Danube Christmas Markets with Prague 2022 Scenic River Cruise
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.
In the heart of Europe’s grand waterways region, immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of the Christmas markets, which have brought festive charm to the banks of the Danube River for centuries. Delight in the magic of Prague, then spend seven nights cruising the majestic Danube from Nuremberg to Budapest.
Fly to Prague from one of 16 UK regional airports. You'll then be transferred to your luxurious hotel for a three night stay.
This morning join your knowledgeable local guide on a fascinating walk through the city and view the famous Astronomical Clock. Afterwards, venture across the world-famous Charles Bridge. This beautiful structure was commissioned in 1357 by Charles IV after the Judith Bridge was destroyed by floods.
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.
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.
Freechoice: Explore Nuremberg by foot on a guided walking tour, or visit moving WWII sites and learn about this dark time in the city’s history. Alternatively, you may choose to get into the Christmas spirit and try a gingerbread baking class.
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.
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’, followed by 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 of local recipes as you cruise between Passau and Linz.
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, meet 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.
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 to Danube Island.
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.
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. Even in elegant Vienna, Palais Liechtenstein is one of the grandest of all venues.
Today we find ourselves in Budapest, the capital of Hungary and one of Europe’s oldest and prettiest cities.
Make the most of a guided city tour including a piano concert. 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. This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions.
|29 November 2022||£2,825|
|3 December 2022||£2,845|
|13 December 2022||£2,725|
- Save up to £2,000 per couple, free VIP chauffeur transfers & free deposit protection
- Save an extra 10% on selected cabin grades when you pay in full 12 months before departure
- Return flights from a selection of up to 16 UK airports with a choice of airlines
- 3 nights in a luxury hotel in Prague
- 7 nights on board a 5-star Scenic Space-Ship
- 23 meals – 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
- All your drinks wherever, whenever whilst on board your cruise
- An on-board butler service for every guest
- Unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime events
- Breath-taking excursions hosted by local expert guides
- Tipping, transfers, port charges and airport taxes worth £850 per couple
- Complimentary WiFi