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Christmas Markets on the Danube

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Begin this exciting journey in Nuremberg aboard the Emerald Sky and start sailing the magical Danube River. First on the list is Regensburg, where the 12th-century bridge crossing the Danube lies. In this city, visit Thurn und Taxis Palace Christmas market. Next stop is on the cobblestone streets of Passau where a charming Christkindlmarkt full of festive souvenirs and freshly baked goods can be found. Then, visit the Baroque palace of Melk Abbey and sail through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Valley. In Vienna, discover the Baroque cityscape and will have time to explore into the heart of one of the city's many Christmas markets. Before disembarking in Budapest, learn the Slovakian culture in Bratislava and venture to the Christmas markets.

Day-by-Day Summary

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

Highlights

  • Take a look at the 12th-century bridge crossing the Danube in Regensburg
  • Visit the heart of the Thurn und Taxis Palace Christmas market
  • Walk to the green domes of St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Passau
  • Venture into the heart of one of Vienna’s many Christmas markets

Ship

Emerald Sky

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Rathaus in Vienna Parliament Building at night, Budapest Detailed ornament at a Christmas Market A quiet autumn morning in Bratislava Historic Nuremberg Enjoy cruising through the German countryside

Day 1 Munich | Nuremberg | Embark

Arrive at Munich Airport and transfer to Nuremberg and board the Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, Emerald Sky. Enjoy sights of the Danube as the cruise begins.  

Day 2 Regensburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, relax as the ship cruises along the Main-Danube Canal to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Regensburg, a city that miraculously came out of the Second World War more or less intact. Here, visit the 12th-century bridge crossing the Danube and some of the city’s architectural highlights, before walking into the heart of the Thurn und Taxis Palace Christmas market, where rows of quaint wooden stalls are adorned by row-upon-row of twinkling lights.

Day 3 Passau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The cobblestone streets that weave through Passau make it look as though it has been pulled from a Christmas card, especially when a thin layer of fresh snow blankets the town. Join a walking tour of Passau that will finish underneath the striking green domes of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, where a charming Christkindlmarkt full of festive souvenirs and freshly baked goods can be found.

Day 4 Melk | Dürnstein

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Melk Abbey, a Baroque palace that was gifted to monks almost a millennia ago. This afternoon, enjoy sailing through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Valley, where Renaissance ruins and ancient castles pepper the surrounding landscape.

Day 5 Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Welcome to Vienna, where opportunities abound to discover the Baroque cityscape and a generous peppering of imperial palaces during a guided tour of the Ringstrasse and the city centre, both by coach and on foot. After the tour, explore the area at leisure, perhaps venturing into the heart of one of Vienna’s many Christmas markets, each set in open squares across the city.

Day 6 Bratislava

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, enjoy learning about Slovakian culture while journeying into the heart of Bratislava, a capital where cultures really do sit side-by-side. A sightseeing tour of the city introduces architectural wonders, including the Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral and the neo-Renaissance Slovak National Theatre, but the city’s Christmas markets are a true delight, as they showcase handcrafted souvenirs and traditional Christmas treats.

Day 7 Budapest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Offering a rich abundance of historical whimsy, Budapest is known for its architectural collections and the historic monuments that pepper both sides of the Danube. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed city is a true delight at Christmas, when the locals take to thermal baths to beat the crisp chill of the season. Today, a guided coach tour will visit Andrássy Avenue and the neo-Renaissance façades of the townhouses that can be found there, as well as a generous scattering of Christmas decorations.

This evening, a traditional Hungarian folklore show is certain to delight, as is a postcard-worthy night-time cruise along the Danube.

Day 8 Budapest | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, disembark the ship and transfer to the airport.

Emerald Sky

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Grand Balcony Suite (S)
210 sq ft. 8 cabins located on the Horizon Deck with a Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, outdoor private balcony with the open-air system, in-suite mini-bar available at own expense, a complimentary Nespresso machine and bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries, hairdryer, on-board complimentary bathrobes, and slippers
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315 sq ft. 4 cabins located on the Horizon Deck with a Queen-size or twin beds, an outdoor private balcony with the open-air system, a separate bathroom and lounge area, a walk-in wardrobe, an in-suite mini-bar, restocked daily with wine, beer, and soft drinks

Notes

Single accommodations are available on some tours for an additional single supplement rate. Contact us for details of pricing and availability.

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Regensburg
  • Guided tour of Passau
  • UNESCO World Heritage-listed Melk Abbey Tour
  • Guided tour of Vienna
  • Guided tour of Bratislava
  • Guided bus tour of Budapest
EmeraldPLUS
  • Traditional Bavarian Band on board
  • Visit to Christmas Market at Thurn & Taxis Palace grounds
  • Home hosted coffee and cake with Slovakians
  • Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show on board
  • Budapest evening cruise
DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
  • Welcome & Farewell Gala Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board
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