Christmas River Cruise from Vienna to Budapest with Avalon – Save up to $1,550 per couple*




6 days

Deal Type

River Cruise

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Celebrate the holiday season with exclusive journeys to Europe’s enchanting Christmas markets and festivities on this Avalon Waterways’ Christmas river cruise.🎄

Discover this Avalon Christmas river cruise from Vienna to Budapest for only $3,043 per person and earn up to 6,956 Qantas Frequent Flyer points. ✈️

Immerse yourself in the festive spirit aboard their beautifully decorated Suite Ships as you savour the sights, scents, and flavours of local Christmas traditions during your Danube River cruise.

⭐️ Experience picturesque winter landscapes along the Danube, adorned with charming Christmas markets steeped in timeless customs.

⭐️ Embark from Vienna, known as the “City of Music,” and discover its glittering Christmas markets alongside guided tours of landmarks like the Imperial Palace, Vienna Opera House, and majestic St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

⭐️ Glide through the scenic Wachau Valley and visit Melk Abbey, an architectural gem in Austria.

⭐️ Continue to Bratislava, Slovakia, for a guided exploration of its historic streets and Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral, set amidst captivating Christmas markets.

⭐️ Your festive journey culminates in Budapest, Hungary’s capital, where guided tours unveil its treasures and provide leisure time to discover more Christmas markets and shop for unique gifts.

Christmas River Cruise

Vienna Christmas markets

Included Items

  • 5 Breakfasts
  • 4 Lunches
  • 5 Dinners
  • Transport: State-of-the-art, luxurious river cruise vessels with modern services and amenities
  • Signature Suite Ships℠ with spacious deluxe accommodations including Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection Beds
  • Gourmet cuisine with all meals onboard, including regional wine & beer with lunch & dinner
  • Choice of included daily onshore excursions, from immersive experiences to active adventures to sightseeing with Local Guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship (where available)
  • Professional Cruise Director and friendly staff (English speaking) who deliver renowned onboard service and relaxed luxury
  • Panoramic windows throughout the ship
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate and premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

Tour Company

Avalon Waterways

Tour Location


Deal Type

River Cruise


Christmas Time from Vienna to Budapest

Christmas Time from Vienna to Budapest

More Information

Cruise Itinerary +


Welcome to Austria. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Vienna must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Indulge in traditional holiday fare and hot libations to warm your heart and soul before boarding.

Meals Included: Dinner

Christmas in Vienna

Christmas in Vienna


Royal Collections and Festive Confections.

CLASSIC: Explore the Habsburg empire this morning on a Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex-the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the iconic Vienna Opera House, and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Spend free time on your own to enjoy the Christkindlesmarkt or relax by the fire’s glow in a Viennese cafe this evening.

Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schonbrunn Palace-summer home of the Habsburg Empire. This evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Christmas Magic in the Austria’s Wine Country.

CLASSIC: Join a Guided Walk to explore this small valley town, seemingly untouched by the new world. During lunchtime, sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Melk.

MELK: Frescoes Above and Vineyards Below.

CLASSIC: Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ. This evening, enjoy live entertainment onboard.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Cathedral Coronations and a Crowning Castle.

CLASSIC: Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Old Town’s cobblestone streets to Town Hall. Visit the Gothic halls of St. Martin’s Cathedral-Hungary’s centuries-old coronation church. Spend free time browsing the spruce stalls of the Christmas Markets of Bratislava.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Christmas Lights and Classic Sights.

CLASSIC: Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour to see majestic Heroes’ Square and Budapest’s classic sites. Take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying a free afternoon exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city’s cafes and pubs, and don’t miss the unique Christmas markets that Budapest hosts every year during the festive season.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals Included: Breakfast



Ship Information +

Operated by one of Avalon Waterways’ river cruising Suite Ship’s, Avalon Envision.

Just envision Europe’s most spectacular views passing your panoramic window like ever-changing picture postcards.

The Avalon Envision brings this dream to life as part of the youngest fleet of ships on Europe’s waterways. Avalon continues their outstanding commitment to relaxed luxury and excellence with the Envision.

Passengers can choose from two full decks of award-winning Panorama Suites with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that transform your living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony.

The 200-square-foot Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, with Avalon’s signature window-facing “Beds with a View”.

Onboard amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi access, a state-of-the-art Fitness Center, an Adventure Center for bikes and active gear, and an Avalon Adventure Host to assist with active excursions and activities.

Enjoy exceptional onboard cuisine, including Avalon Fresh menu options, premium coffee and spirits, and versatile FlexDining venues, including the casual Panorama Bistro, al fresco Sky Grill, or elegant glass-walled Dining Room.

Library books, cards, and board games are favourites in the Club Lounge, and their Observation Lounge affords the perfect vantage point to watch the world go by. The expansive Sky Deck beckons with a whirlpool, premium lounge chairs, shade system, and deck games-against a backdrop of Europe’s most spectacular scenery.

Can you picture it?

Avalon Envision

Avalon Envision

Suites & Staterooms

  • Open–Air Balconies and Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows in all Panorama SuitesSM
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Full-size closet and mirror
  • Additional under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with wide selection of free movie channels and English-speaking TV
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Complimentary filtered water
  • Well-stocked mini bar
  • USB Ports
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L’Occitane® bath products & hairdryer
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
Avalon Envision Suite

Avalon Envision Suite


  • Chef-prepared onboard meals with regional cuisine and familiar favourites
  • Seasonal cuisine featuring the freshest local ingredients
  • Avalon Fresh® healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Spacious, open-seating Panorama Dining Room
  • Daily breakfast buffet with full range of classic breakfast items, healthy Avalon Fresh® options and daily a la carte specials
  • Complimentary room service for Continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Daily lunch buffet featuring regional specialties, classic dishes, healthy Avalon Fresh® options and rotating chef’s features including carving & pasta stations. Alternatively, you may dine al fresco at our Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather and itinerary permitting) or enjoy a light lunch in the Panorama Lounge.
  • Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, and sweet treats
  • Four-course dinners with choice of appetisers, soups, salads, entrées and desserts or cheese
  • Linger over several selections from the Panorama Bistro’s tasting menu for a less formal “sit-down” atmosphere
  • Complimentary wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Avalon FlexDining® flexible dining times with menu & venue options
  • Vegetarian options at every meal, as well as vegan, low calorie, low fat, high fiber, low cholesterol, high energy and allergy-free selections
  • Panorama Lounge & Bar with premium spirits, cosy seating, panoramic windows & dance floor
  • Welcome & farewell cocktails with sparkling wine & canapés
  • Included Happy Hour every evening featuring house beer, wine, cocktails and a drink of the day
  • Cocktails with a view on the Sky Deck
  • Specialty coffees, espresso drinks and beWell Essence flavoured and infused water available throughout each day
Avalon Envision Dining

Avalon Envision Dining

Fitness & Wellness

  • Active shore excursions, both included and optional
  • Fitness Center
  • Avalon Adventure Center
  • Your place for active gear* and activities through your Avalon Adventure HostSM, including:
  • Bikes
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Canoe and kayak excursions
  • Fitbits®
  • Walking sticks
  • Binoculars
  • Daypacks
  • Yoga mats
  • Fitness bands
Fitness Centre

Fitness Centre

Booking Terms & Conditions

Advertised price based on 29 November 2024 departure in Cat D cabin, price is per person twin share and reflects the $1,550 per couple saving*. Pricing is correct as of 15 July 2024, subject to availability at the time of booking. Offers may be withdrawn or prices updated by the supplier at any time, so please enquire with our expert consultants for the latest pricing, terms and conditions. Single supplement may also apply. Special Offer: Offer valid for new 2024 and 2025 bookings made and deposited by 09/09/24 or until sold out. Offer is strictly limited and subject to availability until sold out. Not combinable with other earlybird offers, except Welcome Back Credit and/or $100pp Second Tour Discount (may be applied when multiple cruises are booked at the same time for travel within the same calendar year). Offers can be withdrawn or amended at any time without notice. Additional restrictions may apply. Tour Code: WTB.

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