Day 1 Budapest
Welcome to Budapest. Toast the marvellous journey ahead of you at this evening’s welcome reception. (Dinner)
Day 2 Budapest
Freechoice: Explore this beautiful city and enjoy a piano concert, or relax at the city’s Thermal Baths and Spa. Alternatively, brave the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock or take an active hike to Buda Hill. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 Vienna
Relax on board your Scenic Space-Ship and enjoy the many splendid vistas as you cruise the beautiful Danube.
Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein. Then be enthralled by an enchanting private classical evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart. With a special dedication to Beethoven as we celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Vienna
Freechoice: Take a guided tour of Vienna or visit Schönbrunn Palace. Alternatively, learn about Viennese coffee culture during a guided tour or opt to see Vienna on a bike tour.
Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring Vienna’s magical Christmas markets. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Dürnstein > Melk
Freechoice: Enjoy a guided bike ride from Dürnstein to Melk or be guided through Melk’s Benedictine Abbey. Alternatively, visit a Schnapps producer and sample some of the many flavours on offer. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Passau > Salzburg
Let the ‘Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show’ transport you to another time and place. Based on the timeless movie of the same name, this exclusive production is performed in the rolling hills of Salzburg. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Regensburg
Enjoy a walking tour of this fabulous city including its well-preserved medieval centre. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Nuremberg
Welcome to this captivating Bavarian city, dating back to the 11th century.
Freechoice: Take a walking tour of this fascinating city, or visit moving WWII sites or take a gingerbread baking class. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9 Bamberg
Explore the old town of Bamberg with a local guide. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10 Würzburg
Freechoice: Take a guided tour of Rothenburg with time to wander the famed Reiterlesmarkt that has a history dating back to the 15th century. Alternatively, stay in Würzburg and visit the Bishop’s Residenz Palace and sample some delicious wine. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11 Miltenberg
Freechoice: Visit the local monastery for a tour and insight into regional beer production or meet a winemaker and join him for a taste of his fine wines. Alternatively, be introduced to a Baron and Baroness and gain an understanding of how they celebrate the Christmas period or opt to visit a local Schnapps producer and toast to the festive season while sampling some of the many flavours that are on offer. You also have the opportunity to meet a local farming family and taste some of their home made produce. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 12 Rhine Gorge > Rüdesheim
Explore charming Rüdesheim, including a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Enjoy free time and perhaps try some delicious glühwein or hot chestnuts amid the stalls. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 13 Cologne
Take a guided tour through Cologne before time at leisure to explore the delights of the Christmas markets. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 14 Amsterdam
Freechoice: Experience Amsterdam’s canals, or enjoy a tour of Zaanse Schans. Alternatively, taste Dutch Herring on a guided walking tour or take a cycling tour. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 15 Amsterdam
Depart today after breakfast, taking wonderful memories with you. (Breakfast)
Discover the magic of Christmas on a 15 day river cruise starting in Budapest. Visit the charming Christmas markets at Thurn und Taxis Palace in Regensburg.
Europe at Christmas transforms into a happy hive of activity as markets spring to life in every town and market square.
From charming villages to great cultural centres, you can look forward to the hum and buzz of Christmas as treats, toys, charms and trinkets of every description come out in a joyful display. In many places, the delicacies and decorations still honour age-old traditions, and you’d be forgiven for wondering whether you’ve somehow stepped back in time with the ‘Ghost of Christmas Past’.
41 meals including 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches and 14 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.