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Danube Christmas Markets

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Danube Christmas Markets

From £2,195 pp

Step into the enchantment of Christmas and experience the charm of Europe’s magical festive markets during this special 8-day seasonal river cruise on the iconic Danube River. From Budapest to Nuremberg, encounter the continent’s finest towns and cities at this most wonderful time of year.

Begin your journey in Budapest, the illustrious Queen of the Danube. Enjoy a guided tour of the city in the company of an expert guide, and witness the famous Vörösmarty Square Christmas Fair. Alternatively, discover the town of Szentendre, one of the highlights of Pest County.

The Austrian capital of Vienna is a feast of enchantment at Christmastime, and nowhere is this festive magic more keenly felt than the Christmas Village of Belvedere Palace. Breathe in the opulence of Palais Liechtenstein during a special private concert of Strauss and Mozart, an enthralling experience exclusive to Scenic Enrich.

Explore the grand Benedictine Abbey of Melk as you travel westward through the exquisite Wachau Valley towards Passau. Here, choose to explore the medieval Czech city of Cesky Krumlov, or visit Saltsburg, an enchanting alpine town and the backdrop for ‘The Sound of Music’.

Crossing the border into Germany, experience the magic of a Bavarian Christkindlmarkt in Regensburg, home to one of Europe’s most beloved festive fairs. Browse row after row of charming timber stalls as you marvel at the festive decorations and lights which festoon the market square, before treating yourself to a hand-crafted gift, steaming bowl of Christmas strudel, or traditional Bavarian bratwurst.

What’s included On Board

  • Complimentary beverages all day, everyday
  • Six Dining venues, from casual to fine dining
  • 85% Balcony Suites, including a Scenic Sun Lounge
  •  Personalised butler service
  •  Laundry concierge
  •  Exclusive Scenic Tailormade GPS for self-guided touring and on board commentary
  • Authentic local entertainment
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
  • Gym & Wellness area
  • Cruise Directors to guide and assist
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet
  • Return airport transfers
  • All gratuities
  • Return flight from a selection of upto 15 UK airports

On Shore

    • Scenic  Enrich – An unforgettable and exclusive event
    • Scenic Freechoice – A Choice of flexible excursions and activites
    • Scenic Sundowners – An exclusive hosted event in a stunning location

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin with a limited number of single cabins available on all decks, at the relevant supplement.

The price includes full board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day; if you choose to travel with us on any of the full day excursions by coach, a packed lunch will be provided. Anyone choosing to stay on the ship may of course have lunch in the restaurant; morning/afternoon tea and coffee; all visits and excursions as mentioned in the brochure, airport transfers, coach travel as mentioned, travel to and from port of embarkation and the services of a Scenic Travel Tour Manager.

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Day 1 - Budapest

Fly from one of up to 15 UK regional airports, where you’ll be transferred to your Scenic Space-Ship, which will be docked in Budapest.

Your cruise begins here. Settle in to your suite and get to know the ship’s many amenities, before toasting to the occasion at this evening’s welcome reception.

Dinner

Day 2 - Budapest

Freechoice

Make the most of a guided tour of this city including a piano concert, or discover the Jewish heritage on a guided tour with an expert local guide.

Alternatively, you can choose to journey to nearby riverside town in Pest County, Szentendre. Szentendre is known for its museums, galleries, and artists, and you’ll have the opportunity to discover this charming town on a guided city tour.

Day 2 - Budapest

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 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 majestic Vienna.

Enrich

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.

Day 3 - Vienna

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Vienna

Today you have options galore.

Take a guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace, and witness the sheer opulence of the Habsburg Empire. Alternatively, visit the Belvedere Museum, one of Europe’s most stunning Baroque landmarks. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the greatest collection of Austrian art, complemented by the work of international artists such as Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, and Max Beckmann. The museum houses the world’s largest collection of Gustav Klimt’s paintings, including the famous golden Art Nouveau icons the Kiss and Judith.

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.

Day 4 - Vienna

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Dürnstein & Melk

Freechoice

Be guided through Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey, originally built as a palace. Explore the opulence of this grand abbey including the awe inspiring library and abbey church.

Alternatively, if you’re feeling more active, embark on an enjoyable guided bike ride along the river from Dürnstein to Melk – at your own pace, of course.

Or visit a local winery for a guided tour and tasting of its fine wines.

Day 5 - Dürnstein & Melk

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Linz & Passau

Freechoice

Take an excursion to the medieval Czech town of Cesky Krumlov and discover its World Heritage-listed Old City, or journey to Salzburg and explore the birthplace of Mozart, and the city backdrop for ‘The Sound of Music’.

Day 6 - Linz & Passau

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Regensburg

At the confluence of three rivers, Regensburg offers a rich tapestry of experiences, from its medieval Old Town to the Bavarian Forest on its border.

Freechoice

Experience the true wonder of Christmas at the romantic and picturesque markets at Thurn and Taxis Palace. This magical village will make you feel like you have entered a fairytale with the gently lit lanterns and candles providing a charming atmosphere.

Alternatively, enjoy a walking tour of Regensburg.

Day 7 - Regensburg

Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

Day 8 - Nuremberg - Return Home

Nuremberg is the end of your cruise, depart after a wonderful farewell breakfast.

Travel to one of up to 15 UK regional airports.

Breakfast

Part of the next generation of space ships added to the Scenic fleet in 2016 with a capacity of just 169 guests in 72 suites and 13 staterooms, with 53 crew, the Scenic Amber accommodates excellent levels of service.  The Scenic Amber features multiple dining venues, elegant suites and a vitality pool on the Sun Deck.

Depending on the class of suite or stateroom you opt for, you’ll enjoy a wealth of luxurious features, including Scenic Sun Lounges, 32-inch HD TVs and a state-of-the-art bathroom complete with revolutionary massage shower and wet room.  All balcony suites feature Scenic’s exclusive ‘Sun Lounge’ system which transforms your balcony into an all-weather conservatory style space.

From the Panorama Lounge Bar and the spacious Sun Deck with vitality pool, to the well appointed fitness and wellness suite, you’ll enjoy luxury wherever you stray aboard this elegant river cruise ship.

Scenic Amber Vitality Pool

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Riverview Terrace
  • Vitality Pool
  • Sun Deck
  • Walking Track
  • Portobellos Restaurant
  • River Cafe
  • Table La Rive Private Dining (Diamond deck guests only)
  • Lounge & Bar
  • Gift Shop
  • Lift
  • Complimentary use of E-bikes
  • Complimentary Wi-fi
  • Gym and Wellness Area
  • Fitness Centre
  • Hairdresser *
  • Complimentary Nordic walking sticks

Accommodation & Amenities

85 elegantly appointed Staterooms and Suites range in size from 160-475 ft².  Most accommodations have a open air balcony.  Try one of the 2 Royal Panorama Suites, situated at the rear of the ship at 475 sq ft² in size.  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.

All Suites feature added enhancements such as 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.

Offering a roster of distinct dining venues, including Crystal Dining, Riverview Terrace, Portobellos, Table La Rive and the Panorama Lounge Bar, guests will be spoilt for choice when choosing where to dine aboard a Scenic space ship. Couple this with the option to take breakfast, lunch or dinner from the privacy of your suite, and your dining preferences will be all perfectly accommodated aboard these majestic Space-Ships.

Scenic offer levels of service which are differentiated by the level of stateroom or suite booked.  Please see the individual room type description for details.

Royal Suites

Royal Panorama Suite 475 ft² – Diamond (Upper) Deck (pictured)

Royal Balcony Suite 360 ft² – Diamond (Upper) Deck

  • Scenic Sun Lounge balcony system
  • Marble bathroom with upgraded bathroom amenities with hairdryer
  • Alarm clock, in-room safe, telephone
  • Luxury Scenic slumber bed and pillow menu
  • Complimentary mini-bar
  • Mac-mini infotainment system & movies on demand
  • Luxury bathrobe and slippers
  • Early morning tea/coffee service
  • Butler service
  • Shoeshine service

EXCLUSIVE TO ROYAL SUITE GUESTS: unlimited complimentary laundry service, daily delivery of afternoon canapes, complimentary bottle of Laurent Perrier Brut (750ml), morning delivery of newspapers, in-suite beverage and meal service, packing and unpacking of suitcases, 200 Euros on board credit, exclusive invitation to Table La Rive, priority dining reservations.  Private airport chauffeur service in Europe – restrictions apply.

Scenic Royal Panorama Suite
Scenic Space Ship Junior Suite

Junior Balcony Suites

250 ft² – Diamond (Upper) and Sapphire (Middle) Deck

  • Scenic Sun Lounge balcony system
  • Marble bathroom with L’Occitane bathroom amenities with hairdryer
  • Alarm clock, in-room safe, telephone
  • Luxury Scenic slumber bed and pillow menu
  • Complimentary mini-bar
  • Mac-mini infotainment system & movies on demand
  • Luxury bathrobe and slippers
  • Early morning tea/coffee service
  • complimentary laundry concierge service once per suite
  • Butler service
  • Shoeshine service

EXCLUSIVE TO JUNIOR BALCONY SUITE GUESTS: complimentary daily pressing of two pieces of clothing, daily delivery of afternoon canapes, in-suite beverage and meal service, exclusive invitation to Table La Rive.

Balcony Suites

Deluxe Balcony Suite 225 ft² – Diamond (Upper) and Sapphire (Middle) Deck (pictured)

Balcony Suite 205 ft² – Diamond (Upper) and Sapphire (Middle) Deck

  • Scenic Sun Lounge balcony system
  • Marble bathroom with L’Occitane bathroom amenities with hairdryer
  • Alarm clock, in-room safe, telephone
  • Luxury Scenic slumber bed and pillow menu
  • Complimentary mini-bar
  • Mac-mini infotainment system & movies on demand
  • Luxury bathrobe and slippers
  • Early morning tea/coffee service
  • Complimentary laundry concierge service once per suite
  • Butler service
  • Shoeshine service

EXCLUSIVE TO DIAMOND DECK SUITE GUESTS: complimentary daily pressing of two pieces of clothing, exclusive invitation to Table La Rive.

Scenic Jasper Deluxe Balcony Suite
Scenic Crystal Stateroom

Standard Suites

160 ft² – Jewel (Lower) Deck

  • Marble bathroom with L’Occitane bathroom amenities with hairdryer
  • Alarm clock, in-room safe, telephone
  • Luxury Scenic slumber bed and pillow menu
  • Complimentary mini-bar
  • Mac-mini infotainment system & movies on demand
  • Luxury bathrobe and slippers
  • Early morning tea/coffee service
  • Complimentary laundry concierge service once per suite
  • Butler service
  • Shoeshine service
Scenic Amber Deck Plan

Why Choose This Cruise?

Scenic sit at the top of the luxury river cruise market.  A luxurious mix of contemporary, luxurious ships with top level touring and inclusions which add up to a relaxing, high level river cruise holiday.

DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Dec 4Scenic CrystalAmsterdam£2195SAVE £500Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStandard Suite160 ft², Fixed Windows£2195  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite205 ft², Outside Balcony£2845  
Middle DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite225 ft², Outside Balcony£3490  
Middle DeckJunior Suite250 ft², Outside Balcony£3790  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite205 ft², Outside Balcony£3140  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite225 ft², Outside Balcony£3790  
Upper DeckJunior Suite250 ft², Outside Balcony£4290  
Upper DeckRoyal Balcony Suite315 ft², Outside Balcony£4390  
Upper DeckRoyal Panorama Suite325 ft², Outside Balcony£4590  


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