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Danube Christmas Delights - Passau to Budapest - 2024

From Passau, Germany to Budapest, Hungary
Length: 8 Days - Departs: Sat, Dec 14, 2024
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Departure
Dec 14, 2024
Arrival
Dec 21, 2024

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Passau
    Sat, Dec 14, 2024

    Founded by the Celts over 2,000 years ago, 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
    Sun, Dec 15, 2024

    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
    Mon, Dec 16, 2024

    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 5
    Vienna
    Wed, Dec 18, 2024

    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.

  5. Day 7
    Budapest
    Fri, Dec 20, 2024

    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 F? Square, where seasonal events and an outdoor ice rink entertain.

  6. Day 8
    Budapest
    Sat, Dec 21, 2024

    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, stunning art nouveau buildings, stalwart castles and grand palaces set the stage for inspiring strolls and long soaks in thermal spas. By night, the shimmering lights of the Parliament building dance across the waters of the Danube, the Chain Bridge uniting it all as a dramatic centerpiece.

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
4.3
Accommodations
4.2
Itinerary
4.4
Professional Staff
4.5
Repeat with Operator
4.3
Value for Money
4.3

Ratings based off 44 reviews - currently showing 6 reviews with comments only

As with my past experiences, Allyson made booking this trip with ease and professionalism. I appreciated how she answered all my questions promptly and provided with me with all the information I needed. Viking Cruise Lines exceeded my expectations. The ease in which the entire tour ease handled made it one of the best vacations I have ever experienced. They were beyond organized and accommodating in every way. I will definitely continue using Affordable Tours and continue using them recommending them for my future travels.

Viking river cruise was outstanding despite the very low water conditions that required we change ships twice. We were met on our arrival in Amsterdam and throughout our 14 day cruise there level of service was first class. At the end of or cruise we were driven from the ship to the airport where a Viking representative met us and helped secure our boarding pass for our flight from Amsterdam back to the USA.

We were extremely pleased with the Viking staff who were always warm and welcoming to all guests. The food service and selections were exceptional. The Viking Skadi was a very nice ship. It was well maintained and clean. The Grand European Tour was wonderful. There were many included side tours and optional tours. Having heard other travelers experiences with the optional tours we wish we had included some that we did not sign up to take. All trips were well planned and the guides were knowledgeable. The only optional side trip that we did not think was worth the cost was the trip to Salzburg Austria.The bus ride was several hours on two lane farm roads and there was very little explore time. This side extra cost trip seemed strictly for tourists. The remainder of the trip was outstanding and we were sad to see it end. Viking was wonderful but they do want fully paid costs some two years in advance for further travel. For us, this makes payments not possible. I'm not sure if this is standard with all tour companies.

There was unusual high water on the Danube river which precluded our ship from passing under some low bridges. Viking arranged a seamless transfer fo another Viking ship on the other side of the obstacle. We packed and left suitcases in the morning when we started our sightseeing and they returned us to another, identical ship, placing everyone in exactly the same cabin number as their original ship. This is a significant advantage to using Viking because they have so many ships going in both directions, that they can even adjust to high or low water conditions.

Exceeded our expectations. Every detail was taken care. Up to date modern ship. Everything was neat, clean and worked. The staff on board were very professional and friendly. I would definitely travel with Viking again. Great value!

We have now returned from our trip and it exceeded our expectations!

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