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New Year on the Danube

Celebrate the New Year in style aboard a Danube River Cruise, sailing a winter wonderland of stunning river scenery and visiting spectacular historic cities still dressed in their festive finery.

Discover three of the world’s finest capitals at the most enchanting time of year with informative tours to see iconic landmarks and historic and cultural highlights. Let’s not forget the famous and atmospheric Christmas markets.

Enjoy a five-star boutique hotel experience on board a luxury Riviera Travel River Cruise vessel perfectly dressed for the festive season, with seasonal gourmet cuisine, on-board entertainment, and a fairytale winter landscape to accompany your voyage.

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  • Cruise Line: Riviera Travel
  • Ship: MS William Wordsworth
  • Duration: 5 Nights
  • Departure: December 2024
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New Year on the Danube Cruise Itinerary

Explore three famous capital cities at the most wonderfully atmospheric time of year with this 5-night cruise on the legendary Danube River. Follow a meandering winter wonderland of festive scenery, stopping at Budapest, Bratislava, and Vienna, where informative tours visit the cultural and architectural highlights and the Christmas markets. Enjoy five-star luxury on board a premier river cruiser beautifully decked for the season, with award-winning seasonal cuisine and on board entertainment to guarantee the most memorable way to see in the New Year.

Day 1


Board your five-star luxury cruise ship moored in the heart of beautiful Budapest. Perfectly decorated to reflect the festive season, enjoy elegant and stylish décor with twinkling lights and traditional garlands welcoming guests for their voyage.

Day 2


Enjoy the wintry landscape of atmospheric Budapest, never more beautiful than at this time of year. An imperial city of the Habsburg Empire with centuries of history, enjoy a guided tour of the cultural landmarks and famous Yuletide markets.

Day 3

Bratislava & Vienna for New Year’s Eve

Explore the pretty cobblestone streets of Slovakia’s capital on a guided tour. Enjoy fabulous views across the river and stylish Baroque architecture before sailing to Vienna. Listen to a classical recital after a special New Year’s Eve dinner.

Day 4

Vienna on New Year’s Day

Explore Vienna’s wide boulevards, Baroque architecture, and culture with galleries, palaces, and highlights like the giant Hofburg, which houses the Spanish Riding School. Later, visit the spectacular Schönbrunn Palace and Yuletide market.

Day 5


Enjoy winter wonderland scenery as you sail back to Budapest with a chance to explore the city before the magnificent Captain’s Dinner to mark your final night on board. This is followed by an exciting Hungarian folklore show.

Day 6


Disembark in Budapest and transfer to airports and the train station to start your journey back to the UK.

New Year 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.

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Small Splash Pool
2018 Build

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See in the New Year on the Danube, Europe’s Most Famous River with Crui.se

5 Nights

New Year on the Danube

  • Budapest
  • Bratislava & Vienna for New Year’s Eve
  • Vienna on New Year’s Day
£1,799pp Est. Price per person

New Year on the Danube Cruise Review

“As regular European river cruises, this is our first winter voyage, and what an eye-opener it’s been. This is a totally enchanting time of year to travel, with stunning winter landscapes and enchanting capital cities all decorated for Christmas. As well as all the usual cultural and historic highlights, there’s also a chance to visit the Yuletide markets. The ship was beautifully decorated, and there’s plenty of seasonal fare, including a fabulous gala dinner to see in the New Year from the water. This is certainly a cruise we’ll be doing again.”

Marcus and Helen, Peterborough

New Year on the Danube FAQs

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

Can I get Wi-Fi on board the cruise ship?

Complementary Wi-Fi is available on all Riviera Travel’s luxury cruise ships. Service and speed can, at times, be affected by terrain and weather conditions, but the majority of our European cruises enjoy good coverage, allowing you to stay in touch with family and friends back home.

I have some limited mobility. Is this cruise suitable cruise for me?

Talk to our friendly booking team, who can go through the ship’s layout and what’s involved in the shore excursions in detail so you can evaluate whether this cruise will fit your needs. Riviera Travel aims to be as inclusive as possible and always tries to accommodate every passenger, even with differing requirements, and you can rely on our friendly staff when you are on board.

Do I need a visa for this cruise?

Currently, UK citizens do not require a visa to enter Hungary and Austria however, you will need a valid passport that is in date for the whole of your trip. If you have any concerns or questions about immigration control, our friendly reservations team will be happy to discuss your concerns when you book.

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