided.
Deluxe Suite
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Deluxe Suite (S3)
237 sqft. King-size bed or two twin beds, full-length mirror, writing desk, vanity, and flat-screen HD TV. Butler service is provided.
Deluxe Suite
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Deluxe Suite (S2)
253 sqft. Supreme comfort king-size bed with fine Egyptian cotton linens. Butler service is provided.
Deluxe Suite
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Deluxe Suite (S1)
253 sqft. Supreme comfort king-size bed with fine Egyptian cotton linens. Butler service is provided.
Crystal Penthouse
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Crystal Penthouse (CP)
506 sqft. The master bedroom features a large king-size bed facing the panoramic balcony-window, walk-in closet, flat-screen HD TV, fine Egyptian linens. Butler service is provided.
Crystal Suite
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Crystal Suite (CS)
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 at least two complimentary adventures to choose from, and 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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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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