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Danube River Cruise – Budapest to Prague Christmas Markets

Departing 9th December 2018

This limited edition 11-day cruise takes in the Christmas markets along the Danube. Beginning in Budapest, take in Vienna, Salzburg, Regensburg, Nuremberg and Prague 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 £2,995 pp

    *Selected UK Airports

Itinerary Why Scenic River Cruises

Special Christmas Markets 11 Day Itinerary

Day 1 Budapest

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 Scenic Space-Ship.
Meals included: Dinner

Day 2 Budapest

, Early booker offer on a strictly limited basis

Budapest is 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 3 Vienna

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 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.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Day 5 Dürnstein – Melk

Freechoice:Be guided through Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey, originally built as a palace. Explore the opulence of this grand abbey including the awe inspiring library and abbey church. Alternatively, if you’re feeling more active, embark on an enjoyable guided bike ride along the river from Dürnstein to Melk – at your own pace, of course. Or visit a local winery for a guided tour and tasting of its fine wines.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Linz – Passau

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 Sound of Music’.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Regensburg

At the confluence of three rivers, Regensburg offers a rich tapestry of experiences, from its medieval Old Town to the Bavarian Forest on its border.

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 8 Nuremberg – Venice

Explore this fascinating and ancient Bavarian city, dating back to the 11th century, on an orientation tour with your local expert guide. Learn about the infamous history Nuremberg is renowned for, and discover some of the important sights that shaped modern history, before journeying by coach to Prague, one of the truly magical cities of Europe. Complete your journey with a three night stay at one of our luxurious city central hotels.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 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 10 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 11 Prague

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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