Director’s Christmas Markets Cruise

As the festive season approaches, Europe warms with an irresistible holiday spirit, brightened by the beloved Christmas markets that pop up in small towns and large cities alike.

8 Days
Nuremberg to Budapest
From (GBP)
£ 2,795
£ 1,795
Dates & Pricing

2020 Nuremberg > Budapest

As the festive season approaches, Europe warms with an irresistible holiday spirit, brightened by the beloved Christmas markets that pop up in small towns and large cities alike.
To make this magical time of year even more memorable, we’ve added some extra special inclusions to this 8 day Danube Christmas Markets itinerary including the chance to travel with Scenic Managing Director UK, Colin Downing and esteemed actor, Robert Powell. As we sail from Nuremberg to Budapest we’ll bring you a host of brand new experiences, unique to this invitation only sailing. Relax in the lounge as you listen to the soothing voice of Robert Powell as he recites some of his favourite festive literature and answers your questions in a Q+A session. Sip on mulled wine as you enjoy an exclusive on board Christmas choir concert one evening or satisfy your sweet tooth at a chocolate workshop in Vienna’s SchokoMuseum.
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Colin Downing

Managing Director, Scenic UK
“Christmas is my favourite time of year and such a beautiful time to visit Europe. There is nothing
quite like the festive buzz of the Christmas markets.”
a head shot of Colin Downing

Robert Powell

Television & film actor
A much loved actor, Robert has travelled with Scenic on many occasions and we are thrilled to
welcome him again on this extra special itinerary.
a head shot of actor, Robert Powell

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - UK > Nuremberg

    Fly to Munich from one of up to 16 UK airports, where you'll be transferred to Nuremberg to board your Scenic Space-Ship.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Nuremberg


    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.

    Sail towards the medieval city of Regensburg and enjoy the smooth and distinctive voice of Robert Powell as he recites a selection of his favourite Christmas readings.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Regensburg


    Experience the true wonder of Christmas at the romantic and picturesque markets of Thurn and Taxis Palace, joined by Robert Powell and Managing Director UK, Colin Downing. This magical setting will make you feel like you have entered a fairy tale with the gently lit lanterns and candles providing a charming atmosphere. Alternatively, enjoy a walking tour of Regensburg.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Passau > Linz


    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.

    Exclusive festive highlight: Join the Captain, Colin Downing and Robert Powell for a cocktail reception followed by a traditional festive gala dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Melk > Dürnstein


    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, enjoy a Schnapps tasting on board and sample some of the many flavours on offer, or taste your way through the Wachau Valley delighting in many of the regional delicacies.

    Exclusive festive highlight: Later, spend the afternoon soaking up the wonderful Christmas atmosphere with the option to join an on board mulled wine workshop where you can learn techniques for creating the perfect batch of mulled wine.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Vienna


    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.Or, visit the Belvedere Museum, one of Europe’s most stunning Baroque landmarks. Alternatively, journey outside of Vienna’s city centre to its acclaimed wine region, hearing tales of Vienna’s’ long tradition in wine production along the way.

    Exclusive festive highlight: Alternatively, take a guided tour of the SchokoMuseum and discover the historic background of cocoa beans and hear stories about how chocolates and sweets used to be produced many years ago. Take part in a chocolate workshop which offers a culinary trip to the world of nougat, marzipan and chocolate and are also a great gift idea for all chocolate gourmets.

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Budapest

    Exclusive festive highlight: Before you arrive in Budapest, one of Europe’s oldest and prettiest cities, join Robert Powell for a Q & A session where he will answer any burning questions about his life, TV career and favourite Christmas traditions.


    Make the most of a guided tour including a piano concert, or discover the Jewish heritage 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Budapest > UK

    After breakfast, transfer to Budapest airport for your return flight home. Travel to one of up to 16 UK regional airports.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Reasons to book

All-inclusive luxury without compromise

  • Return flights from up to 16 UK airports*
  • All meals and premium branded beverages†
  • Award-winning shore excursions
  • Butler and laundry concierge service
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Gym & Wellness Area
  • Travel with Colin Downing and Robert Powell
  • Exclusive activities and excursions
  • All tips, transfers and taxes

Pricing & Availability

Terms and conditions: All our holidays are subject to availability. Offers are subject to availability for new 2020 bookings only. The price of £1,795 shown is correct at the time of going to print (14th June 2019) and is per person, based on two people sharing a Category E Standard Suite on 26th November 2020 on our 8-Day Director’s Christmas Markets Cruise itinerary and includes the £1000 per person saving. Supplements apply for single travellers, upgraded cabins and other departure dates. Our offers are not combinable and we reserve the right to withdraw our offers at any time. Itinerary and special guests are subject to chance in the case of unforeseeable circumstances. *Places are limited for the SchokoMuseum Scenic Freechoice. †All drinks included on board except for a number of fine and rare wines, Champagnes and spirits.