Day 1 Prague
When you arrive in Prague, you will be met at the airport by an Emerald Waterways representative and transferred to your centrally located hotel for a three-night stay.
Day 2 Prague
Today, you will have the opportunity to explore Prague as it is effortlessly enveloped by the wonder of the seasonal period. Your local guide will take you through the old town square, a cobblestoned area that perfectly captures the city’s architectural heritage.
EmeraldPLUS: Local dinner with entertainment
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Prague (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 3 Prague
Your tour director will be available to help you plan your day of independent exploration today. We would recommend going to one of Prague’s memorable Christmas markets, where colourful stalls owned by local craftsmen are full of handcrafted ornaments and freshly baked Czech Christmas treats.
DiscoverMORE: Tastes of Czechia (Breakfast)
Day 4 Prague – Nuremberg
After breakfast, you’ll be transferred from your hotel in Prague to Nuremberg, to board your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship and start your river cruising journey along the Danube. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 5 Regensburg
This morning, relax as we cruise 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, you’ll have the chance to see a 12th-century bridge crossing the Danube and some of the city’s architectural highlights, before your EmeraldPLUS excursion takes you 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.
EmeraldPLUS: A traditional Bavarian band on board
EmeraldPLUS: A visit to the Christmas market at Thurn und Taxis Palace
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Regensburg (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Passau
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. Your included walking tour of Passau 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.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Passau
DiscoverMORE: Tour to Salzburg (extra expense) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Melk – Dürnstein
Today, your included tour will take you into 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.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A tour of Melk Abbey (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Vienna
Welcome to Vienna, where you will have every opportunity to discover the Baroque cityscape and a generous peppering of imperial palaces during your guided tour of the Ringstrasse and the city centre, both by coach and on food. After the tour, you are free to explore at leisure, perhaps venturing into the heart of one of Vienna’s many Christmas markets, each set in open squares across the city.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of the Ringstrasse and Vienna
DiscoverMORE: An exclusive Viennese concert (extra expense)
DiscoverMORE:Tastes of Vienna tour (extra expense) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9 Bratislava
Today, enjoy learning about Slovakian culture as we take you into the heart of Bratislava, a capital where cultures really do sit side-by-side. A sightseeing tour of the city will introduce you to its 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.
EmeraldPLUS: Home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family
EmeraldEXCURSION: A walking tour of Bratislava (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10 Budapest
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 UNECO 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, your guided coach tour will introduce you to 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.
EmeraldPLUS: A traditional Hungarian folklore show
EmeraldPLUS: Budapest evening cruise
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided bus tour of Budapest
DiscoverMORE: Tour to Szentendre (extra expense) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11 Budapest
After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight, taking memories of Europe at Christmastime and traditional treats with you. (Breakfast)
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.