Day 1 Welcome to Budapest
Your journey into wonder begins here. Raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening’s welcome reception. (Dinner)
Day 2 Budapest
Make the most of a guided tour of this city including a piano concert, or discover the Jewish heritage on a guided tour with an expert local guide. Alternatively, you can choose to journey to nearby riverside town in Pest County, Szentendre. Szentendre is known for its museums, galleries, and artists, and you’ll have the opportunity to discover this charming town on a guided city tour. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 Vienna
As you cruise the mighty Danube relax in one of the lounges and viewing areas, and enjoy the scenery as your Scenic Space-Ship sails towards majestic Vienna.
Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein while enjoying a glass of fine Austrian Sekt. Then be enthralled by an enchanting private Viennese evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart. Even in elegant Vienna, Palais Liechtenstein is one of the grandest of all venues. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Vienna
Today you have options galore.
Take a guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace, and witness the sheer opulence of the Habsburg Empire. Alternatively, visit the Belvedere Museum, one of Europe’s most stunning Baroque landmarks. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the greatest collection of Austrian art, complemented by the work of international artists such as Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, and Max Beckmann. The museum houses the world’s largest collection of Gustav Klimt’s paintings, including the famous golden Art Nouveau icons the Kiss and Judith.
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Dürnstein > Melk
Be guided through Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey, originally built as a palace. Explore the opulence of this grand abbey including the awe inspiring library and abbey church. Alternatively, if you’re feeling more active, embark on an enjoyable guided bike ride along the river from Dürnstein to Melk – at your own pace, of course. Or visit a local winery for a guided tour and tasting of its fine wines. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Linz > Passau
Take an excursion to the medieval Czech town of Cesky Krumlov and discover its World Heritage-listed Old City, or journey to Salzburg and explore the birthplace of Mozart, and the city backdrop for ‘The Sound of Music’. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Regensburg
At the confluence of three rivers, Regensburg offers a rich tapestry of experiences, from its medieval Old Town to the Bavarian Forest on its border.
Experience the true wonder of Christmas at the romantic and picturesque markets at Thurn and 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Nuremberg > Prague
Explore this fascinating and ancient Bavarian city, dating back to the 11th century, on an orientation tour with your local expert guide. Learn about the infamous history Nuremberg is renowned for, and discover some of the important sights that shaped modern history, before journeying by coach to Prague, one of the truly magical cities of Europe. Complete your journey with a three night stay at one of our luxurious city central hotels. (Breakfast)
Day 9 Prague
This morning join your knowledgeable local guide on a fascinating walk through the city and view the famous Astronomical Clock. Afterwards you might wish to venture across the world-famous Charles Bridge. This incredibly beautiful structure was commissioned in 1357 by Charles IV after the Judith Bridge was destroyed by floods. (Breakfast)
Day 10 Prague
Stroll this magnificent city at your leisure. Situated on the bank 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 fret or plan ahead – your Tour Director is on hand to take care of everything. (Breakfast)
Day 11 Prague
After breakfast transfer to the Airport. Prague is the end of your tour but the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories. (Breakfast)
Soak up the Christmas atmosphere with a warm cup of glühwein on an 11 day journey from Budapest to Prague. Enjoy the The Christmas markets along the Danube.
Perhaps it’s hardly surprising that one of Europe’s longest waterways has so many wonderful attractions along its banks.
Even so, every aspect of this itinerary will surprise and delight you, starting with a three night hotel stay in Prague to help you prepare yourself for the wonder of your 5-star luxury river cruise. Explore Nuremberg, famous for so many landmark events in history; Vienna, with its remarkable array of elegant buildings; or Budapest, so often cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. You can look forward to enjoying it all from the deck of a Scenic Space-Ship.
23 meals including 10 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 7 Dinners
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.