“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

By John Cooney

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably sung along to this song. And you’ve probably wondered if YOU would ever enjoy a snowy, festive Christmas. Well, guess what? It’s about to HAPPEN!

We can’t guarantee snow (that’s up to the weather-gods). But on December 10 this year, my wife and I and a bunch of Mad Midlife friends are going cruising on the Blue Danube. Why? Because towns and cities along this famous waterway will be transformed into …


And YOU are invited to join us!

Imagine swapping your usual Kiwi ‘silly season’ for a luxurious top-of-the-line river-cruise … being pampered day and night, as you sail through some of Europe’s loveliest, most-famous regions … with Christmas lights, markets, festivities and celebrations erupting everywhere, each time you go ashore!

Christmas on the Danube – that’s what we’re gonna enjoy. And first stop is Prague, the beautiful capital of the Czech Republic. This gorgeous place is everyone’s darling – with its Hradcany Castle, St Vitus Cathedral, antique astronomical clock, and pedestrian-only Charles Bridge.

They know how to ‘do Christmas’ in this part of the world … and we’ll find ourselves in the middle of some of the oldest and most famous Christmas Markets on the planet!

From Prague, fuelled with a warm cup of svařené (mulled wine), we head to Nuremberg (think medieval ramparts, watchtowers and gates). There, we begin our journey along the Blue Danube – sailing into the heart of romantic Regensburg … charming Passau (with a side-trip to Salzburg and ‘The Sound of Music’) … Linz (founded by the Romans, later home of Hapsburg Emperor Friedrich III) … Melk (with its magnificent Abbey, in the achingly beautiful Wachau Valley) … and stunning Vienna (famous for its iconic Opera House, its Schönbrunn Castle, and its delicious pastries)!

If you’ve never been on a luxury river cruise before, you’re in for a TREAT! Imagine unpacking in your modern, spacious suite (cabin) … gazing at the magical scenery right outside your balcony window … relaxing at the bar, in the restaurant, or up on the Sky Deck … with all meals, entertainment and sightseeing paid for in advance!

Check out these FUN FACTS:

  • Departure day: Tuesday December 10, 2024 (less than 10 months away).
  • Length of tour: 12 fun-filled days – then home in time for Christmas Day with your family and friends.
  • All-up price: from $15,985 per person, share twin.
  • Included: pretty much everything – economy airfares, transfers, luxury cruise, most meals, tips, and sightseeing.
  • Deposit required with booking: $4,000 per person.
  • Final payment due: August 22, 2024.


A white Christmas? Don’t just DREAM it – come with us and ENJOY it!

Ours will be a small group, with limited places (allocated first-come-first-served). So don’t miss out – book early. Ask now for our Tour Info Pack and Booking Form:

  • 0800 323 333
  • info@midlifemadness.tours
Together we’ll have the TIME OF OUR LIVES!

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