Soak up the magic of the festive season as you embark on an 8-day river cruise through central Europe. Embrace the holiday spirit as you explore Christmas markets that are located across many small towns and large cities. Cruise the Danube to visit magical merchant villages from Nuremberg to Vienna and witness the customs that are unique to each festival. As well as festivities, enjoy these beautiful countries, cities and villages admiring their stunning landscapes and exploring their famous landmarks. Aboard your Scenic Space-Ship, enjoy 5* accommodation, luxurious excursions and all-inclusive food & drink as well as butler and laundry service.

Itinerary - 8 Days

1 Welcome to Budapest

Your journey into wonder begins here. Relax and raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening’s welcome reception.

2 Budapest

Freechoice: Wake up in Budapest and set out on a walking tour to discover its architectural gems, including the splendid neo-Gothic Parliament building. Climb historic Castle Hill, see the Royal Palace and visit Matthias Church, the stunning setting for the coronations and weddings of the Habsburg royalty; then enjoy a private piano concert. Alternatively, hike the Buda Hills that rise beyond the city center; or venture to the charming riverfront town of Szentendre, home to a thriving artist colony.

3 Vienna

As you cruise the mighty Danube relax in one of the lounges and viewing areas, and enjoy the scenery as your Scenic Space-Ship sails towards the majestic city of Vienna.

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Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein while enjoying a glass of fine Austrian Sekt. Then be enthralled by an enchanting private Viennese evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart. Even in elegant Vienna, Palais Liechtenstein is one of the grandest of all venues.

4 Vienna

Freechoice: Arrive in Vienna this morning, and visit Schönbrunn Palace, host to an intimate, upscale Christmas market during the holiday season. You may instead opt to take a specially arranged tour of the Museum of Natural History for an inside look at its meteorite exhibit, co-curated by National Geographic grantee Ludovic Ferrière.. Or peruse the galleries of the Belvedere Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings.

Later, step into a magical winter wonderland at the city’s Christkindlmarkt, framed by twinkle-lit trees and the soaring neo-Gothic city hall, its lights all aglow. Wander past merchants selling Weihnachtspunsch, a spiked, spicy punch, and roasted chestnuts—the perfect accompaniment as you browse stalls brimming with beeswax candles and hand-blown glass ornaments.

5 Dürnstein > Melk

Freechoice: In Austria’s Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site, hike to the hilltop ruins of Dürnstein’s medieval castle or embark on an enjoyable bike ride along the river from Dürnstein to Melk. Alternatively, enjoy a guided tour of Melk’s 18th- century Benedictine abbey, one of the world’s most magnificent baroque buildings. You may instead choose to visit a local winery for a guided tour of the cellars and vines, followed by a tasting of the region’s celebrated Grüner Veltliners and Rieslings.

6 Salzburg, Austria or Ceský Krumlov, Czech Republic

Freechoice: Today, choose between a visit to Salzburg or the Czech town of Ceský Krumlov—both designated World Heritage sites. Stroll the storybook streets of Salzburg's Old Town, host to one of the continent’s oldest Christmas markets, set in a picturesque square in front of the Salzburg Cathedral and beneath the city’s iconic medieval castle. Or tour Ceský Krumlov’s historic center, a labyrinth of cobblestoned streets lined with medieval, baroque, and Renaissance houses.

7 Regensburg

Set at the confluence of the Danube, Naab, and Regen rivers, Regensburg once served as a free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire.

Freechoice: Browse stalls aglow with candles and twinklinge lights at the town Christmas market, set in the courtyard of St. Emmeram Palace. Alternatively, set out on a guided walk through the medieval center to see its splendid Gothic cathedral, 12th-century stone bridge, and the ancient Roman gateway to the city. Or tour the historic Kuchlbauer Brewery and its whimsical tower—a tribute to modern art.

8 Nuremberg

Depart after breakfast. Nuremberg is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories. Please book flights to depart after 12pm from Nuremberg and after 2pm from Munich.

Please note: Itinerary is subject to change.

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