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    Viennese Christmas markets

Christmas Markets of the Danube

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Cinnamon, mulled wine and lebkuchen…

What better way to embrace the festive spirit than by visiting some of Europe’s most popular Christmas markets. Enjoy time to relax on board Spirit of the Danube before stepping ashore in Linz, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest where you can experience the festive atmosphere and browse stalls laden with unique handicrafts and tempting culinary delights, from Linzer torte and lebkuchen to mulled wine and Weihnachtspunsch.


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Dinner plate14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners

CocktailWine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner

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Map4 included Christmas market visits


  • Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • All gratuities on board
  • Return flights and transfers

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15/12/2022 UK to Linz

Trinity Column on the main square in Linz, Austria

Fly to Vienna and transfer to Linz to embark your ship, Spirit of the Danube.

Enjoy dinner on board and remain moored here overnight.

Linz Austria Europe

16/12/2022 Linz

Hand crafted wooden ornaments at Linz Christmas market

Every year the charming city of Linz hosts a major Christmas market on it’s main square, surrounded by elegant Baroque-style buildings.

Look forward to browsing stalls brimming with all sorts of handicrafts and culinary delights, such as spicy gingerbread and the traditional Austrian pastry, Linzer torte. Glüwein, a warming mix of red wine, cinnamon, oranges and cloves is another speciality sold here.

Return to ship for dinner and depart this evening to cruise overnight towards Vienna.

Linz Austria Europe

17/12/2022 Vienna 🎧

Christmas Market, Vienna

This afternoon your ship arrives on the outskirts of Vienna and you can transfer by coach to the city centre to visit the Krippenmarkt, December market.

The stalls at the Spittelberg quarter in the Neubau district, home to Biedermeier-style buildings occupied by bars and restaurants, sell various objets d’art, silver jewellery, enamel and ceramics. In the heart of Vienna, at the Freyung square, you’ll find a small traditional Viennese Christmas market.

Your ship sets sail just before midnight, bound for Bratislava.

Vienna Austria Europe

18/12/2022 Bratislava 🎧

Christmas market on the Main square in Bratislava

You arrive this morning in Slovakia's capital where the streets will be adorned with twinkling lights and Christmas trees.

The city’s Christmas market, usually held at the Main Square and Hviezdoslav Square, has numerous stalls laden with tempting goodies. Treat yourself to a mug of mead or steaming mulled wine while enjoying the festive atmosphere.

Return to your ship for dinner on board. Spirit of the Danube will begin sailing towards Budapest shortly before midnight.

Bratislava Slovakia Europe

19/12/2022 Budapest 🎧

Dried fruit, spices, scenting Christmas decorations, Budapest

This morning you arrive in Budapest, a city of two parts: UNESCO-listed Buda and, on the opposite bank of the Danube, Pest, which is home to Hungary’s Parliament building and administrative district.

Vörösmarty Square, also located on this side of the river, hosts the city’s oldest and largest Christmas market where countless food merchants and craft vendors sell their wares. This venue is popular with Hungarian musicians who can often be heard entertaining the shoppers.

Your ship remains moored overnight in Budapest.

Budapest Hungary Europe

20/12/2022 Budapest to UK

Disembark after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Christmas Markets of the Danube

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