Christmas Cruise Along the Danube River
Aboard the Viva Tiara
4 Night Short River Cruise From Passau
The scent of roasted almonds, the sound of church bells in the alleys, snowflakes and cosiness: Christmas is not a season, but a feeling. Celebrate it together with friends on a unique Danube trip to the most beautiful Christmas markets and numerous moments of happiness. Passau, Vienna and Linz await you!
DAY 1: Passau (Embarkation)
Passau is a picturesque city located on a peninsula where the Inn and the Ilz join the Danube. The predominantly Baroque city has always been shaped by historical events. Its tourist attractions reflect its rich history. Passau is also called the "gateway to the Black Sea". Arrive in Passau and board your ship this afternoon. If you have the chance, check out the Christmas Market in front of St Stephan's Cathedral. The church is home to one of the largest organs in the world. The church is definitely worth a look. Settle into your cabin and explore the range of amenities before setting sail at around 9pm. Enjoy your first dinner on board as the ship makes her way towards the Austrian border.
DAY 2: Cruising through Wachau Valley to Vienna
This morning the ship cruises through the scenic Wachau region to the west of Vienna.
Vienna, the capital of Austria, is known as the city on the blue Danube, but today the main river is actually detached from the inner city and only the Danube Channel runs through the city. Vienna is still one of Europe's most seductive cities, however, and is worth a visit not just for its incomparable cultural treasures, the pomp and elegance of former glory, but also for its traditional coffee houses.
Arrive in Vienna this afternoon where you can explore Vienna’s prettiest squares which are transformed into magical Christmas markets. The aroma of Christmas bakery items and hot punch creates a wonderful Christmas atmosphere. Vienna offers 9 Christmas Markets and 1 at the Schonbrunn Palace. Located 15 minutes by train from Vienna Westbahnhof, Schonbrunn Palace and Christmas Market are a special delight.
DAY 3: Vienna
The ship will remain in Vienna today where you may continue enjoying the advent markets. In addition to the Christmas Markets, a visit to the Kunsthistorical Museum and Sacher Cafe are highly recommended The ship departs Vienna in the evening.
DAY 4: Linz
Arrive in the city of Linz situated at the heart of the Danube. Linz boasts a sizable Old Town rich in culture with numerous museums and festivals. Here you may stroll around town, stopping to buy Christmas presents and inhale the scent of Bratwürstel and mulled wine. The Linz Christmas Markets are a true festive highlight and are held on the city's baroque main square and also in the Volksgarten. There are also several smaller Markets in the city.
DAY 5: Passau (Disembarkation)
Your cruise comes to an end this morning as you disembark in Passau after breakfast.
Passau to Passau
|1||Engelhartszell (Passau)||9:00pm||Embarkation 2:00pm|
|2||Wachau Passage (Austria)||All day cruising|
|Vienna (Austria)||3:00pm||Optional city tour of Vienna with free time|
|3||7:00pm||Optional tour to Schoenbrunn Palace|
|4||Linz (Austria)||1:00pm||10:00pm||Afternoon and evening to experience Linz|
|5||Passau (Germany)||8:00am||Disembarkation 8:00am|
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**Please note that this is an international language ship with information provided in other languages and English,
and an international cruise host on board.**
2019 Per Person Cruise Only Fares
REGULAR Rate includes: cruise and port taxes, all meals, wine, and a beverage package - Soft Drinks, as well as tea and coffee, Beer, wine, throughout the day and evening between 10am and midnight. Sightseeing excursions are not included and can be booked onboard.