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Danube Delights Christmas Markets

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Twisting through Germany, Austria and Hungary, the Danube is your path to some of Europe’s most enchanting festive fairs and markets, helping you celebrate Christmas in unforgettable style and luxury. Travelling from Budapest, whose dramatic streets and riverbanks are transformed by twinkling Christmas lights, you’ll call at Bratislava and Vienna, enjoying cultural highlights like Mirbach Palace, Hofburg Palace and the Spanish Riding School. After a cultural stop-off in Dürnstein and Melk, it’s on to Germany, whose traditional Christkindlmarkts are renowned across the globe. From beautiful Passau to medieval Regensburg and Nuremberg, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the festivities as you cruise deeper into Bavaria on the timeless flow of the Danube.

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Day 1

Welcome to Budapest. Transfer from the airport to your luxury Emerald Waterways river cruise ship where a warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew. This evening join your fellow travellers for a welcome cocktail reception followed by a night-time cruise along the Danube, whilst enjoying a traditional Hungarian welcome dinner complete with folk dancing and music.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 2

Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. Enjoy a guided tour of the city sights including the Royal Palace of Buda, hilltop castle complex with Fisherman’s Bastion, the Matthias Church, and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest. This afternoon you have free time before departing for Bratislava

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3

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. EmeraldPLUS: The highlight will be a home hosted afternoon tea with a local Slovakian family.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4

Today we explore Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the Ringstrasse, where we will see Vienna’s world-famous Opera House, Burgtheatre, Spanish Riding School, Town Hall, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Then you have free time to sample the wonderful Christmas Markets of Vienna which are set up in 15 different squares in the city.

Discover More: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss and/or Schönbrunn Palace tour (extra expense)

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

In the morning we arrive in Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages of the Wachau wine region. Later, drive through the picturesque landscape of this district to the 900-year old Benedictine Abbey of Melk, which features Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture. Emerald Active: Guided bike tour.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6

Cruise along the Danube this morning, in the afternoon we reach Passau. Stroll through the old town’s narrow alleys and see the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress from the town below.

Discover More: Full Day Trips to Salzburg or Cesky Krumlov (extra expense)

*** Please note, you can only choose either Salzburg or Ceský as both Discover More tours run at the same time, also that passengers on this tour will not be able to participate on the included walking tour of Passau

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Regensburg - Kelheim

After breakfast we arrive in magnificent 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. EmeraldPLUS: Tonight, enjoy a Bavarian Band on board.

Discover More: Local brauhaus excursion (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Nuremberg – Disembarkation

After breakfast, your tour concludes and you will be transferred to the airport for your ongoing flight. (Please book flights to depart after 4:30pm from Nuremberg or after 5:30pm from Munich)

Meals included: Breakfast
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