Danube Christmas Markets River Cruise with Prague

Discover the magic of Christmas on our Danube Christmas Markets with Prague tour. Visit the fairytale town of Regensburg & Viennese Christmas markets.

11 Days
Budapest to Prague
From (NZD)
$ 5,700
Dates & Pricing

2020 Budapest > Prague

Tour Map
Tour Code:
XPNB
Duration:
11 days
Departure City:
Budapest
Return City:
Prague

Selected Itinerary

Meet the experts

Krista Rossow

National Geographic Photographer, Krista Rossow

Departure date: 3 December 2020
For more than a decade, Krista Rossow has worked as a photographer, photo editor, and educator for National Geographic. She began her career as a photo editor at National Geographic Traveler magazine, where she shaped compelling stories from world-class imagery. In her freelance career, she has shot feature stories as a contributing photographer for Traveler in South Africa, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Japan, and various U.S. cities. She regularly judges Instagram contests for @NatGeoTravel and photo edits for National Geographic Books. Krista sees the camera as a tool for understanding new cultures, meeting the locals, and exploring the natural world. She travels with National Geographic Expeditions teaching photography around the world–from the Galápagos Islands, Patagonia, and Morocco to Alaska, Antarctica, and the Arctic. She enjoys photographing throughout Europe as well, and spent a year after college in Bavaria exploring the quaint villages,stunning castles, and art-filled cities of Southern Germany and Austria. Her images are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection.
Teresa Fisher

National Geographic Expert, Teresa Fisher

Departure date: 3 December 2020
Teresa Fisher is a National Geographic author and freelance travel writer based in Portsmouth, UK. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Exeter University, she initially worked in London for Sotheby’s auction house; then in Europe as a cross-cultural communications trainer, living in Germany, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland and Taiwan. While residing in Bavaria, she commenced a career in travel writing, focusing initially on Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy – destinations which still hold a special place in her heart. Teresa has since penned more than 30 guidebooks and children’s educational books on a wide variety of destinations from Europe to Japan, for publishers such as Lonely Planet, Frommer’s and Fodor’s, and including National Geographic Traveler Switzerland. She specialises in European cities, adventure travel to far-flung destinations and all things Alpine, dividing her time between her family-oriented website, familyskinews.com, and photojournalism. Her stories have taken her round the globe, documenting wildlife and culture in some of the world’s more remote places. Highlights include tracking jaguars by dugout canoe in Guyana, tracking orangutan in eastern Sabah, backpacking round Japan, and being part of the first team of husky mushers to cross from Finland into Russia. When she’s not travelling or skiing, Teresa spends summer months aboard her houseboat in the world’s largest natural harbour, Poole Harbour. Teresa speaks French, German and some Italian, plays the violin and piano, and is a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and The Arts Society. She has been leading expeditions for National Geographic in Europe for more than half a dozen years.

11 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Welcome to Budapest

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

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Budapest

    Freechoice

    Wake up in Budapest and set out on a walking tour to discover its architectural gems, including the splendid neo-Gothic Parliament building. Climb historic Castle Hill, see the Royal Palace and visit Matthias Church, the stunning setting for the coronations and weddings of the Habsburg royalty; then enjoy a private piano concert. Alternatively, hike the Buda Hills that rise beyond the city center; or venture to the charming riverfront town of Szentendre, home to a thriving artist colony.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Vienna

    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 towards 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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Vienna

    Freechoice

    Arrive in Vienna this morning, and visit Schönbrunn Palace, host to an intimate, upscale Christmas market during the holiday season. You may instead opt to take a specially arranged tour of the Museum of Natural History for an inside look at its meteorite exhibit, co-curated by National Geographic grantee Ludovic Ferrière. Or peruse the galleries of the Belvedere Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings.

    Later, step into a magical winter wonderland at the city’s Christkindlmarkt, framed by twinkle-lit trees and the soaring neo-Gothic city hall, its lights all aglow. Wander past merchants selling Weihnachtspunsch, a spiked, spicy punch, and roasted chestnuts—the perfect accompaniment as you browse stalls brimming with beeswax candles and hand-blown glass ornaments.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Dürnstein > Melk

    Freechoice

    In Austria’s Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site, hike to the hilltop ruins of Dürnstein’s medieval castle or 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. You may instead choose to visit a local winery for a guided tour of the cellars and vines, followed by a tasting of the region’s celebrated Grüner Veltliners and Rieslings.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Salzburg, Austria or Ceský Krumlov, Czech Republic

    Freechoice

    Today, 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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Regensburg

    Set at the confluence of the Danube, Naab, and Regen rivers, Regensburg once served as a free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire.

    Freechoice

    Browse stalls aglow with candles and twinklinge lights at the town Christmas market, set in the courtyard of St. Emmeram Palace. Alternatively, set out on a guided walk through the medieval center to see its splendid Gothic cathedral, 12th-century stone bridge, and the ancient Roman gateway to the city.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Nuremberg > Prague

    Explore this fascinating and ancient Bavarian city, dating back to the 11th century, on an orientation tour with your local expert guide. Learn about the infamous history Nuremberg is renowned for, and discover some of the important sights that shaped modern history, before journeying by coach to Prague, one of the truly magical cities of Europe. Complete your journey with a three night stay at one of our luxurious city central hotels.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  9. Day 9 - Prague

    This morning join your knowledgeable local guide on a fascinating walk through the city and view the famous Astronomical Clock. Afterwards you might wish to venture across the world-famous Charles Bridge. This incredibly beautiful structure was commissioned in 1357 by Charles IV after the Judith Bridge was destroyed by floods.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  10. Day 10 - Prague

    Stroll this magnificent city at your leisure. Situated on the bank of the River Vltava in central Bohemia, the beautiful city of Prague is rich in history and home to some of the world’s most striking architectural wonders. There’s no need to fret or plan ahead – your Tour Director is on hand to take care of everything.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  11. Day 11 - Prague

    After breakfast transfer to the Airport. Prague is the end of your tour but the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.

    Please note: Itinerary is subject to change.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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