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Danube Christmas Markets

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Between Nuremberg and Budapest
Danube
From * £2,495
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Peruse the Christmas markets of Germany, Austria, and Hungary, experiencing the wonder of the season as a local. The medieval history showcased on the banks of the iconic Danube serves to add festive flavour to your journey – for a seasonal escape dusted with Christmas cheer.

We begin in the Franconian capital of Nuremberg, renowned for its wartime heritage sites and exquisite, medieval Old Town. Visit the city’s moving WWII sites on a guided tour, concluding with an exploration of the documentation centre. Or, for something a little more festive, join a gingerbread baking class and learn how to knock up a batch of this yuletide favourite.

In Regensburg, visit the romantic medieval marketplaces of Thurn and Taxis Palace for one of the most magical and festive experiences on the continent. Browse the traditional Christmas stalls by lantern-light, searching for the perfect gift for loved ones back home.

Crossing the Austrian border, visit magical Salzburg, the iconic setting of The Sound of Music, whose alpine scenery and fairy-tale cityscape promises to invoke Christmas cheer. Then it’s on to Melk and Vienna, where you’re free to explore the wonderful Christmas markets (Krippenmarkt to the locals) at your leisure

Since the 13th century, the Viennese have held festive markets throughout December, selling a selection of amazing gifts and delicious treats. Every year, markets spring up throughout the city, with an array of stalls selling local festive favourites and offering fun games and activities.

Then it’s on to the opulent Palais Liechtenstein, where you’ll enjoy an exclusive classic Viennese concert courtesy of Scenic Enrich.

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* From price is for a 16 December 2018 departure. For a full list of pricing and availability, please see below. All prices are per person, twin share in GBP, based on two guests sharing. Terms and conditions apply and we reserve the right to withdraw our offers at any time. Please note, the ship operating a particular cruise is subject to change.

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Day 1
UK > Nuremberg
Fly from one of up to 15 UK regional airports, where you'll be transferred to your Scenic Space-Ship, which will be docked in fascinating Bavarian Nuremberg, dating back to the 11th Century. Your cruise begins here. Settle in to your suite and get to know the ship's many amenities, before toasting to the occasion at this evening's welcome reception.
Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
Nuremberg

Freechoice: Choose to visit moving WWII sites or try something a little lighter – a gingerbread baking class.

Freechoice

Choose to visit moving WWII sites or try something a little lighter – a gingerbread baking class.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Regensburg

Freechoice: Experience the true wonder of Christmas at the romantic and picturesque markets at Thurn and Taxis Palace. This magical village 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.

Freechoice

Experience the true wonder of Christmas at the romantic and picturesque markets at Thurn and Taxis Palace. This magical village 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Passau > Linz

Freechoice: Take an excursion to the medieval Czech town of Cesky Krumlov and discover its World Heritage-listed old city, or journey to Salzburg and explore the birthplace of Mozart, and the city backdrop for the film ‘The Sound of Music’.

Freechoice

Take an excursion to the medieval Czech town of Cesky Krumlov and discover its World Heritage-listed old city, or journey to Salzburg and explore the birthplace of Mozart, and the city backdrop for the film ‘The Sound of Music’.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Melk > Dürnstein

Later, spend the afternoon soaking up the wonderful Christmas atmosphere.

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 – at your own pace, of course. Or visit a local winery for a guided tour and tasting of its fine wines.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Vienna

Today you have options galore.

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.

Freechoice

Take a guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace, and witness the sheer opulence of the Habsburg Empire. Alternatively, visit the Belvedere Museum, one of Europe’s most stunning Baroque landmarks. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the greatest collection of Austrian art, complemented by the work of international artists such as Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, and Max Beckmann. The museum houses the world’s largest collection of Gustav Klimt’s paintings, including the famous golden Art Nouveau icons the Kiss and Judith.

Enrich

Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein while enjoying a glass of fine Austrian Sekt. Then be enthralled by an enchanting private Viennese evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart. Even in elegant Vienna, Palais Liechtenstein is one of the grandest of all venues.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Budapest

We find ourselves in Budapest, one of Europe’s oldest and prettiest cities.

Freechoice

Make the most of a guided tour of this city including a piano concert, or discover the Jewish heritage on a guided tour with an expert local guide. Alternatively, you can choose to journey to nearby riverside town in Pest County, Szentendre. Szentendre is known for its museums, galleries, and artists, and you’ll have the opportunity to discover this charming town on a guided city tour.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Budapest > UK
Budapest is the end of your cruise, depart after a wonderful farewell breakfast. Travel to one of up to 15 UK regional airports.
Meals included: Breakfast
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