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Five-Star Christmas on the Danube

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Extremely enjoyable holiday. Good itinerary, good ship and an extremely competent and personable tour manager.
Mr J Mowbray
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(Tour code: DLX19)

Spend Christmas in breathtaking Austria

Experience the delights of the Danube at Christmas on this fantastic tour. Chart a course along the scenic river aboard a high quality and intimate cruise ship. Explore the magical Christmas Markets of Nuremberg and Salzburg and spend Christmas Day in the breathtaking Austrian capital of Vienna.

  • MS Amadeus Silver
  • Schönbrunn Palace
  • Optional Christmas Eve Mass in Durnstein
  • Christmas Day in Vienna
  • Salzburg Christmas Markets
  • Passau
  • Bratislava
  • Linz
  • Melk Abbey
What’s Included
  • First Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
  • 2 Nights' Hotel Accommodation
  • 4* Cruise Ship
    All-Inclusive Board Basis

Five-Star Christmas on the Danube 2018Tour Details

Print Itinerary
Days 1-2 Eurostar E320
Eurostar E320

London to Passau

After meeting at our dedicated St Pancras Departure Office, we board the Eurostar service to Brussels before continuing by rail to Nuremberg. Here, you are free to explore the fascinating Christmas Markets before checking into our overnight hotel. On Day 2, we continue by rail to Passau, where we board our vessel, the MS Amadeus Silver. Tonight we enjoy a Captain's reception and welcome drinks.

  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Salzburg

To Salzburg

Our first day begins with an included walking tour of Passau, alternatively, choose an optional excursion to Salzburg. Later we arrive in Linz and enjoy an included visit to the Christmas markets.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Durnstein

Exploring Durnstein

On Christmas Eve, there is an optional tour of medieval Melk and its iconic Abbey. We then arrive in the town of Durnstein, where you may attend the Christmas Eve Mass ceremony. Aboard our ship, we celebrate with a festive dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Vienna

Christmas Day in Vienna

We arrive in Vienna for Christmas Day, where we embark on a guided tour of the Austrian capital. We then have the option to visit the stunning Schönbrunn Palace, which looks wonderfully festive at this time of year. Back on board, there is a traditional Christmas dinner and festive concert.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Bratislava

On to Bratislava

We arrive in the Slovakian city of Bratislava on Boxing Day and embark on a guided tour of this medieval city, visiting main sights including the Old Town and the awe-inspiring City Hall building. Tonight we enjoy a formal Captain's dinner, with entertainment.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Linz


After a morning spent sailing in the company of your travelling companions we arrive in Linz after lunch. We include a walking tour of this pretty town which lies on the banks of the Danube. Enjoy an informative city walk before a chance to explore at your own pace.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 8-9 Passau

Return Home

Today we return to Passau, disembarking and boarding the train to Cologne, where we check in for an overnight stay. On Day 9, we retrace our journey to Brussels, boarding the Eurostar service to St Pancras.

  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Eurostar Meal

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • First Class rail travel throughout (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys)

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 6 night cruise on board the 5-Star MS Amadeus Silver in a Category C4, Haydn Deck Cabin
  • 2 nights' hotel accommodation

Delicious meals included

  • 21 meals, 18 on an all-inclusive basis aboard the MS Amadeus Silver and 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner in overnight hotels
  • Wine served with lunch and dinner throughout your cruise


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Nuremberg and Linz Christmas Markets
  • Christmas Mass in Durnstein
  • Guided tours of Vienna, Bratislava,Passau, and Linz
  • Optional visits to Schönbrunn Palace and Melk Abbey
  • Christmas concert on board

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.



This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Helen Laverack
Lynne Broadley
Kathryn Cambridge
Julie Pacalon
Five-Star Christmas on the Danube

Spend Christmas in breathtaking Austria


Winter & Spring 2018/19

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