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Christmas on the Danube

Experience the magic of Christmas in Europe with a cruise on the legendary River Danube. Visit bedecked imperial cities and Yuletide markets, all dressed in festive finery with picture postcard river scenery gliding through a winter wonderland.

This Danube River Cruise cruise features seven visits and tours in some of Europe’s finest locations, including Vienna, Salzburg, Linz, Budapest, and Bratislava. These are a treat at any time of year, but never more so than at Christmas.

Enjoy luxurious accommodation and gourmet cuisine on board your Riviera Travel River Cruise ship with a magnificent gala dinner on Christmas Day. Highlights include a classical recital and Christmas Hungarian folklore show, the ultimate in festive magic.

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  • Cruise Line: Riviera Travel
  • Ship: MS William Wordsworth
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: December 2024
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Christmas on the Danube Cruise Itinerary

Experience the joy of the European festive season with a magical voyage on the iconic River Danube. Visit historic capital cities, picturesque towns, and beautifully decorated winter markets for some last-minute gifts on a 7-night cruise that captures the real essence of Christmastide. On board ship, enjoy gourmet cuisine with luxury accommodation and seasonal performances providing the authentic spirit of this atmospheric time of year and always with a spectacular river backdrop.

Day 1


Board your luxury cruise ship, beautifully decorated for the festive season with garlands, twinkling lights, and the centrepiece, a magnificent Christmas tree.

Day 2


Wake up in Esztergom after an overnight sailing to one of Hungary’s oldest towns. Enjoy a guided tour and see this former royal capital’s rich medieval history, including the castle, basilica, and spectacular Christmas market.

Day 3


Explore Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital city, on a guided tour of the beautifully restored Old Town providing a glimpse of its imperial past. Wander cobbled streets, Hviezdoslav Square, and view the traditional cribs in some of the many churches.

Day 4

Melk on Christmas Day

Marvel at the magnificent Melk Abbey, beautifully atmospheric and towering above the river, the perfect spot to visit on Christmas morning. Later, cruise upstream through the picturesque Nibelugengau before a spectacular Gala Christmas dinner.

Day 5

Salzburg or Linz

Visit Salzburg with its stone fortresses and palaces and a delightful Altstadt. Alternatively, stay in Linz, where the ship moors, and enjoy a guided walking tour through this charming Baroque town with one of the finest squares in Austria.

Day 6


Elegant imperial facades, glittering Christmas decorations, and the sound of carols accompany a guided walking tour of Austria’s capital city. Visit iconic landmarks before the Captain’s Dinner in the evening and a Hungarian Christmas folklore show.

Day 7


Explore the historic streets of Budapest, the Roman ruins, and stunning Art Nouveau architecture on a guided tour that takes in all the main sights and the famous Christmas markets. A Hungarian Christmas Folklore show follows dinner on board.

Day 8


Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport or railway station for travel back to the UK.

Christmas on the Danube Cruise Ships

MS William Wordsworth

Built to sustain not only its guests but its own unrivalled beauty and charm, the MS William Wordsworth promises comfort and opulence aplenty with its stunning decor and many magnificent amenities.

167 Passengers
Small Splash Pool
2018 Build

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Experience the Magic of Christmas on the Danube with Crui.se

7 Nights

Christmas on the Danube

  • Budapest
  • Esztergom
  • Bratislava
  • Melk on Christmas Day
  • Salzburg or Linz
  • Vienna
£2,199pp Est. Price per person

Christmas on the Danube Cruise Review

“As experienced cruisers, this was something we had never done; we had never cruised in the winter months before. What a revelation the Danube is in winter and how remarkable and atmospheric all those cities looked dressed up for the Christmas season. The food on board was exceptional, and the ship was beautifully decorated for the festive season. Even if you think you know the Danube, try this cruise at Christmas – you won’t regret it.”

Robert and Meg, Windsor

Christmas on the Danube FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

Is Wi-Fi available on board during the cruise?

Complementary Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship on your cruise. Sometimes, weather conditions or the terrain can impact coverage and download speeds, but generally, the service is good along the Danube, so it’s easy to stay in touch with friends and family back home.

What is Riviera Travel’s £1 million birthday giveaway?

To celebrate Riviera Travel’s 40th birthday, we are giving away gifts worth over £1 million, including holiday vouchers through to all-expenses-paid cruises across the world. Every booking made before the 29th of February receives a guaranteed gift.

What is the door-to-door service?

Enjoy the comfort and convenience of transport from your front door to your choice of train station or regional airport. Our popular door-to-door service is an optional extra with every holiday. Talk to our friendly reservations team about adding hassle-free travel to your cruise when you book.

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