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Christmas Markets of Europe

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Christmas Markets of Europe

From £2,595pp

Five countries, four capitals, countless heritage highlights and the chance to visit some of Europe’s most enchanting Christmas markets. Introducing our extraordinary Christmas Markets of Europe tour, a 15-day river cruise whisking you from Budapest to Amsterdam via the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers.

This unforgettable journey marries exceptional sightseeing experiences with the joy of strolling among the stalls of an authentic festive market, for the ultimate seasonal getaway. Hike Buda Hill, linger long in the Christkindlmarkts of Vienna, and look forward to unearthing a rich depth of culture and heritage as you weave through central and northern Europe, from the enchantment of Bavaria to the contemporary cool of the Netherlands.

Mainland Europe is famous for its sprawling, light-strewn Christmas markets, and nowhere is this festive magic more tangible than Germany. From Passau in the east to Cologne in the west, stroll among the traditional markets of Regensburg, Wurzburg, Miltenberg and Rudesheim, while enjoying captivating heritage sites such as the Bishops’ Residenz, Miltenberg’s gothic Merchant Hall, and the dramatic spires of the Kölner Dom. Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna aren’t without festive enchantment either, although cultural highlights including the Ringstrasse, Hungarian Parliament Building and Mirbach Palace make it difficult to tear yourself away from sightseeing.

Your journey ends amid the canals of Amsterdam, and here you can enjoy an inspiring EmeraldACTIVE guided bike tour before your return flight home.

What’s included On Board

  • Complimentary Wine, Beer and soft drinks to accompany Lunch & Dinner
  • All on board meals
  • Indoor pool, that transforms into a cinema at night
  • Spacious accommodation
  • Coffee station
  • Bottled water re stocked daily in your suite
  • Included shore excursions
  • Visits to UNESCO World Heritage listed sites
  • Emerald Plus and Emerald Active, extra special excursions
  • First class service form an English speaking crew
  • Knowledgeable local guides
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • On board bicycles
  • All on board Gratuities
  • Return economy flights from a choice of UK airports
  • all internal airport transfers to and from your ship

 

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Day 1 - Arrive in Budapest

Welcome to Budapest!

You will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. After boarding, enjoy some time at your leisure to explore Budapest.

This evening join your fellow travellers for a night–time cruise along the Danube, passing under the city’s numerous bridges, whilst enjoying a traditional Hungarian welcome dinner complete with folk dancing and music.

EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Evening Cruise

Dinner

Day 2 - Budapest

Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city.

Enjoy a guided tour of the city sights including the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest or an exciting hike to Buda Hill.

On your free time, stroll the Christmas market on Budapest’s main square near Váci Utca Street.

This afternoon you depart for Bratislava.

EmeraldACTIVE: A guided walk to Buda Hill (active fitness level recommended)

Day 2 - Budapest

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Bratislava

This morning we arrive at the city of Bratislava, capital of the Republic of Slovakia.

Enjoy a sightseeing tour including the enchanting Old City with its Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and the Gothic Cathedral of St Martin.

You can also enjoy Bratislava’s charming Christmas markets throughout the city.

EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Coffee and Cake with Slovakians

Day 3 - Bratislava

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Vienna

Today you have a choice of either exploring Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the Ringstrasse, where we will see Vienna’s world–famous Opera House, Burgtheatre, Spanish Riding School, Town Hall, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace.

Alternatively, join a guided bike tour instead of the drive around and guided walk. After the tour, enjoy your free time to sample the wonderful Christmas markets of Vienna which are set up in 15 different squares in the city.

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike Tour
Discover More: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense and / or Schonbrunn Palace tour (extra expense)
***please note that passengers on this tour will not be able to join the included Vienna tour

Day 4 - Vienna

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Dürnstein & Melk

In the morning we arrive in Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages of the Wachau wine region. This is the site of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned after returning from the crusades in the 12th century.

Thereafter, drive through the picturesque landscape of this district to the 900–year old Benedictine Abbey of Melk, which features Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture.

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Durnstein Castle (active fitness level recommended) or
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided biking tour along the Danube River from Durnstein to Melk

Day 5 - Dürnstein & Melk

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 Passau

Cruise along the Danube this morning, in the afternoon we reach Passau. Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in this beautiful city.

On this afternoon’s walking tour, stroll through the old town’s narrow alleys and see the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress from the town below. Visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a wonderful example of Baroque architecture and home to Europe’s largest church organ with more than 17,000 pipes.

During you leisure time in Passau, why not visit one of the traditional Christmas markets in town.

Discover More: Tour to Salzburg (extra expense) or Tour to Cesky Krumlov (extra expense)
*** Please note, you can only choose either the Salzburg or the Ceský as both Discover More tours run at the same time. Also note that passengers on these tours will not be able to participate on the included walking tour of Passau

Day 6 Passau

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Regensburg - Kelheim

After breakfast we arrive in magnificent Regensburg.

On our guided walking tour you’ll have the chance to see one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube and see the city’s architectural highlights including the Old Town Hall.

EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Bavarian Band on board
Discover More: Visit to a brewery (extra expense)

Day 7 - Regensburg - Kelheim

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Nuremberg

Today you will have a sightseeing coach tour of the historic city of Nuremberg.

Your coach tour will pass by the 900-year-old ramparts and the Justice Palace where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. You will also get the chance to pass by the Nazi party rally grounds, where rallies were held from 1933 until 1938.

Afterwards take a self-guided tour of the WWII Documentation Centre or instead enjoy free time in the city centre.

Nuremberg is also known for its Christmas market squares which you can visit in your free time.

Day 8 - Nuremberg

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9 - Bamberg

This morning we arrive at Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage city. Boasting one of Europe’s largest intact medieval town centres, Bamberg is bursting with original character and charm.

At the centre of the town is the largest preserved old quarter in Europe.

Day 9 - Bamberg

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 - Wurzburg

Known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”, Wurzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards.

Join our guide for a walking tour of Wurzburg followed by a visit to the Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Y

our tour highlights the palace’s unique staircase, elaborate 18th century frescoes and the amazing 3–dimensional stuccowork.

Discover More: Tour to Rothenburg (extra expense)
***passengers on this tour will not be able to attend the included walking tour of Wurzburg as both tours run at the same time.

Day 10 -  Wurzburg

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11- Wertheim - Miltenberg

Today we start from the stunning medieval glass-blowing town of Wertheim, where you have the opportunity to explore on your own.

Then, travel by coach to the picturesque village of Miltenberg on the Main River. The village creates an imitable feeling of Bavarian life in the middle ages and the Old Town is lined with well–preserved half–timbered buildings. The gothic Merchant Hall is an impressive symbol of past affluence created by trade from river traffic.

After your guided tour enjoy free time until the ship arrives.

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided walk to Wertheim Castle (active fitness level recommended)

Day 11- Wertheim - Miltenberg

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12 - Rudesheim- Koblenz

After breakfast arrive in Rüdesheim, one of Germany’s most popular towns. You will either have a choice of visiting the Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or if you feel active take take a guided hike through vineyards.

In your free time, continue exploring and perhaps taste the famous “Rudesheimer Coffee”, made with Germany’s most famous brandy Asbach Uralt.

 

Day 12 -  Rudesheim- Koblenz

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13 - Cologne

The ship sails from Koblenz in the early morning, cruising along the Rhine we arrive in Cologne. Founded by the Romans, Cologne is one of Germany’s oldest cities and is famous for its magnificent World–heritage listed Gothic Cathedral and market squares lined with cafes, shops and beer halls. Cologne also has lovely Christmas markets in all the city squares.

This evening the captain will be delighted to welcome you to the Captain’s Farewell Gala Dinner.

Discover More: Tour to Drachenburg Castle (extra expense)
***passengers on this tour will have the guided tour of Cologne afterwards

Day 13 - Cologne

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14 - Amsterdam

The ship sails along the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal and into Amsterdam.

This morning you can decide to either enjoy a glass top canal boat tour through Amsterdam’s canal or a guided bike tour.

For those on the canal cruise, afterwards continue with an orientation walk followed by free time, to visit some other famous attractions, such as the Rijks or Van Gogh Museums, or simply enjoy the lively atmosphere and watch the world go by.

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

Day 14 - Amsterdam

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 15 Amsterdam Disembarkation

After breakfast, your tour concludes and you will be transferred to the airport for your ongoing flight.

Breakfast

Emerald Dawn Exterior

Emerald Waterways’ fleet of Star-Ships perfectly marry modern design with deluxe comfort for their guests. The fleet has been responsibly designed to match and complement the eternal flow of the rivers.

The Emerald Dawn built in 2015 benefits from 72 generously-proportioned suites and 20 staterooms.  The five sister vessels (Sun, Sky, Star, Dawn, Destiny), boast a capacity of 182 guests apiece, 47 crew and all contain a selection of excellent amenities and features.

The Sun Deck of the ships also boasts a retractable glass roof which provides seasonal protection for the pool, cinema and Riverview Lounge below. Whether you wish to undertake a few lengths before breakfast in the heated pool or enjoy a Hollywood classic in the cinema, the choice is yours.

Book one of the Balcony Suites, found on the Vista and Horizon Decks, and you’ll enjoy unparalleled views from the spacious private balconies – a truly invigorating start to another day on Europe’s beautiful waterways.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Spacious staterooms and suites
  • Indoor Heated Pool with retractable roof
  • Evening cinema
  • Complimentary speciality tea and coffee
  • Sun Deck with seating area and walking track
  • Putting Green
  • Complimentary Bicycles
  • Fully equipped fitness centre
  • Wellness Area
  • Hairdresser *
  • Dedicated cruise director
  • Al Fresco Dining & BBQ area
  • Lift
  • Games Area
 * payable locally

Accommodation & Amenities

92 elegantly appointed staterooms and Suites range in size from 162-310 ft².  Most accommodations have a open air balcony.  Try one of the 4 One-Bedroom Owner’s Suites at 310 sq ft²  with their very own bedroom which closes off from the rest of the suite.  An outdoor balcony, complete with open-air system, allows you to enjoy the views of your surroundings whatever the weather so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.

Suites feature added enhancements such as in suite breakfast and canapes, a larger sitting area with two chairs.  All staterooms include amenities such ensuite bathroom with shower, Infotainment, free high-speed Internet access, climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe, fridge and complimentary bottled water replenished daily.

 

One Bedroom Owner’s Suites

315 ft² – Horizon (Upper) Deck

  • Outdoor private balcony with open-air system and sliding glass door
  • Separate bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and separate lounge area
  • Bathroom with shower, toiletries, hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers
  • Complimentary in-suite Mini-Bar with wine, beer, soft drinks and bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Nespresso machine
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and use of an iPad
  • Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds with pillow menu
  • Safe and Telephone
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweet treats served in your suite
  • Four items of laundry a day
  • Invite to dinner at the Captain’s Table
Emerald Waterways Space Ship One Bedroom Owners Suite
Emerald Waterways Space Ship Grand Balcony Suite

Cat. S – Grand Balcony Suites

210 ft² – Horizon (Upper) Deck

  • Outdoor private balcony with open-air system and sliding glass doors
  • Bathroom with shower, toiletries, hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers
  • In-suite mini-bar available at own expense, complimentary bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Nespresso machine
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds with pillow menu
  • Telephone and Safe for your valuables
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweet treats served in your suite
  • Two items of laundry a day

Cat. A, B & C Panorama Balcony Suites

180 ft² – Horizon & Vista (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Indoor balcony with open-air system and sliding glass doors
  • Bathroom with shower, toiletries and hair dryer
  • Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds
  • Telephone and Safe for your valuables
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Mini-fridge
Emerald Waterways Space Ship Lower Deck Stateroom

Cat. D & E Staterooms

162 ft² – Riviera (Lower) Deck

  • Picture window (150cm x 34cm) which does not open
  • Bathroom with shower, toiletries and hair dryer
  • Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds
  • Telephone and Safe for your valuables
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Mini-fridge

 

Cat. ES Single Staterooms

117 ft² – Riviera (Lower) Deck

  • Picture window which does not open
  • Bathroom with shower, toiletries and hair dryer
  • Single Bed
  • Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Telephone and Safe for your valuables
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Mini-fridge
Emerald Waterways Star Ship Single Cabin

Why Choose This Cruise?

Emerald Waterways are a new entrant to the river cruise market and sit as Scenic’s premium river cruise sister company.  Ships are brand new and very contemporary in style and the river cruising is very relaxed.  A very welcome inclusion to the premium, luxury market.  A holiday to enjoy.

DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Dec 4Emerald DawnAmsterdam£4345SAVE £500Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStateroom162 ft², Fixed WindowsSold  
Lower DeckStateroom162 ft², Fixed WindowsSold  
Lower DeckSingle Stateroom117 ft², Fixed Windows  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite180 ft², French BalconySold  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite180 ft², French BalconySold  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite180 ft², French Balcony£4345  
Upper DeckGrand Balcony Suite210 ft², Outside Balcony£4895  
Upper DeckOwner's Suite315 ft², Outside Balcony£6045  
DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Dec 1Emerald DawnBudapest£2595SAVE £500Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStateroom162 ft², Fixed Windows£2595  
Lower DeckStateroom162 ft², Fixed Windows£2795  
Lower DeckSingle Stateroom117 ft², Fixed Windows£4095  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite180 ft², French Balcony£3795  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite180 ft², French Balcony£3995  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite180 ft², French Balcony£4315  
Upper DeckGrand Balcony Suite210 ft², Outside Balcony£4895  
Upper DeckOwner's Suite315 ft², Outside Balcony£6045  


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