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
Freechoice: 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
Freechoice: 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
Freechoice: 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.
Freechoice: 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
Depart after breakfast. Nuremberg is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories. Please book flights to depart after 1pm from Nuremberg and after 2pm from Munich. (Breakfast)
Soak up the Christmas atmosphere on an 8 day cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg. Cruise along the Danube River and visit the iconic Christmas markets.
The Christmas markets along the Danube are an incredible sight. Festive market stalls fully decorated with fairy lights, piled with gingerbread and delicate Christmas glass ornaments, are surrounded by medieval houses.
In the heart of Europe’s grand waterway region, rug up and immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of the Christmas markets, which have brought magic to the banks of the Danube River for centuries.Spend seven nights cruising the majestic Danube as you sail from Budapest to Nuremberg.
5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
1 exclusive Enrich experience
Your choice of 13 Freechoice activities
1 Sundowners event
Exclusive Scenic Tailormade
20 meals including 7 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.