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Christmas Wonderland

Breathe in the magic of Christmas on this 16 day 5-star luxury river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. Visit traditional markets in Cologne & Regensburg.

16 Day
From (AUD)
$ 12,440
  • 2019 Amsterdam > Budapest

    Breathe in the magic of Christmas

    Europe becomes a completely different world during the festive season, where the aroma of glühwein and roasted chestnuts provide a unique and distinctly fragrant ambience.

    Of course, Christmas has a distinctly European flavour all over the world, so it’s hardly surprising that you’ll experience a little more of that magic when you’re actually in Europe, where festive traditions hark all the way back to pre-Roman times. Santa Claus, Christmas trees, gift-giving – these have all been a part of the seasonal tradition in Europe for centuries. In town after town you’ll have the opportunity to experience these rituals with new eyes. As a special highlight, you may wish to join a Midnight Mass in a European town, and bring in the New Year in Vienna, one of the most beautiful cities in the world at any time of year.

    Tour Code:

    CHAA

    Duration:

    16 Days

    Departure City:

    Amsterdam

    Return City:

    Budapest

  • 16 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Amsterdam

      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 - Amsterdam
      Freechoice

      Cruise the canals of Amsterdam, or visit Zaanse Schans. Alternatively, explore Amsterdam on foot or by bike.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Cologne

      Discover Cologne on a guided city tour. Later, you may wish to make the most of your free time and take a stroll through the city’s Christmas Markets.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Koblenz
      Freechoice

      Take a guided tour and be enchanted by the history and beauty of Koblenz or explore the Moselle Valley to Cochem.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Rhine Gorge > Rüdesheim

      Immerse yourself in historic Rüdesheim, then board the Winzerexpress mini train for a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Miltenberg

      Take a guided city tour and explore this Franconian town.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Würzburg
      Freechoice

      Follow the Romantic Road to Rothenburg on a guided tour, or take a city tour of Würzburg.

      Tonight perhaps attend Würzburg’s beautiful Christmas Mass.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Würzburg > Nuremberg

      Merry Christmas. Celebrate with newfound friends as you cruise towards Nuremberg.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Nuremberg

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

      Freechoice

      Visit moving WWII sites, take a baking class, or join a walking tour of the city. 

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Regensburg
      Freechoice

      Enjoy a walking tour of Regensburg, or visit Thurn und Taxis Palace.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Passau > Salzburg
      Enrich

      Let the ‘Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show’ transport you to another time and place.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Melk > Dürnstein
      Freechoice

      Be guided through Melk’s Benedictine Abbey, or cycle from Melk to Dürnstein. Alternatively, visit a local winery.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Vienna
      Freechoice

      Tour Schönbrunn Palace or discover beautiful Bratislava. Alternatively, visit the world-renowned Spanish Riding School and either tour the stables or see Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting
      their skills during their morning exercise program. Or discover Vienna on a guided cycling tour.

      Enrich

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Vienna > Budapest

      This afternoon arrive in the beautiful city of Budapest before celebrating the arrival of the New Year.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Budapest

      Happy New Year.

      Freechoice

      Let an expert guide you through this city of contradictory delights, or unwind at the Thermal Baths and Spa instead. Alternatively, brave the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Budapest

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

      Meals included: Breakfast