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Danube River Cruise – Budapest to Prague Christmas Markets

Departing 13th December 2019

This limited edition 11-day cruise takes in the Christmas markets along the Danube. Beginning in Prague, take in Vienna, Salzburg, Regensburg, Nuremberg and Budapest at this festive time of year.

Experience the best of Europe’s traditional Christmas Markets – explore the world famous markets in Budapest, Vienna, Prague and beyond as your luxury 5 star all-inclusive ship navigates the Danube.

Details
  • 10 night Danube Itinerary
  • Visit Christmas Markets
  • 5 Star Luxury Ships
  • All Inclusive on board
  • Return UK Flights*
  • Guide Price £3,440** pp

    *Selected UK Airports
    **Includes Offer Saving £1700 per couple

Itinerary Why Scenic River Cruises

Special Christmas Markets 11 Day Itinerary

Day 1 Prague

Choose from a selection of ways to travel to Budapest. Pick from one of up to 4 UK regional airports to travel direct from: London, Manchester, Edinburgh or Glasgow. You’ll then be transferred to your luxurious city centre hotel for a three-night stay.

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 bank 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 fret or plan ahead – your Tour Director is on hand to take care of everything.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 Prague

As you cruise the mighty Danube relax in one of the lounges and viewing areas, and enjoy the scenery as your Scenic Space-Ship sails towards Vienna.

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, and you’ll have ample opportunity to explore it.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

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 Linz – Regensburg

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

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

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

Day 9 Vienna

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.

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.

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 – UK

At the end of your three night stay in Prague its time to say goodbye. Transfer to the airport for your return flights home.
Meals included: Breakfast

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Why Scenic ?

Travel the iconic waterways of Europe on board a luxury Scenic Space-Ship, and experience all-inclusive river cruising like never before. From unforgettable excursions, fine dining and complimentary beverages throughout your cruise, to the luxury extras you’d expect to pay extra for; our innovative approach to all-inclusive travel means everything is included in the price of your river cruise. We’ve truly gone to the Nth degree to ensure your complete comfort and wellbeing, and because there are no hidden extras, you can afford to leave your wallet at home.
Step aboard one of our 5-star luxury Space-Ships, and enjoy all the benefits of our award winning all-inclusive service. We’re committed to ensuring you enjoy the journey of a lifetime, and our transparent approach to inclusivity reflects this — helping you to make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime voyage without the fear of a big bill at the end of your holiday.

What to expect

  • Your own butler
  • Laundry concierge
  • Complimentary beverages all day, everyday
  • Six dining venues, from casual to fine dining
  • 84% Balcony Suites, including a Scenic Sun Lounge
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade GPS for self-guided touring and on board commentary
  • Authentic local entertainment
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
  • Cruise Directors to guide and assist
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet
  • Return airport transfers
  • All gratuities

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