Experience the enchantment of the holidays on the Danube. Celebrate a splendid musical heritage as you listen to the largest organ in Europe fill a Baroque cathedral with glorious sound. Lift your voice and sing “Silent Night” in the village where the beloved Christmas carol was composed, and delight in the music of Strauss and Mozart in the city where the composers lived.
Sip a cocktail with a princess in the seven-towered Artstetten Castle. Sample the finest of the Wachau Valley’s famous white wines in an exquisite Baroque village. Toast the New Year with a gala dinner and dance in a gorgeous ballroom in Budapest, followed by a cruise along the glimmering Danube as the city welcomes 2014 by lighting the famous Chain Bridge, Castle Hill, and the astonishing Parliament building.
Discover the seasonal delicacies of Slovakia in an Art Deco café and the merriment of traditional Austrian hospitality in a wine village. See the artistic treasures of Vienna in 18th-century palaces, and talk with contemporary artists and artisans in Budapest. Ring out the old year and ring in the new with art, wine, and song as you cruise through four nations during this most magical season.
Who will enjoy this cruise: Those who wish to celebrate the New Year in festive elegance. All lovers of art, music, and merriment.