Christmas Cruising along the Danube

  • 10 Day Tour
  • 4 Star Rating

Dec 21

Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.

On coach holidays of 7 days’ duration or more and Single Traveller coach holidays, you don’t even have to think about getting to your local joining point.

If you live within 20 miles of one of our free joining point, we’ll pick you up from your home and take you to meet your transfer coach, then return you back home at the end of your holiday. On European coach holidays of 7 days' or more, the cost of this is just £30 per booking each way (Up to 4 people per booking).

If you live a little further afield, you can also take advantage of this convenient option for an additional charge

Please note: If you would like to take up the Door-to-Door service, you will need to call our reservations team as it is not possible to book this service online.

Dec 22

Continue by coach through Germany and into Austria to reach Vienna, where we join the MS Select Explorer for our six-night cruise

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Dec 23 - Vienna

Free time to explore Vienna at your leisure. Once the centre of the Habsburg Empire, Vienna’s regal imperial past is still there to be seen in the many fine buildings and palaces. Our optional, guided sightseeing tour will show you the principal sights, including the home where Johann Strauss composed the famous Blue Danube Waltz. We leave Vienna this evening and cruise this evening towards Budapest.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Christmas Eve - Budapest

We arrive this morning in Budapest. Enjoy a day of discovering the Hungarian capital. Our optional sightseeing tour captures many of the sights, including the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace, Parliament and St. Stephen’s Basilica.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Christmas Day

Merry Christmas! Spend the morning in Budapest, before enjoying Christmas Day lunch as we cruise to Esztergom, where we make a brief stop this evening. Our cruise continues to Bratislava.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Boxing Day - Bratislava

We arrive in Bratislava, the Slovakian capital, where we spend most of the day. We include a brief orientation tour of the city, with its exquisitely renovated centre of Baroque palaces, fountains and romantic streets. We leave mid-afternoon and begin our cruise back westwards along the mighty Danube.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Dec 27 - Dürnstein

We arrive this morning in Dürnstein, in the heart of the Wachau region. See the 12th century castle, where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned. Around midday, we cruise past the pretty town of Melk, dominated by the huge 900-year old Benedictine abbey.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Dec 28 - Passau & Würzburg

This morning we arrive in Passau, situated at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz Rivers. We disembark and enjoy free time in this delightful city. Enjoy a stroll through the cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways. We leave Passau and head by coach to Würzburg. The city is known as the ‘Pearl of the Romantic Road’ and is home to the 18th century Residenz Palace, the Romanesque St. Kilian Cathedral and the old Main Bridge. After spending time here, we continue to our overnight hotel in the Frankfurt area.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Dec 29 - Rhine Gorge & Cologne

We drive through the Rhine Gorge, passing the legendary Loreley Rock. Later spend time in the Rhineland capital, Cologne, before reaching our overnight hotel in Belgium.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Dec 30

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin room and a lower deck comfort cabin.

Extras: optional excursions; single cabin/room supplement £270; travel insurance from £49.95. 

Cabin Upgrades (per person) 
Middle Deck Comfort£90 
Middle Deck Superior £120
Upper Deck Deluxe £180 
Upper Deck Suite £280 


FAQ's about our tours

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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We do have holidays that are suitable for wheelchair users, however the person using the wheelchair will need to be able to get on and off the coach if a coach tour is booked. Our coaches are not suitable for someone who is wheelchair reliant as we can only take folding wheelchairs that are stored in the luggage compartment.

We cannot guarantee that assistance will be available for the disabled person / wheelchair user and such bookings will only be accepted if that person is travelling with an able-bodied person who is fully able to attend to the needs of his/her co-traveller.

Passengers travelling by Eurostar in standard class seats must be able to walk 200 yards (183 metres) unaided. Please note; only collapsible wheelchairs are permitted on board standard class Eurostar coaches, as these must be stored in the luggage storage areas. Any passengers who are wheelchair reliant are required to be allocated in the 'Standard Premier' coaches where wheelchair user spaces are located. As these spaces are limited to 1 per train you must advise us immediately if you require them in order that we can reserve with Eurostar.

Excursions on our tours visit places of interest and public buildings. These may not be able to accommodate people with walking difficulties and wheelchair access may not be available. Excursions which include sightseeing tours may involve walking long distances and sometimes over cobbled or uneven surfaces.

The accommodation we use on our tours may not have ground floor rooms and in some instances lifts will not always be available. Occasionally access to your hotel may involve walking distances from the coach park and some hotels have a flight of steps to the Reception.

It is very important that checks are made with regard to the suitability of a tour for you prior to you make any booking with us.