Christmas Markets Cruise on the Danube River 2024
River Cruise
 9 Days • 20 Meals
Visit Christmas Markets in four different countries – Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany and enjoy a seven night cruise on an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship with First-class service by an English-speaking crew. An onboard Activity Manager will host daily onboard wellness activities, games, classes and evening entertainment and experience shore excursions with personal listening devices.

  • 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 soft drinks accompany onboard lunches and dinners
  • Complimentary bottled water in your stateroom
  • Complimentary bicycles onboard for use ashore
  • Variety of onboard entertainment
  • All gratuities included

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)

* only 1 DiscoverMORE can be selected as they operate simultaneously
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: Christmas Traditions in Europe onboard presentation

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 (instead of EmeraldPLUS)

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.

Days 2 - 8  Aboard an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship


 Dates and Rates
Departure Date Stateroom Category Per Person twin Single Room
December 7, 2024 E - Emerald Stateroom Riviera $3,535 + $2,475
D - Emerald Stateroom Riviera $3,845 + $2,689
C - Panorama Balcony Suite Vista $4,519 + $3,165
B - Panorama Balcony Suite Vista $4,699 + $3,295
A - Panorama Balcony Suite Horizon $4,829 + $3,385
S - Grand Balcony Suite Horizon $5,509 N/A
SA - Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite Horizon $6,445 N/A
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Passport & Visas: Each U.S. citizen must have a valid passport. Expiry date of passports should be at least 6 months after the return date of tour. If you don’t have a passport, call our office and we’ll tell you how to apply for one. Some countries require visas for entry by U.S. citizens. We will send visa applications and instructions if a visa is required for your tour. Holders of non-U.S. passports should contact their nearest consulate and inquire about the necessary passport or visa documentation required for entry into the countries visited.

NOTE: Due to airline security measures, your passport name must match your airline ticket name and your tour reservation name or you may be denied aircraft boarding.


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