Classic Prague & Christmas Markets on the Danube

11 Days
Prague to Budapest
From (CAD)
$ 3,235
Dates & Pricing

2022 Prague > Budapest

Prague is a fascinating city full of historical sights, like the Astrological Clock, and Charles Bridge. This special festive twist on our classic itinerary down the Danube makes time for explorations of quirky Budapest, a traditional lunch with Slovakian locals, and marvelling at Vienna’s iconic architecture. All before perusing the Christmas markets of Regensburg, highly regarded as ‘one of the loveliest’.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EWPX
Duration:
11 days
Departure City:
Prague
Return City:
Budapest

11 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Prague

    When you arrive in Prague, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your centrally located hotel for a three-night stay.

  2. Day 2 - Prague

    Today, you will have the opportunity to explore Prague as it is effortlessly enveloped by the wonder of the seasonal period. Your local guide will take you through the old town square, a cobblestoned area that perfectly captures the city’s architectural heritage.

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Prague with Christmas market

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    Coffee & Cake at Lobkowicz Palace

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    Tastes of Czechia (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 - Prague

    Your tour director will be available to help you plan your day of independent exploration today. We would recommend going to one of Prague’s memorable Christmas markets, where colourful stalls owned by local craftsmen are full of handcrafted ornaments and freshly baked Czech Christmas treats.

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    Evening at Lobkowicz Palace (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  4. Day 4 - Prague - Regensburg

    After breakfast, you will be transferred from your hotel to Regensburg , to board your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Regensburg

    Today, visit the city of Regensburg, a city that miraculously came out of the Second World War more or less intact. Here, you’ll have the chance to see a 12th-century bridge crossing the Danube and some of the city’s architectural highlights, before your EmeraldPLUS excursion takes you into the heart of the Thurn und Taxis Palace Christmas market, where rows of quaint wooden stalls are adorned by row-upon-row of twinkling lights.

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    A traditional Bavarian band on board

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    A visit to the Christmas market at Thurn und Taxis Palace

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Regensburg

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    Excursion to Nuremberg (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Passau

    The cobblestone streets that weave through Passau make it look as though it has been pulled from a Christmas card, especially when a thin layer of fresh snow blankets the town. Your included walking tour of Passau will finish underneath the striking green domes of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, where a charming Christkindlmarkt full of festive souvenirs and freshly baked goods can be found.

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Passau

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    Excursion to the Bavarian Forest (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Melk – Dürnstein

    Today, your included tour will take you into the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Melk Abbey, a Baroque palace that was gifted to monks almost a millennia ago. This afternoon, enjoy sailing through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Valley, where Renaissance ruins and ancient castles pepper the surrounding landscape.

    Included Excursion

    A tour of Melk Abbey

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Vienna

    Welcome to Vienna, where you will have every opportunity to discover the Baroque cityscape and a generous peppering of imperial palaces during your guided tour of the Ringstrasse and the city centre, both by coach and on foot. After the tour, you are free to explore at leisure, perhaps venturing into the heart of one of Vienna’s many Christmas markets, each set in open squares across the city.

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Vienna

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    Viennese evening concert (extra expense)

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    Tastes of Vienna (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Bratislava

    Today, enjoy learning about Slovakian culture as we take you into the heart of Bratislava, a capital where cultures really do sit side-by-side. A sightseeing tour of the city will introduce you to its architectural wonders, including the Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral and the neo-Renaissance Slovak National Theatre, but the city’s Christmas markets are a true delight, as they showcase handcrafted souvenirs and traditional Christmas treats.

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    Home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family

    Included Excursion

    A walking tour of Bratislava

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Budapest

    Offering a rich abundance of historical whimsy, Budapest is known for its architectural collections and the historic monuments that pepper both sides of the Danube. This UNECO World Heritage-listed city is a true delight at Christmas, when the locals take to thermal baths to beat the crisp chill of the season. Today, your guided coach tour will introduce you to Andrássy Avenue and the neo-Renaissance façades of the townhouses that can be found there, as well as a generous scattering of Christmas decorations.

    This evening, a traditional Hungarian folklore show is certain to delight.

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    A traditional Hungarian folklore show

    Included Excursion

    A guided coach tour of Budapest

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    Excursion to Szentendre (extra expense)

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    Jewish Heritage tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Budapest

    After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of open squares adorned with Christmas stalls and crisp winter mornings with you.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Cruise Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald CruisesCruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Guided tour of Regensburg
  • Guided tour of Passau
  • Tour of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Melk Abbey
  • Guided tour of Vienna
  • Walking tour of Bratislava
  • Guided coach tour of Budapest

EmeraldPLUS
  • Traditional Bavarian band performance on board
  • A visit to the Christmas market in the Thurn und Taxis Palace grounds
  • Home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family
  • Hungarian folklore show performance on board

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

EXTENSION INCLUSIONS
  • 3 nights at a hotel in Prague
  • A guided tour of Prague
  • Coffee & Cake at Lobkowicz Palace
  • Transfer from the airport and to the ship
  • 3 Breakfasts (B)

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