Christmas Markets

Discover the magic of Christmas on a 15 day river cruise starting in Budapest. Visit the charming Christmas markets at Thurn und Taxis Palace in Regensburg.

15 Days
Budapest to Amsterdam
From (NZD)
$ 9,185
$ 7,385
Dates & Pricing

2021 Budapest > Amsterdam

A festive tradition

Europe at Christmas transforms into a happy hive of activity as markets spring to life in every town and market square.
From charming villages to great cultural centres, you can look forward to the hum and buzz of Christmas as treats, toys, charms and trinkets of every description come out in a joyful display. In many places, the delicacies and decorations still honour age-old traditions.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
CHMA
Duration:
15 days
Departure City:
Budapest
Return City:
Amsterdam

15 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Budapest

    Relax and raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening’s welcome reception.  

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Budapest

    Freechoice

    Join a guided tour of Budapest, or relax at the city’s Thermal Baths and Spa. Alternatively, take an active hike to Buda Hill, or brave the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Vienna

    Enjoy the many splendid vistas as you cruise the beautiful Danube river.

    Enrich

    Be enthralled by a private classical evening concert at the enchanting Palais Liechtenstein.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Vienna

    Freechoice

    Take a guided tour of Vienna, or visit Schönbrunn Palace. Alternatively, learn about Viennese coffee culture during a guided tour, or cycle to the Danube Island.

    Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring Vienna’s magical Christmas markets.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Dürnstein > Melk

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a guided bike ride from Dürnstein to Melk, or be guided through Melk’s Benedictine Abbey. Alternatively, meet a Schnapps producer and sample some of the many flavours on offer.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Salzburg

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a guided tour of the Baroque Old Town of Salzburg, or join a walking tour focused on sights from the classic movie ‘The Sound of Music’.

    Enrich

    Let the ‘Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show’ transport you to another time and place.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Regensburg

    Enjoy a guided walking tour of this fabulous city including its well-preserved medieval centre.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Nuremberg

    Freechoice

    Take a walking tour of this fascinating city, or visit moving WWII sites. Alternatively, join a gingerbread baking class.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Bamberg

    Explore the old town of Bamberg with a local guide.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Würzburg

    Freechoice

    Take a guided tour of Rothenburg with time to wander the famed Reiterlesmarkt that has a history dating back to the 15th century, or stay in Würzburg and visit the Bishop’s Residenz Palace and sample some delicious wine. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Miltenberg

    Freechoice

    Visit a local monastery and learn about beer production, or meet a winemaker and join him for a taste of his fine wines. Alternatively, be introduced to a Baron and Baroness and discover how they celebrate Christmas, or opt to visit a Schnapps producer or a local farming family, and toast the festive season as you sample some of their produce.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Rhine Gorge > Rüdesheim

    Explore charming Rüdesheim, including a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.
    Enjoy free time and perhaps try delicious glühwein or hot chestnuts amid the stalls.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Cologne

    Take a guided tour through Cologne before time at leisure to explore the delights of the Christmas markets set with the wonderful Cathedral as their backdrop.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Amsterdam

    Freechoice

    Explore the city by bicycle, or by foot during a guided tour. Alternatively, experience an iconic canal cruise, or visit the villages of Schermerhorn & Alkmaar.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Amsterdam

    Depart after a wonderful farewell breakfast. Amsterdam is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of wonderful memories. 

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

All-inclusive highlights
  • 5-star Scenic Space-Ship featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
  • 2 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • Up to five on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 41 meals – 14 breakfasts (B), 13 lunches (L) and 14 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary premium beverages all day throughout your cruise
  • Butler service for all guests throughout your cruise
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade available throughout your cruise
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
  • Cruise Director to guide and assist
  • Expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
  • All tipping and gratuities

Pricing & Availability