Classic Prague & Christmas Markets on the Danube

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

2024 Prague > Budapest

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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.
Prague is a fascinating city full of historical sights, like the Astrological Clock, and Charles Bridge. This special festive twist on our classic itinerary down the Danube makes time for explorations of quirky Budapest, a traditional lunch with Slovakian locals, and marvelling at Vienna’s iconic architecture. All before perusing the Christmas markets of Regensburg, highly regarded as ‘one of the loveliest’.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EWPX
Duration:
11 days
Departure City:
Prague
Return City:
Budapest

11 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Prague

    Welcome to Prague and your centrally located hotel for a three-night stay.  

  2. Day 2 - 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

  3. Day 3 - 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

  4. Day 4 - Prague - Regensburg

    After breakfast, you will be transferred from your hotel to Regensburg , to board your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Regensburg

    Spend the day in Regensburg. Today, you'll have the chance to explore some of the city's architectural highlights, crossing the 12th-century bridge over the Danube. Your EmeraldPLUS excursion takes you into the heart of the Thurn and Taxis Palace Christmas market, where row-upon-row of twinkling lights adorn the quaint wooden stalls.

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    Traditional Bavarian band on board

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    Visit to the Christmas markets at Thurn and Taxis Palace grounds

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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

  6. Day 6 - Passau - Engelhartszell

    The cobblestone streets that weave through Passau resemble a picture-perfect 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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Krems

    Today, enjoy a morning sailing on your Star-Ship as it 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 valley from a hill covered by vineyards and forests. Built in 1083, it’s one of Austria's most important Benedictine abbeys, attracting visitors from around 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

  8. Day 8 - 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 place like the Austrian capital, not just because the city is bursting 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)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Bratislava

    Today, enjoy learning about Slovakia as we take you into the heart of Bratislava, a capital where cultures 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. The Christmas markets showcase handcrafted souvenirs and traditional Christmas treats, a true seasonal delight.

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    Home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family

    Included Excursion

    Walking tour of Bratislava

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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

  10. Day 10 - Budapest

    Offering an abundance of historical whimsy, Budapest is known for its architectural diversity and famed 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 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

  11. Day 11 - Budapest

    After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to your fellow guests. Disembark your Star-Ship for your transfer to the airport and take 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 your Star-Ship
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises cruise director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

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

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 ship and to the airport
  • 3 Breakfasts (B)

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