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Christmas Cruise on the Danube

December 22, 2023

8 Days | 6 Cities | 4 Countries



Experience timeless holiday traditions and elegant pageantry on the Danube— Let iconic capital cities—decked in holiday finery with glittering Christmas trees illuminated by thousands of lights, bells pealing from cathedral towers dazzle you. Wander the stalls of Europe’s most traditional and enchanting Christmas Markets, shopping for handcrafted toys and gifts, sipping hot mulled wine and inhaling the fragrance of gingerbread and roasted chestnuts. Cherish all the glory and magic of the season in grand European style as you cruise along the Danube during this festive time of the year.


This cruise is not exclusive to Teeming River Cruises. Teeming River Cruises is partnering with VIVA Cruises, owned by Scylla AG, one of the largest ship owners in Europe.

Note: This is not a “Hosted” cruise with Jeff and Gina Paglialonga, Teeming River Cruises’ founders. Look for future cruises hosted by Jeff & Gina and/or Teeming River Cruises staff.

Important: Cabin selection is by category. Specific cabins selected will be honored if possible.


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Depart: 4:00p

Located in Germany at the confluence of three rivers, the Danube, Inn, and Liz, the Bavarian town of Passau has a charm that attracts tourists from far and wide.  Rich in history, the town can trace its roots back to the 2nd century AD when it was established as a colony of the Roman Empire.

Today, the town boasts superb examples of Gothic and Baroque architecture, including the Cathedral of St. Stephen.  Built in 1688, this magnificent cathedral houses one of the world’s largest pipe organs and is a major attraction for visitors.  other notable buildings in the town include the Church of St. Michale and Lamberg Palais.  With a population of only just over 50,000, Passau is a peaceful town and not at all difficult to get around for visitors.

Arrival: 4:00p
Depart: 9:00p

Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia, lies on the Danube in the west of the country.  The city is renowned for its bar and cafe culture, giving the place a lively feel despite its population of under half a million.  Bratislava castle, rebuilt in the 1950s after a devastating fire over 100 years earlier, lies on the edge of the old town.  the city is full of parks and green spaces, with several lakes.  The old Town Hall dates from the 15th century and is Sovakia’s oldest city hall.  Nearby is the much more recent Man at Work, a humorous bronze sculpture by Viktor Hulik depicting a man climbing out of a manhole.  As the country’s capital, the city also contains a wide range of museums and galleries, as well as the National Theatre.

Arrival: 8:30 AM

Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  As the capital of Hungary, it is full of history and heritage with a mass of attractions, ancient and modern.  magnificently straddling the Danube, the city is as equally impressive to view from the water on a river cruise as when walking the streets. Everywhere is a feast for the eyes and the photo opportunities are endless.  Architecture is flamboyant with major attractions being the Royal Palace, Parliament, the Fisherman’s Bastion, Heroes Square, and the Basilica of St. Stephen.  Must-visits include the status in Memento Park and the House of Terror in the Jewish Quarter



The biggest Christmas market in Budapest always takes place in Vörösmarty square. During this period the square turns into a festive marketplace where you can buy some unique gifts for your loved ones and try the best of Hungarian cuisine.

Depart: 1:30a

Something else not to be missed is the Schechenyi Baths, one of the biggest natural hot spring spa baths in Europe.  It’s a terrific place to unwind the day after sampling the exceptional nightlife.  Budapest is super tourist friendly and budget-friendly.

Arrival: 6:30a
Depart: 12:00p

Esztergom has a rich history.  It is the city where the first King of Hungary was born. His name was Saint Stephen and was also crowned the king of Hungary.  The city is located on the right bank of the Danube River, making the border between Hungary and Slovakia.  Visitors can tour the city, admiring the beautiful sights of the city.  Saint Stephen Square is the most beautiful square lying in a spectacular area near the castle hill close to the Basilica.  In the green areas that are attached to the Danube walkway, one can find shops and restaurants.  Aqua Island is an amazing, extensive bath complex in the city.  It has a building that is remarkable with plans on the rooftops.  The bat has a variety of equipment such as caves, slides, and infra saunas that visitors can enjoy.  In The Esztergom Castle Theater, there are several plays in which one can enjoy a unique experience.  The city also plays a significant role in promoting the culture of the Turkish.

Arrival: 8:30a
Depart: 6:00p

Sitting on the majestic River Danube, Vienna is one of the most culturally-rich cities in Europe.  There is plenty to soak up in the capital of Austria.  The city has long been Europe’s spiritual home of classical music and the orchestrations of many of the great names seem to exude from the streets that are packed with magnificent architecture much of which reflects the grandeur of the imperial Hapsburgs.  Must-see attractions include the Hofburg Palace, Schloss Schonbrunn, and the City Hall.

The cultural richness is evident in a clutch of excellent museums such as the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna and the modern MUMOK.  You can catch a musical performance at the opera house or Musikverein or learn about the “City of Music” at the Hans Der Musik Museum.  The Austrian capital has a wonderful vibrant cafe scene and it’s easy to while away a few hours with a slice of sachertorte and a glass of apricot liqueur alongside an excellent coffee.

Arrival: 2:00p
Depart: 11:30p

The River Danube changes its direction of flow, due to a bend in the river, in the Austrian city of Linz.  Visitors to Linz/Danube will enjoy the Donaupark which forms a part of the city’s cultural mile.  The park is located between the Brucknerhause music venue and the Kunstmuseum. The whole city can be viewed from Postlingberg Mountain. The 100-year-old Postlingberg tram provides a comfortable way of reaching the summit.  There is a connection from the city’s main square.

For a unique shopping experience, the Lanstrasse offers a selection of vintage boutiques providing previously owned furniture, designer fashions, and jewelry.  The Mariendom holds the title of the largest cathedral not only in Liz/Danube but in the whole country.  It boasts a capacity of 20,000 worshipers  A visit to Paul’s brewpub should provide a great experience for those with a taste for craft beer and a hearty meal.

Arrival: 7:00a

Disembarkation after breakfast.

Please Note: For navigational reasons and passenger safety, Teeming River Cruises and the captain reserve the right to modify the cruise itinerary as necessary. These Optional Excursions may or may not be offered, since availability is subject to number of participants and weather conditions.

Deck Plans

Cabin Options

Your cruise will take place on the MS VIVA TWO. To learn more about this ship, click here.

Availability & Pricing

Prices per person based on double occupancy

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Double Cabin

What's Included in the Cruise

Highlights and Notes


  • All meals onboard include breakfast buffet, lunch, dinner (multi-course gourmet menus, served at the table), and snacks with free choice of table and flexible meal times.
  • Welcome Aboard cocktail reception & Captain’s Farewell gala dinner.
  • Non-alcoholic beverages include mineral water, soft drinks, juices, a variety of coffee specialties, tea, and cocoa.
  • All-day selection of alcoholic beverages (sparkling wine, Aperol, white wine, red wine, rosé, champagne, various beers, long drinks, cocktails, spirits, and liqueurs).
  • High Tea: once per cruise a fine selection of sweet and savory delicacies for example scones, sandwiches, cupcakes, chocolates, macarons, and diverse teas.
  • Well-stocked minibar in the cabin
  • Welcome bottle of sparkling wine
  • Reusable water bottle
  • All gratuities and WI-FI
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for all optional shore excursions.


  • Drinks from special lists
  • Drinks ordered during excursions or transfers
  • Cancellation and baggage insurance
  • Flights are not included
  • Transfers/travel to and from departure/arrival points
  • Personal expenses
  • Port fees are not included
  • Excursions are additional and can be purchased onboard