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New Year on the Danube

Vienna, Budapest 7 nights Price from £2,389 per person

A five night cruise on board AmaViola and two nights in Budapest | 28 December 2023

The Danube is one of Europe’s most important rivers, cutting a swathe through dramatic gorges and rolling vineyards, past mediaeval castles, and through the cities of Budapest, Vienna and Bratislava.  We have negotiated a very special offer for Kirker clients on two five-night Christmas and New Year cruises between Budapest and Vienna, which we have combined with private transfers, flights and a two-night stay in Budapest before or after the cruise.



Prices range from £2,389 per person based on sharing a twin/double state room including flights, cruise, hotel stays and Kirker extras as described.

Single supplements on request.

For full details of all cabin options please view call us on 020 7593 288.

Special Offer

Best Stateroom Available Special Offer 2023

Book any Kirker holiday including either of the selected AmaWaterways cruises and receive the Best Stateroom Available, saving a minimum of £600 on the public rates and up to more than £1,500 per person.

All staterooms are spacious, between 15 and 33 sqm, with en suite bathrooms. The stateroom will be allocated on check-in and you will receive an upgrade to the best category available. If you would like to guarantee a specific category in advance, please speak to a Kirker expert for a quotation.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return private car transfers
  • Kirker's Guide Notes to restaurants, museums and sightseeing
  • The services of the Kirker Concierge
  • Flights to/from Budapest and Vienna
  • Two nights at the 5* Hotel Aria in Budapest with breakfast
  • 5 nights on AmaViola with all excursions, meals and wines included

The Kirker Difference

Arranged by us exclusively for our customers...

Budapest Three Hour Private Walking Tour

With an expert English-speaking guide you will visit the vast Baroque Buda Castle and Palace which sits imposingly on Castle Hill. Your guide will lead you through the surrounding UNESCO listed castle district of mediaeval, Baroque and 19th century buildings to the famous Fisherman’s Bastion – a fortified terrace with wonderful views towards Pest. In front of the Fisherman’s Bastion you will see the Matthias Church with its oriental inspired interior and ornately tiled roof. You will then head over to Pest to see St. Stephen's Basilica and walk along the grand Andrássy Avenue, lined with palaces, mansion houses and the State Opera House.


  • Day 1 - Flight to Vienna

    Fly to Vienna and your private transfer will whisk you to AmaViola, moored in the centre of this former Imperial city. 
  • Day 2 - Schönbrunn Palace

    With a full day in Vienna you can choose to visit the Schönbrunn Palace for its magnificent Christmas Market, or speak to the Kirker Concierge for tickets to a concert or opera performance. 
  • Day 3 - Vienna

    This morning there will be an optional walking tour of the old town, including a visit to St Stephen's Cathedral. Later you might enjoy the city's atmospheric Christmas markets and stop for a traditional kaffee und kuchen at one of the grand cafes. 
  • Day 4 - Bratislava

    Enjoy the scenery as we glide along the Danube into Bratislava, host to the coronations of 11 Hungarian kings and queens between 1536 and 1830. There will be an optional walking tour and an evening visit to the Primate’s Palace, a striking neoclassical building heart of the old town.
  • Day 5 - Budapest

    Arriving into Budapest on New Year's Day you will enjoy this majestic capital from the perspective of the river, overlooked by the magnificent Parliament Building. Visit Vorosmarty Square, the oldest and the most spectacular of all the Christmas Markets in Budapest.
  • Day 6 - Disembark in Budapest

    Disembarking from AmaViola today you will be transferred to the elegant 5-star deluxe Hotel Aria in the centre of the city. 
  • Day 7 - Budapest

    Enjoy a private walking tour in the company of an expert local guide this morning, including some of the landmarks of the city’s Pest side, such as Heroes’ Square and the magnificent Parliament building.
  • Day 8 - Departure

    Your Kirker transfer will whisk you from the hotel to Budapest airport for tthe return flight


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7 nights from £2,389 per person.

Included Hotels


Aria Budapest
Highly Recommended
Budapest, Hungary, Europe

Sister property to the Aria in Prague, this stylish hotel has an excellent location near St. Stephen’s Basilica and the State Opera House. Its 49 luxurious rooms are divided into four musically themed wings; opera, jazz, classical or contemporary with the design changing accordingly. All are spacious and include iPads and audio systems with access to an extensive music library.

Ship Details

Public Areas

• Panoramic Lounge with bar, piano and Observation Lounge
• Complimentary specialty tea & coffee station available 24/7
• Lounge and staterooms on Violin and Cello Deck
• Beauty salon, massage and spa services
• Walking track, whirlpool and fitness room
• Bicycles for exploring on one’s own or on guided bicycle tours



• All outside accommodations, with French Balconies on the Violin & Cello decks
• Spacious bathrooms with bathrobes and slippers
• Hair dryer, safe and direct-dial telephone
• Flat-screen TV featuring local and satellite channels
• Individually controlled air-conditioning
• Complimentary bottled water



• Main Dining Restaurant - offering western cuisine as well as regional specialties using locally sourced ingredients
• The Chef ’s Table - a specialty restaurant, which serves as an intimate dining alternative to the main restaurant. Diners can watch the chef preparing an array of delicious dishes. Limited seating – most clients enjoy one evening at this restaurant.
• Complimentary fine wine, beer, soft drinks and specialty coffees with lunch & dinner, plus sparkling wine at breakfast



All accommodation on board is in spacious ‘staterooms’ of between 160 and 350 sq. ft., with en suite bathrooms. Kirker prices start from Category D staterooms on the Piano deck, which are modern, comfortable and well-equipped, but we can highly recommend upgrading to one of those on the Violin & Cello decks, which have either French Balconies or outside balconies with a table and chairs. See the deck plans inside, and the illustrations below for more details. Upgrades and single supplements are available on request for all cabins.



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