Christmas Markets on the Danube

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.

8 Days
Munich to Budapest
From (AUD)
$ 3,945
Dates & Pricing

2023 Munich > Budapest

Tour Map
Tour Code:
EWXM
Duration:
8 days
Departure City:
Munich
Return City:
Budapest

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Munich - Regensburg

    You will be met at the airport by an Emerald Cruises representative and transferred to your contemporary Emerald Cruises Star-Ship in Regensburg, where you’ll start your festive river cruise along the Danube.

    Please book your flight to arrive into Munich prior to 02:00 PM.

  2. Day 2 - Regensburg

    Today, you’ll visit the city of Regensburg. Here, you’ll have the chance to see the 12th-century bridge crossing the Danube and some of the city’s architectural highlights, before your EmeraldPLUS excursion takes you into the heart of the Thurn und Taxis Palace Christmas market, where rows of quaint wooden stalls are adorned by row-upon-row of twinkling lights.

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    Traditional Bavarian band on board

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    Visit to the Christmas markets at Thurn und Taxis Palace grounds

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Regensburg

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    Excursion to Nuremberg (extra expense)

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    BMW Factory behind the scenes (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Passau

    The cobblestone streets that weave through Passau look as though they have been pulled from a Christmas card, especially when a thin layer of fresh snow blankets the town. Your included walking tour will finish underneath the striking green domes of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, where you’ll discover a charming Christkindlmarkt full of festive souvenirs and freshly baked goods. 

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Passau

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     Excursion to the Bavarian Forest (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Dürnstein - Krems

    Today, enjoy a morning stroll around the picturesque village of Dürnstein, before your Star-Ship sails through the fascinating Wachau Valley, part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Cultural Landscape, and on to Krems. 
    This afternoon, embark on a guided tour of Göttweig Abbey, a true treasure overlooking the Wachau Valley from a hill covered by vineyards and forests. Built in 1083, it is one of Austria's most important Benedictine abbeys, attracting visitors from all over the world. Run by a community of about 45 monks, it is visible from a great distance and provides epic panoramas from its grounds. 

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Göttweig Abbey

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Vienna

    Sweeping boulevards and world-famous art exhibitions welcome you to Vienna, a city which perfectly encapsulates the opulence of the Habsburg Monarchy and their ornate Baroque palaces. For art lovers there is no place like the Austrian capital, not just because the city is packed with museums and artwork, but because of the 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)

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    Tastes of Vienna (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Bratislava

    Today, enjoy learning about Slovakia as we take you into the heart of Bratislava, a capital where cultures really do sit side-by-side. A sightseeing tour of the city will introduce you to its architectural wonders, including the Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral and the neo-Renaissance Slovak National Theatre. But it’s the city’s Christmas markets which are a true delight, as they showcase handcrafted souvenirs and traditional Christmas treats.

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    Home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family

    Included Excursion

    Walking tour of Bratislava

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    Carpathian wine route (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Budapest

    Offering an abundance of historical whimsy, Budapest is known for its architectural diversity and the historic monuments that pepper both sides of the Danube. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed city is a true delight at Christmas, when the locals take to thermal baths to beat the crisp chill of the season. Today, your guided coach tour will introduce you to Andrássy Avenue and the neo-Renaissance façades of the townhouses that can be found there, as well as a generous scattering of Christmas decorations.
    This evening, an on board traditional Hungarian folklore show is certain to delight.

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    Traditional Hungarian folklore show on board

    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

  8. Day 8 - Budapest

    After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of Christmas stalls and crisp winter mornings with you.

    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 the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

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

EmeraldPLUS
  • Traditional Bavarian band on board
  • Visit to the Christmas markets at Thurn und Taxis Palace Grounds
  • Home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family
  • Traditional Hungarian folklore show on board

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 20 superb 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

Pricing & Availability