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Christmas on the Danube.

Christmas cruise: Festive days on the river.

8 days Christmas cruise Passau-Vienna-Budapest-Bratislava-Passau 2019

A storybook landscape, cloaked in soft white, magnificent buildings with radiant lights. Around Christmas, there is a very special atmosphere in the cities and the natural scenery along the Danube. At no other time of year will you experience this wonderful cosy feeling of gliding slowly and gently along on the river cruise ship while watching the banks in the special light of cold winter days. In the cosy saloon of the elegant MS BELLISSIMA, festive music is playing; culinary highlights do justice to the festive framework of this special Danube cruise.

The first impressions of your trip.

Experience the most beautiful scenery on this Danube cruise!

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The services provided during your trip

  • 8-day cruise in an outside cabin in the booked category
  • nicko cruises full board:
    • Generous breakfast buffet with coffee / tea and juices
    • Multiple course menus served at table for lunch and dinner
    • Optional light lunch buffet
    • Coffee / tea after lunch and dinner
    • Coffee / cake or midnight snack depending on the daily itinerary
    • Festive christmas dinner
    • Welcome & farewell reception with the captain
    • Tables can be reserved on board
  • nicko cruise director and local tour guides
  • Comfortable Sennheiser audio system for all excursions
  • On-board entertainment programme
  • Luggage service from landing stage to cabin for embarking and disembarking
  • All port and passenger fees

Added optional services

  • Beverage package: € 169 p. P.

Important travel information

Please note that information and excursions will only be provided in German language for individual travellers (except dates marked with guaranteed English language). Different languages are available on request for groups and charterers. Minimum number of travellers required for this cruise by 30 days before the cruise begins: 120 persons (see Point 8.1. of our Travel Terms & Conditions).

Your itinerary

Day

1

Passau
Casting off 4:00 pm Embarkation 3.00 p.m.

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Day

2

Vienna
Mooring 12:30 pm Casting off 11:00 pm City tour/walk through Vienna and a visit to a coffee house Excursion Package

Today, the traditional Danube metropolis Vienna is on the program. The bus will take you along the Uno-City and Danube Island. You will see impressive buildings such as the state opera, the Burgtheater, the Hofburg, Parliament, town hall and Votive Church along the famous Ring Road. During a guided walk, you will experience the special atmosphere of this charming city. During your visit of a typical coffeehouse you can also taste the famous Sachertorte, a special chocolate cake.

Trip duration:

03:30 h

Walking duration:

01:30 h

Day

2

Vienna
Classical music concert in Vienna

There is a reason why Vienna is called “The City of Music”. The bus will take you to one of the best chamber orchestras in the musical world of Vienna. Excellent opera singers, talented musicians and graceful solo ballet dancers will let you experience the warmth and charm of the lovely Vienna. This performance takes you on a journey through time, to experience the imperial Vienna, where the beautiful compositions from the likes of “the Waltz King” Johann Strauss and W. A. Mozart, will leave you amazed. Your evening will be filled with swinging waltz melodies, polkas and operetta melodies of the highest artistic level. The trip on the Ring Road back to the ship forms a perfect conclusion to the lovely evening.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Day

3

Budapest
Mooring 3:00 pm City tour / walk Budapest Excursion Package

Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and is also called the "queen of the Danube". During your city tour by bus and by foot you will see for example the castle district with the fisherman’s bastion and the Matthias Church. Afterwards there will be a short photo-stop on Gellerthill to enjoy a wonderful view over the city.

Trip duration:

03:30 h

Walking duration:

01:30 h

Stairs:

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Slope:

Wenig

Day

3

Budapest
Evening visit to the Budapest Christmas market with a glass of mulled wine.

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Day

4

Budapest
Casting off 7:00 pm City stroll “Impressions of Budapest” and a ride on the oldest underground of the European continent. Time for your individual trip on shore.

Today you will experience Budapest up close and from a new point of view. While exploring the Hungarian capital by foot and metro, sights like the Parliament Buildings, St. Stephen's Basilica and the small squares and passages with beautiful statues and buildings from many different eras, will make this a day to remember. You will also have the opportunity to discover the hidden corners and the unique atmosphere of the city, away from the hustle and bustle as we guide you to the lesser known, but beautiful areas of the city. After taking a journey to the past on the oldest electrified underground railway system on the European continent, which is only possible in Budapest, you will hop in the metro and travel to the Unicum Museum while enjoying the beauty of the Danube river.At the Unicum Museum, a captivating guided tour awaits you, there you will learn about the Zwack family and how this legendary drink is made. Unicum has been produced in Budapest since 1892 and all the while the recipe has stayed a well-guarded secret. To top this excellent day off, you will enjoy a tasting, before heading back to the ship.

Day

4

Budapest
Puszta-Rundfahrt Excursion Package

Erleben Sie eine Puszta-Rundfahrt mit traditioneller Reitvorführung.

Day

5

Bratislava
Mooring 1:00 pm Casting off 6:00 pm City tour / walk through Bratislava Excursion Package

Close to the border to Austria and Hungary, Bratislava lies in the fertile Danube plain south of the Little Carpathians. First you will have a short bus tour that will take you up to the Fortress. You will be impressed by the wonderful panoramic view over the city. Learn more about the interesting history of the fortress which used to be the residence of numerous Hungarian kings in the past. Afterwards you will explore the beautifully restored Old Town with its baroque buildings such as the Redoute, National theater, the Town Hall and palaces which remind the visitors of their glorious past during k.u.k. monarchy. Among other things, you will also get to know probably the most famous man of Bratislava, Gullimann Cumil.

Trip duration:

02:30 h

Walking duration:

01:30 h

Slope:

Wenig

Day

6

Krems
Mooring 8:00 am Casting off 2:00 pm

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Day

6

Melk
Mooring 5:30 pm Visit to the Christmas mass in the imposing Pin Melk.

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Day

7

Melk
Casting off 5:00 am

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Day

7

Linz
Mooring 3:00 pm Casting off 9:00 pm City tour / walk of Linz Excursion Package

Linz was voted Cultural Capital of Europe in 2009 and is definitely worth a visit. Thanks to the location at the Danube, Linz had an early economic advance. Even today you can still see how the appearance and culture in Linz was influenced. You will see magnificent houses and the Baroque market place during your guided walk. Not to forget the impressive Holy Trinity column. Afterwards the bus will take you up the Freyenhill where you will have an amazing panoramic view over the region.

Trip duration:

03:00 h

Walking duration:

02:00 h

Stairs:

Wenig

Slope:

Wenig

Day

8

Passau
Mooring 7:00 am Disembarkation by 9:00 a.m.

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The mooring and casting off times are approximate. The right is reserved to make changes to the itineraries and excursion programmes. If a route cannot be taken due to low/high water levels or a defect in the ship, the shipping company reserves the right to provide the guests with buses or hotel stays on this route and/or to use another route. It may be necessary to transfer to another ship.

The itinerary of your river cruise on the map

Your ship on its journey: MS BELLISSIMA

 

This classic and attractive river cruise ship impresses by wonderful lines and an elegant ambient. The tastefully furnished cabins on the upper deck with French balcony and the generously dimensioned lounges offer every comfort for feeling well. The sun deck with deckchairs and whirlpool invites you to linger. Let yourself be spoilt by the friendly crew of the MS BELLISSIMA and the recognised delicious cuisine.

 

Further details about your ship
  • At a glance

    nicko classic 134 passengers 30 110 m 11,4 m 1,4 m 220 Volt

19.12. - 26.12.2019

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