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 (USD)
$ 6,995
Dates & Pricing

2022 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

    Raise your glass to the marvellous cruise ahead of you 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 visit 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 towards the festive city of Vienna.

    Enrich

    Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein. Then be enthralled by an enchanting private classical concert.

    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.

    Later, explore the magical Viennese Christmas markets at your leisure. An age-old tradition, the forerunners of the present-day events date back to the Middle Ages when in 1298 Albrecht I granted Vienna’s citizens the privilege of holding a December Market or ‘Krippenmarkt’. Nowadays, over 20 official advent markets sell a vast array of seasonal gifts and mouth-watering treats.

    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 dedicated to 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

    Tour this fabulous city including its well-preserved medieval centre, then enjoy some free time to soak up the festive spirit at one of four Christmas markets in the city.

    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

    Immerse yourself in the World Heritage-listed Old Town of Bamberg and walk the same cobbled streets as medieval traders once did.

    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 where you will enjoy wine tasting in the underground cellars before some free time to explore the wonderful markets of the city.

    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 walking tour through Cologne before time at leisure to explore the city’s iconic Cathedral and the delights of the magical Christmas markets.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Amsterdam

    Freechoice

    Explore the city by bicycle, or on foot during a walking tour with a tasting of delicious Dutch treats. Alternatively, experience an iconic canal cruise, or visit the villages of Schermerhorn and 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. Please refer to our terms and conditions.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Truly all-inclusive luxury
  • 5-Star Scenic Space-Ships with up to 163 guests
  • Spacious Balcony Suites with an innovative Scenic Sun Lounge
  • 2 Scenic Enrich experiences including the ‘Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show’ and an enchanting private classical evening concert at Palais Liechtenstein – all Exclusive to Scenic
  • Personalise your trip with 27 included Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Dine at your choice of up to five on board venues, from casual to fine dining
  • 41 meals – 14 breakfasts (B), 13 lunches (L) and 14 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary premium beverages all day, every day? – not just at meal times
  • Butler service for every suite
  • Complimentary full mini-bar restocked daily
  • Innovative Salt Therapy Lounge and fitness area
  • Scenic Tailormade App for river commentary and independent exploration
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
  • Scenic Cruise Director to guide and assist & expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities on board and on shore

Pricing & Availability