Christmas Market Cruise on the Danube River

2024 Munich > Budapest | Price from $3535

9 DAYS • 20 MEALS Get into the holiday spirit with a relaxing cruise on the Danube, Europe’s most popular river, during the holiday season. Explore the wonderful Christmas Markets of four countries with ports of call in the enchanting cities of Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Dürnstein, Passau and Regensburg, each specially decorated for the season. Roam the markets of each port in search of special handmade ornaments and crafts to bring home and cherish at holiday time for years to come.

Cruise Itinerary

Day 1: Depart the USA

Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Munich, Germany.

Day 2: Regensburg, Germany

Welcome to Germany! All flights must arrive by 2:00pm. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship in Regensburg. After boarding, explore the ship and become acquainted with the amenities. Later, enjoy dinner onboard. Meal: D

Day 3: Regensburg, Germany

Your exploration of Germany begins in this historic city. On your guided walking tour, view one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube and see the city’s architectural highlights including the Old Town Hall. Visit the famous Christmas Market at the Thurn & Taxis Palace grounds, try a mug of Glühwein and treat yourself to homemade gingerbread! Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Bavarian Band onboard
EmeraldPLUS: Walking tour of Regensburg with Bavarian sausage tasting
EmeraldPLUS: Visit to Thurn & Taxis Christmas Market
DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Nuremberg (additional expense)

Day 4: Passau

Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in this beautiful city. During the walking tour, stroll through the old town’s narrow alleys and see the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress from the town below. The tour ends at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, where you’ll find a Chirstkindlmarkt filled with gingerbread-like stalls selling handmade gifts and tasty treats in an atmosphere of twinkling lights. Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: Krems, Austria

Enjoy a leisurely morning sailing through the spectacular Wachau Valley, on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, to Krems. Upon arrival, depart for a guided tour of Göttweig Abbey. This Benedictine monastery, perched high atop a vineyard and forest-covered hill, offers stunning views over the Wachau Valley. Inside the abbey, admire its architectural highlights, antique decorations and furnishings. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldPLUS: Exclusive Viennese concert (additional expense)

Day 6: Vienna

This capital city is comprised of grand boulevards, ornate palaces, amazing architecture and storied history. Also famous for art exhibitions and museums, your included tour visits the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the largest art museum in the country. After the tour, enjoy free time to visit the wonderful Christmas Markets throughout the city. Meals: B, L, D

DiscoverMORE: Exclusive Viennese concert (additional expense)

Day 7: Bratislava, Slovakia

Learn about Slovakian culture during a visit to Bratislava, capital of the Republic of Slovakia. Enjoy a sightseeing tour including the enchanting Old City with its Town Hall, Slovak National Theater and the Gothic Cathedral of St. Martin. Bratislava is also home to charming Christmas markets where you can shop for handmade ornaments and holiday craft items. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Coffee and Cake with Slovakians
DiscoverMORE: Carpathian wine route (additional expense) (instead of EmeraldPLUS)
DiscoverMORE: Skoda tour of post-communist Bratislava (additional expense)

Day 8: Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Eastern Europe’s most cosmopolitan capital, is known for the rich architecture and historic monuments along both sides of the Danube. This UNESCO World Heritage city is a true delight during the season with its Christmas Market and festive display of holiday decorations. Your guided coach tour will introduce you to the city as it passes Buda Castle, the Chain Bridge and Andrássy Avenue – the main shopping area lined with spectacular Neo-Renaissance townhomes, cafés, boutiques and theaters, among them the State Opera House. This evening you’ll be delighted by a traditional Hungarian folklore show onboard. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldPLUS: A traditional Hungarian folklore show

Day 9: Budapest, Hungary / USA

After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow travelers as you disembark the ship. Transfer to the Budapest airport, taking home warm memories of Europe at Christmastime. Meal: B

Itinerary is subject to change.

EXCEPTIONAL INCLUSIONS

  • 20 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours
  • Visit Christmas Markets in four different countries – Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany
  • Seven night cruise on an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
  • First-class service by an English-speaking crew
  • Onboard Activity Manager will host daily onboard wellness activities, games, classes and evening entertainment
  • Shore excursions with English-speaking local guides
  • Personal listening device for shore excursions
  • All meals included onboard with a variety of international cuisine
  • Complimentary regional wines, beer and softdrinks accompany onboard lunches and dinners
  • Complimentary bottled water in your stateroom
  • Complimentary bicycles onboard for use ashore
  • Variety of onboard entertainment
  • All gratuities included

CRUISE ACCOMMODATIONS

Days 2 through 8 – Aboard an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship

Emerald Star-Ship Deck Plan
  • Sun Deck with Deck Chairs
  • Navigation Bridge
  • Sky Barbeque
  • Golf Putting Green
  • Games Area
  • Retractable Glass Roof
  • Walking Track
  • Daytime Pool / Evening Cinema
  • The Terrace
  • Horizon Bar and Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Reception
  • Wellness Area
  • Fitness Area
  • Reflections Restaurant

PRICING & AVAILABILITY

November 30, 2024 (Budapest > Munich) Priced from $3,535

$399 Airfare from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom  (Cat.E) Riviera Deck
$3,535 per person twin / Single room add $2,475

Emerald Stateroom  (Cat.D) Riviera Deck
$3,455 per person twin / Single room add $2,689

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat.C) Vista Deck
$4,519 per person twin / Single room add $3,165

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat.B) Vista Deck
$4,699 per person twin / Single room add $3,295

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat.A) Horizon Deck
$4,829 per person twin / Single room add $3,385

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat.S) Horizon Deck
$5,509 per person twin

Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite (Cat.SA) Horizon Deck
$6,445 per person twin

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Budapest, Hungary, returning from Munich, Germany.

December 7, 2024 (Munich > Budapest) Priced from $3,535

$399 Airfare from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom  (Cat.E) Riviera Deck
$3,535 per person twin / Single room add $2,475

Emerald Stateroom  (Cat.D) Riviera Deck
$3,455 per person twin / Single room add $2,689

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat.C) Vista Deck
$4,519 per person twin / Single room add $3,165

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat.B) Vista Deck
$4,699 per person twin / Single room add $3,295

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat.A) Horizon Deck
$4,829 per person twin / Single room add $3,385

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat.S) Horizon Deck
$5,509 per person twin

Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite (Cat.SA) Horizon Deck
$6,445 per person twin

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Munich, Germany, returning from Budapest, Hungary.

November 30, 2025 (Munich > Budapest) Priced from $3,715

$399 Airfare from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom  (Cat.E) Riviera Deck
$3,715 per person twin / Single room add $2,599

Emerald Stateroom  (Cat.D) Riviera Deck
$4,039 per person twin / Single room add $2,829

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat.C) Vista Deck
$4,745 per person twin / Single room add $3,325

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat.B) Vista Deck
$4,935 per person twin / Single room add $3,455

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat.A) Horizon Deck
$5,079 Per person twin / Single room add $3,549

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat.S) Horizon Deck
$5,785 per person twin

Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite (Cat.SA) Horizon Deck
$6,769 Per person twin

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Munich, Germany, returning from Budapest, Hungary.

December 7, 2025 (Munich > Budapest) Priced from $3,715

$399 Airfare from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom  (Cat.E) Riviera Deck
$3,715 per person twin / Single room add $2,599

Emerald Stateroom  (Cat.D) Riviera Deck
$4,039 per person twin / Single room add $2,829

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat.C) Vista Deck
$4,745 per person twin / Single room add $3,325

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat.B) Vista Deck
$4,935 per person twin / Single room add $3,455

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat.A) Horizon Deck
$5,079 Per person twin / Single room add $3,549

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat.S) Horizon Deck
$5,785 per person twin

Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite (Cat.SA) Horizon Deck
$6,769 Per person twin

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Munich, Germany, returning from Budapest, Hungary.