Cruise the Danube River during Christmas, one of the most festive seasons of all. Enjoy special concerts and dinners aboard your riverboat as you travel to Munich, Vienna, Bratislava, Passau, and more. Join optional tours and visit museums, cathedrals, and old towns. Plus, best of all stroll down festively lit streets and check out the bustling Christmas Markets.
This 9-day/8-night package includes a 6-night Danube River cruise aboard the Amadeus Silver with all meals on board, 2 nights accommodation with breakfast in Munich, and roundtrip 1st class train tickets between Munich and Passau.
Among the sights you’ll see…
You’ll have plenty of time to explore Germany’s most enchanting city, including a visit to one of Europe’s biggest Christmas markets. Then you’ll take a train to Passau to board the cruise, where you’ll enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner.
Explore Passau and its old quarter, then it’s back to the Danube and on down the river. You can take a special shore excursion (optional) to Salzburg, the city made famous by Mozart. The old quarter of Salzburg with its world famous Baroque architecture is one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps and was adopted by UNESCO in 1997 as a World Cultural Heritage Site. There will also be some time to visit Salzburg’s Christmas Market (optional). The ship will meanwhile have continued downstream to Linz, where those on the excursion rejoin it later in the day. The cruise director will also organize a visit to the Christmas Market of Linz (included) before dinner. The vessel will leave Linz later in the evening.
Early in the morning, the ship docks in the wine-growing town of Melk-Emmersdorf, from which there will be an optional coach excursion through the beautiful Wachau District. The highlights of the trip are a guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey at Melk and a Gluehwein (mulled wine) Party. The ship will depart from Melk-Emmersdorf during lunch and arrives in Duernstein in the afternoon. Enjoy a wonderful Christmas Eve Celebration on board the ship, with an opportunity to attend Christmas mass in Duernstein.
Spend Christmas Day in Vienna, home of the Hofburg, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Vienna Opera House. Explore on your own or take one of several optional guided sightseeing tours. Among the possibilities: A coach tour along the Ringstrasse, into the Schwarzenbergplatz, passing by the Karlskirche, and Vienna’s stunning opera house; or an excursion to Schoenbrunn Castle.
Early in the morning, the ship leaves Vienna and arrives in Bratislava during breakfast. A sightseeing tour (optional) will cover the city’s major sights, including breathtaking views from Bratislava’s 13th-century castle. The vessel will leave Bratislava during lunch, which is followed by a relaxing afternoon cruising upstream again through Austria. This evening there will be a special Captain’s Gala Dinner, during which the ship’s orchestra will be providing entertainment.
Linz – Passau – Munich
On the return trip during Day 8 you’ll have time to spend in Linz and Passau and the following day, both the afternoon and evening in Munich are free to explore as you please. Have dinner at an exciting restaurant or sample Munich’s nightlife. It’s up to you!
This Cruise/Excursion Package includes:
- Two Nights accommodations at the Holiday Inn Munich City Centre
- Gourmet meals onboard the Amadeus Silver, including buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack
- Complimentary quality European red and white wines with every dinner
- Special onboard entertainment including lectures, cooking demonstrations and music performances
- Welcome dinner
- Captain’s Gala Dinner
- Services of an experienced cruise director throughout the cruise
- All port taxes
Book by November 30 for holiday season specials. Prices start from $1,987 per person in an outside superior cabin, available on December 21, 2017. This land-only package is priced per person based on double accommodations. Single supplement and airfare rates available upon request, just inquire. To make the holidays a special memory call Susan Rogers in our Vacation Department at (678) 420-2510 | or Toll-Free at: (800) 950-2950 or email her at email@example.com