Explore Europe’s most beautiful Christmas markets, architectural marvels and historic sites in cities including Cologne, Rüdesheim, Nuremberg, Vienna and Budapest, on this enchanting luxury river cruise voyage down the majestic Rhine. Europe at Christmas is magically transformed; from charming villages to great cultural centres, you can look forward to the seasonal hum and buzz as treats and toys, charms and trinkets of every description come out in a joyful, traditional display.
Inhale the ambience of Christmas as it has been celebrated in Europe for centuries, with the fragrant aroma of glühwein, roasted chestnuts, and sparkling markets and town squares bursting with festive excitement. Enjoy other cultural sights and experiences—including the canals of Amsterdam and the windmills of Zaanse Schans; a walking tour of charming Düsseldorf or medieval Cologne; authentic village life in picturesque Miltenberg; historic museums in Nuremberg; Vienna’s elegant music and architecture; and the beauty of Budapest.
Day 1 | Highlights:
Your journey into wonder begins here. Relax and raise your glass to the days ahead at this evening’s welcome reception.
Day 2 | Budapest Highlights:
Explore this beautiful city and enjoy a piano concert, or relax at the city’s Thermal Baths. Alternatively, brave the labyrinths of the Hospital in the Rock.
Day 3 | Vienna Highlights:
Today, simply relax on board your Scenic Space-Ship and enjoy the many splendid vistas as you cruise the beautiful Danube.
Day 4 | Vienna Highlights:
Take a guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace. Or, visit the Spanish Riding School and either tour the stables or see the Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting their skills during their morning exercise program. Or, taste your way around the local market with your on board chef with our Shop with a Chef activity.
Day 5 | Dürnstein > Melk Highlights:
Enjoy a guided bike ride from Dürnstein to Melk or be guided through Melk’s Benedictine Abbey.
Day 6 | Passau > Salzburg Highlights:
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.
Day 7 | Regensburg Highlights:
Enjoy a walking tour of the city or visit the charming Christmas markets.
Day 8 | Nuremberg Highlights:
Welcome to this fascinating Bavarian city, dating back to the 11th century.
Day 9 | Bamberg Highlights:
Explore the old town of Bamberg. A knowledgeable local guide will walk you down the same cobbled streets ancient medieval traders once did. There’s also time to wander through the Christmas markets.
Day 10 | Würzburg Highlights:
Visit the Bishop’s Residenz Palace. Alternatively take in the beautiful walled town of Rothenburg.
Day 11 | Freudenberg >Tastes of ‘Oktoberfest’ Highlights:
In Freudenberg you’ll get the chance to celebrate the Scenic version of ‘Oktoberfest’, Germany’s famously fun festival.
Day 12 | Rüdesheim > Rhine Gorge Highlights:
Explore charming Rüdesheim, including a guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. During your free time you might wish to try some local mulled wine or hot chestnuts.
Day 13 | Cologne Highlights:
Visit the Neanderthal Museum or take a stroll through Cologne. Or enjoy an on board cooking demonstration.
Day 14 | Amsterdam Highlights:
Experience Amsterdam’s canals, or enjoy a tour of Zaanse Schans.
Day 15 | Amsterdam Highlights:
Depart after breakfast. Amsterdam is the end of your cruise, but the beginning of a lifetime of wonderful memories.