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Danube Christmas Markets with Prague

Experience the magic of Christmas on an 11 day journey from Prague to Budapest. Enjoy the atmosphere and visit iconic markets with a warm cup of glühwein.

11 Day
From (AUD)
$ 5,595
  • 2018 Prague > Budapest

    Explore the Danube Christmas markets

    The Christmas markets along the Danube are an incredible sight. Festive market stalls fully decorated with fairy lights, piled with gingerbread and delicate Christmas glass ornaments, are surrounded by medieval houses.

    In the heart of Europe’s grand waterway region, rug up and immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of the Christmas markets, which have brought magic to the banks of the Danube River for centuries. Delight in the magic of Prague as snow falls softly onto the cobblestoned streets. Spend seven nights cruising the majestic Danube as you sail from Nuremberg to Budapest.

    Tour Code:

    PNB

    Duration:

    11 Days

    Departure City:

    Prague

    Return City:

    Budapest

  • 11 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Welcome to Prague

      A world of wonder awaits. Start your journey with a three night stay at one of our luxurious city central hotels.

    • Day 2 - Prague

      This morning join your knowledgeable local guide on a fascinating walk through the city and view the famous Astronomical Clock. Afterwards you might wish to venture across the world-famous Charles Bridge. This incredibly beautiful structure was commissioned in 1357 by Charles IV after the Judith Bridge was destroyed by floods.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 3 - Prague

      Stroll this magnificent city at your leisure. Situated on the banks of the River Vltava in central Bohemia, the beautiful city of Prague is rich in history and home to some of the world’s most striking architectural wonders. There’s no need to plan ahead – your Tour Director is on hand to take care of everything.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 4 - Prague > Nuremberg

      Journey by coach to fascinating Nuremberg in Bavaria, which dates back to the 11th century. Your cruise begins here, and you’ll get to toast the occasion at this evening’s welcome reception.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Nuremberg
      Freechoice

      Choose to visit moving WWII sites or try something a little lighter – a gingerbread baking class.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Regensburg
      Freechoice

      Experience the true wonder of Christmas at the romantic and picturesque markets at Thurn and Taxis Palace. This magical village will make you feel like you have entered a fairytale with the gently lit lanterns and candles providing a charming atmosphere. Alternatively, enjoy a walking tour of Regensburg.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Passau > Linz
      Freechoice

      Take an excursion to the medieval Czech town of Cesky Krumlov and discover its World Heritage-listed old city, or journey to Salzburg and explore the birthplace of Mozart, and the city backdrop for the film ‘The Sound of Music’.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Melk > Dürnstein
      Freechoice

      Be guided through Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey. Or, if you’re feeling more active, embark on a guided bike ride along the river from Melk to one of the most enchanting villages in the region, Dürnstein – at your own pace, of course. Or visit a local winery for a guided tour and tasting of its fine wines.

      Later, spend the afternoon soaking up the wonderful Christmas atmosphere.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Vienna

      Today you have options galore.

      Freechoice

      Take a guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace, and witness the sheer opulence of the Habsburg Empire. Alternatively, visit the Belvedere Museum, one of Europe’s most stunning Baroque landmarks. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the greatest collection of Austrian art, complemented by the work of international artists such as Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, and Max Beckmann. The museum houses the world’s largest collection of Gustav Klimt’s paintings, including the famous golden Art Nouveau icons the Kiss and Judith.

      Later explore the magical Viennese Christmas markets at your leisure. An age-old tradition, the forerunners of the present-day events date back to the Middle Ages when in 1298 Albrecht I granted Vienna’s citizens the privilege of holding a December Market or “Krippenmarkt”. Nowadays, over 20 official Advent Markets sell a vast array of seasonal gifts and mouth-watering treats.

      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. Even in elegant Vienna, Palais Liechtenstein is one of the grandest of all venues.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Budapest

      We find ourselves in Budapest, one of Europe’s oldest and prettiest cities.

      Freechoice

      Make the most of a guided tour of this city including a piano concert, or discover the Jewish heritage on a guided tour with an expert local guide. Alternatively, you can choose to journey to nearby riverside town in Pest County, Szentendre. Szentendre is known for its museums, galleries, and artists, and you’ll have the opportunity to discover this charming town on a guided city tour.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Budapest

      Depart after a wonderful farewell breakfast. Budapest is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.

      Meals included: Breakfast