EMBARKATION – BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Arrive in Budapest and board your luxurious river cruise ship. During the evening, be treated to a special Illuminations cruise past the capital’s glittering riverfront.
You cannot help but fall in love with Budapest, known as the “Queen of the Danube” with her distinct blend of medieval and modern beauty.Home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Buda Castle quarter in CastleHill and Heroes’ Square, Budapest offers an unmatched combination of culture and tradition. Your city tour beginswith a visit to the vibrant Great Market Hall. The remainder of this tour takes you to both the Buda (hilly) and the Pest (flat) sides of the river. Afterwards, you’ll visit Vörösmarty Square, the oldest and the most spectacular of all the Christmas Markets in Budapest. (B,L,D)
The “City of Waltzes” offers a treasure trove of gems just waiting to be discovered.Join a tour showcasing its regal splendors, such as the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace ofthe Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna’s historic city center. Afterwards, you’ll visit the Maria Theresa Markets. If you prefer a more active adventure, then join a guided bike ride around Vienna. During the afternoon, visit the Schönbrunn Palace and its Christmas market, which boasts a giant Christmas tree.
During our time in Vienna Massimo will host a special excursion to visit the two places who claim to be the inventors of the Sacher torte. We will taste both and judge for ourselves as well as watch how its made in the beautiful coffee shop of Demel.
From Nuremburg’s iconic Christmas Markets with its iconic red and white striped booths to Strasbourg’s charming white storks, a visit to Europe’s Christmas Markets is a magical experience. Massive Christmas trees strung with thousands of lights are set against the backdrop of most stunning architecture, where travelers and locals alike gather to make merry. Learn about age-old traditions as you wander through the Christmas Markets enjoying whimsical artisanal gifts and the intoxicating aroma of roasted chestnuts, hot cocoa and sugar plums.
Join a walking tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and ItalianBaroque architecture and St. Stephen’s. Go in search of Bavarian-style crafts at the Christmas Market. Alternatively,you can travel through the serene Austrian Alps to Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart. Your full-day excursion inSalzburg includes a walking tour of the UNESCO-designated Old Town, its magnificent cathedral and its ChristmasMarkets, including the Hellbrunn Palace, where its inner courtyard is turned into a romantic backdrop for one of themost beautiful Christmas Markets in Austria. For the active adventurer, join a guided bike tour along the Danube.(B,L,D)
Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities, as well as a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site. Join a guided walking tour showcasing the city’s architectural highlights, including the OldTown Hall and the Porta Praetoria, before visiting the Old Town Christmas Market. As an alternate option, samplesome of Bavaria’s specialties—beer, sausage and pretzels. Or bike to the base of Walhalla where there is aneoclassical white marble temple inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. Later in the day, you’ll be treated to one ofBavaria’s most beautiful and romantic Christmas Markets at Thurn and Taxis, where you can watch artisansmake their unique arts and crafts. (B,L,D)
Enjoy a scenic morning cruise as the ship crosses the Continental Divide via the Main-Danube Canal to Nuremberg. Join a city tour of WWII highlights and then walk through Nuremberg’s cobblestonestreets to the Imperial Castle and 900-year-old city ramparts. Alternatively, you can taste your way through the citywith a Franconian specialties tour, which introduces you to bratwurst, rotbier (red beer) and lebkuchen(gingerbread). Later, you can visit Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt, one of the world’s largest and most famous Christmas Markets. (B,L,D)
Nuremberg – DISEMBARKATION
This morning, disembark your ship in Vilshofen. If you choose to join us in Prague then you will be transported to Prague for post cruise tour which is listed below.
We usually cruise during the night meaning we spend the maximum amount of time in the beautiful towns and villages along the way.
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