Christmas Market River Cruise Excursions

We hope you're getting excited for our upcoming Christmas market river cruise along the Danube this December 22-29, 2023. Viva Cruises also offers daily excursions for guests to choose from at very reasonable prices. We have created this form so you can select which excursions you would like to participate in and we will help you with your booking. Once you advise which excursions you'd like to join, these will be added to your Viva Cruises bookings to be paid later directly to them.

At least one or both of our trip leaders (David and/or Richard) will go on one excursion each day, but not on all of them. This is indicated below. You are welcome to go on the excursions with them and/or the others on your own. If you have any questions or comments, let us know in the comment box below.

You can find more details on the excursions here as well.


Get to know the capital of the young Slovak Republic on this excursion. Bratislava is located near the border triangle where the borders of Slovakia, Hungary and Austria meet and has always been considered a melting pot of different peoples and cultures. The old town, which is well worth seeing, has largely been able to preserve its Gothic-Baroque style. Here you can also clearly feel the change that has been promoted in recent years, everywhere people are busy restoring the old building fabric. In addition to a tour, you will have the opportunity to taste Slovak beer.

From the berth of the ship you will first take the bus on the Buda side along Gellert Hill to the Castle Hill to the former Royal Castle. Here you have a magnificent view over the Danube and the Pest district. You will then continue to the Matthias Church, Fishermen's Bastion and the charming alleys of the picturesque old town of Buda. You will cross the old Chain Bridge over to Pest, passing the imposing 19th century St. Stephen's Church, through the wonderful wide boulevards to Heroes' Square, with its monumental buildings erected in 1896 for the Hungarian millennium. Passing the neo-Gothic Parliament Building, one of the city's landmarks, we return to the ship.

More information about this excursion will follow soon.

More information about this excursion will follow soon.

In Esztergom you will take the funicular from the pier to the basilica, where you will then be allowed to experience a guided tour in the basilica. The neoclassical church is the largest church in Hungary and its treasury still contains ancient vestments and liturgical objects from the Carolingian period. Afterwards we will take the funicular back to the ship.

Vienna, the capital of Austria, is a city of superlatives and delights every visitor. First you drive via the Urania to Schwarzenbergplatz and Karlsplatz, past the Musikvereinssaal to the State Opera. Afterwards, you will take a leisurely walk from the famous Hofburg, Imperial Vienna to Medieval Vienna. At St. Stephen's Cathedral you have some free time to visit the cathedral from the inside, visit a typical Viennese coffee house or take a Fiaker ride. Afterwards you stroll through the famous Kärntner Strasse back to the bus. Now the tour continues along the Ringstrasse past magnificent buildings rich in tradition such as the Parliament, the City Hall and the Burgtheater. A short photo stop rounds off the programme before the bus takes you past the University and the Votive Church back to the ship.

The bus will take you to one of the most beautiful and famous buildings in Austria; Schönbrunn Palace. The palace achieved international fame with the filming of the story of the Austrian Queen-Empress Elisabeth, 'Sissi'. The former hunting lodge, later rebuilt as a Baroque palace, was used by Maria Theresa as her summer residence for official functions. With a knowledgeable guide, you will experience the highlights of the magnificent interior. Following the interior tour you will be given some spare time to take a stroll in the delightful gardens. Some stairs in the palace. Short walking distances. The bus then returns to the ship.

Look forward to a varied stay in Linz. Linz is the capital of the province of Upper Austria. First, visit the famous Pöstlingberg, a landmark of the city. The Pöstlingberg is not only famous for its great view of the city. Here you will find the legendary Grottenbahn, which is not only popular for children. Immerse yourself in the world of dwarves and fairytales and stroll through the mountain cave. You shouldn't miss a ride on the Grottenbahn either. Linz's local mountain also offers a viewing platform, a photo gallery, a zoo and the enchanting pilgrimage basilica. Afterwards, a bus tour of Linz is on the programme, which takes about 30 minutes. Afterwards, you will explore Linz on a city walk. This takes approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes. Take in the impressions of the baroque old town and marvel at the beautiful, traditional facades and the Plague Column. Then you have free time at the main square. Take a 30-minute walk through the pedestrian zone. There are many shops, souvenir shops, but also coffee houses, bakeries and restaurants. At the end you return to the ship. The return journey to the ship takes about 15 minutes.
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