Christmas on the Danube
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Celebrate Christmas in style as you cruise the iconic river Danube on board the luxurious MS Amadeus Star. With the convenience of unpacking only once, experience the German and Austrian festive traditions and culinary delights as we sail this fascinating river at a particularly exciting time of year.
7 excursions and visits
Day 1 UK – Munich – Passau
Titans VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Munich. On arrival, we transfer to Passau and embark MS Amadeus Star (4-star). Enjoy a welcome cocktail reception and dinner on board this evening. We remain moored here overnight.
Day 2 Passau (Salzburg) – Linz
We enjoy an included excursion to Salzburg, the city made famous by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who was born here. As we explore, you will find his life and work commemorated all over the city. The old quarter of Salzburg with its world-famous Baroque architecture was adopted by UNESCO in 1997 as a World Heritage Site. You will also be able to visit Salzburgs Christmas market, the perfect setting to get in the festive mood as you browse the colourful traditional gifts on sale and sample the festive local delicacies with a mug of Glühwein. There will then be time to visit another Christmas market in Linz. We rejoin the ship in Linz before dinner. We set sail later this evening.
Day 3 Christmas Eve – Emmersdorf (Melk) – Drnstein
This morning we arrive in the pretty wine-growing town of Melk, to explore its huge Baroque abbey, a cultural treasure which was a fortified Roman post and then a magnificent castle before it was given to the Benedictines in 1089. We enjoy a Glühwein (mulled wine) party, before leaving Emmersdorf this afternoon for Dürnstein. This evening we enjoy a Christmas celebration on board with the opportunity to attend a Christmas Mass in Dürnstein.
Day 4 Christmas Day – Vienna
We arrive in Vienna this morning where we enjoy an included sightseeing tour of Viennas most important sights, taking you along the Ringstrasse, into the Schwarzenbergplatz, passing by Karlskirche and Viennas stunning opera house. Vienna is Austrias most important cultural city, with international treasures including the Vienna Boys Choir and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, plus many celebrated resident composers including Strauss, Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn. The last stop is at the citys famous St Stephens cathedral, with time to explore inside. This afternoon there is an optional excursion to the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace for an insight into the imperial monarchy.
Day 5 Boxing Day – Bratislava
We arrive this morning in Bratislava where there will be an included tour covering the citys major sights, including breathtaking views from Bratislavas 13th century castle over countryside where the frontiers of Austria, Hungary, and Slovakia meet. As well as the preserved monuments created by a list of inhabiting nations over millennia, Bratislava has introduced a mix of modern structures and interesting statues since its independence in 1993. The vessel leaves Bratislava during lunch, which is followed by a relaxed afternoon cruising upstream through Austria. Enjoy a captains gala dinner this evening.
Day 6 Linz
This morning the ship continues to Linz, Austrias third largest city and a former European Capital of Culture. We take an afternoon walking tour to discover the citys unique story and learn about the well-known personalities who have made an impact on the city. Enjoy a little free time to enjoy the festive traditions. Maybe see the crib of the cathedral, famed for being one of the largest and most beautiful in the world, and try some delicious Linzer Torte. After dinner the vessel continues upstream towards Germany.