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Danube Christmas Markets with Prague

Discover the magic of Christmas on our Danube Christmas Markets with Prague tour. Visit the fairytale town of Regensburg & Viennese Christmas markets.

11 Day
From (AUD)
$ 7,120
  • 2019 Prague > Budapest

    Explore the Danube Christmas markets

    The Christmas markets along the Danube are an incredible sight. Festive market stalls twinkle with fairy lights and are piled high with gingerbread and hand-blown Christmas glass ornaments.

    Soak up the festive flavour of the continent during this 11-day luxury Danube river cruise, including a three-night city break in the exquisite Czech capital of Prague. Browse Austrian and German Christmas markets, picking up handmade souvenirs and tasting your way from stall to stall, while experiencing breath-taking architecture and heritage highlights – from the ceiling fresco of Melk Abbey to the museums and galleries of the riverside town of Szentendre. Your trip begins in Budapest, the acclaimed queen of the Danube. Make the most of a guided tour of this city, including a piano concert, or choose to visit the nearby town of Szentendre. In Vienna, you’re free to explore the city’s Christmas markets by day, while the evening brings enchantment of its own with an exclusive classical concert of the works of Strauss and Mozart in the elegant halls of Palais Liechtenstein – courtesy of Scenic Enrich. Before leaving Austria for Germany, take a trip to the magical alpine city of Salzburg, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of its most famous heritage sites. The medieval cities of Regensburg and Nuremberg give you time to experience the enchantment of a traditional German Christkindlmarkt, before journeying by coach to Prague, one of the truly magical capital cities of Europe.

    Tour Code:

    PNB

    Duration:

    11 Days

    Departure City:

    Prague

    Return City:

    Budapest

  • 11 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Welcome to Prague

      Start your journey with a three night stay at one of our luxurious city hotels.

    • Day 2 - Prague

      Join your local guide on a fascinating city walk and view the famous Astronomical Clock. Later, venture across the world-famous Charles Bridge, commissioned in 1357 by Charles IV.

      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 the fascinating Bavarian city of Nuremberg, 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 take a guided walking tour of the city. Alternatively you may wish to 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 of Thurn und 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 city of Cesky Krumlov and discover its World Heritage-listed old town filled with magical Christmas cheer, or journey to Salzburg and explore the birthplace of Mozart and the city backdrop for the film ‘The Sound of Music’. You will also have time to visit Salzburg’s Christmas markets which dates back to the 15th century.

      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
      Freechoice

      Take a guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace. Witness the sheer opulence of the Habsburg Empire and delight in the festive ambience at the market stalls that grace the palace courtyard. Alternatively, visit the Belvedere Museum, one of Europe’s most stunning Baroque landmarks. The museum houses the world’s largest collection of Gustav Klimt’s paintings, including the famous golden Art Nouveau icons ‘The Kiss’ and ‘Judith’, or discover the city on a guided bicycle tour.

      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

      Admire the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein while enjoying a glass of fine Austrian Sekt. Sit enthralled during 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

      Arrive in Budapest, one of Europe’s oldest and prettiest cities.

      Freechoice

      Make the most of a guided tour including a piano concert, or discover the Jewish heritage on a guided tour with an expert local guide. Alternatively, if you are feeling more active, hike to Buda Hill or choose to travel to nearby Szentendre. Known for its museums, galleries and artists, 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 breakfast. Budapest is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    All-inclusive highlights
    • 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
    • 1 exclusive Scenic Enrich experience
    • Your choice of 17 Scenic Freechoice activities
    • Up to five on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
    • 23 meals – 10 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L) and 7 dinners (D)
    • Complimentary beverages all day throughout your cruise
    • Butler service for all guests throughout your cruise
    • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade available throughout your cruise
    • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
    • Cruise Director to guide and assist
    • Expert local guides
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
    • All tipping and gratuities