Embark on a festive holiday journey through the heart of central Europe, passing charming snow-covered villages and towns, combined with sumptuous gala dinners, opera performances, dancing and waltzing, fireworks and exclusive regional celebrations within magnificent Renaissance settings. A highlight of this memorable journey includes beautiful Budapest accommodations at the Four Seasons Gresham Palace Hotel. Enjoy a historical city and Christmas market strolls, and a culinary tasting with wines within the Great Market Hall. Spend 5 nights onboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express in Deluxe or Superior Class, each offering privacy, with comfortable sleeping accommodations and en-suite bathrooms. The picturesque route encompasses winter landscapes of Hungary and Austria, visiting various national parks, historic attractions and royal baroque palaces in the city of Graz. Enjoy Waltz lessons in Vienna along with a New Year’s Eve gala dinner within the beautiful Vienna City Hall, featuring a performance by the renowned Wiener Hofball Orchestra. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride on New Year’s Day for a celebratory brunch at the Palais Coburg and a live New Year’s Concerto from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The journey finale returns you back to Budapest for a final evening.
Optional add-on experiences available: A delightful excursion in the Austrian countryside to Schonbrunn Palace (OR) an enlightening excursion to the 12th-century Heiligenkreuz Monastery for a moving musical and song performance. This memorable once-in-a-lifetime journey continues to the UNESCO World Heritage breathtaking town of Cesky Krumlov, a lesser-known gem city of Kosice and then into Prague, one of the most beautifully preserved cities in Europe.
Dates: December 28, 2018-January 5, 2019
Trip Length: 8 nights/9 days
Cost: Starting from $7995 USD per person
- 2 nights in Budapest pre-rail journey
- 5 nights onboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express rail journey
- 1 night Budapest post-rail journey
- Budapest tour experience
- Royal palaces and castles
- New Year’s Eve gala dinner at Vienna City Hall
- Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra New Year’s day concert
- Performance at The Prague National Theater