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Lights brighten the evening at this bustling Christmas Market

Danube Holiday Markets

Budapest to Passau - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard River Princess
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Celebrate the season in the birthplace of many treasured holiday customs on this 8-day cruise through the Danube. Since the reign of St. Stephen, the king who created Hungary and supported the spread of Christianity, Budapest has celebrated Christmas every year for almost a millennium now. Traditional Slovak Christmas products like medovnky (spiced ginger biscuits) and polie (snowballs) can be found for sale in Bratislava, where a vibrant new art scene is reviving the tight city core (figurines made from corn husks). Visit Salzburg, Mozart's birthplace, which is perched on a ridge high in the Austrian Alps. The beautiful baroque buildings, entertaining performances, and breathtaking views make Christmas on the River Princess a sight to see.

Select departures run in reverse (Passau to Budapest)
Take a ride on the ferris wheel or take a stroll through the Christmas MarketPanoramic view of Budapest cityscapeBudapest Christmas MarketVisit the ornately decorated Melk AbbeyMorning view on Bratislava cityVienna Christmas MarketVienna Christmas MarketLights brighten the evening at this bustling Christmas Market
Highlights
  • Visit the Christmas Market on Vörösmarty Square
  • Experience a traditional Slovakian Christmas
  • Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Discover "Morning with the Masters" at the Vienna Art History Museum
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Budapest | Embark

Arrive at the Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport. Be greeted by a representative and transferred to the ship.

Day 2: Budapest

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located on opposite sides of the Danube, Buda and Pest each have their own distinctive character and allure. You’ll get a taste of this dynamic capital city with your choice of tours, and visit Budapest’s celebrated Christmas Market—one of the largest in Europe. Christmas has been celebrated in Budapest for a thousand years, since the time of St. Stephen, the king who founded the nation of Hungary and encouraged the spread of Christianity throughout his realm, but the city began as a Roman encampment almost a millennium before that. Over the centuries it was controlled by Germans, Austrians, Ottomans and Communists, all of whom have left traces.

Enjoy a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner prepared for you this evening.

Day 3: Danube River | Bratislava

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Once hidden from the world behind the “Iron Curtain,” Slovakia retains an air of mystery and intrigue, and its small capital city has an unexpectedly colorful history. You’ll learn more about Bratislava’s past from a local expert and also visit the local Christmas Market—a relatively new (and thoroughly delightful) tradition for Slovakians. How do you say “Merry Christmas” in Slovak? “Veselé Vianoce!” The heart and soul of Slovakia, Bratislava is full of surprises. The city straddles the mighty Danube and has played a leading role in the politics and culture of the region for many centuries. Unlike cities with venerable Christmas Markets, Bratislava just established its first holiday market in 1993. But the Slovakians have quickly embraced the seasonal traditions of their Austrian and Hungarian neighbors—and you’ll get to embrace them as well.

Day 4: Vienna

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Renowned for its art and architecture, its classical music, its decadent pastries and its lengthy list of famous former residents, the refined city of Vienna is a cultural treasure trove. Experience the city with your choice of tours, as well as something extra special—VIP access to an extraordinary collection of art.

Day 5: Krems | Melk

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
One of the most beautiful abbeys in Austria is still an active Benedictine monastery, but a monastery the likes of which you’ve never seen— Napoleon himself once laid his head here in the lavish imperial quarters. With its 14th-century stained glass windows, the abbey’s jewel box of a church is the perfect setting for a soul-stirring concert of organ music. Both the millennium-old town and the valley itself have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

You’ll want to find a comfortable seat in the lounge or on the Sun Deck today as your ship cruises through the Wachau Valley. Over the eons, the Danube cut a gorge through the foothills of the Bohemian Mountains, resulting in a 19-mile (30-kilometer) stretch of riverine scenery so beautiful; UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Landscape. Castle ruins dominate hilltops; baroque church towers appear on the riverbanks, marking historic villages and splendid abbeys; and vineyards and apricot orchards cling to the rocky slopes. Some of Austria’s finest white wines are produced from grapes grown on the dry-stone terraces above the river, where grapes were first planted 2,000 years ago.

Day 6: Linz (Salzburg)

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your ship docks at Linz, a modern yet historic city that extends across the shimmering waters of the Danube. From there, you’ll head to Mozart’s birthplace of Salzburg, which is nestled in a glorious alpine setting that sparkles like a winter wonderland this time of year. Fans of “The Sound of Music” may recognize locations from the Oscar-winning film in the city’s Old Town, the site of the grand cathedral and absolutely enchanting Christmas Market.

Day 7: Passau

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Passau is a crossroads in more ways than one—three rivers meet here and three nations nearly do, making for a fascinating cultural mosaic. Get to know the town with a guided stroll, then visit the local Christmas Market on the square in front of the cathedral. You’ll find a lot to enjoy here—from miniature houses and blown-glass ornaments to spun-sugar confections—in more than 70 stalls.

Enjoy special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner.

Day 8: Passau | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After disembarking the ship, be transferred to Munich Airport for your flight home.

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River Princess Classic Cabin
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Magnificent appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m) located on the Moselle Deck . Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, back-lit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes, and slippers.
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Sumptuous appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m) located on the Danube Deck and Main Deck. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, back-lit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes, and slippers.
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Luxuriant appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m) located on the Rhine Deck with a French balcony. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes, and slippers.
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Lavishly appointed riverview suite (214 sq ft - 20 sq m) located on the Rhine Deck with a French balcony. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Hermès bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes, and slippers. Additional special amenities and services.
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  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Bilingual English-speaking guide
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • All gratuities, shipboard and shoreside 
  • Bicycles & Hiking Sticks equipment if needed
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks, and mineral water
  • Guided “Do as the Locals Do” and “Let's Go” programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture
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  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Port Fees
  • Passport or Visa fees

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