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Danube Christmas Markets

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Scenic Amber
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Revel in the spirit of Christmas on an 8-day magical Danube river cruise. Board your luxurious ship in Nuremberg, after exploring the markets of this charming Bavarian city. Cruise to historic Regensburg and explore the picturesque Palais Thurn und Taxis. Wander the sparkling streets of Vienna, with its remarkable array of elegant buildings all decorated for the holiday season, or Budapest, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with its ornate architecture. Relax and enjoy the cozy holiday traditions of Europe from aboard your comfortable ship. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Nuremberg | Embark
Day 2 : Nuremberg
Day 3 : Regensburg
Day 4 : Passau | Linz
Day 5 : Melk | Dürnstein
Day 6 : Vienna
Day 7 : Budapest
Day 8 : Budapest | Disembark

Highlights

  • Experience the wonder of Christmas at the markets of Thurn und Taxis Palace
  • Take an excursion to the medieval Czech city of Cesky Krumlov
  • Be guided through Melk’s magnificent 18th-century Benedictine Abbey
  • Discover Jewish history on a guided tour with an expert local guide

Ship

Scenic Amber

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Enjoy a cozy Christmas market with loved ones Sunset over Passau Evening lights in beautiful Regensburg Admire beautiful evening lights of Vienna Explore stunning Salzburg Budapest Cityscape Visit historic Nuremberg
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Day 1 Nuremberg | Embark

Welcome 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.

Day 2 Nuremberg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Freechoice:
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.

Day 3 Regensburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 4 Passau | Linz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 ship for a cooking demonstration.

Day 5 Melk | Dürnstein

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 flavors 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.

Day 6 Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Freechoice:
Take a guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace. Witness the sheer opulence of the Habsburg Empire and delight in the festive ambiance 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.

Day 7 Budapest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 8 Budapest | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Depart after breakfast. Budapest is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.
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All rates are quoted in USD and represent cost per person, based on double occupancy. Please contact us for the Single Supplement Rate.

All-inclusive highlights:

- 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
- 1 exclusive Scenic Enrich experience
- Your choice of 11 Scenic Freechoice activities
- Up to five onboard dining options, from casual to fine dining
- 20 meals – 7 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L) and 7 dinners (D)
- Complimentary beverages all day, every day
- Butler service for all guests
- Exclusive Scenic Tailormade available throughout your cruise
- The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
- Cruise Directors to guide and assist
- Expert local guides
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- All tipping and gratuities
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