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Christmas Markets on the Danube

8 Day
Between Budapest and Munich
Danube
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The iconic heritage cities of Europe delight with festive cheer as Christmas approaches, and nowhere is the magic of the season more keenly felt than on the banks of the great Danube River. Join us for an 8-day river cruise between Budapest and Nuremberg, and savour the merriment of traditional Christmas markets, all while enjoying the cultural diversity and enriching sights of Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Passau, Regensburg, and Nuremberg – from the magnificence of the Hungarian Parliament Building and Vienna’s celebrated Ringstrasse, to the Baroque grandeur of Passau’s ‘Old City’ and the medieval charm of Bavaria.

In Budapest the festivities begin immediately, with the city’s Utca Street Square offering one of Europe’s largest Christmas celebrations. If you can tear yourself away from the Hungarian festive crafts, join an EmeraldACTIVE hike to Buda Hill, which promises enriching views over the city. Dipping into Slovakia, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Bratislava’s Old City, before an intimate EmeraldPLUS encounter gives you the chance to enjoy a coffee with local residents. Vienna transforms into a veritable wonderland at Christmastime, so after a sightseeing tour of the elegant Ringstrasse be sure to seek out its famous Christkindlmarkts. From Austria, head to Germany and the medieval splendour of Bavaria, where the cities of Regensburg and Nuremberg host Europe’s most beloved festive fares – the perfect way to get into the spirit of the season.

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* From price is for a 08 December 2019 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

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 for a night–time cruise along the Danube, passing under the city’s numerous bridges, whilst enjoying a traditional Hungarian welcome dinner complete with folk dancing and music.
EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Evening Cruise

Meals included: Dinner
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 hike to Buda Hill (active fitness level recommended)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.
EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Coffee and Cake with Slovakians

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Vienna

Today you have a choice of either exploring 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. Alternatively, join the guided bike tour instead of the drive around and guided walk. 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.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike Tour
Discover More: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense AND / OR Visit to Belvedere Museum (extra expense)

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

In the morning we arrive in 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. Thereafter you 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.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Durnstein Castle (active fitness level recommended) OR
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour along the Danube River from Durnstein to Melk

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 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. During you leisure time in Passau, why not visit one of the traditional Christmas markets in town.
Discover More: Tour to Salzburg (extra expense). Please note, you can only choose either the Salzburg Discover More or the Passau included tour, as both of these tours run at the same time

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: Traditional Bavarian Band on board

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Nuremberg Disembarkation - Munich

After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer from Nuremberg to Munich Airport. If flying out of Munich please book flights to depart after 2pm.

Meals included: Breakfast
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