Christmas Markets on the Danube & Classic Prague

11 Days
Budapest to Prague
From (AUD)
$ 5,015
Dates & Pricing

2024 Budapest > Prague

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A classic journey on the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers promises spectacular landscapes, rich culture, and fascinating history, where world-class cities are complemented by romantic towns.
This special festive twist of our classic itinerary down the Danube lets you explore the majestic architecture and markets of Budapest, before joining a local Slovakian family in Bratislava for home-hosted coffee and cake. Marvel at the classical surrounds of Vienna then wander the Christmas markets of Regensburg, highly regarded as 'one of the loveliest'. Extend your journey in the fairytale city of Prague, visiting historical sights such as the Astronomical Clock and Charles Bridge.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EWPX
Duration:
11 days
Departure City:
Budapest
Return City:
Prague

11 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Budapest

    Welcome to Budapest. You’ll be greeted by an Emerald Cruises representative at the airport and transferred to your contemporary Star-Ship. After boarding, you’ll have time to enjoy Budapest at your leisure.
    This evening, enjoy a performance of Hungarian folk music and dance on board.

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    Traditional Hungarian folklore show on board

    Please book your flight to arrive into Budapest prior to 05:00 PM.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Budapest

    Join a local guide for a tour of the Hungarian capital today, covering some of the highlights of Budapest and learn more about its stunning landscape and architecture. The history of the Hungarian capital shows a unique blend of cultures, cuisine and vibrant lifestyle. There is so much to take in while you pass through the bustling city, which is an attractive destination for visitors from all over the world. Following your guided tour, enjoy free time to explore the stalls of Budapest’s main Christmas market, where handcrafted ornaments are plentiful and colorful strings of lights line the streets.

    Included Excursion

    Guided coach tour of Budapest

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    Excursion to Szentendre (extra expense)

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    Jewish heritage tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Bratislava

    Across Europe, different cultures intertwine at Christmastime, 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 Bratislava, including its enchanting historic district and some of its many bustling Christmas markets.

    Included Excursion

    Walking tour of Bratislava

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    Home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family

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    Skoda tour of post-Communist Bratislava (extra expense)

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    Carpathian wine route (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Vienna

    Sweeping boulevards and world-famous art exhibitions welcome you to Vienna, a city perfectly encapsulating the extravagance of the Habsburg Monarchy and their love of ornate Baroque palaces. For art lovers, there is no other place like the Austrian capital, not just because the city is packed with museums and artwork, but because of its variety. Your tour will include a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the largest art museum in the country and one of the most important museums worldwide.

    Included Excursion

    Vienna art tour with a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum

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    Viennese evening concert (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Krems

    Enjoy a guided tour of Göttweig Abbey, a true treasure overlooking the Wachau Valley from a hill covered by vineyards and forests. Constructed in 1083, it’s one of Austria's most important Benedictine abbeys, attracting visitors from across the globe. Run by a community of about 45 monks, it’s visible from a great distance and provides epic panoramas from the grounds.

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    Christmas traditions in Europe (on board presentation)

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Göttweig Abbey

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. 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 the annual Christkindlmarkt, set in front of St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Almost a hundred gingerbread-like stalls selling festive souvenirs and handmade gifts are found here, each connected to the next by strings of twinkling fairy lights.

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Passau

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. 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 explain the history behind this UNESCO World Heritage-listed city, as you stroll across one of the oldest bridges on the Danube and witness its ancient fortifications. Stop to visit one of the loveliest Christmas markets in the region at Thurn and Taxis Palace, with its many quaint wooden stalls, twinkling lights, and festive goods adorning hidden passageways and narrow cobblestone streets.

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    Visit to the Christmas Market at Thurn and Taxis Palace Grounds

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    Traditional Bavarian band on board

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    Walking tour of Regensburg with Bavarian sausage tasting

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    Excursion to Nuremberg (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Regensburg - Prague

    After breakfast, it is time to transfer to Prague to your centrally located hotel for a three-night stay.  

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  9. Day 9 - Prague

    Today, you will have the opportunity to explore Prague as it is effortlessly enveloped by the wonder of the seasonal period. Your local guide will take you through the old town square, a cobblestoned area that perfectly captures the city’s architectural heritage

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Prague with Christmas market

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    Coffee & Cake at Lobkowicz Palace

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  10. Day 10 - Prague

    Your tour director will be available to help you plan your day of independent exploration today. We would recommend going to one of Prague’s memorable Christmas markets, where colourful stalls owned by local craftsmen are full of handcrafted ornaments and freshly baked Czech Christmas treats.

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    Tastes of Czechia (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  11. Day 11 - Prague

    Depart today after breakfast.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from your Star-Ship
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises cruise director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Guided coach tour of Budapest
  • Walking tour of Bratislava
  • Vienna art tour with visit of Kunsthistorisches Museum
  • Guided tour of Göttweig Abbey
  • Guided tour of Passau

EmeraldPLUS
  • Traditional Hungarian folklore show on board
  • Home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family
  • Traditional Bavarian band on board
  • Visit to the Christmas Market at Thurn and Taxis Palace Grounds
  • Walking tour of Regensburg with Bavarian sausage tasting
  • Christmas traditions in Europe (on board presentation)

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 20 delectable meals including 7 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D)
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

EXTENSION INCLUSIONS
  • 3 nights at a hotel in Prague
  • A guided tour of Prague
  • Coffee & Cake at Lobkowicz Palace
  • Transfer from the airport and to the ship
  • 3 Breakfasts (B)

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