Day 1 Nuremberg
Welcome to the fascinating Bavarian city of Nuremberg, which dates back to the 11th century.
Your cruise begins here, and you’ll get to toast the occasion at this evening’s welcome reception. (Dinner)
Day 2 Nuremberg
Freechoice: Choose to visit moving WWII sites or take a guided walking tour of the city. Alternatively, you may choose to try a gingerbread baking class. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 Regensburg
Freechoice: Experience the true wonder of Christmas at the romantic and picturesque markets of Thurn und Taxis Palace. This magical setting 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 4 Passau > Linz
Freechoice: Take an excursion to the medieval Czech city of Cesky Krumlov and discover its World Heritage-listed Old Town filled with magical Christmas cheer, or journey to Salzburg and explore the birthplace of Mozart and the city backdrop for the movie ‘The Sound of Music’.
You will also have free time to visit Salzburg’s Christmas markets which date back to the 15th century. Alternatively, stay on board your Scenic Space-Ship for a cooking demonstration. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 Melk > Dürnstein
Freechoice: Be guided through Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey. Or, if you’re feeling more active, embark on a guided bike ride along the river from Melk to one of the most enchanting villages in the region, Dürnstein. Alternatively, visit a Schnapps producer and sample some of the many flavours on offer, or taste your way through the Wachau Valley delighting in many of the regional delicacies.
Later, spend the afternoon soaking up the wonderful Christmas atmosphere. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Vienna
Freechoice: Take a guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace. Witness the sheer opulence of the Habsburg Empire and delight in the festive ambience at the market stalls that grace the palace courtyard. Alternatively, visit the Belvedere Museum, one of Europe’s most stunning Baroque landmarks, or discover a different side of Vienna on a guided bicycle tour.
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
Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein while enjoying a glass of fine Austrian Sekt. Then be enthralled by an enchanting private classical evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart. With a special dedication to Beethoven. Celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth as we pay tribute to his talent and world renowned compositions. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Budapest
Arrive in Budapest, one of Europe’s oldest and prettiest cities.
Freechoice: Make the most of a guided tour including a piano concert, or discover the Jewish history on a guided tour with an expert local guide. Alternatively, if you are feeling more active, hike to Buda Hill or choose to travel to nearby Szentendre. Known for its museums, galleries and artists, you’ll have the opportunity to discover this charming town on a guided city tour. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Budapest
Depart after breakfast. Budapest is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories. (Breakfast)
Please note: Pre-release itinerary subject to change.
Experience the wonder of Christmas on an 8 day magical Danube cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest. Visit the picturesque markets of Thurn und Taxis Palace.
20 meals including 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 7 Dinners
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