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Christmas Markets on the Danube (Budapest to Nuremberg)

8 days with Emerald Waterways   Rating: Deluxe

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Itinerary
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Day 1 Budapest
Welcome to Budapest, the capital of Hungary. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your luxurious Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, where a warm welcome will be waiting from your captain and crew. After boarding, enjoy some time at leisure to explore Budapest. (Dinner)

This evening, a traditional Hungarian evening is certain to delight, with a folklore show.

EmeraldPLUS: A traditional Hungarian folklore show

Day 2 Budapest
Join a local guide for a tour of the Hungarian capital today, as you board a comfortable coach and drive pass the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Chain Bridge that links both sides of this storied city and the Buda Castle district, where historic façades line cobblestone streets. Following your guided tour, enjoy free time to explore the stalls of Budapest’s main Christmas market, where handcrafted ornaments are aplenty and colourful strings of lights line the streets. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Budapest

Day 3 Bratislava
Across Europe, different cultures intertwine at Christmas time, sharing their traditions, treats and unique customs. The Slovakian capital is a truly charming city, whose roots can be traced across the continent. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city today, including its enchanting historic district and some of its many bustling Christmas markets. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldEXCURSION: A walking tour of Bratislava

EmeraldPLUS: Home-hosted coffee and cake with a local family

Day 4 Vienna
Welcome to Vienna, the European capital of classical music and the lavish capital of Austria. Today, you will have every opportunity to soak in the illustrious façades of Vienna’s Ringstrasse during your included coach tour and walking tour of Vienna, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. After your tour, enjoy free time at leisure to explore many of Vienna’s wonderful Christmas markets, each set in a different open square. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldEXCURSION: A tour of the Ringstrasse and Vienna

DiscoverMORE: An exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense)

Day 5 Dürnstein - Melk
Relax on board this morning as we sail through one of the most charming wine regions in Europe and on to Dürnstein. This is the site where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned following his return from the Third Crusade in the 12th century.

Later, return to your Star-Ship and enjoy the luscious amenities on board until we reach Melk, where an illustrious tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Melk Abbey awaits. This 900-year-old Baroque palace features some of Austria’s finest Italian Baroque architecture. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Melk Abbey

Day 6 Passau
A blanket of powdered snow graces the European countryside at Christmastime, creating a magical setting as we cruise into Passau. On this afternoon’s included walking tour of the town, enjoy visiting its annual Christkindlmarkt, set in front of St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Almost a hundred gingerbread-like stalls selling festive souvenirs and handmade gifts can be found here, each connected to the next by strings of twinkling fairylights. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Passau

DiscoverMORE: Tour to Salzburg (extra expense)

Day 7 Regensburg
Today, you will have the opportunity to visit one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Germany, Regensburg. Our guided walking tour will offer every chance to get to know this UNESCO World Heritage-listed city’s past, as you stroll across one of the oldest bridges on the Danube and witness the city’s ancient fortifications. Stop to visit one of the loveliest Christmas markets in the region, with its many quaint wooden stalls, twinkling lights and festive goods adorning hidden passageways and narrow cobblestone streets. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Regensburg

EmeraldPLUS: A traditional Bavarian performance

EmeraldPLUS: A visit to the Christmas Market at Thurn und Taxis Palace

Day 8 Nuremberg
After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow passengers and disembark the Star-Ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of handcrafted ornaments and traditional stalls with you. (Breakfast)

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All This Included
An unforgettable cruise down the iconic Danube & through the heart of old Europe. Walking tours, invitations into the homes of locals & sightseeing excursions showcase the magnificence of yesteryear.
  • 20 meals including 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 7 Dinners
  • Boutique contemporary hotel feel, with spectacular on board heated pool, cinema, spa and lounge (Emerald Radiance Star-Ship pool is located on the sun deck and the Cinema is not available.)
  • Spacious, comfortable accommodations you'll want to spend time in, with panoramic suites and staterooms, and innovative open-air system for cabins on the Vista and Horizon decks
  • Gourmet all-included on board meals and highlight dinner events, al-fresco on The Terrace or in the well-appointed Reflections Restaurant
  • Enjoy in depth cultural experiences with EmeraldPLUS excursions; cheese and olive tasting or Provencal dinner on board hosted by a local chef
  • Emerald's Concierge Service - served right to your suite, enjoy continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after dinner treats (Only applies to Owner’s One-bedroom Suites, Riverview Suites, and Grand Balcony Suites (CAT S, SA, RA))
  • A refined selection of wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
  • Tea and coffee available at all times
  • Bottled water restocked daily in your cabin
  • Built-in adventure, with an included on shore excursion at every port
  • Visits to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Emerald Active guided biking and hiking tours
  • Excellent service from an English speaking crew
  • Knowledgeable, personable local destination guides
  • Complimentary bicycles on board
  • Complimentary on board Wi-Fi
  • All airport transfers to and from your Star Ship, and all gratuities
  • Port charges now included in your tour price
  • All gratuities for onboard and shore side staff
Accommodations
Cruising: Cabin onboard Emerald Dawn, or Emerald Sky
Notes
  • Pre release itinerary subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.