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Christmas Markets

Experience Europe at Christmastime on a 15 day river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. See the charming villages and visit the Christmas markets.

15 Day
From (AUD)
$ 8,340
  • 2018 Budapest > Amsterdam

    A festive tradition

    Europe at Christmas transforms into a happy hive of activity as markets spring to life in every town and market square

    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’.

    Tour Code:

    CHMA

    Duration:

    15 Days

    Departure City:

    Budapest

    Return City:

    Amsterdam

  • 15 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
      Freechoice

      Explore this beautiful city and enjoy a piano concert, or relax at the city’s Thermal Baths. Alternatively, brave the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Vienna

      Today, simply relax on board your Scenic Space-Ship and enjoy the many splendid vistas as you cruise the beautiful Danube.

      Enrich

      Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein while enjoying a glass of fine Austrian Sekt. Then be enthralled by an enchanting private Viennese evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Vienna:
      Freechoice

      Take a guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace. Or, visit the Spanish Riding School and either tour the stables or see the Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting their skills during their morning exercise program. Later, spend a relaxing afternoon soaking up the wonderful Christmas atmosphere. Or explore this majestic city on a guided cycling tour.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Dürnstein > Melk
      Freechoice

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Passau > Salzburg
      Enrich

      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
      Freechoice

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Nuremberg

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

      Freechoice

      Visit moving WWII sites or choose something lighter – take a gingerbread baking class.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Bamberg

      Explore the old town of Bamberg. A local guide will walk you down the same cobbled streets ancient medieval traders once did.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Würzburg
      Freechoice

      Visit the Bishop’s Residenz Palace. Alternatively take in the beautiful walled town of Rothenburg.

      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. Allow the passing scenery to mesmerise you from the comfort of your suite or the Sun Deck. Commentary from your Scenic Tailormade device will describe the captivating view unfolding before you in vivid detail.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Rüdesheim > Rhine Gorge

      Explore charming Rüdesheim, including a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. During your free time you might wish to try some local mulled wine or hot chestnuts.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Cologne
      Freechoice

      Take a stroll through Cologne. Or enjoy a taste experience lecture on board your Scenic Space-Ship.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Amsterdam
      Freechoice

      Experience Amsterdam’s canals, or enjoy a tour of Zaanse Schans.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Amsterdam

      Depart after breakfast. Amsterdam is the end of your journey, but the beginning of a lifetime of wonderful memories.

      Meals included: Breakfast