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Delightful Danube Christmas

From £2,612 pp

From Melk’s Benedictine Abbey and Regensburg’s UNESCO treasures to Vienna’s famed Ringstrasse and Budapest’s stunning Parliament Building, discover picturesque Durnstein and the pastoral Wachau Valley.

Christmas Markets filled with crafts and foodstuffs have been held in Europe for centuries.  Nuremberg’s dates back all the way to 1628.  While today’s are more brilliantly lit, and visited by far more than locals, these gathering places are in many ways still authentic time capsules of what medieval yuletide celebration was all about.  The sights, sounds, smells and unbridled enthusiasm cannot help but leave you filled with child like wonder.

What’s Included:

  • An all-inclusive, All Suite, Butler serviced accommodation
  • Six star service on board
  • All Gratuities, Shipboard and shoreside
  • Michelin inspired, farm to table cuisine
  • Unlimited fine wines, champagne, soft drinks
  • 24 hour pantry, coffee, teas, soft beverages
  • 24 hour room service from waterside restaurant
  • Free Wifi
  • Onboard entertainment and enrichment
  • Daily yoga and fitness
  • Daily electronic newspapers
  • Free self service laundry
  • Shore excursions
  • Use of eBikes 
  • Transfers to and from the ship
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Day 1 - Regensburg (Embark)

Arrive in Germany and be transferred to the ship.

Dinner

Day 2 - Regensburg

Situated at the northernmost bend of the Danube and boasting a well-preserved medieval center, charming Regensburg finds itself not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but also a traveler’s favorite destination.

With its 1,400 or so ancient buildings standing as regal testament to days gone by, this riverside treasure, complete with elaborate cathedral, quintessential clock tower, multi-arched bridge and multi-faceted personality, is a flourishing city.

Day 2 - Regensburg

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Passau

At the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, Passau is also situated at a meeting of cultures.

The town began as a Roman settlement, enjoying the rising tide of influence as the largest bishopric in the Holy Roman Empire and enduringly vibrant as a hub for various trade pursuits, including salt, swords and ideas.

Wander the cobbled streets of Old Town, gaze upon arched bridges and Italianate manses and visit magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral and New Bishop’s Residence.

Day 3 - Passau

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Melk

Best known for its fortified baroque Benedictine monastery, Melk Abbey, the town of Melk boasts an assortment of smaller gems. Among them, the city’s riverside location, serene and regal with a ribbon of wooded groves giving way to the lovely village.

Cobbled lanes and a petite size make for a pleasant stroll with a chance to discover its 16th-century Town Hall, or Rathaus, in the center of town, and Haus am Stein, or House at the Rock.

Built in the 15th century, the vine-covered abode is Melk’s oldest building.

Day 4 - Melk

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Durnstein

Considered one of the most visited tourist spots in the Wachau Valley, Durnstein is in a robust wine-growing region sitting alongside the Danube river.

Durnstein Castle, the region’s famous architectural highlight, sits atop a rocky mountain, high above the Danube, at its base. Durnstein’s beauty is enhanced by verdant forests, rolling hills, and thriving vineyards that surround the town. 

Sip some of the region’s local wines and enjoy a leisurely day in this postcard-worthy European town.

Day 5 - Durnstein

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Vienna

Once the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and forever known for its manicured gardens, ornate architecture – especially that of the famed Ringstrasse – and distinguished roster of composers who either were born or lived here, Vienna finds itself at the very center of European culture, even as it sits near the border of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.

Day 6 - Vienna

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Budpaest

Commanding both sides of the Danube – with the Chain Bridge connecting hilly Buda with flat Pest – Hungary’s capital enchants with its magnificent architecture of domes and spires, 18th-century homes, bridges and lampposts.

The UNESCO-listed Castle Hill welcomes all to explore Buda Castle, Trinity Square, Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion.

Enjoy the magic and splendour of Budapest’s Christmas markets

Day 7 - Budpaest

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Budapest

Your journey along the Daunbe has ended begin your journey home after breakfast today.

Breakfast

Day 1 - Budapest

Upon arrival, transfer to your Crystal Suite ship to begin your journey along the Danube.

Dinner

Day 2 - Budapest

Commanding both sides of the Danube – with the Chain Bridge connecting hilly Buda with flat Pest – Hungary’s capital enchants with its magnificent architecture of domes and spires, 18th-century homes, bridges and lampposts.

The UNESCO-listed Castle Hill welcomes all to explore Buda Castle, Trinity Square, Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion.

Visit Budapest’s magical Christmas markets.

Day 2 - Budapest

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 & 4 - Vienna

Once the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and forever known for its manicured gardens, ornate architecture – especially that of the famed Ringstrasse – and distinguished roster of composers who either were born or lived here, Vienna finds itself at the very center of European culture, even as it sits near the border of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.

Day 3 & 4 - Vienna

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Durnstein

Considered one of the most visited tourist spots in the Wachau Valley, Durnstein is in a robust wine-growing region sitting alongside the Danube river.

Durnstein Castle, the region’s famous architectural highlight, sits atop a rocky mountain, high above the Danube, at its base. Durnstein’s beauty is enhanced by verdant forests, rolling hills, and thriving vineyards that surround the town.

Sip some of the region’s local wines and enjoy a leisurely day in this postcard-worthy European town.

Best known for its fortified baroque Benedictine monastery, Melk Abbey, the town of Melk boasts an assortment of smaller gems. Among them, the city’s riverside location, serene and regal with a ribbon of wooded groves giving way to the lovely village. 

Cobbled lanes and a petite size make for a pleasant stroll with a chance to discover its 16th-century Town Hall, or Rathaus, in the center of town, and Haus am Stein, or House at the Rock. Built in the 15th century, the vine-covered abode is Melk’s oldest building.

Day 5 - Durnstein

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Passau

At the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, Passau is also situated at a meeting of cultures.

The town began as a Roman settlement, enjoying the rising tide of influence as the largest bishopric in the Holy Roman Empire and enduringly vibrant as a hub for various trade pursuits, including salt, swords and ideas.

Wander the cobbled streets of Old Town, gaze upon arched bridges and Italianate manses and visit magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral and New Bishop’s Residence.

Day 6 - Passau

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Regensburg

Situated at the northernmost bend of the Danube and boasting a well-preserved medieval center, charming Regensburg finds itself not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but also a traveler’s favorite destination.

With its 1,400 or so ancient buildings standing as regal testament to days gone by, this riverside treasure, complete with elaborate cathedral, quintessential clock tower, multi-arched bridge and multi-faceted personality, is a flourishing city.

Day 7 - Regensburg

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Regensburg

Your journey has come to an end, after breakfast begins making your way home.

Breakfast

Renowned as one of The World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line™, Crystal River Cruises has the largest and most spacious ship on Europe’s rivers, ushering in a new era of luxury in the river cruising industry.

With a focus on more overnight stays and longer days in port to maximize guests’ authentic experience in each destination, Crystal River Cruises showcases Europe’s most fascinating and fairytale locales. The Crystal fleet has four identical ships, Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel, which offer voyages along the Rhine, Main, Danube and Moselle rivers. All-suite, All-Panoramic window balcony river ships in Europe, with every category of accommodations situated above the water line.

You can expect extraordinary personal attention, butler service for every suite and superb, farm-to-table cuisine are among the defining characteristics of Crystal River Cruises, as are plush onboard amenities, the largest luxury suites in river cruising, expansive social spaces crowned with skylights and glass roofs, and an ambience of boutique elegance.

An unparalleled range of all-inclusive amenities and services exceeds the expectations of the most discerning travelers. Crystal’s all-inclusive experience offers Michelin-inspired cuisine, unlimited pours of fine wines and premium spirits, all gratuities (shipboard and shoreside), daily fitness and yoga classes, unlimited Wi-Fi and use of Atlanta eBikes in select destinations.

Ashore, a curated “Crystal Collection” of complimentary experiences offers unmatched options for cultural enrichment and active adventure.

  • 53 lavishly decorated outside staterooms and suites, with Panoramic Balcony Window
  • Butler service for all suites
  • Canopied Sundeck with sun-shades, chairs & loungers
  • Swimming pool
  • Michelin level cuisine
  • Flexible dining options
  • Unlimited fine wines, champagne, spirits & beers
  • Afternoon tea, aperitifs, cocktails
  • 24 hour pantry with teas, coffee, wines and a selection of non alcoholic beverages
  • 24 hour room service
  • Piano Bar
  • Pop up Vista Bar on the open air top deck
  • Crystal Life Spa
  • Daily Yoga, Pilates or one on one fitness
  • Daily international newspapers via in suite ipad
  • Shore excursions
  • Complimentary ebikes
  • Complimentary self service laundry

 

All Suite accommodation

Your luxurious Crystal home away from home affords virtually every amenity and service one could wish for and even a few that defy imagination.  Generously appointed suites have been designed with exacting attention to details large and small, from sweeping views and plush beds that deliver a perfect night’s sleep to dedicated butler service, 24 hour room service, the latest state of the art technologies and conveniences, and even spacious wardrobes.

All Staterooms Feature

  • All suites
  • European Butler service in all room categories
  • Plush king size beds, Egyptian cotton lines and pillow menu
  • Panoramic Balcony Window
  • Spacious walk in wardrobes
  • Bedside ipad directory
  • Interactive TV system, movies on demand, music library, lighting and temperature controls
  • ETRO in suite amenities
  • Welcome bottle of Champagne & two bottles of wine
  • Stocked mini Bar
  • Unlimited soft drinks and bottled water
  • Nespresso or Inspresso Coffee Machine
  • Marble bathrooms with TOTO toilet & Double vanity
  • 24 our room service

Crystal Suite

759 ft² –  Deck 3

  • 2 bedroom & 2 bathroom connecting suites
  • Separate living/Dining area
  • Suite wide triple Panoramic balcony window
  • Marble fireplace with ambient fire
  • Writing desk
  • 40″ flat screen HD TV
  • Inspresso coffee machine
  • Butler service
  • In-Suite Hors d’oeuvres & daily canapes
  • Safe, Hairdryer, ETRO Bathrobes
  • Complimentary laundry and pressing service
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Penthouse Suite

506 ft² –  Deck 3

  • King size Bed (3rd bed available on sofa bed in Lounge)
  • Separate living/Dining area
  • Suite wide triple Panoramic balcony window
  • Marble fireplace with ambient fire
  • Writing desk
  • Flat screen HD TV
  • Inspresso coffee machine
  • Butler service
  • In-Suite Hors d’oeuvres & daily canapes
  • Safe, Hairdryer, ETRO Bathrobes
  • Complimentary laundry and pressing service

S1 & S2 Deluxe Suite with Panoramic Balcony Window

253 ft² – Decks 2 & 3

  • King size bed facing panoramic window
  • Arm Chair
  • Height adjustable dining/coffee table
  • Inspresso coffee maker
  • Safe, Hairdryer, Bathrobes
  • 40″ HD flatscreen TV
  • Ipad
  • Butler service
  • In-Suite Hors d’oeuvres & daily canapes

S3 Deluxe Suite with Panoramic Balcony Window

237 ft² – Deck 2

  • King size bed facing panoramic window
  • Arm Chair
  • Height adjustable dining/coffee table
  • Inspresso coffee maker
  • Safe, Hairdryer, Bathrobes
  • 40″ HD flatscreen TV
  • Ipad
  • Butler service
  • In-Suite Hors d’oeuvres & daily canapes

S4 & S5 Petite Suite

188 ft² – Deck 2 & 3

  • King size bed facing panoramic window
  • Arm Chair
  • Height adjustable dining/coffee table
  • Inspresso coffee maker
  • Safe, Hairdryer, Bathrobes
  • 40″ HD flatscreen TV
  • Ipad
  • Butler service
  • In-Suite Hors d’oeuvres & daily canapes

 

 

DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Dec 7RavelRegensburg£2843Cabin Upgrades
Cat S5Middle Deck188 ft², French Balcony£2843 Was £3227 
Cat S4Upper Deck188 ft², French Balcony£2996 Was £4768 
Cat S3Middle Deck237 ft², French Balcony£3343 Was £3727 
Cat S2Middle Deck253 ft², French Balcony£3612 Was £3997 
Cat S1Upper Deck253 ft², French Balcony£3957 Was £4342 
Cat CPUpper Deck506 ft², French Balconies£6843 Was £7227 
Cat CSUpper Deck759 ft², French Balconies£10266 Was £10650 
Dec 14RavelBudapest£2612Cabin Upgrades
Cat S5Middle Deck188 ft², French Balcony£2612 Was £2997 
Cat S4Upper Deck188 ft², French Balcony£2727 Was £3112 
Cat S3Middle Deck237 ft², French Balcony£3073 Was £3458 
Cat S2Middle Deck253 ft², French Balcony£3304 Was £3688 
Cat S1Upper Deck253 ft², French Balcony£3650 Was £4035 
Cat CPUpper Deck506 ft², French Balconies£6304 Was £6688 
Cat CSUpper Deck759 ft², French Balconies£9420 Was £9804 


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