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Danube Christmas Markets 2022
Seven-night cruise aboard a Scenic Space-Ship
 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, 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.

 Highlights
  • 20 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises and Tours
  • Seven-night cruise aboard a Scenic Space-Ship
  • First-class service by an English-speaking crew
  • Onboard Activity Manager will host onboard wellness activities, games, classes and evening entertainment
  • One exclusive Scenic Enrich expierence
  • Shore excursions using audio devices
  • Expert local guides
  • Exclusive “Scenic Tailormade” available throughout the cruise
  • Visit Christmas Markets in charming and historic ports
  • All meals included onboard with a variety of international cuisine
  • A variety of onboard dining options from casual to fine dining
  • Complimentary beverages onboard ship, all day, every day
  • Complimentary mini-bar in all suites
  • Butler service for all guests
  • Variety of onboard entertainment
  • Complimentary WiFi onboard
  • All gratuities included
  • $45 in Mayflower Money

 Itinerary
Day 1  Depart the USA
Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Budapest, Hungary.
Day 2  Budapest, Hungary
Welcome to Budapest! You will be met and transferred from the airport to your Scenic Space-Ship. After boarding, enjoy some time at your leisure to explore Budapest and its Christmas Market independently. This evening onboard, raise your glass to the days ahead at the Welcome Reception. Meal: D
Day 3  Budapest
Freechoice: Make the most of a guided city tour including a piano concert, OR, discover the Jewish history on a guided tour with an expert local guide. Alternatively, if you are feeling more active, hike to Buda Hill or choose to travel to nearby Szentendre. Known for its museums, galleries, and artists, you’ll have the opportunity to discover this charming town on a guided city tour. Meals: B, L, D
Day 4  Vienna, Austria
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 toward the majestic city of 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. Meals: B, L, D
Day 5  Vienna
Freechoice: This morning, begin the day with a guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace. Witness the sheer opulence of the Habsburg Empire and delight in the festive ambience at the market stalls that grace the palace courtyard. Alternatively, visit the Belvedere Museum, one of Europe’s most stunning baroque landmarks, or discover a different side of Vienna on a guided bicycle tour. 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. Meals: B, L, D
Day 6  Dürnstein – Melk
Freechoice: Embark on an enjoyable bike ride along the river from Dürnstein to Melk. Alternatively, enjoy a guided tour of Melk’s 18th-century Benedictine abbey, one of the world’s most magnificent baroque buildings. Alternatively, visit a Schnapps producer and sample some of the many flavors, or taste your way through the Wachau Valley, delighting in many of the regional delicacies. Meals: B, L, D
Day 7  Passau, Germany
Freechoice: Choose between a visit to Salzburg or the Czech town of Ceský Krumlov – both designated World Heritage Sites. Stroll the storybook streets of Salzburg’s Old Town, host to one of the continent’s oldest Christmas markets, set in a picturesque square in front of the Salzburg Cathedral and beneath the city’s iconic medieval castle. Or, tour Ceský Krumlov’s historic center, a labyrinth of cobblestoned streets lined with medieval, baroque and renaissance houses. Meals: B, L, D
Day 8  Regensburg
Freechoice: Experience the true wonder of Christmas at the romantic and picturesque markets of Thurn und Taxis Palace. This magical setting will make you feel like you have entered a fairy tale with the gently lit lanterns and candles providing a charming atmosphere. Alternatively, enjoy a walking tour of Regensburg. Meals: B, L, D
Day 9  Nuremberg / Munich / USA
After breakfast, bid farewell to your Captain and crew as you disembark the ship and transfer to the Munich Airport for your flight home. Flights must depart after 2:00 p.m. Meal: B

 Accommodations
Days 2 - 8  Aboard a Scenic Space-Ship
 

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 Dates and Rates
Departure Date Stageroom Category Per Person twin Single Room
November 28, 2022 Standard Suite - D $3,545 + $2,659
Balcony Suite - BA $4,665 + $3,499
Balcony Suite - PP $4,745 + $3,559
Deluxe Balcony Suite - PD $4,995 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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