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Christmas Markets

Discover the magic of Christmas on a 15 day river cruise starting in Budapest. Visit the charming Christmas markets at Thurn und Taxis Palace in Regensburg.

15 Day
From (AUD)
$ 7,795
  • 2019 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 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.

      Enrich

      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
      Freechoice

      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
      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 its 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 at Thurn und Taxis Palace.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Nuremberg

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

      Freechoice

      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
      Freechoice

      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
      Freechoice

      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

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

      Meals included: Breakfast