Christmas Markets on the Danube

An unforgettable cruise down the iconic Danube & through the heart of old Europe. Walking tours, invitations into the homes of locals & sightseeing excursions showcase the magnificence of yesteryear.

8 Days
Budapest to Nuremberg
From (NZD)
$ 5,675
$ 4,885
Dates & Pricing

2020 Budapest > Nuremberg

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

Selected Itinerary

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Arrival Budapest

    Welcome to Budapest! You will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. After boarding, enjoy some time at your leisure to explore Budapest. This evening, join your fellow travellers with a traditional Hungarian welcome dinner. Later, enjoy a Hungarian folk dancing and music performance on board.
    EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Evening Cruise

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Budapest

    Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. Enjoy a guided tour of the city sights including the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest or an exciting hike on the Buda Hill. On your free time, stroll the Christmas market on Budapest’s main square near Váci Utca Street. This afternoon you depart for Bratislava.
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided active walk to Buda Hill

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Bratislava

    This morning we arrive at the city of Bratislava, capital of the Republic of Slovakia. Enjoy a sightseeing tour including the enchanting Old City with its Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and the Gothic Cathedral of St Martin. Bratislava also charming Christmas markets throughout the city, which you can enjoy.
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Bratislava Castle
    EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Coffee and Cake with Slovakians

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Vienna

    Today, you will explore Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the Ringstrasse, where we will see the sights of Vienna’s world–famous attractions such as the Opera House, Burgtheater, Town Hall, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. After the tour, enjoy your free time to visit the wonderful Christmas markets of Vienna which are set up in 15 different squares in the city.

    DiscoverMORE: Taste of Vienna Tour (extra expense)
    AND / OR
    DiscoverMORE: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Dürnstein - Melk

    In the morning you will arrive in Dürnstein, one of the Wachau wine region’s most enchanting villages and home to the medieval castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned after returning from the Crusades in the 12th century. Those feeling more active can join a guided hike to this historic landmark, before returning to the ship to sail through the spectacular Wachau Valley and on to Melk.  Alternatively, join a guided bike tour along the Danube River to Melk, where your Star-Ship will be docked. The 11th century Austrian city is home to an imposing 900–year-old Benedictine Abbey, a fine example of Italian Baroque architecture, with its ornate gold leaf walls, 640ft Imperial corridor and fresco ceilings.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle
    OR
    EmeraldACTIVE:
    A guided biking tour along the Danube River from Dürnstein to Melk

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Passau

    Cruise along the Danube this morning, in the afternoon we reach Passau. Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in this beautiful city. On this afternoon’s walking tour, stroll through the ancient centre’s narrow alleys and see the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress from the town below. Visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a wonderful example of Baroque architecture and home to Europe’s largest church organ with more than 17,000 pipes. Passau’s annual Christmas market, or Christkindlmarkt, takes place in front of the St. Stephan Cathedral. Around 70 gingerbread-like stalls selling festive souvenirs, handmade gifts and delicious treats are illuminated by strings of twinkling fairylights, as the smell of Glühwein and fresh baking fills the cool air. Indulge on gingerbread as music groups and choirs take to the stage as the perfect accompaniment.

    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Salzburg (extra expense)

    *** Please note, you can only choose either included tour of Passau or the DiscoverMORE option, as both tours run at the same time.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Regensburg

    After breakfast we arrive in magnificent UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Regensburg. On our guided walking tour, you’ll have the chance to see one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube and see the city’s architectural highlights including the Old Town Hall. Regensburg is also home to one of the loveliest’ Christmas market of the German-speaking countries. With its many quaint wooden stalls, the market is located around the Neupfarr Church and the city Guard House, adorned by row-upon-row of twinkling lights. Taste your way through the narrow streets and hidden passageways, picking up a mug of delicious Glühwein and treating yourself to homemade gingerbread and cookies.
    EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Bavarian Band on board
    EmeraldPLUS: Visit to Thurn & Taxis Christmas Market

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Nuremberg Disembarkation

    After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to Nuremberg Airport.

    Please note: Pre release itinerary subject to change.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Guided Tour of Budapest
  • Guided Tour of Bratislava
  • Guided Tour of Vienna
  • Melk Abbey Tour
  • Guided Tour of Passau
  • Guided Tour of Regensburg

EmeraldPLUS
  • Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show
  • Budapest Evening Cruise
  • Home Hosted Coffee and Cake with Slovakians
  • Traditional Bavarian Band on board
  • Visit to Thurn & Taxis Christmas Market

EmeraldACTIVE
  • A guided active walk to Buda Hill
  • Guided Hike to Bratislava Castle
  • Guided hike to Durnstein Castle
  • Guided bike tour from Durnstein to Melk

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
  • Captain’s Welcome & Farewell Gala Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

Pricing & Availability