INCLUDED SERVICES:

  • Arrival & departure transfers if air purchased through us
  • Accommodations for 6 nights/7 days in cabin category of the clients choice
  • A total of 16 meals on board (6 buffet breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners)
  • A total of 5 shore excursions as outlined including all transportation and entrance fees
  • 2 special on board concerts  Captain’s welcome cocktail
  • Captain’s Farewell dinner with enhanced menu
  • Free 2 glasses of wine/beer/sodas/water/tea/coffee for dinner daily while on board
  • Services of local English speaking guides for all tours
  • Services of on board English speaking Cruise manager
  • For all departures with 20 or more passengers, additional services of VWT Cruise Director

SPECIAL ADDED FEATURE

Off ship lunch at a popular Vienna restaurant, featuring a 3 course meal, 1 beer/soda/water; (example) Augustine Keller; https://www.bitzinger.wien/en/augustinerkeller

NOT INCLUDED: 

  • International airfare
  • Individual transfers ($75 per car/one way – max 2 passengers + 2 pieces of luggage)
  • Additional meals, drinks, optional excursions and other services not shown as included
  • Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)  Port Charges $122 per person
  • TIPS: To drivers, local guides, CREW (shared) and Cruise Managers & Cruise Directors.

Day 1 Budapest, HUNGARY Embarkation after 3 pm (D)

On arrival, transfer to your floating hotel and check in. In the evening enjoy a welcome drink and information meeting followed by your first dinner on board.

Day 2 Budapest, HUNGARY (From xx to 21.00) (B, L, D)

In the morning, your motor coach tour of this gorgeous city, divided by the mighty Danube, will include the most popular sights: The Parliament Building, St. Stefan Cathedral, the Opera, the Heroes Square, and the town park with the Vajdahunyad Castle. There will be stops at the Heroes Square, the Fisherman’s Bastion and Gellert Hill. Return to the ship for lunch. The afternoon is free to explore the Christmas markets on your own or purchase one of the optional tours available, including the popular walking tour which will take you through the Grand Market Hall, the pedestrian zone of Vaci Utca and the largest Christmas market at Vorosmarty Square. In the evening enjoy a Gypsy violin and piano concert onboard.

Day 3 Bratislava, SLOVAKIA (From 14:00 to 20.00) (B, L, D)

After spending the morning at sail enjoy an afternoon walking tour of this lovely city with its famous St. Martin’s Cathedral and the Primate’s Palace followed by a walk through the magnificent Old Town. Afterward the tour there will be free time for shopping and strolling through the Christmas markets. In the evening experience a lovely on board concert performed by the Salon orchestra “Afrodite”.

Day 4 Melk, AUSTRIA (From 13.00 – 19.00) (B, L, D)

Marvel at the passing vistas while cruising through the beautiful and breathtaking Wachau Valley, renowned for its rolling hills, vineyards and fortresses. After lunch depart on your Melk Abbey tour. In addition to offering spectacular views from its location on a rocky outcrop above the town of Melk, the 900 year old Benedictine abbey, contains the tomb of Saint Coloman of Stockerau and the remains of several members of the House of Babenberg, Austria’s first ruling dynasty. Afterwards, enjoy some free time to explore the center of Melk before returning to the ship for dinner.

Day 5 Linz, AUSTRIA (From 06:00 to 18:00) (B, L, D)

Wake up in Linz, the capital of Upper Austria. Founded by the Romans, Linz rose to prominence under the Hapsburg Empire and to date remains a vibrant cultural center. After breakfast your morning walking tour of the Old Quarter, will introduce you to the Market Hall, the Mozarthaus (where the composer wrote his Linz Symphony), the magnificent Renaissance Landhaus tower and the elegant facade of the Landestheater. If the church schedule allows, you may also have a chance to step inside the New Cathedral, Austria’s largest church. In the afternoon enjoy some free time at the Christmas market or partake in the optional sweet treat experience. This culinary guided tour will take you to the two most famous bakeries in Linz where you will learn all the secrets of making the famous Linzer cake including a torte tasting along with a cup of delicious coffee.

Day 6 Vienna, AUSTRIA (From 06:30 to xx) (B, L, D)

Morning coach guided city tour of Austria’s Imperial city will include; the Hunderwasser, the Ringstrasse, the Parliament, the State Opera, Hofburg (Imperial Palace) and other major attractions, ending with a typical Viennese lunch in the city. After lunch, continue with a guided walking tour of one of the two most popular Christmas markets; the Rathaus or the Old Market at Freyung. The rest of the day is at leisure. You may choose to explore Vienna on your own or purchase the optional evening classical concert featuring the music of Mozart and Johann Strauss II at the Kursalon.

Day 7 Vienna, AUSTRIA (From 09:00 – Disembarkation) (B)

After a final breakfast, pack your memories and bid your crew goodbye before transferring to the airport for your flights home.

Day 1 Vienna, AUSTRIA Embarkation after 3 pm (D)

On arrival, transfer to your floating hotel and check in. In the evening enjoy a welcome drink and
information meeting followed by your first dinner on board.

Day 2 Vienna, AUSTRIA(From 00:00 to 24.00) (B, L, D)

Morning coach guided city tour of Austria’s Imperial city will include; the Hunderwasser, the
Ringstrasse, the Parliament, the State Opera, Hofburg (Imperial Palace) and other major attractions
ending with a typical Viennese lunch in the city. After lunch enjoy a guided walking tour of one of the
two most popular Christmas markets; the Rathaus or the Old Market at Freyung. The rest of the day is at
leisure. You may choose to explore Vienna on your own or purchase the optional classical concert
featuring the music of Mozart and Johann Strauss II at the Kursalon.

Day 3 Melk, AUSTRIA(From 13:00 to 19.00) (B, L, D)

Enjoy the morning at sail while you are cruising through the beautiful and breathtaking Wachau Valley,
renowned for its rolling hills, vineyards and fortresses. After lunch depart on your Melk Abbey tour. The
900 year old Benedictine abbey, located above the town of Melk on a rocky outcrop overlooking the
Danube River, not only offers spectacular views but also contains the tomb of Saint Coloman of
Stockerau and the remains of several members of the House of Babenberg, Austria’s first ruling dynasty.
Afterwards enjoy some free time to explore the center of Melk before returning to the ship for dinner.

Day 4 Linz, AUSTRIA(From 6.00 – 18.00) (B, L, D)

Wake up in Linz, the capital of Upper Austria. Founded by the Romans, Linz rose to prominence under
the Hapsburg Empire and today remains a vibrant cultural center. After breakfast, enjoy a morning
walking tour in the Old Quarter, where you will see the Market Hall, the Mozarthaus, (where the
composer wrote his Linz Symphony), the magnificent Renaissance Landhaus tower and the elegant facade
of the Landestheater. If the church schedule allows, you may opt to step inside the New Cathedral,
Austria’s largest church. In the afternoon enjoy some free time at the Christmas market or partake in the
optional sweet treat experience. This culinary guided tour will take you to the two most famous bakeries
where you will learn all the secrets of making the famous Linzer cake including tastings and a cup of
original Austrian coffee.

Day 5 Bratislava, SLOVAKIA (From 13:00 to 19:00) (B, L, D)

Welcome to Slovakia! Enjoy an afternoon walking tour of this lovely city with its famous St. Martin’s
Cathedral and the Primate’s Palace followed by a walk through the fabulous Old Town. After the tour
there will be free time for shopping and strolling through the Christmas market. In the evening,
experience an on board concert of The Salon orchestra “Afrodite”.

Day 6 Budapest, HUNGARY (From 8:00 to xx) (B, L, D)

Welcome to Hungary! In the morning, your motor coach tour of this gorgeous city, divided by the
mighty Danube, will include the most popular sights: The Parliament Building, St. Stefan Cathedral, the
Opera, the Heroes Square, and the town park with the Vajdahunyad Castle. There will be stops at the
Heroes Square, the Fisherman’s Bastion and Gellert Hill. Return to the ship for lunch. The afternoon is
free to explore on your own or you may opt to purchase an optional tour such as the popular walking tour
which will take you through the Grand Market Hall, the pedestrian zone of Vaci Utca and the largest
Christmas market at Vorosmarty Square. Tonight prepare for your Captains Gala Dinner followed by a
unique Gypsy violin and piano concert onboard.

Day 7 Budapest, HUNGARY (From 09:00 – Disembarkation) (B)

Enjoy one final breakfast onboard before packing your memories away and transferring to the airport for
your flights home.

M/S Vivienne

Luxurious River Cruises along the Danube!
Be sure not to miss our fabulous Danube river cruises with stops at the region’s most beautiful ancient towns and baroque cities! Sailing aboard the M/S Vivienne, refurbished in 2019 and featuring 2 decks with French Balconies, she offers an upscale experience with sumptuous surroundings and impeccable service.
With her low draft she can sail the various rivers of Europe in the utmost comfort and luxury. And with a maximum of only 146 passengers and a young and dedicated crew of 32 plus English speaking Cruise managers and Cruise Directors, she will ensure that you have a cruise experience of a lifetime! Non-Smoking. On board currency (€) euro.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Flag: The Netherlands  Built on 2000  Refurbished in 2020
Length: 110 m   Beam: 11,50 m           Draught: 1,50 cm
Crew: 39                        Cabins: 73                   Passenger capacity: 146

FACILITIES:

  • Restaurant in Upper deck (rear) One seating for all.
  • Lounge and Captains club in Upper deck (front)
  • Reception: open 24 h
  • Elevator connecting middle and upper deck
  • Lift to sun deck

SERVICES AND AMENITIES:

  • Wireless internet access throughout ship (no range in sun deck)
  • Audio guide system for all shore excursions
  • 24 h coffee/tea station in the lounge
  • Laundry service for a fee
  • Souvenir shop
  • Playing cards and selection of games
  • Early riser breakfast available daily
  • Cocktail lounge from noon until midnight
  • Nightly musical entertainment
  • We accept VISA/Mastercard

MS Vivienne Public Areas

MS Vivienne Cabins

Owners Suite Upper Deck, 30 m2 (323 sq ft) with French Balcony

  • Floor to ceiling windows with French Balconies
  • Private bathroom with glass-enclosed shower
  • Choice of bath amenities from L’Occitane
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Hotel-style beds, set as double as default
  • Sitting area with table
  • Vanity desk and chair, plus a hair dryer
  • Individually controlled air conditioning and heating system
  • Flat-screen TV offering several European & International channels
  • Mini-fridge
  • Internal telephone
  • PIN-coded safe

Suites Upper Deck, 22 m2 (237 sq ft) with French Balcony

  • Floor-to-ceiling windows with French Balcony
  • Private bathroom with glass-enclosed shower
  • Choice of bath amenities from L’Occitane
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Hotel-style beds, set as double as default
  • Sitting area with table
  • Vanity desk and chair, plus a hair dryer
  • Individually controlled air conditioning and heating system
  • Flat-screen TV offering several European channels
  • Mini-fridge
  • Internal telephone
  • PIN-coded safe

Double cabins Upper Deck: 15 m2 , (161 sq ft) with French Balcony

  • Floor-to-ceiling windows with French Balcony
  • Private bathroom with glass-enclosed shower
  • Choice of bath amenities from L’Occitane
  • Hotel-style beds, set as double as default
  • Vanity desk and chair, plus a hair dryer
  • Individually controlled air conditioning and heating system
  • Flat-screen TV offering several European & International channels
  • Internal telephone
  • PIN-coded safe

Middle Superior Deck Cabin, 15 m2 , (161 sq ft) with French Balcony

  • Floor-to-ceiling windows with French Balcony
  • Private bathroom with glass-enclosed shower
  • Choice of bath amenities from L’Occitane
  • Hotel-style beds, set as double as default
  • Vanity desk and chair, plus a hair dryer
  • Individually controlled air conditioning and heating system
  • Flat-screen TV offering several European & International channels
  • Internal telephone
  • PIN-coded safe

Middle Standard Deck Cabin, 15 m2 with Panorama windows (not able to open)

  • Panoramic river view windows
  • Private bathroom with glass-enclosed shower
  • Choice of bath amenities from L’Occitane
  • Hotel-style beds, set as double as default
  • Vanity desk and chair, plus a hair dryer
  • Individually controlled air conditioning and heating system
  • Flat-screen TV offering several European channels
  • Internal telephone

PIN-coded safe

Main Deck Cabin, 15 m2 with 2 smaller Upper windows (not able to open)

  • Comfortable, with twin smaller river view windows
  • Private bathroom with glass-enclosed shower
  • Choice of bath amenities from L’Occitane
  • Hotel-style beds, set as double as default
  • Vanity desk and chair, plus a hair dryer
  • Individually controlled air conditioning and heating system
  • Flat-screen TV offering several European channels
  • Internal telephone
  • PIN-coded safe

FAQ’s

Will I need to obtain a visa for the Christmas Market Cruise

Are transfers included?

Which ship will be chartered for the 2020 Christmas Market Cruise?

Will I be able to make phone calls and check emails while aboard the ship?

What is the currency should I be prepared to use?

What methods of payment are accepted on board and on shore?

If cash is still “king,” any recommendation of how much I should bring?

I’m super excited for all the tours! But will I have any free time during the program?

Are optional tours offered in this program?

How does tipping work in Eastern Europe? Is it accepted and/or required?

What if I have special dietary needs or food allergies?

Anything else I should make sure to pack?

*NOTE ON CHRISTMAS MARKETS:

The official Christmas market period in most of Europe, begins mid-November and depending on city, ends December 22 – 24. In some major cities, Christmas markets may remain open between Christmas and New Year or may be replaced with other local activities in preparation for New Years’ festivities.