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Danube Christmas Delights - Passau to Budapest - 2022

From Passau, Germany to Budapest, Hungary
Length: 8 Days - Departs: Wed, Nov 23, 2022
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Departure
Nov 23, 2022
Arrival
Nov 30, 2022

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  1. Day 1
    Passau
    Wed, Nov 23, 2022

    Embark your ship and settle into your stateroom. Founded by the Celts, Passau is one of Bavaria's oldest cities. Known as the "City of Three Rivers,” it rests at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers. The city has long enjoyed its strategic position and grew to great economic and political power because of it. The legacy of its past prosperity lives on in graceful arcades, colorful houses with rococo facades and the glorious baroque St. Stephen's Cathedral, home to one of Europe's largest pipe organs. Passau is also where two nations meet; it is here that the German-Austrian border begins.

  2. Day 2
    Passau
    Thu, Nov 24, 2022

    Centered around the beautiful St. Stephen's Cathedral, home to Europe's largest pipe organ, the romantic market stalls of the Christkindlmarkt are a delight to explore. An array of handmade goods, from tasty treats to ornaments, offer a wealth of opportunity to take home a unique artisan gifts created by local craftsmen. Periodically throughout the festive season, the cathedral hosts yuletide concerts; the sound of choirs singing can be heard as their voices echo through the courtyard and the town's narrow streets.

  3. Day 3
    Linz
    Fri, Nov 25, 2022

    Linz is today's provincial capital of Upper Austria. The city's famous Linzer Torte, the jam-filled cake topped with almonds, hails from here and can be found in any number of cafés and the stalls of the city's Christmas markets. In the Old Town, the baroque architecture of the main square provides a stunning backdrop for its Christmas market as the scent of gingerbread fills the air. At the Volksgarten, a nativity scene provides an atmospheric feature with the sounds of classical music and moving figurines that tell the story of the birth of Jesus Christ.

  4. Day 4
    Krems
    Sat, Nov 26, 2022

    Sail through a serene tapestry of terraced vineyards, forested slopes, charming towns and castle ruins in Austria's Wachau Valley, celebrated as perhaps the most scenic stretch of the Danube. Journey 18 miles through this vast UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the river courses through picturesque hillsides. Gaze upon the prolific grapevines and quaint wine-producing villages hugging the shores-the legacy of vintners that stretch as far back as Celtic and Roman times and an echo of the more than 30 monasteries that served as vineyards in Renaissance days.

    A small university town at the eastern end of the Danube's Wachau Valley, Krems is surrounded by terraced vineyards. In its heyday, during the 12th century, Krems held even more importance than Vienna for its iron, grain, salt and wine trade. As to the latter, the city has played a long and celebrated part in the popularity of the Wachau's wine culture; the valley's south slopes in Krems are bathed in sunlight all day and create some of the best Riesling and Veltliner wines in the world. The city's cobblestone streets, taverns, wine bars and cafés have a timeless appeal.

  5. Day 5
    Vienna
    Sun, Nov 27, 2022

    The yuletide season transforms Vienna's beautiful squares into delightful Christmas markets. Festive lights illuminate the Old Town. The Schönbrunn market, set in front of the baroque Hapsburg summer palace, and Freyung market, nestled in the city center, are the perfect destinations for unique handmade decorations. Seasonal music and choral singing provide a merry ambience to holiday festivities in Am Hof Square, while the market at Belvedere Square mixes excellent shopping opportunities with views of the stately palace and adjacent lake to create a fairytale atmosphere.

  6. Day 6
    Bratislava
    Mon, Nov 28, 2022

    The aroma of mulled wine and Slovakian delicacies mixes with the sound of Christmas carols to turn Bratislava's historic Old Town into a winter wonderland during the holiday season. The medieval Bratislava Castle overlooks light-festooned streets that give the city a fairytale glow. Vendors in Hlavné Námestíe Square display authentic artisanal handicrafts, and a specially decorated Christmas tram adds to the holiday atmosphere as it transports visitors to the different fairs spread out around the city.

    Take in the natural beauty of the fabled "Blue Danube” as you pass through the Danube Bend, considered one of the most beautiful sections of the river. Cruising this 40-mile stretch through northern Hungary, you will see peaceful farmland and an ancient castle that once served as hunting grounds for royals and visiting dignitaries. As you sail the passage between the Börzsöny and Pilis Ranges, you will marvel at the steep hills draped with bucolic forests. And delight in the majestic church domes peering at the waterway from inviting villages and historic cities.

  7. Day 7
    Budapest
    Tue, Nov 29, 2022

    The Christmas season adds another layer of beauty to the already romantic charms of Budapest. Nestled in the heart of Pest lies Vörösmarty Square, home to the city's largest yuletide market. The enticing aroma of national specialties permeates the air as vendors display traditional and contemporary handicrafts. At the cozy St. Stephen's Basilica market, mulled wine keeps revelers warm as nightly light shows illuminate the church's facade. Across the Danube in Buda, Old-World allure mingles with festivities in Fő Square, where seasonal events and an outdoor ice rink entertain.

  8. Day 8
    Budapest
    Wed, Nov 30, 2022

    Riverside beauty and a vibrant cultural scene blend together in Budapest to form one of Europe's most rewarding cities. Hungary's enchanting capital straddles the banks of the Danube, with traditional hillside Buda on one side and modern Pest on the other. By day, astounding art nouveau buildings, stalwart castles and glittering palaces set the stage for awe-inspiring strolls and long soaks in thermal spas. By night, a nostalgic glow settles in as the city's lights dance on Danube waters, the Chain Bridge uniting it all as a dramatic centerpiece. After breakfast, disembark your ship and journey home.

Countries Visited

Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Germany

Rivers Visited

Danube

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Inclusions

8 Days 6 Guided Tours / 4 Countries

Daily Shore Excursions: 6 included guided tours
Port Charges: Included on all itineraires

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.4
Accommodations
4.5
Itinerary
4.6
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.1
Value for Money
4.2

Ratings based off 22 reviews - currently showing 7 reviews with comments only

There were only 41 passengers snd we had a blast with a full crew! The safety and well being of the passengers snd crew were their utmost priority. We had a nasal PCR swab prior to boarding then Saliva PCR test daily. They made sure we get everything we needed.

The staff and accommodations were exceptional!

Affordabletours (Alyson) booked our Danube Waltz Viking River Cruise. Everything she said was confirmed and Viking and Affordabletours worked well together from our perspective. Having Viking arrange flights and transfers made for seamless travel. Viking more than met our expectations and Passau-Budapest is a fascinating set of cities/countries. We did every tour, lecture, etc that we could fit in. Can't wait to go on lower Danube now! Allyson was so responsive to any and all of our questions and went out of her way to communicate with us and Viking- thank you!

Great ship. Staff was the best. Food was wonderful.

I give my highest recommendation to AffordableTours! Simply excellent in every way! Thanks for the great work!!

Our recent river cruise from Passau, Germany to Budapest, Hungary aboard the Viking Vilhjalm was most enjoyable. The boat was in excellent condition and decorated very nicely. Our cabin, which was on the lowest level, was a perfect choice for us as we declined the option for a cabin with a balcony. It had a small, eye level window, a safe, a refrigerator, charging outlets, hairdryer, a very nice size closet with hanging space, room for our suitcases under the bed, a private bath and shower with a retractable clothes line for drying bathing suits, etc., a comfortable bed, and a wall-mounted television. Our room was always kept very clean and the cleaning lady often had been in to clean and organize by the time we stopped back in before leaving for morning excursions at 8:45 A.M. The dining room staff did an absolutely exceptional job of making all of our dining experiences extremely enjoyable.

We could not have been more pleased with all aspects of our Viking cruise and stay in Prague. Everything ran as smoothly as expected and the standard of service was top notch. However some of the shore excursions were a bit rushed without enough free time to shop and enjoy the site a little longer. The ship was excellent and well maintained by the staff and we found them very accommodating and eager to please.

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