Christmas Markets on the Danube & Prague

11 Days
Budapest to Prague
From (AUD)
$ 5,345
$ 4,595
Dates & Pricing

2020 Budapest > Prague

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11 Day Itinerary

  1. 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.

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

    You’re Invited: A traditional Hungarian folklore show

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. 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.

    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Budapest

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. 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.

    EmeraldEXCURSION: A walking tour of Bratislava

    You’re Invited: Home-hosted coffee and cake with a local family

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. 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.

    EmeraldEXCURSION: A tour of the Ringstrasse and Vienna

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. 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.

    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Melk 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 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.

    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Passau

    Discover More: Tour to Salzburg (extra expense)

    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 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.

    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Regensburg

    You’re Invited: A traditional Bavarian performance

    You’re Invited: A visit to the Christmas Market at Thurn und Taxis Palace

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Nuremberg - Prague

    In Nuremberg, disembark your Star-Ship to be transferred to Prague, home to some of the world’s most pristine collections of architecture. Your itinerary includes a restful three-night stay in the city.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  9. Day 9 - Prague

    Today, join a walking tour of Prague to explore its vivid history as the city is steeped in Christmas cheer. Your local guide will take you through the old town square, where you can witness the splendour of Mozart’s Theatre and the Astronomical Clock, a 15th century device.

    EmeraldEXCURSION: A walking tour of Prague

    You’re Invited: Local dinner with entertainment

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  10. Day 10 - Prague

    Today is yours to spend exploring Prague at leisure, perhaps wandering through one of Prague’s many delightfully decorated Christmas markets, where the smell of freshly baked goods wafts down the narrow lanes and handcrafted ornaments can be seen in every direction.

    Discover More: Tastes of Czechia

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Prague

    After breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and leave Prague’s idyllic centre for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of snow-kissed hilltops and traditional treats with you.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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