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Christmas Markets with Paris

Soak up the magic of Christmas on this 18 day Christmas Markets river cruise from Budapest to Paris. Visit beautiful Rothenburg, historic Cologne and Paris.

18 Day
From (AUD)
$ 10,790
  • 2019 Budapest > Paris

    A festive tradition

    Explore Europe’s vivid Christmas markets and savour the smell of roasted chestnuts and sweet mulled wine; feel your childhood dreams come to life as you’re surrounded by twinkling lights and pretty sights.

    From charming villages to great cultural centres, you can look forward to the hum and buzz of Christmas, as treats and toys, charms and trinkets of every description come out in a joyful display. This is a tradition that has changed very little across the centuries. In many places, the delicacies and decorations still take a very traditional form, and you’d be forgiven for wondering whether you’ve somehow stepped back in time with the ‘Ghost of Christmas Past’.

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    18 Days

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  • 18 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Budapest

      Your journey into wonder begins here. Relax and raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening’s welcome reception.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Budapest:

      Explore this beautiful city and enjoy a piano concert, or relax at the city’s Thermal Baths and Spa. Alternatively, brave the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock or take an active hike to Buda Hill.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Vienna

      Relax on board your Scenic Space-Ship and enjoy the many splendid vistas as you cruise the beautiful Danube.


      Take in the opulence of Palais Liechtenstein and be enthralled by a private concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Vienna

      Take a guided tour of Vienna or visit Schönbrunn Palace. Alternatively, visit the Spanish Riding School and either tour the stables or see the Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting their skills during their morning exercise program, or opt to see Vienna on a guided bike tour.

      Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring Vienna’s magical Christmas markets.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Dürnstein > Melk

      Enjoy a guided bike ride from Dürnstein to Melk or be guided through Melk’s Benedictine Abbey. Alternatively, visit a local winery and sample its wines.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Passau > Salzburg

      Let the ‘Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show’ transport you to another time and place. Based on the timeless movie of the same name, this exclusive production is performed in the rolling hills of Salzburg.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Regensburg

      Enjoy a walking tour of the city or visit the charming local Christmas markets.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Nuremberg

      Welcome to this fascinating Bavarian city, dating back to the 11th century.


      Take a walking tour of this fascinating city, or visit moving WWII sites or take a gingerbread baking class.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Bamberg

      Explore the old town of Bamberg with a local guide.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Würzburg

      Visit the Bishop’s Residenz Palace. Alternatively, take in the beautiful walled town of Rothenburg. After your guided tour you will have time to wander Rothenburg’s famed Reiterlesmarkt that has a history dating back to the 15th century.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Würzburg > Rüdesheim

      Soak in the vistas of the Main River as you spend a full day relaxing on board your Scenic Space-Ship.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Rüdesheim > Rhine Gorge

      Explore charming Rüdesheim, including a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Enjoy free time to maybe try mulled wine or hot chestnuts amid the festive stalls.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Cologne

      Take a guided tour through Cologne before time at leisure to explore the delights of the Christmas markets.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Amsterdam

      Experience Amsterdam’s canals, or enjoy a tour of Zaanse Schans. Alternatively, taste Dutch herring on a guided walking tour or take a cycling tour.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Amsterdam > Paris

      Travel by high-speed train to Paris, and spend three nights at a luxurious city hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 16 - Paris

      Discover Paris on a guided tour or marvel at the exhibits at the world-renowned Louvre. Alternatively, let a local Parisian show you another side of the city.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 17 - Paris

      You have a free day so follow your heart through Paris. Your Tour Director is on hand to help plan your day.

      Freechoice Dining

      Tonight savour delicious cuisine at the restaurant 58 Tour Eiffel before a short sightseeing cruise on the Seine River. Alternatively, take in dinner and a show at the world-famous Lido.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Paris

      Depart Paris after breakfast.

      Meals included: Breakfast