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)
$ 6,595
Dates & Pricing

2020 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, and you’d be forgiven for wondering whether you’ve somehow stepped back in time with the ‘Ghost of Christmas Past’.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
CHMA
Duration:
15 days
Departure City:
Budapest
Return City:
Amsterdam

Selected Itinerary

15 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Budapest

    Welcome to Budapest. Toast the marvellous journey ahead of you at this evening’s welcome reception.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Budapest

    Freechoice

    Explore this beautiful city and enjoy a piano concert, or relax at the city’s Thermal Baths and Spa. Alternatively, brave the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock or take an active hike to Buda Hill.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Vienna

    Relax on board your Scenic Space-Ship and enjoy the many splendid vistas as you cruise the beautiful Danube.

    Enrich

    Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein. Then be enthralled by an enchanting private classical evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart. With a special dedication to Beethoven as we celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth.

    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 opt to see Vienna on a bike tour.

    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, enjoy a Schnapps tasting on board and sample some of the many flavours on offer.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Passau > Salzburg

    Enrich

    Let the ‘Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show’ transport you to another time and place. Based on the timeless movie of the same name, this exclusive production is performed in the rolling hills of Salzburg.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Regensburg

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Nuremberg

    Welcome to this captivating Bavarian city, dating back to the 11th century.

    Freechoice

    Take a walking tour of this fascinating city, or visit moving WWII sites or take 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. Alternatively, 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 the local monastery for a tour and insight into regional 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 gain an understanding of how they celebrate the Christmas period, or opt to visit a local farming family and taste some of their home made produce, followed by a visit to a local producer for a Schnapps tasting.

    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 some 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Amsterdam

    Freechoice

    Experience Amsterdam’s canals, or enjoy a tour of Zaanse Schans. Alternatively, taste Dutch Herring on a guided walking tour or take a cycling tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Amsterdam

    Depart today after breakfast, taking wonderful memories with you.

    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 25 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 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 beverages all day, every day
  • Butler service for all guests
  • 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
  • All tipping and gratuities

Pricing & Availability