Christmas Markets on the Danube

8 Days
Nuremberg to Budapest
From (NZD)
$ 4,795
$ 4,045
Dates & Pricing

2020 Nuremberg > Budapest

Tour Map
Tour Code:
EWXD
Duration:
8 days
Departure City:
Nuremberg
Return City:
Budapest

Selected Itinerary

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Nuremberg

    Upon arrival in Nuremberg, you’ll be transferred to board your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship and start your river cruising journey along the Danube.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Regensburg

    This morning, relax as we cruise along the Main-Danube Canal to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Regensburg, a city that miraculously came out of the Second World War more or less intact. Here, you’ll have the chance to see a 12th-century bridge crossing the Danube and some of the city’s architectural highlights, before your EmeraldPLUS excursion takes you into the heart of the Thurn und Taxis Palace Christmas market, where rows of quaint wooden stalls are adorned by row-upon-row of twinkling lights.

    EmeraldPLUS: A traditional Bavarian band on board

    EmeraldPLUS: A visit to the Christmas market at Thurn und Taxis Palace

    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Regensburg

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Passau

    The cobblestone streets that weave through Passau make it look as though it has been pulled from a Christmas card, especially when a thin layer of fresh snow blankets the town. Your included walking tour of Passau will finish underneath the striking green domes of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, where a charming Christkindlmarkt full of festive souvenirs and freshly baked goods can be found.

    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Passau

    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Salzburg (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Melk – Dürnstein

    Today, your included tour will take you into the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Melk Abbey, a Baroque palace that was gifted to monks almost a millennia ago. This afternoon, enjoy sailing through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Valley, where Renaissance ruins and ancient castles pepper the surrounding landscape.

    EmeraldEXCURSION: A tour of Melk Abbey

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Vienna

    Welcome to Vienna, where you will have every opportunity to discover the Baroque cityscape and a generous peppering of imperial palaces during your guided tour of the Ringstrasse and the city centre, both by coach and on food. After the tour, you are free to explore at leisure, perhaps venturing into the heart of one of Vienna’s many Christmas markets, each set in open squares across the city.

    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of the Ringstrasse and Vienna

    DiscoverMORE: An exclusive Viennese concert (extra expense)

    DiscoverMORE:Tastes of Vienna tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Bratislava

    Today, enjoy learning about Slovakian culture as we take you into the heart of Bratislava, a capital where cultures really do sit side-by-side. A sightseeing tour of the city will introduce you to its architectural wonders, including the Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral and the neo-Renaissance Slovak National Theatre, but the city’s Christmas markets are a true delight, as they showcase handcrafted souvenirs and traditional Christmas treats.

    EmeraldPLUS: Home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family

    EmeraldEXCURSION: A walking tour of Bratislava

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Budapest

    Offering a rich abundance of historical whimsy, Budapest is known for its architectural collections and the historic monuments that pepper both sides of the Danube. This UNECO World Heritage-listed city is a true delight at Christmas, when the locals take to thermal baths to beat the crisp chill of the season. Today, your guided coach tour will introduce you to Andrássy Avenue and the neo-Renaissance façades of the townhouses that can be found there, as well as a generous scattering of Christmas decorations.

    This evening, a traditional Hungarian folklore show is certain to delight, as is a postcard-worthy night-time cruise along the Danube.

    EmeraldPLUS: A traditional Hungarian folklore show

    EmeraldPLUS: Budapest evening cruise

    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided bus tour of Budapest

    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Szentendre (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Budapest

    After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight, taking memories of Europe at Christmastime and traditional treats with you.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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