7 Days in Europe – Christmas Market Cruise


Tour Itinerary

Tour Highlights

  • Group tour with gay guests
  • European Christmas markets
  • Discover 4 countries
  • Plenty of free time to explore
  • Gourmet multi-course meals
  • Selection of alcoholic beverages
  • Onboard entertainment & activities

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I reserve my spot?

Click the 'Book Now' button at the top of this page. You'll be directed to a booking request form to add your contact information as well as the number of guests. Once you submit your booking request we'll get in touch with you via email to finalize your booking. You only need to put down a 20% deposit on voyage fare to hold your reservation.

How much does the trip cost?

The price of the trip can vary based on the cabin type and booking date but starts at €1,150 per person based on double occupancy in a standard cabin. You can click the link below to view live pricing. CLICK TO SEE RATES (e.g. price per person for 2 people sharing a cabin) Solo travelers pay just a 30% single supplement for a private cabin. However, any solo bookings made before March 31, 2023 will recieve a promotional 'no single supplement offer.' All prices above are final and already include taxes and fees.

What are the payment terms & cancellation policy?

You only need to put down a 20% deposit on voyage fare to hold your reservation. The remaining balance is due no later than 30 days before the start of the cruise (November 22, 2023). Below is the standard cancelation policy from Viva Cruises. VIVA Cruises has determined the following lump sum compensation, taking into account the period between the notice of cancellation and the commencement of the Tour as well as the expected cost savings and the expected earnings by the use of the travel services in another way. The compensation shall be calculated as follows after the date of receipt of the notice of cancellation: • up to 120 days prior to the commencement of the Tour 10%, • from the 119th to the 90th day prior to the commencement of the Tour 20%, • from the 89th to the 30th day prior to the commencement of the Tour 40%, • from the 29th to the 15th day prior to the commencement of the Tour 60%, • from the 14th to the 1st day prior to the commencement of the Tour 80% of the travel price, • Cancellation on the date of the Tour or failure to set out on the Package Tour: 90% of the travel price. You can view the full cancelation policy here.

Is there an age limit?

We don't like to place an age limit on the trip. But in saying that it's best suitable for ages 18+ and that guests are healthy and can get into the spirit of the trip. Our average age range is usually between mid-'30s and mid-'60s but we've also had younger and older on past trips. Our trips are also active and include many walking tours so it may not be suitable if you if you can't spend several hours on your feet, walking around the city and up and down hills.

I'm a solo traveler. Can I come alone?

Absolutely! Although we are not able to match you with a roommate, Viva Cruises offers private, solo traveler cabins and charges only a 30% single supplement. Plus, any solo bookings made before March 31, 2023 will recieve a promotional 'no single supplement offer.'The majority of guests on our trips are solo travelers so you won't be alone!

I have more questions. How can I contact you?

If you have more questions, simply fill out this form with your information and questions and we'll get in touch with you.

Is this trip only for gay men?

The trip is open to any member or ally of the LGBT+ community. While the vast majority of our guests tend to be gay men, we're happy to welcome anyone who is friendly, welcoming and has an open mind.

Is Viva Cruises a gay cruise?

No, Viva Cruises is a mainstream, river cruise line open to anyone that launched in 2018. It was started by the renowned Swiss shipping company Scylla AG, which currently owns a fleet of 40 ships. They have dedicated themselves to comfortable travel on water - with a convincing all-inclusive offer for their guests as well as exclusive destinations in Europe. The MS VIVA TWO ship is the second new build of VIVA Cruises with 95 cabins accommodating up to 190 passengers Although we will be joining a ship with other guests, our small gay group trip of approximately 20-40 gay guests will offer daily group meals together, group shore excursions, cocktail hours, group activities and more!

When should I arrive and where should I stay?

You should plan to fly into Germany at least the day before the cruise starts. We recommend flying into Munich so your flight should arrive in Munich on December 21st or before. This is to ensure you have enough time to board the ship, should there be any flight delays or cancellations.

You can either get a hotel in Munich the night before the cruise and then take the train from Munich to Passau on the morning of December 22nd or fly into Munich and immediately take a train to Passau and spend the night there. Either option is fine, it just depends on your preference.

We recommend staying in the city center somewhere near the central train station. That's both for the convenience of getting the train to/from Passau, but also where all the interesting sights and Christmas markets are located. You can find a list of recommended hotels in our Munich Gay Guide.

Where and what time is embarkation and disembarkation?

Generally speaking, embarkation/check-in begins two hours before the start of the journey; therefore, usually from 2pm since the ship departs at 4pm from Passau. Disembarkation on the day of departure begins after breakfast, at 9:30am at the latest. Embarkation in Passau is either in Lindau or in Passau's old town. You will receive the arrival information via email shortly before the start of the trip.

How do I get to Passau?

You can book your roundtrip train from Munich main station (Hbf) to Passau main station (Hbf) using the official Deutsche Bahn website. Note that seat reservation is possible up to a few minutes before train departure but no earlier than three months before departure.

The direct train ride takes approximately 2 hr 15 min. Please keep in mind that embarkation will start around 2pm so if you are taking the train the same day as boarding on December 22nd, plan to arrive with plenty of time. 

From the Passau main station, you can take a taxi (approx. 5-10 minutes) directly to the ship's pier. There is a taxi rank right outside the Passau main train station exit.

If you are taking a flight from Munich upon our return to Passau, you can book your train from Passau Hbf to Munich Airport T (München Flughafen Terminal). It will require one transfer at Freising.

You can also book an individual transfer with the cruise line – regardless of whether you are traveling alone or in a group. For bookings, send an e-mail to info@viva-cruises.com.

Are there transfers from Munich to Passau?

We are not organizing group transfers from Munich because guests have different plans for arrival and departure so not everyone will be going and coming at the same time.

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