Christmas on the Danube

7 & 9 days Passau-Vienna-Budapest-Passau

Fares From £1,675 pp

Single Supplement 25%

Christmas on the Danube – Cruise Summary


A magical Christmas awaits on this relaxing cruise along the serene Danube River to Austria and Hungary. Enjoy the holiday season in festively decorated Budapest and historic Bratislava, while soaking up the atmosphere of this most wonderful time. Discover the splendour of Vienna with a stroll through the festive Christmas market. Visit the magnificent Esztergom Basilica and marvel at the Baroque majesty of historic Melk Abbey. Aboard your riverboat, sit back and admire the panoramic river scenery, as our chefs prepare a fabulous feast for you to celebrate Christmas Day in style.

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Please note that Esztergom does not feature on 2024 sailing dates – more time is spent in Budapest


Day 1: Passau winter on the danube nicko cruises – Hotel Stay (2024 sailings)

Enjoy your pre-cruise hotel stay in Passau


Day 2: Passau winter on the danube nicko cruises

Fly from London to Munich and transfer by local rail services to Passau to board vessel. Embarkation from 15:00 to 16:00


Day 3:Vienna

Arrival 12:30 – Departure 23:30

Walking city tour of Vienna, for sights including St Stephen’s Cathedral and the Imperial Palace of Hofburg, with time at leisure for the Christmas market.

An excursion to a rustic Viennese “Heuriger” wine bar – or a classical concert with beautiful melodies by Strauss and Mozart.

Enjoy a classical concert featuring Strauss and Mozart

Day 4: Esztergom

Arrival 12:00 – Departure 16:30

Excursion to the impressive Basilica of Esztergom, Hungary’s largest church, in the former capital city.

The chance to attend Christmas Mass.


Arrival 20:30


Day 5: Budapest river cruise nicko cruises uk

Departure 17:00

City walking tour of Budapest’s impressive buildings.




Day 6: Bratislava

Arrival 10:00 Departure 19:00

Walking tour through the lovingly restored lanes of Bratislava’s old town, with a trip to the castle and time to explore on your own.



Day 7: Krems

Arrival 08:00 Departure 14:00

City tour of Krems


Arrival 17:30

Christmas Mass at Melk Abbey


Day 8: Melkriver cruise nicko cruises uk

Departure 05:00


Arrival 15:00 – Departure 21:00

City Tour of Linz


Day 8: Passau winter on the danube nicko cruises

Disembarkation until 09:30.

Transfer by local rail to Munich airport for return flight home or extend your stay with a Munich City Stay package (pricing on request).

The excursions marked in blue are included in your cruise package. The excursions marked in red can only be booked on board. Mooring and casting off times are guidance times. We reserve the right to change itineraries and excursion programmes. If a route cannot be travelled due to low/high water or a ship defect, the shipping company reserves the right to take passengers on this route by bus, to accommodate them in hotels and/or change the route. In certain circumstances it may be necessary to change to another ship.


  • Vienna’s famous Christmas market
  • Christmas Eve in Melk
  • Relax on board your riverboat with a Gala Christmas Dinner

Sailing Dates

Fares from £1,675pp

Single Supplement From 25%

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01223 568907

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  • Economy flight from London and overseas transfers to and from vessel
  • NEW for 2024 – 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Passau
  • Welcome and farewell reception with the Captain
  • 6-nights cruise including all meals
  • Unlimited drinks inc wine, beer, cocktails and all non alcoholic drinks
  • Nightly onboard entertainment
  • Sennheiser audio sets on all excursions
  • Services of the Cruise Director and local guides
  • 4 Guided Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Gratuities
  • Port fees and taxes
  • Full ATOL financial protection
  • Baggage handling fee

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