The smells and sounds of the Christmas markets, and the beautifully-decorated historic buildings and avenues visited on this cruise, will leave lasting memories, whether you choose one of the guided optional excursions or prefer to simply explore independently. Austria’s festivities begin with great vigour on 6th December with the feast of St Nicholas. Nearly every town holds a Christmas market, including the charming town of Linz, and Vienna boasts around twenty five, with beautiful squares transformed into magical scenes aglow with lights.
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport and your direct, scheduled Lufthansa flight to Munich. On arrival, our coach will transfer you to Passau to embark A-ROSA DONNA (4T). Acquaint yourself with your surroundings as we set sail along the Danube, with a delicious meal served on board this evening.
Day 2 - Wachau Valley - Vienna
Enjoy the scenery as we sail along beautiful stretches of river through the north of Austria, including the Wachau Valley. Arrive in Vienna just after lunch and enjoy an included city tour by coach, to see magnificent buildings such as the State Opera and Hofburg Palace, and numerous memorials to famous composers, poets and artists. Finally, you enjoy one of the loveliest views of the former imperial city from the gardens of the Belvedere Palace before returning to the cruise ship. Remaining docked overnight, you may wish to spend the evening in one of the city’s beautiful theatres or see the city by night, lit up to stunning effect with its chandelier decorations and trees.
Day 3 - Vienna
Vienna, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, is adorned with dazzling decorations, the sights and sounds of the Christmas markets fill the air. Maybe take an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace; its historical significance and magnificent architectural décor make this one of Vienna’s most important sights. Or explore at leisure and visit one of the many Christmas markets offering Christmas tree decorations, gifts, sweets and warming drinks amongst a sea of festive lights. Our cruise continues as dinner is served this evening.
Day 4 - Linz
This morning we arrive in Linz, a charming old town where the scent of gingerbread and Linzer Torte fill the Baroque main square, and a nativity play is performed every thirty minutes in the fairyland Volksgarten. We sail late this evening for the final journey to Passau.
Day 5 Passau - Munich - London
After breakfast this morning, we disembark in Passau and transfer to Munich Airport for our Lufthansa flight to London Heathrow. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.