Day 1 Budapest
Your journey into wonder begins here. Relax and raise your glass to the days ahead 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.
Take in the opulence of Palais Liechtenstein and be enthralled by a private concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 Vienna
Freechoice: Take a guided tour of Vienna or visit Schönbrunn Palace. Alternatively, visit the Spanish Riding School and either tour the stables or see the Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting their skills during their morning exercise program, or opt to see Vienna on a guided 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 local winery and sample its wines. (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
Freechoice: Enjoy a walking tour of the city or visit the charming Christmas markets at Thurn und Taxis Palace. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Nuremberg
Welcome to this fascinating 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: Visit the Bishop’s Residenz Palace. Alternatively, take in the beautiful walled town of Rothenburg. After your guided tour you will have time to wander Rothenburg’s famed Reiterlesmarkt that has a history dating back to the 15th century. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11 Würzburg > Rüdesheim
Soak in the vistas of the Main River as you spend a full day relaxing on board your Scenic Space-Ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 12 Rüdesheim > Rhine Gorge
Explore charming Rüdesheim, including a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Enjoy free time to maybe try mulled wine or hot chestnuts amid the festive 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 > Paris
Travel by high-speed train to Paris, and spend three nights at a luxurious city hotel. (Breakfast)
Day 16 Paris
Freechoice: Discover Paris on a guided tour or marvel at the exhibits at the world-renowned Louvre. Alternatively, let a local Parisian show you another side of the city. (Breakfast)
Day 17 Paris
You have a free day so follow your heart through Paris. Your Tour Director is on hand to help plan your day.
Freechoice Dining: Tonight savour delicious cuisine at the restaurant 58 Tour Eiffel before a short sightseeing cruise on the Seine River. Alternatively, take in dinner and a show at the world-famous Lido. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 18 Paris
Depart Paris after breakfast. (Breakfast)
Soak up the magic of Christmas on this 18 day Christmas Markets river cruise from Budapest to Paris. Visit beautiful Rothenburg, historic Cologne and Paris.
Explore Europe’s vivid Christmas markets and savour the smell of roasted chestnuts and sweet mulled wine; feel your childhood dreams come to life as you’re surrounded by twinkling lights and pretty sights.
From charming villages to great cultural centres, you can look forward to the hum and buzz of Christmas, as treats and toys, charms and trinkets of every description come out in a joyful display. This is a tradition that has changed very little across the centuries. In many places, the delicacies and decorations still take a very traditional form, and you’d be forgiven for wondering whether you’ve somehow stepped back in time with the ‘Ghost of Christmas Past’.
45 meals including 17 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches and 15 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.