Danube Christmas Markets 2021 Scenic River Cruise
An incredible sight, as festive market stalls twinkle, piled high with gingerbread and glass ornaments.
As Christmas festivities light up the cities along the Danube, intertwine festive perusing with insightful Scenic Freechoice excursions, beginning in Nuremberg as we explore the city’s military history. As decorations twinkle along the banks of Europe’s grand waterways, embrace the lavishness of Vienna, immerse yourself in the unique heritage of Budapest, and be enthralled by a very special Scenic Enrich classical concert at the Austrian capital’s Palais Liechtenstein
Fly to Munich from one of up to 16 UK airports. Upon arrival you’ll be transferred to Nuremberg, where you will be welcomed aboard your state-of-the-art Space-Ship.
Choose to visit moving WWII sites or take a guided walking tour of the city. Alternatively, you may choose to try a gingerbread baking class.
Freechoice: Experience the true wonder of Christmas at the romantic and picturesque markets of Thurn und Taxis Palace. This magical setting 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.
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 movie ‘The Sound of Music’.
You will also have free time to visit Salzburg’s Christmas markets which date back to the 15th century. Alternatively, stay on board your Scenic Space-Ship for a cooking demonstration.
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. Alternatively, visit a Schnapps producer and sample some of the many flavours on offer, or taste your way through the Wachau Valley delighting in many of the regional delicacies.
Later, spend the afternoon soaking up the wonderful Christmas atmosphere.
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, or discover a different side
of Vienna 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: Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein while enjoying a glass of fine Austrian Sekt. Then be enthralled by an enchanting private classical evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart. With a special dedication to Beethoven. Celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth as we pay tribute to his talent and world renowned compositions.
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 history 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.
After breakfast, transfer to Budapest airport for your return flight home. Travel to one of up to 16 UK airports.
Please note: Pre-release itinerary subject to change.
|6 December 2021||£2,739|
- Save £1,500 per couple & free VIP chauffeur transfers
- Return flights from a selection of up to 16 UK airports with a choice of airlines
- Seven nights on board a 5-star Scenic Space-Ship
- Complimentary premium branded beverages all day, everyday
- Up to 5 dining options, from casual to fine-dining
- Butler service for all guests
- Laundry concierge
- Breath-taking excursions hosted by local expert guides
- Authentic local entertainment on board
- Gym & Wellness Area
- The freedom of e-bikes
- Cruise Directors to guide and assist
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Return airport transfers
- All tipping, port charges and airport taxes worth up to £465 per couple