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16-Day Christmas Wonderland in Europe: Scenic River Cruise

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Breathe in the magic of Christmas Europe becomes a completely different world during the festive season, where the aroma of glühwein and roasted chestnuts provide a unique and distinctly fragrant ambience. Of course, Christmas has a distinctly European flavour all over the world, so it’s hardly surprising that you’ll experience a little more of that magic when you’re actually in Europe, where festive traditions hark all the way back to pre-Roman times. Santa Claus, Christmas trees, gift-giving – these have all been a part of the seasonal tradition in Europe for centuries. In town after town you’ll have the opportunity to experience these rituals with new eyes. As a special highlight, you may wish to join a Midnight Mass in a European town, and bring in the New Year in Vienna, one of the most beautiful cities in the world at any time of year.

Day 1: Welcome to Amsterdam

Your journey into wonder begins here. Relax and raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening’s welcome reception.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Amsterdam

Cruise the canals of Amsterdam, or enjoy a slice of quintessential Holland at Zaanse Schans.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Cologne

Explore the unique Neanderthal Museum or discover Cologne. Alternatively enjoy an on board cooking demonstration.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Rhine Gorge > Rüdesheim

Immerse yourself in historic Rüdesheim, then board the Winzerexpress mini train for a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Freudenberg > Tastes of 'Oktoberfest'

In Freudenberg you’ll get the chance to celebrate the Scenic version of ‘Oktoberfest’, Germany’s famously fun festival.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Wurzburg

Visit the Bishop’s Residenz Palace or follow the Romantic Road to Rothenburg.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Bamberg

Walk in the footsteps of the town’s medieval traders as an expert local guide gives you an insider tour of Bamberg. There is also time to wander through the Christmas markets and enjoy the festive atmosphere.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Nuremberg

Visit moving WWII sites or choose something lighter – the Tastes of Nuremberg food tour, with its delicious local fare. Or perhaps take a cooking class. Later, relax and explore the city’s wonderful Christmas market.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Regensburg

Enjoy a walking tour of Regensburg or visit the charming Christmas markets.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Passau > Salzburg

Let the ‘Best of The Sound of Music and Salzburg Show’ transport you to another time and place. Based on the timeless movie of the same name, this exclusive production is performed in the rolling hills of Salzburg.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Melk > Dürnstein

Be guided through Melk’s Benedictine Abbey or cycle from Melk to Dürnstein.

Tonight perhaps attend Dürnstein’s beautiful Christmas Mass.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Durnstein > Vienna

Merry Christmas. Celebrate with newfound friends as you cruise towards Vienna.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Vienna

Discover this elegant city on an enjoyable guided tour.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Vienna

Tour Schönbrunn Palace or discover beautiful Bratislava. Alternatively, visit the world-renowned Spanish Riding School and either tour the stables or see Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting their skills during their morning exercise program. Or join our Shop with a Chef activity.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Budapest

Let an expert guide you through this city of contradictory delights, or unwind at the Thermal Baths and Spa instead. Alternatively, brave the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Budapest

Depart after breakfast, Budapest is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.

Meals included: Breakfast


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