New Year on the Danube

8 & 9 days Passau-Budapest-Vienna-Melk-Passau

Fares From £1,789 pp

Single Supplement 40%

New Year on the Danube – Cruise Summary

Picturesque snow-covered landscapes with magnificent buildings: the great cities of the Danube look spectacular during the wintertime. This very special cruise includes two nights in Vienna for New Year’s Eve in the Austrian capital and plenty of time to explore its cultural and historic highlights by day. With extended mooring times and fascinating excursions also included in Bratislava, Budapest and Linz, you will be free to make your own discoveries in these welcoming destinations.

Day-by-Day Itinerary


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

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: Bratislava

Arrival 16:00 – Departure 20:00

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 4: Budapest river cruise nicko cruises uk

Arrival 09:00 – Departure 22:00

City walking tour of Budapest’s impressive buildings.

““Budapest impressions” walking tour through the city, including a journey on the oldest underground train in continental Europe – or experience Budapest more actively on a bicycle tour.

In the evening, experience a traditional local folkloric performance, while enjoying some authentic Hungarian goulash and wine.



Day 5: Vienna

Arrival 22:00

Enjoy a day cruising the river before welcoming the New Year in the Austrian Capital.


Day 6: Vienna

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.

Begin the new year with a very special optional experience: a traditional “Neujahrskonzert Wien” classical concert in Vienna, the “City of Music.”
Numbers for this excursion are strictly limited and it must be booked in advance.


Day 7: Melk

Arrival 12:30 – Departure 19:00

Cruising through the UNESCO World Heritage Wachau

The baroque Benedictine Abbey of Melk, the spiritual and cultural centre of Austria for more than a thousand years.


Day 8: Linz winter on the danube nicko cruises

Arrival 05:00 – Departure 21:00

Tour of Linz , Austria’s third-largest city, named the European Capital of Culture in 2009 and renowned for its baroque architecture and picturesque old quarter.


Day 9: Passauybbs


Disembarkation until 09:30

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.


  • Welcome in the New Year in beautiful Vienna
  • Opportunity to attend a fabulous Viennese New Year concert
  • Cruise through the cultural landscapes of the serene Wachau Valley
  • Extended layovers with included city tours in Bratislava, Budapest and Linz

Sailing Dates

Fares from £1,789pp

Single Supplement From 40%

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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
  • 7-or-8-night 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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