Christmas Markets on the Danube

8 Days
Nuremberg to Budapest
From (CAD)
$ 2,855
$ 1,855
Dates & Pricing

2020 Nuremberg > Budapest

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

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Arrival Nuremberg - Embarkation

    Arrive at Nuremberg Airport and transfer to your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship and where you will be welcomed by your captain and crew. Nuremberg is situated along the Main–Danube canal, an engineering masterpiece linking the rivers of Germany with the mighty Danube which flows from the Alps to the Black Sea.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Regensburg

    Cruise along the Danube River to UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities. 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 & Visit to Christmas Market at Thurn & Taxis Palace grounds

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Passau - Linz

    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 old town’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 fairy lights, 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 UNESCO World Heritage-listed 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

  4. Day 4 - Melk - Dürnstein

    Situated within Austria’s wine–growing region, Melk is home to an imposing UNESCO World Heritage-listed 900–year old Benedictine Melk Abbey. The Abbey features Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture, with its ornate gold leaf walls, 640ft Imperial Corridor and fresco ceilings. Later the ship sails through the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Valley and on to Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages of the Wachau wine region. This is the site of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned after returning from the crusades in the 12th century.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Vienna

    Welcome to Vienna, the capital of classical music. Today, you have a choice of either exploring Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the magnificent Ringstrasse, where we will see the sights of the 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 sample the wonderful Christmas markets of Vienna which are set up in 15 different squares in the city.

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Bratislava

    Set on the crossroads of ancient trade routes in the heart of Europe, Bratislava the capital of Slovakia, embodies various cultures – primarily Celtic, Roman and Slavic. Enjoy a sightseeing tour including the enchanting Old City with its Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and the Gothic Cathedral of St Martin. Bratislava also hosts charming Christmas markets throughout the city, which you can enjoy. This evening, the captain will be delighted to welcome you to the captain’s Gala Dinner.
    EmeraldPLUS: Home hosted coffee and cake with Slovakians

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Budapest

    Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. Enjoy a guided bus tour passing by the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest, amongst other fantastic sights. This evening, enjoy a Hungarian folk dancing and music performance on-board followed by a traditional Hungarian farewell dinner. After dinner, join your fellow travellers for a night–time cruise along the Danube, passing under the city’s numerous bridges.
    EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show on-board & Budapest evening cruise

    DiscoverMORE: Budapest Jewish Heritage tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Budapest Disembarkation

    After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to the 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 the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Regensburg
  • Guided tour of Passau
  • UNESCO World Heritage-listed Melk Abbey Tour
  • Guided tour of Vienna
  • Guided tour of Bratislava
  • Guided bus tour of Budapest

EmeraldPLUS
  • Traditional Bavarian Band on-board
  • Visit to Christmas Market at Thurn & Taxis Palace grounds
  • Home hosted coffee and cake with Slovakians
  • Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show on-board
  • Budapest evening cruise

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